Job Opening for 2023-2024

Head of School in Salem, Virginia, US

Salem Montessori School (SMS) in Salem, Virginia, seeks an experienced, visionary Head of School to lead our established institution into a new era of growth and excellence. The educational and care programs at Salem Montessori serve children from birth through adolescence in five different programs: Infant, Toddler, Primary, Elementary, and Middle School.

The ideal candidate is a strategic thinker, community builder, Montessori leader, and exceptional communicator. As the Head of School, you will champion the school’s mission, oversee operations, and nurture relationships within the community.

**Required Qualifications:**

– Bachelor’s degree in a child-related field
– Eligibility to obtain state childcare licensing
– Five years of administrative experience that must include supervising, orienting, training, and scheduling staff
– One year of programmatic experience in an educational setting

**Preferred Qualifications:**

– MACTE-recognized Montessori teaching credential
– Experience in regulatory, personnel, budget, and fiscal management
– Experience in school or educational administration


– Develop and implement a strategic plan focused on program enhancements, community building, governance, and financial resources.
– Uphold and articulate SMS’s mission and core beliefs.
– Oversee the school’s vision, integrating Montessori education with efficient school operations.
– Foster open communication and collaboration among the administration team, faculty, and community.
– Lead and execute all aspects of school operations, demonstrating strong business acumen.
– Support financial strategic planning and maintain adherence to school governance.


– Relationship-oriented leader, fostering connections with faculty and parents while upholding SMS’s mission.
– Advocate for employee empowerment, recognition, diversity, equity, and inclusivity.
– Demonstrate expertise and leadership in Montessori education, promoting teacher advocacy and professional development.
– Exhibit exceptional communication skills, ensuring clarity, transparency, and receptiveness to diverse perspectives.
– Resolve conflicts while upholding Montessori philosophy and values.


– Health, optical, and dental insurance
– 401K plan
– Tuition discounts
– PTO, including paid closure days and paid professional days
– Signing bonus and relocation assistance available

**Application Process:**

Interested candidates should submit the following documents:

– A cover letter addressed to the Search Committee
– Current resume
– Letter expressing your interest in the position and the Montessori school method
– Three professional references (name, nature of relationship, email, and phone number)

Applications will be reviewed on a rolling basis until the position is filled. We desire the new Head of School to be in place by May 2024; incentives are available for an earlier start date.

Anticipated Starting Salary Range: $65,000 – $85,000 annually D.O.E.

Join SMS in continuing its legacy of excellence while fostering innovation and growth within the Montessori community. Learn more about Salem Montessori at and apply via this link

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This service is provided as a courtesy by The Center for Guided Montessori Studies.
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