Employment

Employment Opportunities

About Our School

Founded in 2009, our school serves Early Childhood through 8th grade and offers orchestra, movement, Mandarin, educational support, extra lesson, woodwork, practical arts, and folk arts. We are a Three Streams school, with periodic training by Kim John Payne. We have an involved community of parents and new alumni and a recently expanded administration.  

In 2018-19, we moved into our new campus — a 50,000 square foot building that includes 23 classrooms, a gym, science lab, kitchen, assembly hall, and a large outdoor space. Urban Prairie is committed to stewarding our land with health and gratitude, and our campus Master Plan is in its beginning stages, allowing our faculty and community to dream into our new home. 

We are a dynamic and forward-thinking Waldorf school supported by an involved community and a highly inspired and energetic faculty and administration. Urban Prairie seeks teachers and staff who are passionate, committed to facilitating an exemplary, innovative Waldorf education, and willing to work collaboratively both in and out of the classroom. Our work environment is invigorating and transformative. We believe in investing in our employees and offer a competitive salary structure, medical benefits, short-term disability, long-term disability, 401K benefits, and annual professional development. 

We are a diverse community of families, 40% non-white, the largest minority of which are our heritage Spanish-speaking Latinx families. The diversity of our faculty and staff also is growing (~25%), and we would like very much for our leadership and administration to reflect the diversity of our city and of our current and future students. 

Candidates should send a letter of interest, resume, and three references to jobs@urbanprairie.org. Urban Prairie is an equal opportunity employer.

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Student Support Coordinator

Urban Prairie Waldorf School, on Chicago’s Near West Side, is expanding our Student Support Services with the addition of a Student Support Coordinator. We seek a highly organized case manager with expertise in middle school learning and social-emotional support. Our ideal candidate is mainstream trained and credentialed but is seeking to work in a whole-child, progressive educational environment. Familiarity with and curiosity for Waldorf education is a must. 

Urban Prairie is a diverse community of families, 40% non-white, including a significant number of biracial and heritage Spanish-speaking Latinx families. Our variable tuition model supports socio-economic diversity, and our student support program is integral to supporting diverse learners. The diversity of our faculty, staff, and Board also is growing, and we seek to reflect the diversity of our city and of our current and future students. UPWS offers a solid compensation package, including a competitive salary structure, medical, short-term disability, long-term disability, 401K benefits, and annual professional development.

Candidates should send a letter of interest, resume, and three references to jobs@urbanprairie.org. Urban Prairie is an equal opportunity employer.

Overarching Philosophy

Urban Prairie views each child as a unique individual. In early childhood through grade 2, student support services emphasize developmental support, as this lays the foundation for more complex learning in later years. In grade 2 we begin conducting academic assessments and offering academic support in pullout groups to support students needing additional practice with literacy and numeracy. At the middle school level, there is a recognized need for more specific targeted student supports, interventions, and diverse learner accommodations. We prioritize teacher support, then whole class developmental work, followed by small group pullouts, and lastly individual support. 

Student Support Coordinator 

  • Provide social-emotional support, restorative justice intervention, and academic support in grades 5-8
  • Provide case management for all students receiving services in grades EC-8, in collaboration with the Educational Support Coordinator, including students with 504 Plans and Individualized Education Plans
  • Collaborate with the Educational Support Coordinator, the Director of Curriculum and Instruction, and the Student Support Team to assess student needs across the school and to prioritize student supports
  • Collaborate with Educational Support Coordinator to manage faculty education and training in social-emotional learning and restorative justice
  • Develop, train, and consult with faculty and staff on classroom supports following a  Response to Intervention (RTI) model
  • Administer reading screenings and math assessments at key developmental points
  • Work with both mainstream and Waldorf constructs pertaining to social-emotional / behavioral learning, including developing a working knowledge of the Three Streams of Student Support as developed by Kim John Payne
  • Provide mental health support as training allows; provide mental health referrals as needed
  • Manage and implement BIPOC, LGBTQIA, diverse learner, and other family and/or student affinity groups

Qualifications and Competencies:

  • Degree in school psychology, school counseling, or educational psychology, with a special education background preferred; or a trained special education teacher with a focus on SEL
  • Minimum 3-5 years of experience working in case management and/or direct services in a grade school setting, preferably at the middle school level
  • Excellent organizational, time management, & project management skills
  • Strong ability to collaborate, excellent interpersonal, communication, and meeting facilitation skills
  • Strong capacity managing and supporting a small staff
  • Belief in the mission, vision, and goals of Urban Prairie Waldorf School and philosophies of Waldorf education
  • Commitment to understanding diversity in our school community and our surrounding neighborhood community, and bringing this as part of our students’ education  
  • Flexibility and a growth mindset

Apply: Send a letter of interest, resume, and three references to jobs@urbanprairie.org. Urban Prairie is an equal opportunity employer.

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2021-22 Early Childhood Lead Teacher Opening

Urban Prairie Waldorf School on Chicago’s near west side seeks an Early Childhood Lead Teacher to join our faculty for the 2021-22 school year. Candidates should send a letter of interest, resume, and three references to jobs@urbanprairie.org. 

We are a dynamic and forward-thinking Waldorf school supported by an involved community with a highly inspired and energetic faculty and administration. Urban Prairie seeks teachers who are passionate, committed to facilitating an exemplary, innovative Waldorf education for our youngest students, and willing to work collaboratively both in and out of the classroom.

Our work environment is invigorating and transformative. Urban farming (including animals), permaculture-based landscaping, and predominantly outdoor Early Childhood programming highlight a few of our recent exciting initiatives. Our faculty, administration, and board have made a strong commitment to Diversity, Equity, and Inclusion work from all angles including curriculum, approach, recruitment, and accessibility. We believe in investing in our employees and offer a competitive salary structure, medical benefits, short-term disability, long-term disability, 401K benefits, and annual professional development. Urban Prairie is an equal opportunity employer.

Our school serves Early Childhood through 8th grade and includes Chinese, handwork, music, orchestra, movement, woodwork, and other practical arts. Our 50,000 square foot building includes 23 classrooms, a gym, science lab, kitchen, and a large outdoor space. Urban Prairie is committed to stewarding our land with health and gratitude, and the master plan for our indoor and outdoor space is underway, allowing our faculty and community to dream into our new home.

Qualifications and requirements:

  • Bachelor’s Degree preferred
  • Enthusiasm for facilitating a Waldorf education that is relevant to the 21st-century urban child and nurtures societal and ecological responsibility
  • Commitment to being culturally competent, and understanding diversity in our school community and our surrounding neighborhood community, bringing a culturally responsive and sustaining education
  • Commitment to working with colleagues & directors to take recognizable action toward making the UPWS curriculum increasingly more inclusive of diverse persons and viewpoints, especially those that have been and are underrepresented
  • Ability to work in a collaborative manner in an environment of mutual support
  • Ability to self start, take the lead, and work independently within the context of the school’s shared agreements
  • Flexibility and a growth mindset
  • Commitment to personal and professional growth
  • Strong verbal and written personal communication skills with the ability to communicate with and listen effectively to colleagues, parents, and guardians
  • A minimum of 3-5 years of experience in education is preferred
  • Waldorf teacher training certification completed, underway, or a commitment to beginning within the first year of employment at Urban Prairie

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Substitute Teachers (General)

Urban Prairie Waldorf School invites experienced teachers, advanced M.Ed. students, and Waldorf teacher training students to apply for this wonderful opportunity to gain hands-on experience teaching Waldorf education, in the classroom, and if needed during COVID, as part of hybrid or distance learning. Lesson and classroom guidelines will be provided for each grade.

To join the list, please send a note of introduction and a summary of your qualifications here ».

Our Policy

AGAINST DISCRIMINATION AND HARRASSMENT 

Urban Prairie Waldorf School is committed to providing a work environment that is free of any type of discrimination or harassment. It is Urban Prairie’s policy to provide equal employment opportunity to all employees and applicants for employment with regard to race, color, sex, religion, gender, gender identity, national origin, age, sexual orientation, disability, pregnancy, childbirth, or related medical conditions, or any other protected characteristic, in accordance with applicable federal and state laws. This policy applies to all terms and conditions of employment, including, but not limited to, hiring, placement, promotion, termination, compensation, and training. In keeping with this commitment, sexual harassment and harassment on the basis of an individual’s race, color, religion, gender, gender identity, national origin, age, sexual orientation, disability, pregnancy, childbirth or related medical conditions, or any other protected characteristic, will not be tolerated by Urban Prairie. This includes harassment by or against teachers, administrators, staff, students, trustees, parents, and visitors. It is also a violation of this policy to commit or engage in any unprofessional or inappropriate conduct based on any protected basis, whether or not such conduct rises to the level of unlawful. Anyone who engages in any action or conduct that violates this policy will be subject to appropriate disciplinary action, up to and including termination.