Unconventional by Nature

Hawthorne Valley Association

At Hawthorne Valley, we value and strive for social and cultural renewal in our work. We believe that cultivating an environment where everyone can be – and become – the truest expression of their humanity is essential for individual, organizational, and societal health.

Class Teacher- School Year 2024-25, Hawthorne Valley School

Hawthorne Valley Waldorf School is seeking a dynamic, well-rounded, artistic, and experienced Waldorf class teacher for our lower school for the academic year 2024-25 beginning in September.  This position will support our Class teachers in Grades 1-5, as well as reach in to provide block support when a teacher is ill or needs to take a leave of absence.  We are looking to strengthen our roster of Lower School teachers and see this as a position that would lead into a First Grade Position the following year (2025-26).  Our aim is to better integrate a class teacher into the fabric of our school before they take on the demands of a class, and to better support our current teachers by having qualified and experienced full-time staff on board.  This is full-time position, with benefits, and 90% tuition remission.

Hawthorne Valley Waldorf School provides a Waldorf education from nursery all the way through high school.  We are located in the historic Hudson River Valley of New York State and are ideally situated on a 900-acre biodynamic farm surrounded by beautiful views of the nearby Catskill and Berkshire Mountains.  Both natural beauty and cultural riches surround us, providing wonderful opportunities for our students, families, and teachers. The school is 2.5 hours north of New York City.

This is position provides the right person with a special opportunity to join a vibrant community.  The school is a branch of the Hawthorne Valley Association (HVA), which supports several Anthroposophical initiatives including the Hawthorne Valley Farm and Farmstore, a Farm Apprenticeship program, a Farmscape Ecology Program, the Alkion Waldorf teacher-training program, and a Place-Based Learning Center.  The local area abounds with additional initiatives including a Christian Community Church and the Berkshire-Taconic Branch of the Anthroposophical Society. Our diverse student body includes the children of co-workers from three nearby Camphill communities.

Qualified applicants should have an undergraduate degree as well as a certificate from a recognized Waldorf class-teacher training program.  This is a lead-teacher role, and we are only seeking experienced applicants who have worked in a Waldorf setting and can bring their gifts to our school.  Our teachers must demonstrate an unflagging devotion to children, a strong commitment to Waldorf Education, and a dedication to the Diversity, Equity and Inclusion work that is so necessary in our age.  In addition, we are looking for candidates willing to engage in continuous professional development, dedicated to excellence in teaching, and committed to developing strong, collaborative working relationships with colleagues, parents, and the wider community.

We look forward to hearing from you. Please email a letter of interest along with a resume to:

Karin Almquist, School Director

[email protected]

Student Intern Positions in Early Childhood and Lower School, HVS

Hawthorne Valley Waldorf School is seeking individuals who have an interest in working as an intern for our Early Childhood program or our Lower School programs for the school year 2024-25.   We are looking for individuals who are currently enrolled in Waldorf teacher-training programs or who have just finished training and are looking for hands-on experience to supplement their studies before taking on the responsibility of class teaching.  This position is intended for a person who has a real interest in a career working in a Waldorf School.

Our student intern position is a full-time salaried position with health benefits.  The salary is a $20,000 stipend for the academic year.  Or adjusted if just for a semester. Interns meet regularly with mentors, and get the opportunity to experience multiple classes, faculty meetings, festival planning and all the varied aspects of life in a Waldorf school.   We have a shared house that an intern could choose to rent a room in for $500/month plus utilities.

A Nursery through Grade 12 Waldorf School, HVS is situated on a 900-acre biodynamic farm surrounded by expansive views of the nearby Catskill and Berkshire Mountains.  The school is 2.5 hours north of New York City.  HVS is a branch of the Hawthorne Valley Association (HVA), which supports several Anthroposophical initiatives including the Hawthorne Valley Farm and Farmstore, a Farm Apprenticeship program, a Farmscape Ecology Program, the Alkion Waldorf teacher-training program, Adonis Press, and a Place-Based Learning Center.  The local area abounds with additional initiatives including a Christian Community Church and the Berkshire-Taconic Branch of the Anthroposophical Society. Our diverse student body includes the children of co-workers from three nearby Camphill communities.

Interested individuals should submit a letter of intent and resume to Karin Almquist, School Director.  Please specify if you are interest in the Early Childhood position or the Lower Grades internship.

Educational Support Teacher- School Year 2024-2025, HVS

Hawthorne Valley Waldorf School is seeking a Waldorf-trained teacher with awareness of the Middle School and High School Curricula for a fulltime faculty position as an Educational Support Teacher.  This position, for the academic year 2024-25 beginning in September, includes benefits, and 90% tuition remission.

This position is a new one intended to strengthen our Hickory Program, a program designed to support struggling students with a combination of reaching in, pulling out, and leading small group sessions.  Our aim is to better support our Middle and High School students. The Educational Support Teacher will collaborate with our School Counselor and our Therapeutic Support Coordinator to meet the needs of students who have individual learning plans requiring accommodations, differentiated learning, additional review of core classroom content, help with sensory-motor challenges and support with general processing/learning difficulties. This position works with teachers to assess students by both pushing into classes and pulling out students for individual sessions. The position plays a pivotal role in maintaining healthy relationships with teachers and parents to support individual learning plans with clearly articulated goals and strategies.

Applicants should demonstrate a warm and non-threatening conversational style, an ability to relate well with students, an appreciation for the adolescent years of child development and an interest in Waldorf education.  A demonstrated ability to work collaboratively with teachers and the capacity to build positive relationships with parents is key. Also important is a clear understanding of growth mindset pedagogy and the ability to empower classroom teachers to feel capable to meet the needs of all their students is key. This position needs excellent communication skills (written and oral) and basic email and computer skills.  A strong work-ethic, organizational ability and self-initiative are essential.  The ability to interpret educational psychological assessments and academic assessments is necessary. Our teachers must demonstrate an unflagging devotion to children, a strong commitment to Waldorf Education, and a dedication to the Diversity, Equity and Inclusion work that is so necessary in our age.  In addition, we are looking for candidates willing to engage in continuous professional development, dedicated to excellence in teaching, and committed to developing strong, collaborative working relationships with colleagues, parents, and the wider community.

Qualified applicants should have a BA degree, a certificate from a recognized Waldorf class-teacher training program, and additional educational background in Special Education or Curative Education (ideally a Masters).  Experience with reading, writing and math intervention, supporting Tier-2 and 3 interventions, and writing and managing Individualized Education Plans is ideal.  Candidates with a background in Anthroposophical Curative Education are encouraged to apply.

Hawthorne Valley Waldorf School provides a Waldorf education from nursery all the way through high school.  We are located in the historic Hudson River Valley of New York State and are ideally situated on a 900-acre biodynamic farm surrounded by beautiful views of the nearby Catskill and Berkshire Mountains.  Both natural beauty and cultural riches surround us, providing wonderful opportunities for our students, families, and teachers. The school is 2.5 hours north of New York City.

This is position provides the right person with a special opportunity to join a vibrant community.  The school is a branch of the Hawthorne Valley Association (HVA), which supports several Anthroposophical initiatives including the Hawthorne Valley Farm and Farmstore, a Farm Apprenticeship program, a Farmscape Ecology Program, the Alkion Waldorf teacher-training program, and a Place-Based Learning Center.  The local area abounds with additional initiatives including a Christian Community Church and the Berkshire-Taconic Branch of the Anthroposophical Society. Our diverse student body includes the children of co-workers from three nearby Camphill communities.

We look forward to hearing from you. Please email a letter of interest along with a resume to:

Karin Almquist, School Director

[email protected]

Produce Stocker, Hawthorne Valley Farm Store

Hawthorne Valley Farm Store is looking to fill two (2) part-time Produce Stocker positions. If you are looking to keep busy and active while maintaining a fairly regular work schedule, but not looking for a full-time work commitment, this may be the job for you! Part time employees receive a 10% discount at our Farm Store.

PRIMARY RESPONSIBILITIES:

  • Assist customers with produce questions and special orders
  • Display fruits and vegetables to show abundance and quality while maintaining proper storage conditions
  • Replenish and rotate displays, culling several times daily, and following stocking priorities set by Produce Buyer
  • Trim, wash, bundle produce, following priorities set by Produce Buyer
  • Dispose of damaged or spoiled goods promptly, with appropriate notification to Produce Buyer
  • Remove trash, clean cases and keep prep and storage areas in clean, orderly condition.

POSITION REQUIREMENTS

  • Organized, accurate with details
  • Ability to stand for long periods
  • Ability to lift 50 lbs
  • Regular, predictable attendance

PREFERRED QUALIFICATIONS

  • Familiarity with or interest in natural foods and produce
  • Customer service experience

The current shift opening for this position are:

  • Wednesdays 1-7pm
  • Thursdays 1-7pm
  • Saturdays 6am-1pm

This is a part-time non-exempt position with a starting pay rate between $15-$16 per hour. To apply, please complete this application form.