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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.

Grades School Teacher (2018-19)

Sunrise Waldorf School is currently accepting applications for the position of Waldorf grades teacher for the 2018/19 school year. 

The ideal candidate will have completed Waldorf teacher training and have experience teaching in a Waldorf school; however, we will also consider candidates who have completed their B.Ed. and have started or are willing to begin Waldorf teacher training.  Besides teaching, responsibilities include attendance at regular department and faculty meetings, committee work, lesson planning, participation in festivals and recitals, preparing written student reports, and meeting with parents.  The successful candidate will have strong classroom management skills, will have the ability to build professional relationships with parents, faculty and staff, and will enthusiastically join the collaborative work of the school.

All applicants must be qualified to obtain a BC Teaching Certificate (generally, this requires a B.Ed. degree or a Bachelor's degree plus Waldorf teacher training), and be able to meet BC Independent School conduct and competence standards.

This is a full-time position beginning immediately.  Benefits include extended health and dental plus full tuition remission for your school-age children.  Medical coverage through BC's Medical Service Plan is supported by the school 50%.

Please submit your cover letter, resume and references to hr@sunrisewaldorfschool.org.


Eurythmy Teacher

We are accepting applications for a warm, dynamic and experienced full-time Eurythmy teacher beginning in the 2018/19 school year to lead classes for Kindergarten through Grade 8.  Both full-time and block teaching candidates will be considered.  The ideal candidate has a full Pedagogical Eurythmy diploma from an Association of Eurythmy training in a Dornach-recognized school and has experience teaching Eurythmy in a Waldorf school.  We value excellent skills in teaching and classroom management, communication, and collegial and parent relationships, and an understanding of students and their development. All applicants must be a Canadian citizen or resident and qualified to obtain a BC Teaching Certificate.


Special Education Assistant (SEA)

We are looking for a qualified Special Education Assistant for a student with a level 2 disability (ASD). The SEA will work to support the student under the general direction of the teacher, with specific responsibility for assisting in the supervision and instruction of the student, observing and documenting student progress, and implementing plans for instruction developed by the teacher. This support may include behaviour management, curriculum implementation, social skills development, personal care and physical assistance.


The teacher responsible for a student with special needs is responsible for designing, supervising and assessing the educational program for that student. It is the SEA’s role to assist the teacher in this responsibility. Under the direction of the teacher, the SEA assists in implementing the program while performing functions which range from personal care to assisting with instructional programs. While SEAs may assist in the collection of data for the purpose of evaluating student progress, the teacher is responsible for evaluating and reporting on the progress of the student to parents.



• Adapts classroom activities, assignments and/or materials under the direction of the supervising teacher for the purpose of supporting and reinforcing classroom objectives.

• Assists the supervising teacher in the modification of curriculum, assignments and tests to accommodate students with special needs.

• Provides instruction, under the supervision of the teacher, in a variety of individual and group activities (e.g. academic subjects, social skills, daily living skills, etc.) for the purpose of reinforcing instructional objectives, implementing Individual Education Plans (IEPs), and ensuring students’ success in school.

• Communicates with the supervising teacher and professional support personnel for the purpose of assisting in evaluating progress and/or implementing IEP objectives.

• Participates in the implementation of IEP goals for the purpose of meeting IEP objectives and/or progress benchmarks.

• Monitors students during assigned periods within a variety of school environments (e.g. classroom, lunch, playground, restroom, field trips, assemblies, etc.) for the purpose of maintaining a safe and positive learning environment.

• Participates in the implementation of student behavior plans for the purpose of ensuring effective and safe student learning.

• May be required to administer first aid or medical assistance; apply and remove physical therapy appliances; assist in ensuring that support equipment is hooked up and functioning properly; etc. as necessary for the special needs student’s physical needs.

• Performs other related duties as assigned for the purpose of ensuring the efficient and effective management of the instructional program.


Minimum Qualifications

  • Specifically trained to work with students diagnosed with Autism Spectrum Disorder (ASD). This includes: understanding the principles of Applied Behavior Analysis (ABA), proficient in following behavior plans and have worked on a home ABA program supervised under a Board Certified Behavior Analyst (BCBA), having accrued a minimum of 1000 hours documented by a BCBA.
  • Be able to take data to monitor the progress of goals and objectives.
  • Provide assistance in acquiring skills in the area of behavior, communication and language development, and social skills.
  • Completion of a recognized program in special needs assistance through an accredited program.
  • Preferably, a completion of a certificate/diploma whose primary focus is on empirically supported approaches to supporting children with ASD. Thorough knowledge of ASD and characteristics of effective interventions utilizing principles of reinforcement, Discrete Trial Training, Natural Environment training, Incidental teaching, and social thinking.
  • Understand the comorbidity of multiple diagnoses of ASD and ADD/ADHD and be able to identify challenges attributed to each diagnosis and be able to apply the appropriate intervention.

Approximately 37.5 hours per week.


Substitute Teachers

Sunrise Waldorf School is in need of additional substitute teachers.  If you are interested in teaching at Sunrise Waldorf School as a substitute, please submit your resume with a letter indicating your interest in and knowledge of Waldorf education. 


Qualifications:  For Kindergarten and the Grade School: Waldorf experience and/or training, an interest in Waldorf methods, a valid BC teaching certificate and teaching experience. Our substitute teachers haven't all completed Waldorf teacher training, but they are educators who have an explicit interest in Waldorf education. For Preschool: an ECE or ECEA certificate is required.



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