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 caretaker/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.

 

Business Manager 

Independent school in Upper Black Eddy, PA is accepting resumes for the position of Business Manager.

The school is seeking an experienced, detail-oriented, thorough and organized business manager with the ability to multitask. 

Position Title: Business Manager
Classification: 12 month position either full-time or 80% depending on employee preference

Daily Hours:  Monday – Friday 9:00 AM – 5:30 PM

Flexible schedule, partial remote hours may be possible 

Reports to Head of School (HOS)

Apply with resume to: info@rivervalleyschool.org

Position for Immediate Hire Open until filled 

Objective

Under the direction of the HOS, manages the financial and business affairs of the school to include the maintenance of financial books and records including accounting, payroll, accounts payable, accounts receivable, and cash management. Establishes and maintains internal accounting controls and ensures financial compliance with state and federal requirements. Assists the HOS in strategic planning, policy development, and implementation of objectives.

Required Knowledge and Experience        

  • High school diploma or equivalent
  • 2+ years bookkeeping experience
  • Demonstrated proficiency in Microsoft Office applications (Word & Excel).
  • Experienced user of Quickbooks
  • Accounts receivable experience is a plus
  • Knowledge of non-profits is a plus
  • Detail-oriented, highly organized, and able to work independently
  • Ability to prioritize tasks and meet ongoing deadlines
  • Excellent customer service skills
  • High level of confidentiality regarding financial and employee information
  • Must be a perfectionist, with no tolerance for financial errors or oversights

Key responsibilities include participating in all functions related to, but not limited to the following:

  • Plans, organizes, directs, and controls the daily financial status of the school, and acts to protect, maintain, and improve procedures and processes where possible. Oversees internal audit procedures and controls. 
  • Is responsible for accounting functions involving such duties as maintaining financial records, reports, ledgers and budgets, participating in internal controls, completing special projects, ensuring compliance with Generally Accepted Accounting Principles, and assisting the external auditor and accountant in the preparation of financial statements.
  • Manages cash management, including regular banking transactions and statement reconciliations.
  • Provides leadership, direction, and management of the finance and accounting team.
  • Plans, develops, and oversees the budget process, which includes developing overall budget strategy and long-range planning, obtaining broad range of input, prioritizing needs, allocating resources among priorities, and developing mechanisms for monitoring and evaluation of financial performance.
  • Oversees the preparation of financial forecasting and financial reporting.
  • Reviews and updates all formal finance and HR related procedures.
  • Responsible for business-related legal compliance in general with federal and state laws.
  • Attends Board of Trustee meetings to assist the treasurer in presenting and interpreting financial monthly reporting. Attends Finance Committee Meetings when scheduled.
  • Provides strategic recommendations to the Head of School and Board of Trustees.
  • Works to support and advance the commitment to equity, belonging, and anti-racism work within the school.
  • Must hold all company financial and personnel information in strict confidence.
  • Various other duties as assigned; please note that the above items are not designed to be a comprehensive listing of activities, duties, or responsibilities that are required for this position – these may change at any time.

Additional paperwork will be required prior to/upon hire, including but not limited to the following forms (current within one year): Act 24 (Arrest & Conviction Form), Act 34 (PA Criminal History Background Check), Act 114 (Federal Clearance – FBI Fingerprint Check), Act 151 (PA Child Abuse History), and Act 168 (Misconduct Disclosure Release Form) for current and previous school employers. Two professional references will be required, and past employment information will be verified.  

Work Environment and Physical Demands
The duties of this position are performed primarily in an office setting. The position regularly requires standing, sitting, bending, and walking. The position also requires the ability to lift or carry items weighing up to 20 pounds.

Equal Rights and Opportunities Policy 

As an equal rights and opportunities employer, River Valley Waldorf School will not discriminate in its education programs, activities, or employment practices, based on race, color, religion, sex, sexual orientation, gender identity or expression, pregnancy, age, national origin, disability status, genetic information, protected veteran status, or any other characteristic protected by law. Announcement of this policy is in accordance with state and federal laws, including Title VI, VII of the Civil Rights Act of 1964, Title IX of the Education Amendments of 1972, Sections 503 and 504 of the Rehabilitation Act of 1973, and the Americans with Disabilities Act of 1990.

 

Director of Advancement 

River Valley Waldorf School is seeking a Director of Advancement for the 2021-2022 school year. The Director of Advancement is responsible for providing innovative and strategic leadership for institutional advancement. The Director of Advancement is responsible for managing and planning efforts in marketing and communications, development, and oversight of the admissions process. The Director of Advancement articulates all campaign strategies, participates in the identification, cultivation, and solicitation of prospects; oversees all advancement activities, and acts as liaison for the school and the community.

Serving as the Head of School’s chief advisor in matters relating to institutional advancement,

the Director sits on relevant Trustee committees, and takes responsibility for managing the

school’s strategic initiatives as they relate to funding priorities. The Director of Advancement will be responsible for building an Advancement team consisting of current employees and volunteers.

General Description

The essential duties of Director of Advancement are divided into three general categories:

Development

  • Building a comprehensive fundraising program 
  • Overseeing development office personnel activities, including the hiring, definition of job responsibilities, and performance review process of each staff member
  • Partnering with administrative staff, faculty, board members, and volunteers to achieve fundraising goals 
  • Stewarding major donors and managing a portfolio of gift prospects, providing strategies for funding prospects for the Head of School, and ensuring that timely steps are taken toward solicitation 
  • Continuing to grow the school’s Annual Appeal efforts to increase parent participation through improved communication and education
  • Working with the Board of Trustees’ development committee to establish event and campaign based fundraising strategies, practices, and plans 
  • Strategizing community sources of funding through grants and corporations, both locally and nationally 
  • Coordinating with the Parent Council concerning events, fundraising, and parent relations
  • Discover grant opportunities and build and maintain relationships with funders, donors, and others within the community that support the mission and vision of the school
  • Prepare grant proposals by determining concepts, gathering and formatting information, writing drafts, and obtaining approvals
  • Meet proposal deadlines and enter and monitor grant tracking data
  • Write, revise, and edit grant drafts including executive summaries, conclusions, and organization credentials
  • Prepare grant and development presentations for the Head of School and Board of Trustees.

Marketing and Communications

  • Collaborating with marketing and communications team members to address the school’s various communications needs, such as:
    •  Defining the vehicles for communicating with all constituent groups
    •  Overseeing alumni and parent communications and providing vehicles for more effective Board, staff, and faculty communication
    • Developing a plan for alumni and parent relations which is systematic in its approach, addressing those who are positively disposed and looking for mechanisms to stay involved with the school

Admissions

  • Work to support and advance the commitment to equity, belonging, and anti-racism work within the school and, ensure that every element of school life reflects the principles of equity, justice, and the dignity of each individual
  • Collaborating with the Admissions Coordinator in developing a plan to increase

applicants through recruitment, advertising, and visibility

  • Collaborating with Admissions Coordinator to achieve admissions goals, identify ways to improve the admissions process, and ensure the user experience is positive and customer service driven
  • Collaborating with the Admissions Coordinator to plan admissions events and outreach
  • Represent the school at community events promoting admissions

The ideal candidate will possess:

  • A deep respect for, and ability to articulate, the mission and core values of River Valley Waldorf School and commitment to academic excellence in an independent school education, along with the Board of Trustees’ and Head of School’s goals on the strategic direction of the institution
  • A commitment to equity, belonging, and anti-racism work 
  • Experience in development and experience in independent school advancement models, formulating and executing successful ongoing fundraising plans, along with experience with larger capital campaigns
  • Proven ability to cultivate, solicit, and steward gifts 
  • Grant writing and management experience
  • Strong management and leadership skills, both strategic and operational, and a demonstrated ability to build, manage, mentor, and motivate an effective team 
  • Collaborative skills to work effectively with the Head of School, Trustees, faculty, staff and volunteers along with the ability to maintain confidentiality and to exhibit good judgment in making decisions 
  • Ability to direct strategy and nimbly course-correct as necessary 
  • Impeccable discernment between professional life and personal life, and between organizational goals and personal preferences
  • Excellent communication skills, interpersonal and relationship-building skills to effectively work with a variety of people and personalities
  • Proficiency in Microsoft programs and Google platform
  • Ability to present, inform and motivate individuals and groups about RVWS’ mission
  • Goal-oriented, persistent, and persuasive
  • Thorough, organized, and detail-oriented

Hours and Compensation

  • Full time salary or 80% salary based on applicant scheduling preference
  • Medical coverage 
  • IRA contribution
  • Full remission for children

This is a full-time position Monday through Friday generally 8:00am-4:30pm. In addition, the Advancement Director would be required to attend Board of Trustees and various committee meetings as needed and at times be available during school breaks, summer break, and weekends to meet institutional needs.

Compensation for the full time salaried Director of Advancement position starts at $58,000.

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

About River Valley Waldorf School 

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, kindergarten, 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:

By email: info@rivervalleyschool.org

By mail: River valley Waldorf School
1395 Bridgeton Hill Road
Upper Black Eddy, PA 18972

 

 

Educational Support Teacher

River Valley Waldorf School is seeking an Educational Support teacher beginning the 2022-23 school year with potential to start part-time this school year 2021-2022. 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 remedial education. This position requires motivation, organization, exceptional communication skills, and ability to work with students in early childhood through eighth grade. We seek candidates who have high academic standards and the ability to respect and engender the respect of students of all ages. In addition, they should have the knowledge, skills, and enthusiasm to engage students of all temperaments and ability levels, and the interpersonal skills to work collaboratively with colleagues, administration, and parents/guardians.

General Description

The Educational Support Specialist will:

  • Be committed to working collaboratively with colleagues, families, and external professionals
  • Work closely with teachers to support students Individual Instructional Plans and differentiate curriculum
  • Contribute to cohort meetings and discussions of larger issues related to the grades or Early Childhood programs 
  • Provide leadership on school-wide policies/procedures to support academic and behavioral challenges 
  • Support an environment that fosters the education of the whole human being 
  • Provide remedial academic support 
  • Work collaboratively with classroom teachers and other faculty members 
  • Hold the overall student support picture including academic, social/emotional, and behavioral needs 
  • Chair the Care Committee 
  • In conjunction with Care Committee, help to organize child studies 
  • Coordinate parent education 
  • Work with Pedagogical Chair to determine teacher mentoring needs and professional development
  • In collaboration with the Care Committee, write and update student support plans, supervise their implementation, support teachers in differentiating the curriculum, and educate students, teachers, and parents about learning differences. 
  • Support development of  school-wide policies/procedures for helping students facing academic challenges and behavioral challenges 
  • Liaison with local Intermediate Unit and coordinate with assigned psychologists for student evaluation
  • Implement assessments at predetermined benchmarks.

The ideal candidate will have:

  • Training in Waldorf education, Waldorf remedial/Extra Lesson training, or other equivalent training or experience 
  • An advanced degree/training in education, special education, or a related field 
  • Training and experience providing educational support to students grades K-8 
  • Experience writing, updating, and maintaining student support plans 
  • Experience supervising education plan implementation 
  • Diverse experience with differentiating curriculum and intervention strategies 
  • Proficiency in Google platform 
  • Experience educating students, teachers, and parents about learning differences 
  • An understanding of positive and proactive discipline strategies and ability to support school-wide efforts to implement these practices 
  • A commitment to antiracism and supporting students with diverse learning needs  
  • Knowledge of Orton-Gillingham approaches to reading and science of reading.

Hours and Compensation

  • Full time salary or 80% salary based on applicant scheduling preference 
  • Medical coverage 
  • IRA contribution
  • Full remission for children

The starting salary for this position is $35,000 and includes participation in the IRA contribution and healthcare benefits. Salary may be adjusted for Waldorf experience and schooling beyond Bachelor’s level study. Background clearances, physical examination and TB test will be required.

About River Valley Waldorf School 

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, kindergarten, 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:

By email: info@rivervalleyschool.org

By mail: River valley Waldorf School
1395 Bridgeton Hill Road
Upper Black Eddy, PA 18972

 

 

For Immediate Hire: First/Second Grade Supporting Teacher 

River Valley Waldorf School is welcoming applications for a part-time first grade assistant teacher for immediate hire. Successful candidates will enthusiastically and energetically engage students and will work collaboratively with other faculty and administrators to create an educational environment that is aligned with the school’s mission and program goals. A Bachelor’s degree and Waldorf training or experience is preferred. This position also allows the person an opportunity to gain experience and mentorship from an experienced Waldorf teacher. Candidates who are dedicated to Waldorf education and possess a love of teaching are encouraged to apply.

Responsibilities include:

  • Support the lead teacher in executing a variety of activities and lessons
  • Provide instruction to individual students or small groups
  • Help students who need more support
  • Redirect student behavior as needed
  • Prepare classroom supplies and equipment
  • Meet regularly with lead teacher for planning and review of work
  • Maintain harmonious and orderly classroom
  • Substitute teach as necessary
  • Responsible, reliable, flexible, enthusiastic, and good communication skills are necessary
  • A commitment to Waldorf pedagogy and the work of diversity, equity, and inclusion and anti-racism.

We are looking for an individual dedicated to Waldorf education, with love and enthusiasm for teaching. We value collaborative working relationships among our colleagues, confidence in representing Waldorf education to the broader community, and dedication to the whole school. 

This is an hourly position with a pay rate of $20.00 per hour. Work hours are 8:00-10:30am Monday through Friday (except for non-school days). Term of service currently runs from immediate hire through December 18th, 2021 and may be extended to the full school year dependent upon school needs. Background clearances, physical examination, and TB test will be required.

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 caretaker/child program. The full Waldorf curriculum currently includes Spanish, woodworking, 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).  

 

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

By email: info@rivervalleyschool.org

By mail: River valley Waldorf School
1395 Bridgeton Hill Road
Upper Black Eddy, PA 18972

 

 

Handwork Teacher

River Valley Waldorf School is seeking a fully-trained, experienced, and dynamic 1st-8th grade Waldorf-trained Handwork teacher to join our dedicated faculty beginning in the fall of 2021.  The position requires authentic warmth, good humor, joy and enthusiasm for working with children. The ideal candidate must also be willing to commit to the on-going work of diversity, equity, and inclusion and have familiarity or interest in best practices of Waldorf Education. 

General Description

The Handwork Teacher should be able to work collaboratively with school faculty to schedule and plan developmentally appropriate projects, with an understanding that students within a given class will make progress on their work at varying rates.

Qualifications

Candidates for this position ideally hold a Waldorf Teacher certification, M.Ed. in Waldorf Elementary Education, or handwork certification and/or experience teaching handwork and mastery knowledge of knitting, sewing, crochet, embroidery, etc.. 

Ideal candidate will also possess:

  • Excellent written and verbal communication skills with both children and adults;
  • Classroom management skills and positive discipline strategies;
  • A passion for Waldorf education, collaboration and growth;
  • Ability to self-start and create lesson plans for a range of abilities;
  • Flexibility and ability to work with a variety of communication styles;
  • Experience in teaching elementary and middle school students;
  • An eagerness to collaborate deeply with colleagues and school parents; and
  • A commitment to ongoing professional development in both Waldorf pedagogy and the work of diversity, equity, and inclusion.

Compensation

This is a part-time position compensated hourly or as a part-time salaried position. Compensation is commensurate with experience. 

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 caretaker/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).  

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

 

Bookkeeper

Classification: Part-time/hourly
PT approximately 25 hrs/week, 12-month position
Hours of Operation:  Monday – Friday 7:30 AM – 4:30 PM
Flexible schedule, partial remote hours possible
Reports to Business Manager

Apply with resume to:  business@rivervalleyschool.org

The main objective for this position is to assist the Business Manager with the accounting transactions and business office activities for a non-profit school.

Required Knowledge and Experience    

  • HS Diploma or Equivalent
  • 2+ years bookkeeping experience
  • Demonstrated proficiency in Microsoft Office applications (Word & Excel).
  • Experienced user of Quickbooks
  • Accounts receivable experience is a plus
  • Knowledge of non-profits is a plus
  • Detail-oriented, highly organized, and able to work independently
  • Ability to prioritize tasks and meet ongoing deadlines
  • Excellent customer service skills
  • High level of confidentiality regarding financial and employee information
  • Must be a perfectionist, with no tolerance for financial errors or oversights

Key responsibilities include participating in all functions related to, but not limited to, the following:

  • Properly recording financial activities for accounts payable, accounts receivable, and payroll
  • Overseeing the tuition collection process and maintaining all tuition-related records; corresponding with parents regarding tuition payments
  • Maintaining other accounts receivable, including fundraising and donations; corresponding with donors
  • Making bank deposits, recording bank account transactions, reconciling bank statements
  • Processing invoices, maintaining vendor documentation, distributing payments
  • Ongoing general ledger posting and reconciliation
  • Assisting with annual audit, 990 preparation and 1099 preparation
  • Assisting with HR documentation
  • Organizing records and files
  • Must hold all company financial and personnel information in strict confidence
  • Various other duties as assigned; please note that the above items are not designed to be a comprehensive listing of activities, duties, or responsibilities that are required for this position – these may change at any time.
  • Additional paperwork will be required prior to/upon hire, including but not limited to the following forms (current within one year): Act 24 (Arrest & Conviction Form), Act 34 (PA Criminal History Background Check), Act 114 (Federal Clearance – FBI Fingerprint Check), Act 151 (PA Child Abuse History), and Act 168 (Misconduct Disclosure Release Form) for current and previous school employers.  Two professional references will be required, and past employment information will be verified.
  • Work Environment and Physical Demands
    The duties of this position are performed primarily in an office setting. The position regularly requires standing, sitting, bending, and walking. The position also requires the ability to lift or carry items weighing up to 20 pounds.
  • EQUAL RIGHTS AND OPPORTUNITIES POLICY
    As an equal rights and opportunities agency, the River Valley Waldorf School will not discriminate in its education programs, activities, or employment practices, based on race, color, religion, sex, sexual orientation, gender identity or expression, pregnancy, age, national origin, disability status, genetic information, protected veteran status, or any other characteristic protected by law.  Announcement of this policy is in accordance with state and federal laws, including Title VI, VII of the Civil Rights Act of 1964, Title IX of the Education Amendments of 1972, Sections 503 and 504 of the Rehabilitation Act of 1973, and the Americans with Disabilities Act of 1990.

 

 

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