Career Opportunities

Interested in learning more about joining Gladwyne Montessori?

Founded in 1962, we are one of the country's oldest Montessori schools. Our unique facilities feature sunny, spacious classrooms, libraries and gymnasium. Located just six miles outside of Philadelphia, our teachers make extensive use of the area's rich cultural and environmental diversity.

Gladwyne Montessori is always accepting resumes for experienced, Montessori credentialed educators for our Infant-Toddler, Primary, and Elementary programs.

Attractive salary and benefits package, including health, dental, long term disability, 403B and tuition remission. Must show ability to work collaboratively for the benefit of each child and the school, as well as commitment to professional development and growth.


Director of Admissions and Enrollment Management

This is a 12-month, full time position that boasts comprehensive benefits and a salary commensurate with experience.

A Master's degree is preferred.

Position Description:

The Director of Admissions, will work closely with the Senior Leadership Team to ensure that advertising, publicity and events related to the attraction of new students and the retention of existing students leads to an enrollment of 90% capacity or better, and ultimately a waitlist of 10 percent of the size of each program offered by the school. The Director of Admissions and Enrollment Management will report to the Head of School in partnership with the Senior Leadership Team will lead, plan, direct and implement overall strategy for all student recruitment and retention initiatives on behalf of the school. The Director will oversee a part time Admissions Assistant and together, will actively participate in the creation, design, budget, and production of on- and off-site recruitment and retention efforts and events to support enrollment.

Responsibilities:

  • Foster and facilitate increased retention with existing enrolled students.
  • Advance the mission of the school by identifying, attracting, and securing mission-appropriate families for each program level
  • Carry out all aspects of the admissions cycle:
  • Initiate contact with prospective families
  • Conduct individualized tours for prospective families
  • Orchestrate and lead Open House events
  • Systematically and efficiently handle inquiries, applications, and communications with prospective families
  • Schedule and organize student visits/interviews/observations/assessments as appropriate for each program offered by the school
  • Build and maintain relationships with current and past families
  • Develop appropriate recruitment strategies for prospective families
  • Move prospective families in an appropriate and timely fashion toward fully executed enrollment contracts
  • Maintain up-to-date records and keep relevant statistics on all aspects of the admissions and re-enrollment data
  • Act as a resource for the Head of School, Board of Trustees, Leadership Team and Faculty by leveraging school retention and recruitment events and initiatives while providing strategy to push these initiatives forward and seeing them to fruition
  • Identify and develop relationships with feeder schools to increase the pool of prospective mission-appropriate families
  • Promote opportunities for new families to feel welcome and oriented by establishing mentor family partnerships annually
  • Represent the school at appropriate conferences and events
  • Work with School Secretary and Admissions Assistant to ensure Student Information Software system is up to date and accurate
  • Work with School Secretary, Director of Marketing and Communications and Admissions Assistant to ensure that all admissions/enrollment related communications are sent in a timely and proactive fashion
  • Serve as a member of the Tuition Assistance Committee
  • Oversee Parent Ambassadors for the Admissions Office
  • Work with Head of School and CFO to develop and communicate accurate enrollment projections annually and maintain current and up to date records of these projections throughout each admissions cycle
  • Attend Board of Trustee meetings and provide reporting as requested
  • Perform other duties as assigned by the Head of School

Core Competencies:

  • Minimum five to seven years proven successful experience in admissions and enrollment management
  • Successful track record of data management, establishing and managing program waitlists and achieving full enrollment in a highly competitive independent school market
  • Strong organizational skills, attention to detail, creative thinking
  • An eagerness and ability to interact with parents, students, faculty and staff, administrators, trustees, alumni and other friends of the school
  • Excellent interpersonal skills, written and verbal communication skills and relationship building skills
  • Ability to understand and anticipate the needs and interests of various stakeholders: current parents, prospective parents, feeder schools, teachers, administrative colleagues, trustees
  • Database management experience- CRM preferred
  • Ability to work both independently and as a team member, prioritize work and meet competing deadlines while managing multiple tasks and maintaining a positive attitude
  • Demonstrated record of completing assignments
  • A willingness to work outside of “normal” business hours is essential as peak periods and special events necessitate some evening and weekend hours

Interested candidates should send cover letter, resume, 3 letters of reference and a Philosophy of Independent School Admissions Statement to:

Carrie Kries, Head of School


Director of Marketing and Communications

This is a 12-month, full-time position that boasts comprehensive benefits and a salary commensurate with experience.

A Master’s degree is preferred.

Position Description:

  • Oversee, maintain, and implement the school’s strategic marketing/communications plan, including the management of the marketing and admissions budget. 
  • Oversee and report analytics of marketing efforts and the impact on the enrollment pipeline.
  • Serve as a member of the Senior Leadership Team to manage school-wide communications and promotion of school events.
  • Craft language for, format, and produce materials including but not limited to: newsletters, health notices, announcements, invitations, surveys, handouts, program scripts, parent education pieces, solicitation letters, gift and sponsor acknowledgment letters.
  • Manage and provide relevant content for the school’s website including: building landing pages, developing forms, writing and editing copy, adding media, managing the blog, updating code, etc. 
  • Manage and maintain an integrated online presence on social media platforms (Facebook, Twitter, Instagram, etc.) including scheduled posts, uploading high-quality images, and targeted ads.
  • Develop digital marketing strategy including search engine optimization maintenance, website optimization, targeted ads, press release copy, etc.
  • Update and manage official school documents including handbooks, calendars, admissions documents, handouts, etc.
  • Manage internal communication including faculty/staff updates, meeting agendas, and reminders of internal processes.
  • Promote the school through traditional media including print ads and articles.
  • Oversee the production of materials and collateral to increase the school’s visibility and positioning.
  • Manage and produce photography, videography, and visual presentations.
  • Delegate tasks to and oversee the Marketing and Communications Assistant.

Qualifications

  • Bachelor’s degree with at least three years of relevant experience in communications and marketing.
  • Well-developed writing, editing, and proofreading skills. 
  • Ability to multitask and self-manage projects in a fast-paced, small administrative office.
  • Literacy in word-processing and database management. Graphic design experience preferred.
  • Proven skills in print, electronic, web, and social media.
  • Familiarity with traditional media and producing press releases.
  • Proficient with photography and videography. 
  • A strong background in creating and implementing integrated communications initiatives for an educational institution.

The successful candidate will be a self-starter, strategic thinker, problem solver with a strong work ethic, and he/she will thrive in a high-performing, team environment. The ability to work evenings and weekends is expected.

Interested candidates: Submit a cover letter, resume, and representative work samples to:

Carrie Kries, Head of School


Admissions Assistant

This is a 10-month, part-time position that boasts comprehensive benefits and a salary commensurate with experience.

Position Summary 

The Admissions Assistant plays an important role by providing administrative support to the Admissions Office and participating in all admissions-related activities including database management, open houses, tours and special events. The Admissions Assistant is expected to provide outstanding customer service to prospective and current school families, trustees, alumni and other school community members, in-person, on the telephone and via electronic communication. He or she is expected to also have the basic information necessary to answer frequently asked questions to better serve school community members with various inquiries. 

Responsibilities: 

  • Create monthly applicant reports and other database reports as needed. 
  • Coordinate production and mailing of admissions letters and communication as directed. 
  • Maintain inventory of admission materials, applications, publications, and letterhead as well as prepare admissions information packets.
  • Schedule meetings, tours, and interviews, observations and assessments with prospective and current families for Director of Admissions.
  • Help maintain up-to-date records and keep relevant statistics on all aspects of the admissions and re-enrollment data.
  • Represent the school at appropriate conferences and events as needed.
  • Assist the School Secretary to ensure the Student Information Software system is up to date and accurate.
  • Help Admissions Director prepare reports for the Board of Trustees that include status reports of admission funnel progression, re-enrollment of returning students, and attrition. 
  • Maintain guest lists & RSVPs, gather and prepare registration materials, staff registration table, assist with reserving, setting up and cleaning up event space, create name tags, obtain and coordinate refreshments and/or catering for all on- and off-site admissions-related events.
  • Other duties as assigned by the Director of Admissions. 

Qualifications

  • Strong organizational and time management skills, exceptionally detailed oriented, creative and self-directed
  • Skillful and eager  ability to interact with parents, students, faculty and staff, administrators, trustees, alumni and other friends of the school 
  • Proficiency in Microsoft Word, Excel and PowerPoint.
  • Database management experience – CRM preferred.
  • Ability to work both independently and as a team member, prioritize work and meet competing deadlines while managing multiple tasks and maintaining a positive attitude
  • A willingness to work outside of “normal” business hours is essential as peak periods and special events necessitate some evening and weekend hours

Interested candidates should send a cover letter, resume, and 3 letters of reference to:

Carrie Kries, Head of School


Makerspace Teacher

This is a 10-month, part-time position that boasts a salary commensurate with experience.

Teachers who do not have their American Montessori Society credential will be required to attend a Montessori Philosophy course prior to the start of the school year.

Position Summary:
  • Possesses a deep understanding of Design Thinking and provides a safe and open environment for learning, building, and experimenting through a variety of materials, tools, and techniques for making
  • Communicates and plans with classroom and other special subject teachers to align projects with current coursework
  • Plans and leads unique opportunities for students, including but not limited to clubs, projects, service opportunities, and fundraisers
  • Possesses foundational knowledge of and ability to teach coding and robotics for children at the K–6 level using a variety of materials
  • Possesses foundational knowledge of and ability to work with children in a woodshop designed for children in Pre-K–6th grade
  • Experience in laser cutting and 3D printing and incorporating this technology in meaningful ways to enhance student learning
  • Keeps the makerspace clean, well-stocked, and organized; maintains equipment and tools
  • Helps with general school duties like dismissal and recreation
  • Communicates professionally with co-workers and parents
  • Co-teaches the capstone project for the sixth grade class
  • Chaperone trips as needed and appropriate
  • Must be able to:
    • Lift up to 35 pounds
    • Move and organize classroom tables and chairs, move about the building as needed
    • Bend, squat, kneel with ease
    • Sit comfortably on the floor with children and on low chairs

Qualifications:

  • Must have a minimum of 2-years of experience working with children in Makers environment 
  • Must have Bachelor’s degree or higher in Education or related discipline
  • Must have knowledge of minimum standards, health and safety practices, social and emotional development and classroom management
  • Must be reliable, flexible, positive, patient, warm and enthusiastic about working as part of a team of adults and engaging with parents and caregivers
  • Must pass all required clearances
  • Must have a willingness and interest in attending Montessori Philosophy coursework

Interested candidates should send cover letter, resume, 3 letters of reference and an educational philosophy statement to:

Carrie Kries, Head of School

 


Teaching Assistant

This is a 10-month, full time position that boasts comprehensive benefits and a salary commensurate with experience.

Position Summary:

  • Maintains a clean and orderly classroom as directed by the Head teacher that aligns with the Montessori philosophy
  • Maintains a safe and stimulating environment for the children that aligns with the Montessori philosophy 
  • Assists children with all physical needs to be safe and clean in a respectful manner
  • Maintains, prepares or makes materials and environment as requested by the teacher
  • Participates in school functions and evening events as requested by Head of School
  • Assists in duties beyond the classroom as requested by Head of School
  • Assists all children who need guidance and direction in hallways, playgrounds and changing of classes or programs
  • Reads and abides by the policies and procedures of Gladwyne Montessori School
  • Engages children in peaceful, effective positive behavior support
  • Must be able to:
    • lift up to 35 pounds
    • sit comfortably on the floor with children and on low chairs
    • bend, squat, kneel with ease
    • Move and organize classroom tables and chairs, move about the building as needed

Qualifications:

  • Must have a minimum of 1 year of experience working with children in a Montessori environment
  • Must have Bachelor’s degree or higher in Education or related discipline
  • Must have knowledge of minimum standards, health and safety practices, social and emotional development and classroom management
  • Must be reliable, flexible, positive, patient, warm and enthusiastic about working as part of a team of adults and engaging with families
  • Must have a willingness and interest in pursuing Montessori teaching credential
  • Must pass all required clearances (PA Child Abuse, Pennsylvania Access to Criminal History, Federal Criminal History Background Check)

Interested candidates should send cover letter, resume, 3 letters of reference and an educational philosophy statement to:

Carrie Kries, Head of School


Substitute Teachers

Primary Responsibilities:

Our substitute teachers will always be working with at least one member of our teaching staff and should defer to these members of the teaching team for following procedures and protocols:

  • Communicate with the teacher or assistant regarding incident, illness, concerns at the conclusion of the day
  • Take attendance according to the procedures of the school
  • Facilitate a thoughtful and peaceful classroom
  • Adhere to all procedures, guidelines, and policies followed by teachers in line with recommended employee handbook
Requirements:
Additional Information:
  • $12-16 per hour, depending on experience
  • We will provide necessary (paid) training prior to formal service to the school.

Interested candidates should send resume and cover letter to:

Carrie Kries, Head of School

 


Gladwyne Montessori does not discriminate in admission, financial aid, administration of its educational policies and employment practices on the basis of race, color, religious creed, disability, ancestry, national or ethnic origin, limited English proficiency, age, gender, sexual orientation, or marital status.

Updated March 3, 2020