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

Employment Opportunities

We are currently seeking to fill the following positions:

First Grade Teacher

Urban Prairie Waldorf School, a developing Waldorf school in Chicago, seeks a first grade teacher for 2015-16. Our school is young and energetic, with an entrepreneurial culture. We seek an independent, self-starting candidate who likes the challenge of steering his or her own ship within a strong and growing fleet. We welcome new and experienced teacher candidates with a pioneering spirit.

By the 2015-16 school year, our school will have grades 1 -7.   Urban Prairie draws our students mostly from a separate but affiliated Waldorf early childhood program, City Garden. Our curriculum includes Eurythmy, Spanish, Mandarin, handwork, music, movement, and woodwork.  Our programs continue to grow as the school grows.

The school is centrally located in Chicago, and we draw families from all over the city. This culturally rich city offers music, art, dance, and crafting, as well as anthroposophical doctors, a branch of the Anthroposophical Society, a Christian Community church, the Arcturus teacher training program, another K-12 Waldorf school on the north side of the city (Chicago Waldorf School), and opportunities to eat local, sustainable, organic, and biodynamic foods. We offer a competitive salary. Other benefits include mentoring, active support from the veteran teachers in our affiliated kindergarten faculty, generous continuing education reimbursement, health care stipend, retirement matching, and tuition remission.

Requirements include a Bachelor’s Degree, Waldorf certification in hand or under way, and enthusiasm for Waldorf education. We strongly prefer grade school teaching experience.

Please submit a letter of interest, resume, and three references here ».


Educational Support Coordinator

Urban Prairie Waldorf School, a developing Waldorf school in Chicago, seeks an Educational Support Coordinator for 2014-15.

We seek a candidate with a strong commitment to excellence and innovation in education. This is exemplified by effective and compassionate dialogue with parents and colleagues, an approach to work and an attitude that support the greater school community, knowledge and experience of mainstream educational and remedial support, and a deep interest and experience in Waldorf education as we move into the 21st century.

Job Description:

The Learning Specialist is supported by the administration, faculty, and an active and engaged Educational Support Committee. The Specialist will be expected to perform the following functions:

• Work with Individual Students:
- Work in a support role with the class teachers to assess individual students in need of extra learning support
- Design, implement, and report on educational plans for individual children
- Regularly assess and report on individual student support plans
- Coordinate learning support schedule
- Refer students when appropriate for outside support such as Occupational Therapists

• Management and Implementation of School Wide Assessments, particularly:
- Conduct 2nd grade assessments
- Conduct 1st grade readiness assessment

• Work with the Faculty:
- Lead the faculty weekly child studies
- Provide insight and guidance to other teachers about how they might best work with students in need of extra support, as well as more general support in recognizing and understanding issues which may be hindering students

• Work with students in a larger setting:
- Work with students in small groups with reading and math work
- Teach 1st grade Creative Movement class

• Work with Community
- Play a central role in UPWS parent education and involvement

• Work in Larger Community
- Bring own research and insights to larger Waldorf and education community
- Keep abreast of current research, both mainstream and Waldorf, as it relates to the educational support of our children.

School description:

Our school is young and energetic, with an entrepreneurial culture. Our teachers are independent self-starters who like the challenge of steering their own ship within a strong and growing fleet. Whether new or experienced, our teachers have a pioneering spirit.

Currently supporting grades 1-5, with more than 70 students, Urban Prairie draws our students mostly from a separate but affiliated Waldorf early childhood program. Our curriculum includes Eurythmy, Spanish, Mandarin, handwork, music, movement, and woodwork. Our programs continue to grow as the school grows.

The school is centrally located in Chicago, and we draw families from all over the city. This culturally rich city offers music, art, dance, and crafting, as well as anthroposophical doctors, a branch of the Anthroposophical Society, a Christian Community church, the Arcturus teacher training program, another K-12 Waldorf school on the north side of the city (Chicago Waldorf School), and opportunities to eat local, sustainable, organic, and biodynamic foods. We offer a highly competitive salary. Other benefits include continuing education reimbursement, health care stipend, retirement matching, and tuition remission.

Requirements:

- Waldorf training is required.
- Remedial training and Extra Lesson certification are required.

To apply:

Please submit a letter of interest, resume, and three references here ».


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 1-4 with more than 50 students, Urban Prairie draws students from across the city for our arts-integrated, academically rigorous, experiential Waldorf curriculum. Our start-up location is in the Pilsen neighborhood; this summer we will relocate to a large school building in Little Italy. 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 2013-14, 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 ».