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

Employment Opportunities

We are currently seeking to fill the following positions:

Early Childhood Teacher

To The Early Childhood Teacher: A Poem by Urban Prairie Waldorf School

 

Us in Chicago, we got it all,

Four distinct seasons and buildings real tall,

Creative thinkers and hard-working folks,

And ones that tell anthroposophical jokes.

 

Our grade school grows, through striving and heart.

We’re ready now for a kinder to start.

Does building a program simply fill you with joy? 

Might you be the one we’re supposed to employ?

 

We just bought a building, so that’s hard work, too,

But the sky’s the limit, if we just had you. 

Come join us! Pack up your silks and your lyre!

Be part of the spark that ignites Prairie fire.

 

Urban Prairie Waldorf School in Chicago’s west side seeks our first Early Childhood teacher to develop and lead our new Early Childhood Program.

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 an  enjoyable work environment. Urban Prairie is an exciting and challenging environment to work in. We seek 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.

We currently serve grades 1-8 and feel the time has arrived to build our Early Childhood program.   We recently purchased a new building, and in 2018-19 we will move into that new campus with 50,000 square feet of space, including 23 classrooms, a gym, science lab, kitchen, cafeteria and a large outdoor space waiting for the faculty to dream big. This building gives us room to start the EC program that will complete our educational offerings and provide greater enrollment stability. Our grade school curriculum also includes Eurythmy, Spanish, Mandarin, handwork, music, orchestra, movement, woodwork and other practical arts.  

We are looking for an experienced Early Childhood teacher who can build a Waldorf Early Childhood program from the ground up, incorporating will-developed intelligence. This individual must enjoy working with parents as well as children. The teacher will:

  • begin to work with our existing Early Childhood Task Force as soon as possible to envision the program as well as the physical space.  
  • serve as the face of the program in admissions/marketing events for the program
  • develop and administer the program
  • deliver the philosophy of Waldorf education and child development through ongoing parent education and classroom curriculum.  

Requirements for the position include a Bachelor’s Degree, Waldorf Teacher Training certification (EC-specific preferred), and enthusiasm for bringing Waldorf education to our thriving urban environment. Candidate should be a self-starter, able to take on tasks with limited direction, have a strong desire to try new things, a love of learning, and strong verbal and nonverbal communication skills. They should be proficient in Microsoft Word and comfortable using email.  Ideally, we seek someone with a minimum five to ten years of experience and a proven track record of success in an Early Childhood program. 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 an equal opportunity employer and will be accepting applications until January 15, 2018.

 


Middle School Block Teacher

Urban Prairie Waldorf School on Chicago’s seeks a Middle School block teacher that can support blocks in Math, Science and / or Language Arts. 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 are from January – June 2018. For those interested in a continuing in full time position, we will be hiring a Middle School Teacher full time in 2018-19 to support the Grade 6-8 class teachers.

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 an  enjoyable work environment. Urban Prairie is an exciting and challenging environment to work in. We seek 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.

We currently serve grades 1-8 and we recently purchased a new building, and in 2018-19 we will move into that new campus with 50,000 square feet of space, including 23 classrooms, a gym, science lab, kitchen, cafeteria and a large outdoor space waiting for the faculty to dream big. This building gives us room to start the EC program that will complete our educational offerings and provide greater enrollment stability. Our grade school curriculum also includes Eurythmy, Spanish, Mandarin, handwork, music, orchestra, movement, woodwork and other practical arts.

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 on Chicago’s west side seeks a First Grade Class 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 an  enjoyable work environment. Urban Prairie is an exciting and challenging environment to work in. We seek 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.

We currently serve grades 1-8 and we recently purchased a new building, and in 2018-19 we will move into that new campus with 50,000 square feet of space, including 23 classrooms, a gym, science lab, kitchen, cafeteria and a large outdoor space waiting for the faculty to dream big. This building gives us room to start the EC program that will complete our educational offerings and provide greater enrollment stability. Our grade school curriculum also includes Eurythmy, Spanish, Mandarin, handwork, music, orchestra, movement, woodwork and other practical arts.

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 15, 2017.


Development Coordinator

Urban Prairie Waldorf School, in Chicago’s Little Italy neighborhood, seeks a part to full time Development Coordinator.

 

About Urban Prairie Waldorf School

 

We are a dynamic and forward-thinking urban 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 truly enjoyable work environment. We currently serve over 160 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 work environment, and we seek a like-minded colleague who is passionate and committed to a school that provides children with an exemplary Waldorf education. In support of our commitment and vision, we believe strongly in investing in our employees and offer excellent compensation, benefits, and professional development, mentoring, and support. 

 

Roles and Responsibilities

 

The Development Coordinator is responsible for supporting the Director of Community Development by leading Urban Prairie’s development efforts.

 

Fundraising: Envisions a development strategy for our school and supports 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 Coordinator will work with the Director on the development of marketing and public relation materials to be used for fundraising, events and other programs as needed.

 

Community Building: As a member of Urban Prairie support staff, the Coordinator represents and promotes the school’s mission, philosophy, and practice of Waldorf education within the community. The Coordinator will organize development events.

 

Other: All Administrative staff is expected to assist with office support as needed. This may include duties such as occasionally 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 ».