Sanderling Waldorf School is a thriving educational community serving nearly 200 students from pre-school through eighth grade in the seaside town of Carlsbad, California. If you are looking to join a Waldorf school with a highly respected faculty and staff that enjoys the support of dedicated, loving families, please get to know us!

Sanderling is located a few miles from the ocean, and about 20-30 minutes north of San Diego. The average temperature is 72 ºF (22.2 ºC)  year-round. Our coastline offers 75 miles of beautiful beaches, hiking trails, botanical gardens, nearby mountains and deserts. The area offers a variety of natural foods markets, alternative healthcare practitioners, and organic farms, as well as a local branch of the Anthroposophical Society and the Waldorf Institute of Southern California (a Waldorf teacher training program).

We welcome a letter of intent addressing why you wish to be employed at Sanderling Waldorf School. In addition to your resumé, please include a short biography providing further insights about you, and three professional references. Email your references and documents to our Business Administrator Brian Wolff and state the position you would like to be considered for in the subject line.

Sanderling Waldorf School is committed to increasing and supporting diversity in all of its forms in employment and in our programs.



Current Open Positions


Executive Director

Sanderling Waldorf School is seeking an experienced Executive Director to lead our organization through an upcoming period of growth and change. The successful candidate will be responsible for overseeing all aspects of our organization, ensuring that we are operating efficiently and effectively to meet business goals. In this role, you will be the face of Sanderling on business matters and public affairs, working closely with the Board of Directors, the Parent Community, and the public. You will lead staff and volunteers to reach significant fundraising and enrollment goals and ensure that staff members are aligned with Sanderling’s mission and vision and that we are working together to successfully achieve strategic objectives. Sanderling has a close-knit community in which we place a high priority of communication, recognition and collaboration. We are in search of an Executive Director who is aligned with Waldorf values and will enhance our culture and values through positive leadership.

To apply, send a resume and cover letter outlining your related experience to Please include your salary requirements.


This person will hold fiscal, budgetary, and legal authority in management of the day-to-day operations and business affairs of SWS and is responsible for overseeing the administration, programs and strategic plan of the school. Other key duties include fundraising, marketing, and community outreach. The position reports directly to the Board of Directors.

The Executive Director works in close collaboration with the pedagogical leadership to develop, implement, maintain, and enforce policies and practices that foster the health of the whole school and support realization of the school’s strategic plan.


1) Board Governance: Works with board in order to fulfill the organization mission.

Responsible for leading Sanderling Waldorf School in a manner that supports and guides the organization’s mission as defined by the Board of Directors and Faculty.

Responsible for communicating effectively with the Board and providing, in a timely and accurate manner, all information necessary for the Board to function properly and to make informed decisions.

2) Financial Performance and Viability: Develops resources sufficient to ensure the financial health of the organization.

Responsible for the fiscal integrity of Sanderling Waldorf School, to include submission to the Board of a proposed annual budget and monthly financial statements, which accurately reflect the financial condition of the organization.

Responsible for fiscal management that generally anticipates operating within the approved budget, ensures maximum resource utilization, and maintenance of the organization in a positive financial position.

Responsible for fundraising and developing other resources necessary to support Sanderling’s mission, including grants, annual appeals, special events, capital campaign and restricted giving.

Jointly, with the president and secretary of the board of directors, conduct official correspondence of the organization, and jointly, with designated officers, execute legal documents.

3) Organization Mission and Strategy: Works with board, faculty and staff to ensure that the mission is fulfilled through programs, strategic planning, organizational communications and community outreach.

Responsible for implementation of Sanderling’s programs that carry out the organization’s mission.

Responsible for strategic planning to ensure that Sanderling can successfully fulfill its Mission into the future.

Responsible for the enhancement of Sanderling’s image by being active and visible in the community and by working closely with other professional, civic and private organizations.

Initiates annual reviews, including a parent survey, to assess strengths, weaknesses, and areas of concern for the school

Provides leadership in the school’s strategic planning initiatives

Develops and maintains practices that facilitate communication within and between the three pillars of the community

Works with the Board and faculty committees to develop and define policies and procedures

Represents SWS at national, state, and/or regional meetings of Waldorf Administrators

Publicizes the activities of the organization, its programs and goals.

Establishes sound working relationships and cooperative arrangements with community groups and organizations.

Represents the programs and point of view of the organization to agencies, organizations, and the general public.

Maintains ongoing, proactive communication with the parent body particularly in matters related to the business life of the school, health and safety, facilities, and other non-pedagogical concerns

Guides and supports Parent Council committees involved in enrollment and outreach, fundraising, welcoming of new families, and other campus initiatives

4) Organization Operations. Oversees and implements appropriate resources to ensure that the operations of the organization are appropriate.

Responsible for effective administration of Sanderling operations.

Responsible for signing all notes, agreements, and other instruments made and entered into and on behalf of the organization.

Responsible for the recruitment, employment, and release of all personnel, both paid staff and volunteers.

Ensures that job descriptions are developed, that regular performance evaluations are held, and that sound human resource practices are in place.

Encourages staff development and education, and assists program staff in relating their specialized work to the total program of the organization.

Maintains a climate which attracts, keeps, and motivates a diverse staff of top quality people.

The successful candidate will: *Have ten or more years senior management experience, nonprofit or educational sector experience preferred *Master’s Degree preferred *Be a transparent and high integrity leader; demonstrated ability to lead and motivate staff and volunteers to meet strategic priorities; and provide leadership for the overall parent and school community *Have the ability to understand, accept, and promote the cultural values of this Waldorf School and convey a vision of Sanderling’s strategic future to staff, board, volunteers and donors *Have the skills to guide and support the school through processes of organizational and cultural change. *Have solid, hands-on, budget management skills, including budget preparation, analysis, decision-making and reporting *Have strong organizational abilities including planning, delegating, program development and task facilitation *Have a demonstrated commitment to collaboration, objectivity, relationship and consensus building as well as conflict resolution. *Be timely, well organized, and able to effectively manage multiple projects, and have excellent oral and written communications skills. *Have a demonstrated ability to set priorities and maintain accountability. *Have the ability to convert strategies into effective operational activities and achievements in a timely manner. *Have knowledge of fundraising strategies and donor relations unique to nonprofit/education sector *Have a solid public speaking ability *Waldorf Management training is highly desirable *Have experience in non-academic business administration or leadership is considered a plus

Pedagogical Administrator

Sanderling Waldorf School has an immediate opening for a Pedagogical Administrator.


The Pedagogical Administrator is an integral part of the school’s Threefold Structure acting as the school’s pedagogical guide, overseeing processes that ensure the school’s pedagogical quality, consistency, coherence, and continuity.  This key role is responsible for the success of the school’s pedagogical program. The Pedagogical Administrator works closely with the Steering Committee, Pedagogical Development Committee, Faculty, Early Childhood Representative, Business Administrator and the Board of Directors to plan and implement the pedagogical and administrative objectives of the school community. This key role is responsible for the success of the school’s pedagogical program.

The Pedagogical Administrator inspires a culture of collaborative initiative by means of servant leadership and ensures that the faculty addresses matters of prime importance necessary for the effective functioning and the overall health of the school.  The Pedagogical Administrator works with the faculty to help ensure compliance with established policies, procedures, practices, and agreements, and to initiate corrective procedures as appropriate in addition to these responsibilities below, Pedagogical Administrator should have a presence at school/class events and festivals.

• Ability to understand, accept, and promote the cultural values of this Waldorf School, including the teachings of Rudolf Steiner and Anthroposophical concepts.
• Skills to guide and support the faculty through processes of organizational and cultural change.
• Demonstrated ability to balance competing demands and satisfy the conflicting needs of a multi-client based constituency with tact, diplomacy, and humor.
• Demonstrated commitment to collaboration, objectivity, relationship and consensus building as well as conflict resolution.
• Timely, well organized, and able to effectively manage multiple projects, and have excellent oral and written communications skills.
• Demonstrated ability to set priorities and maintain accountability.
• Ability to convert strategies into effective operational activities and achievements in a timely manner.

• Waldorf training and teaching experience, preferably in multiple areas (Early Childhood, Grades, Specialty Subjects and/or High School) with a minimum of 10 years’ experience in a classroom setting.
• Previous successful leadership experience in a Waldorf context, with a minimum of 5 years’ experience.
• Strong and active relationship to Anthroposophy.
• A Bachelor’s Degree or foreign equivalent.

A detailed job description is available upon request.  This is an 80 to 100% FTE position. To learn more about our school, please visit us at our website at

Interested candidate should email cover letter, resume and three professional references to Jeano Erforth at

First Grade Teacher for the 2019-20 School Year

Sanderling Waldorf School is seeking a first grade class teacher for the 2019-20 school year. 

The ideal candidate will engage students in meaningful work, ignite each individual student’s passion for learning, and build supportive relationships within and beyond the classroom environment. We are looking for a candidate possessing strong interpersonal skills with a demonstrated ability to communicate effectively and positively with parents, colleagues, and community members. The ideal candidate will have a bachelor’s degree and Waldorf teacher training.

Sanderling Waldorf School is an amazing place to work and to go to school. A truly unique setting situated near the Pacific coastline characterized by cliffs, sandy beaches, flat-topped coastal areas, rolling hills, steep mesa bluffs and near-perfect weather year-round.

Sanderling is an AWSNA accredited school in its 22nd year.  We are proud of our forward-thinking faculty, warm community and joyful student body. We offer a generous compensation package for our employees and are seeking engaged educators to bring their warmth, energy and commitment to our dynamic Parent/Child through grade 8 school.  Please visit our website ( to learn more about Sanderling,

Qualified and Interested candidates should email a cover letter, updated resume and three professional references to our Hiring Committee Chair, Melissa Nilsen at (

Experience the Waldorf Kindergarten at Sanderling

The Early Childhood Department is seeking qualified substitutes to assist in classes this year.  This is an opportunity to work with Sanderling's amazing Kindergarten Teachers and Staff.  These substitutes will need the following:

CPR&First Aid, Live Scan Fingerprints, 12 ECE Units (6 minimum to start when enrolled in classes), Proof of MMR and Tdap Immunity and Optional Flu Vaccine (per CA law SB-792).

If you feel drawn to this work but do not currently have the necessary qualifications, we encourage you to take steps to make this possible.  Please submit your applications and questions to Maria Delaney, Office Manager by email to: You may also contact our office at 760-635-3747.