Overview

Xavier University is part of the 500-year-old Jesuit Catholic tradition of academic excellence in the liberal arts and is strongly committed to enhancing equity, inclusion, and diversity. These values are central to our mission.  We strive for a climate of respect and inclusiveness that welcomes and supports members from diverse backgrounds and life experiences, is committed unreservedly to open and free inquiry, and deliberately seeks out multiple perspectives.

Xavier University is seeking a full-time Head of the Montessori Laboratory School and Teaching Professor. The candidate for this position must have a strong foundation in Montessori philosophy, as well as Montessori classroom and school leadership experience.  This position is responsible for overall leadership of the Montessori Laboratory School to promote and foster “an interwoven community of parents, students, and educators steeped in high-quality Montessori pedagogy.” (see https://www.xavier.edu/montessori-lab-school/ ) Furthermore, as an integral part of the University, the Head of School will nurture relationships embracing the many available resources at Xavier.

The Head of the School will exhibit and model a positive, participatory leadership style over all areas of the Montessori School, including: student instruction, teacher development, curricular issues, parent relations, administrative reporting, community & government relations, assessment, and accreditation responsibilities.  The Head of the School facilitates collaboration among teachers, parents, administrators, and staff with activities and events to enrich learning and a spirit of community.  As a teaching professor, the Head of School is afforded an opportunity to instruct at least one Montessori college course per calendar year.

Education and Experience

Required:

Minimum three years teaching experience in a Montessori classroom
Minimum one year Administrative experience in a Montessori setting
American Montessori Society Credential or comparable Montessori credential
Masters or above in an appropriate area of study
State of Ohio teaching license or principal license or the willingness to complete or transfer state licensure.
Ability to work with diverse groups
Strong communication skills both written and verbal
Preferred:

Multiage credentialing
Administrative education and training
Other Requirements

Xavier University is an Equal Opportunity employer committed to enhancing equity, inclusion, and diversity. All qualified applicants will receive consideration for employment without discrimination on the basis of race, ethnicity, religion, sex, sexual orientation, gender identity or expression, national origin, age, marital status, veteran status, or disability.

To ensure consideration, qualified/interested applicants must submit a cover letter, resume and the names and contact information of three professional references on Xavier University’s website.  Candidates are asked to include in their cover letter a brief statement on their leadership style and how they might support/contribute to Xavier’s commitment to diversity and inclusion.

Review of applicants will begin June 20th, 2022.  This position will remain open until filled.

Xavier University requires all employees to be fully vaccinated against COVID-19.  Newly hired employees will be required to provide vaccination status upon on-boarding.  Vaccine exemptions may be granted for medical or religious reasons.

About Xavier University

Xavier University Montessori Lab School was established in 1966 as a demonstration project to reflect the philosophy and teaching methods of the Montessori Teacher Education Program at Xavier University. The directive of the Lab School was to serve as a venue for pre-service teachers, provide an interactive learning environment for Xavier undergraduate and graduate students, as well as providing an observation facility that would service the awareness of Montessori education to a broader community.