Urban Prairie Waldorf School
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Employment Opportunities

We are currently seeking to fill the following positions:

Director of Development

Urban Prairie Waldorf School in Chicago seeks Development Director

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 a truly enjoyable work environment. We currently serve over 100 students in grades 1 – 7 and will 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.  Urban Prairie is an exciting, challenging, and vigorous environment to work in, and we seek like-minded individuals, who are passionate and committed to the growth of Urban Prairie and 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.

The Development Director will provide leadership for the development effort, helping promote positive relationships in the Urban Prairie community and establishing relationships in the community at large that create a culture of philanthropy throughout the school community. As the School advances to the next level of excellence and achievement, the development program must accordingly increase its ability to fund growth.  The Director will be charged with expanding the current program and reaching beyond the current core of donors to build a robust, diverse effort including annual, major, capital, and legacy gifts. The successful candidate will also be able to position others for success in their fundraising efforts including the Board, Administration, faculty, and staff.

Key Responsibilities

  • Lead a vibrant Annual Giving program, Capital Campaigns in accordance with the School’s strategic plan and special development events.
  • Develop and maintain a highly collaborative relationship with volunteers who plan and execute events (Chili Cook-off, Grandparents’ Day, Winter’s Night, and Jump a thon).
  • Develop and maintain a highly collaborative relationship with the Administrator and Pedagogical Chair.
  • Oversee and monitor the Development budget.
  • Develop, implement, and evaluate the strategy and annual plans for fundraising to maximize unrestricted and restricted funds from individuals, corporations, and grant-making bodies
  • Create clear income and expenditure budgets, cash flow projections.
  • Prepare an annual master plan for fundraising and oversee and coordinate its implementation.
  • Support the Board of Trustees with the cultivation and solicitation of donors.
  • Develop an annual fundraising plan to be approved by the Administration and Development Committee and Board of Trustees.
  • Prepare all written fundraising related communication materials including letters, newsletters, brochures, and press releases
  • Manage all other restricted and in-kind giving and acknowledgment
  • Work closely with the Board President and board members to support them in fulfilling their fundraising tasks, accompanying them on donor visits when appropriate.
  • Participate in public relations, marketing, and advertising decisions, developing materials for School publications and other communications.
  • Contribute to the overall life and community of the School wherever and whenever appropriate by working with children, families, faculty, and the Board of Trustees.
  • Support the Board of Trustees in seeking potential new board members and implementing strategic plan.
  • Maintain a database of all contributors and provide development reports as needed.
  • Perform other duties as assigned by the Administration or the Board of Trustees.

Minimum Qualifications

  • 3 years’ experience in fundraising
  • Experience in directly soliciting and closing charitable gifts
  • Experience working with volunteers
  • Bachelor’s Degree
  • Preferred independent school experience
  • Exceptional listening, oral, and writing skills
  • Computer skills, including proficiency in Microsoft Word and Excel.

 After 6 months in post you will have:

  • Drafted an annual fundraising strategy
  • Completed 40% annual fund solicitations
  • Researched organizations to assist with capital campaign. Begin work with Board of Trustees to develop a capital campaign long-term strategy.
  • Coordinated and held two events (Orientation Night gathering, Chili Cook off). Coordination of Winter’s Night event, Grandparent’s Day, and Jump a thon are underway.
  • Become proficient in Urban Prairie’s mission, projects, and programs with the ability to speak authoritatively as a representative of the senior management team.
  • Complied material for 2 quarterly newsletters, edited and sent to community and donor list.

Resume along with three references can be e-mailed 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 1-4 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 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 ».