Executive Director (Family Star)

Family Star Montessori School
Denver, CO

Family Star Montessori School is one of the only Montessori-based Head Start early childhood programs in the country. With a more than quarter-century history of transformative education for children, mothers, and families, Family Star is seeking an Executive Director to bring together its unique range of stakeholders in order to continue to provide critical life-changing support for the local Denver community while building a national reputation.

The leaders, staff, and volunteers at Family Star Montessori School are devoted to unlocking children’s potential through a wide range of programs that encourage discovery and exploration, both at Family Star’s locations and in children’s own homes. The programs the school offers serves infants, toddlers, and preschoolers from infancy to age 6 in a year-round, full-day Montessori/Head Start and Early Head Start setting. Their success depends on partnerships among Family Star’s many stakeholders and on the development of sustainable funding models capable of withstanding changes in funding levels in the federal Head Start program.

Family Star is seeking an Executive Director who will be its chief collaborator, responsible for braiding together the school’s Board, teachers, parents, funders, and community partners into one cohesive community working to enhance and promote a best-in-class early child development model. Reporting to both the Board of Directors and Policy Council in a shared governance structure, the Executive Director leads the organization to make smart investments in the Family Star team; engages all team members in the ongoing development and promotion of high-quality programs; and motivates and empowers people to do their best work to execute them. The Executive Director is ultimately responsible for securing diversified streams of external funding to support the team and to attracting national recognition of its innovations and accomplishments.

The ideal candidate will have:

  • At least 5 years in a leadership role in a similarly-sized non-profit organization.
  • Prior role in a childhood educational organization is required.
  • Evidence of analytical and long-term planning skills necessary to make thoughtful decisions in an evolving, multi-faceted environment with competing demands.
  • Some experience participating in a non-profit fundraising program, including experience directly cultivating and soliciting donors.
  • Experience with Montessori education and/or Early Head Start programs is desirable
  • Bachelor’s degree is required; Master’s degree or equivalent in Nonprofit Management, Business Administration, Education, Public Health, Human Services or related area is preferred.