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, College Committees, & the College Leadership Council
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 here.
The College of Teachers (or College, as it is commonly referred to) also has mandated college committees and task forces that include, but are not limited to, the: Curriculum Committee, Festivals Committee, Care Group, Library Committee, and Athletic Committee.
The College Leadership Council serves in an administrative and steering capacity and reports to the College of Teachers. Council members meet weekly and serve as liaisons to their respective areas of the school. Membership is comprised of the School Administrator, College Chair, Early Childhood/Elementary Faculty Liaison, High School Chair, and Pedagogical Director.
School Administrator | Jeffrey Baker
The School Administrator provides oversight and leadership to the life of the administration and the school as a whole. The School Administrator works collaboratively to develop and carry out the school policies and procedures. The School Administrator works with the Board, College of Teachers, College Leadership Council, Pedagogical Director, and Administration to advance the short and long-term strategic goals of Santa Fe Waldorf School. The School Administrator is the sole employee of the Board of Trustees and reports to the Board.
The Pedagogical Director, working on behalf of the College of Teachers, provides leadership in the pedagogical realm of the school. He/she oversees the work of sections, departments, and pedagogical committees; aids communication among faculty; and responds to parental conversations related to pedagogy. The Pedagogical Director reports to both the College Leadership Council and the School Administrator.
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