Nominations Sought for the AMS Board of Directors

For Immediate Release

Contact: Carol Starmack, Deputy Director
Phone: No calls please.
E-mail: carol@amshq.org

American Montessori Society
116 East 16th Street, New York, NY 10003-2163

September 3, 2014

Now through September 19, 2014*, AMS invites you to nominate yourself for candidacy on our Board of Directors. The position openings are for:

  • 2 Professional Directors 
  • 1 Chair of the Heads of Schools Section

Newly elected board members will take office March 16, 2015. They will be encouraged to observe our winter board meeting on March 14 and 15 in Philadelphia, immediately following the AMS 2015 Annual Conference.

Terms are for 3 years, not to exceed 2 consecutive terms.

The Directorship Committee of the Board of Directors will review all applications and approve select nominees as candidates to enter the election, with intent to ensure that the Board is representative of its constituents and well-equipped to work on its strategic goals. All nominations must come directly from the individual to be considered for Board candidacy.

Download the nominee application form.

Why Serve on the AMS Board of Directors?

Serving on the AMS Board will give you the opportunity to contribute talent, expertise, and energy to support our Mission and be a vital link between our organization and the members that support and are served by it. You will play a critical role in helping us to view issues through multiple dimensions—legal, financial, and managerial, as well as from the perspectives of public relations, communications, and professional development—and assist with the all-important working knowledge of the substantive, programmatic work of our organization, including the realization of Board-ratified strategic goals.

Requirements for Professional Directors

In addition to meeting the general requirements for all AMS Board members, nominees for professional director must be current members of AMS who are, or have been, an AMS-credentialed teacher, teacher educator, or school administrator in an AMS-member program.

Requirements for Chair of Heads of Schools Section

In addition to meeting the general requirements for all AMS Board members, nominees for the Chair of Heads of Schools Section must be current members of AMS who are active or retired heads of school with 5 or more years of experience in an AMS-accredited school or an AMS full member school, is a good communicator, listener, and organizer, a thoughtful reader who reflects on teaching practices and keeps abreast of educational trends, is willing to travel and, if employed, has school support for the time needed for this position.

The Chair of the Heads of School Section facilitates the organizing and implementing of School Administrators Symposia, assists the AMS office in arranging a track for heads of schools at AMS conferences, communicates with AMS-member heads of schools through such vehicles as the AMS newsletter, periodic e-mails, Montessori Life, acts as moderator for the AMS Heads of Schools ListServer, represents the interests of heads of schools as a member of the AMS Board of Directors, hosts a Heads Section meeting and leads the Heads Networking Session at AMS conferences, and serves on the AMS School Leadership Development Committee.

General Requirements of AMS Board Directors

While serving on the AMS Board of Directors, all AMS Board directors:

  1. Shall be an active member in good standing of AMS.
  2. Shall affirm acceptance, endorsement, and promulgation of AMS by-laws and policies. 
  3. Shall actively work to carry out the mission and strategic goals of AMS.
  4. Shall understand and accept all aspects of confidentiality during and after appointment periods.
  5. Shall have the willingness and ability to devote the time necessary to support board activities; this includes spending a minimum of 5 – 9 hours a week on board activities; attending Board meetings (see point 9, below), attending the AMS annual conference (held immediately before or after 1 of the board meetings); and reading and responding to entries on the AMS online message board system at least once a week throughout the year.
  6. Shall be willing to volunteer time to support AMS-related activities (e.g., serve on at least one board committee or workgroup and/or a task force; work with staff and other volunteers on an AMS-related project).
  7. Shall not engage in activities that constitute a conflict of interest to AMS Board members. A board member shall be considered to have a conflict of interest in any vote or decision if there exists a possibility of personal gain as a result of such decisions.
  8. Shall agree not to represent self as a spokesperson of the board without the express authorization of the President.
  9. Shall attend all regular board meetings and teleconference meetings and come to these meetings prepared to actively participate in meeting discussions. (Currently there are 3, 3-day in-person board meetings, and it is suggested that 1 hour of preparation is required for each hour of actual meeting time).
  10. Shall have an understanding of the governance operations of a strategic planning and policy-making body.
  11. Shall have an understanding of the financial and fiduciary responsibility of the board to the Society membership.
  12. Shall be willing to participate by contributing to the AMS Annual Fund and/or other AMS fund-raising efforts.
  13. Shall present themselves as directors loyal to AMS.

To Apply

Review the information above to make sure that you qualify. If you do, complete the application form and e-mail it to the AMS Directorship Committee by September 19, 2014*.

Download the nominee application form.

*Submissions close at 6:00 PM EST.

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