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About Cedarwood Waldorf School

Known as a progressive urban school, Cedarwood is located in SW Portland, an area known for its natural beauty, abundance of outdoor recreational activities and thriving foodie culture. Our relationship with Portland Parks and Recreation has allowed us use of adjacent Lair Hill Park, the first pesticide-free park in Portland, for our movement classes and recess. Portland has a robust Waldorf community, with six schools, a Waldorf high school, many home pre-schools, anthroposophical doctors, therapeutic eurythmists and the Portland Branch of the Anthroposophical Society.

We serve more than 250 students from early childhood through the eighth grade. Our students benefit from rich, diverse programming that includes Spanish, eurythmy, music, practical arts, movement and a middle-school math program. We have a strong, talented faculty that works hard to support one another and consciously represent Waldorf education to our school community and beyond.

Our three pillars—faculty, board and administration, and parent community— have created a mature school organization and vibrant community. We have an effective peer mentoring program and strong support for all teachers, and offer a competitive salary and comprehensive benefits package.

About Portland

Portland, Oregon’s largest city, is located at the confluence of the Columbia and Willamette rivers, in the shadow of snow-capped Mount Hood. It’s known for its parks, bridges and bicycle paths, as well as for its eco-friendliness and its microbreweries and coffeehouses. Iconic Washington Park encompasses sites from the formal Japanese Garden to the Oregon Zoo and its railway. The city hosts thriving art, theater and music scenes. Cedarwood takes full advantage of Portland's proximity to Mount Hood, the Oregon Coast and the high mountain desert of Central Oregon through its experiential learning programs in each grade.

Portland is also home to a rich anthroposophical community that includes several Waldorf schools, anthroposophical doctors and a branch of the Anthroposophical Society. The city of Portland offers wonderful cultural opportunities, while nearby Mount Hood and the Columbia River Gorge capture the splendor of the natural world.

Job Openings

Finance Director

General Objective: Provides Financial and Operations coordination for the school in the areas of fiscal, facilities, and human resources. Managing revenue growth profitably and optimize costs of continuing operations.

Type of Position: Full Time Exempt

Duties & Responsibilities:

  • Manage accounting system data integrity, performing analysis and running fiscal reports as needed
  • Manage Accounts Receivable, Accounts Payable, and payroll
  • Oversee and implement benefits program, 403b, insurance/dental, remission, and other insurances
  • Oversee IT vendor in collaboration with Office Manager
  • Ensure monthly bank reconciliations and provide the Finance COmmittee with monthly financial reports. Reconcile general ledger accounts monthly
  • Ensure collection process is followed on a timely basis (collection letters, phone calls, and separation procedures). Review monthly and update Head of School about any issues
  • Collaborate in tuition assistance process and other tuition processes with Enrollment Director and Enrollment Committee
  • Attend Faculty Meetings as requested by faculty leadership to review reports and status of budget
  • Work with Head of School on budget creation and management; monitoring and reporting and internal controls; human resources planning and implementation
  • Attend meetings of Board of Trustees in an advisory capacity during budget process and other times requested by Head of School
  • Provide Core Group of Teachers with budget reports as requested
  • Oversee Annual Audit
  • Participate in Strategic Planning
  • Lower costs through optimization of people, processes, and technologies
  • Other duties as assigned

School Participation and Teamwork:

  • Arrive at work on time, punctually attend and actively participate in all required meetings and trainings
  • Required to be respectful, cooperative, and reliable team member and participant in school activities
  • Adhere to a professional code of conduct

Confidentiality: Required to respect the confidentiality of information about enrolled children and families, personnel issues, and other school operations

Training: In consultation witth Head of School, develop own professional work goals and training plan


  • BA in Accounting or equivalent
  • Ability and desire to work cooperatively as a member of a team
  • School experience preferred or equivalent experience in non-profit management
  • Strong and innovative finance and organizational leadership skills
  • Experience and knowledge of fiscal administration
  • Computer skills in word processing, spreadsheets and database management (Office 365 and QuickBooks)
  • Ability to organize, prioritize, and be logical in approach to work
  • Ability to communicate clearly verbally in writing
  • Ability to meet the public
  • Ability to handle sensitive and sometimes conflicting financial situations with families in a proactive manner

First Grade Lead Teacher, 2020-2021

Cedarwood Waldorf School is looking for a qualified candidate to become our Grade One Teacher for the 2020-21 school year.

Our three pillars -- faculty, board & administration, and parent community -- have created a mature school organization and vibrant community. We have an effective peer mentoring program and strong support for all teachers.

Cedarwood Waldorf School is a fully accredited member of NWAIS and AWSNA, and currently have 268 students enrolled from Early Childhood through Grade Eight. Our special subject offerings include Spanish, Japanese, Practical Arts, Movement, Eurythmy, and Music.

Cedarwood Waldorf School offers a competitive salary and comprehensive benefits package.

We invite experienced teachers who have a bachelor's degree and Waldorf teacher training to submit a cover letter, resume, and three references to Antonella Focarino, lower grades section leader, at

Early Childhood Assistant Teacher

Cedarwood Waldorf School is looking for an experienced early childhood assistant teacher to join our dynamic team. This position is a full day assistant position, and its work hours are 8:00 am to 4:00 pm. Compensation is equitable to hours worked and responsibilities.

We have a robust, resourceful, and inspiring early childhood program offering parent child classes, two pre-kindergarten classes, and two kindergarten classes.

Cedarwood Waldorf School is a fully accredited member of NWAIS, AWSNA, and WECAN.

We are a certified childcare center, which requires all employees to be CPR and First Aid trained, as well as any other required courses for childcare providers. Additionally, all early childhood employees are given the opportunity for at least 15 hours annually of professional development.

All candidates must have Waldorf experience and an interest in working collaboratively, intuitively, and joyfully on behalf of the young child.

Please send your resume, letter of interest, and three references that we can contact to Stephanie Ferris at


If you would like to be considered for any additional future openings, please send a letter of interest and resume to