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.


  • Director of Finance and Operations

    Founded in 1980, MCS is fully accredited by the American Montessori Society and the Southern Association of Colleges and Schools. Our beautifully planned, 13 acre, wooded campus is located between Durham and Chapel Hill. MCS features sunny, spacious classrooms, a fine arts building for music, art, and ceramics, a sport field, track, sand volleyball court, numerous playgrounds, and a gymnasium.

    This position reports to the Head of School and serves on the school’s leadership team. The Director of Finance and Operations is responsible for all financial operations, human resource functions and physical management of the school. They are expected to work closely with the Finance Committee and the Board of Trustees on creating and monitoring the annual budget, cash flow and investment management.

    Essential Duties and responsibilities include but are not limited to the following:

    Finance:

    – Conduct the day-to-day operation of the business office including payroll, accounts receivable, accounts payable, cash management, financial accounting, contract management, and most purchasing functions in coordination with internal and external bookkeepers or accountants 

    – Manage, develop, and direct the annual operating budget. Plan and prepare forecasts of the financial condition of the school

    – Coordination of the annual audit and compliance with auditor requirements and recommendations

    – Report to the Head of School and the Board of Trustees on the present operations of the school, pro forma projections for future operations, and annual audits of the financial statements of the school

    – Serve as a member of the financial aid committee and oversee the administration of financial aid awards

    – Maintain compliance with governmental regulations and changing regulatory environment by staying current on laws and policies. File all required regulatory reports, including state charity registrations and annual reporting

    – Establish policies, procedures, standards, and strategies for areas of responsibility and provide appropriate internal controls and strengths to safeguard the school’s assets

    – In partnership with the Head of the School and other staff and trustees, evaluate, pursue, and manage additional (non-tuition) revenue-generating opportunities using the school’s resources

    – Assist the Parents Teacher Organization in its financial affairs

    Operations

    – Oversee the risk management function and purchases of property, casualty, liability, and workers’ compensation insurance

    – Select or approve and directly oversee relationships with business service providers 

    – Secure the highest quality products and services for the school’s business functions, including measurements of cost-effectiveness

    – Manage human resources, including hiring and onboarding, employee relations, benefits and compensation, and safety for employees

    – Administer personnel policies, including the annual review and revision of the employee handbook

    – Supervise the management of the physical plant, including maintenance, renovations, custodial care, and security

    – Work closely with the Head  of School to ensure full compliance with any and all municipal regulations, inspections, and planning

    – Create and implement campus safety and risk management protocols

    – Partner with the Head of School and other senior administrators on operational and strategic issues as they arise

    Leadership:

    – Provide counsel and support to the Head  of School, Board of Trustees, and faculty and staff on the impact and execution of operational decisions, financial commitments and stewardship, and programs

    – Serve on the senior administrative team who oversee all day to day operations and help set strategic goals and planning for the school

    – Attend Board, Finance, Development, and Facilities Committee meetings and presentations as necessary

    – Demonstrate excellent customer service with employees and families

     

    What You Need:

    Skills, Qualifications, Experience, Personal Qualities:

    – Bachelor’s or Master’s degree in finance or accounting preferred or demonstrated equivalent experience, CPA desirable

    – A minimum of 5 years of experience in senior finance and administrative positions; independent school or non-profit experience preferred

    – Attention to detail with excellent verbal and written communication skills

    – Demonstrated skills in and knowledge of physical plant management, and the laws and regulations that affect employees

    – Demonstrated success in establishing and maintaining policies, procedures, and controls

    – Experience with Google Platforms, including Google Drive, Google Sheets, Google Docs, and Google Slides preferred

    – Relationship-driven, collaborative, empathetic and culturally aware 

    – Self-directed and well organized, with the flexibility and practicality to respond to changing priorities and unexpected situations

    – Proven track record of advising at the highest level and participating in major strategic decisions that have profound long-term implications for an organization

    – Availability to work evening and weekend special events

    Please send a resume and cover letter to awenger@mcsdurham.org with Director of Finance and Operations in the subject line.

  • Maintenance Worker

    Montessori Community School is seeking a full-time Maintenance Worker for a year-round position from 8 am–5 pm, Monday through Friday.

    Founded in 1980, MCS is fully accredited by the American Montessori Society and the Southern Association of Colleges and Schools. Our beautifully planned, 13 acre, wooded campus is located between Durham and Chapel Hill. MCS features sunny, spacious classrooms, science lab, a fine arts building for music, art, and ceramics, a sport field, track, sand volleyball court, numerous playgrounds, and a gymnasium.

    The Maintenance Worker will report to the Assistant Head of School for Finance and Facilities and the Head of School. The responsibilities include, but are not limited to: repairing materials on campus, installing and assembling new equipment, light plumbing and electrical work, moving furniture and materials, helping to refurbish classrooms and grounds, participate in snow removal during winter months, sweep and leaf-blow walkways. Experience with maintenance of HVAC systems is a plus.

    Our competitive benefits package includes health, dental, long-term disability, 403(b), and tuition remission for qualified dependents.

    Qualifications: at least 3 years of maintenance experience, able to lift 50 lbs., the ability to organize projects and multi-task, an eye for detail, and able to take direction.

    Position start date: August 1, 2021

    Please send a resume to mmiller@mcsdurham.org with the Subject: “Maintenance Worker: Your Name.”

  • Early Childhood Program Assistant

    Montessori Community School is seeking a full-time Program Assistant for the 2021-22 school year. This staff member will be responsible for supervising children, 3 to 6 years of age. Applicants must be at least eighteen (18) years of age, have a warm and friendly personality, be sensitive to the feelings and needs of others, be able to relate well to children and be willing to fulfill responsibilities in accordance with the School’s program and philosophy. Hours are 11-6 pm Monday-Friday.

    Interested applicants, please send a cover letter and resume to mmiller@mcsdurham.org.

  • Toddler Assistant Teacher

    Montessori Community School is seeking a full-time Toddler Assistant Teacher for the 2021-22 school year. This staff member will be responsible for supervising children, 18 months to 3 years of age. Applicants must be at least eighteen (18) years of age, have a warm and friendly personality, be sensitive to the feelings and needs of others, be able to relate well to children and be willing to fulfill responsibilities in accordance with the School’s program and philosophy.

    Interested applicants, please send a cover letter and resume to mmiller@mcsdurham.org.