City Garden Montessori School has an immediate opening for an Interim School Principal for the remainder of the 2019-20 school year.

As City Garden embarks on this ambitious growth plan, we’re seeking to hire an Interim Principal for our flagship campus for the second half of our 2019-20 school year (January 6 – June 30, 2020).

The Interim Principal will have the responsibility for planning, advocating for, supporting, implementing, and evaluating all educational activities. The Interim Principal will create a positive, trustworthy, and respectful climate that has consistent expectations for all. The Interim Principal will build relationships, communicate proactively, and promote continual growth while maintaining a student-centered focus.

The ideal Interim Principal candidate will have Montessori credentials in teaching or administration as well as experience in elementary public school administration. Though a separate hiring process will take place for the permanent Principal, the Interim Principal will be considered for the permanent Principal position if desired. The Interim Principal will report directly to City Garden’s Chief Academic Officer (CAO), and will collaborate with City Garden Montessori’s leadership team, faculty and staff to implement the school’s mission and vision.

For a complete description of the position, please follow this LINK.

What It’s Like to Work at City Garden

Our work is a calling. We are implementing a very unique, specialized approach to education. City Garden is also much more than a school–we have a deep commitment to doing “whatever it takes” for our children and families, and we educate our children in the context of an active, vibrant, diverse community. All of this requires a special kind of commitment. Staff must also have a high level of cultural competence, and be committed to constant growth in this area.

Our work requires being coachable, an ongoing desire to learn and a sense of egoless-ness. Our work is not easy. Our guides (teachers) individualize curriculum for every student, and have mixed age groupings. We are constantly aligning Montessori with the Missouri Learning Standards, and we strive to implement the Montessori approach with fidelity while meeting the requirements of teaching in a public school. Administrative and support staff must be able to think “outside the box” and have a relentless commitment to creating new ways of doing things, that lead to equity.

Our work requires flexibility, independence and initiative. We are a young organization; things change fast, and we are still developing programs, systems and structures. We are looking for people who are excited to create, innovate, and constantly learn new things!

Our work is profoundly rewarding!!! Our children love to come to school. They are smart, joyful, funny and engaged, and they love all of the adults at City Garden. We have an incredible community of support beyond our walls, which includes parents, neighborhood residents, other organizations, businesses, foundations, corporations and lots of individuals who believe in us and our mission.

City Garden Montessori School is an equal opportunity employer and an organization that values diversity, equity and inclusion. Recruiting staff to create an inclusive organization is a priority, and they encourage applicants from all cultures, races, ethnicities, religions, sexes, national or regional origins, ages, disability status, sexual orientations, gender identities, military or veteran status, or other statuses protected by law. All candidates are evaluated solely on their qualifications to perform the work required.