The mission of Breakthrough Montessori Public Charter School (BMPCS) is to provide families of Washington, D. C., a fully-implemented, public, Montessori program designed to enable children to develop within themselves the power to shape their lives and the world around them.

Grounded in the time-tested Montessori instructional model, and fueled by a visionary commitment to early learning and robust family engagement, our model places students at the center and revolves around anticipating and responding to the needs of learners at every stage of the developmental continuum.

Breakthrough Montessori serves children from three years old through (eventually) sixth grade. The National Center for Montessori in the Public Sector (NCMPS) and a Board of Trustees, consisting of DC residents committed to high-quality, public Montessori, founded the school. The school continues to work closely with NCMPS and now serves as a demonstration school for many of NCMPS’ school and teacher support initiatives, including the D.C. Teacher Residency, Montessori classroom coaching, school services, and a summer institute.

Open Positions:


Executive Director

Breakthrough Montessori seeks a seasoned administrator to begin June 30, and no later than August 1, 2017, to carry the school’s vision and mission forward. The Executive Director of BMPCS, D. C.’s newest public Montessori school, will supervise a leadership team composed of Directors of Curriculum & Instruction, Community Engagement, and Operations.

The ED will cultivate an environment that fosters the success of all students by facilitating the development, communication, implementation, and evaluation of a shared vision of excellence in teaching and learning that is firmly grounded in Montessori theory and practice.

To fulfill this work, Breakthrough Montessori seeks an entrepreneurial and strategic thinker with passion for the values, goals and practices of Montessori education. The ideal candidate will be a strong and collaborative team leader with exceptional communication skills, an in-depth understanding of public school finance, experience in public education, and a deep respect for children, their families and teachers.

Collaboratively working with the leadership team, the ED is ultimately responsible for all aspects of the school including:

  • Sharing the vision for BMPCS and galvanizing the school and greater DC community in support of it
  • Recruiting, developing, and retaining the highest quality leadership, instructional, and support staff
  • Establishing a safe and positive and collaborative school climate for students, families and staff
  • Ensuring the effective implementation of the educational and instructional programs in compliance with the Montessori philosophy, the school’s charter, and applicable local, state, and federal regulations
  • Managing the school’s fiscal resources responsibly, including the development, implementation, monitoring, and timely reporting of both revenues and expenses as required
  • Performing all other functions that are reasonable and necessary to the success of the school

Duties of the Executive Director

Finance, Operations, & Facility Management

  • Oversee the Director of Operations and the preparation of annual operating and capital improvement budgets Ensure revenue, enrollment and expense budgets are met and appropriately track capital improvement budgets
  • Ensure timely monthly financial reporting for Board meetings and bond investor calls as required
  • Ensure that the school receives a clean audit annually
  • Ensure timely collection of revenue and capital fund donations
  • Collaborate with the Director of Operations to ensure facility and operational services are efficient and effective, and allow for maximum student outcomes
  • Complete any capital improvement projects as may be required in the future
  • Oversee compliance to federal, state, local, and contractual requirements; and academic accreditations and other necessary academic standards

Community Building and Outreach

  • Collaborate with the Director of Community Engagement in working with parents to ensure that Breakthrough Montessori is a school of the highest quality where all families are welcome and involved
  • Support and enhance the existing culture of capital giving to enhance school resources
  • Maintain and build stakeholder relationships (e.g., board leadership, investors, donors, authorizers, community partners, charter school associations, charter school peers, D.C. government, etc.)
  • Maintain transparency with positive community and parent communications/relationships


Building and Organizational Leadership

  • Work with administrators to develop monthly school reports to be presented to the Board that show progress against Strategic Plan initiatives, including measurement of critical metrics
  • Ensure teachers receive training, support and opportunities for continual improvement
  • In collaboration with the Director of Curriculum & Instruction, support and monitor faculty professional development and faculty individualized learning plans
  • Supervise, observe, and evaluate the leadership team and support staff to ensure quality Montessori implementation and targeted student outcomes
  • Create a professional learning culture that emphasizes the professional development of administrators and coordinators
  • Foster a teacher and campus culture that makes Breakthrough Montessori PCS the best place to work and grow


  • School leadership experience
  • Experience in managing and evaluating personnel
  • Strong record of innovation and academic leadership
  • Experiencing in a coaching model to aid in the growth of teachers and school leaders
  • Teaching experience
  • Experience developing and managing a large budget
  • Understanding of principles of non-profit management
  • Enthusiasm and commitment to Breakthrough’s vision and mission
  • Creative and strategic thinking; energetic and nurturing personality
  • Organizational and interpersonal skills
  • Excellent oral and written communication skills
  • Experience with families from diverse backgrounds
  • An understanding of urban education and experience in interpreting and implementing regulations in a complex urban environment (knowledge of Washington, D. C.’s unique public-education landscape preferred)
  • Experience in fundraising preferred
  • Familiarity with Montessori and/or individualized learning preferred
  • Master’s degree or higher in applicable field of education

Applications may be submitted beginning April 1, 2017, and will continue until the position is filled. Applications will be reviewed on a rolling basis.

Start date: No later than August 1, 2017 Salary range: $110,000 - $120,000. Breakthrough offers a competitive benefits package including medical, dental, vision, and SIMPLE IRA plan with an employer contribution.

EOE: Applications from all qualified candidates encouraged regardless of race, religion, gender or sexual orientation.


Search is being conducted in partnership with the National Center for Montessori in the Public Sector.

Interested candidates should send resume and cover letter to: with a subject of
“Executive Director Search”




Director of Operations

Reports to: Executive Director

Supervises: Administrative Support Staff, Facilities Staff and Technology Staff

Position Summary:

The Director of Operations will directly oversee the schools: finances, facilities, compliance, human resources, and day- to-day operations.

  • She/he will work with the Principal and Finance Committee of the Board to implement strong financial management for the school.
  • Furthermore, during the early years she/he will develop the school’s policies and procedures.

The Director of Operations is a member of the leadership team and will participate in school-wide decision- making, strategic planning, and design of school-wide operational systems.



  • Fiscal management and reporting.
  • Providemonthlyreportstothefinancecommitteeoftheboardandprincipal.
  • Meet regularly with the principal and finance committee of the board to review the school’s financial position and make timely fiscal decisions.
  • Serve as the staff liaison to the finance committee of the board.
  • Maintain the school’s bookkeeping records according to GAAPo Manage financial and compliance audits
  • Prepare reports for DCPCB, donors and other government funding sources.
  • Prepare annual budgets for presentation to the principal, finance committee of the board and the board of directors.
  • Develop school-wide purchasing and other finance related policies and procedures
  • Oversee and monitor internal controls
  • Negotiate external contracts
  • Maintain relationships with third party vendors
  • Select, implement and manage computerized accounting programs
  • Manage contracts and procurement
  • Provide monthly reports tot he executive director and board of trustees for fiscal planning, management and oversight

Human Resources

  • Establish human resource functions for the organization
  • Develop school-wide policies and procedures for human resources
  • Manage payroll, benefits and human resources reporting
  • Maintain personnel files

Operations and Facilities

  • Manage facility and coordinate with the district as necessary
  • Develop school wide policies and procedures as necessary for health and life safety and other operational needs.
  • Select, implement and manage computerized student recordkeeping program
  • Develop a technology plan and manage E-Rate funding


  • Oversee compliance
  • Manage and maintain student records and serve as the school’s student records custodian.
  • Manage the new student enrollment process and conduct the school’s lottery.
  • Create and maintain school-wide policies and procedures
  • Serve as the school liaison with DC Public Charter School Board and OSSE regarding areas of administration, finance and compliance.
  • Prepare all reports required by the DCPCSB and OSSE
  • Provide timely reports to the Executive DIrector and Board of Directors related to operations and compliance


  • MBA preferred, Bachelor’s degree required
  • Prior experience in a start-up preferred
  • Knowledge of and experience with bookkeeping, financial reporting, GAAP, audits, budgeting and cashflow management
  • Prior experience in compliance preferred
  • Prior experience in a charter school preferred
  • Alignment with the mission and vision of Breakthrough Montessori

To Apply: please send and e-mail containing a cover letter and resume with the subject line “Director of Operations” to



Montessori Support Specialist

Reports to: Manager, Student Support Services/Director of Curriculum & Instruction

Position Summary:

The Montessori Support Specialist is a dual role and will work to ensure that all breakthrough students are receiving a high quality differentiated education that meets their learning needs and goals.  The Montessori Support Specialist will help Breakthrough Montessori staff with special education implementation, crisis intervention, English Language assessment and instruction, data collection, review, and day to day challenges that arise.  (S)he will work in collaboration with the Child Study Lead to ensure timely and accurate service delivery, and attend to all student level crisis using evidence based child centered crisis intervention and mitigation techniques.

Primary Responsibilities:

  • Support the Child Study Lead in the implementation of special education interventions, crisis intervention, academic intervention plans, English Learner data collection, evaluation, and intervention development.
  • Immediately attend to all student level crisis and teacher request for assistance.
  • Regularly review intervention data to inform student support (academic, emotional, behavioral, etc.)
  • Attend IEP and other student level meetings to ensure timely implementation of services.
  • Other duties as assigned by school leaders, including substituting and/or covering classes, assisting during arrival and dismissal.


  • Bachelor‘s degree in applicable field preferred
  • Montessori Primary or Elementary Diploma
  • Experience collaborating and working with classroom teachers and assistants
  • Enthusiasm and commitment to our vision and mission
  • Creative, energetic and nurturing personality
  • Organizational and interpersonal skills
  • Excellent oral and written communication skills
  • Experience with families from diverse backgrounds
  • Fluency in a language other than English is a plus

Applicants should prepare a cover letter and resume in one document and send it to Please submit application material as either a Word document or a PDF. References upon request.