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.

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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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.