Brisbane Montessori School is a coeducational school of approximately 290 students, educating children from birth to age 15. Our mission is to empower individuals to be independent, realise their potential, value life-long learning and build a culture of peace.

About the Role

Commencing immediately, we are seeking a full-time Principal to become the new face of our school. The role will ideally suit a progressive, community-minded leader with strong communication and interpersonal skills and the enthusiasm to inspire those around them.

You will be responsible for:

  • Guiding the vision and direction of the school in line with the strategy
  • Providing educational leadership based on Montessori principles
  • Developing a culture of openness, diversity of thought and respect which embodies Montessori values
  • Leading, inspiring and empowering staff in their development
  • Sustaining genuine relationships with all the members of the school’s community
  • Promoting the school to prospective families and to the wider community
  • Working collaboratively with the Board of Directors to execute the Strategic Plan
  • Overall success and day-to-day running of the school

To be successful in the role you will need:

  • A passion for working with children and families in a supportive, holistic manner
  • The ability to oversee the personalised approach to learning that is a hallmark of the Montessori philosophy
  • An extensive depth and breadth of teaching, leadership and governance experience
  • A strong commitment to support, develop and motivate our strong and established team of educators
  • The appropriate skills, experience and qualifications required to excel in this role

Salary and tenure are negotiable.

Our goals

In the short-term

Our school has undergone a period of growth culminating with the construction of a new covered hard court and library. Our contemporary 5-year Strategic Plan is now running a consolidation program to prepare our school for future possibilities.

We are seeking two key outcomes over the next 2 to 3 years:

  • Improving our systems, polices and processes across a number of fronts. In conjunction with the administration team improve the finance, HR and enrolment systems; develop, update and maintain school policies; and enhance staff professional development amongst others.
  • Lead cultural change through collaboration and empowerment.  We are looking for these attitudinal elements:
    • Find a way to ‘yes’ – solution focussed with appropriate risk management
    • Know your boundaries – clear roles and responsibilities
    • Think outside the box – innovative ways to deliver an exceptional program
    • Data-driven decision-making – everyone has the information they need

In the longer-term

You will participate in the annual strategic planning process to help shape and define the school’s direction and longer-term goals. You will then be responsible for the implementation of the strategies.

Montessori Philosophy

The authenticity of our Montessori program is crucial to our success. The pedagogy is underpinned by a set of values and your personality will therefore be a key criteria to ensure a cultural fit with our school. To that end, we have provided a profiling questionnaire for you to complete.

Key Selection Criteria


  • Demonstrate an understanding of Montessori philosophy and its benefits.
  • Demonstrate an ability to manage and implement an authentic Montessori program.
  • Demonstrate an appetite for life-long learning and to undertake additional training as needed.


  • Demonstrate what it takes to create a culture of support and collaboration within a learning community focused on continual improvement and positive growth.
  • Demonstrate an ability to monitor and lead a motivated, passionate and innovative team to deliver high quality educational outcomes.

Organisational Management

  • Understand and implement all necessary legislative and regulatory requirements through clear, evidence-based plans and policies.
  • Demonstrate an ability to manage the school’s resources efficiently through strong financial management and business knowledge.

Community Engagement

  • Demonstrate a capacity to develop positive relationships with all members of the school community.
  • Demonstrate a willingness to develop connections and promote the school and the Montessori pedagogy in the wider community including via the use of social media as well as events.

Next Steps

The closing date for applications is Monday 2 December 2019

If you do not have the time to prepare a full application before the closing date but don’t want to miss out on this opportunity, please send an expression of interest to the Board secretary We will then contact you to discuss further.

To apply now please submit:

  • your CV,
  • completed profiling questionnaire,
  • your expectations on salary and tenure (open-ended / fixed term (how many years)), and
  • a covering letter addressing the Key Selection Criteria

to the Board secretary


For questions contact the Board Chair, Valerie Bares, on