About Arlington Montessori House
Located in Arlington, Virginia right outside Washington, DC, Arlington Montessori House (AMH) is a highly respected, AMI-recognized Montessori school serving children ages 2½ through 6. Established as a non-profit in 1991, the school is comprised of two charming, adjacent houses, complemented by a spacious playground and garden. Nestled in the heart of vibrant Arlington, AMH is a calm sanctuary for the development of the whole child.
Their small community encourages deep partnerships between school and family, with both working together for the benefit of the children. AMH is a practicing Montessori environment in which everyone is respected, valued, engaged, and challenged. A deep appreciation for authentic Montessori education is woven through the fabric of the entire community, resulting in thriving children, compassionate and dedicated staff, and engaged and supportive parents.
In its 30th year, AMH is managing both in-person and distance learning through the pandemic. In the near future, AMH has significant plans for expansion, driven by internal demand as well the needs of the local community. Expansion plans include facility expansion, new classrooms, and introducing a toddler program.
For more information about Arlington Montessori House, its programs and Montessori education, please visit the AMH website.
We are a community committed to helping each of our children and families realize the full benefit of a complete Montessori experience that meets the needs of the whole child. We recognize that a partnership between home and school is a critical part of the successful development of children.
Arlington Montessori House is an Association Montessori Internationale (AMI) recognized school upholding the highest standards of Montessori education, at the heart of which is our understanding of the nature of the child. In true Montessori spirit, we are welcoming, inclusive, and diverse. By involving our entire community – children, families, and staff – we guide the children in self-discovery, helping instill in them respect, compassion, and a desire to become responsible citizens of the world.
Head of School Profile
Collaborative Leader – Compassionate Communicator – Creative Problem Solver
The next Head of School at AMH will be a true embodiment of Montessori philosophy, meeting each member of the community where they are, and fostering an environment of grace and courtesy for both children and adults. They will be a dynamic and collaborative leader who understands how to build trust, delegates wisely, and models the behaviors and actions that reflect the values of AMH. As both mentor and manager, they must balance flexibility and compassion with the ability to make tough decisions in the best interest of the school.
The ideal candidate is a creative problem solver and strong communicator with leadership, operational, budgeting, and team-building experience. They must be adept at harmoniously managing the needs of the different community stakeholders.
A Collaborative Leader, adept at:
- Nurturing a model Montessori community that supports the whole child and beyond.
- Resolving complex issues as they arise, through listening, troubleshooting, guiding, and clarifying school policies and procedures.
- Managing many different stakeholders with conflicting priorities, aligning the various perspectives, and leading the group to consensus.
- Integrating new members of the community (children, parents and staff) into the whole; honoring the uniqueness of each member while helping them feel that they are a part of something larger.
- Building trust and a sense of belonging with staff and the greater community and ensuring everyone feels heard, respected, empowered and valued.
- Developing human potential through guidance, training and support so staff know what they are being asked to do and have the skills to do it.
A Compassionate Communicator, skilled at:
- Negotiating difficult discussions in a compassionate way.
- Ensuring relevant communications happen in a timely and effective manner, both internally with the staff and externally with parents and the broader school community.
- Clearly articulating the mission and vision of AMH, differentiating it from other area Montessori programs as well as the highly regarded public school system.
- Community outreach, both locally as well as on the wider Montessori stage, in order to enhance the status and reputation of AMH.
- Interacting with a high degree of emotional intelligence, diplomacy, and tact, while respecting and strengthening organizational culture.
A Creative Problem Solver, gifted at:
- Sustaining and elevating AMH operational management to support the long-term evolution of the school.
- Optimizing facilities to support the AMH experience, considering needs, desires, and expansion as opportunities arise.
- Managing and overseeing the budget in a fiscally responsible fashion, while creatively achieving the goals of the school.
- Working in collaboration with the parent cooperative to oversee joint operations, such as fundraising, communications, facilities, and events.
- Managing personnel, hiring, evaluations, and staffing, within correct county, state, and federal guidelines.
- Tracking and complying with extensive and ever-changing licensing regulations.
- Overseeing and maintaining a safe, orderly environment for adults and children.
The next Head of School at AMH will expand and enhance each family’s Montessori school experience to sustain program excellence through Montessori principles. The school has clearly articulated goals, including an unwavering commitment to authentic AMI Montessori education. This presents the new Head with a unique opportunity to use their particular gifts and talents to guide the vision, while operating within an extremely supportive parent community.
The new Head will be managing a school that typically can serve 56 children through two primary classrooms with 8 full-time and 1 part-time staff. Under current conditions, the school is operating with a capacity of 46 students supported by 9 full-time staff and 3 part-time consultants. An experienced administrative team provides strong operational support. The Head of School reports to the Board of Directors, whose primary responsibilities are strategic planning and hiring the Head of School to run the daily operations of AMH. The parent cooperative provides additional assistance to the school, including event planning, facilities maintenance, and fundraising help.
Compensation includes competitive salary, annual bonuses, generous vacation and sick leave, health and retirement benefits, and training opportunities (on-site and conferences). Additionally, there will be a supportive onboarding process throughout the first year to ensure the new Head’s success.
- Three to five years of leadership experience, including team-building, strongly preferred.
- Demonstrated commitment to Montessori philosophy and pedagogy, with preference for AMS or AMI training
- B.A. at a minimum with preference for advanced degrees in education or a related field.
How to Apply
Candidates interested in this position are asked to submit the following documents as soon as possible:
- Cover letter addressed to the Arlington Montessori House Search Committee
- EC cover sheet (contact EC partners for this form)
- Statement of leadership philosophy
- List of five references (name, contact information, relationship to candidate)
- EC Disclosure form (contact EC partners for this form)
Application materials are to be sent in a single Word document or PDF. Confidential Inquiries are welcomed.
Application materials and inquiries may be submitted to:
Deirdre Ling, Partner, Educators’ Collaborative, LLC – Email: firstname.lastname@example.org – Phone: 508-423-1605
Sally L. Mixsell, Partner, Educators’ Collaborative, LLC – Email: email@example.com – Phone: 203-824-3653