1857 Curlew Road, Palm Harbor FL 34683 waldorf@suncoastwaldorf.org 727.786.8311

Job Openings

We are currently seeking energetic, enthusiastic and engaging individuals for the following possible positions. Our ideal candidates will be an experienced Waldorf trained teachers who exhibit a warm, caring, confident classroom presence, can effectively present the Waldorf curriculum and communicate well with parents. Prior experience is highly valued.

Interested candidates may send resumes to hr@suncoastwaldorf.org.

2016-2017 School Year:

  • Part-time German teacher
  • Part-time Games/Movement teacher
  • Part-time Woodworking teacher

2017-2018 School Year

  • Lead Nursery Teacher
  • Bookkeeper
  • 1st Grade Teacher
  • 2017-18 Grades Teacher

 


Lead Nursery Teacher

Overview
The lead teacher will create a warm loving home-like classroom for 16-18 children. We are looking for someone with solid experience in a Waldorf classroom who enjoys being a part of new beginnings.

Qualifications

We are looking for someone who has:

  • Waldorf Teacher training certificate
  • Bachelors degree or equivalent teaching experience
  • Preference of 3 or more years experience in early childhood education
  • An understanding and commitment to the study of Rudolf Steiner’s child development, Waldorf Education, and Anthroposophy
  • A warm heart and a pioneering spirit; willingness to help create infrastructure, policies and procedures in a new school.
  • Must pass criminal background check and child abuse screening prior to employment

Responsibilities

Meeting needs of the children:

  • Create and lead a nurturing kindergarten for children ages 3.5-6 in accordance with the principles of Waldorf Education.
  • Establish, conduct, and uphold a healthy rhythm to the kindergarten day; communicate daily, weekly and monthly needs of the rhythm to all who work or volunteer in the kindergarten; willingness to adjust rhythm to best meet needs of class culture.
  • Daily preparation of room, materials, and activities. Daily communication with Kindergarten Assistant on classroom needs, expectations and follow through. Lead weekly planning meeting with Kindergarten Assistant and classroom volunteers to facilitate communication and creation of health classroom culture.
  • Lead Teacher establishes the space where the children are led into play, purposeful work and activities in an enriching environment and communicates the intentions with the Assistant for maximum support and follow through.
  • Work closely with other teachers, staff, and administration to assess the developmental needs of individual children.
  • Ability to document and bring observed issues or concerns pertaining to students’ needs to the Faculty Circle for support and, when necessary, assistance in matching outside community resources to the need(s) in the classroom.
  • Lead Teacher models reverence for self, all people, items and activities in the classroom and school environment.
  • Create and track Waldorf early childhood curriculum as it meets the needs of the developing young child.
  • Conduct and coordinate first grade readiness evaluations.

Meeting the needs of the families:

  • Dialog with parents about the individual needs of their children; including but not limited to daily conversations regarding children’s needs and behaviors in the classroom. Facilitate healthy means of communication, both verbal and electronic, where parents, teacher, and other personnel who work with the children can feel heard. Work cooperatively with the parents to support the needs of their child and family within the school community.
  • Facilitate monthly communications of Kindergarten needs and events through community newsletters.
  • Introduce families to the principles of Waldorf Education.
  • Educate parents about early childhood development.
  • Plan and conduct parent meetings during the school year, to include craft or artistic activities and study of article, book or relevant topics based on Anthroposophy and human development.
  • Encourage and support the use of Waldorf principles in home life.

Supporting the school Community:

  • Assist in hiring, supervising and evaluating your class assistant.
  • Provide leadership, support and guidance to assistants, staff, and others as needed who are working in the program.
  • Proactively work with class assistant and volunteers to create nurturing, warm, supportive environment for all.
  • Work with building/supplies committee to create classroom and equipment.
  • Work closely with the Board of Directors and the Faculty Circle including defining and following through on administrative duties within the Faculty Circle.
  • Assist in fundraising and other community activities.
  • Lead one festival during the school year and help support the other festivals
  • Attend training courses and meetings as required by the Board of Directors.
  • Develop an ongoing relationship and study of Waldorf Education and Anthroposophy.
  • Help create and uphold Kindergarten and School policies.
  • Coordinate the WECAN and AWSNA membership process.
  • Coordinate and oversee the NC Daycare Licensing process.
  • Oversee the Morning Garden Parent-Child education program
  • Adhere to North Carolina standards and regulations for the operation of a Kindergarten.

 


Bookkeeper

Description: The Bookkeeper is responsible for the operational management of the school’s finances and payroll.

Commitment: The Bookkeeper is expected to work two days per week during the school year and one day a week throughout the summer.

Reports to: Administrator

Desired Skills:

  • Excellent organizational skills
  • Proficiency in fiscal operations
  • College education in finance and/or accounting, or at least five years’ experience in progressive financial responsibilities
  • Initiative and self-starter attitude.
  • Ability to develop and follow through on both long and short term projects.
  • Ability to prioritize and delegate
  • Computer efficient, especially with Microsoft Office products, Quickbooks and database applications.
  • Ability to work well with people and interface with various constituencies in a professional and supportive manner.
  • Motivated, objective, and sensitive to the needs of a small organization.
  • Able to provide fiscal leadership on behalf of the school.

 

Responsibilities:
1. Assist the Administrator in the preparation and administration of the school budget in support of the overall strategic goals of the school.

  • Serve on the Finance Committee.
  • Monitor budget and cash flow throughout the year.
  • Review cash flow to ensure proper coverage
  • Monitor approved capital expenses and budgets.
  • Ensure that all payments are consistent with Strategic goals.
  • Solicit Administrator’s approval prior to authorizing expenditures for non-budgeted items over $200.
  • Remain sensitive to budgetary constraints and follow appropriate approval process before releasing funds.

2. Oversee all aspects of the bookkeeping and accounting operations, including payroll.

  • Process and distribute monthly salaries and hourly payroll.
  • Prepare federal and state payroll tax payments.
  • Make deposits into the operating school accounts.
  • Ensure payment of invoices, payment requests and reimbursement forms after Administrator’s approval.
  • Reconcile monthly bank statements. Serve as contact to all banking authorities.
  • Review all General Ledger accounts periodically to check for errors.
  • Set up monthly occurring Journal Entries.
  • Maintain Petty Cash fund.
  • Prepare monthly statement of expenses for teachers who have classroom supply budgets.
  • Set up accounts for fundraising efforts by classes. Process all checks and deposits.
  • Oversee Paypal and Square accounts.
  • Provide financial oversight for fundraising activities, including the Holiday Faire, auction, and other activities. Make deposits, ensure timely payment of invoices and reimbursement requests and prepare reports to support these events.
  • Participate in professional coursework in Accounting to ensure efficient practices.

3. Manage tuition and aftercare payment collection

  • Manage tuition income and follow up with late payments.
  • Bill and collect payment for aftercare payments.
  • Recommend ways to improve fund collection.
  • Ensure that school records are held for all students with an outstanding account balance.

4. Gather data and create financial reports to ensure adequate communication regarding financial matters throughout the school community.

  • Provide monthly reports to Finance Committee of budget vs. actuals.
  • Create and distribute financial documents, as needed, to the Board and Faculty.

5. Ensure the production of necessary tax materials for Local, State, and Federal Agencies.

  • 941 Federal tax returns
  • State Department of Labor Returns.
  • W-2s for employments
  • W-3 for IRS
  • 1099s
  • Renew corporate status each year.

Accountability
The Bookkeeper is accountable to the Administrator. The bookkeeper is responsible for ensuring the financial health of the school and must stay in close communication with the Administrator and the Board Treasurer to ensure that all goals are met.
A performance review of this position will be conducted annually by the Administrator.

Expectations, Salary, and Benefits
This position is a 16-hour per week hourly position. Compensation is set at $15/hour.


About Suncoast Waldorf

Suncoast Waldorf School, now 18 years old, is located on its own Live Oak shaded property in Palm Harbor on the gulf coast of Florida. The school, noted for its warm hospitality and generosity of spirit, has welcomed families from all parts of the world and from all economic sectors. Our strong and cohesive faculty is dedicated to supportive collegial work and continued professional development. Our committed and engaged parent body provides the needed support for festivals, field trips and upkeep of the property.

Palm Harbor, a cozy, comfortable town on Florida’s gulf coast, is part of the greater Tampa Bay metropolitan area. Offering an established symphony, a world class international airport, museums, theaters and art galleries as well as wonderful restaurants and shopping venues.   The Tampa Bay Area provides all the conveniences of big city living and at the same time, the sparkling gulf for myriad water sports, quiet peaceful rivers for canoeing, national forests for camping and hiking, and lush farm lands and pastures are never far away.