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Employment Opportunities at MWS

Our School Community

Malamalama Waldorf School was founded in 1978 by a group of devoted parents and educators seeking a different educational experience for children in the Puna district of the Big Island. MWS is located in the residential subdivision of Hawaiian Paradise Park, nestled on a 20-acre parcel in a beautiful rainforest setting. In 1979 MWS was incorporated as an independent, non-profit educational and cultural organization in the State of Hawaii. The school is a well-respected member of the Big Island community with over 40 years dedicated to Waldorf Education preschool through 8th Grade. Our graduates regularly go on to hold top academic honors in high school, including graduating valedictorians and salutatorians.  They are also leaders in athletic, artistic, and performing arts endeavors.  


The Big Island of Hawaii is rich in cultural diversity as well as boasting a most unusual volcanic landscape, ranch lands, and beaches. You can surf in the morning and don winter apparel for a jaunt to the summit of Mauna Kea in the afternoon.


On the Big Island, we are blessed with a beautiful natural environment, rich cultural opportunities, temperate climate, relatively low cost of living, and affordable housing options.  The school’s salary together with its generous benefit package supports a moderate lifestyle.  

SUMMER: We are seeking for the weeks of June 20 - July 28 2023
Early Childhood Assistants

for our summer program providing support to the lead teacher of children ages 3-6.

Will need to possess an Assistant Card and be CPR/First Aid Certified.

Lead Early Childhood Teacher

for the summer to possess a Teacher Card and be CPR/First Aid Certified.

Summer Program Coordinator

Energetic individual(s) to plan, organize, and conduct our Summer Program for children who have completed first grade and are under age 13. Candidates must bring experience, warmth, joy, and enthusiasm to working with children, yet maintain rhythms and routines in place. Will need to possess an Assistant Card and be CPR/First Aid Certified.

SCHOOL YEAR 2022-23 and 2023-24
Substitute Teachers

On-call M-F. Must pass a background check. Pay $16.5 per hour.

Nap Assistant

Part-time position. Assists in Kinderhale classroom during nap time.

After School Care Teacher and Assistant

Early Childhood Teacher and Assistant to provide loving care to children ages 3-6 following the regular school day program. Teachers will need to have a Director-Teacher Card and Assistants will need an Assistant Card with DHS Registry. Hours: M-Th 2-5:30, F 12-5:30

6-7 Grade Teacher for the School Year 2023-24

Mālamalama Waldorf School is seeking a 6/7 Grade Teacher for the 2023-2024 school year whose love for children is complimented by their ability to work well with colleagues and parents. We are seeking an individual with the enthusiasm and commitment to Waldorf Education to be a guiding force among our school  ʻOhana  .

Qualifications: MWS prefers a trained, certified Waldorf teacher who also holds a bachelor’s degree or higher. Previous Waldorf teaching experience is preferred.

Salary depends upon education and experience.

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Lead Kinderhale Teacher for the School Year 2023-24

Mālamalama Waldorf School is seeking a Lead Kinderhale Teacher for the 2023-2024 school year. We are seeking an individual with the enthusiasm and commitment to Waldorf Education to be a guiding force among our school ʻOhana  .

Qualifications: Ideal candidates will be experienced Waldorf educators, have completed Waldorf Early Childhood training, and hold a bachelor’s degree or higher. Previous Waldorf teaching experience is preferred. We are seeking individuals with a commitment to excellence in teaching along with excellent communication skills providing parent education and working collegially. Our Lead Teacher will have a joyful love for the young child. Other requirements: First Aid/CPR certified, possesses a Director/Teacher designation for a Center-Based program with Hawai`i Dept. of Human Services Early Childhood Registry, pass a background check and have 12 ECE credits.

Salary depends upon education and experience.

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Grant Writer

Mālamalama Waldorf School is hiring a part-time Grant Writer to research and write proposals, collaborate with team members, and develop relationships with key stakeholders. The ideal candidate will have experience in reaching income goals, be proficient in Google Apps and MS Office, possess excellent communication and organizational skills, and have the ability to meet deadlines. This is a 10-hour per week, 15-week hybrid remote/on-site position with a pay rate of $20/hour.

Accreditation Coordinator

Mālamalama Waldorf School is seeking a part-time Accreditation Coordinator to plan, schedule, and coordinate accreditation activities for multiple accreditation agencies, including HAIS, WASC, AWSNA, and WECAN. The coordinator will submit necessary applications to accrediting bodies, establish a calendar for deadlines, assign and delegate appropriate work, collect necessary write-ups from committees, and coordinate school accreditation visits, among other responsibilities. The successful candidate will have excellent organizational, writing, and proofreading skills, an understanding of school operations and Waldorf Education, and the ability to work well with people and prioritize and delegate tasks. The position is part-time, requiring flexibility in scheduled work hours as determined by the requirements of the accreditation process, and a practical understanding of the working life of the faculty, staff, and Board of Directors of Mālamalama Waldorf School.

Business Office Manager

Mālamalama Waldorf School is looking for a Business Office Manager who can manage the financial aspects of the school, including tuition, accounts payable, and accounts receivable, in alignment with Waldorf education principles. This role involves working with various teams within the school and ensuring the smooth functioning of daily operations. The candidate should have a background in finance and/or accounting and be proficient in Microsoft Office products, Quickbooks Pro, and database applications. The position requires excellent organizational and interpersonal skills and the ability to prioritize and delegate. The job is full-time, and the successful candidate should be self-motivated, objective, and sensitive to the needs of the school.

To Apply

Interested applicants are required to fill out our employment form above and are welcome to send a letter of introduction, resume, college transcripts, Waldorf certifications, and three references to the Recruiting Committee at Malamalama Waldorf School.

Mālamalama Waldorf School is an Equal Opportunity Employer committed to creating a welcoming, inclusive, and supportive environment that values diversity and promotes equity and inclusion. We do not discriminate on the basis of race, color, religion, sex, national origin, age, disability, sexual orientation, gender identity, or any other legally protected characteristic, and we actively seek to recruit, hire, and retain a diverse workforce that reflects the communities we serve. We provide ongoing training and professional development opportunities to promote diversity and support the contributions of all employees. We encourage individuals from all backgrounds to apply for employment opportunities at Mālamalama Waldorf School.

HC 3 Box 13068 ● Keaau, Hawaii 96749 ● phone 808-982-7701 ● fax 808-982-7806 ● E-mail

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