Working out of Anthroposophy, the Pedagogical Director’s primary responsibilities are to ensure that a high-quality Waldorf curriculum is delivered to students at the Santa Cruz Waldorf School. The Pedagogical Director works in collaboration with the Administrative Director to ensure a professional and healthy Administration. Together they hold the day-to-day duties of the Administration and oversee staff and office volunteers, each focusing on their particular areas of expertise and spheres of governance. The Pedagogical Director will be the face of the school, leading public outreach, addressing general items of parent concern, and generally giving voice to the vision of the school. They will help create a collegial environment where school-wide goals are collectively set and monitored. The Pedagogical Director will be a servant leader who facilitates fulfillment of duties and responsibilities held by faculty. They will lead the faculty in upholding their policies, agreements and decisions, in flagging areas that need attention, and in supporting mentoring and other needs of the faculty. In summary, the Pedagogical Director will be the go-to person on pedagogical matters, outreach, and enrollment, upholding healthy lines of communication, initiating follow-up on concerns and sensitive issues while working with faculty to provide the community with pedagogical understanding, inspiration, and insight.
Serve in leadership and administrative role
- Work with the Administrative Director and Finance Committee to develop budgets that ensure the quality of essential Waldorf curriculum and programs.
- Build relationships with the Administrative Director, faculty, staff, parents, students, board members and community stakeholders.
- Organize visionary goal-setting for the school
- Collaborate on Accreditation
- Provide leadership in the school’s strategic planning and development initiatives.
- Work with faculty leaders, Board, and the Administrative Director to develop and refine school policies and procedures.
- Represents the school at other professional meetings as required and appropriate.
Organize Professional Development Program to ensure quality, consistency and coherence of the pedagogical program
- Supports enrollment process.
- Quality control of curriculum (ensuring lead teachers’ block planning & lessons are delivered in accordance with commonly-held Waldorf methodology/practices)
- Works collaboratively with faculty leaders when considering program changes.
- Oversight of all programs to align with Waldorf pedagogy and curriculum (including subject teachers, aftercare, summer camp, & electives).
- The Pedagogical Director will oversee the mentoring process.
- Evaluations: The Pedagogical Director has primary responsibility for the evaluation process for all teaching staff and oversees teacher development plans, any corrective actions, probation and/or considerations of dismissal.
- Ensures faculty’s ability to teach out of freedom while upholding Waldorf pedagogy.
- Teach occasionally throughout the school year to maintain a connection to students and the pedagogy.
Oversee parent contact for enrollment and retention conversations
- Represents the school in the community as the face of the school.
- Vocalizes the vision of the school.
- Reviews exit interviews from departing faculty and families, and surveys from current faculty and families.
- Regularly communicates with parents and addresses or directs questions to appropriate individuals or committees.
- Parent Education: speaks at selected parent events, visits with prospective parents, participates in school tours, contributes to newsletters, and organizes parent study groups.
Oversee student support services
- Coordinate and oversee Educational Support Plans
- Assist faculty members with concerns, regarding specific parent issues, including admissions and expulsion processes, as necessary or appropriate.
- Support faculty as a consultant in student behavior, documenting disciplinary issues that require attention according to disciplinary policies.
- Provide leadership to faculty in coordinating, managing and developing festival events.
- Provide oversight of individual student mid-year and end-of-year reports.
Lead hiring process for all faculty positions
In conjunction with faculty leaders, participate in identifying, researching, interviewing, and selecting new faculty members with human resources support from the Administrative Director.
- A natural community builder who leads by example and encourages collective involvement within the school community, a successful candidate has the ability to create shared, collaborative partnerships
- Experience performing administrative tasks effectively
- A natural mentor, gifted in the areas of adult communication and relationship
- Team player able to represent the faculty perspective in committee work and decision making
- Understanding of and commitment to the study of Anthroposophy
- Committed to collaborative leadership and decision making
- Familiarity with Nonviolent Communication, Restorative Practices or other conflict resolution strategies
- Excellent written and oral communication skills
- Strong organizational skills
- Creative and flexible
- Extensive experience and excellence as a teacher of Waldorf education preferably class teaching experience, with an understanding of early childhood education
- Bachelor’s Degree; Master’s Degree or higher preferred
- Waldorf teaching certificate
The Administrative Director is the head of administration and has oversight of business and community development. The Administrative Director collaborates with the Pedagogical Director who has program oversight and provides faculty and student support. These two leaders of the school in conjunction with faculty and staff participate on a Administrative Management Team that has decision-making authority where business and pedagogy intersect.
The following duties are typical of those performed in this job title; however, employees may perform other related duties, and not all duties listed are necessarily performed by each employee in this job title.
- With the Pedagogical Director, will be the first point of communication for parents and the public. Has an excellent knowledge of communication model and redirects to the appropriate Committee or person.
- Regularly communicates with parents and addresses or directs questions to appropriate individual, group or committee. Effectively communicates, clarifies and supports adherence to certain school policies both orally and in writing. Produces Parent Handbook in conjunction with the Pedagogical Director.
- Represents administrative staff, parents, and marketing/business needs in meetings with the Management Team, mandated committees, and individuals. Reports relevant information from meetings to administrative staff.
Programs & Policies
- Gives marketing and business input on programs, such as electives, after-care, summer camp, tutoring.
- Works with Pedagogical Director to ensure that enrollment, after-care and camp policies and procedures are administered and held.
- Writes and administers (with input from Pedagogical Director) annual all-school survey. Reports on relevant results to Pedagogical Director, Board of Trustees, and all employees.
- Participates in the development, documentation, and direct implementation of goals, objectives, policies and procedures of the school.
- Works with the faculty, Pedagogical Director, staff, and Board of Trustees to interpret, communicate, and execute school policies and procedures relative to the business of the school.
- Selects, orients, trains, guides, supports, and participates in evaluating administrative staff. Chairs the staff meetings. Sets administrative job descriptions.
- As marketing and human resources lead representative, supports advertising for teachers.
- Participates in colleague evaluation.
- Participates on Hiring Committee.
- Has administrative responsibility for human resources, including Compensation Committee representative, recruitment, human resource support, employee handbooks and administrative orientation, coordinator of hiring/termination processes, employee records, employee benefits, employee relations (holds vitality of school in conjunction with Pedagogical Director)
- Provides exit survey to departing employees; shares results with Board President and Pedagogical Director.
- Represents administrative staff and reports on administrative matters as an ex officio, non-voting member of the Board of Trustees. Reports Board decisions and matters to administrative staff.
- Acts as spokesperson on behalf of the school, “face of the school” to parents, the greater community and media.
- In collaboration with the Pedagogical Director, serves as an “umbrella” over all the programs in the school, maintaining consistency in vision and presentation from Parent-Child classes to the 8th grade.
- Represents the school as AWSNA delegate and in professional meetings as required in the Waldorf movement or in other agencies and government.
- In collaboration with the Pedagogical Director, helps to bring school to full membership in AWSNA and WECAN.
- Heads the Parent Association Council.
- Participates in required training and necessary portions of before- and after-school meeting weeks, and Board-faculty-staff retreats.
- Arranges all emergency medical trainings, such as CPR and wilderness first aid.
- Serves as liaison with attorneys regarding legal issues related to the school and employees.
Development, Enrollment and Outreach
- Works in collaboration with Board and Development Coordinator to develop a plan for the new building capital campaign.
- Supports enrollment, participates in tours, acts as an information resource.
- Promotes school in positive professional, knowledgeable manner. Attends all community events. Leads outreach and public relations efforts.
- Knowledge of Waldorf school philosophy, including administrative and educational principles, techniques, and methods.
- Development and marketing experience
- Knowledge of principles of school administration, including finance, budgeting, and human resources.
- Knowledge of effective public relations, conflict resolution, and interrelationships with community groups, private and public agencies, parents, and the general public.
- Ability to work in an extremely busy environment and to keep several projects going at once.
- Familiarity with personal computer applications software including spreadsheets and word processing.
- Ability to analyze, interpret, summarize and present administrative and financial data in an effective manner.
- Ability to communicate effectively both orally and in writing.
- Ability to deal with people tactfully and courteously.
- Ability to work full-time annually, will include some evening and weekend work.
- Demonstrates effective organizational skills
- Collaborative style of leadership
- Effective listener and mediator
- Strives to be proactive rather than reactive
- Accurately prepares and presents data
- Proven excellent customer service skills
- Intermediate to Advanced proficiency in MS Office (Word, Excel, etc.)
- Demonstrated experience analyzing processes, identifying gaps and recommending solutions
- Developing and maintaining effective working relationships internally and externally
- Communicating effectively including verbal, written and interpersonal communication
- Ability to write routine correspondence and newsletter articles, instructions and other information using correct spelling, grammar and punctuation
- Presenting clear and factual information to employees and customers
- Management experience strongly preferred
Illustrative Education and Experience
A typical way to obtain the above knowledge and skill is a combination of education and experience equivalent to:
Required: Five (5) years of progressively responsible experience in administrative, managerial, or teaching capacity in a school organization involving responsibility for planning. Organization, implementation, and supervision of varied work programs. Bachelor’s degree in related field.
Preferred: Master’s degree preferred with at least three (3) years of administrative or related experience and one or more years of supervisory experience or equivalent combination of education and experience. Completion of the Waldorf Administrator’s course or equivalent.
Required Certificates, Licenses, Registrations
Must pass Department of Justice (DOJ), Federal Bureau of Investigations (FBI) and Child Abuse Reference Check (CAIC) background clearance.
Physical Demands and Work Environment
The physical abilities described here are representative of those that must be met by an associate to successfully perform the essential functions of this job. Reasonable accommodations may be made to enable individuals with disabilities to perform the essential functions.
While performing the duties of this job, the employee is regularly required to talk or hear, is frequently required to stand, walk, sit, use hands and fingers, and is occasionally required to climb, balance, stoop, kneel, crouch or crawl. The employee must occasionally lift and move up to 25 pounds. Close vision is required for detail and computer work. Incumbents of this job work in a typical office environment and may work in the classroom where students and their families may sometimes be present, and noise levels may be higher.
Lines of Supervision and Evaluation
This position reports to the Board of Trustees. To acknowledge success and to foster clear, honest feedback among faculty and staff, the school is currently using an evaluation process that will encompass a “360 degrees” approach.