The Great Barrington Rudolf Steiner School, located in the beautiful Berkshires of Western Massachusetts, is a thriving 47 year-old Waldorf School with more than 175 preschool through 8th grade students. Our curriculum includes Spanish, handwork, woodwork, music, eurythmy, an educational support program and physical education. Festivals and celebrations are community-oriented. Our Board is active and well-established and our strong PA reflects a supportive and diverse parent body. The school is a full member of AWSNA, as well as of the Association of Independent Schools of New England. An active Anthroposophical branch and First Class are in the area, as well as a nearby teacher training center, biodynamic farm and farm store.
Spacious classrooms, handwork and woodworking studios, a science room and auditorium look out over thirty-two acres of open and wooded land bordering the Green River. Basketball and handball courts, open playing fields and biodynamic gardens extend the classrooms beyond school buildings. The classic Berkshires timber frame barn where the school began is now the school’s 1,000 square-foot library.
Located midway between New York City and Boston, the Berkshires are well known for cultural and artistic communities, offering theater, music, dance and museums. Tanglewood, the Berkshire Theatre Festival, Jacob’s Pillow, Shakespeare & Co. and folk and bluegrass festivals are just some of our famous local attractions. Skiing, skating and other sports are popular in winter; visitors come from all over the world in the summer to enjoy on our crystalline lakes and rivers, and to hike and camp on the Appalachian and other trails.
The Great Barrington Rudolf Steiner School (GBRSS) seeks a committed and collaborative leader to serve as School Director.
Aided by excellent interpersonal and community building skills, as well as strong strategic sensibilities, the School Director will work with the board, faculty, and parent community to shape the school’s direction. The Director will be an inspirational leader and effective manager who can develop collaborative and close-knit teams of the highest standard and harness the considerable talent in the faculty and administration to achieve new standards of excellence in academics, school culture, enrollment, and fundraising. The director will also address the myriad issues that arise in a school context with creativity and decisiveness.
The ideal candidate will have demonstrated success in school leadership and management, including working with a board of trustees and cultivating relationships with parents; outstanding organizational, problem solving, and communication skills; an instinct for collaboration; an ability to manage change; an appetite for fundraising; warmth, curiosity, a sense of humor; and a love of children. Interest in and respect for Waldorf education is required, as is a Bachelor’s degree; experience in a Waldorf school is a plus, as are teaching experience, a love of the classroom, and a graduate degree.
Salary for the position is commensurate with experience; benefits include health insurance, life insurance, and tuition remission. Please submit a cover letter, resume, and three to five references to Chris Lee, Search Committee Chair, at email@example.com