Employment Opportunities

The International Montessori School

Head of School

School Name:  International Montessori School

School Address:  3001 Academy Drive, Building 300 Durham, North Carolina 27707

School Website:  www.imsnc.org


The International Montessori School (IMS) is a growing independent school located in the colorful, creative and entrepreneurial city of Durham, NC. Among IMS’s defining features is its innovative combination of full language immersion education with a solid academic foundation in the Montessori tradition. Currently, through its unique educational program and diverse faculty, IMS prepares Pre-K through 3rd grade students to succeed in an increasingly global society.  In the 2014-15’ academic year, IMS will add 4th grade and expand its Pre-K program to include Mandarin, in addition to our already established Spanish and French programs. There are plans for further growth over the next ten years. To that end, IMS is seeking a visionary and dynamic leader who can confidently guide the school through expansion, skillfully manage both administrative initiatives and educational programs, and serve as a respected presence within the school community and the broader community of independent education. 

Job Responsibilities:  Under the leadership of the IMS Board of Directors, the Head of School will be required to carry out the following responsibilities:

  • To embody, manifest, and advocate the mission of the school.
  • To articulate the school’s vision for the future.
  • To monitor and address all matters of school climate and culture.
    • To oversee the recruitment, retention, and management of teachers and administrative staff and to manage all personnel matters, including salaries and contracts, job assignments, performance evaluations, and orientation and training.
    • To supervise admissions and coordinate the recruitment of students, including marketing and outreach, information dissemination, applicant interviews and acceptance, and scholarship awards.
      • To lead the school’s fundraising, marketing, development and public relations efforts.
      • To represent the various school constituents including parents, students, alumni, faculty, staff, business community, funders and to manage the competing demands of these constituencies.
      • To collaborate with the Board of Directors (BOD) to carry out established school policies; to review policies and make recommendations for changes; to attend meetings, prepare reports, maintain board records, and keep the BOD informed on all aspects of the school’s operation.
      • To supervise all programs of the school; to monitor curriculum, student progress and reporting to parents; to prepare for and conduct periodic program evaluations; to submit reports to external agencies as required; to establish disciplinary policies and standards of conduct.
      • To provide fiscal oversight, including preparing preliminary and final budgets, monitoring income, expenditures, collections, and cash flow; to maintain appropriate financial records; to oversee the employee benefit program.
        • To represent the school in its relations with state and federal agencies and with local, state, regional, and national educational organizations and accrediting agencies.
        • To supervise and/or assist with all other aspects of the school’s operation, including facilities maintenance and operation, summer programs, development and fund raising, and alumni affairs.

Qualifications: Candidates should have previous experience in school administration and/or educational leadership and be Montessori-trained or be familiar with the philosophy and current best practices in Montessori education and be willing to complete Montessori training. A Bachelor’s degree is required, with a Master’s degree in school administration or other educational field preferred.  Candidates should have strong business management skills, be detail-oriented and well-organized, with an analytical approach to problem-solving and a capacity for hard work and timely follow-through.  Development and fundraising experience is important. Candidates should possess excellent people skills in order to competently manage a culturally and linguistically diverse faculty and staff.  Computer literacy with software tools such as Word, Excel, and other applications is needed. Fluency in another language is not required, but is preferred.

Compensation/Benefits:  Compensation and benefits for this position are competitive and negotiable dependent on experience. 

Search Process: The IMS Board of Directors has appointed a Head of School Search Committee to conduct a thorough review of candidates and to make recommendations to the Board.  Interested candidates should submit the following application materials by email to the Chair of the Search Committee, Stephanie Triantafillou: s_triantafillou@hotmail.com

a. Cover letter that outlines candidate’s interest and his/her qualifications that are consistent with IMS’s needs, and a statement of educational and/or school leadership philosophy,

b. Current resume or curriculum vitae,

c. List of three references with contact information,

d. Salary requirements.

Application Deadline: The Head of School Search Committee will accept applications until the appropriate candidate is identified. The position’s anticipated start date is late spring/summer 2014; however, the school is prepared to establish an Interim Head of School if necessary.

*IMS is an equal opportunity employer and does not discriminate against any person on the basis of age, sex, marital status, sexual orientation (including gender expression or identity) race, creed, color, national origin, honorably discharged veteran or military status, or the presence of any sensory, mental or physical disability.

Upper Elementary Teacher

Upper Elementary Montessori STEM Teaching position. IMS, currently serving 3-9 year olds is a language immersion Montessori school where all the teaching is done in a 2nd language: French, Spanish or Mandarin. As the ages increase at IMS, our native speaking English students get progressively exposed to more to more instruction in English. By the time they start in Upper Elementary, at which point they are completely bilingual and bi-literate, the students will have approximately 40% of their instructional time in English.  IMS is recruiting a certified, experienced teacher for the new English Upper El classroom opening in fall 2014. This is unique teaching position as it is designed to complement the immersion Upper Elementary classrooms which will be conducted in French or in Spanish.  This position is for the candidate who enjoys a multi-lingual, diverse and international community, and desires an evolving position and developing classroom. IMS is in the middle of a multi-year expansion plan through 8th grade.   Finally, if the candidate does not have Montessori STEM training, IMS will support this professional development. IMS will be in Dallas for the 2014 AMS Conference. 

Qualified candidates can send resumes to hos@imsnc.org or 

Kateri Carver-Akers 
3001 Academy Rd.Building 300
Durham, NC 27707

Spanish Primary Teacher (3-6)

We are looking for an experienced, certified Montessori Primary Teacher ( 3-6 years old) for our La Casa de los niños Spanish Immersion program . Position will start in August 2014.
Candidate must be 100% bilingual Spanish/English, enthusiastic, flexible, collaborative, committed and passionate relate to language immersion and Montessori education. Good computer skills and English are required as well.

The candidate must be AMS or AMI Montessori Certified and have a minimum of two years' experience working in a Montessori environment.

If you would like to apply for the position please, send your resume and cover letter to assistanthos@imsnc.org.
For more information visit our web site at www.imsnc.org

If you would like to inquire about job opportunities or apply to be a substitute teacher, please send your resume to office@imsnc.org.

Merci / Gracias!

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