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Head of School (Early Childhood Education Director)

Guidepost Montessori
Ashburn, VA
  • Expired: September 14, 2022. Applications are no longer accepted.
We're now hiring an experienced leader to join our growing team as Head of School at Guidepost Montessori Ashburn Village.

The Head of School Position

We are looking for a leader who shares our passion for the Montessori method and has the talent and perseverance required to quickly grow enrollment, attract and retain great staff, build a strong parent community, and ensure the educational experience for each child in every classroom is of the highest standard. As the Head of School, you'll be responsible for providing leadership to the entire campus team.

Responsibilities include, but are not limited to:
  • Developing a strategic plan for the campus
  • Creating a strong culture that embodies the mission of our organization
  • Building a strong community among staff, parents, and children
  • Ensuring delivery of an exceptional program
  • Ensuring overall profitability targets are met (including managing campus budget)
  • Working with the Assistant Head of School to ensure enrollment targets are met
  • Hiring, supporting, developing, and managing teaching staff

What we offer:
  • The largest network of Montessori schools across the US, connecting you to supportive peers and mentors who regularly share best practices
  • A competitive salary + opportunity to earn a quarterly bonus.
  • Health, dental, and vision insurance
  • 20 days of paid time off and 11 paid holidays
  • 100% tuition discount for two children at any school within our network (we serve children 3 months through 12th grade)
  • The opportunity to contribute to a high-quality educational program that serves the individual needs of each child
  • Because we are a private, for-profit organization, this role does not require fundraising nor managing a Board of Directors!

We'd love to talk with you if you possess:
  • Early childhood education, preschool, or private school leadership experience
    • specifically you've obtained a minimum of 6+ months managerial experience orienting, training, and scheduling team members
  • VA Director Qualifications:
    • A Bachelor's degree in a child-related field and one year of programmatic experience
    • A Master's degree in a child-related field and 6 months of programmatic experience
    • A certification of qualification from an internationally or nationally recognized Montessori organization and 2 years of programmatic experience
    • through a combination of other specific education and programmatic requirements.
  • Strong organizational skills and attention to detail with a focus on results
  • Exceptional written and verbal communication skills
  • An aptitude for creating a warm and benevolent team culture
  • Strong leadership and the ability to make the tough decisions with limited information
  • A desire to thoughtfully offer education using the Montessori pedagogy, developing a child's natural interest and supporting his or her autonomy.
  • Experience teaching within a early childhood education setting

We will prefer you over other candidates if you have:
  • Strong operations experience in a educational setting.
  • Experience teaching within a early childhood education setting
  • Experience as an Admissions, Administrative, Program or School Director for a preschool
  • Familiarity with the Montessori method of education or a Montessori certification

Guidepost Montessori is a community of educators who are driven by a deep desire to bring about widespread change in education today. We believe that the traditional method of education used in most schools is antiquated, outdated, and broken. To meet the needs of today's students and to bring about true progress in the world around us, we need an education model that fosters independence and develops competent, capable, action-oriented thinkers and change agents. To that end, we are committed to dramatically increasing the amount of high-fidelity, authentic Montessori programs, not only in the U.S., but around the globe!

Guidepost Montessori is a project of Higher Ground Education. You can learn more about our mission by visiting


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