Pedagogical Administrator

Date Posted: May 14, 2020
Application Deadline: Jun 02, 2020
Start Date: Jul 02, 2020

Salary From: 45K To 65K
Province: Ontario
Region: Metro Toronto Area
City: Toronto
Employee Benefits: Health
Organization's Field/Discipline: Business
Job's focus: Administrative
Job Type: Full-time
Career Level: Upper management

Organization Description

Waldorf Academy

Waldorf Academy, an independent, co-educational and non-sectarian organization, opened its doors in 1987. It encompasses a Childcare Centre and full grade school. Waldorf Academy has a student population of 200 and roughly 30 faculty. Founded in the early 20th century, Waldorf Education is based on the insights, teachings and principles of education outlined by anthroposophist, artist, and scientist, Rudolf Steiner. The principles of Waldorf Education evolve from a profound understanding of human development that address the needs of the growing child. Waldorf teachers strive to transform education into an art that educates the whole child—the heart and the hands, as well as the head. The school is a member of the Ontario Association of Waldorf Schools (WSAO) and a full member of the Association of Waldorf Schools of North America (AWSNA). Waldorf Academy is approved by the Ministry of Education and registered as a non-profit organization.



Job Description

Waldorf Academy: Pedagogical Administrator

 
Benefits
Medical, dental, tuition remission for dependents
 
Summary of Duties
The position consists of three core areas of responsibility:
  1. The management of professional development (PD) committee’s activities and projects
  2. The management of the curriculum committee’s activities and projects
  3. The management of the teaching schedule and substitution needs
 
Professional Development Committee Management
Overview:
  1. Lead/oversee and strengthen the mentoring/collegial support program of W.A.
  2. Lead/oversee and strengthen the evaluation program of W.A.
  3. Lead/oversee and encourage faculty/staff to engage is continuous PD by attending conferences, workshops and observing other teachers (at W.A. and other schools).
 
Specific Responsibilities:
  1. Teacher Mentoring – organize and oversee program, including:
  1. Matching new teachers with the appropriate mentor by skill, personality, etc.
  2. Matching veteran teachers with the appropriate talking partners
  3. Overseeing that mentoring logs are kept
  4. Checking in with mentors, mentees and talking partners about work together
  5. Providing support in case of conflicts in the relationships
  6. Providing an outline of expectations and responsibilities of roles
  7. Facilitating periodic meetings among mentors to share experiences, collaborate
  8. Ongoing assessment of the progress, accessibility and efficiency of the program: self-evaluation checklist by AWSNA; program survey for feedback
 
  1. Teacher Evaluations - organize and oversee processes, including:
  1. Organizing and scheduling appropriate in-house or (if necessary) external evaluator
  2. Producing/administer documentation for each evaluation process, including:
    1.  self-evaluation (filled by teacher being evaluated)
    2.  evaluation form (filled by evaluator)
    3.  parent feedback survey (craft, disseminate, collect and process responses)
    4.  colleague feedback survey (same as parent survey)
  3. Organizing payment of the evaluator with the BOM (invoicing)
  4. Collating evaluation feedback and
  5. Meetings with teacher to go over evaluation then develop a PD plan based on the evaluation
 
  1. Professional Development Workshops and Conferences
  1. Organizing and overseeing all for individuals including summer and throughout the year: this involves looking at the needs of each teacher and looking for workshops, conferences that meet their specific needs
 
  1. Organizing Peer visits:
    1. This is a means of creating an atmosphere of shared respect, collaboration, honoring and being aware of one another’s gifts and learning from each other. 
    2. The two questions we ask ourselves when going to visit a colleague’s classroom are:
      1. What can this teacher do better than I am able to do as a teacher myself?
      2. What can I learn from this teacher?
 
  1. Organizing school visits: Communicate and organize PD opportunities to observe other teachers in the region.
 
  1. Organizing and overseeing all PD days and work weeks:
    1. PD days involve looking at the overall picture of the school and the needs of the faculty.  Some years have a theme.
    2. Work week involves organizing and looking at what we need going forward. They are an opportunity to take the time to delve more deeply into discussion and planning of programs, scheduling, or school organization. PD workshops can also happen during workweeks.
 
  1. Organizing any student teachers or visitors.
 
  1. Overseeing PD budget in conjunction with Business Manager and Childcare Centre Supervisor
    1. Tracking each faculty member’s PD budget for conferences and workshops
    2. Approving PD requests
    3. Tracking how many students are in the part-time training program
    4. Tracking budget of PD Days
    5. Tracking budget of evaluations
    6. Tracking budget of outside mentors
 
  1. Presenting at events to promote and enrich understanding of Curriculum
 
II.  Curriculum Committee Management
 
Specific Responsibilities:
  1. Work with teachers on their annual block rotations, curriculum descriptions, objectives, skills, activities and assessment for each grade level and subject – collect every term so the course descriptions are done for report cards
 
  1. Work with a committee – one meeting a week with members working on various projects
 
  1. Organize and maintain curriculum resources in faculty library – ensure resources stay organized, oversee school-wide resources, give relevant materials to teachers
 
  1. Offering curriculum support to teachers: developing ideas, clarifying objectives
 
  1. Take up curriculum related study – e.g. homework, balance in grade eight year, SCOPE program
 
  1. Work on curriculum development and move forward developing programs – Science curriculum, benchmarks, SCOPE development
 
  1. Create the master daily schedule – look at teacher’s credits, crossover of lessons, balance and flow of day for each grade and teacher.
 
III. Teaching Schedule and Substitution Needs Management
  1. Set all grade school teachers’ weekly work schedule, including:
    1. lessons
    2. duties
    3. on-calls
    4. mentoring meetings
    5. committee meetings
 
  1. Book substitute teachers for all teachers (including KG and aftercare)
 
  1. Organize substitution/on-call schedule and inform all staff.
 
  1. Oversee and authorize substitute teacher’s payment.
 
  1. When necessary, do the substitution when no one is available or last minute.
 
Join Our Community at Waldorf Academy
Waldorf Academy is a full-member of the Association of Waldorf Schools of North America® and for over thirty years has built its mission on the pedagogical insights of Rudolf Steiner which all our teachers study and bring to life in the classrooms.
 
In pursuit of this mission Waldorf Academy seeks Waldorf-trained teachers primarily, however, we will consider traditionally-trained teachers (B.Ed.) who have made a long-term decision to pursue Waldorf-training and a career as a Waldorf teacher.
 
Annual professional development is an expectation of all practicing teachers at Waldorf Academy. Support includes mentoring, regular job performance evaluations, and financial support for approved training and workshops.
 
Waldorf Education® recognizes that children have distinct, age-related educational and emotional needs according to their naturally unfolding stages of development. In the grade school, a specially designed comprehensive academic, artistic, cultural, and practical curriculum encourages students to develop into creative, balanced, responsible, and free-thinking individuals.
 
 
 
 

Requirements:

- 5 years of educational experience in teaching and administrative roles.
- Experience with Waldorf education an asset.

 

Additional Info:

-Valid Vulnerbale Sector check and First-Aid training

How to Apply:

How to Apply:
 
Include in application: Resume, cover letter describing your knowledge of Waldorf Education®, a brief biography and three references (with contact information) to:
hiring@waldorfacademy.org , Attn: Hiring Committee. 
Please state “Pedagogical Administrator Application” in the subject line.

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