The Director reports directly to The Lilliputian Montessori School Board of Directors. The Director serves as the direct supervisor for the teachers and staff. The Director manages the day-to-day operations of the school and the educational rigor of the school as an academically challenging, socially aware environment consistent with Montessori philosophy.
- Practice the Montessori educational philosophy
- Administrative experience; proven record of successful leadership and managerial skills in his or her chosen vocation within an academic environment
- Exceptional people skills; good interpersonal ability; capacity to build and maintain close relationships and engender trust
- Excellent written and verbal communication skills
- Business management skills
- Strategic thinking; ability to explore new ideas and strategies while considering the needs of the multiple constituencies
- Bachelor’s degree required, Master’s Degree preferred; appropriate certifications and licensure required
Specific responsibilities for this position include, but are not limited to:
- Create and maintain an open dialog with all families. Be the liaison between teachers and families when appropriate.
- Maintain records for licensing including: personnel, enrollment, program operations, student records, attendance sheets and ensure we are in compliance.
- Maintain Emergency Response Plan and conduct necessary drills.
- Work with the staff to identify the instructional resources necessary to implement the program and school ( i.e. equipment, supplies, guests, and volunteers, maintenance)
- Oversee all parts of enrollment process to help grow the school including
- Build and strengthen relationships within the community to including with other preschools, nonprofits, early education stakeholders, public schools, current families, and alumni.
- Active involvement in identification, cultivation, solicitation, and stewardship initiatives in order to secure additional resources to help the school fulfill its mission and strategic objectives.
- Maintain an active role in strategic planning and implementation to ensure that the school’s needs, as it relates to resources, capital needs, and educational delivery, are met.
- Ensure all paperwork is current with our non-profit status and that accountant has filed with the state .
- Prepare a monthly newsletter (or as needed) to be e-mailed to parents school wide noting upcoming events, board meetings, fundraisers, local happenings. Include resources as appropriate.
- Work with the Board Treasurer as needed to ensure proper reimbursement, payroll, and tuition.
- Recruit, employ, and develop outstanding faculty committed to academic excellence and integrity, and to terminate employment of staff, when appropriate.
- Evaluate such staff annually to ensure that educational quality is maintained and improved upon; encourage staff development, cooperation, positive attitudes and teamwork.
- Prepare and conduct staff meetings
- Ensure all teachers foster Montessori values by supporting the mission of the school.
- Ensure the continuation of integrated curriculums and flexible programs, consistent with Montessori values and the needs of our families.
- Responsible for maintaining an ongoing dialogue with specialty teachers and coordinating curriculum integration and implementation with these teachers.
- Work with students of various abilities and their families, including those with learning differences as diagnosed; Director may be required to participate in meetings, training, and planning cooperatives to fully meet each child’s needs.
- Ensure the use of various assessment tools/strategies such as observations, children’s work samples, continuums of development, portfolios, etc. to help make instructional decisions for individual students in each classroom setting.
- Oversee preparation of all classroom environments (both indoors and outdoors) in which the furnishings and materials are complete and correspond to the age of children in that group.
- Oversee the creation of a kind, respectful environment for and between students. Model and teach conflict resolution and problem solving strategies.
- Ensure that all staff are responsible for the safety of the children left in his/her charge until dismissed to an approved adult
- Ensure that the physical environment adheres to all health and safety regulations as required by the State of New Hampshire
- Ensure the inventory and maintenance of all materials, equipment, and supplies.
- Ensure that ratios are maintained at all times
- Secure substitutes for maintenance of sub list or have plan in place for staff absences in the absence of available substitute
About The Lilliputian Montessori Preschool
The Lilliputian Montessori School has been providing a unique and magical learning environment for the children of Mount Washington Valley for 3 decades. This special school has seen hundreds of children interact with its special teachers, a dedicated team with an astounding length of service with the school.