Careers

Our benefits package includes health, dental, long-term disability, SIMPLE IRA, professional development, and tuition remission for qualified dependents. Applicants for classroom teaching positions must have a Montessori credential that is MACTE-approved. A bachelor’s degree and previous classroom experience are preferred. Candidates are expected to work collaboratively for the benefit of each child and the school and demonstrate a commitment to professional growth and development.

  • Toddler and Primary Support Staff

    Attention early childhood professionals! Are you ready to join a community of individualized and joyful learning?

    Montessori Community School (MCS) is in search of early childhood professionals to join our supportive and vibrant community of Montessori educators in the Toddler and Primary programs. MCS is an independent school accredited by the American Montessori Society (AMS) for toddlers through eighth grade located on the border of Chapel Hill and Durham, North Carolina. We value teachers as mentors, guides, and partners. Teachers are given the freedom to follow the child, lead them to big work, and utilize the many resources in the community to expand their learning. The ideal candidate is committed to fostering an inclusive, equitable, and diverse learning community.

    In addition to supporting our teaching staff in the afternoon with supervision, our Toddler and Primary support staff plan and implement an ongoing program of activities that promote the social, emotional, cognitive, and physical development of each child enrolled in our after school program, in accordance with the Montessori approach to teaching and learning.

    MCS is an accredited private preschool that provides a premier educational child care experience. We offer programs for children from infants through elementary-aged school children.

    Primary Responsibilities

    • Assists in supervising children during recess, lunch, and rest time during the school day
    • Overall supervision and daily class functions of a group of children during extended/late day
    • Observes all rules and regulations at MCS and local, state, or national regulatory agencies pertaining to the health, safety, and care of children
    • Maintain an attractive, well-kept classroom that encourages children to create, explore,  and make decisions with confidence
    • Provide verbal recognition and acceptance to children with clear and consistent expectations for the children’s behavior
    • Accept responsibility for maintenance and necessary housekeeping duties of the classroom, common use areas, and playgrounds
    • Treat children with dignity and respect, meets the needs of individual children with awareness of their interests, special talents and needs, cultural background, and individual learning styles
    • Plan opportunities that are structured for maximum participation (e.g., individual, partner, and small-group activities; non-elimination activities; activities that require no wait time)
    • Teach skills and activities that transfer into continuous learning outside of the after-school program
    • Motivate children to be physically active by implementing a variety of recreational activities
    • Supervise children during the following non-academic days: parent-teacher conference days, first week of winter break, and spring break
    • Supports (other) Primary teachers during the regular school day by making materials and providing additional coverage if available
    • Assists in other capacities that Director, or designee, determines is necessary

    Expectations

    • Must be well versed in conversing with adults on a team as well as speaking positively and effectively to parents of students
    • Must be an energetic person able to multitask, meaning stay busy by moving about a classroom frequently to observe all students while keeping the classroom organized, and ultimately having the ability to ensure that all children are safe and productive 
    • Is reliable and prompt, with good time management to keep the classroom clean and organized, including bathroom tidiness, as well as food prep/cleaning for snack time
    • Attends all required staff meetings, workshops, and/or school functions as work schedule allows
    • Maintains overall professional personal appearance

    Hours

    • Follows the regular school calendar from mid-August to early June
    • Regular school days: 10:45 to 4:30 or 5:45 (two options available) with unpaid 30 minute break
    • Non-school care days (conferences, winter and spring breaks: 8:00 to 4:00
    • Opportunity for summer camp work

    Desired skills and experience

    • Must meet basic requirements of local child care regulatory agency
    • Certified in CPR and First Aid, or become certified upon hire
    • Previous teaching or assistant teaching position in a licensed early childhood program preferred
    • Knowledge of the social, emotional, and creative needs of young children
    • Must be able to lift up to 35 lbs. in connection with the handling of children for the facilitation of programs, child safety, and potential emergency situations
    • Two-year degree in early childhood or related field preferred
    • Degree, preferably in Early Childhood Education or Child Development-related field, and/or CDA
    • Have a N.C. criminal background qualification letter
  • 7th and 8th Grade Math and Science Teacher

    Montessori Community School (MCS), an independent Montessori school for toddlers through eighth grade, seeks an engaging and dynamic math and science teacher for its middle school programs (grades 7-8). Located on the border of Chapel Hill and Durham, North Carolina, MCS is accredited by the American Montessori Society (AMS). The ideal candidate is passionate about working with and empowering adolescents, embraces the Montessori method of teaching, and is committed to a collaborative and interdisciplinary approach to education that supports the academic, emotional and personal growth of each student. Candidates should hold a bachelor’s degree as a minimum (Masters preferred) and would ideally be Montessori certified from a MACTE accredited program. Applicants who do not hold a MACTE accredited Montessori credential at the Secondary level must be willing to start training. Experience in teaching science and math at the middle school level is preferred.

    • The ideal candidate will have at least 3-5 years of classroom experience. We prefer a candidate who holds a teaching certification through the state and/or certification through a MACTE accredited Montessori training center.
    • Preferred candidates will have a background in STEM and sustainability.
    • Montessori Community School is a child-centered school and our philosophy supports teaching the whole child. Ideal candidates will be familiar with the basic principles that guide the Montessori philosophy:
      – Every child is an individual and progresses at his or her own pace.
      – The dignity of every child is respected and protected.
      – Grace and courtesy are integral parts of the curriculum and should be modeled by adults.
      – Students are not punished, humiliated, or shamed to reduce negative behaviors.
    • We are seeking employees who wish to grow in their positions. MCS believes that learning is a lifelong process, and we encourage our teachers to continue learning through professional development and through their personal interests. We hope to attract educators who will shape their role in the classroom by offering our students unique, educational experiences.
    • We value each one of our employees and seek to provide the following:
      – An understanding and encouraging climate that celebrates positive contributions and offers professional guidance when support is needed.
      – An understanding that teachers are people with families and personal lives that need to be nurtured. Though we want energetic teachers to create a supportive and rigorous academic environment, we also encourage our teachers to find balance to avoid burnout.
      – A supportive and loving parent community.
      – Professional Development opportunities, including Montessori training.
      – Tuition assistance for employees’ children.
      – Employee sponsored 401k.

    Our Montessori school strives to be an intentionally diverse community, comprised of people of different ethnicities, socioeconomic backgrounds, gender identities, family structures, sexual orientations, racial identities, national origins, religions, and abilities. Our hiring practices reflect this philosophy.

    Job Type: Full-time

    Benefits: insurance, 401k, tuition remission, paid professional development opportunities

    Education: 4-year degree (Master’s preferred)

    License/Certification: Teaching Certification (MACTE approved training strongly preferred)

    Send resume and cover letter to Katherine Perretta at kperretta@mcsdurham.org. Applications received before May 30, 2022 will receive priority consideration.

  • Finance and Business Office Associate

    Montessori Community School (MCS) is in search of a Finance and Business Office Associate to join our supportive and vibrant community of Montessori educators, staff and administrators. The business office manager/assistant works directly with the Director of Finance and Operations and closely with families, faculty, staff and administration.  

    Responsibilities:

    • Maintain a payroll system that satisfies federal laws and regulations
    • Monitor and update financial software related to admissions, payroll, operations expenses, and banking transactions
    Assist with human resources responsibilities including administering employee-benefit programs, maintaining employee files, coordinating onboarding and exit interviews, and keeping up to date with any laws that may affect MCS and its employees
    Perform month end close procedures including recording entries and reconciliations
    Aid in preparation of financial reports for accountant review and annual tax reporting
    Coordinate school-wide insurance including liability, worker’s compensation, auto insurance, and travel insurance for students
    Participate in ongoing professional development, faculty and staff meetings and school community events
    Collaborate on budget discussions and vendor contract negotiations
    Supervise all school account access including association memberships, student information systems, vendor web portals, and admissions platforms 

    The ideal candidate will have the following:

    • Minimum two years related experience
    • Strong organization skills
    Knowledge of Quickbooks and other accounting software
    Experience with record keeping and data systems
    Skills working in both Microsoft Office and Google Suite
    Payroll and Benefits administration experience 

    Benefits Include:

    • Annual salaried position with competitive salary based on qualifications
    • Paid time off
    Tuition remission
    Insurance and benefits programs
    Paid professional development opportunities 

    Our Montessori school strives to be an intentionally diverse community, comprised of people of different ethnicities, socioeconomic backgrounds, gender identities, family structures, sexual orientations, racial identities, national origins, religions and abilities.  Our hiring practices reflect this philosophy.

    Interested in applying?  Want to know more about this employment opportunity?  Send your resume and cover letter to Katherine Perretta, Director of Finance and Operations, kperretta@mcsdurham.org

  • Substitute Teacher

    Montessori Community School is looking for caring, flexible substitute teachers to add to our on-call list. Substitute teachers must be willing to work with children from ages 18 months through 8th grade. No formal Montessori training is needed to apply, though, former teaching/childcare experience is preferred. This is an on-call position where we will reach out to you as needed to provide coverage when our current staff is absent. Hours for the position and days worked vary based on the needs of the school. Interested applicants should send a resume and list of at least four references. All Substitute Teachers will be required to complete a background screening and provide proof of vaccination or a negative Covid test that is within the week of substituting.

    Please send a resume to kperretta@mcsdurham.org and kshah@mcsdurham.org with the Subject: “Substitute Teacher: Your Name.”