Nominations Being Sought for AMS Board of Directors


Contact: Carol Starmack, Deputy Director
Phone: No calls please.

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

August 10, 2011

The Directorship Committee of the AMS Board of Directors respectfully invites your nominations for 3 board openings, for terms of office that will start in March 2012.

The nominations are being sought for

Both are 3-year terms, not to exceed 2 consecutive terms.

To Nominate Board Directors

Complete the appropriate form and e-mail it to the AMS Directorship Committee by September 20, 2011.

Use the Self-Nomination Form if you are nominating yourself.
        Self-Nomination Form page 1
        Self-Nomination Form page 2
        Self-Nomination Form page 3

Use the Non-Self Nomination Form to nominate someone other than yourself. Be sure to first notify the candidate of your intentions and get his/her agreement.

Board Director Eligibility & Requirements

Board members are the primary agents for guiding the organization in realizing its mission; serving on the AMS Board of Directors is both an honor and a responsibility. There are requirements and responsibilities specific to the various postions on the board as well as general that pertain to all AMS Board directors.

Professional Directors

Candidates for professional director must be current members of AMS who are, or have been, an AMS teacher, teacher educator, or school administrator in an AMS-member program.

Chair of the Heads of Schools Section

Criteria for Eligibility

  • Member of AMS
  • Active or retired head with 5 or more years of experience at a full-member or accredited AMS school
  • Good communicator, listener, and organizer
  • Willingness to travel and, if employed, has school support for the time needed for this position

Job Description

  • Facilitates the organizing and implementing of an annual Heads of School Retreat
  • 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, 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
  • Serves on the AMS Leadership Development Committee

General Requirements

All AMS Board directors:

  1. Shall affirm acceptance, endorsement, and promulgation of AMS by-laws and policies.
  2. Shall actively work to carry out the mission and strategic goals of AMS.
  3. Shall understand and accept all aspects of confidentiality during and after appointment periods.
  4. 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; traveling to 3-day board meetings 3 times a year, attending the AMS annual conference (held 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.
  5. Shall be willing to volunteer time to support AMS-related activities (e.g., serve on a task force and/or committee or workgroup; work with staff and other volunteers on an AMS-related projects)
  6. Shall not engage in activities that constitute a conflict of interest to 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.
  7. Shall agree not to represent self as a spokesperson of the board without the express authorization of the President.
  8. Shall attend all regular board meetings and teleconference meetings and come prepared to these meetings to actively participate in meeting discussions. (Currently there are 3, 3-day meetings, and it is suggested that 1 hour of preparation is required for each hour of actual meeting time)
  9. Shall have an understanding of the governance operations of a strategic planning and policymaking body.
  10. Shall have an understanding of the financial and fiduciary responsibility of the board to the Society membership.
  11. Shall be willing to participate by contributing to the AMS Annual Fund and/or other AMS fund-raising efforts.
  12. Shall present him/herself as a director loyal to AMS, while serving on the AMS Board of Directors.

Additionally, it will be necessary to have access to a computer and the Internet, since much of the board work is done electronically.

Selection of Nominees

The AMS Directorship Committee, through interviews of applicants and their references, and with respect to the applicants’ characteristics, talents, abilities, knowledge, and experience, selects nominees to enter the election process. The intent of the selection is to ensure that the board is representative of its constituents and able to work on the organization’s strategic goals. Selected nominees are presented to the AMS Board as candidates for the election process or to be appointed to join an AMS Board committee or workgroup.

Nominees are advised that their written responses to questions asked as part of the nomination process may be published as an aid to AMS members in understanding the how the nominees can best serve the American Montessori Society.


If you have questions about AMS Board nominations, contact Michele Hartye, chair of the AMS Directorship Committee.

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