Employment

River Valley Waldorf School is located in Upper Bucks County, Pennsylvania on the hills overlooking the Delaware River. Our property is situated in a serene, rural setting, yet is only 40 minutes from the Lehigh Valley metropolitan area and just over an hour from both New York City and Philadelphia.  Housed in a former public elementary school building, our programs include grades one through eight, kindergarten, nursery, and a caregiver-child program. The full Waldorf curriculum currently includes Spanish, handwork, sculptural arts (woodworking & soapstone carving), fine arts, gardening, music, and movement.  The River Valley community is tightly-knit, supportive, and welcoming, and the school has recently deepened its commitment to diversity and equity initiatives.  The school is a full member of the Waldorf Early Childhood Association of North America (WECAN) and is accredited by both the Association of Waldorf Schools of North America (AWSNA) and the Pennsylvania Association of Independent Schools (PAIS).

River Valley offers salaries commensurate with experience, as well as a benefits package that includes full tuition remission, health insurance, a 403B pension plan, and financial support for professional development.  River Valley is an equal opportunity employer.

Interested applicants should submit a cover letter, resumé, and a short biographical sketch.

By email: info@rivervalleyschool.org
By mail: River Valley Waldorf School
1395 Bridgeton Hill Road
Upper Black Eddy, PA 18972

Available Positions

Grades and/or Early Childhood Substitute Teachers

River Valley is seeking to expand our roster of locally-based substitute teachers for our Grades and Early Childhood Program. Candidates must demonstrate experience working with young children.

Equal Rights and Opportunities Policy

River Valley Waldorf School is an equal opportunity employer that is committed to diversity and inclusion in the workplace. We prohibit discrimination and harassment of any kind based on race, color, sex, religion, sexual orientation, national origin, disability, genetic information, pregnancy, or any other protected characteristic as outlined by federal, state, or local laws. We recognize that the range of ethnicities, nationalities, languages, socio-economic backgrounds, sexual orientation, learning differences, and life experiences within our community enhances the school’s learning environment, and we are committed to fostering equity and inclusion.

This policy applies to all employment practices within our organization, including hiring, recruiting, promotion, termination, layoff, recall, leave of absence, compensation, benefits, training, and mentorship. RVWS makes hiring decisions based solely on qualifications, merit, and business needs at the time.

Early Childhood Support Teacher

Position: Early Childhood Support Teacher

River Valley Waldorf School is seeking an individual to join the Early Childhood Department as a support for lead teachers in a mixed-aged early childhood program beginning the 2022-2023 school year. The position requires authentic warmth, good humor, joy, and enthusiasm for working with young children. The ideal candidate must also be willing to commit to the ongoing work of diversity, equity, and inclusion and have familiarity or interest in best practices of Waldorf Early Childhood Education. This position requires motivation, and the ability to engage in a physically active day while caring for children in the classroom space and surrounding forest areas in all seasons and weather.

General Description

  • Harmoniously work alongside the lead teacher to provide kind and supportive care to our students in a safe indoor and outdoor environment
  • Support the lead teacher in preparing and facilitating program activities throughout the day, i.e. help to prepare daily snack; maintain classroom cleanliness and order; participate in circle and storytime, outdoor activities, and any additional needs to support the flow of the day
  • Support children in being their best selves and model behavior for students in alignment with Waldorf pedagogy
  • Assist lead teacher with the support of students experiencing emotional or behavioral challenges
  • Participate in classroom setup, cleaning, and preparation at the beginning of the school year, and cleaning at the end of the school year
  • Meet regularly with lead teacher for planning, study of Waldorf pedagogy, and to communicate observations
  • Work well with a team, as well as be able to safely manage and lead a group of students when substituting the role of the lead teacher in their absence

Hours and Compensation

This part-time position is paid $20/hour and includes a 30 minute paid break, Monday-Friday, less school calendar breaks and snow/emergency days. Expected hours for attendance are 8am-2pm, which includes supporting a lead teacher during the half day program and the teacher leading the afternoon portion of the full day program.

Start Date & Timeline

Start: 8/29/2022

Mandatory Staff Training Week: During 8/29-9/2/2022

Prep and Clean up Weeks: During 8/29-9/2/2022 and 6/13-6/17/2023

School Year: September 6, 2022 – June 8, 2023

Required training obtained during employment may include:

  • CPR and First Aid
  • Mandated Reporter Training
  • Stewards of Children – Darkness to Light
  • Racial Equity: Anti-bias Training

The 7-acres of River Valley Waldorf School sits on forested hills that overlook the Delaware River on unceded Lenni-Lenape land. We are so grateful for the First Nations people’s reverent caretaking of the land we now call Upper Black Eddy, Pennsylvania. Upper Black Eddy is located in Bucks County and only 40-60 minutes from major metropolitan areas. Our programs include a caregiver-child program, mixed-age early childhood classes, and grades one through eight. The River Valley community strives to be supportive, and welcoming, and the school has recently deepened its commitment to diversity and equity initiatives. The school is a full member of the Waldorf Early Childhood Association of North America (WECAN) and is accredited by both the Association of Waldorf Schools of North America (AWSNA) and the Pennsylvania Association of Independent Schools (PAIS). 

Interested applicants should submit a cover letter, resumé, and a short biographical sketch to either:

email: info@rivervalleyschool.org

mail: River Valley Waldorf School

            1395 Bridgeton Hill Road

            Upper Black Eddy, PA 18972

Equal Rights and Opportunities Policy

River Valley Waldorf School is an equal opportunity employer that is committed to diversity and inclusion in the workplace. We prohibit discrimination and harassment of any kind based on race, color, sex, religion, sexual orientation, national origin, disability, genetic information, pregnancy, or any other protected characteristic as outlined by federal, state, or local laws. We recognize that the range of ethnicities, nationalities, languages, socio-economic backgrounds, sexual orientation, learning differences, and life experiences within our community enhances the school’s learning environment, and we are committed to fostering equity and inclusion.

This policy applies to all employment practices within our organization, including hiring, recruiting, promotion, termination, layoff, recall, leave of absence, compensation, benefits, training, and mentorship. RVWS makes hiring decisions based solely on qualifications, merit, and business needs at the time.

 

 

Long-term Substitute Grades Teacher Combined 2nd & 3rd Grade Class

Position: Long-term Substitute Grades Teacher Combined 2nd & 3rd Grade Class

River Valley Waldorf School is seeking an individual to join the faculty to serve as a long-term substitute in our combined second and third grade class. The position will begin in early winter and last through the school year.  Being a class teacher at River Valley Waldorf School requires authentic warmth, good humor, joy, and enthusiasm for teaching. Our school has a strong faculty of dynamic teachers, growing enrollment, effective leadership, and committed parents. We seek colleagues who share a vision for social justice through Waldorf Education. Ideal candidates will have a passion for Waldorf education, be willing to commit to ongoing work of diversity, equity, and inclusion, experience in elementary education, and the inter- and intra-personal skills to partner with parents and collaborate with colleagues. 

General Description

The long-term substitute is responsible for providing classroom coverage to the combined second and third grade while their current teacher is absent for an extended period of time, January/February 2023-June 2023. The long-term substitute works the regular hours of the absent classroom teacher during their absence and takes on all essential duties. 

Essential Duties

Teaches content and skills in subject area utilizing Waldorf curriculum framework and other appropriate learning activities.

Maintains classroom culture and social health of the class.

regulations and procedures of Newport News Public Schools.

Develops lesson plans and supplementary materials compatible with the Waldorf

pedagogical philosophy and provides individualized and small group instruction in order to adapt the curriculum to the needs of each student and subgroups of students.

Evaluates academic and social growth of students, prepares report cards, keeps appropriate

records to include attendance reports, checklists, and other recordkeeping activities

as necessary. 

Conducts spring family conferences to share student progress and completes authoring of year end narrative reports. 

Establishes and maintains standards of student behavior needed to provide an orderly, productive classroom environment.

Identifies student needs and collaborates with the educational support team.

Communicates with parents on student progress.

Supervises students in assigned out-of-classroom activities during the working day.

Participates in faculty committees and faculty meetings.

Adheres to personnel policies and practices and family handbook guidelines. 

Performs any other related duties as assigned by the head of school and/or pedagogical chair. 

Qualifications

We prefer candidates with a college degree, a commitment to Waldorf education, and proven capacities for teaching. Waldorf teaching training is strongly preferred for this position. We offer competitive benefits and a tuition remission benefit for qualifying faculty children.

Hours and Compensation

Daily 8:00 am – 3:30 pm with weekly after-school faculty meetings, committee meetings, and occasional special events on evenings and weekends. 

Salary ranges from $33,000 – $47,000 based on education and experience, and includes participation in the 403b retirement plan as well as healthcare benefits. Background clearances, physical examination, and TB test will be required.

Start Date & Timeline

Start: January/February 2023

School Year: September 8, 2022 – June 8, 2023

Required training obtained during employment may include:

CPR and First Aid

Mandated Reporter Training

Stewards of Children – Darkness to Light

Racial Equity: Anti-bias Training

 

The 7-acres of River Valley Waldorf School sits on forested hills that overlook the Delaware River on unceded Lenni-Lenape land. We are so grateful for the First Nations people’s reverent caretaking of the land we now call Upper Black Eddy, Pennsylvania. Upper Black Eddy is located in Bucks County and only 40-60 minutes from major metropolitan areas. Our programs include a caretaker-child program, mixed-age early childhood classes, and grades one through eight. The River Valley Waldorf community strives to be supportive, and welcoming, and the school has recently deepened its commitment to diversity and equity initiatives. The school is a full member of the Waldorf Early Childhood Association of North America (WECAN) and is accredited by both the Association of Waldorf Schools of North America (AWSNA) and the Pennsylvania Association of Independent Schools (PAIS). 

 

Interested applicants should submit a cover letter, resumé, and a short biographical sketch to either:

email: info@rivervalleyschool.org

mail: River Valley Waldorf School

            1395 Bridgeton Hill Road

            Upper Black Eddy, PA 18972

Equal Rights and Opportunities Policy

River Valley Waldorf School is an equal opportunity employer that is committed to diversity and inclusion in the workplace. We prohibit discrimination and harassment of any kind based on race, color, sex, religion, sexual orientation, national origin, disability, genetic information, pregnancy, or any other protected characteristic as outlined by federal, state, or local laws. We recognize that the range of ethnicities, nationalities, languages, socio-economic backgrounds, sexual orientation, learning differences, and life experiences within our community enhances the school’s learning environment, and we are committed to fostering equity and inclusion.

This policy applies to all employment practices within our organization, including hiring, recruiting, promotion, termination, layoff, recall, leave of absence, compensation, benefits, training, and mentorship. RVWS makes hiring decisions based solely on qualifications, merit, and business needs at the time.

 

 

Garden Gate Teacher

Position: Garden Gate Teacher

River Valley Waldorf School is seeking an individual to lead the Garden Gate: Caregiver and Child Class program beginning the 2022-2023 school year. The Garden Gate teacher leads classes with small groups of caregivers and young children. The teacher fosters a nurturing environment in class where teachers and caregivers cooperate in purposeful activity which inspires the children in their play. Children may help or play independently as they begin learning how to be an individual within a group. Teachers model behavior, bring beautiful age-appropriate songs, rhymes, and stories to aid parents in creating a healthy and harmonious rhythm for their child’s day. 

The weekly program includes adult crafts and child development discussions. It is the intent of all our Garden Gate offerings to provide a nurturing and supportive environment for the parents and caregivers as well as the children. Garden Gate is not just for ‘mommies.’ Daddies, grandparents, step-parents and nannies or other caregivers are welcome to bring the children. The teacher also leads two parent evenings per session and provides study materials to assist parents in deepening their understanding of the young child.

The ideal candidate must also be willing to commit to the ongoing work of diversity, equity, and inclusion and have familiarity or interest in best practices of Waldorf Early Childhood Education.  A Waldorf teaching certificate or current enrollment in a Waldorf teacher training program is strongly preferred.

Hours and Compensation

This is an hourly position at a rate of $15-20 per hour. 

Start Date & Timeline

Garden Gate classes take place in 2 twelve week sessions:

September 12-December 9

March 20- June 9 

Background clearances, physical examination, and TB test will be required.

Required training obtained during employment may include:

  • CPR and First Aid
  • Mandated Reporter Training
  • Stewards of Children – Darkness to Light
  • Racial Equity: Anti-bias Training

The 7-acres of River Valley Waldorf School sits on forested hills that overlook the Delaware River on unceded Lenni-Lenape land. We are so grateful for the First Nations people’s reverent caretaking of the land we now call Upper Black Eddy, Pennsylvania. Upper Black Eddy is located in Bucks County and only 40-60 minutes from major metropolitan areas. Our programs include a caregiver-child program, mixed-age early childhood classes, and grades one through eight. The River Valley community strives to be supportive, and welcoming, and the school has recently deepened its commitment to diversity and equity initiatives. The school is a full member of the Waldorf Early Childhood Association of North America (WECAN) and is accredited by both the Association of Waldorf Schools of North America (AWSNA) and the Pennsylvania Association of Independent Schools (PAIS). 

Interested applicants should submit a cover letter, resumé, and a short biographical sketch to either:

email: info@rivervalleyschool.org

mail: River Valley Waldorf School

            1395 Bridgeton Hill Road

            Upper Black Eddy, PA 18972

 

Equal Rights and Opportunities Policy

River Valley Waldorf School is an equal opportunity employer that is committed to diversity and inclusion in the workplace. We prohibit discrimination and harassment of any kind based on race, color, sex, religion, sexual orientation, national origin, disability, genetic information, pregnancy, or any other protected characteristic as outlined by federal, state, or local laws. We recognize that the range of ethnicities, nationalities, languages, socio-economic backgrounds, sexual orientation, learning differences, and life experiences within our community enhances the school’s learning environment, and we are committed to fostering equity and inclusion.

This policy applies to all employment practices within our organization, including hiring, recruiting, promotion, termination, layoff, recall, leave of absence, compensation, benefits, training, and mentorship. RVWS makes hiring decisions based solely on qualifications, merit, and business needs at the time.

River Valley Waldorf School
1395 Bridgeton Hill Rd
Upper Black Eddy, PA 18972
610-982-5606
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