School Director

Start Date: Open until filled Type:  Full time

Madrone Trail Public Charter School is seeking a qualified and motivated Director for our Kindergarten through 8th grade school. Madrone Trail is a Waldorf-methods charter school located in the Rogue Valley of Southern Oregon. The school director is responsible for managing the daily operations of the school, working closely with the faculty, staff, board, parents and school district personnel.

Madrone Trail Public Charter School was founded in 2007 and has grown to a full K-8 program.  Our school has a focused commitment to offering a Waldorf curriculum with integrity.  The parent body is actively engaged in the life of the school. The school is located on a 7-acre campus in a semi-rural setting, in the beautiful Rogue Valley. The valley is home to culturally-rich Ashland and historic Jacksonville.  The area is approximately a 2 1/2 hour drive from the coast, 1 hour from a ski resort and surrounded by the natural beauty of the scenic Pacific Northwest mountains and rivers. The Rogue Valley offers year round outdoor activities, theater, live music and great restaurants.

Our ideal candidate will possess the following:

Professional Skills

  • Experience in positions of leadership in a Waldorf and/or charter school.
  • Waldorf training and previous experience as a class teacher.
  • Familiarity with applicable laws pertaining to public charter schools.
  • Familiarity with laws and processes pertaining to special needs students.
  • Proficient understanding of and experience with financial sustainability and budget development.
  • Experience working with and/or fundraising for a non-profit organization.
  • Recognized human resource skills and capacity to work collaboratively.
  • Proven capacity to manage thoughtfully and effectively, to delegate wisely and to interact with the faculty, board, and parent body to build a community based on trust and transparency.
  • Excellent communication skills, an ability to build authentic relationships that are both personable and professional.
  • Ability to work to build relationships and assume a leadership role in the greater Medford area, and in particular with Madrone Trail’s sponsor, the Medford School District.
  • Ability to ground and implement the school’s vision at an operational level.
  • Ability to manage and resolve conflicts effectively.
  • An understanding of the Common Core State Standards and their implementation within the Waldorf pedagogy.
  • Ability to work with teachers to develop and maintain effective Waldorf teaching methods.
  • Ability to manage the development and maintenance of the facilities and property.

Personal Attributes

  • Ability to both lead and collaborate, keeping the mission and vision of the school first and foremost.
  • Caring and interested in the lives of others, modeling the emotional sensitivity and love of learning that is the mission of the school.
  • Innovative and flexible, with a willingness to problem-solve creatively.
  • Grounded and practical.
  • Ability to meet the challenges of a multi-faceted job.

The School Director is a full time position with competitive salary and benefits.

* Applicant must pass a drug screening and a background check prior to employment. *

To apply, please submit the following application materials:

  • Cover Letter
  • Resume or curriculum vitae
  • Three letters of recommendation
  • Three references including phone numbers and email addresses
  • Answers to the following essay questions (500 words each)
  1. Describe your experience with and depth of knowledge of the Waldorf pedagogy.
  2. Describe your management and leadership style. Please include at least one specific example of putting your style into practice.

Submit application materials to:

Monica Rathjen at or
Madrone Trail Public Charter School
Attn: Monica Rathjen, Board President
3070 Ross Lane
Central Point, OR 97502

Class Teacher

Madrone Trail Public Charter School
3070 Ross Lane
Central Point, OR 97502

Madrone Trail Public Charter School is a K-8 Waldorf Charter School. We are seeking Oregon licensed and registered grades teachers who have a deep love of students and of teaching, as well as a sense of purpose in bringing Waldorf education into the public realm. We have open positions in grades 4 and 6 for the 2019-2020 school year. Grades teachers will move up with their class as it fits both class and teacher.

In addition, teachers are expected to integrate Waldorf pedagogy and teaching methods with Common Core and state standards.

Our Ideal Candidate:

  • Willingness to collaborate and be a reflective teacher and staff member
  • Strong sense of self to be a model of truth, beauty, and love for the students
  • Experience teaching elementary school
  • Experience or training with Waldorf teaching methods
  • Excellent classroom management skills based on developing the children’s intrinsic motivation and addresses the whole child

As a staff, we work closely together to support one another and our program by creating an environment that allows artistic expression and creativity with freedom to develop teaching approaches which meet the needs of every child. We value positive, open communication and respect one another’s input. We are a group of forward thinking, inspired, and determined individuals. Madrone Trail offers a competitive salary, excellent benefits, as well as ongoing professional development and mentoring.

To apply send a cover letter and resume to Cori Royer, Interim Director, at

Kindergarten Teacher

Madrone Trail Public Charter School
3070 Ross Lane
Central Point, OR 97502

The Madrone Trail Public Charter School in beautiful Southern Oregon is seeking an experienced Waldorf Early Childhood Teacher for a one-year position that possibly could become permanent. Madrone Trail is a K-8 school that has been since September 2007. MTPCS is located in the Rogue Valley, near culturally-rich Ashland and historic Jacksonville. The area is approximately 1½ hours from the coast, 1 hour from Mt. Ashland ski resort, and surrounded by the natural beauty of the scenic Pacific Northwest mountains and rivers. Our campus is in a pastoral setting with views of majestic Mt. McLoughlin and bordering farms all around. We are dedicated to the principals of public Waldorf education.

We are pursuing candidates who have a deep understanding of Waldorf pedagogy, previous teaching experience, and who are committed to bringing Waldorf education to the public realm. As a “Lead Teacher” you will carry the responsibility for the pedagogical planning and activities, parent education and reports. Beyond school hours teachers participate in faculty meetings, book study, and one school committee. To learn more about our school, visit our website at

Preferred Requirements:

  • Credentialed to work in an Oregon public school
  • Waldorf certified or actively pursuing Waldorf certification
  • Knowledgeable of child development, practical arts, sewing, finger knitting, singing, and puppetry
  • Skills for building collaborative relationships with parents and colleagues
  • The ability to create nurturing environments that support the needs of the young child
  • Dedicated to the principals of public Waldorf Education

To apply, send cover letter and resume to


Madrone Trail Public Charter School is seeking a full-time First Grade Assistant for the remainder of the 2018/2019 school year. The Assistant Teacher will work closely with the First Grade Teacher to help in creating an exceptional Waldorf Experience for the children.

We are looking for someone who will have a loving and gentle presence and at the same time, help to hold the rhythm and expectations for a class of 28 students. The ideal person will be comfortable participating in movement circle, moving furniture, spending time outdoors every day, and doing plenty of sweeping and light cleaning. The Assistant should be comfortable taking direction and guidance from the lead teacher regarding the day-to-day responsibilities in a Waldorf classroom.


Start Date: April 29, 2019

Hours: 8:30 am-3:30 pm Monday, Tuesday, Thursday, Friday, /Wednesday,  8:30 a.m.-1:15 p.m.

We look forward to meeting you and showing you our wonderful school.

Please send a brief cover letter and resume to Cori Royer, Director, ​