Do you love working with adolescent and preadolescent students? In them do you see their power, potential, capabilities, and sparkle? In them do you see both struggle and a limitless capacity for greatness?
Do you love working with talented teachers who also love working with adolescent and preadolescent students? If so, you might like hanging out with us … we are looking for a passionate and skilled leader to fill our newly created role of director of upper school. We are a 45-year-old, toddler through junior high, American Montessori Society accredited school that is ready to augment the strength of our existing Upper Elementary (fourth to sixth grades) and Junior High (seventh to ninth grades) programs. Spurred by our reaccreditation process, our faculty and our School are primed and eager for some enhanced growth, but we need some help getting there. Want to help us?
Desired Leadership Style
We seek a leader who believes in empowering faculty — in being a servant leader. We believe leadership is based on authenticity, humility, and connections, not power and control. We seek someone who is calm under pressure, who sees both the big picture and the hundreds of myriad details, who believes in our peace curriculum, and who finds joy in their work every day. We also need a leader who has a systems-thinking approach to leading the program.
Needed Skills and Experiences
- Proven leadership experience in an upper school environment
- Montessori-aligned pedagogy and philosophy of learning
- Experience cultivating an adult culture and learning communities
- Large- and small-group facilitation skills
- Strong spoken, digital, and written communication skills
- Impeccable attention to detail and organization
- Flexibility and the ability to listen and reflect before acting
- Experience with project-based learning
- At least five years teaching in an upper school environment
- Masters degree in a relevant field
Roles and Responsibilities
The director of upper school is a 12-month position and will be responsible for coordinating the fourth to ninth grade curriculum and program, as well as the dozen faculty who teach within our Upper Elementary and Junior High divisions. Coordination will include internal and external communications, scheduling, increasing enrollment, parent partnership, student and program assessment, off-campus learning expeditions, bridge to the administration team, budget review, and being the face of our Upper School. 10-20% of the role will involve teaching and some sort of direct student interaction. This role will report directly to the associate head of school and the head of school and will be part of administration.
If you want to help us empower our fourth to ninth graders to step into the world as active and compassionate citizens, and if you have the skills to lead an extremely talented and dedicated group of Montessori educators, we want to hear from you.
If not already Montessori trained, we will provide additional Montessori training and certification in upcoming summers. If you are from outside the Piedmont Triad area of North Carolina, know that this state is a wonderful place to live and that Greensboro is a wonderful medium-sized city which is very affordable. Relocation support is also available. We will share more about the interview process with applicants once they apply. The position will start as soon as possible in summer of 2019 and will hopefully involve a multiday campus visit during the spring semester.
Please email a cover letter, résumé, single digital picture that captures what you think is a critical part of the learning process, and your leadership statement to Heather Goggin, director of human resources.
By the way, you also need to have a great sense of humor, a willingness to work super hard, be an attentive listener, be self-aware and open-minded, and be open to driving one of our 15-passenger multi-function school activity buses.
Greensboro Montessori School does not unlawfully discriminate on the basis of race, gender, disability, age, national origin, marital status, religion, sexual orientation, or veteran status with respect to recruitment, hiring, compensation, terms, conditions or privileges of employment.