Magnolia Montessori for All, Principal

Magnolia Montessori for All - Austin, Texas - Full time

ORGANIZATION

In Austin, there are more than 20 private Montessori schools providing opportunities for children to reach their extraordinary potential within an environment that promotes innovation, creativity, critical thinking, academic rigor, and peace. These options tend to be in more affluent areas and they are too expensive for the majority of families living in Austin.

Montessori For All seeks to change that. We endeavor to open and lead free, high-performing, authentic Montessori schools that partner with families to help children in diverse communities reach their extraordinary potential intellectually, emotionally, socially, creatively, culturally, and physically, so they can pursue lives full of purpose and joy.

Our lab school campus, Magnolia Montessori For All, opened in East Austin in August 2014 with infants through Lower Elementary, and now serves through Upper Elementary (6th grade).

Our Pillars:

  • Focus on Leadership: We strive to cultivate the leaders of tomorrow. We teach by example and constantly model living with integrity and courage, eagerly learning, appreciating and showing gratitude, demonstrating persistence, excelling, and respecting and helping others and the environment.
  • Education for the Whole Child: We help children grow academically, intellectually, socially, emotionally, culturally, creatively, and physically by providing an authentic Montessori education. This includes multi-age classrooms, engaging hands-on materials, an emphasis on intrinsic motivation, student-led projects, rigor, and learning beyond the classroom that prepares children for high school, college, the 21st century, and lives as leaders in their families and communities.
  • Teachers as Leaders and Innovators: Our teachers are empowered to shape curriculum and school culture, and contribute to ongoing developments in the field of education through research and the dissemination of knowledge.
  • Families as Partners: We partner with families to provide the most nurturing environment to help children grow into their fullest potential so that they can pursue lives full of meaning and joy.
  • Continuous Improvement: We strive for continuous growth through a process of Assessing→Analyzing→Acting. We hold ourselves and others to high expectations, engage in self-reflection, and take personal responsibility for ensuring success for each and every child.
  • Diversity and Teamwork: We believe that children learn best in racially, culturally, and socioeconomically diverse environments so that they are prepared to act as global citizens and leaders. We seek to dismantle segregation and build an anti-bias and anti-racist organization. As such, we commit to working together to create a welcoming and inclusive environment for all members of our diverse community.

OPPORTUNITY

Montessori For All seeks to build a more just and peaceful world by cultivating diverse leaders of the future who find purpose and joy in their own lives and work in partnership with others to do the same. We are honored that you are interested in a position at our organization—an organization that we hope becomes a model for educational transformation across the country. We believe that all of us should pursue professional passions that fill our lives with purpose and joy. We look forward to working with you to uncover whether this position is right for you.

We are currently hiring a Principal for the 2020-21 school year who is a caring, compassionate, equity-oriented leader dedicated toward outcomes with a passion for figuring out how to implement Montessori education in a way that ensures equitable outcomes for all children.

Come share your talents with us, develop your abilities as a national leader of educational transformation, and help us build a movement for educational equity.

“I’ve visited the Austin school twice now, and I think it is really special. I think it’s the most exciting new school in the country right now.”

—Former co-CEO of Teach For America

RESPONSIBILITIES

Our principal inspires, leads, and manages the team to improve outcomes in all the core areas of our school: child development (academically, socially, emotionally, culturally, creatively, and ethically), staff effectiveness and culture, family empowerment and engagement, and operations/compliance/finance in an anti-bias and anti-racist way.

Core Responsibilities

  1. Hire, coach, develop, support, and evaluate teachers: Continuously strengthen teaching and learning by observing and debriefing with 1/3 of the teachers each week and managing the Director of Teaching & Learning to support the other 2/3s.
  2. Manage the Response to Intervention Process for Academics and Behavior: Oversee the Behavioral Response to Intervention process (led by the Director of Student Affairs & Services) and the Academic Response to Intervention process (led by the Director of Teaching & Learning) to ensure that the team is looking at data, understanding root causes, generating strategic next steps, and following through consistently.
  3. Support the Planning and Facilitation of Professional Development: Work with the Director of Teaching & Learning and the Director of Student Affairs & Services to synthesize trends across the school into coherent and cohesive weekly professional development.
  4. Monitor the Effectiveness of Special Programs: Oversee the successful implementation of Special Education (supporting the SPED Coordinator), our English Language Learner program (supporting the ELL Coordinator), and testing (supporting the Testing Coordinator).
  5. Empower and Engage Families: Lead the entire team to work relentlessly to build connection with families across lines of difference, to create a welcoming and inclusive community for all, ensure participation and engagement, and to strengthen the lines of communication.
  6. Monitor Operations/Compliance/Finance: Manage the team to ensure that the operational aspects of the school (for staff, families, and children) work smoothly (led by the Director of Operations & Compliance), ensure we hit attendance and recruitment goals, and keep the school’s operating expenses within budget.

QUALIFICATIONS

Core Competencies

  • Continuous Improvement: Able to stay focused on our goals, identify where we are in relation to the goals, name root causes, generate strategic next steps, and follow through on actions consistently.
  • Working with Others: Works across lines of difference to effectively build relationships, help people feel appreciated and valued, actively coach and manage staff toward outcomes, create a culture that supports courageous conversations, and build trust with families and other stakeholders.
  • Organization & Prioritization: Able to balance competing priorities, make strategic choices, and work efficiently to run the complex organization that is a school.
  • Mission & Culture Fit: Demonstrates a clear understanding of and commitment to our mission of fully implementing Montessori in a way that ensures equitable outcomes for all children. Actively builds and maintains a culture of purpose, joy, integrity, openness to learning and growth, gratitude, persistence, excellence, and caring.

As a start-up charter organization that is serving a diverse group of children and families in an urban setting, we are looking for people who will thrive in our fast-paced, innovative, and often challenging environment. In order to succeed here, candidates must be:

  • Able to persevere in the face of everyday challenges, both big and small
  • Motivated to work in a social justice-oriented organization, which includes reflecting on our own biases and developing a culturally responsive curriculum for our classrooms
  • Mission-driven and prepared to work urgently toward closing the opportunity gap and ending educational inequity through achievement of student outcomes
  • Invested in the Montessori approach to education as truly transformational, both for the child and the world
  • Comfortable interacting with diverse families and have experience with creating a welcoming and inclusive environment for all
  • Passionate about both imagining complex systems and bringing them to fruition and tweaking existing systems to maximize efficiency and user experience
  • Prepared to take on non-traditional lines of work that cut across traditional lines of division
  • Interested in working in a start-up type environment where all hands and minds are on deck to get the job done for children

Organizational Chart

Montessori For All is a national non-profit organization focused on dramatically increasing the number of children who have access to Transformational Education. Here is more information about our national work: http://bit.ly/mfanationalwork. Magnolia Montessori For All is the lab school where we do R&D and codification of key tools, resources, and processes aligned with Transformational Education. The Principal works closely with senior Montessori For All leaders to continue to build and refine the model. Here is a video of our lab school in action: http://bit.ly/magnoliamontessorivideo.

Requirements & Qualifications:

  • Bachelor's degree required
  • Experience managing and driving a school team toward outcomes is required, preferably as a principal or assistant principal
  • Experience building relationships across lines of difference, required
  • PreK-12 school experience, required; Montessori highly preferred but not required
  • Ability to multitask, including prioritizing time for strategic planning while simultaneously responding to urgent and important demands

COMPENSATION AND BENEFITS

Benefits from Working with Our Team & Community:

  • Broadening your impact by being a member of a start-up, national non-profit organization.
  • A family-friendly work environment with onsite childcare (for a fee) and automatic enrollment for children of staff into the infant through 6th grade program (if a spot is available and the cap for staff has not been reached).
  • Comprehensive benefits package.
  • A collaborative, supportive, and joyful team and community.

Our Schedule & Calendar:

  • Children are in school for 185 days. The school year starts three weeks earlier than the local ISD and ends at the same time.
  • Teachers have two weeks of professional development before school starts.
  • The Leadership Team has three weeks off in June.
  • The Leadership Team has a Fall break, Winter break, and a longer Spring Break, in addition to 9 days of accrued vacation/sick leave.
  • The Principal works from at least 7:15am-4:15pm each day.

TO APPLY

Applications must include the submission of a resume and cover letter as a single attachment online at https://bit.ly/39G9EkD. For additional questions about this position or to speak with someone about your interest, please contact Angelica Molero at amolero@edgilityconsulting.com or at 510.575.9635.

Statement of Non-Discrimination:

Montessori For All is committed to a policy of equal treatment and opportunity in every aspect of its relations with its applicants, staff members, and families, without regard to race, color, ethnicity, religion, gender, sexual orientation, national origin, disability, age, marital status, military status, pregnancy, or parenthood. People of diverse backgrounds are strongly encouraged to apply.

Work In Austin

MFA believes that the level of educational innovation in Austin should match its creative and entrepreneurial spirit. There are more than 20 private Montessori schools serving affluent families on the west side of the city, but until MFA opened Magnolia Montessori For All in 2014, there were no public Montessori options and no Montessori schools of any kind in the east. There is still not a single public Montessori school option within the entire Austin Independent School District or the surrounding school districts of Del Valle, Manor, Pflugerville, or Round Rock.

Our neighborhood in East Austin is diverse and in need of quality educational options. 45.6% of people in East Austin live in poverty, compared to 11.1% of people in Austin. Residents of East Austin, 94.8% of whom are Latino or African American, face unemployment rates more than 3x greater than the city average.

Live in Austin

Austin was ranked #1 in U.S. News & World Report’s 2019 Best Places to Live. There are 1,000+ reasons that 50+ people move to Austin each day. Austin is home to:

  • Austin City Limits, SXSW, the Texas Book Festival, and many, many more nationally recognized events. Something special is always happening.
  • 300 parks, abundant trails, and a huge cycling culture. It is consistently ranked one of the fittest cities in America.
  • The most highly educated population in the United States
  • A rapidly growing tech and innovation sector
  • No state or local income tax
  • The highest number of artists and musicians per capita of anywhere in Texas
  • An amazing food scene—food trucks, barbecue, and breakfast tacos, just to name a few!

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