GNH Community

nonprofits,local leaders & Grt.New Haven business sharing information

Elm City Montessori School Executive Director

Elm City Montessori School (ECMS) is New Haven’s first public Montessori school designed to serve students ages 3- 13.  The school opened in the fall of 2014 as Connecticut’s only local charter school.

We seek a visionary Executive Director committed to Montessori as a vehicle for social justice to work with our Principal and Board in establishing Montessori as an exemplary public education model in New Haven.

The Executive Director reports to the Elm City Montessori School Board of Trustees and oversees external community relations, partnerships, school operations, budgeting, external reporting and fundraising at the school in accordance with the Connecticut State Department of Education’s Charter School standards, policies and regulations.  The ED will ethically manage all assets of Elm City Montessori School according to legal standards of the State of Connecticut.


The Executive Director will have demonstrated competency in all the areas listed above, plus

  • Master’s degree in fields related to education, educational policy or related field and 5+ years work experience in educational leadership
  • Strong knowledge of New Haven and Connecticut education and non-profit networks
  • Resides in or plans to live in New Haven’s vibrant urban community
  • Fluency in Spanish preferred



The Executive Director will serve 12 months.  Contract for the first year will be a one-year renewable contract.  The next & subsequent contracts will be three-year contracts with preset minimum raises.


Salary and Benefits

Competitive salary, commensurate with experience, and comprehensive benefits package 


Responsibilities include:

Organizational Leadership

  • Oversee the organization to reflect the principles of equity, justice, and the dignity of each individual.
  • Develop a culture of high expectations.
  • Establish an effective leadership style, and involve members of the administration and faculty in decision-making.
  • Be accessible and communicate effectively with all constituencies.
  • Create a strong leadership team for the organization.
  • Work with the leadership team to develop short and long-term goals organization-wide. 

  • Monitor non-academic outcomes to ensure that the school is meeting its performance goals.

  • Be a resource and support to the school Principal.
  • Work with the Board of Trustees to ensure the development and implementation of appropriate policies for long- term organizational management.
  • Coordinate all Board communication with school staff, families and community at large
  • Remain current with trends and research in education, particularly those affecting charter school operation and educational leadership. 


  • In partnership with the Principal, recruit, support and retain a highly effective faculty and staff.
  • Create procedures governing the hiring process at ECMS and a strategic recruiting plan for seeking candidates who will add to the school’s racial, 
cultural, and gender diversity.

  • In partnership with the Principal, develop staff orientation, ongoing mentorship, meaningful evaluation and performance metrics for non-teaching staff.
  • Supervises staff with responsibility in external community relations, operations & fundraising.

Community Relations & Student Recruitment

  • Represent Elm City Montessori School before the public and clearly articulate the school mission to a diverse group of students, families, community members, policy makers and donors.
  • Develop strong working relations with the New Haven Public School District, the CT Department of Education, other school leaders and additional constituents.
  • Work cooperatively with other schools and organizations to ensure ECMS school operations 
demonstrate good practice, especially those of admission, outreach, staff recruitment and development and fundraising. 

  • Produce and supervise recruitment materials, news releases and other media documents. Grant approval of media interviews to School employees.
  • Act as the primary manager of all external commutations.


Finance and Fundraising

  • Provide oversight for all funds, physical assets, and other property of Elm City Montessori School.
  • Safeguarded and administer all financial systems, reporting, and tracking of the budget.
    • Work with Board Finance Committee on Elm City Montessori School’s budget.
    • Develop, implement and manage fiscal policies, procedures and systems.
    • Establish and implement a development plan to guide fundraising efforts.
    • Cultivate and maintain support from private donors and foundations.



  • Contract with any outside personnel needed for general operations and technical support.
  • Oversee and coordinate operations, renovations and upkeep of the physical plant.
  • Oversee and coordinate the general organization of the school, in regards to the school’s office, the way the school tracks information, etc.
  • Oversee data reporting to the state and to the federal government.
  • Ensure compliance with all Federal, State, and Local laws and mandates, including those pertaining to Special Education and students with IEP’s or 504 plans. 


To Learn More and Apply

Please visit our website at to learn more about Elm City Montessori School. Elm City Montessori School is an equal opportunity employer and people from diverse backgrounds are strongly encouraged to apply. The application deadline is April 10, 2015. Please send resume and cover letter to A July 2015 start date is preferred.

Views: 80


You need to be a member of GNH Community to add comments!

Join GNH Community

Now available in multiple languages

Welcome (Bienvenido, Benvenuto, Powitanie, Bonjour! Willkomme,歡迎, ברוךהבא أهلا وسهلا, Bonvenon) to GNH Community

traducción, traduzione, tłumaczenie, traduction, Übersetzung, 翻译, תרגום أهلا ترجمة, traduko


Imagine. Inform. Invest. Inspire.

Working together to build a stronger community - now and forever



Neighborhoods: What is Working

Open Street Project

An Open Streets Family Reunion: Reflections from the 2018 Open Streets Summit

By Ryan O’Connor, Director of Programs, 8 80 Cities Recently 8 80 Cities wrote a blog post about open streets being a labour of love. That being the case, the 2018 Open Streets Summit in New Orleans felt like a family reunion of sorts. It was rejuvenating to see old and new friends who share our passion for open streets and are working tirelessly to create healthier, happier, and more connected communities across the world. The event, which took place on September 15-16, brought together more than 50 leaders who currently organize open streets programs or are interested in bringing the...

The post An Open Streets Family Reunion: Reflections from the 2018 Open Streets Summit appeared first on Open Streets Project.

Open Streets Summit Draft Agenda

We hope you are getting ready and feel excited about the Open Streets Summit in Gretna/New Orleans! Taking place from September 15-16, 2018, the Summit will feature tours, presentations and networking opportunities with open streets champions and organizers from across the continent. Attendees will learn about the nuts and bolts of starting or scaling up open streets programs, including: Route design and planning Partnerships with business and officials Social inclusion Safety and logistics Marketing and promotion Program evaluation through measurable goals and metrics If you haven’t done it yet, click here to register for the Open Streets Summit only or...

The post Open Streets Summit Draft Agenda appeared first on Open Streets Project.

Open Streets Summit Speakers Announced!

The Open Streets Project is proud to announce that Ed Solis from Viva Calle (San Jose, CA), Romel Pascual from CicLAvia (Los Angeles, CA), Jaymie Santiago and Charles Brown from New Brunswick Ciclovia will join us as speakers for the 2018 Open Streets Summit in New Orleans and Gretna! Taking place from September 15-16 2018, the Summit will feature: Behind the scenes tour of the City of Gretna’s inaugural open streets program. Workshops, presentations, and networking opportunities with open streets champions and organizers from across the continent. Training and inspiration for both -novice and experienced- open streets organizers and supporters...

The post Open Streets Summit Speakers Announced! appeared first on Open Streets Project.

Local Initiatives Support Corporation

The Justice League

We first published this story about the RVA League for Safer Streets and its co-founders, Jawad Abdu and Paul Taylor, in January. Sadly, Jawad Abdu died of a heart attack on July 13, 2019. We are reposting the article to commemorate Abdu's work and commitment to his community, which will be carried forward by his partners Taylor and Robert Morris.  In less than three years, the RVA League for Safer Streets, a basketball-plus-education program for young men from Richmond communities with high crime rates, has had an extraordinary peace-making impact in the lives of participants—and on the city at large. Its founders were informed by experience and insight wrought by decades behind bars, which is why the League is dedicated to keeping people out of prison, and helping those who are returning to become successful members of their communities. The article that follows contains audio quotes from the League's founders about pivotal experiences in their lives in and outside of prison.

For the Love of the Game—and the Neighborhood

For 13 summers running, Hoops in the Hood has offered a safe, healthy and enriching outlet for Chicago children in nearly 20 historically under-invested neighborhoods. With support from LISC and State Farm, the program has had a tranformative impact on its participants, and their communities.

Walking the Talk of Racial Equity

LISC Phoenix’s Dominic Braham is a 2019 PLACES fellow with the Funder’s Network for Smart Growth and Livable Communities (alongside LISC NYC's Grace Chung). When the fellowship brought him to Newark, NJ for a site visit, it sparked a realization: Braham saw that he had to think critically about pushing for racial equity from both an individual and an institutional perspective. In a blog for the Funder’s Network, he shares the toolbox he’s been assembling to challenge the status quo in community development leadership, and to convert conversations about change into action.

© 2019   Created by Lee Cruz.   Powered by

Badges  |  Report an Issue  |  Terms of Service