Early childhood through grade 12

Hawthorne Valley Association

At Hawthorne Valley, we value and strive for social and cultural renewal in our work. We believe that cultivating an environment where everyone can be – and become – the truest expression of their humanity is essential for individual, organizational, and societal health. We recognize that a diverse community where everyone feels safe and is valued as they are is a strong community. Hawthorne Valley is committed to creating a diverse coworker body, and we are proud to be an equal opportunity employer.

Middle School and High School Physics/Science Teacher- School Year 2024-25

Hawthorne Valley Waldorf School is seeking an experienced Middle School and High School Science Teacher to support the teaching of Physics and other Science blocks (such as Optics) in Grades 6 through 12.  We are looking for someone with experience in Waldorf pedagogy and a good report with Middle School and High School students.  An ideal candidate might also have experience in math teaching.

This position is full time and eligible for benefits including 90% tuition remission for faculty children.  The base salary is $48,000 with increases based on years of experience and a bump up for a Master’s Degree.

Depending on one’s background and interest, this position would be a carrying faculty member in either the Middle School or High School at Hawthorne Valley and would support the appropriate level with clubs, trips, tutoring, recess and other supportive roles. Other areas of potential involvement include the Middle School Science Fair and the High School Science Olympiad team.  Our science and math teachers work collaboratively in the High School and Middle School both to support the needs of our students and to ensure a developmental arc to the curriculum that spans the grades.

A Nursery through Grade 12 School, Hawthorne Valley Waldorf School (HVS) is situated on a 900-acre biodynamic farm surrounded by expansive views of the nearby Catskill and Berkshire Mountains.  The school is 2.5 hours north of New York City.  HVS is a branch of the Hawthorne Valley Association (HVA), which supports several Anthroposophical initiatives including the Hawthorne Valley Farm and Farmstore, a Farm Apprenticeship program, a Farmscape Ecology Program, the Alkion Waldorf teacher-training program, a Place-Based Learning Center, the Nature Institute and other programs.  In the coming year we are celebrating our 50th anniversary, having welcomed our first class of students in September 1973. Our Berkshire-Taconic region, straddling New York and Massachusetts, is heavily steeped in Anthroposophical initiatives including four Camphill communities, the Rudolf Steiner Library, two K-12 schools, a Christian Community Church, Steiner Books, Waldorf Publications, and numerous Biodynamic Farms and homeschool groups.

Candidates are expected to a have BA degree, or its equivalent, to have completed an accredited Waldorf teacher training program, and to have had experience teaching at a Waldorf school.  We are interested in building the diversity of our staff and creating an inclusive community that supports equity by dismantling racist systems and practices.  In addition to a commitment to the Diversity, Equity and Inclusion work that is so necessary in our age, our teachers must demonstrate an unflagging devotion to children and a strong grounding in Waldorf Education.  We are looking for candidates dedicated to excellence in teaching and to developing strong, collaborative working relationships with colleagues, parents, and the wider community.

 

Please email a letter of interest along with a resume to Karin Almquist, School Director [email protected]

Educational Support Teacher- School Year 2024-2025

Hawthorne Valley Waldorf School is seeking a Waldorf-trained teacher with awareness of the Middle School and High School Curricula for a fulltime faculty position as an Educational Support Teacher.  This position, for the academic year 2024-25 beginning in September, includes benefits, and 90% tuition remission.

This position is a new one intended to strengthen our Hickory Program, a program designed to support struggling students with a combination of reaching in, pulling out, and leading small group sessions.  Our aim is to better support our Middle and High School students. The Educational Support Teacher will collaborate with our School Counselor and our Therapeutic Support Coordinator to meet the needs of students who have individual learning plans requiring accommodations, differentiated learning, additional review of core classroom content, help with sensory-motor challenges and support with general processing/learning difficulties. This position works with teachers to assess students by both pushing into classes and pulling out students for individual sessions. The position plays a pivotal role in maintaining healthy relationships with teachers and parents to support individual learning plans with clearly articulated goals and strategies.

Applicants should demonstrate a warm and non-threatening conversational style, an ability to relate well with students, an appreciation for the adolescent years of child development and an interest in Waldorf education.  A demonstrated ability to work collaboratively with teachers and the capacity to build positive relationships with parents is key. Also important is a clear understanding of growth mindset pedagogy and the ability to empower classroom teachers to feel capable to meet the needs of all their students is key. This position needs excellent communication skills (written and oral) and basic email and computer skills.  A strong work-ethic, organizational ability and self-initiative are essential.  The ability to interpret educational psychological assessments and academic assessments is necessary. Our teachers must demonstrate an unflagging devotion to children, a strong commitment to Waldorf Education, and a dedication to the Diversity, Equity and Inclusion work that is so necessary in our age.  In addition, we are looking for candidates willing to engage in continuous professional development, dedicated to excellence in teaching, and committed to developing strong, collaborative working relationships with colleagues, parents, and the wider community.

Qualified applicants should have a BA degree, a certificate from a recognized Waldorf class-teacher training program, and additional educational background in Special Education or Curative Education (ideally a Masters).  Experience with reading, writing and math intervention, supporting Tier-2 and 3 interventions, and writing and managing Individualized Education Plans is ideal.  Candidates with a background in Anthroposophical Curative Education are encouraged to apply.

Hawthorne Valley Waldorf School provides a Waldorf education from nursery all the way through high school.  We are located in the historic Hudson River Valley of New York State and are ideally situated on a 900-acre biodynamic farm surrounded by beautiful views of the nearby Catskill and Berkshire Mountains.  Both natural beauty and cultural riches surround us, providing wonderful opportunities for our students, families, and teachers. The school is 2.5 hours north of New York City.

This is position provides the right person with a special opportunity to join a vibrant community.  The school is a branch of the Hawthorne Valley Association (HVA), which supports several Anthroposophical initiatives including the Hawthorne Valley Farm and Farmstore, a Farm Apprenticeship program, a Farmscape Ecology Program, the Alkion Waldorf teacher-training program, and a Place-Based Learning Center.  The local area abounds with additional initiatives including a Christian Community Church and the Berkshire-Taconic Branch of the Anthroposophical Society. Our diverse student body includes the children of co-workers from three nearby Camphill communities.

We look forward to hearing from you. Please email a letter of interest along with a resume to:

Karin Almquist, School Director

[email protected]

Nurse

Hawthorne Valley Waldorf School is seeking a friendly, organized and experienced School Nurse to be employed 20-30 hours/week, beginning August 19.  The compensation for this position is $45/hour and qualifies for paid sick leave.  It is a 10 month position with summers and school vacations off.

Qualified applicants should be have their RN degree and some experience interacting with children.  This position involves basic assessment of student complaints, distributing prescription medication, meeting first aid needs, calling parents when a child needs to go home, filing vaccination paperwork, and helping with medical emergencies at the school.  Warm communication skills are essential.

Hawthorne Valley Waldorf School provides a Waldorf education from nursery all the way through high school.  We are located in the historic Hudson River Valley of New York State and are ideally situated on a 900-acre biodynamic farm surrounded by beautiful views of the nearby Catskill and Berkshire Mountains.  Both natural beauty and cultural riches surround us, providing wonderful opportunities for our students, families, and teachers. The school is 2.5 hours north of New York City.

The school is a branch of the Hawthorne Valley Association (HVA), which supports several Anthroposophical initiatives including the Hawthorne Valley Farm and Farmstore, a Farm Apprenticeship program, a Farmscape Ecology Program, the Alkion Waldorf teacher-training program, Adonis Press, and a Place-Based Learning Center.  The local area abounds with additional initiatives including a Christian Community Church and the Berkshire-Taconic Branch of the Anthroposophical Society. Our diverse student body includes the children of co-workers from three nearby Camphill communities.  Our employees must have an unflagging devotion to children and a commitment to engaging in the Diversity, Equity and Inclusion work that is so necessary in our age.

 

To apply, please visit our employment page.

Therapeutic Horseback Riding/Hickory Support Teacher, School Year 2024-25

Hawthorne Valley Waldorf School (HVS) is seeking a Waldorf-trained teacher with a background in Animal Therapy and Horseback Riding to support our school’s Hickory Program, an Education Support program for children with different learning needs.  This is an exempt position with annual salary of $24,000 for approximately 20 hours of work per week.

The ideal candidate will have a history of working with children who thrive in a more non-traditional setting as well as an interest in and experience working with animals. We are hoping to expand our Therapeutic Horseback Riding program and would love to have a colleague that can take that on. Ideally, this Animal Therapy aspect of our Hickory Program would grow over the years to include our cows, sheep, chickens, and more.

The ideal candidate will have experience with riding instruction, horse care and training, and experience with Natural Horsemanship is preferred. We have two horses on our Farm: Daisy and Sierra. They have been here at Hawthorne Valley Farm for over a decade and have lovingly and patiently served the students at our school as well as those attending the HV Farm Summer Camp and Visiting Students Program. New in the coming year is our plan to reorganize the leadership of our horseback riding program by taking it under the umbrella of HVS rather than our farm’s Visiting Student Program.  Daisy and Sierra have received excellent care over the years by one of our experienced teachers, who is now a class teacher but who will continue to shepherd the horse program as it expands.

 

This Therapeutic Horseback Riding/Hickory Support teacher will work in conjunction with the above-mentioned teacher, as well as with the school’s Therapeutic Support Coordinator, to establish a working relationship with the farm and the children’s programming there. Additionally, the Hickory program will take responsibility for recommending which grades and/or individual children would most acutely benefit from Horse Therapy while the Riding teacher will supports and carry out the program.

 

Applicants should demonstrate a warm and non-threatening conversational style, an ability to relate well with students, and an interest in Waldorf education. A demonstrated ability to work collaboratively with teachers and the capacity to build positive relationships with parents is key.

 

Our teachers must demonstrate an unflagging devotion to children, a strong commitment to Waldorf Education, and a dedication to the Diversity, Equity, and Inclusion work that is so necessary in our age.  In addition, we are looking for candidates willing to engage in continuous professional development, dedicated to excellence in teaching, and committed to developing strong, collaborative working relationships with colleagues, parents, and the wider community.

 

In addition to experience with horses, qualified applicants ideally should have a BA degree, a certificate from a recognized Waldorf teacher-training program, and additional experience with Special Education or Curative Education.   Candidates with a background in Anthroposophical Curative Education and the above-mentioned horse skills are encouraged to apply.

 

HVS provides a Waldorf education from nursery all the way through high school.  Located in the historic Hudson River Valley of New York State, HVS is ideally situated on a 900-acre biodynamic farm surrounded by beautiful views of the nearby Catskill and Berkshire Mountains.  Both natural beauty and cultural riches surround us, providing wonderful opportunities for our students, families, and teachers. The school is 2.5 hours north of New York City and 45-minutes from Albany.

 

To apply, please visit our employment page.

Student Intern Positions in Early Childhood and Lower School

Hawthorne Valley Waldorf School is seeking individuals who have an interest in working as an intern for our Early Childhood program or our Lower School programs for the school year 2024-25.   We are looking for individuals who are currently enrolled in Waldorf teacher-training programs or who have just finished training and are looking for hands-on experience to supplement their studies before taking on the responsibility of class teaching.  This position is intended for a person who has a real interest in a career working in a Waldorf School.

Our student intern position is a full-time salaried position with health benefits.  The salary is a $20,000 stipend for the academic year.  Or adjusted if just for a semester. Interns meet regularly with mentors, and get the opportunity to experience multiple classes, faculty meetings, festival planning and all the varied aspects of life in a Waldorf school.   We have a shared house that an intern could choose to rent a room in for $500/month plus utilities.

A Nursery through Grade 12 Waldorf School, HVS is situated on a 900-acre biodynamic farm surrounded by expansive views of the nearby Catskill and Berkshire Mountains.  The school is 2.5 hours north of New York City.  HVS is a branch of the Hawthorne Valley Association (HVA), which supports several Anthroposophical initiatives including the Hawthorne Valley Farm and Farmstore, a Farm Apprenticeship program, a Farmscape Ecology Program, the Alkion Waldorf teacher-training program, Adonis Press, and a Place-Based Learning Center.  The local area abounds with additional initiatives including a Christian Community Church and the Berkshire-Taconic Branch of the Anthroposophical Society. Our diverse student body includes the children of co-workers from three nearby Camphill communities.

Interested individuals should submit a letter of intent and resume to Karin Almquist, School Director.  Please specify if you are interest in the Early Childhood position or the Lower Grades internship.