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Linden Waldorf School serves approximately 200 students from 26 zip codes in Early Childhood through  eighth grade. A diverse, dedicated, and experienced faculty is supported by a Faculty Leadership Council, Director of Education, Director of Administration, and a capable administrative team and Board of Directors. Linden Waldorf School receives generous support from a strong parent community, its Parent Association, and the greater Nashville community. 

Our Community

Our verdant, twelve-acre campus is located in vibrant Nashville, Tennessee. Situated just minutes away from the bustle of downtown between Vanderbilt University and the Green Hills neighborhood, our school operates on a shared campus with Trinity Presbyterian Church. Consistently named one of America's top cities for friendliness, dining, music, and travel destination, Nashville offers a cosmopolitan sophistication with big-city amenities, including major league sports, museums, symphony, dance, theatre, visual arts, and a legendary music scene. Nashville is called "The Athens of the South" for its legacy in education and boasts eighteen universities and colleges. Nestled in the rolling hills of Middle Tennessee, Nashville is a growing, multi-cultural city with a rich history and an exciting future. 

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CURRENT POSITIONS

The job description indicates the general duties and physical requirements (please scroll to bottom of page) of work performed by an employee with this job designation.  It should not be interpreted or construed as a comprehensive inventory of all duties, responsibilities, qualifications and physical requirements required of the employee assigned to this job, as these might vary from day to day or as business needs demand. Application and contact information are listed at the bottom of the Employment page.

First Grade Class TEacher

Status: Full-time Salaried
Date Posted : October 26, 2018, for the 2019–2020 school year
Preferred Qualifications:

  • Bachelor’s degree from an accredited university
  • 1 – 2 years previous classroom experience
  • Have completed, or be willing to complete Waldorf certification
  • Familiarity with Waldorf education


Linden Waldorf School is seeking a qualified and motivated individual to serve as class teacher for our rising
first grade class. Candidates must possess a commitment to personal and professional development and an
enthusiasm for collegial work. We offer mentoring, opportunities for professional development, and a workplace supportive of pursuing Waldorf certification. We are looking for someone who will teach from an understanding of Waldorf education and Rudolf Steiner's indications on child development. This person will work as a part of a committed team of teachers and be an active member of our school community. Waldorf class teachers have a unique relationship to their class because of their opportunity to know their students across years and across disciplines. Teachers make a significant commitment to their classes, both in endeavoring to know their individual students well and in bringing a rich and solidly academic curriculum to the class as a whole. This relationship involves creating a productive working relationship with the parents, as well as a cooperative relationship with colleagues. All employees are subject to the requirements of the Employee Handbook. In addition, all teachers are required to teach the curriculum outlined in their grade-specific Scope and Sequence, available upon request.

Classroom Responsibilities and Duties:
● Arrive on campus each day by 7:45 a.m. to prepare the classroom for student arrival which begins at 8:00
a.m. for lower grades—prompt and regular attendance is an essential duty and responsibility of this position
● Prepare for and instruct morning lesson, painting, form drawing, and practice periods
● Develop and maintain a safe, harmonious social environment for the students
● Document and record student progress primarily through the use of narrative descriptions and grades
according to agreed upon standards
● Conduct a minimum of three class parent meetings per year
● Prepare a yearly class play or presentation as indicated by the curriculum
● Plan and carry out a yearly class trip as indicated in the curriculum
● Create and maintain a grade-appropriate, aesthetically pleasing, and orderly classroom space
Administrative Responsibilities
● Attendance and participation in weekly faculty meetings, three (3) in-service sessions in the beginning and
end of each academic year (August and June) and spring of each year (February or March).
● Attendance/assistance at major all-school activities in accordance with the All School Event Guidelines
● Participate in committee work for the school
● Attendance at the All School Meetings called by the Board of Trustees
● Attendance and participation in weekly section meetings
● Participation in parent conferences
Additional Responsibilities:
All teachers share responsibility for the well-being of the school. Aspects of this responsibility are:
● Maintaining and striving for an openness to understand and work with the anthroposophical underpinnings of Waldorf education and child development
● Service on at least one (1) Faculty committee and/or Board of Trustees of the school. First year teachers may be exempt from this requirement
● Be available and willing to create age-appropriate aesthetics in classrooms including nature tables and
seasonal displays
● Be available and willing to participate in enrollment process of new students in areas such as, but not limited to, student interviews, parent interviews, student skill assessment, and arranging for prospective student 3–5 day class visits
● Participate in the design and execution of an individualized plan for professional development
● Attend Waldorf education summer training as identified as appropriate by the school
● Other duties as assigned by administration

Salary is scaled based on experience and education.

Download the job description here.

DIRECTOR OF EDUCATION

Linden Waldorf School is seeking a Director of Education for the 2018–2019 school year. The Director of Education supports the faculty in all planning, implementation, and management of day-to-day affairs related to the classroom and pedagogical decisions at Linden Waldorf School. This person works from a foundation built upon Rudolf Steiner's anthroposophical view of the child and insights into child development to maintain Waldorf education's relevance in today's world. 

In addition to having a widely visible presence throughout the school, the Director of Education oversees the teacher professional development and is available to answer questions about the curriculum from parents and the greater community. This person holds the "big" pedagogical picture by keeping a finger on the pulse of the teachers' work with the children and parents, communicating key information between groups and decision-makers, and guiding and working with the faculty to study and deepen understanding of Waldorf pedagogy and the children.

This is a full-time position with a competitive salary and benefits package, and the person in this position reports to the Head of School. A more detailed job description will be provided upon request. Please send a letter of introduction, resume, short biography, and three references to the attention of office@lindenwaldorf.org.

 Aftercare Assistant Teacher

Status:          Part-time, Hourly (M-F 3:00-5:30)

Required Qualifications:  
High school diploma, continuing education in an accredited college program. Background check required prior to employment.
Preferred Qualifications:
Previous experience in a classroom or child care setting.  Familiarity with Waldorf education.
Primary Function:
The Aftercare Assistant shall meet the needs of the children, the program, and the well being of the classroom. He/She will work to guide the children through imitation, the assistant will help to strengthen and develop the children’s will and senses through meaningful interactions.  Prompt and regular attendance is an essential duty and responsibility of this position.
Classroom Responsibilities and Duties:  
 Support the Lead Aftercare Teacher though the following: Supervise the children in play during sign-in or provide age-appropriate games and activities until snack.

  • Help prepare, supervise, and clean up snack.
  • Monitor homework, activities, or games after snack.
  • Help reset the classrooms and lock up the building, as requested.

Additional Responsibilities:
All teachers share responsibility for the well-being of the school.  Aspects of this responsibility are:

  • Maintaining and striving for an openness to understand and work with the Anthroposophical underpinnings of Waldorf Education and child development.
  • Willingness to attend and participate in three (3) In Service sessions in the beginning and end of each academic year (August and June) and spring of each year (February or March).
  • Participation in the design and execution of an individualized plan for professional development.
  • Other duties as assigned.                                                           

Download the job description here.

 EDUCATIONAL SUPPORT TEACHER

Status: Full-time

The Educational Support Teacher is responsible for the support of students through specific tasks that aid the
Care Group and the faculty of Linden Waldorf School. This includes guiding the school’s decision-making regarding appropriate support for students, as well as bringing Extra Lesson work to individual students and classrooms as needed. The Educational Support Teacher also works with the Student Support Coordinator to ensure that tracking processes are in place, that written records pertaining to educational support with classes and individuals are kept, and that appropriate communication between individual teachers, staff, and parents is maintained. This position reports to the Director of Education.

Responsibilities:
Extra Lesson Work

● Identifying students in need of support and determining appropriate support
● Communicating and working with parents of students being supported by the Care Group
● Bringing Extra Lesson* work to individual students and classrooms as needed (*in accordance with Waldorf pedagogy)
● Participating in faculty meetings and child studies

Assessment and Tracking
● Collaborating with leadership team to develop appropriate assessments for students and a school-wide assessment schedule
● Collaborating with teachers to execute first grade readiness assessments and second grade assessments
● Assessing individual students in response to referrals from class teachers and reporting on these assessments to the teachers, Care Group, and the students’ guardians
● Assessing new student applicants as needed 
● Following up on all assessments to ensure that recommendations are addressed

Coordination
● Leading Care Group, including planning agendas and chairing meetings 
● Providing support for tutors when needed 
● Maintaining a reporting system that includes Care Group files
● Ensuring that the Care stream is represented in the Social Inclusion work
● Attending weekly meetings as required

Required Qualifications
● Bachelor’s degree from an accredited university 
● Successful experience working in a Waldorf school 
● Completed or near completed certification in The Extra Lesson 
● Exceptional written and oral communication skills 
● Willingness to engage in the Social Inclusion work of Kim John Payne in collaboration with the Student Support Group and faculty 
● Strong organization skills 
● Ability to be flexible and work with a team

Preferred Qualifications
● Master’s degree
● Experience in reading intervention
● Waldorf teaching degree or certificate

Download the job description here. 

EARLY CHILDHOOD ASSISTANT

Status: Part-time / 3-days
Required Qualifications
Bachelor’s degree from an accredited university
Preferred Qualifications:
1 – 2 years previous classroom experience

  • Have completed or be willing to complete Waldorf certification

Key Contributions
The job of the Early Childhood (EC) assistant is to assist the lead teacher in meeting the needs of the children, the program, and the well-being of the classroom. The assistant will work to support the lead teacher’s guidance of the children in the classroom and in maintaining the classroom. Working to guide the children through imitation, the assistant will help to strengthen and develop the children’s will and sense through meaningful interactions.
Classroom Responsibilities and Duties
● Arrive on campus each day by 7:45 am to prepare the classroom for student arrival, which begins at 8:15
am. Employees are expected to be available for the entire school day, 7:45 am. to 3:15 pm.
● Prompt and regular attendance is an essential duty and responsibility of this position.
● Help to maintain the classroom and EC common areas with duties such as sweeping, dusting, washing
dishes, picking up in restrooms (paper towels, trash, water spills) during school day.
● Preparation of the snacks, art activities, painting and other activities, as determined in consultation with
lead teacher.
● Assist the lead teacher in maintaining a safe, harmonious social environment for the students. Continual
communication with lead teacher and fellow faculty is vital for the success in this area.
● Assist the lead teacher in maintaining a clean, orderly classroom environment. This includes a daily tidy
up of all areas or other duties as assigned.
● Assist with the circle activities and puppet shows as needed.
● Be prepared to perform the role of lead teacher if the lead teacher is absent.
Administrative Responsibilities
● Participate in weekly early childhood section and faculty meetings.
● Participate in child studies.
● Participate in parent conferences, as requested or directed by the lead.
● Meet weekly with lead teacher.
Additional Responsibilities
All teachers and assistants share responsibility for the well-being of the school. Aspects of this responsibility are:
● Maintaining and striving for an openness to understand and work with the anthroposophical
underpinnings of Waldorf education and child development.
● Availability for assistance with Resting Stars program or other supervisory duties of the school.
● Attendance and participation in weekly faculty meetings.
● Attendance and participation in three (3) in-service sessions: the beginning and end of each academic year
(August and June), and spring (if scheduled) of each year (typically February or March).
● Participation in general cleaning and preparation for school (e.g., shopping for snacks, general cleaning,
purchasing supplies, etc.), typically beginning August 1.
● Service on at least one (1) Faculty committee and/or Board of Trustees of the school. First year assistants
may be exempt from this requirement.
● Attendance/assistance at major all-school activities in accordance with the All School Event Guidelines.
● Attendance at the All School Meetings called by the Board of Trustees.
● Be available and willing to create grade appropriate aesthetics in classrooms including nature tables and
seasonal displays.
● Be available and willing to participate in enrollment process of new students in areas such as, but not
limited to, student interviews, parent interviews, student skill assessment and arranging for prospective
student 3 – 5 day class visits.
● Participate in the design and execution of an individualized plan for professional development. Attend
Waldorf Education summer training as identified as appropriate by the School.
● Other duties as assigned.
 Download the job description here.

 RESTING STARS ASSISTANT

Early Childhood Afternoon Rest (Resting Stars) Assistant Status: Part-time, Hourly / 3 days
Date Posted: October 5, 2018
Required Qualifications

  • High school diploma
  • Preferred Qualifications
  • Bachelor’s degree from an accredited university
  • 1 – 2 years previous classroom experience
  • Have completed or be willing to complete Waldorf certification

Primary Function
Resting Stars is the Early Childhood afternoon rest program from lunch to dismissal. The Resting Stars Assistant works with the Resting Stars team to guide the children as they eat lunch, rest, wake, and play to strengthen and develop their will and senses through meaningful interactions.
Responsibilities and Duties

• Assist in preparing room for lunch, supervise children preparing for lunch, help with lunch and clean-up

• Prepare room for resting as needed and help children to settle down for quiet time

• Monitor children during resting—telling stories, singing

• As children awake, have appropriate activities prepared to follow the rhythm of the week

• Help with dismissal of children to their parents or caregivers

• Sweeping, dusting, washing dishes, and laundry as needed to maintain classroom cleanliness

Additional Responsibilities

All teachers and assistants share responsibility for the well-being of the school. Aspects of this responsibility are:
• Maintaining and striving for an openness to understand and work with the anthroposophical underpinnings of Waldorf education and child development
• Attendance and participation in three (3) in-service sessions: the beginning and end of each academic year
(August and June), and spring (if scheduled) of each year (typically February or March)
• Attend Resting Stars meetings as needed
• Participate in Child Study as needed
• Be available to meet with parents and other teachers to discuss students either at conference time or if necessary relating to other concerns
• Attendance/assistance at major all-school activities in accordance with the All School Event Guidelines
• Attendance at the All School Meetings called by the Board of Trustees
• Other duties as assigned
 

PHYSICAL JOB REQUIREMENTS

All Linden Waldorf School employees must be able to:

Remain in a stationary position for extended periods of time, standing or sitting.
Move about to reach students and/or access file cabinets, office machinery, etc.
Constantly/ occasionally operate a computer and other office machinery.
Ascend/descend stairs and traverse campus.
Position self as needed, including bending, crouching, kneeling, lifting, and reaching.
Lift up to 40 pounds.
Frequently communicate with students, parents, colleagues, and leadership.
Actively supervise students with focus even when distractions present.
Work in various outdoor weather conditions for extended periods of time.

To apply:

Please send us a cover letter, resume, and references via:

Email:office@lindenwaldorf.org

Mail:

Linden Waldorf School3201 Hillsboro Pike 

Nashville, TN 37215 

Fax:

615-354-0247 

 

It is the policy of Linden Waldorf School to provide equal employment opportunities to all employees and applicants for employment without regard to race, color, sex, age, religion, national origin, disability, marital status, status as a covered veteran, sexual orientation, or any other legally protected status, in accordance with federal and state law, and not to discriminate on the basis thereof. This policy applies to all terms and conditions of employment, including recruitment, hiring, placement, compensation, benefits, promotion, demotion, layoff, termination, and all other terms and conditions of employment.

 

 

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