Director of Administration

$55,000 - $65,000 yearly
  • Emerson Waldorf School
  • 6211 New Jericho Road, Chapel Hill, NC, USA
  • Jan 10, 2023
Full time Other

Job Description

Director of Administration

Emerson Waldorf School

Chapel Hill, NC


Start date: July 1, 2023


About the school

The Emerson Waldorf School (“EWS”) is a premier preK-12 independent day school with a beautiful 54-acre wooded campus located in Chapel Hill, NC.  Situated among forest, fields and hills, the classrooms, studios, outdoor amphitheater, athletic field and working farm provide an ideal woodland environment for indoor-outdoor, multisensory education.  Founded in 1984, the school has grown from a small handful of students to a robust student body of 280, creative and talented faculty and staff, a warm and welcoming community.      

Some of the many successes of the school in the past few years include:

  • Established a one-million-dollar investment fund to provide long-term financial stability. 

  • Reached record-high enrollment in 2022-23.

  • A smooth and successful accreditation process in 2022 with the Southern Association of Independent Schools, receiving re-accreditation through 2028.    The accreditation team shared many enthusiastic commendations in their report, including:

    • Students could clearly articulate the value of their Emerson Waldorf experience. One student described it best: "This school prepares you for life."

    • Commitment to working out of anthroposophical study of the development of the human being.

    • Curriculum and instructional design are thoughtfully considered through the indications of Rudolf Steiner and through current research that comes from both Waldorf pedagogical sources and mainstream resources.

    • Faculty and staff are highly committed to advancing the mission of Emerson Waldorf, keeping a focus on diversity, equity, and inclusivity.

    • Students, parents, and alumni notably express strong respect and appreciation for the administration and faculty.

The EWS facts at a glance:

  • Enrollment: 280

  • Grades: Pre-K through 12th grade

  • Tuitions: Between $17,345 for early childhood to $23,145 for high school

  • Operating budget: $4M

  • Endowment: $1M

  • Percentage of students receiving financial assistance or tuition remission: 51%

  • Accreditations and affiliations:  North Carolina Association of Independent Schools (NCAIS), Association of Waldorf Schools of North America (AWSNA), Waldorf Early Childhood Association of North America (WECAN), Southern Association of Independent Schools (SAIS), National Association of Independent Schools (NAIS)



The EWS Board of Directors seeks a caring, thoughtful, and energetic leader who will work in partnership with the Board, the Director of Pedagogy, and the College of Teachers to build on our recent successes, and further advance our reputation and our impact as an exemplary model of the value and beauty of a Waldorf education.    

Specific opportunities for the school identified by current leadership and the Board are: further the implementation of an integrated strategic plan, update of the campus master plan to reflect strategic priorities, launch a capital campaign to expand resources, enhance faculty and staff support and professional development, continue to improve compensation for faculty and staff in the context of a balanced financial plan, continue our efforts to promote greater diversity, equity and inclusivity, and continue to explore opportunities and strategies to grow mission-appropriate enrollment.

Position Summary

The Director of Administration is ultimately responsible for the operational integrity and long-term health of the Emerson Waldorf School.    They lead the administrative team that is responsible for financial and business management, budgeting, the farm, marketing, fundraising, enrollment management.     The Director of Administration also provides community leadership, serving as the face and voice of the school, representing the school with outside organizations, and building connections with local businesses and associations.  

Alongside the Director of Pedagogy, the Director of Administration also oversees the school’s human resources and employment life cycle and carries the commitment to develop an integrated Strategic Plan to implement our mission and vision advancing holistic education, social and environmental justice, and inclusive and collaborative relationship building. 

The position is salaried, with salary commensurate with education and experience.  Benefits include health and life insurance, 100% tuition remission, three weeks of paid vacation, ten days of sick leave.

Education and Qualifications 

  • Commitment to our values of holistic education, social justice, community, and collaboration

  • Experience working in a  Waldorf School and understanding of Waldorf Education

  • Experience mentoring and managing teams in education administration

  • Ability to respectfully manage nuanced and sensitive issues with variance constituents

  • Ability to cultivate collaboration and trust, to be an effective liaison between all constituents and build a team environment. 

  • Ability to think strategically and integrate various perspectives and interests into a coherent strategy

  • Experience with public relations 

  • Experience with budget and fiscal oversight

  • Successful fundraising experience preferred

  • Master’s Degree preferred, Bachelor’s degree required, additional Waldorf training preferred.

Nondiscrimination Policy

The Emerson Waldorf School does not discriminate on the basis of race, gender, religion, sexual orientation, ethnicity, or national origin in its employment policies, educational policies, admissions policies, scholarship and loan programs, and athletic and other school-administered programs.

To apply

Please email the following the attention of the Hiring Committee at

  • Letter of introduction

  • Current resume

  • Contact information for a minimum of three professional references with your relationship to the reference e.g., subordinate, colleague, supervisor.   Note the references will not be contacted until the finalist stage of the hiring process, after reaching out directly to applicants.