Current Openings

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Educational Director

Part-Time

Social Worker

Substitute Teachers

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Why Work at Mountain Sage?

Why will you want to work at Mountain Sage Community School? Because at Mountain Sage our culture is one of teamwork and quality. We engage in artistic endeavors daily. We get to know our students and their families over time because we practice “looping” and work hard at relationship building. At Mountain Sage we sing together at every faculty meeting. We provide a lot of professional development for our teachers but also commit to renewal and create opportunities to do artistic work together, not just with the students. We reward loyalty by offering bonuses when you have been with us for several years. We are attracting the best and the most imaginative individuals. Come join us and help us change the world one student at a time.

May Your Work Excite Your Heart

by John O’Donohue

May your work excite your heart,
Kindle in your mind a creativity
To journey beyond the old limits
Of all that has become worrisome.

May this work challenge you toward
New frontiers that will emerge
As you begin to approach them,
Calling forth from you the full force
And depth of your undiscovered gifts.

May the work fit the rhythms of your soul,
Enabling you to draw from the invisible
New ideas and a vision that will inspire.

Remember to be kind to those who work for you,
Endeavor to remain aware
Of the quiet world
That lives behind each face.

Be fair in your expectations,
Compassionate in your criticism.
May you have the grace of encouragement
To awaken the gift in the other’s heart,
Building in them the confidence
To follow the call of the gift.

May you come to know work
Which emerges from the mind of love
That will have beauty and form.

May your work be worthy
Of the energy of your heart
And the light of your thoughts.

May your work assume
A proper space in your life;
Instead of owning or using you,
Bringing you every day further
Into the wonder of your heart.

Educational Director, Full-Time

Mountain Sage Community School is a public charter school inspired by Waldorf education and sustainable living, located in Fort Collins, CO, serving kindergarten through 8th grade students. 

Our school is seeking a seasoned educator, motivating instructional leader, and skilled professional to serve in the new leadership role of Educational Director. The Educational Director, working in partnership with the School Director, and faculty committees as needed, will oversee and support the educational staff, support and help further develop the Mountain Sage Waldorf-inspired curriculum, and provide educational leadership to further the success of our school. This person must be a skilled educator with at least 7 years of experience working in a public school, with five of those years as a full-time lead teacher in their own K-8 classroom, knowledgeable about Waldorf pedagogy and Colorado Core Academic Standards, and an organized, highly adept communicator who is able to work collaboratively with adults and directly with children. The Mountain Sage Educational Director must be a warm and approachable person with an open mind and heart who is looking to connect with a community of passionate, skilled, and creative individuals for the present and future success of our school. 

FLSA CLASSIFICATION: Exempt
EMPLOYMENT STATUS: Regular, full-time
ESTIMATED CALENDAR DAYS: 220 
PAY RANGE: $70,000- $85,000
REPORTS TO: School Director

Background

Mountain Sage is in a time of growth and change. Now in our 11th year of bringing a Waldorf-inspired education to students and their families in the greater Fort Collins area, our school program has matured significantly. The leadership structure that once worked for a smaller, developing school is no longer adequate. With our School Director focused on overall organizational health and strategic development, our educational staff need more direct support and our program will benefit greatly from an experienced educational leader. After many discussions with the board, leadership, and staff, the exciting decision was made to create this new educational leadership position. All interested candidates must be comfortable with the newness of the position and understand the inherent gifts and challenges that come with filling a new role. 

About Us

Our public charter school provides Waldorf-inspired education to students in grades K-8 and a Forest School homeschool enrichment program to children ages 5-9 in Fort Collins, Colorado. We live our mission of Cultivating the Creative Mind through a hands-on, whole-child, arts-infused approach to learning grounded in sustainable living. Please click here to read our entire mission, vision, and life at Mountain Sage snapshot. Our campus is conveniently located near bike trails, a short drive from the highway, a short walk from beautiful natural areas, and holds a bountiful garden, exploratory playground, and a 17,000 sq ft building. As a charter school, our staff of creative, passionate, and skilled educators and administrators wear many hats, supporting and running our program that is authorized by our local school district, Poudre School District. 

The Position

The Mountain Sage Educational Director will serve as an educational leader who will promote the success of all students and faculty by facilitating the development, articulation, and implementation of a clear vision of Waldorf-inspired learning that is shared and supported by the school community. This person, in partnership with the School Director, will be responsible for ensuring excellence in academic and co-curricular programs, curriculum development and supervision, faculty evaluation and professional development, and cultivating positive and mutually beneficial relationships with the school community, students, parents, faculty, and staff. The Educational Director will work collaboratively with other staff leadership and will report to the School Director. 

We are looking for a dynamic leader who can move easily from the classroom to meetings to independent work, and who is excited about working with and overseeing a group of 35+ faculty and instructional staff. The Educational Director will have a strong on-site presence, eventually managing and supporting day-to-day operations related to the educational program and student support, will serve as a key member of Faculty Circle, collaborate with faculty working groups and committees to accomplish program goals, oversee and collaborate with our faculty mentorship team, and conduct instructional staff evaluations, with support from the School Director. 

Successful candidates will be knowledgeable in Waldorf education and Colorado Core Academic Standards and be able to weave these foundational aspects of our program into a curriculum map that will help to ensure consistency within our educational program. This will be a collaborative process with lead teachers. The Educational Director will also be responsible for ensuring utilization of student assessment data, specifically related to differentiated instruction in the classroom, supporting an active professional development life for all educational staff, and helping to facilitate key cross-curricular connections. 

Required Qualifications

  • 7+ years of experience working in a K-8 school setting, with at least 5 of those years spent as full-time lead teacher in a classroom
  • Master’s degree in Education

Preferred Qualifications: 

  • Experience in a Waldorf/Waldorf-inspired educational setting
  • Trained in Restorative Practices
  • Experience with consensus decision making

Technical Skills, Knowledge, and Abilities

  • Working knowledge of Waldorf pedagogy
  • Deep understanding of the Colorado Core Academic Standards
  • Excellent interpersonal relations and oral and written communication skills 
  • Advanced skills in working with students and staff with diverse needs
  • Facilitation and problem-solving skills
  • Basic computer and software skills, including Microsoft and GSuite
  • Intermediate to advanced knowledge or ability to develop, monitor and evaluate curriculum, discipline plans and supervision/safety plans
  • Knowledge of data analysis, curriculum and instruction, special education laws
  • Ability to promote and follow school policies and procedures
  • Ability to communicate, interact and work effectively and cooperatively with all people, including those from diverse ethnic and educational backgrounds
  • Willingness to contribute to cultural diversity for education enrichment
  • Ability to recognize the importance of safety in the workplace, follow safety rules, practice safe work habits, utilize appropriate safety equipment and report unsafe conditions to the appropriate administrator
  • Ability to maintain confidentiality in all aspects of the job
  • Ability to manage multiple priorities
  • Ability to manage multiple tasks with frequent interruptions
  • Ability to maintain honesty and integrity in all aspects of the job
  • Ability and willingness to adhere to attendance requirements, including regular and punctual presence

Physical Requirements

Must be able to:

  • Stand for an extended period
  • Work outside in all weather conditions, including extreme winter conditions/temperatures
  • Maneuver uneven surfaces
  • Carry or transfer up to 20lbs
  • Work in occasionally loud environments
  • Frequently use office technology including walkie talkie, phone, computer, copiers, printers, and assigned software
  • Use commercial office tools including paper cutters and staplers

Compensation and Hours 

Monday through Friday during the academic school year and part-time summer hours. Pay range for this position is $70,000-$85,000  annually. We offer state retirement benefits (PERA), health benefits, ten PTO days annually, and a 3-year loyalty bonus.

To Apply

  1. Visit our school website prior to applying: www.mountainsage.org
  2. Submit the online application. You will need:
    • Cover letter articulating your relationship to our mission and why you’d be a good fit for our K-8 charter school;
    • Resume;
    • Three professional references with phone numbers and email addresses. 

No phone calls. We will accept applications until the positions are filled. You will be contacted by a member of the Hiring Committee if we are interested in pursuing your application.

Mountain Sage Community School is an equal opportunity employer. 

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Social Worker, Part-Time for the 2023-24 School Year

Mountain Sage Community School is a public, charter school inspired by Waldorf education and sustainable living, located in Fort Collins, CO, serving kindergarten through 8th grade students. 

Our school seeks a skilled and caring social worker for the 2023-2024 school year. The Mountain Sage social worker is responsible for providing social work services to children and families in our small K-8 community and will be focused on collaborating with the school director, teachers, integrated services staff, behavior specialist, health tech and school community to provide services and resources for students and families. 

The ideal candidate will have deep understanding of social work services and supports, restorative practices, MTSS, and RtI support, and normal social-emotional development and how to support students at different stages of development in grades K-8, excellent communication and collaboration  skills, a connection to Waldorf-inspired education or a willingness to learn about and connect to it, and will be a consummate professional with a passion for co-creation.

FLSA CLASSIFICATION: Salary Exempt 
EMPLOYMENT STATUS: Regular, full-time 
WORK HOURS: 30 hours per week 
WORK CALENDAR DAYS: 190, pro-rated for start date
BASE PAY: $27 and hour plus increases per the salary schedule
REPORTS TO: School Director 

Minimum Essential Duties and Responsibilities

Provide comprehensive and culturally competent student support:

  • Respond to daily student support needs, communicating with students, staff, parents as necessary. 
  • Provide direct services to students to meet social-emotional needs, and families and staff on intervention strategies for supporting children.
  • Perform individual intervention assessments on students, write clear and concise diagnostic results, and maintain necessary documentation of student assessments.
  • Develop, plan, and implement individual, measurable, long-term, and short-term objectives based on student identified needs. 
  • Provide referrals to, and consultations with, other appropriate agencies.
  • Apply techniques, strategies, and intervention to enhance/motivate students to meet IEP goals and objectives and evaluate student performance based on IEPs.
  • Assists in implementation and development of Behavior Improvement Plans and provides IEP services for students with social/emotional needs.
  • Work with the School Director and Behavior Specialist on behavior support plans and MTSS.
  • Assist teachers in developing instructional modifications to meet students’ needs and with establishing clear expectations for appropriate student behavior.
  • Oversee and provide knowledge, guidance, training and support to all staff members on child abuse and other topics as appropriate.
  • Participate in meetings pertaining to student support.
  • Monitor student progress, adapt support as needed, and maintain documentation pertinent to academic, social, and emotional progress and needs of students. 
  • Document, maintain, analyze, and utilize data to improve practices and processes
  • Work collaboratively with colleagues across learning services (e.g. IT, School Director and other identified school personnel) to develop, implement, and maintain frameworks that support analysis and use of student/teacher data toward enhanced systemic outcomes
  • Communicate students’ progress and needs with parents and other staff as needed. 
  • Uphold the Waldorf-inspired aspects of our program.
  • Work outdoors in a variety of weather conditions.
  • Perform coverages and other duties as assigned.

Required Qualifications

  • Desire to learn Mountain Sage’s philosophy, to implement the school’s Waldorf-inspired program, and to uphold and promote the mission and values of the school
  • Bachelor’s degree in Social Work or related field 
  • Valid Colorado Special Services license with Social Worker endorsement
  • Previous experience in the field of public school education
  • Knowledge and understanding of racial, gender, and cultural differences
  • Knowledge of social work services and supports
  • Skills in facilitation, conflict resolution, and adult learning
  • Skills in data gathering and analysis, project planning and evaluation
  • Ability to communicate with students, parents/guardians, staff, and community members. 
  • Ability to communicate, interact, and work effectively and cooperatively with people from diverse ethnic and educational backgrounds.
  • Excellent oral, written, and public speaking communication skills
  • High level of interpersonal skills
  • Ability and willingness to work effectively with colleagues

Preferred Qualifications

  • Master’s degree in Social Work or related field 
  • Experience working with students with significant identifiable emotional disabilities in a school setting 
  • Training in group facilitation, conflict resolution, and restorative justice approaches 
  • Experience with youth empowerment models and/or restorative practices/discipline in schools
  • Experience with trauma informed care and family focused approaches 
  • Experience working with adult learners

Physical Requirements

Must be able to:

  • Stand for an extended period
  • Work outside in all weather conditions, including extreme winter conditions/temperatures
  • Take children to nearby nature trails and areas for extended periods of time in all weather conditions, located within walking distance
  • Maneuver uneven surfaces
  • Carry or transfer up to 20lbs
  • Work in occasionally loud environments
  • Frequently use office technology including walkie talkie, phone, computer, copiers, and printers
  • Use commercial office tools including paper cutters and staplers

Compensation

Minimum base salary of $27 an hour with potential increase dependent upon education and experience. We offer state retirement benefits (PERA), health benefits, PTO, a 3-year loyalty bonus, and yearly professional development opportunities.

To Apply

  1. Visit our school website prior to applying: www.mountainsage.org
  2. Submit the online application. You will need:
    • Cover letter articulating your relationship to Waldorf education and sustainability;
    • Statement of educational philosophy;
    • Resume;
    • Three professional references with phone numbers and email addresses. 

No phone calls. We will accept applications until the positions are filled. You will be contacted by a member of the Hiring Committee if we are interested in pursuing your application.

Mountain Sage Community School is an equal opportunity employer. 

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Substitute Teachers (Guest Teachers)

We are hiring for qualified substitutes for Kindergarten through 8th, two homeschool enrichment classes, all specialty subjects: Integrated Services, Spanish, handwork, games/PE, music, woodworking, gardening, performing arts, etc., and our front desk, for the 2023-24 school year.

Guest Teacher Qualifications

Required

  • Bachelor’s Degree. pursuit of a Bachelor’s Degree, or a minimum of four year's experience in an educational setting
  • Classroom experience, ideally with children ages 5-14

Preferred 

  • Waldorf teacher certification and/or experience
  • Colorado Teaching License
  • 2+ years classroom teaching experience

Pay rate

The pay range is $17-18.25 per hour.

To Apply

  1. Visit our school website prior to applying: www.mountainsage.org
  2. Submit the online application. You will need:
    • Cover letter articulating your relationship to our mission and vision;
    • Resume;
    • Three professional references with phone numbers and email addresses. 

No phone calls. We will accept applications until the positions are filled. You will be contacted by a member of the Hiring Committee if we are interested in pursuing your application. 

Mountain Sage Community School is an equal opportunity employer. 

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Mountain Sage is an Equal Opportunity Employer.
Mountain Sage Community School embraces equal employment opportunity (EEO) and inclusiveness and maintains a work environment that is free of discrimination. Mountain Sage Community School’s policy is to ensure that no employee or applicant for employment is denied equal opportunity because of race, color, sex, national origin, religion, age, disability, marital status, pregnancy, sexual orientation, transgender status, gender identity, or genetic information.