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School Director

School: Montessori School of Florence
Location: Florence, SC
Posted: 6 Aug 2020

Montessori School of Florence
Job Description
School Director

The Montessori School of Florence is a parent-board operated, not-for-profit school for children ages 2 through 12 (toddler through sixth grade). The school opened in 1976 and has been a member of the South Carolina Independent School Association since 1999. The teachers are Montessori trained through a MACTE accredited training program. The school is a multicultural, non-discriminatory school.

Summary of Position:
The School Director is accountable for the operations of the academic programs and activities of the school, in keeping with the mission, vision and direction as set by the MSF Board of Directors. The School Director shall promote the Montessori educational philosophy and ideals while ensuring the school’s mission, vision, and goals are effectively implemented. The Director will facilitate communication and work collaboratively with the Board, staff, students, families, alumni, and the greater community.

Qualifications:

  • Master’s Degree preferred
  • Experience in Montessori philosophy or willingness to educate oneself in the Montessori philosophy
  • Computer skills, including Microsoft Office, Quickbooks and classroom management software
  • Financial Management and budgeting experience
  • Energetic, proactive leader who can communicate effectively and problem solve
  • Skilled mediator who can resolve conflicts peacefully
  • Demonstrated ability to comply with the standards for ethical and professional performance (e.g. non-political, non-discriminatory, unbiased religious preferences voiced)
  • Professional behavior and attire expected Compensation: Based on education and experience. MSF offers an optional healthcare plan and other standard benefits.

Interested applicants should submit a cover letter, resume and contact information for three references toadmin@msfedu.org. Applications will be reviewed September 1stbut applications are accepted until the position is filled.

Detailed Requirements for School Director:

Leadership

  • Support, provide oversight, monitor, and evaluate quality implementation of Montessori pedagogy, curriculum, and programs
  • Cultivate effective relationships with all constituents of the school
  • Represent the school at community and professional events
  • Model and sustain a culture of giving, volunteerism, global awareness and citizenship at the school
  • Coordinates scheduling of, and attends all school functions and activities
  • Ensures the school is in compliance with all applicable governmental laws and regulations
  • Recruit, hire, supervise, and support all faculty and staff
  • Maintains the SCISA accreditation requirements and documents
  • Effectively communicates with all parents, students, and alumni

Finance

  • Executes the financial policies set by the Board of Directors
  • Assists the accountant with the submission of hours for payroll, updates of benefits, billing of parents, all accounts receivable and payable, balance of monthly bank account
  • Familiarizes self with nonprofit financial documents and submission of any documents
  • Negotiates and coordinates all employee benefits with Board approval
  • Orders and distributes all supplies
  • Assists in coordination and execution of fundraising plans
  • Serves as a resource for the Development Chair
  • Cultivate and maintain effective marketing through web, print, and social media to maintain and increase the school’s visibility

Enrollment

  • Represents and explains the MSF school mission program to prospective families
  • Oversees and coordinates the recruitment of students
  • Informs parents and prospective parents of enrollment policies
  • Performs all admission tasks necessary to achieve MSF objectives
  • Coordinates re-enrollment of current students
  • Oversees and coordinates enrollment of graduating sixth-grade students into middle school
  • Assists in making placement decisions for children
  • Develops and maintains a plan for providing support services both within and outside the school

Education

  • Works with Lead Teachers to coordinate curricula
  • Coordinates and attends regularly scheduled staff and/or teacher meetings
  • Provides opportunities for personnel to receive continuing education hours for DSS
  • Serves as a liaison between teachers and parents to resolve classroom issues
  • Maintains school discipline policy in a consistent and respectful manner
  • Supervises and schedules the employees for the before and after school care programs
  • Prepares schedule for related specials programs (art, music, language, PE)
  • Conducts observations of and provides feedback to all faculty and staff

School Facilities, Equipment, Daily Operations

  • Oversees daily operations of the school, ensuring a safe and friendly environment
  • Attends to tasks and responsibilities associated with successful operation of the school (e.g. communication, security, maintenance) in an as-needed and sometimes hands-on capacity
  • Supervises maintenance of all school equipment
  • Supervises the maintenance of MSF as an aesthetically attractive and safe environment, in cooperation with the Board
  • Advises Board on facilities and equipment improvements and needs

Operations Support

  • Remains informed of trends, research and legislation that may affect MSF management, operations and policy
  • Advises Board when policy changes or action may be necessary
  • Maintains a comprehensive set of records on students, staff, and prospective students
  • Prepares academic calendar
  • Updates parent/student handbook
  • Updates employee handbook

Responsibility to Board of Directors

  • Serves as a non-voting member of the Board and is expected to attend all Board meetings and functions
  • Keeps the Board President informed of all aspects of school operations
  • Brings to the Board’s attention issues that may require Board action or Board education
  • Communicates all Board policies and changes to the teaching staff and non-teaching staff and to MSF community members
  • Serves as a resource for the Board in developing new policies and initiatives
  • Serves as a resource for the Treasurer and the Board on financial matters
  • Represents the Board and Board decisions and policies to parents when appropriate
  • Provides data on current enrollment, applications, and growth projections
  • Provides at least three plans for projected tuition and enrollment for preparation of next school year budget

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