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International Montessori School is a wonderful, diverse environment where teachers and families of many cultures, languages, and backgrounds come together in a supportive and engaging community.  International Montessori School is a non-profit, independent school located in central North Carolina approximately 10 minutes south of Duke University and fifteen minutes north of the University of North Carolina – Chapel Hill.   As part of the Triangle area, Durham is three hours from the NC beaches, two hours from the NC mountains, and is rich with outdoor activities, cultural events and college sports.

Our school offers a benefits package including medical and dental benefits, life insurance, paid time off, and support for professional development as well as the opportunity for faculty and staff to work in their native language every day while helping children uncover their potential, become bilingual and bicultural, and develop into competent, compassionate and curious global citizens.

Are You an Ideal Candidate for IMS?

As you read these questions, do you see yourself?  If so, we would love to talk to you about an open position or a possible future position!

  • Do you marvel at children and find yourself observing them to see just what they will do and where their inquiries will take them?
  • Is your focus on helping children uncover and develop their abilities and interests across a variety of disciplines?
  • Are you a life-long learner who gets as excited about new discoveries and new opportunities to grow?
  • Are you peaceful and joyful?
  • Do you want to help an education for children that is well-respected in the community and unique across the country?
  • Do you consider your multilingual and multicultural background and experience not only enriching, but also key to being a strong contributor to our global society?

Open Positions

International Montessori School is seeking an English language arts and literacy teacher; however, candidates interested in beginning in August for the 2022-2023 school year are also encouraged to apply. This position is a full-time position with benefits.

Our ideal candidate is creative and has strong knowledge of teaching reading (both learning to read as well as reading comprehension), writing, and other aspects of a comprehensive lower elementary English language arts and literacy curriculum. The position requires teaching 1st through 3rd graders in a multi-age setting, most of whom have learned to read in Chinese, French, or Spanish in our immersion program before beginning reading in English although most students are native English speakers. The candidate should be comfortable working in a collaborative, co-teaching model with a second teacher in the classroom.

In addition to requiring very strong written and spoken English communication skills, it is helpful (but not required) to have proficiency in another language and/or prior experience in a language immersion setting.

Requirements for the position:

  • A love of the developmental characteristics of students ages 6 to 9 years old
  • Willingness to collaborate with the elementary teachers from the immersion classrooms
  • Interest in a project-based, integrated approach to teaching and learning
  • An understanding of current best practices in English language arts instruction
  • Bachelor’s degree in English, elementary education, or similar degree; Montessori certification or state teaching license preferred
  • 3+ years of successful classroom experience as a lead teacher
  • Experience with a structured literacy program or Orton Gillingham is preferred.

In this position, you will be supported by the Director of Programs and will work with a co-teacher to team teach three separate sections/classes. Please note that this position is not an English as a Second Language teaching position. The vast majority of our students are native English speakers. For those candidates who do not have experience in a Montessori setting, relevant training will be provided as needed.

This position is a full-time, on-site position with some training expected this summer prior to the start of the school year.  Highly qualified candidates with loan repayment programs may be eligible for support in repaying teacher education loans up to a limit after a full school year of experience at IMS.

IMS, an equal opportunity employer, seeks to support a diverse staff to reflect the diverse community of parents and students. Our 2021-2022 student body is 9% African-American or Black, 8% Asian, 7% Hispanic, 1% American Indian, 44% Caucasian, and 31% Multi-Ethnic.

A competitive salary, paid time off, and health, vision, and dental benefits are available for full-time positions.

All interested candidates should apply by sending a cover letter and a current resume/CV to Angela Bailey, Head of School at hiring@imsnc.org. Only applications with a cover letter and an current resume will be accepted. The cover letter should briefly share your philosophy about teaching and learning and explain your interest in working at a language immersion school.

International Montessori School is seeking an assistant teacher our primary (3-6 year old) program to join our team. Our French primary classroom is a full immersion program in which the Montessori curriculum is implemented 100% in French. Most of our students come from English-speaking homes and some have at least one parent who speaks French as their native language.

Responsibilities include:

  • Creating and maintaining an environment that is clean and safe for all children.
  • Carrying out the daily responsibilities of the classroom relating to the care of the children.
  • Providing for the safety and well-being of each child and responding to their emotional needs.
  • Supporting the lead teachers in providing lessons to the children.
  • Establishing a professional level of rapport with each family in order to provide quality care for the children

Minimum Qualifications:

  • Native or near native fluency in French
  • Strong fluency in English
  • 1-2 years experience in a classroom supporting children ages 3 to 6
  • Ability to work collaboratively as part of a teaching team
  • Existing US work authorization

Our ideal candidate has a passion for guiding young people, is a lifelong learner, and thrives in a collaborative, international culture.

This position can be fulfilled as a full-time or part-time schedule. A competitive salary and health, vision, and dental benefits are available.

All interested candidates should apply by sending a cover letter and a current resume/CV to Angela Bailey, Head of School at hiring@imsnc.org.

IMS is seeking a School Operations Manager for our growing school – the only trilingual, immersion, Montessori school in the Triangle area. Our main campus is located in Durham, and we have opened a second location in Chapel Hill. We are looking for someone eager to grow with us!

The School Operations Manager, under the supervision of the Head of School, is responsible for maintaining the operations of the school within the general outline established by the Head of School. The position is a 12-month salaried position, Monday through Friday, with a somewhat flexible schedule.

Business Operations Responsibilities

Financial Responsibilities

  • Oversee accounts receivable and payable, including invoicing and collections of tuition and fees.
  • Monitor cash flow and help to ensure that the school operates within budget.
  • Partner with the school’s bookkeeper to ensure proper documentation for expenses, income, and other expenditures is coded and uploaded into the accounting system and partner with the school’s CPA for the annual informational returns to the IRS.
  • Partner with the Head of School to develop the annual operating budget, to maintain a long-range financial model for the school, and to provide capital budgeting oversight for new capital projects.
  • Oversee business insurance programs such as property, liability, and workers’ compensation.

HR Responsibilities

  • Manage payroll and benefits, interfacing with our insurance broker.

Operations Responsibilities

  • Facilitate projects requiring outside vendors,
  • Oversee scheduling for classrooms and faculty, including substitute coverage and time off.

Professional Responsibilities

  • Demonstrate appropriate and professional behaviors at all times when on campus, at school functions, and within the local school community.
  • Maintain confidentiality of all information.
  • Address all school issues in a timely manner.
  • Follow all school policies and procedures as stated in the Employee Handbook and the Parent Handbook, as presently existing or as may hereafter be amended.
  • Be in attendance at meetings requested by the Head of School.
  • Any additional duties as determined by the Head of School.

Qualifications and Application

Our ideal candidate is extremely organized, has strong project management skills, has a service-orientation, and is dedicated to fiscally and operationally supporting a diverse school community that fosters curious, confident young people who will have a positive impact in the world. Although this position is focused on the operations of the school, all positions at IMS are critical to the growth of children and must include a desire to support young children as life-long learners. Candidates who speak other languages, who have Montessori experience, and/or who have experience working in elementary schools are strongly encouraged to apply.

Minimum Qualifications:

  • At least three years of successful experience in business operations
  • Experience using QuickBooks Online and strong financial skills
  • Strong technology skills including expertise with Microsoft Office (advanced skills with Excel) and other web-based platforms for productivity
  • Strong planning and organizational skills with a strong attention to detail
  • Excellent oral and written communication skills
  • A positive, can-do attitude
  • Ability to work well as part of a broader team
  • Current US work authorization
  • Ability to pass a background check
  • Bachelor’s degree in a relevant field

IMS, an equal opportunity employer, seeks to support a diverse staff to reflect the diverse community of parents and students. Our 2021-2022 student body has a racial and ethnic composition of students who identify in the following ways: 9% Black, 8% Asian, 7% Hispanic, 1% American Indian, 44% Caucasian, and 31% Multi-Ethnic. We do not discriminate on the basis of race, color, religion, sex (including gender identity and sexual orientation), national origin, age, socio-economic level, physical ability or genetic information, or learning style.

This position is a full-time position. A competitive salary and health, vision, and dental benefits are available.

All interested candidates should apply by sending a cover letter and a current resume/CV to Angela Bailey, Head of School at hiring@imsnc.org. In your cover letter, please share why this role appeals to you and what you can bring to the position that will help IMS continue to grow and thrive.

We are looking for speakers of English, French, Mandarin Chinese, and Spanish who love young children, have experience with these age groups, and are interested in part-time work.  Our part-time substitute teachers would assist the lead teacher when the second classroom teacher is absent and could also be called to supervise and nurture our children primarily during lunch, playground, and naps times while our lead teachers take their lunch breaks and planning time. Because our substitutes are typically joining a classroom teacher or assistant, assignment hours could be from 7:45 or 8:00 to 3:30, from 10:45 to 1:00, or from 2:30 to 5:45, depending on the circumstance. We have flexible work times that could be ideal for university students or parents wishing to be available for their children when they return from school.   We will provide training in support of our language immersion and Montessori approach for qualified candidates.

How to Apply


Unless otherwise noted in the individual position, all interested candidates should apply by sending a cover letter and a current resume/CV to the Head of School at hiring@imsnc.org.

Be sure to include your thoughts on the following topics in your cover letter:

  • how you came to Montessori education or why you would be interested in a child-centered program that is aligned with the development of the child and that focuses on the social, emotional, and cognitive growth of the child.
  • why you wish to teach or work in a language immersion setting
Applicants for the academic year must already have US work authorization for August through June.