Current Openings

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Business Manager

In-House Substitute

Part-Time

GT Coordinator

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.

Business Manager, Full-Time for the 2023-2024 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 is seeking a dual-skilled, well-organized, and experienced Business Manager. The Business Manager will be equally responsible for both the HR and Financial responsibilities that occur within our school. The ideal candidate will have a minimum of 5 years of Human Resources and Accounting experience. While we do not require that they are an expert in either field, they must be experienced enough to follow strong business practices and speak knowledgeably about both subjects. They should be able to simultaneously manage multiple projects, work well with a variety of people, be flexible and react well to change, work well under pressure, and be able to handle sensitive material with a high degree of professionalism. The person in this position will work autonomously but will have access to outside service providers who will help guide and support them in the roles and responsibilities associated with this post.

In the accounting realm, the person in this role will track and collect data for Mountain Sage’s finances, working closely with our Financial Services Provider (FSP). They will be responsible for entering data into databases, collecting and coding receipts and invoices, tracking expenses, reconciling documents, and supporting other members of the organization with accounting-related questions.

Within the HR realm, the person in this role will handle a wide variety of daily administrative and HR functions. They should be able  to coordinate recruitment, facilitate onboarding, manage record maintenance, administer a variety of benefits, and provide legal guidance in areas of compliance, compensation, and personnel.  He or she will be responsible for ensuring the school is operating within legal, ethical and professional boundaries while supporting the administrative team in a wide variety of complex and strategic endeavors. The Business Manager will serve as the primary staff contact for all HR and financial related inquiries and must be comfortable working with sensitive and confidential matters. It is critical that the person in this role displays a high degree of professionalism, trust, and maintains a commitment to confidentiality with respect to his or her responsibilities.

The typical hours are 8-4pm, Monday through Friday during the academic school year and part-time hours during the summer.

FLSA CLASSIFICATION: Exempt
EMPLOYMENT STATUS: Regular, full-time
WORK HOURS: 40 hours per week
WORK CALENDAR DAYS: 211 
BASE PAY: $48,000
REPORTS TO: School Director

Minimum Essential Duties and Responsibilities
Human Resources

  • Onboarding; collecting new hire paperwork and inputting necessary information into payroll, HRIS, and ReadySub systems, reviewing new hire packets and employee handbook with new staff
  • Recruiting; alongside the hiring committee: create and manage job postings, applicant tracking, pre-screen interviews, reference checks, background screening, and create and send job offer to candidates,
  • Compliance; required employer postings, employee handbook updates, regulatory compliance management with FMLA, ADA, FLSA, ERISA, HIPAA, OSHA, collaborate with the School director on the Annual  HR Snapshot submitted to the school district
  • Benefits Administration; process workers comp claims, benefit enrollment support using Ease software, bill reconciliation, negotiate and manage the annual insurance renewals for EAP, Liability, Workers Comp, Health and Dental
  • Compensation; works in tandem with the Finance Committee to review annual salary schedules, works closely with the School Director to issue annual employment agreements
  • Personnel; keeps records and participates in all performance evaluations, discipline or other difficult conversations, witness duties, helps develop appropriate performance improvement plans, disciplinary action, performs all exit interviews, provides staff support and feedback mechanism including satisfaction surveys, and helps to manage terminations.
  • Records Management; maintain employee records, motor vehicle records, and driver log for field trips

Accounting/Finance

  • Payroll; monthly reconciliation of timesheets and  PTO via ReadySub software, Input hours and leave.
  • Manages PERA process; new hires, current employees, terminations 
  • Collect paperwork; bank statements, invoices, and receipts to send to FSP
  • District or State funding reports sent to FSP 
  • Funds Management; Fee collection/reconciliation, waiver tracking, oversee bank deposits, prep money box/petty cash
  • Vendor spreadsheet updates
  • Compliance; required reports (unemployment, PERA, 401k, VOE’s, payroll, PTO or LOA)
  • Participates on the Finance Committee with the School Director and the Board Treasurer to maintain the proper flow of information to the Board of Directors.  

Required Qualifications

  • A minimum of (5) years of high-touch experience in both Human Resources and Finance
  • Experience with an educational organization is preferred, while experience with a charter school would be ideal
  • Bachelor’s degree in Accounting, Finance, Human Resources Management or General Business
  • HRCI accreditation (PHR) is preferred
  • Experience and knowledge with (or a willingness to learn) the applicable laws, codes, regulations, policies and procedures related to the duties
  • Well developed, clear communication and interpersonal skills 
  • Conflict resolution skills
  • Strong experience with Microsoft Excel 
  • Experience with general accounting principles and industry-standard accounting software
  • Knowledge of and experience using Google Workspace and Microsoft Office
  • HR Information System (HRIS) and/or payroll software familiarity or demonstrated capability to become proficient in similar software
  • Submit to and pass CBI background check
  • State and federal fingerprint clearance to work in an environment where students are presents

Preferred Qualifications: 

  • A desire to join the community for multiple years
  • Public charter school experience, especially in a K-8 program
  • Experience, or knowledge of, Waldorf education practices is helpful, but not necessary.

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

Hours are 8-4pm Monday through Friday during the academic school year. Starting hourly wage for this position is $48,000 annually. We offer state retirement benefits (PERA), health benefits, PTO, 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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In-House Substitute (In-House Guest Teacher), Full-Time for the 2023-2024 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 Guest Teacher for the 2023-24 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 Guest Teacher 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 8-2:30pm on Fridays. 

LSA CLASSIFICATION: Hourly Exempt
EMPLOYMENT STATUS: Regular, part-time 
WORK HOURS: 38.5 hours per week 
WORK CALENDAR DAYS: 190
BASE PAY: $17-$21 hour
REPORTS TO: School Director 

Minimum Essential Duties and Responsibilities
Support the students and the teachers on a daily basis through:

  • Being flexible and jumping in where need on a day-to-day basis
  • Following sub plans and engaging students
  • Set up classroom materials and equipment
  • Uphold school policies and rules with students
  • Utilizing the school’s positive behavior intervention and support model across settings
  • Assisting and implementing school discipline measures 
  • Communicating students’ progress and needs with appropriate staff and educational team
  • Ability to communicate timely and effectively with students and staff
  • Upholding the Waldorf-inspired aspects of our program
  • Working outdoors in a variety of weather conditions
  • Non-classroom coverages such as traffic, recess, lunch, etc.
  • Punctuality throughout the day

Required Qualifications

  • Bachelor’s Degree or in pursuit of a bachelor’s degree
  • Some classroom experience
  • 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
  • Ability and willingness to work effectively with colleagues

Preferred Qualifications

  • Waldorf teacher certification and/or experience
  • Colorado Teaching License
  • 2+ years classroom teaching experience
  • Knowledge of restorative practices in schools
  • Understanding of experiential learning

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

This hourly position has a hiring range of $17-$21 and hour, 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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GT Coordinator, Part-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.

We are seeking a detail-oriented, professional, and organized person dedicated to furthering differentiated learning opportunities for all Mountain Sage students to serve as our Gift and Talented (GT) Coordinator during the school year. A part-time position, the GT Coordinator is expected to encompass 5-10 hours per week to manage GT documentation requirements, teacher coaching/collaboration, and required parent meetings aspects of GT at Mountain Sage. This person must be computer savvy, comfortable with both the administrative and teacher/student-focused aspects of this position, and a knowledgeable educator aligned with our mission and vision. 

Essential Functions

  • Prepare and implement Advanced Learning Plans (ALP) for all identified gifted students
  • Develop, plan, prepare, and help to implement learning activities and other instructional aspects in collaboration with GT students’ teachers.
  • Communicate gifted students’ ALP progress and needs with family and other staff as needed
  • Collaborate with teachers, support personnel, administrators, and colleagues to advocate for and enhance site-level GT services and programming
  • Demonstrate a commitment to including and engaging families of gifted students in the student goal setting and programming
  • Participate in GT trainings
  • Support and help to develop school procedures and expectations around GT
  • Provide personal and professional excellence
  • Balance the demands of the GT Coordinator position with other pre-existing roles and responsibilities, asking for help when needed
  • Other duties as assigned

Required Qualifications

  • Bachelor’s degree with proper teaching licensure
  • Experience instructing students in a classroom setting
  • Prior experience working with GT programs in public schools
  • Strong organization and time management skills 
  • Proficient in Microsoft Office Suite (Excel, Word, Outlook) 
  • Proficient in Google Suite of products

Compensation
Starting hourly wage for this position is $26/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;
    • 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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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 part-time 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: Non-Exempt
EMPLOYMENT STATUS: Regular, part-time 
WORK HOURS: 20 hours per week, flexible schedule
WORK CALENDAR DAYS: 190
BASE PAY: $27/hr 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 $41,000 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;
    • 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.