Head of School Position

Six Rivers Montessori, a community based nonprofit elementary school, is looking to hire a Head of School. This naturally beautiful and lush part of northern California is home to Humboldt State University, helping to make it a culturally diverse and globally conscious community. 

Our successful program boasts a 1st-3rd Lower Elementary, a 4th-6th Upper Elementary, two fully-equipped classrooms, and a warm and supportive parent community. We are hoping to attract a Head of School who is motivated to help us reach our goals and realize our highest vision for our program.

Before you are in contact with us or consider applying, please do two things:

First, read the Job Description below for the Head of School position. Please note that it contains general information describing the primary duties typically required of the job, but is not an all-inclusive listing of work requirements. For more information, please read this detailed job description.

Second, take a moment to understand our school’s mission and structure by reviewing our Blueprint posted here on our website at http://www.sixriversmontessori.org/srm-blueprint/.  The ideal Head of School candidate will share our vision of a Montessori learning environment.

If you have any questions about the Job Description or our school please contact our office at 707-822-7767 or office@sixriversmontessori.org.

If you are ready to apply, please see the sidebar for application instructions.

Job Description: Head of School

PHILOSOPHY: The Six Rivers Montessori Head of School is a centralizing leader who provides both educational leadership and business administration. The Head of School is a full-time employee who oversees the day to day operations and works closely with faculty, students, parents, school governance committees, and the Humboldt County community to lead in enacting, articulating, and furthering the core values and vision of Six Rivers Montessori as outlined in the Blueprint.

QUALIFICATIONS: Minimum of a B.A. degree or other relevant education, with knowledge of Montessori education preferred and/or a willingness to complete Montessori Head of School training program. Administrative experience in an educational setting with demonstrated leadership qualities preferred. 


1. Provides consistent vision and leadership in carrying out the school’s mission and educational program. 

• Takes the lead in enacting, cultivating, communicating and furthering the vision and mission of the school as outlined in the Blueprint.
• Serves as a unifying leader and spokesperson who ensures effective communication and collaboration among students, faculty, parents and the greater community in order to achieve all objectives of the school.   
• Takes leadership in the admissions and recruitment process.
• Lead the process of internal self-evaluation and long term planning.

2. Supports the main classroom teachers, part-time teachers, and aides in all facets of the educational program and day to day needs

• Serves as an active, on-site leader who effectively supports students, faculty and parents on a daily basis.
• Works as a team member with other faculty and provides leadership in the academics, culture, and programs of the school including recruiting and coaching faculty members and staff.

3. Leads in all aspects of creating and maintaining a sustainable, safe and inviting school.

• Conducts all financial business of the school and plays an active role in school governance working in conjunction with the Board of Directors.
• Supports and nurtures the financial health of the school.
• Coordinates all facility, safety and emergency preparedness needs for the school.
• Maintains a school office and assures the carrying out of all clerical needs.

Application Instructions

To apply please submit the following (open until filled):

  1. Cover Letter
  2. Resume
  3. Copy of undergraduate and/or post graduate degree, and copies of any other pertinent certifications or credentials
  4. Three letters of recommendation
  5. Job Application 
  6. You can email the documents to office@sixriversmontessori.org

Or, mail/drop off to:

Employment Committee
Six Rivers Montessori
1222 Hallen Drive
Arcata, CA 95521

Thank you for your interest in Six Rivers Montessori.