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10 Feb 2020

Principal or Vice Principal Director/Principal

Montessori @ Highland Park
 Chattanooga, Hamilton County, Tennessee, United States

Job Description

Role Purpose

The CEO delegates the Director/Principal the responsibility for managing all operations of the school.


• Ability to perform the responsibilities of the Director/Principal as outlined

• Position requires a minimum of a college degree in Education

• Required educational training in Montessori Methodology

• Passes criminal background check

• Previous work experience as a Montessori Teacher or in Montessori Education required

• Previous managerial/administrative experience, preferably in Montessori Education

• Demonstrate leadership, strong interpersonal skills, be an effective communicator and motivator, exhibit strong critical thinking and problem-solving skills


  • Provide Professional Leadership for the School.
  • Articulate the school’s mission to all constituents (students, families, staff, and community).
  • Be visible and accessible to members of the school community as well as the community outside our school. Greet families on a regular basis, attend parent education meetings, be an energetic and positive voice in community functions, etc.
  • Assist the CEO in developing long-range and strategic plans.
  • Work with the staff to develop programs in accordance with the mission of the school.
  • Manage All School Operations in Accordance with Policies Set by the CEO.
  • Assume responsibility for hiring, scheduling, supervision, and dismissal of all staff. Provide an ongoing program for professional development.
  • Administer the operating budget and be accountable to the Founder for effective business management.
  • Prepare annual budget, including recommendations for additions or changes in personnel, facilities, and programs.
  • Oversee admission of students and, in consultation with teaching staff, make final decisions regarding disciplinary action or dismissal.
  • Manage and organize the accommodation efficiently and effectively to ensure it meets the needs of the curriculum, the school community and health and safety regulations.
  • Manage, monitor and review the range, quality and use of all available resources in order to improve the quality of education, improve children’s’ achievements, ensure efficiency.
  • Continue to maintain an environment that promotes and secures good teaching, effective learning, high standards of achievement and good behavior in accordance with our policy.
  • Organize, implement and monitor the curriculum and its assessment and ensure that it complies with the approved Montessori Curriculum.
  • Ensure that children develop study skills in order to learn more effectively and with increasing independence.
  • Determine, organize and implement a policy for the personal, social and moral development of pupils.
  • Monitor and evaluate the quality of teaching and learning and standards of achievement of the children in the school through appropriate methods, particularly that of Montessori observation techniques.
  • Determine and implement policies which promote:
    a) positive strategies for developing good race relations and dealing with racial incidents.
    b) Equality of access.
  • Determine and implement positive strategies and programs which ensure good pupil behavior and self-discipline and give support and clear guidance on what would constitute exclusion.
  • Continue to maintain an effective partnership with parents and the wider community to support and improve children’s achievement and personal development.
  • Promote extra-curricular activities in accordance with the Montessori educational aims.
  • Evaluate the Operations of the School
  • Conduct annual evaluations of all staff. After evaluations, develop and implement follow up plans if needed.
  • Oversee student evaluation and assessment.
  • Review operations to ensure compliance with requirements of all regulatory and accrediting bodies. Seek outside consultation if needed.
  • Provide leadership for ongoing program evaluation. Observe all classes regularly.
  • Meet monthly with all staff as a group. Meet with individual staff or teaching teams on a regular basis.Note: This is not a complete list of role and responsibilities. The board reserves the right to revise the job as circumstances change (emergencies, changes in personnel, workload, and technological developments).

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Bureaus: Tennessee. Job Categories: Full-Time. Job Types: Principal or Vice Principal. Job Tags: charter, director, elementary, Montessori, and principal.