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.

  • Office Manager

    Montessori Community School is seeking a full-time Office Manager for a year-round position from 7:30 am–4 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, a fine arts building for music, art, and ceramics, a sport field, track, sand volleyball court, numerous playgrounds, and a gymnasium. 

    The Office Manager reports to the Head of School. The responsibilities include, but are not limited to: 

    – greeting families, students, and visitors at the front desk in a way that exudes a positive first impression of the school
    – answering the main switchboard and routing calls to the appropriate person
    supporting projects for members of the administration team such as creating documents, organizing electronic folders, and maintaining recordkeeping
    managing projects in Google Suite and Sign Up Genius
    processing mail (both paper and electronic)
    scheduling
    data entry
    organization of mailings
    supporting the coordination of field trips
    other general office duties such as copying, faxing, scanning, filing, and purchasing

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

    Qualifications: Prefer at least 2 years of experience in an office setting, proficiency in Google Suite (Docs, Sheets, Slides) and Sign-Up Genius, and familiar with website technology. Excellent written and verbal communication skills are required as well as the ability to organize projects and multi-task.

    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, at kperretta@mcsdurham.org.

     

  • 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
  • Late Day Staff Member

    Montessori Community School is seeking a part-time staff member to supervise children in our After School program. 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. The ideal applicant will enjoy spending time outdoors in varying weather conditions and be able to facilitate programs with fellow staff members in a collaborative setting. Hours are 2:45 – 6:00 p.m. Monday – Friday, though these may be adjusted at the time of an employment offer depending on the needs of the program.

    Send a cover letter and resume to Katherine Perretta.

  • 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.”