Montessori Education and Outreach Director

Job description

Job location: Charlottesville, VA

Employment Type: Full-time
Posted data: 2021-04-14
Req: R0023676
Education and Outreach Directors manage a variety of people and projects which result in the creation of effective educational experiences for multiple audiences. They oversee the development, delivery, administration, and evaluation of programs targeting nontraditional or external learners, including schoolchildren, visitors, executives, continuing education students, or participants in community medical programs. They demonstrate mastery in their specialty area, normally signified by an advanced degree, or significant equivalent experience. Education and Outreach Directors are accountable for a sizable program portfolio, and develop and manage their offerings to ensure they fulfill the overall goal or vision of the organization.

The Department of Psychology is seeking a Montessori Education and Outreach Director for a new research program devoted to Montessori Science (the “Research Program”). This program will provide advisory services to clients interested in establishing Montessori childcare centers. The Montessori childcare centers (“clients”), being established in lower income neighborhoods in Charlottesville, will serve the community, contribute to science, and be a model program to assist with higher education opportunities and to educate the larger Charlottesville/UVA community about the Montessori child development approach. The director will provide guidance and consultation to additional community clients who aim to implement Montessori programming.

As the first client, the Education and Outreach Director will play a role in supporting the “City of Promise” and “Pilgrim Baptist Church” development of a childcare center in the 10th and Page Neighborhood in Charlottesville. They will aid with key initiatives, special projects, strengthening networks, and enhancing communication of the community partners.

The individual will report to Angeline Lillard, Professor of Psychology at the University of Virginia. This is a restricted position and funding is currently available to support this position for two years.

The Education and Outreach Director is responsible for the following tasks:

  • Perform all duties related to the activities specified above.
  • Review and facilitate client community program proposals, champion their implementation, and make site visits to clients.
  • Apply for external funding to support the Montessori Research Program’s advisory activities.
  • Work closely and through multiple channels in order to help facilitate the creation of Montessori childcare centers which respond to market-based regional educational needs.
  • Provide advisory services on the generation of revenue or participation, which may include helping to guide and expand the offerings through multiple platforms, including online, on-Grounds, or in the community. Provide advisory services to clients on how to seek and implement braided funding from federal and state programs.
  • Demonstrate effective collaboration with the UVA faculty, graduate students, and administrators which result in the development of high quality, sustainable, and targeted programs.
  • Assist with accountability for program quality by providing evidence based professional development around Montessori education.
  • Network with regional and national academic and government institutions to establish partnerships for the purpose of developing and leveraging research program activities.
  • Advise and provide guidance to clients on marketing and promotional campaigns to reach revenue and enrollment targets.
  • Develop and implement outreach evaluation and assessment plan by identifying educational outcome indicators, collecting data, and analyzing and communicating results and findings.
  • In addition to the above job responsibilities, other duties may be assigned.

    Process for External Applicants: Please apply through Workday, and search for “PSYC – Montessori Education and Outreach Director”. Complete an application online and attach a cover letter, curriculum vitae, and the contact information for three professional references. Please note that multiple documents can be uploaded in the box.

    Process for Internal UVA Applicants: Please apply through your Workday Home page, search “Find Jobs”, and search for “PSYC – Montessori Education and Outreach Director”. Complete an application online and attach a cover letter, CV/resume, and contact information for three professional references (name, email address, telephone number, and address).

    For questions about this position or the application process, please contact Rich Haverstrom, Faculty Search Advisor, at

    APPLICATION DEADLINE: Review of applications will begin April 25, 2021

    and continue until the position is filled. The University will perform background checks on all new hires prior to employment.

    For more information on the benefits available to postdoctoral associates at UVA, visit and


Education: Master's degree. MA in Psychology, Education, or a closely related field with a strong emphasis on Human Development preferred. Montessori teaching credential preferred. Ph.D. preferred.
Experience: At least seven years of experience in Education and/or Child Development. Extensive (at least 5 years) experience teaching and program management in a Montessori setting preferred. Strong management and community outreach credentials preferred. Strong interdisciplinary background and evidence of team-building success in an education environment preferred.
Licensure: None.


This is primarily a sedentary job involving extensive use of desktop computers. The job does occasionally require traveling some distance to attend meetings, and programs.

The University of Virginia, including the UVA Health System which represents the UVA Medical Center, Schools of Medicine and Nursing, UVA Physician’s Group and the Claude Moore Health Sciences Library, are fundamentally committed to the diversity of our faculty and staff. We believe diversity is excellence expressing itself through every person's perspectives and lived experiences. We are equal opportunity and affirmative action employers. All qualified applicants will receive consideration for employment without regard to age, color, disability, gender identity or expression, marital status, national or ethnic origin, political affiliation, race, religion, sex (including pregnancy), sexual orientation, veteran status, and family medical or genetic information.




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Job No:
Posted: 4/16/2021
Application Due: 4/27/2021
Work Type: Full Time