Phone: (831) 425-0519

Job Openings

Job Openings

Maintenance Position

Maintenance Position at the Santa Cruz Waldorf School. Must enjoy children and working in an amazing and fulfilling setting. Construction and building maintenance experience required.

Reports to: Administrative Director
Hours + Pay: Part time flexible hours, pay based on skill set

Duties are divided into two categories: Management/Action, Collaboration

• Make repairs as needed that are within maintenance person’s abilities
• Manage sub-contractors for projects outside the abilities of maintenance person
• Field and evaluate faculty and staff requests for minor repairs
• Attend and participate in monthly Site Committee meetings
• Make a comprehensive long-term and major repair list to report to Site Committee for prioritization
• Create and maintain an annual maintenance schedule
• Create and maintain easily accessible operations manuals for any systems requiring instruction
• Create and maintain information files for systems requiring record keeping

• Work with Faculty and the Site Committee to understand the “Waldorf” aesthetic and school preferences
• Communicate with Janitorial Staff in areas of overlap as well as tasks that can be performed by said staff
• Collaborate with garden teacher for oversight of landscape contractor and all modifications to grounds, trees, plants and living things

Required Knowledge, Skills, Attributes:
General contractor licensee or comparable skills required. Must be able to work around children and parents. Must have a working knowledge of all building systems. Send resumes to

Kindergarten Teacher

Santa Cruz Waldorf School is seeking a lead Kindergarten Teacher for the 2018-2019 school year. We currently have two Kindergarten classes of fifteen children with an assistant for each teacher.Our school’s program includes Pre-Kindergarten through 8th Grade, with a wide variety of special subjects including gardening, handwork, eurythmy, Spanish, music, art and physical education. An experienced faculty, a professional administrative staff, and a dedicated Board of Trustees are actively working to support this dynamic school.Celebrating over forty-one years, our school owns its campus of seven beautiful acres surrounded by mountains and redwood forest only ten minutes from downtown Santa Cruz and the beach. Santa Cruz is a university town, located on the beautiful Central Coast of California.

The Anthroposophical work in Santa Cruz is supported by an active branch, and includes local Anthroposophical doctors, Christian Community services, and a Camphill Community.

Our new colleague will be warm, energetic, and Waldorf trained with a strong commitment to personal and professional development and an enthusiasm for collegial work.  A commitment to working out of Anthroposophy is required.

Dedicated, energetic individuals interested in joining a dynamic and established school are encouraged to send a resume and biography along with references to Susan Goldstein at


Preschool Aftercare Teacher

At the Santa Cruz Waldorf School we honor the special developmental process of Preschool aged children and hold off on more formal academics until the child exhibits readiness, for academic and intellectual activities. At SCWS Preschool allows children to come to self-consciousness at their own pace, building a solid foundation of physical, emotional and intellectual health. Our Preschool program currently includes 20 children attending 2 or 4 days per week, Monday through Thursday from 8:30am to 1:00pm. In order to meet the needs of our families we are expanding our Preschool program to include an after school program. The after school program will extend the Preschool day from 1:00pm to 5:30pm at the latest.

We are currently seeking an individual to lead our after school program and to assist in the further development of the after school and vacation programs based on the needs of the families. Our ideal candidate will be warm, joyful and confident. They will meet the California Community Care Licensing requirements for a Fully Qualified Teacher and have Waldorf Early Childhood Experience.

Position responsibilities include:

  • Plan and maintain an after school program which provides balance and support for children after their Preschool day ends, including an age appropriate rest time, snacks and activities.
  • Work with Preschool Lead and Assistant to plan and implement a smooth transition of children and staff.
  • Maintain general order and an aesthetically beautiful Preschool environment both indoors and out
  • Oversee children in the classroom and on the play yard.
  • Guide children with self-care (toileting, hand-washing, dressing and social behavior).
  • Provide first aid as necessary.
  • Practice confidentiality toward matters involving parents and children.
  • Ensure that the classroom is clean and ready for use the following day.
  • Observe and communicate student behaviors to appropriate colleagues.
  • Communicate to the After School Program Director and Preschool Director any personal issues that may affect performance, as well as future absences as soon as possible so that the proper coverage can be provided in either case.

Dedicated, imaginative and nurturing individuals interested in joining a dynamic and established school are encouraged to send a resume, references and biography to our preschool committee chair and Board President Lara Triona at


Substitute Teacher

The Substitute is responsible for carrying out the lesson plans of the teacher for whom s/he is substituting and meeting the duties of teaching for that specific class.

Duties of this position include but are not limited to:


  • Following the lesson plan left by the teacher for whom s/he is substituting in accordance with SCWS’s philosophy, goals and objectives
  • Meeting and instructing assigned classes in the locations and at the times designated.
  • Establishing and maintaining order in the classroom.
  • Maintaining a classroom environment conducive to effective learning.
  • Taking all necessary and reasonable precautions to protect students, materials, equipment and facilities.
  • Assisting in upholding and enforcing school rules, administrative regulations and policies of the playground.

Public Relations

  • Cooperating with school personnel
  • Establishing and maintaining cooperative relations with other employees.


  • Reporting to the Pedagogical Director or her designee at the beginning and end of the school day.

Required Qualifications

  • High School diploma or equivalent
  • Completion of substitute orientation

Desired Qualifications:

  • Bachelor’s Degree
  • Experience working with students

Generally, we hire and pay subs for a full day, even though that means they will have some down time. Our hourly rate is $15 per hour. It is generally more worth the person’s while to come for the day and stay through (generally $105 for a full day and $75 for a 1:00 p.m. day). It is preferable to have someone who can cover lunches, recesses, chores, and clean up at the end of the day. However, if a sub doesn’t stay the whole day for whatever reason (either because we negotiate it due to the number of specialty periods that day, or they are only available for morning lesson, etc.) then we would pay the hourly rate for the time that they are on campus. Please send resumes to the Pedagogical Director at

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Phone: (831) 824-2161
Address: 2190 Empire Grade
Santa Cruz, CA 95060
Location: Next to UCSC,
10 minutes from downtown
Aftercare: After 1PM, Aftercare can be reached at (831) 425-0346
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