Overview

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.

REQUIREMENTS

  • 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:

DIRECTOR

  • 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.

STAFF

  • 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

STUDENT INSTRUCTION

  • 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.

CLASSROOM

  • 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
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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.