Executive Director Position
Fairbanks Montessori School (FMS) is seeking an Executive Director who will lead and grow a dynamic Montessori early childhood center that provides care and education for preschool and kindergarten, ages three to six years old. FMS is a small non-profit organization in Interior Alaska that values socio-economic and cultural diversity. The ideal candidate will be passionate about the education of children, lead through influence and collaboration and have the ability to coach and develop staff into leaders. He or she should have strong business acumen, be an excellent communicator, skilled decision-maker and be able to create systems and processes to support and grow the organization.
Since 1965, FMS has provided the Fairbanks and North Pole communities with authentic Montessori early childhood education programs. It is the mission of FMS to nurture and develop the whole child through magnified learning and quality care in a diverse community; building a better world, one student at a time.
The Executive Director carries out FMS’s broad educational mission and policies as established by the Board of Directors including:
- Embrace and champion FMS’s mission
- Maintain licensing requirements and compliance with all regulatory agencies.
- Lead and manage faculty and staff to continue nationally recognized standards of quality education and care
- Cultivate effective relationships with all constituents, including students, families, faculty, staff, board of directors, community members and key stakeholders
- Demonstrate accountability for the operating budget and financial stability of FMS
- Drive enrollment growth and student retention in all programs
- Foster a culturally and socio-economically diverse population
- Manage day-to-day operations of FMS
Specific responsibilities for this position include:
1. Maintains an effective relationship with the Board of Directors. Works closely with Board of Directors on issues affecting mission, strategic plan and fiscal matters.
2. Develops and leads staff. The Executive Director is expected to share and delegate to his or her immediate subordinates in a manner that promotes effective communication and works to produce smooth day-to-day internal operations. Work toward accreditation of school through staff development.
3. Serves as a primary spokesperson for FMS and promotes its programs to the public. Supports meaningful alumni, parent, past-parent and greater community participation in events that aid and support the goals of FMS.
4. Effectively assess, manage and mitigate risks that will negatively impact the mission of the school. Recommends responses to regulatory and legislative actions that mitigate potential impacts.
5. Works closely with the Finance Committee to prepare the annual budget for review and approval by the Board of Directors. Ensures that the available financial resources are carefully managed within the budgetary guidelines. Is responsible for the preparation of monthly financial statements to the Board on various matters concerning the Center’s financial health, including enrollment, outstanding accounts, income, expenditures, and cash flow projections.
6. Assumes ultimate responsibility for ensuring development and fundraising goals are met. Articulates the center’s unique mission and the value of the goals for which funds are being raised to constituents and community.
7. Ensure FMS meets and exceeds all regulatory requirements and pursues the highest level of quality care and Montessori education. Works with staff to identify curriculum needs and program support. Works with the faculty to develop and implement procedures for tracking student status and progress.
8. Defines faculty and staff positions needed to implement FMS’s programs, and recruits highly effective staff. Establishes productive working conditions, discipline, training and development of all staff. Determines standards and takes appropriate steps to measure and maintain reasonable performance and professional growth among all employees; dismisses those who fail to meet the standards.
10. Works to promote constructive relationships between students, faculty and administrators, recognizing the importance of developing each individual. Communicates FMS achievements, progress and milestones to Board of Directors, parents, constituents and community. Consciously works to establish an atmosphere of team building and planning.
Education: Bachelor degree from accredited institution, preferably in the fields of Education, Public Policy, Non-profit or Business Management. Master’s degree preferred.
Experience: Montessori credential and/or experience. Independent school administration. Non-profit management.
Knowledge: Understanding of the academic, fiscal, social and advocacy responsibilities of a non-profit center and school. Montessori-based curriculum knowledge and program development. Business operational knowledge including leadership, management and budget. Customer relations (children, parents, community) and community building. Experience with state licensing and accreditation requirements.
Skills/Competencies: Able to manage the vision and purpose of Montessori education philosophy, while enhancing the diversity and inclusion of thought, experience and cultures within an educational setting. Strong business acumen with ability to make decisions and positively influence the customer experience. Effective leadership that will motivate the various constituencies to be strong stakeholders. High sense of integrity with ability to maintain composure and relate well to individuals of all levels, experiences, and backgrounds. Able to effectively manage conflict, set priorities and inform/communicate with proper constituents.
Technical Skills: Proficiency with MS Office products, the ability to quickly learn and apply new technology skills, proficiency with accounting software (Quickbooks, preferred).
Please forward résumé, cover letter and statement of your educational leadership philosophy (500 word limit) to:
Fairbanks Montessori School
2014 30th Ave.
Fairbanks, AK 99701
FMS is an Equal Employment Opportunity Employer.