Director of Growth / Development – Montessori For All – Austin, TX

We are hiring a Director of Growth & Development to lead our expansion efforts in Austin, San Antonio, and beyond.

Dear Potential Member of Our Team & Community,

We are honored that you are interested in a position as a founding member of our national charter management organization. We believe that all of us should pursue professional passions that fill our lives with meaning and joy. We are hiring a Director of Growth & Development to lead our expansion efforts in Austin, San Antonio, and beyond. We look forward to working together to uncover whether this position is right for you.

About Us:

Education in our country is at a crossroads. Education reformers of the past twenty years have changed the conversation and proven that all children can learn, regardless of race, socioeconomic status, or other factors. As a movement, we need to continue to develop our models in ways that prepare children for college, a future workplace we can only begin to imagine, as well as life as leaders in their families and communities. Children need to acquire the habits, skills, and mindsets that align with success, such as executive functioning, critical-thinking, problem-solving, and collaboration—alongside rigorous academics.

Montessori schools have been cultivating leaders with these traits for more than a century through hands-on learning, multi-age classrooms, and embedded social and emotional learning. In our country, there are more than 5,000 private Montessori schools serving families who can afford it.

Montessori For All seeks to make Montessori education accessible to all families, regardless of income.

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 that they can pursue lives full of meaning and joy.

In doing so, we aspire to contribute to the national public Montessori movement by maintaining the principles that make Montessori education so meaningful while simultaneously becoming more culturally-responsive and accountable for ensuring success for every child.

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, creatively, culturally, ethically, and physically by providing an authentic Montessori education that includes multi-age classrooms, engaging hands-on materials, an emphasis on intrinsic motivation, student-led projects, dual-language development, personalized instruction, rigor, and learning beyond the classroom that prepares children for high school, college, 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 AssessingàAnalyzingàActing. 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 socio-economically diverse environments, so that they are prepared to act as global citizens and leaders. As such, we commit to working together to create a welcoming and inclusive environment for all members of our diverse community.

Our Theory of Change

Montessori For All has a four-pronged approach to change in order to increase the number of children who have access to truly transformational educational options:

Opening high-performing, authentic, public Montessori charter schools in diverse communities across the country as the first national Montessori Charter Management Organization (CMO) and the first CMO incubated in Austin
Codifying a comprehensive “whole child” curriculum based on individualized and mastery-based instruction that can be adopted by other programs
Creating teacher-training centers to increase the availability and improve the effectiveness of public Montessori teachers
Partnering with school districts and the public sector to assist in the development of public Montessori programs

Director of Growth & Development Responsibilities:

Our flagship campus, Magnolia Montessori For All, opened in East Austin in August 2014 with 3 year olds through 3rd grade and will grow by one grade each year until 8th grade. Our second campus, Redbud Montessori For All, is on track to open in San Antonio in August 2017. National expansion will begin in 2018.

We are hiring a Director of Growth & Development to lead our expansion efforts in Austin, into San Antonio, and beyond by building community-level investment and the funding base required to support the expansion.

Our Ideal Candidate:

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:

A self-starter, able to envision and execute projects from start to finish
Able to work collaboratively with colleagues
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 racial biases and developing a culturally responsive approach within our schools
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

Goals & Outcomes

The Director of Growth & Development will be responsible for managing the organization’s effort to:

Raise $5 million primarily from private donors in Austin by June 2017 to support the organization’s capital campaign, with support from the Leadership Team
Raise $3 million from foundations, private donors, and grants by June 2017 to start Redbud Montessori For All in San Antonio, with support from the Leadership Team
Recruit principal and teacher candidates to build Redbud Montessori For All
Collaborate with and manage others to create and execute a strategic plan for national expansion

The Director of Growth & Development will be responsible for laying a solid foundation for Redbud Montessori For All by ensuring that:

At least 350 families apply for 300 spots.
In year one, we serve at least 55% low-income families.
Our student body is at least 25% Latino and 25% Black.
At least 100% of our teachers are AMI- or AMS-certified (with the remainder working toward certification within a year).
Teachers average at least an 85% on the application process.
At least 50% of our leads, associates, and assistants are fluent in Spanish.
We execute a consistent communications strategy, including monthly e-newsletters and weekly Facebook updates.
We create a San Antonio-based advisory board that is diverse, resourceful, efficient, and effective.

Our Schedule & Calendar:

The Montessori For All central office is located in Austin, TX. This position will require travel to San Antonio in the first couple years and other locations as we open new schools. Travel is estimated to be approximately 20-30%.
All Central Office staff members have a Fall break (8 days), Winter break (10 days), and a Spring Break (8 days), in addition to accruable vacation/sick leave.

Benefits from Working with Our Team & Community:

Broadening your impact by being a founding member of a national Charter Management Organization.
Participation in a culture of continuous improvement and growth that uses goal-setting, reflection, and collaboration to cultivate the knowledge, skills, and mindsets necessary for success.
Opportunities to assume new leadership roles as we expand nationally.
A family-friendly work environment with onsite childcare (for a fee) and automatic enrollment for children of staff into the pre-K3 through 8th grade program.
Generous vacation time.
Comprehensive benefits package.
A collaborative, supportive, and joyful team and community.

Requirements & Qualifications:

Experience managing and driving a team toward outcomes, required
Experience interacting with diverse stakeholders, required
At least five years of experience in non-profit management, preferred
Ability to multitask, including prioritizing time for strategic planning while simultaneously responding to urgent and important demands

How to apply

Application Process:

Step One:Submit an application that includes the following components:
Resume
Cover letter
Notes: Please submit the resume and cover letter as a single attachment. E-mail it to hello@montessoriforall.org with the subject line: YOUR-LAST-NAME – Director of Growth & Development
Step Two: Selected candidates will be invited to complete a Performance Task.
Step Three: Upon completion of the semifinal round, selected candidates will be invited to interview with the Selection Committee.
Final Verification: Reference check.

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.