Junior High School Director (Division Head)

School & Position Overview:

With 270 students total, and 55 in the Junior High program alone, sought after graduates, over fifty years educating Bay Area children and teens, and located on two bustling, beautiful campuses in Corte Madera and San Rafael, Marin Montessori School is seeking an outstanding educator and leader to head the Junior High program and join our vibrant school community.

A senior administrative position, the Junior High Director works closely and collaboratively with a dynamic, high functioning ten-person faculty team, Farm Manager, the Head of School, program directors, and other administrators. Our shared goal is clear: to continue to cultivate a world class Montessori adolescent program for middle school aged children (12-15 years old), and community from which students emerge deeply passionate about learning, self-aware, socially and emotionally intelligent, and well prepared to transition successfully as independent young adults into high school and beyond.

This is an especially thrilling time to join Marin Montessori, a school with recognized accreditations from both AMI (Association Montessori International) and CAIS (California Association of Independent Schools). With recent articles in the Wall Street Journal and Harvard Business Review touting the benefits of a Montessori education, along with the knowledge that students from our Junior High program are thriving and matriculating to outstanding high schools, Bay Area families are increasingly interested in making MMS their long-term school.

Position Summary:

The Junior High Director ensures outstanding teaching and learning in each class offering—characterized by interdisciplinary, experiential, social-emotional, and project and place-based learning. The Director leads the cultivation of an inclusive and safe community culture, and generates and sustains trust in and enthusiasm for MMS with current and prospective families.

Education Requirement: Bachelor’s degree, Master’s preferred

Start Date: July 2019


The successful candidate will be:

High Functioning:

  • Skillful in managing the multi-faceted, fluid needs of the day-to-day operations of the program, along with other administrative and long-term strategic visioning, planning and implementation needs
  • Highly organized, detail oriented, punctual, and with a demonstrated track record of independently managing and meeting deadlines
  • Fully reliable: does what s/he says, and says what s/he does
  • Superlative writer, discussion facilitator, and public speaker

High Integrity

  • Inspires self and others to continually strive for excellence, possessing the vision, empathy, and humor needed to make the hard work energizing and unifying
  • Maturely self-possessed and self-aware: doing what is right for the school and students is key source of satisfaction (rather than adoration from or popularity with students, faculty, or families)
  • Direct communicator: eschews gossip, triangulating, and “venting,” and models direct, compassionate, forward-looking communication and problem solving
  • “Radical Ownership” attitude: takes full responsibility and actively and resiliently strives to affect positive change, regardless of the level of challenge; resonates with the motto, “Don’t blame the world; find a solution.”
  • Rock solid inner-ethical compass and core; habitually honest

High Warmth

  • Infectious enthusiasm for education, and for the foibles, fun and potentials of young adolescents
  • Compassionate and patient with parental anxieties, without over-indulging entitled parental behaviors
  • Exceptionally positive interpersonal and communication skills, including mature conflict resolution capacities, a generally optimistic attitude, and a strong capacity to create warm connections with others
  • Emotionally intelligent, with the ability to convey a non-anxious presence and access both vulnerability and strong, decisive leadership to connect and inspire
  • Transparent with motivations and thinking. Confident, not arrogant. Humble, not meek. Inclusive and kind to all

High Process-Oriented

  • Skillful in collaborating with colleagues through inclusive, thoughtful, and consistent processes, while also knowing when his or her decisiveness is called for—even should the decisions be unpopular
  • Systems thinker: can identify root causes of challenges and smart strategies for creating systemic improvements and solutions
  • Powerfully “growth mindset” oriented in all s/he does


Key Responsibilities:

  • Ensure that faculty have the tools and skills required to deliver the highest quality learning experience for students
  • Support continued cross-curricular programming opportunities, weaving robust academic learning with land based experiences and projects on our acre farm, gardens, and apiary
  • Take an active interest in parent perceptions, questions and concerns. Proactively address these with the goals of positive parent relationships and faculty’s trust and agency
  • Support Admissions in attracting, admitting, and retaining mission-appropriate families and students
  • Manage operations at the Junior High, including but not limited to Learning Support Services, schedule, Creative Expression and Physical Education specialists, and class offerings
  • Serve as a pedagogical ambassador: In writing and speech communicate effectively the value and rationale of a Montessori adolescent education in the 21st century
  • Ensure students are well prepared for high school and support students, families, teachers and High School Consultant in the high school admissions process
  • Work closely with the Head of School in planning and executing strategic initiatives


Required Qualifications:

  • Rich experience teaching and working closely with young adolescents and their families
  • Experience observing, coaching, and evaluating teachers toward continued growth
  • Experience successfully leading teams
  • Experience developing and managing program-level budgets
  • Even-keeled, mature, responsive temperament to model steadiness for the highly energetic adolescent community, busy faculty, and sometimes anxious parents
  • Passion for and experience with interdisciplinary, experiential, place-based educational models
  • Ability to prioritize and manage multiple tasks within a variety of demands
  • Discretion and candor, and unquestionable ability to maintain confidentiality and act ethically and professionally
  • Supervisory experience
  • Growth mindset: a love of brainstorming ideas, collaborating, learning through feedback, always striving for excellence and growth
  • Must be able to lift and carry 25 pounds
  • Must have a clean driving record

Preferred Qualifications:

  • Certificate of Completion of the AMI/NAMTA Orientation to Adolescent Studies
  • California Secondary teaching credential

Montessori Background:

MMS is committed to authentic Montessori education. If the ideal candidate is not Montessori trained, she or he will need a depth of passion for and experience with experiential education and adolescents, and an interest in and commitment to the further study of Montessori adolescent pedagogy.

Salary and Hours:

This is an exempt, full-time administrative position. Start date is July 2019. The salary and benefits package is very competitive.

Marin Montessori School is an Equal Opportunity Employer.

Applicants shall not be discriminated against because of age, ancestry, color, religious creed, denial of Family and Medical Care Leave, disability (mental and physical), marital, familial or parental status, medical condition, genetic information, military and Veteran status, national origin (including language use restrictions), race, sex (which includes pregnancy, childbirth, breastfeeding and medical conditions related to pregnancy, childbirth or breastfeeding), gender, gender identity, and gender expression, political affiliation or sexual orientation.


How to Apply:

This search is being led by CalWest Educators Placement. To be fully considered for this opening, upload your resume and cover letter here: https://calwestlogin.com/apply. If you are a current CalWest Candidate, you do not need to re-apply. Instead, please notify CalWest of your interest, via an email to: mysearch@CalWestEducators.com