Madison Community Montessori School (MCMS) is seeking a new Head of School. With a talented and dedicated faculty and staff, MCMS has been providing children in the Madison area with an authentic AMI Montessori experience and exceptional education for 49 years. MCMS operates a nearly 22,000 square-foot Montessori facility on over 2 acres just outside Madison, Wisconsin, the state capital and home to the University of Wisconsin. In this beautiful setting, roughly 160 students, toddlers through adolescents, eagerly arrive to make choices reflecting their interests and curiosities. The Madison area is known for its numerous cultural and recreational opportunities, and both Madison and Middleton are consistently ranked as top communities in which to live, work, play and raise a family.
MCMS welcomes the fresh insights of its next leader who will have the opportunity to further the school’s mission of respecting children and their natural joy of discovery. With a thorough understanding of the competitive landscape in which the school is positioned, the new head of school will bring leadership and focus on increasing school enrollment with special attention to the upper levels. The new head of school will empower staff to creatively apply new experiences both inside and outside the classroom while at the same time, ensuring all programs continue to offer authentic AMI experiences.
MCMS’s next head of school shall possess a Master’s degree in education or a related field and a background in or commitment to Montessori education. AMI certification and a minimum of three years experience in non-profit or business leadership is preferred.
• A Master’s degree in education or a related field; Background in or
commitment to Montessori education is required.
• AMI Montessori certification is preferred.
• A minimum of 3 years experience in non-profit or business leadership
• The new head of school will continue the collaborative work of engaging
the community, including faculty and staff, parents, and the Board
of Trustees to fulfill the MCMS vision by implementing the school’s
strategic plan and determining readiness for a larger scale
• With a thorough understanding of the competitive landscape in which
the school is positioned, the new head of school will bring leadership
and focus to increasing school enrollment, with special attention to
retention at the upper levels.
• Leveraging the rich resources available to private school administrators
including ISM and NAIS as well as employing consensus-building
processes, the new head of school will assess staff and faculty culture,
striving for continuous engagement. The new head of school will
also empower staff to creatively apply new experiences both inside and
outside the classroom while at the same time, ensuring all programs
continue to offer authentic AMI Montessori experiences.
• The new head of school will work to engage the community beyond
MCMS walls and foster inclusion by actively seeking a diverse faculty and
• Additionally, the head of school will create and sustain a community
where faculty and staff, students, and parents find a sense of belonging.
• A team builder who attracts, develops, and empowers talent;
championing professional development and providing resources for
faculty and staff to succeed.
• A strategic, forward-thinking individual who can collaboratively lead the
community in realizing its vision and executing its strategic plan.
• A leader with business acumen and a solid understanding of
independent school financial management. This individual must be
resourceful in ensuring the school maintains its financial stability.
• A self-starter with a high degree of technical proficiency to effectively
maintain and improve upon the school’s systems and ensure safe,
pandemic appropriate operations.
• A visible leader who embraces Montessori at all levels, the school’s
mission, history, and traditions and communicates and connects with
members of the school community. The next head of school will have
a passion for Montessori and will enjoy being among students as well as
• An approachable leader who builds relationships by seeking input,
truly listening to various constituency groups, and understanding the
importance of open and direct communication.
• A leader who would be comfortable and excited to live in the Madison
area, enjoying all the community has to offer