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Mandarin Teacher, Grades 1-8 

o Reports to: Faculty Council, Pedagogical Administrator 

o Full-Time Faculty, yearly Contract 

o Base salary starts at $54,000, is scaled up commensurate with experience, non-exempt. 

o Benefits include medical and dental health insurance coverage, retirement, flexible spending and Metrocards. 

Position Summary

The Mandarin Teacher will be an experienced grade school language teacher who can demonstrate fluency and knowledge of spoken and written Simplified Chinese as well as Chinese cultural traditions. A love of and experience in the arts and/or familiarity with TPRS methods is extremely beneficial. Waldorf teaching experience or experience working in other progressive independent school environments is preferred.  

The Mandarin Teacher will be responsible for approximately 16 periods per week (2 per grade), in addition to homework lab periods, recess, and other duties expected of all full-time teaching faculty.

About the Brooklyn Waldorf School (BWS) 

BWS is a thriving progressive school nestled in the heart of Bedford-Stuyvesant, a historically African-American neighborhood in Brooklyn. Our faculty hails from all over the world and includes both seasoned Waldorf teachers and those new to Waldorf education. Typically, teachers lead a class through multiple grades. 

Our curriculum is based on the developmental insights of Waldorf education, but reflects our local urban environment and community values. Equity, cultural pluralism, and caring for the whole human being in the context of a big city inform all our programs. Waldorf education has a deep connection to the arts, so in addition to our main lesson curriculum, students also receive instruction from specialty teachers in Games and Movement, Eurythmy, Chorus, Mandarin and Castellano (Spanish). 

BWS serves approximately 160 students from our early childhood programs through grade eight. We are known throughout the Waldorf community as well as the local independent school scene for our dual commitment to the spiritually enlivening Waldorf educational system and contemporary social justice movements. We are involved with our local community in a number of ways, including hosting “Undoing Racism” workshops and partnering with the Lenape nation in a land acknowledgment process. People of color and other historically underrepresented groups are encouraged to apply. 

Job Description 

1. Engage students in a lively, engaging Mandarin curriculum for 1st-8th grades. 

a. Plan and deliver Waldorf-style language classes in an engaging, thoughtful manner 

b. Use a variety of Waldorf and non-Waldorf resources to create a balanced, equitable classroom environment and curriculum 

c. Possess strong classroom management skills 

d. Adapt and differentiate teaching styles to student needs and interests, in collaboration with our strong learning support team 

2. Engage parents. 

a. Be available to parents for collaboration on student needs, including twice yearly parent-teacher conferences.

b. Write end-of-year narrative reports on students in Grades 1-8 work 

3. Collaborate with fellow teachers 

a. Work with other teachers to find points of overlap in other subjects, including picking up the themes covered in each grade (e.g. tales of heroes in second grade, medieval history in sixth) 

c. Work in partnership with a variety of specialty teachers to help create a diverse, culturally sensitive festival life, including providing guidance and leadership during the school’s annual Lunar New Year celebration.

4. Participate in the larger school community. 

a. Attend weekly faculty meetings and occasional special events (open houses, festivals, fairs). 

b. Assist in school governance by sitting on various committees and working groups (after your first year). 

Ideal Candidates Will: 

o Have the necessary employment authorization paperwork to work in the United States.

o Have a Bachelor’s degree and prior teaching experience--preferably in a Waldorf or other progressive school setting. 

o Be willing to engage in Waldorf training over the summer and/or take Waldorf curriculum-development courses within the first few years of employment (professional development funding is available to offset associated costs). 

o Be well-rounded in the arts. Ability to sing or play an instrument is beneficial.

Physical Requirements: 

o Stand and walk for extended periods of time and significant lengths. 

o Sit for extended periods of time, both in chairs and on the floor. 

o Use a computer for report-writing, email communication, and simple record-keeping. 

o Squat, stoop and/or bend over. 

o Escort children up and down staircases.

Mandarin Teacher, Grades 1-8 

o Reports to: Faculty Council, Pedagogical Administrator 

o Full-Time Faculty, yearly Contract 

o Base salary starts at $54,000, is scaled up commensurate with experience, non-exempt. 

o Benefits include medical and…

Details at a Glance

  • Time Commitment
    Full Time Schedule
  • Job Type
    Contract
  • Start Date
    August 1, 2021
  • Education
    4-Year Degree Required

Salary

At least $54,000

Benefits

Benefits include medical and dental health insurance coverage, retirement, flexible spending and Metrocards.

Benefits include medical and dental health insurance coverage, retirement, flexible spending and Metrocards.

Level of Language Proficiency

Must be fluent in Mandarin and English

Must be fluent in Mandarin and English

Location

On-site
11 Jefferson Avenue, Brooklyn, NY 11238

How to Apply

Please submit your resume, cover letter, and three references through our online application portal.

Please submit your resume, cover letter, and three references through our online application portal.

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