Urban Prairie Waldorf School
"All understanding
begins with wonder."
Goethe

Employment Opportunities

We are currently seeking to fill the following positions:

Middle School Block Teacher

Urban Prairie Waldorf School in Chicago’s Little Italy neighborhood seeks a Middle School block teacher that can teach any of the following three blocks Short Story, Organic Chemistry or The Frontier, Abe Lincoln, The Civil War. Due to a personal scheduling need of the Class Teacher, we are looking for a teacher with previous middle school experience that is able to teach the Main Lesson block while the Class Teacher continues to teach sills classes and remains the point of contact for the parent body. The blocks begin in February and end in mid April. For those interested in a full time position, we will be hiring a Middle School Teacher full time in 2017-18 to support the Grade 6-8 class teachers.

Urban Prairie is a dynamic and forward thinking Waldorf school that is supported by an involved community as well as a highly inspired, enthusiastic and energetic faculty and administration. We are proud of our positive collegial relationships and a truly enjoyable work environment. We currently serve over 161 students in grades 1 – 8. UPWS and our sister Waldorf Early Childhood center, City Garden, continue to see robust growth in all aspects of our schools. Urban Prairie is an exciting, challenging and vigorous environment to work in, and we seek like-minded teachers, who are passionate and committed to providing children with an exemplary Waldorf education. In support of our commitment and vision, we believe strongly in investing heavily in our employees, and offer an excellent compensation package. Full time employees receive a competitive salary structure, medical and 401K benefits, annual professional development, and mentoring. In addition, our teachers are supported by a full-time Pedagogical Director who directs teacher and curriculum development.

Our curriculum includes Eurythmy, Spanish, Mandarin, handwork, music, orchestra, movement, woodwork and other practical arts. Our campus features large sunny classrooms, an assembly hall, a school garden, a blacksmith forge, and nearby parks and green space.

Requirements for the position include a Bachelor’s Degree, Waldorf Teacher Training certification, and enthusiasm for bringing Waldorf education to our thriving urban environment. Ideally, we seek someone with middle school teaching experience and a proven track record of success. We will provide payment for each block and the rate is negotiable based on experience. We will also include housing and travel. Qualified applicants must be able to work in a collaborative manner in an environment of mutual support.

Applicants should send a letter of interest, resume, and three references to jobs@urbanprairie.org


First Grade Class Teacher

Urban Prairie Waldorf School in Chicago’s Little Italy neighborhood seeks a first grade teacher as we continue to grow.

 

We are a dynamic and forward thinking Waldorf school that is supported by an involved community as well as a highly inspired, enthusiastic and energetic faculty and administration. We are proud of our positive collegial relationships and a truly enjoyable work environment. We currently serve over 161 students in grades 1 – 8. UPWS and our sister Waldorf Early Childhood center, City Garden, continue to see robust growth in all aspects of our schools. Urban Prairie is an exciting, challenging and vigorous environment to work in, and we seek like-minded teachers, who are passionate and committed to providing children with an exemplary Waldorf education. In support of our commitment and vision, we believe strongly in investing heavily in our employees, and offer an excellent compensation package including a competitive salary structure, medical and 401K benefits, annual professional development, and mentoring. In addition, our teachers are supported by a full-time Pedagogical Director who directs teacher and curriculum development.

 

Our curriculum includes Eurythmy, Spanish, Mandarin, handwork, music, orchestra, movement, woodwork and other practical arts. Our campus features large sunny classrooms, an assembly hall, a school garden, a blacksmith forge, and nearby parks and green space.

 

Requirements for the position include a Bachelor’s Degree, Waldorf Teacher Training certification, and enthusiasm for bringing Waldorf education to our thriving urban environment. Ideally, we seek someone with a minimum five years of experience and a proven track record of success. Starting salary is competitive and takes into consideration years of experience. Qualified applicants must be able to work in a collaborative manner in an environment of mutual support.

 

Applicants should send a letter of interest, resume, and three references to jobs@urbanprairie.org. Urban Prairie is accepting applications until January 13, 2017.


Community Development Assistant

The Community Development Assistant is responsible for supporting the Director of Community Development in all areas of Community Development including enrollment and admissions, fundraising, marketing, and community building.

Enrollment and Admissions: Assist the Community Development Director with administrative duties such as responding to enrollment inquiries, scheduling student interviews, and organizing and attending open houses. The Assistant is responsible for the Parent Child program including marketing, enrollment, and communications with parents and teachers.

 

Fundraising: Support all functions of Annual Fund fundraising and other fundraising events including database entry, working with Board members during the Annual Fund, development of marketing materials, creating an awareness of fundraising needs and programs with faculty and staff, and assisting in organizing all aspects of fundraising events.

 

Marketing and Communications: The Assistant will work daily to ensure that Urban Prairie has a solid, social media presence. They will maintain and develop the Urban Prairie website to meet the needs of our parents and prospective parents. The website should ultimately assist with increasing admissions inquiries. The Assistant will work with the Director on the development of marketing and public relation materials to be used for enrollment, fundraising, events and other programs as needed.

 

Community Building: As a member of Urban Prairie support staff the Assistant represents, promotes, and guides the school’s mission, philosophy, and practice of Waldorf education within the community. The Assistant will provide administrative support for parent education programs and assistance in organizing events.

Other: All Administrative staff is expected to assist with office support as needed. This includes duties such as answering the phones and door for the school.

 

Qualifications:

  • Undergraduate Degree required
  • Minimum of 2 years work history that includes any or all of the following: fundraising, marketing, public relations, and community development.
  • Experience in internal and external communications required
  • Experience in a education / school environment preferred
  • Excellent written, verbal, and organizational skills
  • Self-starter and ability to work independently
  • Strong interpersonal and presentation skills required
  • Knowledge and ability to work comfortably with technology using programs like Microsoft Word and Excel, Power Point, Zoho Creator, and database software.
  • Knowledge of all social media platforms: Facebook, Twitter, Instagram, Pinterest
  • Familiarity with third-party social management platforms such as HootSuite/Constant Contact/Mail Chimp/Google for Education/Other
  • Familiarity with website content management systems, WordPress, and Web analytics/metrics is required
  • Availability to work evenings and weekends as needed to meet the event schedule.

Aftercare Teacher
Urban Prairie seeks an aftercare teacher for grades 1-4 combined. The teacher will be expected to:
  • gather students from each classroom after dismissal;
  • escort students outside;
  • monitor and encourage positive play outside;
  • lead games or activities; and
  • bring students inside for a school-provided snack and indoor playtime.
We are looking for an individual who possesses the following skills:
  • Prior experience working with elementary-aged children;
  • Effective communication with parents
  • Planning structured, grade appropriate outdoor/ indoor activities
  • Working as a team with other UPWS aftercare teachers
  • Discipling/redirecting children into positive play and behavior
  • Keeping all children in a calm and content state of mind
  • Timeliness

We are looking for a charismatic, self-starting individual for this role. The position is paid $15/hour. The position is available for immediate hire.

If interested, please send your resume and letter of interest via email to:ashley.ingold@urbanprairie.org

Substitute Teachers (General)

Urban Prairie Waldorf School is expanding our full-day substitute teacher list. We invite experienced teachers, advanced M.Ed. students, and Waldorf teacher training students to apply for this wonderful opportunity to gain hands-on experience in a Waldorf classroom. We will hold an observation and training day in early March to familiarize substitute teachers with Waldorf methods. Lesson and classroom guidelines will be provided for each grade.

To join the list, please send a note of introduction and a summary of your qualifications here ».