AWS logo
Employment

Join a Waldorf community with a harmonious, stable, and experienced faculty, a supportive Board of Trustees, and an engaged parent body. Alabama Waldorf School (nursery through 8th grade) is approaching our 35th year. We are well established in the Birmingham, AL area, and are the only fully accredited Waldorf School in Alabama. Our school is faculty held, meaning all decisions are made under the direction of faculty consensus vote. We have just over 100 students,  learning in a successful multi-age classroom model in both preschool and grades programs, which allows teachers to deeply nurture the whole child and develop strong, meaningful relationships with students, their parents/guardians, and family members.

Alabama Waldorf School established its curriculum utilizing the traditional Waldorf philosophy as defined by scientist, philosopher and artist Rudolf Steiner (1861-1925). Waldorf education evolved from Steiner’s thorough understanding of human development and addresses the needs of children as they move through development on every level: physical, mental, and emotional. The mission of Alabama Waldorf School is to cultivate healthy, confident, compassionate learners who excel academically, socially, and civically.​ Our faculty and staff are guided by reverence for the developing child, courage for the truth, and the ability to continue to learn from one another.

We are seeking colleagues who will bring a passion for teaching and an enthusiastic commitment to join this community. Candidates must be committed to caring for and educating children in a lively and engaging way, recognizing that not all children learn in the same style.

All position inquiries begin with sending a resume and/or the position inquiry form to admin@alabamawaldorf.org and by taking a school tour. Please call 205-592-0541, or email enrollment@alabamawaldorf.org to schedule a Thursday tour at 9 am.

Becoming a salaried Waldorf teacher requires training in the Waldorf curriculum. All of our full-time faculty members are either Waldorf-trained, in training, or working alongside a team member who has Waldorf training.

Alabama Waldorf School does not discriminate on the basis of race, color, creed, religion, national or ethnic origin, gender, sexual orientation, gender identity, or other classification protected by applicable law, in the administration of its hiring, educational policies, admissions policies, financial aid program, and/or other school-administered programs.

Current Opportunities

(updated November 2022)

 

All position inquiries begin with sending a resume and/or the position inquiry form to admin@alabamawaldorf.org and by taking a school tour. Please call 205-592-0541, or email enrollment@alabamawaldorf.org to schedule a Thursday tour at 9 am.

Nursery Co-Teacher, beginning Fall 2023

 

Preschool Teachers hold a classroom rhythm, prepare snack, maintain classroom’s cleanliness, and closely observe children’s needs, while giving them room to play and explore freely. Waldorf training and mentoring will provide methods and recommend materials. The Nursery class is a combined age class of 18 months - 3 years. Each class is held by two teachers with a maximum 7:1 ratio.

 

Minimum Requirements

  • High School diploma or equivalent

  • Acceptance, as a working hypothesis for teaching (not necessarily for one’s personal beliefs), the work of Rudolf Steiner, founder of Waldorf education, as brought in Faculty studies, teacher presentations during in-school workshops and through other pertinent Waldorf training

  • Agreement with the school’s Policy & Procedure Manual

  • Experience working with children

 

Preferred Experience

  • Bachelor’s Degree or higher

  • Previous Waldorf experience or Waldorf certification

  • Experience working with the consensus model of decision-making

 

Hours, Compensation & Benefits:

  • School Day Hours 8:15 am – 1:15 pm

  • Minimum 25 class hours per week

  • $15-20K starting salary

  • Benefits available

  • Generally, school vacations include Thanksgiving week, 2 weeks Winter Holiday, 1 week Spring Break, plus other holidays during the year.  Consult the annual calendar for specifics.

Substitute Teaching

 

We are in need of qualified substitute teachers for both our Preschool (18 months - 6 years old) and Grades 1 - 8 programs. Candidates interested in substitute teaching begin the process of applying by attending a school tour, offered every Thursday, 9 - 10 am, while school is in session. Substitute pay is $12.36 an hour. Program observation, an interview, and necessary background checks including TB test are required. Please contact Enrollment to schedule a school tour. Also, please fill out a position inquiry form and email this along with your CV or resume to admin@alabamawaldorf.org.