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Executive Director, CCMA

Executive Director, Canadian Council of Montessori Administrators 

  1. Opportunity statement
  2. Key Objectives & Responsibilities
  3. Requirements
  4. Skills

Executive Director

  1. Opportunity statement

The Canadian Council of Montessori Administrators promotes excellence in Montessori education through accreditation, support and service, and provides a unified voice for its member schools across Canada. The CCMA was founded in 1977 by a group of administrators committed to supporting each other and promoting awareness of what an authentic Montessori school offers to families. Today, the CCMA serves more than 125 member schools that are diverse in size.

CCMA seeks an Executive Director to lead the organization’s national operation and growth, and in concert with the Board of Directors, define its direction and future. Experience in education or non-profit leadership, or membership association management will qualify as strong candidates for consideration. Support for Montessori education, an understanding of its principles and ability to articulate these is expected. Formal Montessori training is desirable but not required.

CCMA is headquartered in the Toronto region; relocation to the area is not a requirement. CCMA is committed to being an inclusive, and equitable organization. We represent a diverse membership and leadership working collaboratively to provide Montessori education to all children.

CCMA is an Equal Opportunity Employer and does not discriminate on the basis of race, religion, colour, sex, gender identity, sexual orientation, age, non-disqualifying physical or mental disability, national origin, or any other basis covered by appropriate law. Employment decisions are determined on the basis of qualifications, merit and the needs of the organization.

Executive Director Leadership Profile

The next Executive Director of the Canadian Council of Montessori Administrators (CCMA) will lead a growing membership organization with diverse stakeholders and interests. The ideal candidate has experience managing a not-for-profit organization and has worked successfully with an active governing board. The Executive Director will be expected to engage in travel and to actively engage with members and schools on a national and global scale.

The Executive Director is appointed by and directly responsible to the Board of Directors and serves as an ex officio, non-voting board member. The Executive Director we are seeking is:

1.      A leader, adept at:

  • Visioning the future of education and the role that Montessori should play both nationally and internationally.
  • Aligning member priorities and the work of staff and board.
  • Tracking the education landscape in general, and the legislative aspects of education that will impact Montessori schools.
  • Presenting as the public face of the CCMA and Montessori education.

2.      A connector with exceptional people skills, high EI (emotional intelligence), a penchant for networking with other organizations sharing common interests.

3.      An innovator who can help the organization solicit and retain members, deepen services to members and create new opportunities for members to stay connected and involved.

4.      An advocate who will build on networks already in place, will lead efforts to protect Montessori interests, and track opportunities emerging in the public and political domain that Montessori can and should capitalize upon or contribute to.

5.      A communicator who reaches out to engage with members in multiple ways, generates enthusiasm, shares a vision and invites dialogue.

6.      A planner, skilled in developing and implementing strategic plans in partnership with the Board of Directors that support the mission and values of CCMA with value-added programs and services.

7.      A manager, skilled in:

  • Team-building to coordinate the work of staff and board directors, as well as other volunteers.
  • Support to encourage and mentor staff knowledge within the organization and to regularly review staff through a formal review process that acknowledges, supports, and improves their performance.
  • Delivery of high-quality services; clearly, efficiently and in a timely fashion.
  • Negotiation to resolve complex issues where the interests of constituent groups diverge.
  • Financial Management, with a clear understanding of not-for-profit financing including membership-based organizations; budget and projections; the ability to understand and interpret financial statements; and an understanding of the audit process. A manager who can work with finance staff and review financial information with the Finance Committee and the Board.

2.    Key Objectives & Responsibilities 

  • Lead the organization’s operation and growth and work with the Board of Directors to define its direction and future.
  • Ensure the organization’s effective operation to accredit member schools.
  • Lead the organization’s operation to accredit and promote member schools as it becomes a truly national organization.
  • Ensure the success of activities, structures, systems and processes in a manner consistent with the organization’s mission and vision.
  • Work with the Board and stakeholders to ensure the development of an up-to-date strategic plan and the subsequent achievement of the plan’s goals over a 5 year period.
  • Execute objectives of the strategic plan and develop future strategic planning for the organization.
  • Act as fiduciary to manage and coordinate the finances of the organization; conduct annual budget planning for review by the CCMA Finance Committee.
  • Plan, coordinate, and execute national and regional conferences and advance professional development programming.
  • Collaborate with stakeholders including school leaders, trainers, and training institutions regionally, nationally and globally.
  • Enhance CCMA visibility by forging partnerships with Montessori organizations across North America and the world.
  • Build connections with training centres in Canada for mutual benefit.
  • Supervise, evaluate, and develop CCMA staff.
  • Travel nationally representing CCMA.

3.   Requirements

  • Five or more years of progressive executive leadership experience with a track record of successfully leading an organization.
  • Skilled at meeting the challenges that come with creating, implementing, and improving processes within systems.
  • Systems-level thinker; can translate ideas into deliverables.
  • Demonstrated ability to lead the design, implementation, and management of large-scale initiatives; adept at managing multiple work streams / teams.
  • Strong business acumen with a track record of meeting financial and strategic objectives.
  • Understanding of large, complex membership organizations.
  • Demonstrable experience in development and effective fiscal management.
  • Ability to manage people towards goals/outcomes and coach/develop strengths in others.
  • Experience partnering with Boards of Directors to execute and achieve the organization’s mission.
  • Excellent oral and written communication, interpersonal, and relationship-building skills.
  • Culturally competent with an ability to effectively work well with a diversity of stakeholders.

4.   Skills

  • Exceptional oral and written communication skills, including excellent public speaking capability
  • Effective time-management skills
  • Personal initiative demonstrating strong self-direction
  • Organizational management and leadership
  • Effective understanding of digital platforms and work with / direct third-party marketing & communications consultants

Compensation and Benefits

The annual base salary for this role will be competitive and commensurate with experience. Compensation includes a comprehensive benefits package.


This search is being conducted by a Search Committee with the support of the CCMA Board of Directors. To apply for this role, please email Search Committee at

Start Time: Flexible

Applications will be received up to October 1st, 2021