Overview

Background 

Libertas School of Memphis is a Montessori, liberal arts public charter school serving a historic but marginalized neighborhood in Memphis. Our mission is to be a school for human flourishing: cultivating minds, hands, and hearts for lives of wonder, work, and love. We offer students a rich, rigorous, and personalized education through the learning method of Dr. Maria Montessori, liberal arts and Core Knowledge, and the best practices of high-performing urban schools. We foster a culture of character and excellence. And we are an attachment village of supports between school, families, and our community. We serve approximately 400 children age 3 to 11 (PreK through 5th grade) in inclusive, multi-age classrooms. 

Role summary: This role is dedicated to engaging families in the unique culture of our school community. While teachers are the primary contacts for families, this role helps by organizing schoolwide involvement opportunities, collaborating with partners, and intervening to meet attendance and other individual needs. 

Role information 

  • Full-time role. Generally follows the school calendar, but with approx. 1-2 additional weeks of work as needed in the summer related to student enrollment and preparation for the school year. 
  • Work days generally follow the published school calendar; work hours are generally Monday / Friday 7:30 AM – 3:30 PM, Tuesday / Thursday 7:30 AM – 4:00 PM for Child Study, Wednesday 7:30 AM – 4:30 PM for faculty meetings, however this role will frequently help to organize events outside of normal hours; flex time may be available. 
  • Reports to: Operations Director 
  • Key relationships: Principal, Dean/AV team, Office staff, Teachers & Assistants, Families
  • Provide project leadership among academic and support staff and community partners 

Measures of success 

  • Attendance: 80%+ on track (reduce chronic absenteeism to <20%) 
  • Stakeholder satisfaction: 90% among teachers and families 
  • Family involvement: 90% overall; high involvement TBD % 
  • Full enrollment on annual goals; 80% student persistence 
  • Homework completion: 70%+ 
  • Satisfactory performance evaluations 
  • Other indicators 

Key responsibilities (approximately 80% of time and effort) 

  • Attendance: working closely with office staff, lead efforts to promote timeliness and attendance for both in-person and at-home learners, as well as intervene with families at risk of chronic absenteeism 
  • Family engagement: plan, promote, and coordinate family engagement events; coordinate general communication through our newsletter, fliers, social media, and other methods

Other responsibilities (approximately 20% of time and effort) 

  • Volunteers & Partnerships: engage community organizations and volunteers in supporting our school; train, organize, and coordinate volunteers in collaboration with other staff
  • Child Study: function as a standing member of the Child Study Team on Tuesdays and Thursdays from 3pm-4pm
  • Enrollment: working closely with office staff, assist in planning and implementing initiatives for recruiting, retaining, and registering students to ensure full enrollment
  • Homework: lead promotion and accountability for completion of daily reading homework
  • Other: Lead or support other school initiatives as needed; other duties as assigned 

Qualifications and traits 

  • Role specific qualifications: significant experience working successfully with students and families in a similar community; demonstrated project management experience or similar
  • Warm and firm demeanor. 
  • Effective communication, including listening, writing, and speaking. 
  • Ability to multi-task while staying organized and attentive to detail. 
  • Flexible, takes initiative, and has a strong sense of personal ownership of responsibilities.
  • Work collaboratively, with a growth mindset. Give and receive feedback in a spirit of craftsmanship. 
  • Model of character. 
  • Dedication to support human flourishing through the Montessori method and the school’s philosophy of wonder, work, and love for all students. 

Compensation 

  • Salary/wage competitive with the local school district and nearby charter schools.
  • Eligible for increases, bonuses, or stipends for performance or additional duties.
  • Investment in faculty professional development and growth. We also offer to eligible applicants our Teacher Residency program, which provides financial sponsorship and additional coaching and support to achieve state licensure and/or Montessori certification. Please contact us for more details.
  • Paid sick leave.
  • Deferred pay model distributes salary throughout the year (including breaks and vacations).
  • Full time employees are eligible for health insurance benefits, which we sponsor at an above-market rate (approx. 80% covered by employer for all levels of coverage). We also offer dental, vision, and other benefits, and retirement plans similar to local schools.

Application process 

Interested candidates should apply online at www.LibertasMemphis.org, where candidates can also learn more about our school. Please submit a resume, at least three references, and a cover letter (required) explaining why you would be a good fit for this position. Please direct any questions to info@LibertasMemphis.org. Libertas does not discriminate on the basis of race, color, gender, handicap, age, religion, sexual orientation, or national or ethnic origin.