Head of School
|The Board of Directors of Pioneer Valley Montessori School wishes to announce the search for a Head of School, with employment to commence effective July 1, 2019.|
Pioneer Valley Montessori School is a well-established Montessori School in its 55th year, located in a park-like setting in the south east section of Springfield, MA, adjacent to Wilbraham and East Longmeadow. PVMS serves the surrounding communities as one of only two accredited Montessori schools in Western Massachusetts, and the only one in Hampden County.
There is a range of 80-100 students at PVMS, and it is comprised of one Toddler Classroom, three Children’s Houses, a Lower Elementary and an Upper Elementary.
The school has recently gone through a transition from a retiring, long-present staff to a new group of enthusiastic and devoted teachers. The Trustees seek a new Head of School to lead these teachers into the next iteration of this wonderful school.
Specific responsibilities of the position include the ability to:
• Articulate and model the school’s mission to all families, students, staff and community.
• Nurture the continued growth and development of staff, faculty, and families as a unified community.
• Work in partnership with the Board of Trustees to further develop the school’s potential through successful development and implementation of the strategic plan.
• Prepare budgets, manage ongoing operations, and develop strategies for long-term financial health of the school.
• Be visible and accessible to the PVMS community on a daily basis by establishing strong, active relationships with students and parents.
• Serve as the spokesperson for the school to various constituencies: faculty, staff, parents, students, donors, media, and the community at large.
• Manage and promote enrollment
Leadership qualities and skills of the successful candidate will reflect:
• A warm, vibrant leader
• Deep dedication to the practice of the Montessori educational philosophy.
• Enthusiasm and readiness to embrace and promote the school’s mission, identity, spirit and character.
• Experience and credentials as a successful administrator and/or educator
• An awareness of the operations of a small independent school
• Exceptional people skills; good interpersonal ability and able to build and maintain relationships and engender trust
• Excellent written and verbal communication skills
• Skills in institutional fundraising, budget and project planning and management
• The ability to ensure a sense of all-school community through regular, clear and consistent communication
• Innovative problem-solving skills
• Attention to detail and accuracy
• Integrity beyond reproach
• Punctuality and responsibility
• Collaborative and inclusive work style
• A strong work ethic
• Certification, or ability to become certified, as a Massachusetts Department of Early Education and Care Director 1.
• Certification, or ability to become certified as a Montessori Educator or Administrator
• The ability to maintain a high level of order and organization in a busy environment
• A strong work ethic
• Proficiency in public speaking and representing an organization to varied audiences
Compensation includes a competitive salary, long and short term disability, partial Health Insurance coverage, paid holidays and vacation.
PVMS is accredited by the American Montessori Society (AMS), The Association of Independent Schools in New England (AISNE), and the National Association for the Education of Young Children (NAYEC), and is a member of the Montessori Schools of Massachusetts. The Board of Directors and the community of PVMS welcome your intelligence, passion and vision.
To apply, please send a letter of interest, resume, and the names of five professional references via email to: Board@mypvms.org. No calls, please. Review of applications will begin immediately, and will continue until position is filled.