Executive Director, Intercultural Montessori Language School

Location
Chicago, Illinois
Posted
May 02, 2018
Job Type
Full-Time

Intercultural Montessori Language School (Intercultural) with campuses in Chicago and Oak Park, IL, delivers a unique dual language/Montessori blended education serving ages 3 to 14. The Head of School will serve as the philosophical and instructional leader to serve as the Executive Director to lead both the Chicago and Oak Park campuses.


Description


Title: Executive Director
Immediate Supervisor: Intercultural’s Board of Directors


Qualifications:
• Strong advocate for Montessori education.
• Strong advocate for dual language education.
• Montessori certification through an accredited institution preferred.
• Previous working in a Montessori school strongly recommended with leadership responsibilities.
• Administrator/Principal certification and/or experience strongly recommended.
• Robust leadership skills.
• Experience creating an organization and maintaining sustainability preferred.
• Proven experience with staff supervision and budget management.
• Ability/Willingness to lead in fund development, including identification, cultivation and stewardship of donors.
• Highly self-motivated.
• Strong written and verbal communication skills.


Essential Duties & Responsibilities:


Leadership
• Serve as the Executive Director for Intercultural.
• Advocate for the Montessori pedagogy.
• Articulate and advocate the mission of Intercultural for students, families staff and community.
• Serve as outreach ambassador within the organization and community.
• Be inspirational, visible, and accessible to members of school community and beyond
• Cultivate an environment of proactive and capable leadership, focused on safety, academic excellence, and business competence.
• Possess knowledge of Map Testing, Illinois Testing
• Attend all Board meetings as nonvoting board member and prepare and present reports as requested by the Board.
• Proactively manage relationships with students, faculty, parents firmly rooted in the Montessori and dual language program and philosophy.
• Establish a plan to oversee and redirect student behaviors.
• Demonstrate sufficient security and judgment to handle a crisis and to use supervision constructively.
• Have the ability to collaborate and continue to educate teaching staff for the purposes of deepening understanding of the Montessori method
• Promote a culture of global citizenship and awareness of the School.
• Lead by example the creation of a culture at Intercultural that reflects the values associated with the Montessori and dual language program, including grace and courtesy.


Management
• Develop specific operations, goals and objectives to implement strategic goals that have been mutually established with the Board.
• Oversee both campuses with the assistance of the Oak Park Manager.
• Hire, supervise, mentor, and evaluate teaching and support staff as needed
• Oversee admission of students.
• In consultation with the Board, informed by Intercultural, make final decisions regarding disciplinary action or dismissal of staff
• Ensure all state reporting requirements are met.
• Lead and facilitate staff meetings to guide and support staff.
• Oversee all aspects of facility management.


Communication
• Maintain regular, ongoing and open dialogue with the Board.
• Service as chief communicator between the Board and the staff.
• Promote highly effective and open communication between staff, parents and Board.
• Be the external spokesperson for Intercultural.
• Foster the relationship with staff, board, school community and beyond.
• Serve as the mandated reporter to Department of Children and Family Services


Finance and Fund Development
• Prepare and present annual operating budget to Finance Committee and Board in conjunction with Finance Team and Business Manager.
• Administer the operating budget and be accountable to Board for effective business management.
• Prepare annual budget recommendations including personnel, committees, facilities and programs.
• Prepare reports for annual audits – financial and academic.
• Apply for grants that support the mission and economic viability of the school.
• Serve as primary executive support to Intercultural’s Board.
• Be familiar with and understand best practices in fund development.
• Work with Development Director to identify and cultivate prospective donors.
• Serve as outreach ambassador within the organization and community.


Professional Staff Development
• Ability to support teaching staff regarding the Montessori/dual language program and philosophy and full implementation of the school’s mission.
• Develop and implement enrollment plan and assure proper student-teacher ratios.
• Provide opportunities for ongoing professional development for all staff.
• Encourage staff to propose, plan, and develop programs in accordance with the mission of the school.


Compliance and Accountability for School Operations
• Conduct written evaluations of staff.
• Oversee student evaluation and implement student assessment.
• Oversee ongoing program evaluation, including curriculum standards and curriculum development.
• Ensure that the school is in compliance with all applicable government laws and regulations.
• Evaluate school operations.

 

 

Executive Director


Intercultural Montessori Language School (Intercultural) with campuses in Chicago and Oak Park, IL, delivers a unique dual language/Montessori blended education serving 300 students ages 3 to 14. The Board seeks a Head of School to serve as
philosophical and instructional leader to serve as the Executive Director to lead both the Chicago and Oak Park campuses. The ideal candidate will have a passionate commitment to the Montessori method and dual language program, and have
experience in an established school. The Executive Director will report to Intercultural’s Board of Directors.


Qualifications:
• Strong advocate for Montessori education.
• Strong advocate for dual language education.
• Montessori certification through an accredited institution preferred.
• Previous working in a Montessori school strongly recommended with leadership responsibilities.
• Administrator/Principal certification and/or experience strongly recommended.
• Robust leadership skills.
• Experience creating an organization and maintaining sustainability preferred.
• Proven experience with staff supervision and budget management.
• Ability/Willingness to lead in fund development, including identification, cultivation and stewardship of donors.
• Highly self-motivated.
• Strong written and verbal communication skills.

The position begins July 1, 2018. Salary will be commensurate with experience and certification. Apply online at www.hyasearch.com. Application deadline is May 22, 2018. Interviews begin May 23, 2018.

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