Request for Expressions of Interest in Position of Director of AMS Center for Montessori Education in the Public Sector

Request for Expressions of Interest in Position of Director of AMS Center for Montessori Education in the Public Sector

For Immediate Release

Contact: Dr. Timothy J. Purnell, Chief Executive Officer
Phone: 212-358-1250 x308

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

December 16, 2011

The American Montessori Society (AMS) is seeking “Expressions of Interest” from qualified candidates to become the founding Director of the Center for Montessori Education in the Public Sector (CMEPS). The submission deadline is Friday, January 13, 2012.

The Center, a new initiative sponsored by AMS, will serve teachers, policy leaders, families, and other stakeholders committed to furthering the development and accessibility of excellent Montessori public school programs in the United States. The Center will be a separate operating unit of AMS. Candidates are urged to become familiar with this concept paper for CMEPS as they craft proposals.

The Director will be senior staff rank responsible to the AMS Executive Director and will take the lead for the initial start-up and day-to-day operations and the development of a network for Montessori public school supporters, as well as providing a means of offering technical assistance and information to both proposed and ongoing Montessori public and charter school programs.

We are open to considering alternative arrangements that the individual may have with AMS in carrying out this part-time leadership and management assignment (e.g. AMS employee, independent contractor, consultant, partnership agreement with university or other non-profit, etc.).

Scope of Project

We are seeking an experienced professional with expertise in Montessori practice and research, project management, fundraising, and long-term strategic planning for non-profits. Being skilled in communicating with diverse audiences through speaking and writing is essential. An understanding of the unique challenges of Montessori public school programs will be especially helpful. Familiarity with using technology in communication and creating a virtual environment is desired. The ideal candidate will be entrepreneurial in nature and must be committed to giving high-priority attention to seeking out and obtaining additional (non-AMS) funding to support activities of the Center, which will be essential to its sustainability.

The project, currently, has available funding through December 31, 2014, of approximately $450,000. This amount will fund the compensation of the Director on a part-time basis, support staff, fees for possible regional consultants or other consultants that are not otherwise externally funded, office-related expenses, travel requirements, and other activities of the Center.

The Center office is not expected to be located at AMS headquarters in New York City but will be located at the chosen site of the selected candidate, decided in collaboration with and by agreement of AMS (e.g. home office, college or university, school, not-for-profit organization, etc.).

There is the expectation that Montessori consultants will be an essential element of the model of service-delivery of the Center. Although some funds for this may be available through the Center for brief engagements, the majority of consultant fees will be funded in part or in full by school districts/individual schools requiring more intense longer-term consulting assistance.

Proposal Guidelines

Proposals should be limited to seven pages. Two additional documents also should be included: 1) a résumé or curriculum vitae and 2) a very preliminary budget describing how you would propose allocating the available funds in the initial 2¾ year term.

Please address the following points in your proposal:

1. Describe your skills and experience in the following position priorities:

  • Knowledge of Montessori research, practice, and policy including Montessori public, charter and magnet schools
  • Grant writing and donor cultivation
  • Knowledge of non-profit administration and culture
  • Communication with diverse audiences, including public speaking, writing, convening multiple stakeholders
  • Leadership of a similar major new initiative

2. Describe your preliminary approach to launching and sustaining the early stages of the Center for Montessori Education in the Public Sector.

  • What are the necessary first steps?
  • Where will your office be located?
  • What is your related experience and level of comfort in being an integral part of AMS but working at a distance from the AMS headquarters?
  • Since the Director is a part-time position, how will this appointment be aligned with your other current and anticipated professional commitments?
  • What is your ability to make a several-year commitment to the start-up and initial implementation activities of the Center?
  • How do you propose to identify other regional and/or expert consultants? Mention any potential individuals if known at this time.
  • What type of support staff help would you anticipate needing and how would you go about securing it?

Proposals will be reviewed upon receipt. Candidates whom we wish to pursue will be contacted for interviews (by phone or in-person) by January 27, 2012. Final selection is expected by mid-February and work is to begin immediately after that.

Proposals are to be e-mailed to Richard Ungerer, AMS executive director. Questions may be directed to him as well.

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