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OrganizationDevynn Thomas
TypeFull Time
Application DeadlineSeptember 30, 2019
College Degree Required?Yes


The Charlottesville Waldorf School (CWS) is seeking a dynamic and experienced educational leader to guide our school and community.  The School Director is responsible for the overall management of all non-teaching school operations, including finances, enrollment and admissions, marketing and outreach, development, facilities management, and auxiliary programs.

The School Director is a servant-leadership* position that facilitates the collaboration of the full faculty, parents, Administration, and the Board of Trustees.  The ideal candidate is one who has experience and success working in a collaborative environment, demonstrates excellent communication skills, and has extensive experience in independent school administration.

*Servant Leadership Defined: A servant-leader focuses primarily on the growth and well-being of people and the communities to which they belong.  While traditional leadership often involves the accumulation and exercise of power by one at the ‘top of the pyramid’, a servant-leader shares power and puts the needs of other first.

Interested applicants should submit a resume, letter of interest, and three references to the Governance Committee at

Job Duties

Essential Responsibilities:

The School Director must be willing to listen carefully and communicate effectively with all of the schools’ constituents, while managing the administrative and operational functions of the school as follows:

Vision and Strategy

  • Develops structures and processes (beyond pedagogical concerns) to support the day-to-day operation of the school
  • Supports and directs the long-term strategic plan for the school
  • Forms and leads the Leadership Committee, with representation from both the faculty and administration for decision making

Business & Finance

  • Creates an annual operating budget and manages cash flow
  • Provides oversight for business operations
  • Manages the Tuition Assistance program
  • Develops large donation opportunities
  • Supports the Board in fundraising efforts for the school
  • Expands auxiliary programming to bring additional revenue to the school

Personnel Management

  • Directly oversees all administrative personnel
  • Facilitates collaborative leadership
  • Oversees faculty personnel management, in collaboration with the Faculty Chair

Educational Management

  • Works closely with the Faculty Chair to oversee and implement pedagogical decisions made by the College of Teachers
  • Ensures educational excellence with periodic program evaluations, in collaboration with the Faculty Chair
  • Submits reports to AWSNA and other external agencies as required
  • Ensures adherence to disciplinary policies and standards of conduct

Administration & Governance

  • Serves as the primary point of contact with the Board of Trustees, acting as an advisor who reports on budgeting, enrollment, and long-term planning
  • Maintains open communication with Board Leadership, including attending Board meetings
  • Serves on Board Committees
  • Implements and reports on the decisions of the Board
  • Ensures the school complies with its bylaws as well as state and federal statutes

Facilities Management

  • Oversees facilities management and campus preventative maintenance
  • Manages the development of the Campus Use Plan
  • Coordinates and manages auxiliary programs that use school facilities

Community Building

  • Represents CWS and its values to the wider community and external community partners
  • Expands engagement with the surrounding Charlottesville area community
  • Communicates clearly and effectively with all community members
  • Monitors and addresses emergent school community issues in a timely manner
  • Supports a positive student and parent experience

Skills Required

  • Bachelor’s Degree required
  • 5+ years of experience in school administration with a proven record of success
  • Waldorf experience preferred, must have at minimum a working knowledge of Waldorf pedagogy
  • Excellent verbal and writing skills
  • Excellent interpersonal skills: a desire for warm collegiality with faculty and staff, as well as warm relationships with families and children
  • Ability to find creative solutions to complex challenges
  • Ability to manage difficult situations and maintain confidentiality
  • Must be a willing servant-leader*, with the ability to inspire trust and respect
  • Commitment to striving for the success of the Charlottesville Waldorf School

Additional Info

Salary & Benefits

  • Full time
  • Salaried
  • Begins July 2019
  • Full health package
  • Paid holidays
  • Tuition remission available

CWS is an equal opportunity employer.  We do not exclude anyone on the basis of race, religion, nationality, ethnic origin, or sexual orientation.

To learn more about the Charlottesville Waldorf School, please visit our website at