Director of Accreditation

The Association of Waldorf Schools of North America (AWSNA) is seeking a Director of Accreditation. The position is a 75%-100% salaried position, to start July 1, 2024.

The Director of Accreditation will serve to nurture, guide, and implement the Association’s accreditation processes. A key component of this work is holding the big picture of accreditation and its context within the Association, and working to make this picture living for association members. The Director utilizes the accreditation process to help “member schools... improve the quality of education and the strength and resourcefulness of every member school.” The Director works to cultivate a broader understanding of Association work, for schools and institutes, as they engage in this work. These responsibilities are executed in a manner that advances the mission, vision, and values of our Association.

The Director of Accreditation is responsible for the essential activities below, has authority to execute these essential activities within the guidelines of the Association By-Laws and the Membership Guide, is accountable for ensuring the Association maintains its authority as a school accrediting agency, and for ensuring Association full members are fulfilling their self-study/peer review responsibilities.

 

Essential Activities

1.     Oversee the accreditation process for member schools
a.      Provide leadership, guidance, and information on the accreditation process and its benefits, encouraging schools to enter or continue the process.  These activities require extensive communication, documentation oversight, and comprehensive record tracking.
     i.     Support schools as they engage in key phases of the accreditation process
     ii.     Oversee the accreditation visit components
     iii.     Lead the Accreditation and Review Committee’s activities
2.     Oversee self-study/peer review process for AWSNA full member institutes
a.      Provide leadership, guidance, and information on the self-study/peer review process and its benefits, supporting institutes as they enter or continue the process.  These activities require extensive communication, documentation oversight, and comprehensive record tracking.
     i.     Support institutes as they engage in key phases of the process
     ii.    Oversee the site visit components
     iii.    Lead the Accreditation and Review Committee’s activities
3.     Negotiate agreements for joint, simultaneous, co-accreditations
4.     Ensure AWSNA’s status as an accrediting agency
5.     Miscellaneous

 

As with other leadership positions in AWSNA, the Director utilizes the accreditation process to help “member schools... have increased opportunities to work with each other to improve the quality of education and the strength and resourcefulness of every member school.” As a facet of the Association, the Director works to hold the process, to cultivate within schools a broader understanding of Association work, and to cultivate a spirit of volunteerism. The job of the Director of Accreditation is to carry the activities and responsibilities connected with the accreditation process.

The position will not require relocation, but will require travel. The ideal candidate has a minimum of a Bachelor’s Degree or equivalent, has worked in Waldorf Education, and has been involved in multiple accreditations for AWSNA member schools.

The annual salary for this position is $75,000 for full-time (40 hours per week). The annual salary would be reduced proportionately for a part-time position (30-32 hours per week). AWSNA provides Medical, Dental, and Vision coverage as well as Disability and Life Insurance. Contributions to a 403(b) retirement account, 13 paid holidays, and 3-4 weeks paid vacation are also included.

Desired experience and knowledge
The Director of Accreditation will be an experienced school/institute leader who has a commitment to the Association. The desired experience and knowledge also include:
 
Minimum Qualifications:
  • Bachelor’s Degree, or equivalent. 
  • 10 years experience increasing responsibility in leading teams and executing high level projects.
  • Experience working in a Waldorf school or institute.
  • Connection to anthroposophy.
  • Experience with independent school accreditation.
  • Ability to travel.
  • Flexible schedule.
  • Fluency in information management tools.
  • Fluency in Microsoft office suite.
Skill Set:
  • Strong organization skills.
  • Exceptional attention to detail.
  • Excellent verbal and written communication skills.
  • Capacity to maintain confidentiality.
  • Strong public speaking capacity.
  • Ability to work in a collaborative manner.
  • Ability to problem solve and resolve conflict.
  • Ability to uphold Association processes.
  • Ability to work independently.
  • Ability to establish and meet schedules and deadlines.

If you feel drawn to playing a leading role in serving the impulse of Waldorf education and leading our Association into the future, please send a letter of interest and your resume by February 23, 2024, to:

Melanie Reiser, Executive Director, Membership  mreiser@awsna.org

Planned Selection Process Timeline
AWSNA Director of Accreditation

Completed By Step
February 7, 2024 Begin accepting applications (cover letter, resume, and 3 references)
February 23, 2024 Last day to receive applications (cover letter, resume, and 3 references)
March 8, 2024 Teleconference interviews completed (w/ members of Executive Team)
March 15, 2024 Input on final applicant(s) (members of Executive Team w/ input from
Accreditation and Review Committee and the Leadership Council)
March 22, 2024 Second interview(s) completed (w/ members of Executive Team)
March 22, 2024 Executive Team makes final decision and offers position
April 1, 2024

Executive Director, Membership announces new Director of Accreditation

July 1, 2020 Start date