Job Application - Richmond Waldorf School

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Pedagogical Leader

Richmond Waldorf School is seeking a Pedagogical Leader to oversee the educational creation, implementation,  and effectiveness  of the school’s academic mission.  This person will work in collaboration with the College Faculty, Director of Administration, and the Board of Trustees to foster a school culture where parental involvement, faculty development, and pedagogical aims all work together to create the best possible learning environment for the students. 

 

The successful candidate will be a bridge-builder who can inspire confidence and trust between the various constituents of the school.  While it will be important to involve all the stakeholders in the decision-making process whenever possible, this person will also need to make important decisions on their own.  They will need to have the courage and conviction to do what they think is right regardless of its popularity.  They are expected to be unfailingly child-centered in their decision making.

 

The primary responsibilities of the Pedagogical Leaderare broadly captured under five areas, with the focus or emphasis shifting between areas as the needs of the organization strategically evolve: 

 

  1. Faculty Leadership

        Assure quality of teaching and appropriate delivery of the curriculum.

        Coordinates and oversees faculty development, evaluation and mentoring. This would include establishing a development plan for each faculty member.

        Supports teachers in on-going assessment, including development and implementation of instructional methods to best support the child.

        Supports faculty members in addressing parental concerns and ensures follow up and timely resolution occur 

        Attends crucial teacher-parent meetings

        Regularly observes classroom lessons and activities



        2.   Pedagogical Leadership

        Works closely with the Faculty College to define and implement the pedagogical vision and goals of the school to ensure alignment with the school’s long range plan and mission.

        Ensures that the pedagogical goals meet AWSNA and SAIS accreditation standards.

        Maintain an awareness of ongoing curriculum and pedagogical developments in both Waldorf education and the larger educational community.

        Works in conjunction with the Faculty College and the Director of Administration to ensure that pedagogical and administrative policies and procedures are appropriately aligned.

        Works with the Faculty College to oversee the faculty-hiring process and recruitment efforts, which are supported by the Administration’s Human Resources processes.

 

         3.   Community Leadership

        Upholds open and consistent lines of communication regarding pedagogical issues among and between the faculty, staff, Board of Trustees, and parents.

        Regularly attends Board Meetings, Faculty College and Full Faculty meetings.

 

          4. Collaboration with the Director of Administration

        Analyzes retention information and works to establish a retention strategy.

        Supports the volunteer efforts of the community

        Develops a financial plan for the school

        Addresses school wide communication

        Stays informed about school issues, including personnel

        Supports enrollment, marketing, and outreach efforts which would include analyzing customer satisfaction and alumni feedback

        Participates in the faculty annual evaluation process.

 

           5.  Parental Liaison

        Facilitates open and consistent communication between the faculty and the Parents Association. 

        Regularly attends Parent Association meetings.

        Develops parent education events, in conjunction with faculty and Parents Association to advocate and explain Waldorf pedagogy

 

The successful candidate will be an experienced Waldorf teacher, or have deep knowledge of Waldorf education with at least 8 years of educational experience.   The Pedagogical Leader must have demonstrated leadership experience as it relates to curriculum, student assessment, faculty evaluation, community building, and professional development.  He or she will have demonstrated the ability to lead and develop faculty staff, serve as a successful participant on a Leadership Team, interact effectively with a Board of Trustees, practice a high level of confidentiality, and manage conflict in a clear, direct, and diplomatically balanced manner.  The Pedagogical Leader will be expected not only to be enthusiastically accessible to students, staff, and the parental community, but also be a compelling advocate for Waldorf education to the greater Richmond community.