Dublin Steiner School was founded by parents seeking an educational alternative.
An independent Waldorf school based in the historic inner-city Liberties neighbourhood, our kindergarten was first established in 2009. In response to community demand, we enrolled the first children into our primary school in 2017.
Since then, that demand has continued to grow. With enrolments for our kindergarten far outstripping the number of available places, we now teach children across five classes in our primary school, with student numbers growing every year.
Through the energy of staff, trustees and parents, we have succeeded in establishing a vibrant school with a deeply committed community, in a sustainable business model. We are a community-funded non-profit organisation.
Our mission: Through the Steiner Waldorf ethos, we raise a diverse group of young people who are distinguished by the scope and acuity of their minds, as well as the depth and integrity of their character. Using a developmentally appropriate approach, we nurture each child’s unique capacities to meet the world with confidence and a sense of purpose.
You can read more about Waldorf education here.
Dublin Steiner School is at a crucial stage. We have already successfully made the leap from fledgling startup to settled school, employing 11 staff with an enrolment of more than 80 pupils. Our challenge now is to continue this growth in a sustainable way and reach our full potential as a model Waldorf school in the centre of Dublin, showing that an alternative approach to education is possible.
The specific aim of this role is to help drive the ongoing growth of Dublin Steiner School by supporting good governance through the organisation and ensuring compliance with relevant codes and legislation.
The charity secretary will:
- Help shape the overall strategy of the school to support growth
- Oversee compliance and administration around governance: identifying potential governance issues and solutions; maintenance of governing documents; compliance with Charities Governance Code and other relevant codes; maintenance of the register of trustees.
- Take and circulate minutes at monthly board meetings, and record board decisions
More details on the position of secretary as set out by the Charities Regulator can be found here.
Collectively as part of the board of trustees, the company secretary will help shape the overall governance and strategy of Dublin Steiner School. This is likely to include:
- Setting overall strategy, with the aim of continuing the growth of the school and guarding against risk
- Supporting school management and staff
- Strengthening the community of families
- Ensuring that the school complies with all relevant legislation
The Dublin Steiner School Board of Trustees meets monthly, currently on the second Thursday of each month and typically with a break in July. Meetings have been held remotely in recent times but we anticipate a return to in-person meetings at our school premises from autumn 2022.