Head of School

Montessori School of Flagstaff | Flagstaff, AZ, United States

Posted Date 1/09/2020

Montessori School of Flagstaff

Job Description


Job Title:      Head of School (HOS)

Reports to:     Executive Director


Summary:  Act as Head of School to administer and implement the school’s broad educational mission and policies; provides day-to-day educational leadership for the school.  Serve as HOS of 4 MSF campuses, director of Switzer Mesa elementary campus, and Superintendent of the Flagstaff Montessori district.


Duties and Responsibilities include the following.  Other duties may be assigned. 

Strategic Planning

  1. Keeps the Owner fully informed of the matters, needs, and operation of the school
  2. Serves as the chief communicator between the Owner and the faculty
  3. Creates an appropriate and strong management team such that the collective team is prepared to lead the school should the HOS become incapacitated
  4. Promotes an internal organization that permits effective communication at all levels
  5. Works to produce smooth day-to-day internal operations
  6. Develops strategic and tactical plans for the school
  7. Encourages perspective via testing, comparisons with similar institutions, and external analyses and critiques
  8. Remains abreast of trends and research in education, particularly those affecting independent school operation and educational leadership

Program Development and Implementation

  1. Designs, implements and administers student programs and service consistent with the values and teaching styles of the Montessori method
  2. Develops systems of scheduling to accommodate such programs and services
  3. Sets standards of participation and achievement in each of the following areas:
    1. Academic – assures the curricular scope, sequence, and instructional strategies reflect Montessori philosophy and goals; provides leadership in the process of curriculum development; provides assistance and support to staff in their efforts to develop such curricula
    2. Co-curricular – organizes activities, elective offerings, formal cultural exposures, and athletics sufficient to round out the school’s academic program and provide for student interest and development
    3. Character development – implements formal and informal programs related to high moral and ethical conduct, including counseling and advisory programs, a system of positive discipline that promotes kindness and courtesy, and a mechanism for coordinated psychological assistance in the event of student need
    4. Student life – establishes and oversees programs for after-hours, including extended day programs and recreational and cultural activities




  1. Works with administration to establish and administer standards and procedures for admission and dismissals
  2. Recommends enrollment objectives and executes programs to achieve them


  1. Defines the faculty and staff positions needed to implement the school’s program
  2. Recruits highly effective teachers and staff to fill such positions
  3. Establishes productive working conditions, discipline, training and development of all professional staff
  4. Assures the staff understand and share the school’s Montessori philosophy and goals
  5. Determines standards and takes appropriate steps to measure and maintain reasonable performance and growth among immediate subordinates
  6. Dismisses faculty and staff who fail to meet such standards
  7. Establishes practices and procedures to promote harmonious and constructive relationships among staff; consciously works to establish an atmosphere of team building and planning; follows a collegial managerial style rather than authoritarian
  8. Maintains personal contact with all school staff members; fosters good public relations; promotes high morale; identifies personnel issues as early as possible; encourages similar conduct among subordinates

Service Support

  1. Works with staff to identify curriculum needs related to teaching materials, faculty and program support
  2. Holds general program responsibility for the safety and well being of all students
  3. Approves and administers rules and procedures governing the student body
  4. Works to promote harmonious relationships among students, faculty and staff
  5. Oversees development, implementation, and evaluation of student programs and communication systems with parents
  6. Strives to create and maintain an aesthetically attractive school environment


  1. Maintains the annual budget as determined by the Owner
  2. Ensures the available financial resources are carefully managed within the budgetary guidelines
  3. Ensure all student accounts are current

Community Relations

  1. Encourages meaningful alumni, parent and past parent participation in events to aid and support the goals of the school
  2. Responds to special interest groups and provides direction while stressing student needs
  3. Interprets the school and its programs for the public and strives to personify the institution
  4. Serves as primary spokesperson for the school
  5. Participates in planning for all fund raising efforts
  6. Supports and encourages the school’s fund raising efforts
  7. Communicates the school’s unique vision and the value of the goals for which funds are being raised




To perform this job successfully, an individual must be able to perform each essential duty satisfactorily. The requirements listed below are representative of the knowledge, skill, and/or ability required. Reasonable accommodations may be made to enable individuals with disabilities to perform the essential functions.



Bachelor's degree (B. A.) from four-year college or university, MA in education, educational leadership, business, or equivalent Montessori Administrator Credential, or combination of education and experience.


Language Ability:

Ability to read, analyze, and interpret common scientific and technical journals, financial reports, and legal documents.  Ability to respond to common inquiries or complaints from customers, regulatory agencies, or members of the business community.  Ability to write speeches and articles for publication that conform to prescribed style and format.


Math Ability:

Ability to apply advanced mathematical concepts to execute and maintain a budget. Ability to apply mathematical operations to such tasks as frequency distribution, determination of test reliability and validity, analysis.


Reasoning Ability:

Ability to define problems, collect data, establish facts, and draw valid conclusions. Ability to interpret an extensive variety of technical instructions in mathematical or diagram form and deal with several abstract and concrete variables.


Computer Skills:

To perform this job successfully, an individual should have knowledge of word processing software; spreadsheet software; internet software and database software.  Knowledge of School Master SIS beneficial.


Supervisory Responsibilities:

Manages subordinate supervisors who supervise employees. Carries out supervisory responsibilities in accordance with the organization's policies and applicable laws. Responsibilities include interviewing, hiring, and training employees; planning, assigning, and delegating work; appraising performance; rewarding and disciplining employees; addressing complaints and resolving problems.


Work Environment:

The work environment characteristics described here are representative of those an employee encounters while performing the essential functions of this job. Reasonable accommodations may be made to enable individuals with disabilities to perform the essential functions.


While performing the duties of this job, the employee is frequently exposed to outdoor weather conditions. The employee is occasionally exposed to wet or humid conditions (non-weather); work near moving mechanical parts and fumes or airborne particles.



Physical Demands:

The physical demands described here are representative of those that must be met by an employee to successfully perform the essential functions of this job. Reasonable accommodations may be made to enable individuals with disabilities to perform the essential functions.


While performing the duties of this job, the employee is regularly required to stand; walk; use hands; reach with hands and arms and talk or hear. The employee is frequently required to sit; climb or balance; stoop, kneel, crouch, or crawl and taste or smell. The employee must frequently lift and/or move up to 50 pounds. Specific vision abilities required by this job include close vision, distance vision, peripheral vision, depth perception and ability to adjust focus.

Credential Level
Credential Not Required
Education Required
Master's Degree
Job Type
Position Type
Full-Time (12 mos.)
Phone(928) 226-1212

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