Employment Opportunities

Sunrise Waldorf School is a full AWSNA member school and a Group One Independent School under the BC Ministry of Education. SWS offers a comprehensive Waldorf curriculum from Preschool through Grade Eight. Specialty Subjects include; French, Eurythmy, Handwork, Woodwork, P.E., and Strings. Established in 1980, our 7 acre rural campus is located in the Cowichan Valley, 45 minutes north of Victoria on Vancouver Island. SWS is part of a vibrant island community, abundant with arts, surrounded by organic farms and endless outdoor adventures. Most of the families at SWS have moved to the Cowichan Valley from all over the world to attend SWS.

We thank all applicants for their interest, however only short listed applicants will be contacted.  All short-listed applicants will be required to undergo a criminal record check. Please send applications to: Human Resources.

Grade One Teacher 

Sunrise Waldorf School is currently accepting applications from fully qualified, experienced, Waldorf-trained teachers for the Grade One teacher for 2017/18.  This is an opportunity to support a class through a full Waldorf curriculum. Responsibilities include attending regular department and faculty meetings, serving on committees, lesson planning, participation in festivals and recitals, written student reports, meetings with parents and more.

The ideal candidate will have completed Waldorf training and have teaching experience in a Waldorf school, as well as a history of strong classroom management and the ability to strengthen professional relationships with parents, faculty and staff. Our faculty is looking for a colleague who will enthusiastically join their collaborative work with our Head of School.

All applicants must be able to receive a BC teaching certificate (requiring either a B.Ed. or a B.A. and  Waldorf teacher training) and must be either a Canadian citizen or a resident of Canada. This is a full-time position. Salary is from $35,000 to $56,560 depending on education and experience. Benefits include dental and extended health options, plus tuition remission.  
Medical coverage through BC’s Medical Service Plan is supported by the school 50%.


Preschool Assistant Teacher 

Sunrise Waldorf School is currently accepting applications for the position of Preschool Assistant Teacher for the 2017/18 school year. All applicants must have Early Childhood Education (ECE) or Early Childhood Education Assistant (ECE-A) certification.  The ideal candidate will also have completed Waldorf Early Childhood Education training and/or have experience teaching in a Waldorf school.


The ideal candidate will be a warm and flexible teacher able to work collaboratively in our Preschool program.  Movement circles, indoor and outdoor play, snack preparation, eating, story time and rest comprise the activities of each day (8:15 am to 12:00 pm and until 3:00 pm in a smaller aftercare program). This is a part-time position beginning August 28, 2017.  Benefits include extended health and dental plus pro-rated tuition remission for your school-age children.  Medical coverage through BC's Medical Service Plan is supported by the school 50%.


Finance Director 

Sunrise Waldorf School is currently accepting applications for the position of Finance Director.  The Finance Director manages the financial aspects of the school on a day-to-day basis, ensuring that resources are managed to support the mission and vision of the school.  An excellent knowledge of accounting procedures, payroll procedures and accuracy in posting transactions is required.


Duties include: All school bookkeeping tasks using Simply Accounting software; updating necessary financial data in the school's database program; maintaining full awareness of the complete financial, statistical, and accounting records of the organization; ensuring the accuracy, integrity, and timeliness of all financial accounting and reporting; completing the full cycle of bookkeeping tasks to present year end statements to the school's accountant; providing the school's accountant information for the E.S. Audit and Statement of Per Student Operating Cost as required for the Ministry of Education operating grant; processing bi-weekly payroll; reporting to the Receiver General and WorkSafeBC; preparing tuition contracts; managing accounts payable and accounts receivable; communicating with parents regarding contract issues, tuition adjustment requests, etc.; making determination of alternate financial payment plans for parents in arrears; ensuring invoices are prepared and sent out in a timely manner; managing collection efforts; making bank deposits; reconciling monthly bank accounts; preparing monthly cash flow statements and the comparative budget report; completing and filing T4's and related summaries; completing and submitting HST/GST forms; completing and submitting Charity Return; maintaining a classroom supply ordering system; and other duties required as defined.


This position is a .80 FTE position to begin. All applicants must be either a Canadian citizen or a resident of Canada. Salary is dependent on education and experience. Benefits include dental and extended health options, plus tuition remission.  Medical coverage through BC’s Medical Service Plan is supported by the school 50%.


Parent and Child Teacher

Sunrise Waldorf School (SWS) provides a Parent and Child Program (P&C) as an enjoyable and friendly introduction to Waldorf education for young families that encourages a committed and supportive parent body. P&C group leaders carry the responsibility for the pedagogical planning and activity, parent education and administrative reporting and duties associated with the group. The program includes a number of sessions annually with  6 - 10 classes in each session.  Waldorf curriculum and perspective on child development and how we as parents change and grow as our children grow would be the focus of program design.  The P&C program requires a warm, experienced and capable teacher who will lead the SWS P&C Program.  The teacher works with parents, grandparents, young children and families at the school and in the community. This position is part of SWS Early Childhood faculty and reports to the Head of School.


Qualifications:The P&C Teacher must be a trained Waldorf Early Childhood teacher with teaching experience and the ability to work with adults as well as children.   Additional teaching experience and education with infants, toddlers and adults would be an asset.  The candidate must have demonstrated program planning skills and the ability to research, design, implement and evaluate the P&C Program and individual sessions and classes. Strong organizational skills, with an awareness of school and program priorities, integrating administrative needs with program needs is important. First Aid for infants and toddlers, safety awareness and procedures, and a successful Criminal Records Check are required.  The Teacher is paid per session, with an increase once enrolment exceeds 6. (Minimum is 4).  

Substitute Teachers

Sunrise Waldorf School (SWS), located in Cowichan Station, near Duncan, is an independent school governed by the BC Independent School Act under the Ministry of Education and offers classes from K-8.  We are in need of additional substitute teachers for the 2015/2016 school year.


Qualifications:  Waldorf experience and/or training, an interest in Waldorf methods, a valid BC teaching certificate and teaching experience. 



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Sunrise Waldorf School 
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Phone: 250.743.7253
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Email: mail@sunrisewaldorfschool.org