Feb 03, 2020
The Opportunity The Wildflower Foundation is looking for a mission-driven, entrepreneurial leader to nurture the growth of tiny, teacher-led, community embedded, Montessori microschools in Indianapolis as part of the Wildflower Network. The Entrepreneur will cultivate relationships with donors and invite Montessorians to learn about the Wildflower model and envision and create their own Wildflower schools.
The Partner role is a salaried position with Wildflower Schools, is based in Indianapolis and can be customized to fit a full- or part-time schedule.
Who You Are A natural coalition-builder, activator and visionary, dedicated to seeing Bay Area communities thrive and passionate about the role Wildflower can play in supporting that. Key skills and orientations include: ● Belief in the Montessori method and the power of teacher leadership ● Ability to build energy and momentum around a cause by articulating a vision, recruiting new people and cultivating their ongoing engagement. A track record of success bringing new initiatives to life is necessary, and because teachers and donors are two critical parts of the necessary coalition, direct teacher recruitment and/or fundraising experience are essential ● Experience supporting coach teachers/professionals to successfully take on new challenges and to learn and grow ● Ability to work in a non-hierarchical, self-managed environment - self-starting, creative, advice-seeking, resourceful, independent, flexible and open-minded; ability to manage your own activities, plan a project and carry it out, and follow through on commitments ● Ability to communicate effectively and compellingly, in writing and orally in one on one, small group and large group settings ● Experience working towards educational equity -- as an educator, social entrepreneur, advocate or in a related capacity ● Cultural humility and experience working alongside diverse colleagues in an environment committed to equity, diversity and inclusion ● Comfortable using collaborative online tools that connect the Wildflower community, including Google Suite and Slack
What will you do? ● Develop the Indianapolis community’s understanding of Wildflower and help community members appreciate the beauty of the Wildflower model ● Identify the pathways for opening new Wildflower schools - the specific legal/regulatory structures under which Wildflower schools can start and operate - that allow schools individually and collectively to fully express Wildflower’s purpose - as intentionally diverse, teacher-led, authentic Montessori programs. This will include writing a charter application ● Cultivate relationships with key partners, including The Mind Trust, Indianapolis Public Schools, the Indiana Charter School Board, the office of the Mayor of Indianapolis ● Build relationships with donors to generate the necessary support and resources for our work in Indianapolis and across Indiana. ● Foster the practices and structures needed for self-governance within the emerging Indianapolis network of Wildflower teacher leaders and schools ● Invite Montessori teacher leaders to start new Wildflower schools, support their exploration of Wildflower, and guide them through Wildflower’s School Startup Journey ● Offer guidance to new school leaders regarding local licensing guidelines and applicable Indiana law to support them in opening new schools and maintaining compliance
In addition to a nurturing, reinvented workspace, The Wildflower Foundation offers a competitive salary and comprehensive health benefits package along with 401(k) plan with employer matching. We also offer a flexible and generous vacation policy as well as an inclusive environment where staff are encouraged to bring their whole selves to work every day.
Indianapolis, IN, USA