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Job ID: 153391

Head of School

Date Posted Jan. 29, 2021
Title Head of School
School / District
Morristown, VT, United States
Department Mountain River School
Application Deadline Open until filled
Position Start Date Available immediately
  • Administrator
  • Administration

Job Description

Mountain River School, a small independent PreK through 8th-grade school in Morristown, Vermont, is seeking a Head of School. Our pedagogical approach honors all parts of a child’s development and offers opportunities to learn in a nurturing, learner-centered environment focusing on core skills, leadership, self-awareness, and mastery of foundational curriculum and project-based learning. Project-based learning is integral to our place-based approach that fosters critical thinking, problem-solving, creativity, and collaboration.

MRS is a member of the Place Network, a branch of the Teton Science Schools. "The Place Network is a collaborative network of rural K-12 schools that connect learning and communities to increase student engagement, academic outcomes, and community impact."

The Head of School serves to provide holistic school leadership rooted in MRS’s mission and philosophy. At MRS we strive to support children in learning about themselves as individuals and as part of a community, guiding them to learn to speak a language of kindness, respect, and compassion for all. Exposure to nature helps students explore the connection between all living things, drawing upon their own innate knowing, intuition, and empathy. We practice mindfulness daily and are committed to cultivating and deepening our own awareness, personal relationships, and connections with the community.

The Head of School provides educational leadership and stewards the MRS community in developing the following core values to help cultivate strong global citizens:
Communication: We believe that open communication leads to collaborative practice.
Authenticity: We lead an honest and heart-centered life.
Mindfulness: We build awareness of mind, body, and heart.
Inclusivity: We strive to understand diverse perspectives.
Creativity: We foster a culture of imaginative thought and risk-taking.
Stewardship: We care for people and place.

We are looking for a dynamic, community-focused educational leader that has the capacity to set a positive tone and cultivate a heart-centered community while upholding the integrity of curriculum and program development; staff and faculty management; budgeting and finances; growth and development; marketing and fundraising; and collaboration with the Board of Directors.

The ideal candidate will have the following skills:
Enthusiasm for working with children in a PreK to 8th-grade environment
Excellent organizational and time management skills
Strong communication skills, both in speaking and writing
Ability to work collaboratively with colleagues
Entrepreneurial spirit, flexibility, initiative, and the ability to manage diverse responsibilities are essential
Strong administrative skills
The skills needed to develop measurable and meaningful goals for students across all disciplines in conjunction with the educators
The ability to monitor the progress of each student in conjunction with the educators
Ability to develop and encourage a culture of inquiry and innovation while keeping teaching practices that are reflective of current research in the field of learning differences
The skillset to expand school programming for students and families to enhance and enrich the experience for all member of the community

1. B.S./B.A. in Elementary Education or a related field (educational psychology or leadership) required
2. Five years of teaching or working in an elementary program
3. Citizenship, residency, or work visa required
1. A master’s degree in Education or a related field (educational psychology or leadership)
2. Seven-plus years of teaching or working in an elementary program
3. Managerial/leadership experience

Board of Directors

Professional teaching staff
Support staff
Other resource and service personnel functioning within the school

We offer a competitive salary commensurate with the size and location of our school. Benefits include HRA, generous time off, professional development funds, and tuition remission for dependents of HOS.

Please email a cover letter, resume, and three letters of reference to
Please visit to learn more about our school.

Job Requirements
At least 7 years of relevant experience preferred
Master degree preferred
Citizenship, residency or work visa required
Contact Information
Kary Bennett
2648 Randolph Rd
Morristown, Vermont 05661
Phone: 8023434796

    The Mountain River School welcomes diversity among students, staff, and volunteers and does not and shall not discriminate on the basis of race, color, religion, gender, gender expression, marital status, sexual orientation, military status, or national and ethnic origin in its admission or hiring policies, tuition assistance decisions, or any other aspect of its educational program. Mountain River School, LTD complies with all Equal Employment Opportunity and Americans with Disabilities Act laws and regulations in the areas of hiring, compensation, benefits, and promotion.

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