Pioneer Meadows Montessori School in Ferndale, Washington is looking for a new Head of School to start in the Fall of 2018-19.
Our AMI accredited school is located in the northwesterly most corner of Washington state, nestled just north of Bellingham between the Salish Sea and the Cascade Mountains—a whisper to the border of Canada!
Built literally on a meadow, in the vibrant farming community of Whatcom County, snow covered Mt. Baker jutting up to the east, our small school has been a sanctuary for children (ages 2.5-12 years) to joyfully learn in the style of Dr. Maria Montessori for eight years.
As we look to the future, and wish to expand our program to meet the needs of adolescents and toddlers, our community seeks a leader ready to embrace our mission to provide an authentic, affordable Montessori education for every child in order to fulfill our vision of education for life and peace throughout the world.
Position: Head of School
Reports To: Board of Directors
Supervises: All staff
Interfaces With: Staff, children, parents, family members, and the community
Description: The Head of School is responsible for all aspects of the school—pedagogical and operational —and especially the philosophic integrity to preserve the highest standards of Montessori excellence through the school.
The Head of School holds the school community to the Association Montessori Internationale standards. Duties include:
Ensures a Montessori Prepared Environment for areas of the campus
Oversees all areas of the program
Develops and delivers parent education program with the participation of the teachers
Implements educational policies
Keeps abreast of education trends and research
Produces written materials explaining Montessori Philosophy
Attends professional development conferences
The Head of School works directly with the Faculty and Staff to support their development as Montessori professionals. Duties include:
Defines and employs competent personnel
Designs/oversees new employee orientation/training
Supervises and evaluates faculty and staff, including contract renewals
Serves as a resource to faculty, assistants, and staff
Provides staff with community-building opportunities
Collaborates with the Learning Support teachers to provide weekly observations and consultations in the classroom
Supports teachers in preparing newsletters and other mailings for families.
Provides literature for professional development
Plans and conducts in-service days
Arranges staff meetings, workshops and training
Tends lovingly to staff morale through communication and dialogue as well as community-building activities.
The Head of School supports the development of children directly and indirectly, working with classroom teachers and assistants, the Learning Support teacher and families. Duties include:
Responsible for the safety and well-being of children
Facilitates children’s transitions from one level to the next
Reviews/Approves student application reports as they transition out of the school.
Collaborates with Learning Support teacher and classroom teachers in making sure evaluations and extra services are available for children who need them.
Collaborates with Learning Support teacher to provide training and extra support for classroom teachers and families to meet individual student needs.
Collaborates with Learning Support teacher in recruiting consultants for children with special needs.
The Head of School works directly with the parents as they support their children in development. Duties include:
Designs and participates in New Parent Orientation
Documents critical meetings with families in support of the teacher
Encourages school community thinking
Reviews tuition assistance application
Works collaboratively with the Business Operations Administrator to creates comprehensive, strategic fundraising plan that includes parent community involvement and compliments Montessori principals
The Head of School works with the Board to educate and support their work of maintaining the integrity and the financial stability of the school. Duties include:
Provides monthly report to the Board of Directors on current projects and progress toward goals
Provides monthly rundown of the budget to the Board of Directors
Reviews yearly calendar of Business Operations Administrator for Board approval
Attends Board meetings as a non-voting member
Attends Board committee meetings
Participates in long-range strategic planning
Alerts Board of issues requiring attention
Encourages staff to share input with Board committees
Communicates Board policy changes to community
Develops with Board fundraising plans beyond parent community
Works with Business Operations Administrator to prepare annual budget with input from the teaching and administrative staff for approval of the Board. This duty includes:
Setting tuition rates
Defining and executing enrollment objectives
The Head of School orchestrates the relationship of the school with the broader community. Duties include:
Participates in community events and programs
Acts as school spokesperson
Develops and implements community enrichment programs
Cultivates partnerships with outside organizations
Liaisons with educational institutions and associations
The Head of School superintends the administrative staff with the details of school management. Duties include:
Supervises accounting tasks
Monitors budget versus actual documents
Administers Equitable Employee Compensation System
Maintains day-to-day operations efficiency
Supervises maintenance of equipment, buildings, and grounds
Responsible for safety/health/well-being of children and adults
Creates and maintains Procedure Manual for all administrative duties for continuity of the organization
Analyzes and prepares Operations Materials
Provides information and support to Board of Directors as requested
Coordinates enrollment and re-enrollment
Supervises volunteer program
Manages logistics of fundraising plans carried out by Administrative staff, teachers, parents, and Board of Directors
Manages logistics of social and community events
Maintains permanent files for all corporate documents
Maintains current and archived files for all financial and business documents
Ensures all personnel files are maintained
Ensures accuracy for Staff Handbook (including updates)
Schedules monthly staff meetings
Documents critical meetings involving staff, teachers, and families
Prepares contract renewals
Oversees the design advertising, update of the websites and brochures by administrative staff
Manages administrative staff to put out summer mailings
Conducts the final draft for press releases to relevant local media
Ensures Maintenance of computer, Internet, electronic file storage, and telecommunications systems.
Defines and contracts consultants for technology needs.
Ensures maintenance of student records (OSPI)
Files annual OSPI required enrollment reports
Ensures compliance with Accrediting Bodies
Ensures compliance with city/county and state regulations
Keeps abreast of legislation/state licensing regulations
How to Apply: Submit a resume, a statement of educational philosophy, and three professional references (PDF preferred), in a single email to the PMMS HoS Search Committee email@example.com
For more information about our school, our mission, and a copy of the complete HoS job description, please visit our website at http://pmmontessori.org. Select “About Us” and scroll down to “Careers.”
Administration experience: school, non-profit, or business
AMI certification (or a true commitment to ongoing education and training in AMI--Association Montessori International--principles and practices
Leadership skills: exude charisma and kindness, be able to sell the school and its mission, communicate clearly and listen actively, manage adults confidently
Hearty work ethic
Connect well with children
Rich teaching experience strongly preferred but not required
Additional Salary Information: PMMS can offer a strong, flexible compensation package that will be negotiated dependent upon applicant.