We're excited to share that our sister school in Chicago will be launching in September and we're now recruiting for an experienced Founding Head of School to lead the team!

Polis Chicago | Montessori World School will officially open in the Fall of 2017 as an internationally-minded, Mandarin immersion Montessori school. At Polis Chicago, we prepare, support, and advocate for lives fully lived through an AMI approach to Montessori education. Polis Chicago is a project of Higher Ground Education, an organization brimming with passionate Montessorians and education entrepreneurs committed to revolutionizing education by bringing Montessori to the mainstream! 

In many ways, Chicago represents symbolically the ultimate prepared environment for a life fully lived. It is the place where humans can not only flourish, but drain every drop of fuel from life and rocket into the future. At Polis Chicago we create environments for global citizens to thrive and flourish.

Our school will serve toddler through upper elementary (1.5 - 12  years old) in both english-speaking and Mandarin-immersion environments. Our school is located in a beautiful, historic property in the neighborhood of Lincoln Park. Our school is chock full of special details including intricate moldings, high ceilings and large, light-filled rooms.

In addition to having a unique and special location, we also have a talented in-house team of AMI-trained Montessori Mentors who will be available to provide on-going training and professional development for your team. 

We offer competitive salaries, a generous tuition discount for up two children at our school, and health, dental, and vision insurance.

We're looking for an experienced Head of School to join our team no later than Summer 2017 to lead the opening of this school.

The Montessori Head of School is responsible for providing strong leadership to the entire campus team. The Montessori Head of School ensures that the school provides a high-quality learning experience for children, exceptional customer service to parents, and a supportive, collaborative work environment for staff. Responsibilities include, but are not limited to: developing a strategic plan for the campus, creating a strong culture on campus that embodies the mission of our organization, building a strong community with staff, parents, and children, ensuring overall profitability targets are met (including managing campus budget), working with the Asst. Campus Director to ensure enrollment targets are met, hiring/managing teaching staff, leveraging academic support staff to develop and train teachers, resolving challenging student/parent issues, and more.

Because we are a privately-held school, this role does not include fundraising nor working with a Board of Directors!

Minimum Requirements:

  • A Montessori diploma
  • A bachelor's degree
  • 5+ years of experience as a Head of School or Director of a Montessori program
  • 2+ years of experience managing a profit and loss statement
  • 2+ years of experience teaching
  • Exceptional written and verbal communication skills
  • An aptitude for creating a warm and benevolent team culture

We'd prefer you over other candidates if you have:

  • An AMI Montessori diploma
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