San Francisco Waldorf High School seeks an experienced person to be its High School Mentor. The Student Mentor acts as an all school resource to support students as they journey through four years of high school education during their adolescent years.
The Student Mentor acts as an adult guide who listens and assists students in learning to make healthy choices that unfold their full potential. The Student Mentor acts as a resource forstudents in developing positive self-esteem and helps students identify behavior patterns that may hinder their success. The Student Mentor also organizes meetings with students, parents and faculty regarding student behavior outside the norm of acceptability. The Student Mentor refers students and families to outside counselors when on-going counseling is called for. One of the main objectives of the Student Mentor is to help the students identify their inner moral compass.
This position is not for the faint hearted. The successful candidate will have a vision of the direction education must take in order to speak meaningfully to the children of today and a developmental understanding of the adolescent. The ability to teach a high school class will be considered as this gives the mentor a way to get to know students in the classroom.
We seek a person with extensive experience in Waldorf education and anthroposophy, especially upper grades/high school, and extensive experience supporting adolescents navigate the sometimes difficult transitions through high school. Specific training and experience with drug and alcohol education preferred. The successful candidate must have a Bachelor’s Degree,a Master’s Degree or higher is preferred. Naturally, we would welcome candidates with state credentials as adolescent psychologists, therapists, MFT etc. Excellent organizational andcommunication skills are a must.
SF Waldorf School was established in 1979, and added a high school in 1997. We are on two campuses in San Francisco. The high school enrollment is 150 and the lower school approximately 300, not counting our early childhood program. Our school has a wealth of teaching experience, vibrant programs and engaged, eager students.
San Francisco Waldorf School is an equal opportunity employer that does not discriminate based on race, ethnicity, age, gender or any protected class.
Please send your letter of interest, your resume and the names and contact information forthree references to
High School Chair
Responsibilities of the Student Mentor:
- 9th Grade: 9th Grade Orientation team member at the beginning of school; attends the Spring orientation for the incoming 9th grade; supports the 9th Grade as they transition into high school; supports 9th Grade Class Sponsors working with the 9th GradeHelps lead the 9th grade trip/s along with the Outdoor Educator, conducting fireside reflections; Attends student and parent Class meetings as needed to present or listen regardingsocial/emotional issues.
- Supports the Health Class (9th through 11th grade) faculty and helps to evaluate theHealth Class curriculum.
- A member of the Individualized Learning Committee; attends ILC meetings with faculty;assists in Child Study for the faculty meeting, along with other members of the committee brings student concerns to the faculty.
- Facilitates meetings with students and parents regarding behavior / learning needs asneeded.
- Documents any meetings with students and parents, or students and teachers.
- Manages crises for student situations; contacts CPS; deals with outside professionals that are working with our students such as therapists, medical doctors, psychiatrists andsocial workers.
- 12th Grade:Co-leads the Senior Seminar retreats and/or weekly meetings asneeded; Supports the Seniors in their exiting process through graduation. Trains and supports the Student Peer Education group all year
- Kitch Scholar Coordinator :The school offers 3-4 full scholarships each year to increase diversity within the student body. The Kitch Scholar students are often inoutside support programs such as SMART, A Better Chance, etc and the School Mentor acts as the liaison. In addition, if needed, the Mentor liaises with families, CPS, foster carers, social workers, Child Advocates, lawyers etc. on behalf of the school and the scholars. The Student Mentor is the academic advisor for most or all Kitch Scholars.