Employment Opportunities

Making a difference in the lives of children

At Princeton Montessori School, we believe you’ll find a fulfilling place to work, where respect is a cornerstone of all interactions and learning and collaborating are embraced by all.  Working in a Montessori school means making a difference in the lives of children and their families and growing yourself as a person and professional.

All persons who are employees of the Society share in the responsibility of observing a code of ethics which mandates truthfulness, honesty and integrity in all employee activities. As employees in an American Montessori Society (AMS) accredited school, we pledge to conduct ourselves professionally and personally in ways that will reflect our respect for each other and for the children we serve. We will do whatever is within our talents and capacity to protect the rights of each child to have the freedom and opportunity to develop to full potential.

Princeton Montessori Society is an equal opportunity employer seeking individual candidates who are responsible, respectful, and have a keen interest in learning and developing oneself.

Current Positions

Below are positions for which we are currently hiring. If interested, please complete an employment application and email resume to hr@pmonts.org.

Director of Finance and Administration Position

Princeton Montessori seeks a dedicated professional to join the administrative leadership team as the Director of Finance and Administration (DFA) beginning July 1, 2022. The DFA is responsible for oversight and management of the school’s financial operations to ensure that debt service agreements are met. This position also oversees all facets of HR, including payroll. Other major responsibilities include leading the Tuition Assistance Committee, Risk Management, maintenance of all insurances, annual data surveys, leading the annual building projects and maintenance schedule, tuition management, and implementing the School’s strategic plan as it relates to finances in collaboration with leadership. The DFA oversees and works closely with three direct reports: the Business Associate (Bookkeeper), School Registrar (Tuition Management), and HR Manager.

Qualifications:

– BS/BA in Accounting, Finance or relevant field

– Several years of senior-level experience in areas of financial administration. (Independent school experience preferred)

– Strong understanding of financial processes and knowledge of GAAP accounting standards which include budgeting, forecasting and capital management

– Experience working with non-profit boards and committees

– Experience in the development of analysis and reports that will aid leadership in making strategic decisions

– Experience in human resource management, including HRIS, benefits planning, and 403B retirement administration

– Experience with non-profit audits and Form 990

– Strong Leadership qualities

School Health Coordinator

Primary responsibilities include: tending to students’ needs for care, managing health records, ensuring compliance with County guidelines, and communicating with parents. Some administrative support work is also required.

The candidate needs to be highly professional, mature, confidential, and well-organized. Bachelor’s degree required. A warm but confident demeanor, good communication skills, and the ability to work collaboratively are expected as well. Willing to train. Experience in a school setting is a plus.

This position is full-time: 8 am – 4 pm M-F, year-round, with school holidays off.

We offer a professional, warm, and welcoming work environment, as well as a benefits package and child tuition discounts. Salary commensurate with experience.

Essential Functions

  • Tending to students’ needs for care and administering medications to students

  • Documenting and following up on accidents

  • Addressing student illnesses, including allergy and asthma action plans

  • Communicating with parents; informing the community of communicable diseases within classrooms

  • Monitoring absence rates throughout the school

  • Managing student health records: maintaining health records of all students including each student’s immunization records.

  • Knowledge of student Vaccination Series (required)

  • Confirming compliance with all state requirements for non-public school administration: submitting reports to state agencies

  • Conducting state-mandated health screenings on all students (height, weight, vision, hearing, scoliosis)

  • Maintaining the health office and ordering supplies for school first aid and over the counter medications, as needed

  • Makes recommendations for an environmentally safe school building

  • Some administrative support work is also required

Competencies

  • Strong verbal and written communication skills

  • Professional personal presentation

  • Customer service orientation

  • Information management

  • Organizing and planning

  • Attention to detail

  • Ability to multitask

  • Ethical conduct

  • Flexibility

  • Initiative

  • Reliability

  • Time Management

  • Basic computer knowledge (Google Business Applications)

Supervisory Responsibility

This position has no supervisory responsibilities.

Work Environment

This job operates in a professional school office environment. This role routinely uses standard office equipment such as computers, phones, walkie-talkies, photocopiers, filing cabinets, postage machines and fax machines.

Physical Demands

The physical demands described here are representative of those that must be met by an employee to successfully perform the essential functions of this job.

While performing the duties of this job, the employee is regularly required to talk and hear. The employee is frequently required to stand; walk; lift (10-25lbs); use hands to finger, handle or feel; and reach with hands and arms.

This position requires being onsite and on standby for any emergencies for the lunch half-hour so bringing a lunch or ordering in is key.

Position Type/Expected Hours of Work

This is a full-time position. Monday through Friday, 8:00-4:00 PM

Travel

No travel is expected for this position other than driving off-site during hours.

Required Education and Experience

  • Current Registered Nurse in NJ or LPN

  • Bachelor’s degree or higher

Preferred Education and Experience

  • One year or more experience in a school environment as a nurse

Work Authorization/Security Clearance (if applicable)

US Citizen

Other Duties

Please note this job description is not designed to cover or contain a comprehensive listing of activities, duties or responsibilities that are required of the employee for this job. Duties, responsibilities and activities may change at any time with or without notice.

Facilities Associate

Princeton Montessori seeks a reliable, skilled individual to join our facilities and grounds team as soon as possible. The Facilities Associate ensures the cleanliness and maintenance of the physical building, grounds, and mechanical operations of the school in a professional, friendly manner in keeping with the school’s culture and employee handbook policies. Team members report to the Facilities Manager and work collaboratively and harmoniously to fully meet the organization’s needs, which include a school, teacher training center, and summer, and auxiliary programs.

Hours: flexible – no less than 30 hours a week / no more than 40 except for during event weeks, and then with overtime pay

Compensation: dependent on experience, includes benefits equal to part-time or full-time status

Qualifications:

  • Experience in facility and grounds maintenance
  • Recommendations from previous employers that speak to the qualities of reliability, critical thinking, and a collaborative, professional attitude
  • An understanding of our school culture and a willingness to abide by our expectations for conduct, dress, demeanor
  • Flexibility in meeting the needs of the school as it relates to scheduling

Daily:

  • Unlock and lock doors each day in the morning at greeting entrances
  • Inspect and keep clean and safe for use all main walkways and patios
  • Tidy bathrooms and kitchens and alert Fac Mngr if cleaning company issue
  • Set up HOS and administrative kitchen area each morning if the housekeeper is absent

Weekly:

  • Keep all kitchen, storage areas, outside storage units, and facilities office organized and tidy
  • Keep all kitchens, common areas, and the copy room tidy and stocked
  • Distribute dairy products and other supplies every week to all kitchens
  • Maintain Inventory of paper products/house cleaning supplies. Distribute paper product order supplies
  • Clear the grounds of garbage and debris

As Needed:

  • Set up and break down events
  • Move newly arrived packages to their designated location
  • Greet, direct, and supervise vendors as requested by the Facilities Manager
  • Maintain inspection logs for emergency lighting and fire extinguishers
  • Set up and take down tables and chairs for school events
  • Maintain fire and burglar alarm systems
  • Repair furniture, equipment, and other materials in the school or on the grounds
  • Unpack and assemble furniture delivered to school programs
  • Maintain an outside Pond from April-October by feeding fish.
  • Pick up equipment and food items for events, as requested
  • Respond to any emergency situation by implementing the facilities role plan.
  • Respond to emergency requests as required, including answering after-hours emergency alarm calls as assigned
  • Respond to faculty requests for maintenance assistance
  • Serve as receptionist substitute as needed
  • Participate in emergency drills as assigned
  • Assist in real emergencies as assigned

Upper Elementary Assistant/Intern

Upper Elementary Assistant/Intern

Seeking an energetic, organized individual who enjoys working with elementary-aged children and would like to be mentored and trained to be a lead Montessori teacher and work in a positive, supportive team-teaching model.  The candidate should be someone who has strong communication and organization skills, good time management and social skills, and can be dependable throughout the year’s academic schedule. Responsibilities include assisting teachers, preparing and maintaining a classroom environment in multi-age groupings, and supervising children while being mentored and trained for a full teaching role.  A professional appearance and respectful demeanor are a must.  Background check necessary and previous experience a plus.  Schedule 8 am – 4 pm. M – F. Competitive salary.

On Call Substitute

Infant through Early Childhood programs

Seeking a focused, calm individual who enjoys working around young children and being a support to teachers.  The candidate should be someone who is interested in learning about the Montessori philosophy of teaching. Responsibilities include assisting teachers and preparing and maintaining a classroom environment in multi-age groupings from infants through age 6.  A quiet and calm demeanor and professional appearance is a must.  Background check necessary and previous experience a plus.  You would be called to work for either an 8:00 AM to 4:00 PM or a 10:30 AM to 6:00 PM schedule on any given day. Competitive hourly salary.

Elementary through Middle School programs

Seeking an energetic, well-balanced individual who enjoys working with older children and is comfortable and familiar implementing lesson plans left by subject teachers.  The candidate should be someone who is interested in learning about the Montessori philosophy of teaching. Responsibilities include assisting teachers, preparing and maintaining a classroom environment in multi-age groupings, and supervising and initiating lesson plans for subject teachers in their absence.  A professional appearance and respectful demeanor is a must.  Background check necessary and previous experience a plus.  You would be called to work for either an 8:00 AM to 4:00 PM or a 10:30 AM to 6:00 PM schedule on any given day. Competitive hourly salary.

Classroom Assistant

Early Childhood & Infant / Toddler programs

Seeking a motivated and responsible individual who enjoys working with younger children. Responsibilities include assisting teachers in the classrooms and in the after-school program, preparing and maintaining the environments, assembling materials, performing preparation tasks for the teachers, and general cleaning.  A professional appearance and respectful demeanor is a must, as well as being receptive to direction, and able to adapt to the cultural expectations of a Montessori classroom. Background check necessary and previous experience a plus.  This is a 12-month position and the hours are 10:15 AM to 6:15 PM Monday through Friday.

AMS Internship Practicum

The Princeton Montessori Society may offer up to three unpaid practicum (internship) opportunities (Infant & Toddler, Early Childhood, Elementary I or II and Secondary I) to passionate Montessori educators who have fulfilled the academic requirements through Princeton Center Teacher Education.

Applicants must submit a current résumé, two references along with a philosophical statement regarding his/her interest to become a Montessori teacher.  The minimum of a Bachelor’s degree is required.  A stipend in the amount of $3,000 will be paid to each participant at the completion of the practicum experience and the fulfillment of the requirements of the PCTE course for the recommendation of an AMS credential.

This practicum is not a guarantee of future employment with the Princeton Montessori Society.

Equal Employment Opportunity is a fundamental principle of the Society. Employment is based upon personal capabilities and qualifications without regard to race, color, religion, sex, age, sexual orientation, marital or family status, physical characteristics, genetic information, national origin, disability or any other characteristic protected by law.

This policy of Equal Employment Opportunity applies to all policies and procedures relating to recruitment and hiring, compensation, benefits, termination, and all other terms and conditions of employment.

What Parents Are Saying

Our child previously attended a reputable public elementary school. During that time, she often complained that she was bored at school. I was concerned that the school's 'one-size-fits-all' education model was gradually dimming her thirst for knowledge. I wanted the flames of her engagement and curiosity to be fanned, not extinguished. She is now back at Princeton Montessori and I am happy to report that she is no longer bored. In fact, her inner flame has never been stronger!

Our Primary student is learning remotely this year due to the pandemic. He is really is enjoying all the works that come home to him. He tells me things like 'I love my Montessori works' and 'my works are beautiful.' My husband and I see him growing and learning so much even amidst our virtual constraints. Having tailored materials for him to work with makes all the difference in the world and we're grateful for the thought and care you put into curating them.

The other day I came downstairs and my 4-year-old son was listening to 'Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart' on Alexa. He told me that Mozart's dad was named Leopold and his sister was Nannerl (it took him a second to remember her name and it sounded made up, so my husband and I googled it. Sure enough he was right). We asked what else he had been learning and he rattled off Antonio Lucio Vivaldi’s full name and referenced The Four Seasons. I think my jaw is still on the floor. It turns out that the Primary children have been learning about composers this fall and listening to their music. What incredible exposure for these young children!

Princeton Montessori is the very epitome of the principles of Maria Montessori. The School offers a nurturing, creative, academic, and well-rounded development for each child. As a parent, we cannot offer our daughter a more valuable first gift.

The faculty are, bar none, the absolute best. The teachers are very knowledge both about the Montessori philosophy and the best ways to work with children. I ask for their advice and insight for any issues we’re having at home, quite often. They’re also incredibly warm and nurturing with the children in a way I have not seen at any other school.

I’m struck by how much better the Montessori toddlers are at playing and working peacefully with their peers than toddlers in other nursery school programs. I credit the gifted PMonts teachers, and the Princeton Montessori educational approach, for how confident, happy, and collaborative toddlers in the PMonts program seem.

Our son is so proud of being a third-year Primary. He has attended this incredible school since he was one year old. He had absolutely wonderful Toddler teachers and flourished under their care. Now, he is a third-year Primary and we know he will be more than ready for Lower Elementary. Thank you to all the Teachers & Staff!

The school runs with one philosophy and so every faculty member and admin personnel share the same vision for the child. This consistency is unique in our area to Princeton Montessori. Combined with the integration of the teacher training program, we can proudly say that the spirit of Dr. Montessori’s principles permeates every aspect of our school. That’s what I value the most about our school!

Education is both a gift and a right. I feel the teachers at PMonts help our children to appreciate the value of their education. Understanding the value involves looking beyond school and appreciating how education is a tool that will allow them to explore challenging goals, to grow as individuals and most importantly, chase their dreams.

I will never cease to be amazed at the capabilities of the young child. In the Montessori environment, the very youngest students show incredible independence and competence. At Princeton Montessori School the teachers truly help the children to “help me do it myself”.

When I think about my personal philosophy on education I can check all the boxes with regards to the education my daughter is receiving at Princeton Montessori. I feel the teachers motivate the students by focusing on appreciating the value of education and the diversities of peoples around the world while stressing and leveraging the power of the uniqueness in each individual student. Ultimately, the role of an educator is to shape a new generation that will create a safer and better world for the future.

Princeton Montessori School is a school that exceeds any expectations imaginable. The school follows each and every child on an individual basis and nourishes each child’s academic, social, and emotional needs. It is a school where teachers appreciate all unique qualities each child brings.

Princeton Montessori School turned out to be the best investment ever. We made some sacrifices in our lifestyle in order to be able to afford sending both children all the way through 8th grade, but now we are proud to note that we have two capable, confident, well-mannered young adults who are a pleasure to be around and who continue to love to work hard in their studies.

EXCEPTIONAL is the carefully chosen word to describe Princeton Montessori School. Our family has been part of the PMonts community from elementary through middle school. If I could give every child a gift that gift would be for them to experience the joy of learning every single day at PMonts. The multi-age classes provide the advantage of older students leading younger students and younger students watching the wonderful examples of the older children. The children recognize the strengths of others as being positive and not competitive. Princeton Montessori is much more than academic college prep - it is life prep!

Thanks for a wonderful school year thus far and for doing such a wonderful job for our children during such a challenging year. Princeton Montessori has simply been the gold standard for pandemic education, in my mind.

We love the fact that your guidelines have been clear and appropriate, and impressing upon families how their role is critical in keeping the wider school community safe. Thanks also for sourcing materials and providing seminars on parenting during this particular time. The fact that the school has remained open all this time is a huge testament to you all.

Our daughter loves being at school. She confidently reported that she was happy with the safety measures in place, and that she felt “safe” at school. This was HUGE.

We have always been thrilled with our PMonts experience, and this fall term has sent us through the roof. We are in awe of the tireless work of the faculty and administration, who have made possible such an inspiring in-person program. I have always been broadly grateful for the PMonts education my children have been so lucky to receive; this summer and fall, I felt grateful each and every day.

Princeton Montessori has done an exemplary job in keeping their classrooms open to children and young people during this challenging year. They are simply the gold standard for safely educating our children during the national pandemic.

As a parent (and faculty member), Molly and I are beyond grateful for PMonts. Our children are SO happy here. I am more of a believer than ever before. Miles was fine at his public school but the difference is really clear - here, he is not just fine - he is totally thriving and so happy! I'm amazed.

"Princeton Montessori School students are open to diverse backgrounds, curious to learn new things, strong in their leadership and presentation skills, and confident. Thank you for providing an educational environment that encourages a child's total development. We know it is an incredible gift." -Middle School Parent