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Upper Elementary Classroom Assistant

March 5, 2020 - July 31, 2020

The Montessori Academy of Colorado is a metropolitan school that engages each child through innovative academics, exploration of character, and a fearless, forward mindset.

The Upper Elementary Classroom Assistant is a critical component of the Elementary program at the Montessori Academy of Colorado. This position is a teaching role, meaning that >75% of time should be spent directly working with children.
SCHOOL OVERVIEW
Founded in 1962, The Colorado Springs School (CSS) is a college preparatory, day and international school serving students from preschool through high school. Recognized as the top choice among Niche schools and nestled in the shadows of Pike’s Peak, The Colorado Springs School’s distinctive educational philosophy strikes a balance between innovation and tradition and provides ample opportunities for self-discovery and exploration. Students interested in the performing arts have access to a passionate and dedicated team of teachers who lead a variety of signature programs including Creative Dramatics, Dessert Theatre, Theatre Arts, and Theatre at Play. In the Middle and Upper School students are provided opportunities to hone their talents before landing on the “big stage” in our state of the art Louisa Performing Arts Theatre.
 
JOB OVERVIEW
The Colorado Springs School is looking for an energetic, passionate, and inspirational teacher excited to take their talents into the classroom (stage). A successful candidate will instruct and/or support a variety of middle school (Theatre Arts and Theatre at Play) and upper school (Acting, Makers Theatre) classes, and be able to lead (directing) two upper school performances (Fall and Spring) from beginning to end. Prior experience directing student-based performances is preferred.
 
In addition to teaching theatre arts, we are particularly interested in candidates who have experience teaching Spanish. A successful candidate should have experience and a high level of comfort with immersion-style instruction. The combination of theatre arts and Spanish instruction creates a unique opportunity for creative individuals to potentially integrate disciplines to enrich and engage students in and out of the classroom.
 
ROLES & RESPONSIBILITIES:
Theatre Arts:
  • Teach a combination of acting classes in either the Middle (2) or Upper School (1)

  • Lead and direct two Upper School plays during the school year

  • Support two Middle School performances during the year

Spanish:
  • Teaching two sections of middle school Spanish

  • Serve as either a middle or upper school advisor

QUALIFICATIONS & PREFERRED EXPERIENCE:
  • Bachelor’s or master’s degree in performing arts or related field of study

  • Three+ years of experience developing and directing student-led theatre art programs

  • Three+ years of experience teaching Spanish

PERSONAL QUALITIES:
  • Team player willing to work collaboratively with fellow colleagues and families

  • Innovative mindset with skills in communication, student-centered learning, and technology

  • Attentive to details/conditions as they pertain to student whereabouts and safety

  • Enjoy building relationships with students and their families 

  • Possess a love of the outdoors and a desire to inspire students to develop the skills and respect necessary to become stewards of the natural world

  • Eager to participate in other aspects of school life

CONTACT:
  • Qualified candidates can submit a resume and cover letter to Sam Gaudet, Associate Head of School at [email protected] and should include 3-5 professional references

Assistant Dean of Students

February 27, 2020 - April 30, 2020

Fountain Valley School is a co-ed, college-preparatory boarding/day school enrolling 230 students in grades 9-12. Founded in 1930, the School provides a rigorous, global curriculum in academics, arts, athletics and the outdoors in a diverse community to develop young adults who are courageous, open-minded, self-reliant, curious, and compassionate.  This position reports directly to the dean of students. S/he is responsible for assisting the dean of students with the student and residential life programs of the school. The assistant dean of students also shares the responsibilities for the advising program and the weeknight and weekend duty assignments. 

General Duties:

  • Lead the Residential Life Team.
  • Work closely with the House and Residential Assistants to ensure the continued growth and development of the residential program.
  • Lead the annual House Retreat prior to orientation.
  • Assist the Dean of Students with disciplinary incidents.
  • Co-teach the 9th-grade Chapter One course.
  • In collaboration with the Admin Team, create Major Events Calendar for every school year; includes creating the Google School calendar.
  • Work with the Dean of Students’ office to help create an engaging orientation program.
  • Assist with student leader meetings.
  • Provide leadership and assistance with the annual Student Leader Retreat prior to orientation.
  • Oversee the weekend program, to include creating weekend teams and the year-long schedule.
  • Work with the Weekend Duty Team Leaders and Student Activity Leaders to help create robust weekend programming.
  • Oversee the weeknight program, creating a schedule of duty faculty and providing coverage when needed. Provide feedback to and leadership for House Directors. 
  • Assist the Dean of Students’ office in creating class retreats and attend at least two of them each year.
  • Work with the Dean of Students’ office to create, refine, and deliver Student Life Curriculum.
  • Provide leadership and assistance with special events, including prom, homecoming, ski weekend, special weekends, etc.
  • Work with the Admissions Office to place all new students in rooms prior to orientation.
  • Oversee the room selection each spring and work with House Directors to place returning students in rooms. Assist House Directors in navigating roommate conflicts throughout the school year, and lead mediations when appropriate.
  • Lead the Residential Assistant selection process each spring.
  • Work with the Dean of Students office and Frautschi Campus Center staff to offer engaging and consistent programming in the Frautschi Campus Center.

Other Duties:

  • Teach two classes
  • Coach one season of athletics/afternoon activities (preferably swimming, hockey, soccer, tennis)
  • Serve as an adviser to approximately 6 students.
  • Participate in a class level retreat along with other faculty members.
  • Participate in committees as assigned.
  • Participate in co-leading an Interim student trip (Spring experiential learning trip.)
  • Serve as a Weekend Team Leader and on a weeknight duty team (1 weeknight a week, and 9 weekends a year.)
  • Provide coverage when needed. 
  • Serve as an Administrator On Call (AOD)

Knowledge and Skills:

  • Ability to work with individuals in a courteous and professional manner.
  • Demonstrate the ability to effectively communicate in a team environment.
  • Detail-oriented, organized, self-motivated, self-directed and punctual.
  • Extensive knowledge of campus and the surrounding area.
  • Ability to work independently, prioritize tasks, and manage multiple tasks at one time.
  • Excellent verbal and written communication skills.
  • Proficient in LMS Blackbaud OnCampus and Google Educational Suite Apps.

Qualifications:

Bachelor’s degree in a related discipline required; experience working with students and adults in an independent boarding/day school environment preferred.

Working Conditions

  • Environment: indoor classroom working with some outdoor events.
  • Physical demands: able to sit and stand for at least 8 hours per day; must be able to lift 40 lb.
  • Attendance at certain community events will be required.
  • Working relationships: students, parents, outside vendors, and all other employees.   

Culture:

FVS’ Core Values are courage, open-mindedness, self-reliance, curiosity, and compassion. FVS supports a culture of communication and collaboration with the intent of creating an environment of predictability and support for our students, parents, and colleagues.  FVS employees celebrate diversity, participate fully in the school community, embrace the power of the prairie, the peaks, and the history of the School. FVS teaching faculty challenge students, create opportunities for learning and growth beyond the academic day, employ innovative teaching methods, and pursue professional and personal development through lifelong learning.  

Mission:

Fountain Valley School of Colorado provides a rigorous, global curriculum in academics, arts, athletics and the outdoors in a diverse community to develop young adults who are courageous, open-minded, self-reliant, curious and compassionate.


Contact:

Send letter of application, resume and list of three professional references to:

 

Amanda Dedrick

Fountain Valley School of Colorado

Colorado Springs, CO 80911

fax 719.392.6138

E-mail: [email protected]

History Teacher

February 27, 2020 - April 30, 2020

Fountain Valley School is a co-ed, college-preparatory boarding/day school enrolling 230 students in grades 9-12. Founded in 1930, the School provides a rigorous, global curriculum in academics, arts, athletics and the outdoors in a diverse community to develop young adults who are courageous, open-minded, self-reliant, curious, and compassionate.  This position reports directly to the chair of the history department. S/he is responsible for history classes for students in 9-12 grade. 

General Duties:

  • Teach 4 sections of history.
  • In collaboration with the department chair and other faculty maintain an up-to-date scope and sequence document for the history department. 

Other Duties:

  • Coach two seasons of athletics/afternoon activities (preferably swimming, hockey, soccer, basketball, volleyball, tennis)
  • Serve as an adviser to approximately 6 students.
  • Participate in a class level retreat along with other faculty members.
  • Participate in committees as assigned.
  • Participate in co-leading an Interim student trip (Spring experiential learning trip.)
  • Serve as a member of a weekend and weeknight duty team (1 weeknight a week, and 9 weekends a year.)

Knowledge and Skills:

  • Ability to work with individuals in a courteous and professional manner.
  • Demonstrate the ability to effectively communicate in a team environment.
  • Detail-oriented, organized, self-motivated, self-directed and punctual.
  • Ability to work independently, prioritize tasks, and manage multiple tasks at one time.
  • Excellent verbal and written communication skills.
  • Proficient in LMS Blackbaud OnCampus and Google Educational Suite Apps.

Qualifications:

Bachelor’s degree in history or a related discipline required; advanced degree and experience with classroom teaching and working with students and adults in an independent boarding/day school environment preferred.

Working Conditions

  • Environment: indoor classroom working with some outdoor events.
  • Physical demands: able to sit and stand for at least 8 hours per day; must be able to lift 40 lb.
  • Attendance at certain community events will be required.
  • Working relationships: students, parents, outside vendors, and all other employees.  

Culture:

FVS’ Core Values are courage, open-mindedness, self-reliance, curiosity, and compassion. FVS supports a culture of communication and collaboration with the intent of creating an environment of predictability and support for our students, parents, and colleagues.  FVS employees celebrate diversity, participate fully in the school community, embrace the power of the prairie, the peaks, and the history of the School. FVS teaching faculty challenge students, create opportunities for learning and growth beyond the academic day, employ innovative teaching methods, and pursue professional and personal development through lifelong learning. 

Mission:

Fountain Valley School of Colorado provides a rigorous, global curriculum in academics, arts, athletics and the outdoors in a diverse community to develop young adults who are courageous, open-minded, self-reliant, curious and compassionate.


Contact:

Send letter of application, resume and list of three professional references to:

 

Amanda Dedrick

Fountain Valley School of Colorado

Colorado Springs, CO 80911

fax 719.392.6138

E-mail: [email protected]

 

Middle School Math Teacher

February 24, 2020 - March 16, 2020

Position Overview

Graland Country Day School is seeking a Middle School math teacher. A successful candidate will be an experienced teacher who understands school environments and the unique needs of middle school students. This candidate thrives when working collaboratively and is skilled at working with students, faculty, and families.

Graland follows the Math in Focus curriculum covering concepts including, but not limited to, multiplying and dividing fractions, statistics, algebraic equations and inequalities, and geometric construction. Experience with algebra and algebraic concepts is preferred and the ideal applicant will have experience teaching inquiry-based mathematics that include polynomials, quadratics, radicals and radical expressions.

 About Graland Middle School

Teaching in the middle school at Graland is a multi-faceted experience. We start with the fundamental belief that teaching middle school students is about building relationships. From here, teachers are responsible for fostering in students a love of learning and the development of skills necessary to be successful. Math, English, science, and history teachers teach one grade level and form that grade’s MESH team, whose charge is to create continuity in students’ experiences, including developing central themes and interdisciplinary units, common expectations for student work and behavior, to integrate technology, and to manage students’ academic and social well being. The MESH team also serves as advisors within their respective grade levels. Foreign Language and Visual and Performing Arts teachers work with a range of grade levels and are members of departmental teams. They may serve as advisors as well. The middle school experience at Graland calls for teachers to recognize that working with this age group requires a variety of roles including coaching (sports and innovation) and a high level of energy and enthusiasm from its staff.

 Professional and Personal Qualities

  • Bachelor’s degree; master’s degree preferred
  • 3+ years of teaching experience; experience with middle school students preferred
  • Excellent communication skills
  • Ability to pass a background check and drug test
  • A collaborative and supportive member of the Graland community who...
    • Models caring, respect, patience, and appreciation of differences.
    • Provides a safe environment for students.
    • Upholds school, employee and family confidentiality.
    • Represents school in position and in community – understands voice of school.
    • Participates in effective communication that is responsible, descriptive, and nonjudgmental.
    • Adheres to all school policies and procedures.
    • Offers support during after-hours as needed.
    • Likes to work with people and create solutions.

 

How to Apply

Qualified applicants should send a cover letter, resume and salary requirements to [email protected] All applications are to be submitted electronically.

Lower School Director

February 21, 2020 - April 1, 2020

Dawson, a K-12 independent school of 520 students located east of Boulder on a beautiful 107-acre campus, seeks an exceptional Lower School Director.  The Lower School Director will work closely with the Head of School and Leadership Team to create a culture of positivity, partnership, and connection throughout the K-5 community of faculty, students, and families. This culture requires a spirit of encouragement, support, transparency, participation, broad student programming in academics and SEL, and enthusiasm for Dawson. The focus of the Lower School Director will be sustaining a positive school culture, implementing programs effectively and efficiently, ensuring proactive communication, and supporting lower school students and teachers. Compensation is competitive. 

 

Dawson School Mission Statement 

Dawson School is dedicated to excellence of mind, body, and character. We prepare students, through challenging and relevant learning, to become creative, resilient problem-solvers who bring their best to the world.

 

Professional Qualifications

  • Independent school experience in a variety of roles in and out of the classroom
  • Master’s Degree in education or a related field preferred
  • Demonstrated success in program development and implementation
  • Demonstrated experience in, and enthusiasm for, contemporary educational practices, leadership development, faculty growth, social-emotional learning, and community building

 

Personal Qualities

  • Demonstrate enthusiasm for work with all school constituencies
  • Model school virtues of respect, compassion, courage, and integrity
  • Communicate (orally and in writing) effectively with all school constituencies
  • Collaborate and work positively as a member of a team
  • Demonstrate vision, direction, and resilience
  • Acknowledge personal strengths and challenges
  • Commit to developing the individual potential of students and faculty
  • Guide and direct, purposeful conversations in difficult situations or conflict
  • Demonstrate interest in the latest research on pedagogy, technology, and learning

 

Duties

  • Report to Head of School and serve on the Leadership Team
  • Direct entirety of Lower School programs, including curriculum, arts, and activities
  • Coordinate work of the Lower School Leadership Team
  • Recruit and evaluate Lower School faculty and staff
  • Assess, and address when necessary, strengths and challenges of faculty and staff
  • Work with the Upper School Director and Middle School Director to ensure continuity, consistency, and opportunities for connection
  • Work with parents, students, and other constituencies to foster enthusiasm for the work of the School
  • Participate actively in strategic planning

 

Compensation is commensurate with experience. Interested candidates should go to the Dawson website (www.dawsonschool.org), scroll to the bottom of the page, click on the Employment link, find Current Job Opportunities at Dawson, and select the Lower School Director posting to apply for this position. Only online applications will be accepted. This position is available July 1, 2020, and will function on a 12-month employment agreement running from July 1 to June 30.  No phone calls, please.

Middle School Director

February 21, 2020 - April 1, 2020

Dawson, a K-12 independent school of 520 students located east of Boulder on a beautiful 107-acre campus, seeks an exceptional Middle School Director.  The Middle School Director will work closely with the Head of School and Leadership Team to create a culture of positivity, partnership, and connection throughout the 6-8 community of faculty, students, and families. This culture requires a spirit of encouragement, support, transparency, participation, broad student programming in academics and SEL, and enthusiasm for Dawson. The focus of the Middle School Director will be sustaining positive school culture, implementing programs effectively and efficiently, and ensuring proactive communication, and supporting middle school students and teachers. Compensation is competitive. 

 

Dawson School Mission Statement 

Dawson School is dedicated to excellence of mind, body, and character. We prepare students, through challenging and relevant learning, to become creative, resilient problem-solvers who bring their best to the world.

Professional Qualifications

  • Independent school experience in a variety of roles in and out of the classroom
  • Master’s Degree in education or a related field preferred
  • Demonstrated success in program development and implementation
  • Demonstrated experience in, and enthusiasm for, contemporary educational practices, leadership development, faculty growth, social-emotional learning, and community building
  • Demonstrated literacy expertise and learning support exposure

 

Personal Qualities

  • Demonstrate enthusiasm for work with all school constituencies
  • Model school virtues of respect, compassion, courage, and integrity
  • Communicate (orally and in writing) effectively with all school constituencies
  • Collaborate and work positively as a member of a team
  • Demonstrate vision, direction, and resilience
  • Acknowledge personal strengths and challenges
  • Commit to developing the individual potential of students and faculty
  • Guide direct, purposeful conversations in difficult situations or conflict
  • Demonstrate interest in the latest research on pedagogy, technology, and learning

 

Duties

  • Report to Head of School and serve on the Leadership Team
  • Direct entirety of Middle School programs, including curriculum, arts, and activities
  • Coordinate work of the Middle School Leadership Team
  • Recruit and evaluate Middle School faculty and staff
  • Assess, and address when necessary, strengths and challenges of faculty and staff
  • Work with the Upper School Director and Lower School Director  to ensure continuity, consistency, and opportunities for connection
  • Work with parents, students, and other constituencies to foster enthusiasm for the work of the School
  • Participate actively in strategic planning

 

Compensation is commensurate with experience. Interested candidates should go to the Dawson website (www.dawsonschool.org), scroll to the bottom of the page, click on the Employment link, find Current Job Opportunities at Dawson, and select the Middle School Director posting to apply for this position. Only online applications will be accepted. This position is available July 1, 2020, and will function on a 12-month employment agreement running from July 1 to June 30.  No phone calls, please.

Communications Manager Montessori School of Denver

February 19, 2020 - June 30, 2020

Montessori School of Denver (MSD) is seeking an experienced, full-time Communications Manager to join our Administration Team for the 2019-2020 school year. As an integral member of the MSD team, the Communications Manager implements and supports communication strategies that successfully support the mission of MSD.

MSD provides an engaging, dynamic, and sound Montessori educational program for all of its students. The school is accredited by both the American Montessori Society* and the Association of Colorado Independent Schools and is thus recognized by the National Association of Independent Schools for its academic excellence. Founded in 1964, MSD is the oldest Montessori school in the Denver metro area. In 2015, MSD completed a comprehensive multi-million-dollar expansion plan to complement its existing facilities. A new Arts and Athletics Center, enhanced outdoor learning and play environments, a new Toddler Village, updated Middle School space, Urban Farm, and a state-of-the-art Science and Innovation Tower provide an exceptional experiential educational environment for all of its students. Currently, the School serves over 340 students, Toddler through Middle School.

 Essential Duties and Responsibilities of the Communications Manager

  • Manage an integrated online presence on social media platforms.
  • Execute annual marketing and campaign plans that engage internal and external constituents in the support and promotion of the school.
  • Help to identify emerging marketing opportunities, design effective targeting strategies, and report on results to the Director of Advancement.
  • Oversee the production of a variety of materials meant to increase the school’s visibility and competitive positioning, and enhance the public’s perception of the school.
  • Work across all departments, including Specials and Auxiliary Programs, to trumpet student activities and successes in publications.
  • Collaborate with the Admissions Team and the Advancement office to develop strategies to recruit prospective students and engage committed alumni and families.
  • Manage a comprehensive publications program (concept, design, content, editorial, and production for paper and electronic communications) that reaches and influences the school’s target audiences.
  • Maintain the strategic and creative direction of the school’s website and keep content updated.
  • Maintain working relationships between the school and the media as well as other key community organizations; create and maintain an official point of contact for public information.
  • Implement a crisis management communication plan if directed to do so.
  • Communicate effectively with all constituencies, including students, faculty and staff, parents, and alumni/ae.
  • Participate in the Marketing and Communications Task Force.
  • Maintain and track the annual marketing budget.
  • Develop and maintain signage and banners across campus.
  • Write and send all school emails including: the weekly MSD Bee newsletter, Head of School emails, admission event emails and reminders, Parent Association communications, and other miscellaneous emails.
  • Photograph events, as well as edit, organize, and manage photos. Some videography.

 Qualification Requirements

  • Bachelor’s degree in English, journalism, communications, or marketing strongly preferred.
  • Experience in marketing and communications with independent schools or nonprofit organizations.
  • Outstanding organizational and presentation skills.
  • Exceptional written and oral communication skills.
  • Proven ability to effectively lead, manage, and inspire a collaborative team in a fast-paced environment with multiple creative projects.
  • Creative thinker with an artistic vision that can drive MSD mission focused direction.
  • Experience with website content management and design (WordPress and some HTML).
  • Experience in Adobe publishing and design software (InDesign, Illustrator, Lightroom, and Photoshop especially).
  • Demonstrated experience with photography, videography, and social media marketing.
  • Demonstrated success as a confident problem solver.
  • Proven track record as an independent and goal-oriented manager with a dedication to meeting deadlines.

MSD offers a competitive salary and benefits package, including but not limited to medical, dental and vision insurance; 403(b) retirement plan with employer match; and opportunities for professional development.

MSD is committed to maintaining a diverse and inclusive school community.

Equal Opportunity Employer: MSD is committed to a policy of nondiscrimination and equal opportunity for all persons regardless of race, ethnicity, color, religion, sex, gender identity or expression, sexual orientation, national origin, age, disability, or veteran status.

 Please complete an employment application located on our website. Email or fax completed application and resume to the attention of Lydia Desmarais, Director of Human Resources, at [email protected] or 303-757-6145.

 

Literacy Specialist Montessori School of Denver

February 19, 2020 - June 30, 2020

Montessori School of Denver (MSD) is seeking an experienced Literacy Specialist to join our Learning Support Team for the 2020-2021 school year.

The primary purpose of the Montessori School of Denver is to educate children and to teach and nurture the skills necessary for success in the 21st-century based on a foundation of Montessori philosophy and principles and best educational practices. MSD also upholds the highest standards of independent school education as articulated in the Standards of the Association of Colorado Independent Schools, Principles of Good Practice of the National Association of Independent Schools, and the American Montessori Society’s Philosophy and Practice and Code of Ethics.

 MISSION STATEMENT

We are a dynamic educational environment empowering students to use diverse knowledge and experiences to reach their full potential and do good in the world.

IMPLEMENTATION AND ASSESSMENT

  • Create an Orton-Gillingham implementation plan for kindergarten through fifth grade that provides a framework for classroom instruction and individual work. The plan must include a process by which students are assessed, grouped for instruction, and provide an outline for delivery of content and follow up work.
  • Train members of the Literacy Team in foundational OG strategies.
  • Oversee DIBELS assessment process including determining testing windows, training teachers to administer testing, ordering materials, and supporting teachers with data entry, if needed.
  • Document initial assessment and maintain progress monitoring, disseminate pertinent information to teachers and administration.
  • Work with Student Support Team on interpreting individual student DIBEL scores to determine support strategies as needed.
  • Work with Literacy/Educational Leadership Team on analyzing DIBEL, ERB, or other testing data for trends, areas for professional development, and/or areas of strength.
  • Keep Literacy materials in good condition, maintain and grow reader set library, order new materials as needed, and appropriately manage the Literacy budget.
  • As part of the Learning Support Team, meet regularly with teachers to provide insight and guidance to create a plan for differentiated instruction in the classroom for accommodations and learning extensions as necessary.

 TEACHING PRACTICE

  • Work directly with identified children, individually or in small groups, to strengthen literacy skills.
  • Prepare materials and lessons that meet the needs and interests of the children, are appropriate to their development, and are based on Montessori philosophy and practice, best educational practices, and utilize the strategies from the Orton-Gillingham model.
  • Communicate clearly and accurately with children, conveying clear expectations and managing student behavior in a positive, respectful and effective manner.
  • Be on time and well prepared to meet the children.
  • Model appropriate behavior and respectful communication at all times, and promote positive self-concept.
  • Manage small groups in such a manner that children are able to concentrate on their work, and gain confidence in their practice and in their abilities.
  • Promote the values contained in the mission statement.
  • Model effective interpersonal relationships that are thoughtful and respectful.
  • Create an emotional climate that is warm and comfortable and in which children feel safe and nurtured and facilitate a cooperative learning community.
  • Define and support a clear process for resolving difficulties and the children use the process regularly.
  • Be aware of and sensitive to children’s individual learning challenges, styles and intelligences. Treat all students equitably and make appropriate adjustments in teaching style to meet individual learning differences.
  • Help the children develop physically, academically, socially and emotionally. When there are difficulties in any of these areas to keep accurate records regarding the problems or concerns of consequence involving the child, consult with the Assistant Head or School and/or the Director of Upper Elementary and communicate with parents and outside professionals according to established procedures.
  • Assure the safety of each child on the school grounds.

 PROFESSIONAL/PERSONAL GROWTH

  • Support Professional Development of MSD faculty in the area of literacy.
  • Keep up-to-date on current research on best practices for reading instruction.
  • Set realistic and meaningful annual goals and successfully accomplish them.
  • Continue to grow in all subject areas and keep abreast of current practice and materials by reading professional literature, participating in school professional development opportunities, attending a minimum of 15 hours of school in-services, going to workshops and attending classes.
  • Be able to engage in honest self-assessment and receive feedback from peers and/or supervisor.
  • Be willing to improve and assume responsibility for his/her actions.
  • Demonstrate the ability to reason, take multiple perspectives, be creative, take risks, experiment and solve problems.
  • Maintain a professional attitude on campus and at all school related events.

 COMMUNITY ENGAGEMENT

Colleagues

  • Communicate with teachers and appropriate administrator(s) on a regular basis regarding progress of students.
  • Meet with administrator(s) regularly to update caseload.
  • Communicate with teachers to determine effective support schedule.
  • Meet with program/teaching teams where appropriate.
  • Provide suggestions for accommodations and possible strategies and tools within the classroom that work within Montessori practice.
  • Serve as a resource for the development of further strategies and extensions.
  • Assist teachers in parent meetings where appropriate.
  • Assist with determining salient information from evaluations and take action to clarify the report for the child’s learning team.
  • Discuss curriculum and educational philosophy with MSD peers and share expertise, welcome new ideas and demonstrate the ability to be flexible.
  • Share his or her space and materials with colleagues.
  • Give and receive help from colleagues. Provide active, on-going support for all colleagues and demonstrate strong collaborative skills. Participate positively as a member of MSD faculty.
  • Deal directly with colleagues in regards to any unresolved issues. Use the MSD Complaint and Conflict Resolution Policy and avoid gossip.
  • Be respectful of community agreements such as being prompt at meetings and fulfilling responsibilities.
 Parents
  • Be responsive, respectful and supportive of the parents in their role of parenting and make helpful recommendations when appropriate.
  • Lead Parent Education workshops, as appropriate.
  • Consult with parents and teachers on developing strategies to support literacy development and proficiency to create consistency between home and school.
  • Maintain a positive attitude toward parents and respond in a thoughtful and timely manner.
  • Utilize parents as resources in supporting the child.
  • Conduct conferences as required or requested for children receiving literacy support. Communicate clearly and honestly during parent conferences about child’s strengths and challenges.
  • Write clear and informative progress updates as needed.
  • Complete recommendation forms for future schools as required.

MSD offers a competitive salary and benefits package, including but not limited to medical, dental and vision insurance; 403(b) retirement plan with employer match; and opportunities for professional development.

MSD is committed to maintaining a diverse and inclusive school community.

Equal Opportunity Employer: MSD is committed to a policy of nondiscrimination and equal opportunity for all persons regardless of race, ethnicity, color, religion, sex, gender identity or expression, sexual orientation, national origin, age, disability, or veteran status.

Please complete an employment application located on our website. Email or fax completed application and resume to the attention of Lydia Desmarais, Director of Human Resources, at [email protected] or 303-757-6145.

Development Associate Montessori School of Denver

February 19, 2020 - June 30, 2020

Montessori School of Denver (MSD) is seeking an experienced Development Associate to join our Administration Team for the 2019-2020 school year.

MSD provides an engaging, dynamic, and sound Montessori educational program for all of its students. The school is accredited by both the American Montessori Society* and the Association of Colorado Independent Schools and is thus recognized by the National Association of Independent Schools for its academic excellence. Founded in 1964, MSD is the oldest Montessori school in the Denver metro area. In 2015, MSD completed a comprehensive multi-million-dollar expansion plan to complement its existing facilities. A new Arts and Athletics Center, enhanced outdoor learning and play environments, a new Toddler Village, updated Middle School space, Urban Farm, and a state-of-the-art Science and Innovation Tower provide an exceptional experiential educational environment for all of its students. Currently, the School serves over 340 students, Toddler through Middle School.

 The Development Associate will be responsible for managing our Annual Fund and the database of donor information. MSD is seeking a proactive, detail-oriented, self-motivated individual who will report to our Director of Advancement. Experience in Administration, Development, and/or non-profit preferred.

 Development Associate Responsibilities:

  • Manage and execute the Annual Fund Campaign, including managing the distribution of the tax receipt letters in a timely and accurate manner.
  • Manage our donor database systems “Raisers Edge” and “Blackbaud.” Verify current information and optimize our lists. Increase the use of Raisers Edge/Blackbaud by adding details to each donor’s profile that helps to track engagement on a variety of levels.
  • Update and manage MSD’s Colorado Gives Day profile each year.
  • Assist in the production of marketing and outreach materials for distribution including the Annual Report.
  • Organize donor engagement events.
  • Gather information, photos, and statistics for the Annual Report.
  • Execute all mailings including solicitations and appreciations.
  • Attend Development Committee meetings.
  • Oversee all related expenses as it relates to the Annual Fund.
  • Support fundraising efforts including Capital Campaign, Speaker Series, and  MSD’s Sabbatical Program.

 Development Associate Requirements:

  • Raiser’s Edge/Blackbaud database experience highly recommended.
  • Proven organizational, follow-through, and follow-up skills.
  • Strong interpersonal skills when working with colleagues, independent school parents, parent volunteers, and other donor constituencies.
  • Utmost discretion with regard to donor personal information.
  • Proficient with MS Word, Excel, and Outlook.
  • Proven success achieving goals and delivering results.

MSD offers a competitive salary and benefits package, including but not limited to medical, dental and vision insurance; 403(b) retirement plan with employer match; and opportunities for professional development.

MSD is committed to maintaining a diverse and inclusive school community.

Equal Opportunity Employer: MSD is committed to a policy of nondiscrimination and equal opportunity for all persons regardless of race, ethnicity, color, religion, sex, gender identity or expression, sexual orientation, national origin, age, disability, or veteran status.

 Please complete an employment application located on our website. Email or fax completed application and resume to the attention of Lydia Desmarais, Director of Human Resources, at [email protected] or 303-757-6145.