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Juniper Ridge Community School is a Public Waldorf Charter School in Grand Junction, Colorado, part of the Mesa County Valley School District 51 . The school opened in the fall of 2013 with grades K-6 and experienced wonderful success in its inaugural year with nearly 160 students. Each year since it has grown in size and grades.  It now has nearly 400 students and offers education for students in Kindergarten through 8th grade.

Head of School


Salary: $85,000-105,000

Juniper Ridge Community School (JRCS) is seeking an inclusive leader, who fully embraces its mission and Waldorf philosophy, to become our new Head of School. Juniper Ridge’s roots trace back to 2013, when a group of parents began to discuss bringing a Waldorf-inspired school to Grand Junction. Today, JRCS is a modern, organic learning environment based on Rudolf Steiner’s philosophy of education. The school’s mission is to inspire children to cultivate a passion for lifelong learning. To accomplish this, Juniper Ridge provides a decidedly independent form of education that creates independent thinkers via learning that inspires, learning that endures, and learning that children will treasure forever.

JRCS ignites learning for approximately 400 students in grades K-8. There are 53 faculty members and 4 administrators on the team, and the Head of School provides management and oversight of the school’s operations and staff. 


All interested parties should send a cover letter and resume to [email protected].


The Head of School is ultimately responsible for the overall operational management and vision of the school. This includes the development and delivery of the school’s Waldorf-inspired program (consistent with the school’s mission, philosophy and goals), overseeing the school’s business operations and financial health, and assuring adherence to policy and procedure. The Head of School is also responsible for the recruiting and retention of new families and community outreach programs. This position brings leadership and support to the pedagogical aspects of Juniper Ridge Community School. 

Reporting Relationships:

The Head of School actively participates in the healthy functioning of the School in partnership with the Juniper Ridge Board of Stewards, business administration, the Assistant Head of School, the staff, and various committees. The Head of School also works collaboratively with Mesa County School District 51 to ensure all requirements and provisions of the Charter by and between Mesa County School District No. 51 and Juniper Ridge Community School are being upheld.

Essential Responsibilities: 

The Head of School leads and coordinates the administrative and educational activities of the school by executing the following functions either personally or through personnel. These essential responsibilities include but are not limited to the following:

  Vision and Strategy: 

  • Articulates, advocates and manifests the school’s vision and mission
  • Is ultimately responsible for the overall success of the school and provides the school community with educational leadership consistent with Waldorf philosophy and pedagogy, ensuring curriculum goals and programming are implemented

  Finance and Operations: 

  • Provides oversight for business operations 
  • Is a voting member of the Finance Committee
  • Develops budget and approves expenditures in collaboration with the school’s CPA
  • Supervises the following positions:  Assistant Head of School, Human Resources, Marketing Director, Finance Secretary, Teaching Faculty, Enrollment/Volunteer Coordinator, Maintenance & Grounds, and Custodial Crew
  • Oversees accountability for organizational policy and procedure for staff, teachers and the organization as a whole
  • Ensures the safety and well-being of all students and employees under the school’s jurisdiction, and supervises the operation and maintenance of all school facilities

  Staff Management: 

  • Supervises and supports all staff 
  • Ensures performance reviews for all staff 
  • Oversees and acts on hiring and terminating personnel

  Curriculum Management: 

  • Ensures educational quality by overseeing and implementing decisions to move forward on any curriculum upgrades and/or changes based upon the Waldorf pedagogical method and Colorado Academic standards
  • Ensures adherence to student disciplinary policies and standards of conduct
  • Submits reports to external agencies as required


  • Represents the school to all of its constituents including staff, parents, students, and the broader community
  • Manages the demands and interests of the various constituencies of the school
  • Monitors and addresses emergent community school issues in a timely manner


  • Acts as an advisor to the Board including bringing to its attention such matters and data as are appropriate to keep the Board fully informed to meet its responsibilities. This includes annual budget, enrollment and fundraising recommendations, long-term planning needs, as well as strategies for institutional betterment
  • Sustains open communication with the Board’s leadership including attending Board meetings
  • Serves as an ex-officio member of the Board, support committees and task forces created by the Board
  • Supports the Board in its efforts to raise funds for the school
  • Other duties as assigned by the Board of Stewards that may be required to meet the ongoing needs of the school 


  • Ensures the school conducts its affairs in a manner congruent with its bylaws and state and federal statutes 
  • Represents the school in its relations with state and federal agencies and with local, state, regional, and national educational organizations and accrediting agencies


  • Significant experience in Waldorf education is preferred, ideally including classroom teaching experience
  • Master’s degree or an Administration/Principal license from an accredited educational institution 
  • Substantial knowledge of applicable federal and state regulations
  • Excellent analytical and abstract reasoning skills. Ability to think strategically and synthesize complex information
  • Ability to generate creative solutions and meet challenges with resourcefulness
  • Ability to balance priorities and meet hard deadlines
  • Ability to work independently in a multitasking environment - employing organizationally sound decision-making
  • Strong interpersonal, presentation and written communication skills facilitating work with all constituencies of the school community
  • Ability to manage difficult situations and maintain confidentiality
  • Completion of/ability to complete prior to start date the CDE READ Act Teacher Training Course

Salary and Benefits: 

  • Competitive salary based upon experience
  • Benefit package included 85k-105k
  • Health Packages and Retirement Benefits

Elementary SPED Teacher

Juniper Ridge Community School seeks an elementary SPED teacher for the 2023/2024 school year who loves children, enjoys working with parents, and is committed to working with colleagues.

Our ideal candidate must have or be eligible for a Colorado Teaching License with a Special Education Generalist Endorsement, and must be willing to complete training in Waldorf curriculum and methodology (if they do not already have a certificate from a recognized Waldorf teacher training program).

Juniper Ridge Community School is a Public Charter School guided by the core principles of Public Waldorf education in Grand Junction, Colorado, and is part of the Mesa County Valley School District 51. The school opened in the fall of 2013 with grades K-6. Each year since it has grown in size and grades. It now has nearly 400 students and offers education in grades K-8.

Our curriculum includes Spanish, handwork, woodwork, music, and physical education. Festivals and celebrations are community-oriented. Our Board is active and well-established and our strong Parent Council reflects a supportive and diverse parent body.


Duties include but are not limited to:

  • Develop, plan, and implement Waldorf curriculum and state standards in accordance with IEP requirements and students with targeted needs
  • Develop and implement IEPs, conducting reviews, and assisting the MTSS team with referrals
  • Assist with District 51 level assessments as needed
  • Meet student minutes inside and outside of the classroom, according to IEP requirements.
  • Adapt lesson plans and curriculum to meet students' individualized needs and abilities
  • Monitor children's behavioral patterns and arrange appropriate interventions as needed
  • Collaborate and communicate with colleagues, students, and parents
  • Engaging families in a professional, articulate, and forthright manner
  • Planning, conducting, and attending all parent nights and other class activities
  • Attend Waldorf training until certification is complete


EEO Statement: Juniper Ridge Community School is an Equal Opportunity Employer that recruits and hires qualified candidates without regard to race, religion, sex, sexual orientation, gender identity, age, national origin or ancestry, citizenship, disability, or veteran status.


Job Type: Full-time


Salary: From $40,709.82 per year




  • Dental insurance
  • Health insurance
  • Paid time off
  • Retirement plan
  • Vision insurance




  • Monday to Friday


School type:


  • Charter school




  • Teaching: 1 year (Preferred)


Work Location: In person

Substitute Teachers

Throughout the year, we accept resumes from candidates who are interested in substituting at Juniper Ridge. If you would like to be considered for a substitute position, please submit your resume to [email protected].
Substitutes are paid a daily rate as follows:
Licensed: $150.00 per day
Unlicensed: $125.00 per day
Juniper Ridge Community School does not unlawfully discriminate on the basis of race, color, religion, national origin, ancestry, sex, sexual orientation, marital status, veteran status, age or disability.

What types of teachers are needed at JRCS?

Because the quality of teaching is the key to the Waldorf approach, JRCS expects to hire the most engaged and committed teachers.  Teachers will be sought to teach in classrooms from Kindergarten through eighth grade.  In addition, specialty teachers will be hired in physical education / movement, music, Spanish, handwork and eurythmy.  Part-time teachers and artisans may also be hired to teach gardening, woodworking, art, speech and drama.

What if I am not a Waldorf-certified teacher?

JRCS recognizes that it is unlikely that the majority of teachers will be Waldorf-certified in the first year.  However, it is expected that all teachers hired at JRCS begin a training program to obtain Waldorf certification.  During the initial years of training, many supports will be provided to teachers including:  professional development and workshops, the mentoring of an experienced Waldorf teacher, the Pedogogical Council, and other pre-service training programs.