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.

Cross Country Coach for Middle School, Part-Time, 2022-2023 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.

Mountain Sage Community School seeks a Cross country Coach for its growing middle school cross country program. Practice will take place 3-4 days each week, from 3:40-4:30pm. The season ranges from mid-August to early October. There will likely be 5-6 meets, usually during the week, and one on a weekend.

Education and Work Related Experience

  • High school diploma or equivalent
  • Previous cross country coaching experience strongly preferred
  • Must have expertise in the fundamental skills, rules, and schemes pertaining to cross-country
  • CPR, First Aid and AED certifications required before coaching assignment begins

Roles and Responsibilities

  • Communication and coordination with parents of participating students
  • Ensuring collection of necessary fees and paperwork for participating students
  • Serve as a coordinator/liaison with the Poudre School District sports department
  • Ability to manage and motivate students
  • Ability to manage and work with an assistant coach

Compensation

We are offering a $2000 stipend for this position.

To Apply

Candidates interested in pursuing the Cross Country Coach position should review the school’s website prior to applying: www.mountainsage.org.  We accept applications via email. No phone calls please. Please email a cover letter articulating your relationship to the Mountain Sage mission/vision and the Cross Country Coach position, a resume, and three professional references to: employment@mountainsage.org. Please indicate Cross Country Coach in the subject line of the email. Applications will be accepted until the position is 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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Forest School + Kindergarten Assistant, Part-Time, 2022-2023 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.

Mountain Sage is seeking an experienced Kindergarten Assistant for our play-based program. The hours are 8am-4pm, Monday through Thursday, and with an option for additional Friday hours during the school year. Primary duties include, but are not limited to: 

  1. Assist the Lead teacher with delivery of engaging nature based and Waldorf-inspired outdoor lessons/experiences for variety of ages:
    1. Mondays and Tuesdays in our Forest Homeschool Enrichment for Kindergarteners, 8:30am-12:00pm.
    2. Tuesdays and Wednesdays in our mixed age Forest Homeschool Enrichment for 1st through 3rd Graders, 8:30am-12:00pm. 
  2. Assist with group management/coordination of all outdoor activities and transitions throughout the morning. This includes guidance of children ages 5-9, in various outdoor settings, many of whom have not had any traditional schooling.
  3. Ensuring the safety and wellbeing of students.

This assistant position works in a variety of capacities and settings. In the afternoons they will assist in our kindergarten classroom and attend our weekly staff meeting on Fridays, as needed.

Required Qualifications

  • A love of children and the ability to build relationships with children ages 5-9
  • A mature, positive role model who is intuitive and observant
  • Ability to stand and sit for an hour or more, as well as work outside in various weather conditions as we move to learn and are outdoors on a daily basis, and to support recess, and other needs
  • Enthusiasm for Waldorf-inspired education with a willingness to deepen their knowledge
  • A sense of nature awareness and stewardship
  • Interest in working in charter school education
  • Commitment to professional collaboration
  • Fingerprinting and background check  

Preferred Qualifications

  • Strong preference given to applicants who are Waldorf-trained or experienced
  • Experience working with children outdoors
  • 2+ years classroom experience
  • Early Childhood college course work  

Compensation

Starting hourly wage for this position is $16/hour. We offer health benefits and state retirement benefits (PERA).

To Apply

Candidates who are interested in pursuing the part-time Forest School Homeschool Enrichment Assistant position should visit our school website prior to applying: www.mountainsage.org. We appreciate receiving applications via email. No phone calls please. Please send a cover letter articulating your relationship to Waldorf education and sustainability, resume, and three professional references. Send to: employment@mountainsage.org. Please indicate “Forest School/Kindergarten Assistant” in the subject line of the email. We will accept applications until the position is 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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In-House Substitute Teacher, Full-Time for the 2022-2023 School Year

Mountain Sage Community School is a public, charter school inspired by Waldorf education and sustainable living, serving students in grades K-8, located in Fort Collins, CO.

We are currently seeking a qualified and energetic person to serve as In-House Substitute for the 2022-2023 school year. We are looking for a “Renaissance person”, someone who is ready to jump in anywhere and support our school in a large variety of settings, including: 12 classrooms Kindergarten-8th grade, two Forest School homeschool enrichment classes, multiple teachers of specialty subject classes, paraprofessionals, integrated services, as well as staff substitution needs. In classes/subjects where there is an assistant, the In-House Substitute will become the assistant while the assistant becomes the lead for the day. 

We do not expect the In-House Substitute to be able to teach every specialty subject but manage and engage classrooms of children of varying ages. The ideal candidate will be a person with classroom experience, a love of working with children, a high comfort level with changing duties, and an alignment with our mission. This is a full-time position with hours 8-4 Monday-Thursday and 8-2:30 on Friday. 

Required Qualifications

  • Bachelor’s Degree or in pursuit of a bachelor’s degree
  • Some classroom experience

Preferred Qualifications

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

Compensation

The pay for this position starts at $16.00 per hour during the school year. We offer state retirement benefits, health benefits, and yearly professional development opportunities.

To Apply

Candidates who are interested in pursuing the In-House Substitute Teacher position should visit our school website prior to applying: www.mountainsage.org. We appreciate receiving applications via email. No phone calls please. Please send a cover letter articulating your relationship to Waldorf education and sustainability, resume, and three professional references to employment@mountainsage.org. Please indicate “In-House Substitute Teacher” in the subject line of the email. We will accept applications until the position is 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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Kindergarten Assistant, Full-Time for the 2022-2023 School Year

Mountain Sage Community School is a public, charter school inspired by Waldorf education and sustainable living, serving students in grades K-8, located in Fort Collins, CO. 

Mountain Sage is seeking an experienced Kindergarten Assistant for our play-based program. The hours are 7:45am – 3:45pm, Monday through Friday. Primary duties include, but are not limited to:

  1. Assisting in the classroom:
    1. Meeting the needs of students on a one-on-one basis 
    2. Help maintaining the organization and cleanliness of the classroom
    3. Snack preparation and clean up, set up and clean-up of various activities, including nap time
    4. Guidance of children during group participation
    5. Active play-time supervision
  2. Ongoing discussion with the lead teacher pertaining to daily issues and specific children
  3. Assist with outdoor activities with children in all weather

It is desirable that the Kindergarten Assistant participate in Mountain Sage community events such as faculty meetings and festivals as the assistants play an integral role in supporting student development in the Waldorf model. Mountain Sage will offer professional development opportunities to all teachers and assistants, including but not limited to in-house Waldorf methods training before school begins and mentoring throughout the school year.

Required Qualifications

  • High school diploma
  • A love of children and a mature, positive role model who is intuitive and observant
  • Enthusiasm for Waldorf-inspired education with a willingness deepen their knowledge
  • Fingerprinting and background check 
  • Ability to stand and sit for an hour or more, as well as work outside in various weather conditions as we move to learn on a daily basis, and learn outdoors, as well as support recess, and other needs

Preferred Qualifications

  • Strong preference given to applicants who are Waldorf-trained or experienced
  • 2+ years classroom experience   
  • Early Childhood college course work   

Compensation
Starting hourly wage for this position is $16/hour. We offer state retirement benefits, health benefits, and yearly professional development opportunities.

To Apply
Candidates who are interested in pursuing the Kindergarten Assistant position should visit our school website prior to applying: www.mountainsage.org. We appreciate receiving applications via email. No phone calls please. Please send a cover letter articulating your relationship to Waldorf education and sustainability, resume, and three professional references. Send to: employment@mountainsage.org. Please indicate “Kindergarten Assistant” in the subject line of the email. We will accept applications until the position is 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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Middle School Class Teacher, Full-Time, 2022-23 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. 

Mountain Sage Community School seeks a skilled and passionate Middle School Class Teacher for the 2022-2023 school year to start in the sixth grade and continue with the class into future years. At Mountain Sage, our middle school teachers “loop” from grade six to eight. We will have two sixth grade classes in the 2022-2023 school year so this new teacher will be able to partner with our other sixth grade teacher.

All teachers play an instrumental role in bringing the vision of our school to life. The ideal candidate will have Waldorf training, or a deep understanding of arts-integrated education, and will be a consummate teaching professional with a passion for co-creation. We look to our teachers to lead in parent education toward building strong support of the educational program. Duties and responsibilities will include those expected of teachers within traditional Waldorf schools and public schools. Weaving Colorado Academic Standards and Waldorf curriculum together is essential to the work of the class teacher at Mountain Sage. Upholding positive and nurturing classroom culture, collaborating with colleagues, and dedication to continual professional development are also essential aspects.

This teacher will be required to participate in summer trainings in preparation for the school year.

Required Qualifications

  • Bachelor’s Degree and PRAXIS certification
  • 2+ years classroom teaching experience
  • Ability to stand and sit for an hour or more, as well as work outside in various weather conditions as we move to learn on a daily basis, and to support recess, and other needs

Preferred Qualifications

  • Colorado Teacher Licensure, Middle School Endorsement
  • Waldorf teacher certification and/or experience 

Compensation

Minimum base salary of $38,000 with potential increase dependent upon education and experience. We offer state retirement benefits (PERA), health benefits, and yearly professional development opportunities.

To Apply

Candidates who are interested in pursuing the Lead Middle School Teacher position should visit our school website prior to applying: www.mountainsage.org. We appreciate receiving applications via email. No phone calls please. Please send a cover letter articulating your relationship to Waldorf education and sustainability, resume, and three professional references. Send to: employment@mountainsage.org. Please indicate “Lead Middle School Teacher” in the subject line of the email. We will accept applications until the position(s) 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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Math Teacher, Grades 6th-8th, Full-Time, 2022-23 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. 

Mountain Sage Community School (MSCS) is seeking an experienced and passionate secondary math teacher to teach 3/4 time and assist in other ways as needed to equal full-time hours. As a member of the Mountain Sage faculty, you will join a group of individuals whose foundation in pedagogy is inspired by Waldorf education. Our middle school always has 4-5 classes, 6th – 8th grade. In fall 2022 we will have two 6th grades, one 7th grade, and one 8th grade class. This position involves teaching a 90-minute math class once per week and two 45-minute math skills classes in each middle school class, 6th-8th.  All middle school class teachers stay in the classroom and assist the math teacher to maximize differentiation. There are regular meetings with middle school class teachers (and the elementary math interventionist on occasion) for collaboration, planning, and mentoring. Our previous middle school math teacher will be an active mentor for our new teacher. There is a possibility for additional math or other classes that could be added to the right candidate’s duties, depending on availability, skill set, and scheduling needs. The middle school math teacher is expected to participate in weekly faculty meetings on Friday afternoons. It is also desirable that the teacher participates in Mountain Sage community events and festivals. All positions at MSCS provide support by sharing lunch, recess, and/or traffic duties.

All teachers play an instrumental role in bringing the vision of our school to life. The ideal candidate will have Waldorf training, or a deep understanding of arts-integrated education, and will be a consummate teaching professional with a passion for co-creation. We look to our teachers to lead in parent education toward building strong support of the educational program. Weaving Colorado Academic Standards and Waldorf curriculum together is essential to the work of the middle school math teacher at Mountain Sage. Upholding positive and nurturing classroom culture, collaborating with colleagues, and dedication to continual professional development are also essential aspects.

The middle school math teacher will be required to participate in summer trainings in preparation for the school year.

Required Qualifications

  • Bachelor’s Degree and PRAXIS certification
  • 2+ years middle school math teaching experience or education specific to middle school math instruction
  • Ability to stand and sit for an hour or more, as well as work outside in various weather conditions as we move to learn on a daily basis, and to support recess, and other needs

Preferred Qualifications

  • Colorado Teacher Licensure, Secondary Mathematics Endorsement
  • Waldorf teacher certification and/or experience 

Compensation

Minimum base salary of $38,000 with potential increase dependent upon education and experience. We offer state retirement benefits (PERA), health benefits, and yearly professional development opportunities.

To Apply

Candidates who are interested in pursuing the Middle School Math Teacher position should visit our school website prior to applying: www.mountainsage.org. We appreciate receiving applications via email. No phone calls please. Please send a cover letter articulating your relationship to Waldorf education and sustainability, resume, and three professional references. Send to: employment@mountainsage.org. Please indicate “Middle School Math Teacher” in the subject line of the email. We will accept applications until the position is 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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Paraprofessional, Full-Time, 2022-23 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. 

The paraprofessional at Mountain Sage works with a diverse group of elementary and middle school aged children who need extra support in and out of the classroom, supports classroom teachers to provide differentiated lessons in the classroom, and assists as required for various activities, duties, and coverages. The paraprofessional may also serve under the supervision of the special education teacher or academic interventionist to assist students toward accomplishing their individual learning needs. The paraprofessional may provide individual and small group instruction in and outside the classroom and may support students having behavioral difficulties. The typical hours are 8-4, Monday through Friday during the academic school year. This is a full-time position for the 2022-2023 school year.

Essential Functions

  • Support students in their academic, social, and emotional work
  • Supervise and assist students in classroom and in non-classroom settings (hallways, playground, etc.) 
  • Utilize the school’s positive behavior intervention and support model across settings
  • Assist and implement school discipline measures as directed
  • Communicate students’ progress and needs with appropriate staff and educational team
  • Assist in implementing lessons to meet Individual Education Plans (IEP) and student intervention goals
  • Ability to stand and sit for an hour or more, as well as work outside in various weather conditions as we move to learn and are outdoors on a daily basis, and to support recess, and other needs

Required Qualifications

  • Two years of related experience working with students (special and/or general education)
  • Strong language arts and mathematics skills in order to effectively assist K-8 classroom work
  • Ability to manage multiple tasks with frequent interruptions
  • Excellent verbal and written communication skills
  • Ability to supervise students, and defuse volatile and stressful situations with students
  • Positive attitude and ability to take direction and feedback as well as to collaborate

Preferred Qualifications

  • Waldorf-training and/or experience
  • Education college course work
  • CPR/first aid skills and training 

Compensation

Starting hourly wage for this position is $16/hour. We offer state retirement benefits (PERA) and health benefits. 

To Apply

Candidates who are interested in pursuing this full-time Paraprofessional position should visit our school website prior to applying: www.mountainsage.org. We appreciate receiving applications via email. No phone calls. Please send a cover letter articulating your relationship to Waldorf education and sustainability, resume, and three professional references. Send to: employment@mountainsage.org. Please indicate “Paraprofessional” in the subject line of the email. We will accept applications until the position is 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

We are currently searching 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 staff.

Required Qualifications

  • Bachelor’s Degree or in pursuit of a Bachelor’s Degree
  • Some classroom experience

Preferred Qualifications

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

Pay rate

$16 per hour

Applications should be submitted via email. No phone calls please. Please send a brief cover letter articulating your relationship to Waldorf education and sustainability and your specific areas of interest in subbing (e.g. grades, music, Spanish, etc.), and your resume to: nsexton@mountainsage.org . Please indicate Substitute Teacher in the subject line of the email. We will accept applications year round. You will be contacted by the Substitute Coordinator 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.