Deputy Director of Education (REMOTE)
About the American Montessori Society
The American Montessori Society (AMS) is the foremost advocate for quality Montessori education, an innovative, child-centered approach to learning. AMS sets high professional standards that inform Montessori education as practiced in AMS-accredited schools and taught in AMS-affiliated teacher education programs. A not-for-profit membership based in New York City, with more than 19,000 members world-wide, AMS is the hub of all things Montessori: an information center for its members, the media, and the public; a voice in the public arena; and a mobilizing force for the global Montessori community, through support services, accreditation, credentialing, and affiliation services, research, and professional development events and offerings.
AMS is classified as a 501(c) (3) (i.e., tax-exempt, nonprofit) organization.
AMS envisions a world in which quality Montessori education is widely recognized, highly desired, and accessible to all.
The Deputy Director of Education of AMS is charged with promoting Montessori educational philosophy and pedagogy by ensuring the quality and advancement of AMS-affiliated teacher education programs and professional development globally. Works closely with the Senior Director of Education and Strategic Initiatives to support the execution of strategic goals and operations for teacher education, professional development, and credential services area to enhance efficiencies and expand the organization. The position supports initiatives and works in partnership with AMS’s diverse constituency to effectively position AMS Montessori in the national and international educational landscapes, grow AMS affiliated teacher education programs, expand, and diversify teacher recruitment while delivering excellent Montessori programming and professional development to positively impact the quality of Montessori practices.
Reports to: Senior Director of Education & Strategic Initiatives
Supervises: Director of Teacher Education Services; Director of Professional Development; Registrar of Credentials and Professional Development.
Classification: Full-time (1.0 FTE); exempt
Worksite: This is a remote position working in the Eastern Time Zone. The position requires business travel 6-8 times per year.
To Apply: Only applications complete with a cover letter and résumé to be considered for review.
- Oversight of operations to successfully implement strategic plans for teacher education, credential services, and professional development.
- Support expansion and accessibility of Montessori teacher education and recognition of the value of AMS program affiliation and the AMS credential.
- Oversight of systems management for and between the professional development and teacher education areas.
- Lead teams to develop and recommend related budgets, track budgets and update projections.
- Ensure that all aspects of the Teacher Education Services professional development and credential services, (i.e., Teacher Education Program [TEP] affiliation, adult learner credentials, etc.) operate with highest levels of professionalization, efficiency and skillful “customer-service.”
- Strengthen the value proposition of AMS affiliation for teacher education programs and promote teacher education programs’ mutually beneficial partnerships with the growing base of AMS accredited and member schools.
- Partner with teacher education volunteer leaders, (i.e., Teacher Education Action Commission, Teacher Educators Section, etc.) in planning and convening meetings and other initiatives to promote AMS-member engagement in advancing AMS’s mission and goals and formulating relevant policies and practices to support them.
- Maintain and develop agreements for partnerships and consultants.
- Collaborate with AMS staff to plan, promote and deliver high quality professional development for the Montessori community to include parents, teachers, heads of schools, teacher educators through various modes of delivery and in-person events.
- Oversee the strengthening and coordination of services and systems for credential services.
- Participating and managing work groups with various constituents.
- Supporting the actualization of AMS strategic goals.
- Demonstrated leadership abilities with a successful track record in engaging with diverse, forging a shared vision and leading change.
- Seasoned Montessori educator with experience in teacher education and professional development; American Montessori Society credential(s) preferred.
- Exceptional relationship-building skills, with an ability to inspire trust and work at all levels. of organization systems; Track record as effective team builder.
- Proven track record for managing multiple projects in a fast-paced organization.
- Knowledge of database management systems or similar experience a plus.
- Proficient in Microsoft applications- excel.
- Provides constructive and ongoing feedback and helps team to achieve its full potential.
- Results-oriented and creative problem solver who seeks out and incorporates diverse viewpoints to develop innovative solutions.
- Experience working in cross-cultural contexts; experience and knowledge of educational systems in international contexts desirable.
- Experience presenting and knowledge of adult learning theory and related best practices; knowledge of online learning a plus.
- Excellent verbal and written skills- content and creative writing skills a plus.
- Committed to diversity, equity, and inclusion.
The American Montessori Society is an equal opportunity employer and does not discriminate on the basis of sexual orientation, gender identity or expression, race, color, religion, national origin, sex, age, marital status, disability, veteran status, genetic information, family responsibility, political affiliation or any other status protected by applicable laws.