Employment Opportunities

Thank you for your interest in working at Davis Waldorf School.  Our school offers a Waldorf curriculum for 1st through 8th grade and a licensed child care center that has two preschools, two kindergartens and an after-care program.  We have a strong and experienced faculty dedicated to working out of Anthroposophy.  Our parents are invested in their children's education and in the school, bringing great enthusiasm and energy to any project.  We are accredited by and a full member school of AWSNA (Association of Waldorf Schools of North America) and WECAN (Waldorf Early Childhood Association of North America).

To apply for a job, please submit: 1) resume; 2) cover letter; 3) transcripts (if applicable); and a list of three references with e-mail addresses via email to recruitment@daviswaldorf.org.  Everyone employed at Davis Waldorf School must pass the Department of Justice (DOJ), Federal Bureau of Investigations (FBI) and Child Abuse Reference Check (CAIC) background clearance.

 

Current Openings

Gardening Teacher

The Davis Waldorf School is currently looking to fill the position of part-time gardening teacher and coordinator for Early Childhood through 8th grade.  The 5-acre campus includes an already established ¼ acre garden, with raised beds, drip irrigation, perennials, outdoor classroom, and chicken coop.  The campus has established perennial plantings as well as space to develop further garden areas on and off campus.  We are looking for an energetic and self-directed individual with at least 2-3 years experience in gardening and educating children in the garden. Biodynamic gardening knowledge not required, but highly valued.  An understanding of organic gardening practices is a must.

Roles and Responsibilities:

  • Continue to work on developing our gardening curriculum relevant to the needs of our students and school and conduct garden classes for 1st – 8th grade students.  
  • Work with and support the EC teachers in gardening in their yards; including taking on certain gardening tasks (example: fruit tree pruning) and helping to clarify tasks for the EC teachers and parent volunteers.
  • Facilitate the developing school-wide organic waste composting system, including educating the students, faculty, parents and staff as needed, and maintaining a functioning composting system based on the needs of the school and the City of Davis regulations.  
  • Oversee and coordinate the care for the school’s hens – currently 5 chickens – throughout the year.
  • Guide students in general maintenance of the garden as a part of the gardening lessons as relevant to the curriculum and developmental stage of the children.
  • Model respect and curiosity for learning, and encourage students’ interests and talents, using a Waldorf curriculum, based on a child development approach.
  • Collaborate with teachers and parent volunteers in the development and documentation of garden lessons that are integrated with classroom teaching, and the developing needs of the students.
  • Coordinate parent garden volunteers to help in gardening classes, as needed, in collaboration with class teachers.
  • Use organic gardening (and when possible biodynamic) principals in caring for the garden; documenting crop rotation and working to enliven and improve soil, plant, and ecosystem health through use of cover crops, compost, beneficial insect habitat promotion, and biome-appropriate land stewardship methods.
  • Work with Site Committee to develop a comprehensive master plan for the DWS campus that includes increasing sensory and nature-play opportunities for students, encouraging low-water use plantings and improving water conservation strategies, improved community gathering spaces and appropriate edible landscape and beautification for the Davis-area eco-region.

Early Childhood Assistant Teacher

Are you passionate about working with young children? We are looking for a qualified individual to join our Faculty as an Early Childhood Assistant Teacher, for the upcoming 2019-2020 school year. The position must be staffed from approximately 7:45 to 1:15 p.m., daily. Additional time for meetings and trainings as needed. Reliability is essential.

The Assistant Teacher will assist the Lead Teacher and children with daily activities. They will work under the supervision of our experienced Lead Teacher to provide a safe, loving, nurturing environment for children in one of our Early Childhood Classrooms.  We are looking for an assistant teacher who has strong communication skills, knowledge of child development, and an interest in implementing curriculum and activities, following the example of the Lead Teacher. Waldorf training or experience is preferred.  We will consider candidates who have six months of work experience in a licensed Child Care Center or similar program and a minimum of 12 ECE credits.

Applicants should enjoy working with a team, be willing to take on new responsibilities and classroom chores, be prepared for a physically active school day (outside, in all weather conditions), enjoy supervising children, and be flexible with their work schedule as needed.

Applicants should meet the following requirements:

  •     At least 18 years of age
  •     Have a minimum of 12 core ECE units (transcripts required)
  •     Possess a keen sense of awareness of their environment (multi-tasker, alert to surroundings)
  •     Friendly and approachable (with students and parents)
  •     Positive, energetic personality enjoys working with children
  •     Patient, understanding, able to follow instructions and adhere to specific schedules
  •     Can meet the physical demands of working with preschool-aged children (bending, stooping, floor work, lifting children)
  •     Able to manage students in a classroom and playground setting
  •     Strict adherence to school policies and ability to interpret and enforce rules
  •     Possess a current Pediatric CPR and First Aid certificate

Extended Care Program Early Childhood Teachers/Aides

Are you passionate about working with young children? We are looking for  qualified teachers and aides in our Junebug extended care program for children ages 2-6 for the upcoming 2019-2020 school year. This position will be responsible for children in our after school program, assisting with classroom responsibilities, cleaning, making snack and putting children down for nap time.

This position is an important part of our daily operation. We are looking for someone who is reliable, punctual, and committed to the position and our students. This is a part-time position and it pays $12 - $16 an hour dependent on qualifications. Waldorf experience is a plus, however, it is not a requirement.

Applicants should meet the following requirements:

  •     At least 18 years of age;
  •     Have a minimum of 6 core ECE units-12 preferred (transcripts required);
  •     Possess a keen sense of awareness of their environment (multi-tasker, alert to surroundings);
  •     Friendly and approachable (with students and parents);
  •     Positive, energetic personality enjoys working with children;
  •     Patient, understanding, able to follow instructions and adhere to specific schedules;
  •     Can meet the physical demands of working with preschool aged children (bending, stooping, floor work, lifting children);
  •     Able to manage students in a classroom and playground setting;
  •     Strict adherence to school policies and ability to interpret and enforce rules;
  •     CPR/first aid certification preferred, or willing to obtain training.

Morning Care Provider

We have a need for a yard duty person from 7:45-8:30 a.m. daily, Monday-Friday for the upcoming 2019-2020 school year.  Duties include supervising children on the playground before school, ensuring playground rules are followed.   

On-Call Substitutes

We are always adding to our on-call substitute list for early childhood  (preschool and kindergarten) and our grades classes (grades 1-8).

Applicants for early childhood should meet the following requirements:

  •     At least 18 years of age
  •     Have a minimum of 12 core ECE units (transcripts required)
  •     Possess a keen sense of awareness of their environment (multi-tasker, alert to surroundings)
  •     Friendly and approachable (with students and parents)
  •     Positive, energetic personality enjoys working with children
  •     Patient, understanding, able to follow instructions and adhere to specific schedules
  •     Can meet the physical demands of working with preschool-aged children (bending, stooping, floor work, lifting children)
  •     Able to manage students in a classroom and playground setting
  •     Strict adherence to school policies and ability to interpret and enforce rules
  •     Possess a current Pediatric CPR and First Aid certificate

Equal Opportunity Employer
Davis Waldorf School is an equal opportunity employer and makes employment decisions on the basis of qualifications and competence. The School aims to have the most qualified person in every position and is committed to providing equal employment opportunity to all qualified persons. School policy prohibits unlawful discrimination based on race, color, age, sex, marital status, pregnancy, religious creed, national origin, ancestry, physical or mental disability, veteran status, sexual orientation, gender identity or any other protected characteristic under federal, state, or local law that is not considered a bona fide occupational qualification for a particular job.

The School attempts to provide reasonable accommodations to qualified disabled persons with protected medical conditions, barring undue hardship. This policy applies to all terms, conditions and privileges of employment, including recruitment, hiring, training, promotion, demotion, transfer, compensation, layoff, and termination. In keeping with this policy, DWS will participate in a timely, good faith, interactive process with any disabled applicant or employee to determine whether effective reasonable accommodations can be made. Applicants and employees are invited to contact the Business Manager or Administrator in a timely manner if they would like to participate in this interactive process.

If an employee believes he/she has been subjected to or is aware of any form of unlawful discrimination, the School will conduct an investigation, if deemed appropriate. If it is determined that unlawful discrimination has occurred, effective remedial action will be taken, up to and including termination of employment.

All employees have a right to pursue complaints with the California Department of Fair Employment and Housing (DFEH) and the Federal Equal Employment Opportunity Commission (EEOC).