Interim Head of School

Chemung Valley Montessori School | Elmira, NY, United States

Posted Date 8/01/2022

The Interim Head of School (iHOS) position is a one year term to start immediately. The iHOS will be tasked with providing leadership to the staff and community, strengthening the school’s assets, while maintaining operations within CVMS during the absence of a permanent Head of School. The iHOS embodies the mission and vision of the school in conjunction with the Chemung Valley Montessori Board of Trustees. There is an opportunity to be considered for a permanent HOS. In conjunction with the CVMS Board of Trustees, the iHOS is responsible for the school’s daily operations, and supervision of all faculty and staff, while providing administrative and professional leadership.

The iHOS is responsible for meeting the needs of students, operating the school, and ensuring compliance with New York State regulations and charter guidelines. The iHOS will ensure the educational experience for each child in every classroom is of the highest standard and delivered in a manner that is consistent with the Montessori philosophy, addressing the whole child and success as citizens. The iHOS is the spokesperson for the school with all its internal and external constituencies including students, parents, faculty, staff, alumni, neighbors, business community, governmental agencies, and local, state, regional and national educational organizations and accrediting agencies.

The duties include but are not limited to the following:


  • Maintains a strong culture that reflects the mission of the organization and Montessori values. Values and nurtures a team environment that is warm, benevolent and collaborative.
  • Communicates effectively and responsively with all constituencies within the CVMS community as well as with external contractors and partners.
  • Demonstrates integrity, trustworthiness and strong ethical values in all duties. Models this behavior for the Montessori community. Exhibits strong work ethic and positive, cooperative team attitude.
  • Assures that the school meets all regulatory and reporting requirements and delivers the highest level of quality education as defined by recognized benchmarks. Provides leadership and assumes responsibility for day-to-day operation of the school and activities that affect operations and delivery of quality, effective Montessori education.
  • Assures regular monitoring of facilities and documents compliance with school policies and procedures, safety codes and other safety and security measures related to the physical infrastructure, buildings and grounds. Leads all remediation and follow-up.
  • Assures and is responsible for tracking and monitoring compliance issues.
  • Maintains appropriate records of students, staff, compliance, and other necessary information pursuant to day-to-day operations of the school.
  • Provides administrative and professional leadership for and management of faculty and staff by supporting, developing, and guiding staff as needed.
  • Conducts regular teacher and staff professional evaluations and provides feedback/coaching.
  • Ensures that all staff have quality Montessori professional growth opportunities.
  • Ensures program quality is maintained and that classrooms have appropriate materials.

Business, Finance and School Operations:

  • Oversees business operations and the educational programs and services of the school.
  • Oversees financial performance and school stability. Maintains a net positive cash flow and net positive change in assets. Spending authority beyond $1000 rises to the Board on a per spend transaction basis.
  • Works with the staff to develop current and future budgets
  • Carries out the broad educational policies established by the board and within the limits of the operating and capital budgets adopted by the board.
  • Builds relationships with prospective and current parents supporting the admission and retention of children in the school.
  • Represents the school to the community and serves as the spokesperson for the school.
  • Maintains strong relationships with students, parents, alumni, alumni parents and staff.
  • Attends all board meetings and provides reports to the board. Maintains robust information exchange with committees on a regular basis and provides assistance as needed. Keeps the board informed on critical aspects of school operation.
  • Supporting, developing, and managing staff. Supervises and participates in the selecting and hiring of properly qualified persons. Creation of new positions or removal of existing staff members must have prior board approval.
  • Supervises the selection of curricula, class schedules, assessments, graduation requirements, and all aspects of the school’s academic program.

Student Life:

  • Organizes student activities and extracurricular opportunities.
  • Administers the school’s discipline policies and standards of conduct.
  • Supervises the school’s support systems, such as counseling, academic support, before-and after-school programs, summer camp and school break camps, health and wellness, etc..
  • Oversees the school safety programs including building security, emergency procedures, transportation regulations, tornado and fire drills, etc.
  • Promotes a healthy student culture in and out of school.
  • Optimizes all-school gatherings including assemblies, sporting events, performances, etc.
  • Provides for character education and ethical teachings in keeping with the mission of the school.

Admission, Marketing and Financial Aid:

  • Supervises and assists the admissions functions of the school, including recruitment programs, internal marketing, external outreach, website development and maintenance, information dissemination, and applicant testing and interviewing.
  • Supervises the admissions decision-making process, including administration of the school’s financial aid program

Advancement and Fund-Raising:

  • Plans and optimizes the school’s fund-raising programs such as the annual fund, capital campaigns, planned giving, and major events.
  • Supervises the school’s development efforts in identifying, cultivating, thanking, and communicating with past and prospective donors.
  • Supervises all volunteer efforts such as those donated by individuals or the parents’ association.


  • Supervised by the Board of Trustees, accountable to the Board of Trustees.
  • Performs other duties as assigned by the Board of Trustees.


  • BS Degree or higher from an accredited institution.
  • 10+ years of experience as a school administrator, program director, or principal preferred. Proficiency in fiscal and operating leadership and project management preferred.
  • Montessori certification or experience preferred.
  • Strong and versatile written and verbal communication skills.
  • Must be computer literate in at least MS Office and the Google Suite. Familiarity and/or experience with more advanced education management applications preferred.
Montessori Credential Level
Credential Not Required
Education Required
Bachelor's Degree
Job Type
Position Type
Full-Time (12 mos.)
Phone(607) 562-8754 112

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