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Head of School

Fairfield, ME, USAFairfieldMEUSA
Full-time
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Please submit a cover letter and resume (in one file) to [email protected] with “Head of School” in the subject line by July 20, 2018. No calls please.

The Head of School is accountable to ensure KMS is an educationally vibrant, fiscally solvent, visible community organization. The Head of School reports to the Board of Directors and s/he carries out the policies and procedures established by the Board of Directors and acts within the financial policy set by that body. Within these parameters, the Head oversees a staff of 18+ people providing leadership and support; serves as the face of KMS to the community and donors; orchestrates external relations; and supervises business operations.

Areas of Responsibility: 
  • Board Relations - assist with board recruitment; attend all board meetings; communicate with board on school operations; chief liaison between board, staff, and school community;

  • Operations & Finances - oversee budget and work with finance committee; review operations to ensure compliance with all regulatory and accrediting bodies;  and review, update and revise all school policy and procedure documents; ensure, at all times, KMS is compliant with all state and federal licensing requirements and labor standards;

  • Leadership & Supervision - effectively recruit, select and retain quality staff; prepare and deliver annual staff employment agreements; set annual goals for staff and performs annual written performance reviews; encourage and provide time for staff development; and facilitate monthly staff meetings;

  • Development, Admissions, & Community Relations - meet annual fundraising goals; cultivate community  and alumni for fundraising; oversee admissions and marketing; maintain constructive communication with other educational institutions and associations; ambassador of school to community; and greet families at the door in the morning;

  • Educational Duties - oversee student evaluation and assessment; observation in classrooms; manage special education needs including behavioral support, referrals and IEPs

Educational Background: 
BA in education, leadership, public administration or related degree or work experience, Master’s degree in above fields preferred
Skills/Experience: 
  • 10+ years of leadership/direct supervision experience in an educational setting; strong preference for previous Montessori experience

  • Solid understanding of and experience in budgeting and finances.

  • Strong comfort level with public speaking with large and small groups, able to deliver a compelling message and engage with audience.

  • Strong ability to move from vision to implementation to evaluation while examining many moving parts and perspectives.

  • Servant leader who values employees, volunteers and partners and engages these stakeholders in decision making and strategy.

  • 5+ years experience with Microsoft Office, Quickbooks, CRMs and/or general comfort with learning new technology.

  • Fluency in English with strong written and verbal skills with the ability to effectively communicate with the Board of Directors, staff, community members, families, and students as well as the general public.

  • Integrity, professionalism, diplomacy, flexibility, teamwork, confidentiality, creativity, planning, organization and a sense of humor.

  • Dedication to Montessori philosophy

Compensation/Benefits: 

$53-58,000 plus health benefits, matching retirement and paid personal time

How to Apply: 

Please submit a cover letter and resume (in one file) to [email protected] with “Head of School” in the subject line by July 20, 2018. No calls please.

Organization Info

Kennebec Montessori School

Overview
Headquarters: 
Fairfield, ME, USA
Annual Budget : 
$500,000-1M
Size: 
11-50 employees
Founded: 
1976
About Us
Areas of Focus: 
Mission: 

At KMS, we provide children with an educational program, rooted in the philosophy of Maria Montessori, that nurtures a love of learning and fosters respect for self, others, and the environment.

Programs: 

At our location in Fairfield, we recently completed the construction of a new wing and expanded our programs through sixth grade. We now offer Primary and Elementary Montessori programs to over 120 children from ages 3 to 12. Our classrooms are all multi-age: three Primary classrooms (ages 3-6), two Lower Elementary classrooms (ages 6-9) and our new Upper Elementary classroom (ages 9-12).

KMS is…

  • the oldest Montessori school in the state of Maine, operating since 1976
  • the only non-denominational, alternative Elementary school in the greater Waterville area
  • licensed as an approved private school by the Maine Department of Education
  • accredited by the American Montessori Society since 2007
  • recognized as a Quality Child Care facility, through the Quality for ME statewide rating system

The school stands on 14 acres of fields and woodlands, with a stream and beautiful views, convenient to Interstate 95. Children can cross-country ski in winter and garden in the spring and summer sessions. There is a large playground that overlooks an adjoining farm. The facilities are bright and cheerful. The classrooms and the day care room each have their own bathroom, kitchen unit, and door to the outside playground and gardens.

Students come from diverse backgrounds, bringing together the families of teachers, farmers, artists, professionals and business people. Many commute from surrounding communities, including Pittsfield, Clinton, Freedom, Skowhegan, Belgrade, China, Vassalboro, and Augusta.

Why Work For Us?: 

Our teachers love and appreciate children as unique beings who are working to discover the world and their place in it through their daily activities. All of our Head teachers are certified by the American Montessori Society, and several have advanced degrees in Education. Together they offer more than a hundred years of experience and a collective devotion to teaching young children.

Our community of families is engaged and welcoming. 

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Listing Stats

Post Date: 
Jun 25 2018
Active Until: 
Jul 25 2018
Hiring Organization: 
Kennebec Montessori School
industry: 
Nonprofit