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Bright Water Waldorf School Board of Trustees

About Bright Water Waldorf School

Bright Water Waldorf School is located in a historic landmark building overlooking the north end of Seattle, Lake Union, and the Olympic Mountains. We have an enthusiastic, supportive parent group, an enrollment of approximately 180 students, and a faculty of 35.

Diversity at Bright Water Waldorf School

Bright Water Waldorf School welcomes, values, and supports racial, religious, economic, and cultural diversity. Our school seeks a diverse faculty and student body and is committed to having our school reflect the abundant and changing diversity of the United States. We welcome, value, and support single, dual, or multiple parent households and LGBT parents, faculty, and/or students.

Mission Statement

The mission of Bright Water Waldorf School is to provide a dynamic education for an ever-changing and complex world.  We provide students with a classic education and the significant social tools needed for them to navigate their future.

Students at Bright Water Waldorf School are immersed in an environment that supports the whole child, educates by example, and uses physical movement and the arts to teach concepts.  Our students develop comprehensive academic skills and learn to apply them creatively.

The Board’s Role in Our School

The Board of Trustees actively promotes and supports the school’s mission. They are knowledgeable about the school’s goals, operations, and issues. Trustees are not involved in management, personnel, or curricular issues. They guard against conflicts of interest, whether business-related or personal. Trustees contribute to the fund development program of the school, including financial support and active involvement in annual and capital giving. The Board has three committees: Development and Marketing, Board Operations, and Finance.

We seek trustees who have the background and ability to bring a broad perspective, and who have a passion and interest in the long-term strength of the school. They should be able to lead committees, and potentially the board. We seek members with expertise in board experience, board operations, development, marketing, facilities planning, or law. Our board members are able to provide access to community leaders and new potential donors. Above all, they are able to communicate our vision and mission to others.

Bright Water Waldorf School’s Board of Trustees holds eight regular meetings per year, during which time the Board Members discuss their ideas and progress within their respective committees. Most board members also serve on a committee, which has roughly six to eight meetings per year. The role and responsibilities of each committee are briefly outlined below.

Board Operations Committee
Serves as organizational leaders for the Board of Trustees, spearheading efforts related to by-laws, election of officers, policies and procedures, new board member orientations, and more.

Development and Marketing Committee
Utilizes analysis and solicitation strategies to develop appropriate fundraising plans for the annual budget and enrollment, engages with donors and designs fundraiser events, seeks legacy donations, and works to build donor relationships and base.

Finance Committee
Oversees Bright Water Waldorf School’s funding sources, fiscal controls, management policies, budgets, and insurance coverage to ensure responsible fiscal management.

How to Apply
We are currently looking for 4-6 new Board Members to complete our Board of Trustees. Board Members serve a term of three years; these terms are renewable.

If you are interested in joining the Board of Trustees, please submit your resume and letter of intent to jobs@brightwaterschool.org with BOARD INTEREST in the subject line.

Our Board Operations committee meets once a month to review applications. You will be contacted within 4-6 weeks for next steps.

Thank you for your interest in Bright Water Waldorf School’s Board of Trustees.