The Principal/Chief Executive Officer serves as the educational leader and chief executive for all academic and administrative operations of Rogers Park Montessori School. The Principal is responsible for: Upholding the mission, values, purpose, culture and standards of RPMS; Establishing and overseeing the instructional and educational programs; Overseeing school operations; Ensuring the fiscal health and financial stability of the organization; Providing community leadership; Facilitating a vision for the future of the school; Ensuring the achievement of business plans for growth; Guiding the development of school policies; Collaborating with the Board of Directors to develop a strategic vision and plan to ensure the sustainability of the school.
Montessori Curriculum and Educational Leadership
Lead all academic functions and provide educational leadership, ensuring the Montessori philosophy and methodology is followed to support the mission and values of RPMS; Lead and collaborate with the Elementary and Children's House Program Directors to develop and implement curricula in keeping with the Montessori philosophy; Ensure all students' social, emotional, and educational needs are fairly represented; Ensure every student is seen as an individual and treated with respect; Maintain a robust system for providing guidance, coaching, and mentoring to teaching staff.
School Culture and Climate
Establish and maintain a positive and effective working climate within the school; Act to support the school's mission, vision, values, and culture; Understand and preserve the culture of the school through all decisions, policy development, curriculum initiatives, and strategic planning; Ensure decisions balance the interests of the school, board of directors, faculty, staff, alumni, parents, and students while considering the school's mission, culture, policies, and procedures; Ensure effective controls are developed and maintained to protect the reputation of the school.
Strategic and Visionary Thinking
Develop and convey a thoughtful, coherent, and ambitious vision for the future of the school; Lead the development of strategic plans; Foresee the school's long-term needs, opportunities, and obstacles, and develop strategic action plans to achieve desired results; Work to align the goals of all constituents with the mission and strategic direction of the school; Anticipate the evolution and future of the school and shift strategic direction to sustain a competitive advantage; Create developmental opportunities for faculty and staff to ensure internal talent pipelines.
Lead all academic and administrative functions, including admissions, school operations, facility management, CHildren's House, Elementary and Middle School academic programs, after school programming, and fundraising; Directly supervise the work of the Chief Operating Officer, the Director of Admissions, the Elementary Program Director, the Preschool Program Director, the Director of Development, and Head Teachers, providing guidance, training, and coaching to staff and teachers as required; Create and maintain an administrative structure to support growth and changes within the school; Develop organizational lines of authority and delegate administrative, fiscal, and program responsibilities appropriately; Lead the implementation of and compliance with school policies and practices; Approve all hiring of prospective staff; Maintain compliance with state and federal school regulations and requirements; Maintain accreditation with organizations and agencies such as AMS, ISACS, and DCFS; Maintain the school's status as a 501(c)(3) not-for-profit institution.
Oversee all aspects of the financial management of the school, ensuring the school's finances are managed in accordance with established accounting policies and requirements; Ensure the fiscal health of the school by monitoring revenue, expenses, and budgets, and by ensuring compliance with the school's debt covenants; Work with the Director of Development to lead the fundraising efforts to ensure goals are achieved.
Work cooperatively with and serve as a non-voting, ex officio member of the Board of Directors, providing periodic reports, attending meetings, advising the Board, and participating in committees as needed; Actively guide the Board's decision-making process for the best interest of the school; Advocate on behalf of the school and recommend policy and policy changes to the Board; Effectively communicate Board initiatives and priorities to RPMS staff and faculty.
Outstanding leadership abilities; Strong communication skills; Ability to mentor, grow, and develop talent from within the school; Ability to work effectively as a team member; Attention to detail; High ethical standards and sense of importance of confidentiality; Strong organizational skills; Flexibility and openness to new ideas; Experience in mediation; Model and embrace the values of a lifelong learner.
Montessori certificate and prior teaching experience in a Montessori environment; Bachelor's Degree or higher; Experience managing/leading a school and/or relevant program; Experience managing projects and people; Understanding the financial workings of the school and budgets; Strong organizational and leadership skills, including the ability to motivate people and lead projects to successful completion.
To learn more about Rogers Park Montessori School, visit our website at www.rpmschool.org. If you are interested in applying for the position, please submit a resume and statement of interest to email@example.com. Rogers Park Montessori School is an Equal Opportunity Employer.
Additional Salary Information: Competitive pay and benefits, commensurate with experience.
About Rogers Park Montessori School
With over 400 students and a newly-expanded facility, Rogers Park Montessori School is a special place that has remained dedicated to child-centered, Montessori-based education during our 50-year history and throughout recent years of significant growth. Located on the north side of Chicago, RPMS serves students ages 2-14, from our Toddler Program through Middle School.