Seton Montessori - Assistant Head of School

Wednesday, September 15, 2021 4:53 PM | Anonymous


Seton Montessori School offers a unique suburban Montessori experience. Our campus in Clarendon Hills, Illinois (15 miles west of Chicago) typically serves 210 children from infants to 12 years of age. We have an exceptional and experienced teaching staff, financial health, a diverse and supportive parent body, and a rich history of preparing children, families and Montessori educators and leaders for success. Seton is an American Montessori Society accredited school. A lab school for the Seton Montessori Institute, we hold ourselves to the highest expectations of the integrity of Montessori implementation, to our deep interest in dialogue and research, and to changing the world through Montessori education.

As a member of Seton’s leadership team, the Assistant Head of School will provide leadership, oversight, and vision for both the day-to-day operations and strategic initiatives of the school. A self-starter, the Assistant Head of School should be prepared to assume support of day-to-day operations, program integrity, staffing (hiring and scheduling), facility maintenance, and licensing oversight. The Assistant Head will partner closely with the Head of School, administrative team, teaching specialists, faculty and staff, students, and families to continue to develop and promote curriculum, programs, and instructional practices that reflect Seton’s mission to prepare children and adults to become thoughtful, effective agents for peace and progress in themselves, their communities, and the world.

The ideal candidate will be a team player who has a warm collaborative, flexible nature, positive energy, sense of humor, and is a consensus builder. They will have excellent communication skills including outstanding writing and speaking skills. Additionally, they will have demonstrated a deep interest in developing their awareness of, and actions around, supporting diversity, equity, inclusion and justice in the community. Lastly, the right candidate will have experience as a solid decision-maker with excellent judgment, an interest in growing and evolving as a leader and someone who embodies leadership via Montessori principles in order to best serve the community. 


About Seton Montessori School

Our Mission  | Our mission is to prepare children and adults to become thoughtful, effective agents for peace and progress in themselves, their communities, and the world.

Our Vision | Our vision is to provide a vital and high-quality learning environment in the Montessori tradition, based on respect for the person’s unique learning patterns, observation as the basis for responsive educational planning, and commitment to continuous transformation and development of all members of the learning community.

Our History | Seton Montessori School was established in 1965. Since then, we’ve grown to serve over 210 children from infancy through 6th grade. Our campus boasts four buildings and is spread over more than six beautiful acres in suburban Chicago. Seton is a 501(c)3 not for profit organization.

Our Educators and Programs | Seton Montessori School has a staff of 30 with many having worked at the school for 10 years or more. Seton Montessori School educators are selected for their professional talents and their constant and loving concern for the children in their charge. Seton Montessori lead teachers are fully AMS or AMI certified and hold a minimum of a bachelor’s degree. 

Seton Montessori School is held in very high regard locally, nationally and internationally. Our strong reputation is a natural outcome of our long-standing teacher certification programs and the unparalleled commitment of our faculty to the Montessori mission.

Our Affiliations | Seton Montessori is an American Montessori Society (AMS) accredited school, registered with the Illinois State Board of Education, and participates in the Illinois Excelerate Childcare Quality Rating System, which gives the school a Gold Circle of Quality rating. In addition, Seton Montessori’s summer camp program is accredited by the American Camp Association (ACA). 

Our Community | We believe that teaching children effectively requires close collaboration between parents, teachers, and administrators. The social life of each class and the community-at-large offers enormous learning opportunities for every child. All members of the child’s family are encouraged to participate in the life of the school in a variety of ways, including parent education, classroom activities, volunteer efforts, and community gatherings. 


Learn More |To learn more, please visit our website: 



  • Montessori certification from AMS/AMI 

  • Bachelor's Degree required, graduate degree preferred

  • US work authorization

  • Firm commitment to upholding the school’s mission and anti-bias/anti-racist pedagogy


  • 3+ years experience in educational setting

  • Director qualified for Department of Children and Family Services

  • Previous experience managing people and/or projects with identified outcomes


What We Offer

  • Full time, year-round position 

  • Competitive salary commensurate with experience, within the range of $60-$70K

  • Health, dental, and vision insurance

  • Short-term disability, long-term disability, and life insurance

  • 401k with 3% company match

  • Paid time off and paid vacation

  • 50% tuition discount for children at any school in our network

  • Ongoing professional development

  • A network of supportive peers and mentors

  • Career growth

  • The rewarding experience of contributing to a high-quality Montessori program that serves individual needs of each child

How to Apply

To submit your resume and cover letter, please email Be sure to indicate if you were referred to the job by someone. All submissions are confidential.


Seton Montessori School does not discriminate on the basis of race, color, national or ethnic origin, sexual orientation, gender identity, religion, physical or mental ability, or any other status protected under local, state or federal laws in the admission of otherwise qualified students or in the administration of its educational policies or programs, hiring, or employment practices.