Reports To: Head of School
Full-Time, Extended School Year Position
Start Date: August 2018
Austin Montessori School seeks an Elementary Coordinator. The Elementary Coordinator is responsible for support and oversight of all areas of the elementary program and Cosmic Education. This position requires an adept leader with the ability to manage multiple responsibilities and build positive, supportive rapport among team members.
How to apply: Please send cover letter and CV with three professional references to firstname.lastname@example.org
Required Education and Experience
- A bachelor’s degree, AMI Elementary diploma, and at least 6 years of experience as an elementary guide in an AMI elementary environment. Administrative experience preferred.
- Excellent interpersonal skills
- Articulate, professional demeanor with strong self-confidence and initiative
- Self-starter: a highly motivated, self-directed team player
- A good understanding of child development and parenting issues
- The ability to serve as an articulate spokesperson for Austin Montessori School and Montessori education in general
- Respects confidentiality
- Critical thinking and ability to exercise excellent judgment in decision-making
- Ability to be flexible and adapt to changing priorities
- Ability to manage time, prioritize tasks, and meet deadlines
- Ability to multitask and attend to several responsibilities at the same time
- Attentive to detail: able to manage data, records, and administrative procedure and process
- Proven written and verbal communication skills
- Strong organizational and planning skills
Function of Role
The Elementary Level Coordinator (ELC) reports directly to the Head of School. In the absence of the Head of School, the ELC will make decisions regarding the elementary program generally belonging to the Head. The ELC assists the Head in all areas related to the quality of the elementary education program. These areas include programs, personnel, environment, finance, and administrative functions.
- Oversee all areas of the elementary program and Cosmic Education, including the review of lesson planning, record-keeping, attendance records, Going Out records, children’s developmental progress and portfolios.
- Observe each classroom a minimum of twice each month and more often as needed. Provide observations and consultation to the elementary guides soon after each observation.
- Observe the overall quantity and quality of the children’s work in each community. Assist the guides in reflecting on, planning for, and implementing continuous improvement of their practice of presenting Cosmic Education.
- Provide support/training to teachers regarding individual students’ needs, individual teacher classroom issues, and general instructional approaches.
- Engage in ongoing classroom observations and visitations to remain familiar with the work in each classroom.
- Work and meet with the elementary faculty and staff on development and renewal, to include goal setting, and evaluation using AMS support services.
- Provide aid, support, and guidance to faculty and staff as necessary.
- Schedule and facilitate elementary guide meetings and support staff meetings. Provide brief minutes to the Head of all facilitated meetings.
- Mentor guides with the refinement of techniques and implementation of the Montessori approach in the classroom environments and the school at large.
- Meet with guides throughout the year to discuss observations and other important issues.
- Plan and facilitate the transition of children moving up from children’s house to early elementary, early elementary to upper elementary, and from upper elementary to middle school.
- Foster and develop a sense of team spirit and camaraderie among the elementary faculty, staff and specialists.
- Participate in parent conferences or special conferences as necessary. Prepare brief summaries of those conferences for the parties involved and the Head of School.
- Oversee community parent gatherings.
- Hold regular guide team meetings.
- Substitute in the elementary communities as needed.
Austin Montessori School’s Mission
The mission of Austin Montessori School is to guide the intellectual and character development of each child along a path towards his full and unknown potential. We strive to cultivate compassion and respect, independence and belonging, and freedom and self-discipline, in rich academic and social environments that are designed for each plane of development and honor the complementary needs of the individual and the group. We value an educational setting that is inclusive and recognizes the authentic nature of the child and nurtures a reverence for the organic order of the universe.
Through parent and staff education, we work to develop a school and family culture that preserves and protects a healthy childhood. Our aim is to serve children possessing an ample range of temperaments and a variety of learning styles and rates. At the same time we seek to avoid pathologizing and labeling the normal range of children’s behaviors and differences in learning. We are dedicated to Montessori’s mission of world peace through human development.
About Austin Montessori School:
Established in 1967 by Donna Bryant Goertz, (author of Children Who Are Not Yet Peaceful) Austin Montessori School is one of the oldest accredited Association Montessori Internationale institutions in the Austin area. We currently have over 360 students, ages 1 ½ -15 years, with two Assistance to Infancy classes, six Children’s Houses, three lower elementary classes, two upper elementary classes, and an Adolescent Community. Austin Montessori School’s main campus is well established and located on 7 beautiful acres in southwest Austin, Texas. In addition to our main campus in southwest Austin, we also have a campus in north Austin and a three-acre Adolescent Community campus near our main campus in southwest Austin.
The school boasts well-equipped classrooms and offers supportive and collaborative leadership that fosters professional and personal growth of teachers and staff. We employ a very dedicated and experienced staff and offer competitive salaries and a comprehensive benefits package, including health and dental insurance, retirement, and a plethora of staff development opportunities. Salary is commensurate with experience.
Austin is nestled among the rolling hills and lakes of Central Texas, the seat of state government, an educational hub with seven area universities and an entertainment complex that includes the best of live music, the arts and all the fun of the great outdoors. Bumper stickers everywhere make the plea to “Keep Austin Weird.” We show up on just about every national list of “greatest places” – to live, to do business, to raise a family, to hear music, to bump into somebody famous who just wants to be happy and blend in. It all stands true; Austin is an inspired destination where the distinction between work and play is gratefully not always obvious. People come here by choice, and you pretty much never run into anyone who wants to leave.
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Austin Montessori School is an equal opportunity employer. The School is committed to providing equal opportunity to all of its staff and applicants for employment. Our policy is to hire, train and promote all of its staff, and to administer all personnel policies, without regard to the race, color, religion, national origin, citizenship, age, sex, sexual preference, marital status, or disability of qualified staff members, or any other basis prohibited by applicable federal, state, or local civil rights laws.