Director of Upper School
Full-Time Position for the 2022-23 Academic School Year
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 be our director of upper school to lead and coordinate our Upper Elementary (fourth to sixth grades) and Junior High (seventh to ninth grades) divisions.
Greensboro Montessori School is a 47-year-old, toddler-to-junior-high, AMS- and SAIS-accredited, 260-student independent school. Even during the past two years of the pandemic, our Upper School has thrived. The Upper Elementary division has 40 to 45 students with three lead teachers and one assistant teacher, and the Junior High division has 25 to 30 students with two full-time lead teachers and one part-time teacher. The School also has a relatively new ninth grade option that has both a strong foundation and still needs development. Our students have access to our 10-acre main campus and our 40-acre, wooded, satellite Land Campus. Their learning also happens in our commercial kitchen and 20-year-old permaculture gardens. Students make good use of our two activity buses and they also take to the air for some transformational field trips. Beyond their core teachers, students are further nurtured and challenged by a team of cultural education faculty (environmental education, computer science, physical education, Spanish, visual art, and world music) and a strong Student Support Team (school counselor and director of student support).
We seek someone who shares our passion and values; someone who has the skills to help lead us to our next level; someone who can nudge, inspire, challenge, structure, support, and work side-by-side to help us be our best.
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 know open and regular communication on big and little details is critical for the program’s success. We also need a leader who has a systems-thinking approach to leading the program.
Needed Skills and Experiences
- Proven leadership experience in a middle or upper school environment.
- Montessori-aligned pedagogy and philosophy of learning; Montessori training preferred.
- Experience cultivating an adult culture and learning communities.
- Spoken, digital, and written communication skills that are open, responsive, and clear.
- Large- and small-group facilitation skills.
- Impeccable attention to detail and organization.
- Flexibility and the ability to listen and reflect before acting.
- Experience with project-based, outdoor, environmental, and place-based education
- At least five years’ teaching experience in an Upper Elementary or Junior High 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, enrollment management, 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. A small percentage of the role will involve teaching responsibilities. This role works closely with the director of lower school and reports directly to the head of school.
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 you are from outside the Piedmont Triad region 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 available.
Please email a cover letter, resume, single digital picture that captures what you think is a critical part of the learning process, and your leadership statement to Heather Goggin, human resource consultant, at HR@gms.org.
P.S. 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 18-passenger 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.