Head of School | Rochester Montessori School

Carney, Sandoe & Associates
June 17, 2020
Job Type
Street Address
5099 7th St NW


Rochester, MN 55901

Head of School


Located in what is often called one of America’s most livable cities, Rochester Montessori School (RMS) is poised for an exciting future. Students range in age from 18-months-to 8th grade. Committed to Montessori principles throughout, RMS also introduces the International Baccalaureate (IB) Middle Years Programme in grade six. IB brings an exciting world-mindedness to an already culturally diverse student body. Indeed, RMS has seen a wonderful educational flow from Montessori into IB. The success of RMS middle schoolers in the many high schools to which they matriculate, is proof of the wonderful education they receive.

Best known as home to the Mayo Clinic, Rochester, Minnesota attracts the highly educated, progressive families who find just what they are looking for in Montessori and IB education.

Having just celebrated its 50th anniversary, the school has tremendous potential. It seeks a Head of School to begin July 1, 2021 to lead the school into its next 50 years with vision, excitement, love of children, and a commitment to make the school all that it can be.


Among the skills and personal attributes desirable in candidates are:

  • A passion for children and experience with the 18 months through eighth grade age ranges.
  • Familiarity with Montessori education, or a commitment to become fully educated about Montessori.
  • A bridge-builder skilled in uniting community by knitting together all constituencies around a common child-focused vision. Ability to set a “tone at the top” of warmth, inclusivity, collaboration, collegiality, mutual respect, and a sense of common purpose.
  • Experience with the “business-side” aspects of school leadership including finance, marketing, fundraising, and working with a board.
  • A track record of successful hiring, evaluating, supporting, and developing excellent teachers and staff.
  • A passion for diversity and multi-culturalism both in the demographics of the school population and being integral to the school program.
  • An inclusive and collaborative leader who also can be decisive and consistent and can instill a culture of accountability.
  • A charismatic face of the school who can tell the RMS “story” externally in clear and compelling ways, to both build enrollment and further cement RMS as a treasure of the greater RMS community.

The complete position description can be found at https://www.carneysandoe.com/assets/RMS-6.10.pdf

Interested and qualified candidates should submit electronically in one email and as separate documents (preferably PDFs) the following materials:

  • A cover letter expressing their interest in this particular position
  • A current résumé
  • A list of five professional references with name, phone number, and email address of each (references will not be contacted without the candidate’s permission)

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