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.

Director of Finance and Operations

We seek an innovative thinker who is disciplined in both thought and action, is both collaborative and decisive and will support our pedagogical goals and priorities. The school is in the second year of a new governance structure, and the Director of Finance and Operations position is core to our leadership team.

We welcome persons of color to apply. 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 would like very much for our leadership and administration 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.

Responsibilities
Finance:
● Maintain current, accurate financial records of operations and the financial position of the school. Create, provide, and maintain monthly reports.
● Oversee and lead annual budgeting and planning process in conjunction with the senior leadership team and Board.
● Create and execute an annual operational plan.
● Manage cash flow effectively, monitor and maintain internal control structure.
● Prepare, implement, and manage annual operating, capital budgets, and Annual Plans.
● Oversee financial protocols and contracts for alternate streams of revenue.
● Serve on the Finance Committee for the Board of Trustees.
● Provide expertise in data analysis and informed decision-making.
● Process payroll.
● Track and monitor all sources of income. Manage billing and payment processing. Take necessary action on delinquent accounts as advised by the Finance Committee.

Operations:
● Hire, manage, monitor, and assess operations staff.
● Manage relationships and contracts with key external vendors.
● Create and implement campus safety and risk management protocols.
● Develop an annual budget around facility maintenance and improvements.

Candidate Qualities and Capacities:

– Ability to set priorities, organize, analyze, work independently, meet deadlines, problem-solve, initiate business practice innovations, and multi-task.
● Strong interpersonal skills to work effectively with multiple constituencies, such as faculty administrators, volunteers, parents, students, board members, and contract workers.
● Ability to think strategically at the 10,000-foot level allowing the organization to grow and shift to meet industry demands.
● Commitment to understanding diversity in our school community and our surrounding neighborhood community and bringing this as part of our students’ education.
● Ability to work in a collaborative manner in an environment of mutual support.
● Flexibility and a growth mindset.
● Commitment to personal and professional growth.
● Strong verbal and written communication skills.

Qualifications and Requirements:
● Bachelor’s Degree in Business Management, Administration, Finance, or related field.
● 5-10 years’ experience in a similar role involving strategic and day-to-day financial and operational management. Experience in an educational institution is preferred.
● Proficiency with organizational budgeting and financial management. Experience with and understanding of general accounting (GAAP), payroll management, human resources, and general business systems and functions. Demonstrated success in developing and monitoring financial systems.
● Knowledge of and experience with human resources and facilities management.
● Non-profit or small business operations experience is a plus.
● Experience with local, state, and federal regulations in education or other business preferred.
● Working knowledge of Microsoft word and excel, Google documents, QuickBooks, Dropbox, and Trello.
● Familiarity with Human Resources and payroll platforms preferred.

Starting salary is competitive and takes into consideration years of experience. Applicants should send a letter of interest, resume, and three references to jobs@urbanprairie.org. 

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2021-22 Class Teacher Opening

Urban Prairie Waldorf School on Chicago’s near west side seeks a class 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. Starting salary is competitive and takes into consideration years of experience. Urban Prairie is an equal opportunity employer.

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, 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, variable tuition,
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.

Our school serves Early Childhood through 8th grade and includes Chinese, handwork, music, orchestra, movement, woodwork, and other practical arts. In 2018-19 we moved into our new campus — a 50,000 square foot building that 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 well underway, allowing our faculty and community to dream into our new home.

Qualifications and requirements:
● Bachelor’s Degree
● 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 marginalized
● 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

Certificates & Licenses:
● Maintain Mandated Reporter certification in accordance with Illinois State Law-or willingness to obtain certification

Other Requirements:
● CPR certification-or willingness to obtain certification
● Complete workplace trainings as assigned by administration including but not limited to sexual harassment, first aid, and blood borne pathogens

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Director of Curriculum and Instruction

Urban Prairie Waldorf School on Chicago’s Near West side seeks a Director of Curriculum and Instruction (DoCI) for the 2021-22 school year, with the possibility to transition during the 2020-21 school year for the right candidate. Candidates should send a letter of interest, resume, and three references to jobs@urbanprairie.org. Starting salary is competitive and takes into consideration years of experience. Urban Prairie is an equal opportunity employer.

Now in our 11th year, UPWS seeks a servant leader to guide our faculty as we transition from our pioneering stage into the next phase of development during these complex times of Covid-19 and social justice awakening. We seek an innovative thinker who is first and foremost a grower of teachers, disciplined in both thought and action, both collaborative and decisive, and a builder of true consensus, able to work with our innovative faculty to bring form and direction to our pedagogical goals and priorities. The school is in the second year of a new governance structure, and the DoCI position is core to our leadership team, which also includes a Head of School and Faculty Level Chairs.

We have a dynamic teaching staff and are excited to be bringing Waldorf into the next century in regards to how we integrate diversity, equity, and inclusion into the curriculum, as well as our urban farm curriculum (including goats!) and walking expeditions that embrace city-as-classroom in the upper grades. Our core strength is relationships.

We welcome persons of color to apply. 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 would like very much for our leadership and administration 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.

Responsibilities

  • Works collaboratively with the faculty, administration, and the Board to support the mission and vision of the school
  • Holds and advances the strategic vision of the pedagogical arm of the school, including creating annual pedagogical/programmatic plans 
  • Has a strong relationship with anthroposophy, which informs the pedagogical “big  picture”  
  • Oversees curriculum development and curricular standards, including managing “Scope and Sequence” of curriculum
  • Actively recruits dynamic and diverse faculty; makes faculty hiring and firing decisions; coordinates support, assessment, and mentorship of faculty; and oversees HR policies with regard to faculty 
  • Ensures the faculty upholds integrity in serving the children and follows Waldorf methodology and any UPWS specific agreements and protocols
  • Works with the faculty to deepen knowledge and understanding of anthroposophy, pedagogy, curriculum, and child development
  • Oversees faculty leadership
  • Mediates/facilitates parent-teacher and teacher-teacher relations where necessary
  • Has a widely visible presence throughout the school
  • Is available to answer questions and concerns about the curriculum from parents and the greater community
  • Represents the school to the parent body and public
  • Serves as a voting member of the Board of Trustees, attends monthly meetings, serves on strategic initiatives as needed
  • May teach in the classroom on a limited basis

Candidate Qualities and Capacities

  • Strong communicator
  • Solid leadership and human resources capacities (hiring, mentoring, assessing) 
  • Full of energy, passionate yet measured and realistic, punctual, thorough, and dedicated
  • Open-minded, patient, and relates well to all kinds of people
  • Forward-thinking, strategic, and able to learn and adapt to successes and failures to strengthen our organization
  • Enthusiastic for delivering a Waldorf education that is relevant to the 21st-century child and develops social and environmental stewardship 
  • Committed to understanding diversity in our school community and our surrounding neighborhood community, and able to foster a teaching culture that brings this as part of our students’ education  

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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.