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.


Early Childhood Lead Teacher

Urban Prairie Waldorf School on Chicago’s near west side seeks an Early Childhood Lead Teacher to join our faculty for the 2022-23 school year. Candidates should send a letter of interest, resume, and three references to jobs@urbanprairie.org.

Qualifications and requirements:

  • 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 and 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
  • Fluency in Spanish preferred, with an interest in bringing the language to the classroom
  • Waldorf teaching experience preferred
  • Bachelor’s Degree preferred
  • A minimum of 3-5 years of experience in education preferred
  • Waldorf teacher training certification completed, underway, or a commitment to beginning within the first year of employment at Urban Prairie

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


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.