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Chief Operations Officer

Job Description
Status: Full-time
Classification: Administration
Location: In-person at the Lead Mine and Brier Creek Campuses
Hours: Monday - Friday, 7:30 a.m. - 3:30 p.m.

The Montessori School of Raleigh (MSR) seeks a Chief Operations Officer (COO) to join its team. Contract to begin July 1, 2022. The COO is a new role for MSR. The school's recent growth in enrollment and need for operational expertise and logistical management of two campuses—one in Raleigh and one in Durham—creates an institutional need for a seasoned professional to fulfill this role. The COO will have direct oversight and responsibility for MSR's: risk management strategies, safety and security, buildings and grounds, institutional technology, transportation, and health and wellness policies and procedures. 

Primary Responsibilities
Reporting directly to and working closely with the Head of School (HOS), the COO will serve as a member of the school's Senior Team and Leadership Team and will oversee all non-academic daily operational efforts. The COO will lead a team charged with delivering exceptional school operations, whose team members include: Director of Buildings and Grounds, Facilities Managers, Facilities Assistant, Security Officer, Director of Information Technology, and the School Nurse.

Additional Responsibilities

  • Collaborate with a high-functioning leadership team to ensure the school stays aligned with its mission, vision, core values, and institutional and strategic priorities. 
  • Work closely with the HOS on all risk management initiatives. 
  • Work closely with the Chief Financial Officer (CFO) on capital and operational improvements; create a strategic plan and vision for facilities and infrastructure improvements at both campuses. 
  • Oversee the creation and management of standardized operating procedures for school-based operations (facilities, facilities maintenance, security, health and safety, transportation, and IT) across campuses to ensure the highest functioning operations. 
  • Support the Director of Buildings and Grounds with the regular review, maintenance, and inspection of facilities and internal systems. 
  • Communicate comfortably with city officials from both Raleigh and Durham; ensure MSR's compliance with all state and federal regulations (including OSHA standards). 
  • Establish a long-term strategic plan to enhance MSR's campus safety and security. 
  • Conduct regular meetings with direct reports to ensure clear and timely communication and execution and delivery on projects. 
  • Support the Director of IT with institutional improvements, including network replacement and launch of a campus laptop program. 
  • Manage the school's two campuses and transportation systems. 
  • Support the School Nurse in developing school-wide procedures related to medical and allergy plans. 
  • Review and update all emergency and safety drills on a regular basis to ensure best practice; create and oversee an annual schedule for execution of drills at both campuses. 
  • Work closely with the Chief of Staff to ensure all employees receive adequate training related to emergency drills and procedures; work with CFO to ensure annual training for new and current employees; address required health and safety procedures.
  • Stay current on relevant developments related to school safety, security, and IT; find ways to improve MSR's current protocols. 
  • Establish relationships with local police and fire departments. 
  • Maintain healthy relationships with faculty, staff, parents, students, and other stakeholders. 
  • Support the Montessori Method of education. 
  • Fulfill all other duties as assigned by the HOS. 

Desired Qualities

  • A professional who cares about the needs of children and enjoys working in an independent school environment. 
  • Someone with a good sense of humor who can add additional value to an already high-functioning team. 
  • A creative builder who has vision while simultaneously accepting current realities and limitations. 
  • Respect for and adherence to the law and best practice. 
  • Someone who is not afraid to lead with integrity and duty of care as top priorities. 

The ideal COO candidate:

  • Is committed to the mission and core values of MSR which include "respect, integrity, community, and love of learning."
  • Has experience with local building and safety codes and experience overseeing facilities improvement projects. 
  • Is familiar with OSHA standards. 
  • Has experience managing multiple ongoing projects, while empowering team members to proactively and creatively problem-solve, and model versatility and collaboration. 
  • Respects, supports, and prioritizes practices to ensure a safe and high-functioning campus environment for all members of the MSR community. 
  • Has experience working with technology departments, infrastructure, and helping shape a culture supportive of technology inclusion. 
  • Maintains confidentiality. 
  • Demonstrates flexibility with a "can-do" attitude. 
  • Is committed to fostering an inclusive, equitable, and diverse learning community. 
  • Is student-centered, collegial, passionate, and innovative. 

Physical Requirements and Work Environment
The COO can expect to:

  • Work in a fast-paced environment dealing with a wide variety of challenges, a varied and diverse clientele, and with a high expectation of accountability. 
  • Work in both a traditional climate-controlled office environment and outdoors (with potential exposure to inclement weather and unpredictable crisis situations). 
  • Climb stairs periodically. 
  • Occasionally life up to 50 lbs., with heavier weight necessary at times. 
  • Stand for prolonged periods of time. 
  • Regularly use close and distance vision. 
  • Turn, bend, and reach.

To Apply
MSR is accredited by AMS and SACS. The school offers a competitive salary and benefits package. Please send a cover letter and resume to with the subject line of "Chief Operations Officer - your last name". No phone calls, please.

It is the policy of The Montessori School of Raleigh to make employment decisions on the basis of qualifications for a specific job without regard to race, color, religion, sex, sexual orientation, marital status, national or ethnic origin, age, veteran status, or the presence of a disability, except where such is a bona fide occupational qualification. Applicants are encouraged to confidentially self-identify when applying. Employment is contingent upon successful completion of a reference and background investigation. All MSR personnel must be vaccinated against COVID-19.

About The Montessori School of Raleigh
Established in 1974, The Montessori School of Raleigh is a vibrant and exceptional independent Montessori school serving 370 students aged 15 months through 18 years. MSR’s beautifully designed and well-maintained Lead Mine Campus, situated on 10 acres in North Raleigh, comprises five buildings in a child-centered, village-like setting surrounded by wetlands and protected forest. Our Middle and Upper Schools are housed on an expansive 40-acre wooded campus in Brier Creek in Durham. Both sites were carefully planned and constructed to provide the nature-centered environments integral to Montessori practice.

The Raleigh-Durham area is consistently ranked among the top places to live with strong job growth and a high quality of life. Top universities, a rich diversity of arts and cultural offerings, excellent health care, and lower than average housing costs, draw people in from all over the nation. Our mild climate and proximity to both beaches and mountains makes the Raleigh- Durham area an ideal place to live.