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

Employment Opportunities

We are currently seeking to fill the following positions:

1st Grade Teacher 2016-17

Urban Prairie Waldorf School in Chicago’s Little Italy neighborhood seeks two first grade teachers, as we grow in leaps and bounds!


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 128 students in grades 1 – 7 and will continue to grow to encompass eight grades. UPWS and our sister Waldorf Early Childhood center, City Garden, continue to see robust growth in all aspects of our schools.  We are honored and gratified to be anticipating double tracking grades beginning this next academic year. 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 excellent compensation, benefits, and professional development, mentoring and support. 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.


We are looking for two class teachers to each take our 2016 -17 first grade classes. 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. Qualified applicants must be able to work in a collaborative manner with their counterpart teacher in an environment of mutual support. The school will also provide a solid structure of support and aid as we look to enter into our first double tracked year.


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

Administrative Intern

Urban Prairie Waldorf School has an immediate opening for an education-administration intern. The internship is a wonderful opportunity to gain hands-on experience in the administrative aspects of Waldorf education and to be a part of a newly forming school that is paving its way. In addition to assisting in administrative matters, interns are invited to observe and assist classroom teachers. The position can be tailored to meet the candidate’s interests. Interns are present at the school 2-3 days per week, 2-3 hours per day. This position is unpaid.

Please send a note of introduction and a summary of your qualifications here ».

Marketing Interns

Urban Prairie Waldorf School seeks enthusiastic, self-starting candidates for our marketing internship program. There are 2 internships available, 2-3 days per week, 2-3 hours per day. This position is unpaid.

Our school is young and energetic, with an entrepreneurial culture. Founded in 2009 and currently supporting grades 1-7 with more than 125 students, Urban Prairie draws students from across the city for our arts-integrated, academically rigorous, experiential Waldorf curriculum.  We are looking to get the word out about our unmatchable education and about our new location.

Intern tasks may include:

  • Assisting with drawing up a marketing plan for 2015-16, including a small number of clearly set goals and a timeline
  • Newsletter article proposals and / or contributions
  • Website expansion
  • Editorial submission to local news outlets
  • Assisting with disseminating our marketing materials, including flyers and postcards

We are committed to providing an experience tailored to interns’ areas of interest. In-class observation of our teachers is encouraged. Self-starting, outgoing candidates with an interest in whole-child education send a letter of interest and resume today ».