Welcome to Rudolf Steiner School
Established in 1928, Rudolf Steiner School was the first Waldorf School in North America. Located on Manhattan’s Upper East Side, RSS enrolls nearly 300 students in nursery through grade 12. The school strives to build a healthy, inclusive community that reflects the diversity of NYC. With the underlying perception that each child is equally unique and equally deserving, the Rudolf Steiner School is committed to the work of diversity, equity, and inclusion to continue to find ways to shape an environment in which each child feels seen and heard. Rudolf Steiner School is accredited by the Association of Waldorf Schools of North America (AWSNA) and the New York State Association of Independent Schools (NYSAIS).
The Mission of RSS
Rudolf Steiner School offers a human-centered education. Our Waldorf curriculum reflects the developmental stages of childhood and serves the capacities and talents of each growing child. The school gives special emphasis to sensory experience and physical movement, to an alliance between artistic and intellectual activity, and to the ethical dimension of every subject. Our graduates are inventive thinkers and resilient idealists who cultivate an appreciative regard for a world that they seek to improve.
About Waldorf Education
Waldorf education inspires the spirit of the child while eliciting academic excellence through educational artistry. Drawing on many traditions, we celebrate our common humanity, not our separateness in belief or practice. Alongside Waldorf schools worldwide, RSS graduates lifelong learners who give purpose to their lives and communities.
Waldorf schools provide a developmentally appropriate, experiential, and academically rigorous approach to education that integrates the arts in all academic disciplines for children from preschool through twelfth grade. Waldorf education creates a deeply meaningful learning process upon which experience, not just acquisition, underscores knowledge, thereby encouraging students to be active thinkers.
About the Positions
Lower School Chair
The Lower School comprises Nursery through grade six. The leading responsibility of the Lower School Chair is to support all aspects of pedagogy and program for students, families, and teachers in this area of the school. The Lower School Chair also participates in the school’s Leadership Council as well as in the school’s College of Teachers, to give attention to school-wide pedagogical issues. This leader will also support admission and retention efforts.
Upper School Chair
The Upper School comprises grades seven through twelve. The leading responsibility of the Upper School Chair is to support all aspects of pedagogy and program for students, families, and teachers in this area of the school. The Upper School Chair also participates in the school’s Leadership Council as well as in the school’s College of Teachers, to give attention to school-wide pedagogical issues. Depending on a candidate’s particular strengths and abilities and the emerging needs of the Upper School, the position may involve a combination of teaching and administrative responsibilities including admission and retention work.
Desired Skills and Attributes
- Experience in Waldorf education, including an intention to deepen knowledge and understanding
- Capacity to represent the school’s curriculum, values, and aims to current and prospective families, as well as to represent the school in the wider community of schools in the New York City area
- Ability as an educator to engage with adolescents and inspire their trust
- Experience in a leadership role in an educational setting, including an understanding of how different academic and non-academic departments interconnect and interrelate;
- Capacity to collaborate, delegate, and resolve conflicts effectively
- Ability to work collaboratively and effectively with faculty, administration, Board of Trustees, parents, and students
- Excellent written and verbal communication skills
- Bachelor’s degree; master’s preferred
How to Apply
Candidates interested in either of these positions are asked to submit the materials listed below:
- Cover Letter
- Statement of Educational Leadership Philosophy
- A list of five or more references with contact information (including phone numbers and email address)
Please address any inquiries or expressions of interest to:
Rudolf Steiner School is an equal opportunity employer. All qualified applicants will receive consideration for employment and will not be discriminated against on the basis of race, color, national and ethnic origin, religion, disability, age, military or veteran status, marital status, citizenship status, sex, sexual orientation, gender, gender identity or expression, transgender status, predisposing genetic characteristics, actual or perceived domestic violence victim status, unemployment status, or any other category protected by law. The School takes affirmative action in support of its policy to employ and advance all qualified candidates.
Listing Date: March 8, 2023