Feb 14 / aim

Head of School

Name: Christina Swatzell
Phone Number: (347) 742-1937
Email: cswatzell@lamplighterschool.org
Name of School: Lamplighter Montessori School
Location of School: Cordova, TN
Posting Date: 02-14-2024
Position: Type Permanent
Position Title: Head of School
Working Hours: Full Time
Pay Range: Starting Salary: $90,000
Ideal Start Date: 05-01-2029
Macte Certification Required? No

Job Description
Lamplighter Montessori School (“LMS”) is hiring a Head of School. LMS is a trusted leader in Montessori education providing world-class, student-centered educational experiences designed to foster each child’s talents, self-discovery, and love of learning. LMS is accredited by the American Montessori Society and the Southern Association of Independent Schools (formally, Southern Association of Colleges and Schools). LMS is a non-profit tax-exempt school offering authentic Montessori education whose students learn in Toddler, Early Childhood, Elementary, and Secondary classroom environments.

LMS is nestled in a secluded nook off the main road surrounded by a canopy of large trees perfect for exploration and imaginative play as well as natural woods that have been intentionally preserved on ten idyllic acres. There are rolling greens and fields for sports and recreation, outdoor education programming, and developmentally appropriate playgrounds for each grade level.

The ideal candidate will begin prior to the 2024-2025 academic year. Head of School leadership includes working closely with the Board, faculty, administrative staff, parents, and students. Primary responsibilities include organizational and curriculum management, strategic planning aligned with our LMS mission and core values, monitoring compliance and licensing as required by AMS, state, and federal laws, LMS fiduciary compliance, facilities management, talent management including acquisition and retention, and public relations initiatives.

Qualified candidates shall hold a bachelor’s degree or higher from an accredited U.S. university, Montessori Teacher Credential earned an AMS, NCME, AMI, or MACTE accredited course with Montessori Inclusion Endorsement (MIE) or a commitment to achieve MIE within 2 years upon hire. Candidates with at least 5 years’ experience as a School Administrator, Assistant Head of School, Education Director/Curriculum Director, Montessori certified teacher, or related Non-profit Leadership management experience are welcome to apply. Additional professional qualifications may include Montessori teaching experience, AMS membership, and current professional development hours as required by AMS.

Salary will be commensurate with experience. The minimum starting salary is $90,000. Benefits furnished upon request. All applications are kept confidential at the request of the applicant.

LMS is an Equal-Opportunity Employer with a Commitment to Diversity.

How to apply TO APPLY: Interested candidates should submit via email to Christy Swatzell at: cswatzell@lamplighterschool.org the following documents no later than March 29, 2024:
Cover letter describing candidate qualifications for the post. The letter must include an education philosophy statement that reflects commitment to the Montessori method of teaching/learning and your professional contribution to LMS’s mission, visions, and values, along with a current resume, and three professional references with respective telephone numbers and email addresses that will be contacted confidentially if the candidate allows.