The Santa Fe Waldorf School is committed to an active, alive, and transparent process of governance. The school continually strives to integrate and maintain a leadership and administrative structure that is collaborative, efficient and effective.
Leadership and governance at the school is divided among three primary bodies: the Board of Trustees, the College of Teachers, and the Administration. The Board and College share the management of the school’s operations. The Board is primarily responsible for financial, fiscal, and legal matters, while the College is responsible for pedagogical matters, although each group supports the efforts of the other in various ways. The Administration works to facilitate communication between the different governing bodies, provides the logistical structure required for safe and effective operation and implements the policies and recommendations of the Board and College.
The Board of Trustees, Board Committees & the Executive Committee
The Board of Trustees represents the legal and corporate entity of the school and is responsible for overall governance, long range and strategic planning and for ensuring the financial vitality of the school. The Board meets bi-monthly and member profiles are available here.
In addition to the Board’s executive and at-large members, the Board of Trustees oversees a number of strategic board committees and task forces including, but not limited to, the: Governance Committee, Executive Committee, Finance Committee, Philanthropic Development Committee, Site Committee and Master Planning Task Force.
The Executive Committee is comprised of the Board Officers and School Administrator. It meets weekly to discuss and address issues arising in the areas of marketing, finance, strategic planning, staff, fundraising, and legal compliance. The Executive Committee is designed to respond to such issues quickly and/or to determine when issues must be addressed by the entirety of the Board.
The College Of Teachers & the Section Chairs
The College of Teachers is comprised of volunteer faculty/staff members and concerns itself with pedagogical research and study as well as assuming responsibility for the pedagogical well-being of the school. They provide guidance to the faculty as a whole and are the group responsible for faculty evaluations, hiring and firing of faculty, and addressing larger concerns over pedagogical policy. The College of Teachers meets weekly and members are listed at the beginning of the Directory in this handbook. The College of Teachers (or College, as it is commonly referred to) also has mandated college committees and task forces regarding the curriculum and pedagogy.
The Section Chairs serve as liaisons to their respective areas of the school. They meet twice a week with the College Chair, Pedagogical Chair and School Administrator to contend with issues that need immediate attention and to support in the prioritizing of the agenda for the weekly College of Teachers meetings. Additionally, they guide the weekly meetings of faculty within their section.
The College Of Teachers Chair
The College is guided by a College of Teacher Chair who not only communicates College business and administers the College meetings, but also takes up the responsibility of supporting with the resolution of parent, student and faculty concerns when they have not come to successful resolution through prior efforts at direct communication among the impacted parties. The College Chair is supported in such work by the members of the College of Teachers, the Section Chairs, the Pedagogical Chair and the School Administrator.
The Pedagogical Chair, working in partnership with the College of Teachers, provides guidance in the pedagogical realm of the school. The Pedagogical Chair guides faculty mentorship and professional development, parent education about Waldorf pedagogy, supports a number of pedagogical committees and manages the faculty evaluation/review processes established by the College of Teachers.
In addition to the School Administrator and Pedagogical Director, the school employs a number of professional staff members. Senior staff members include the Business Manager, Development and Marketing Coordinator, Admissions Coordinator, and Campus Manager. Their role is to provide leadership and coordination in their respective areas and to accomplish designated tasks. They also support and advance the work of the Board of Trustees and mandated committees from both the Board and the College.
Additional staff positions include Elementary and High School Office Coordinators, Administrative Assistant, Bookkeeper/Human Resource Manager, and maintenance personnel. Together with senior staff members, they support the faculty and the programs of the school