Montessori Preschool Principal (0-6 years)

  • Employer: Capital Montessori School
  • Location: Wellington, Kingston
  • Work type: Fixed-Term

Contract: Fixed-Term (covering for Parental Leave) from September 2024 until December 2025
Location: Capital Montessori School, Wellington

About Our Community: 

“Free the child’s potential, and you will transform them into the world”. Dr Maria Montessori

At Capital Montessori School, we believe in the unique potential that lies in all children. We provide an inclusive early learning environment that supports each child’s being, belonging and becoming as we nurture learners for life.

For over thirty years, CMS has delivered an authentic, high-quality Montessori preschool programme for children aged 3 – 6 and a playgroup for 0-3 year olds. Located in the Kingston suburb of Wellington, our school is set in a beautiful, spacious natural environment surrounded by purpose-designed gardens and outdoor space for our children and teachers to connect and thrive in the natural world together.

As a not-for-profit, parent-run cooperative led by a Principal and an elected Board of Trustees, we are proud of the community and space we have created, and we strive to ensure we place each child’s outcome at the heart of everything we do.

CMS is seeking a new Principal with teaching and leadership experience in Aotearoa New Zealand to oversee the management of the school and learning environment, embracing the AMI philosophy. This is a fixed-term contract covering parental leave from September 2024 to December 2025.

To learn more about our unique school, please visit our website at

What you’ll do in this role:

  • Operational Management: You’ll expertly manage the day-to-day operations of the preschool, including staffing, health & safety, compliance, finance, enrolments, and marketing.

  • Leadership: You will lead our passionate teaching team, working alongside our head teachers in both classrooms to provide a high-quality, sustainable Montessori education programme for our enthusiastic tamariki.

  • Curriculum Development: You will support the development of the preschool curriculum with a focus on the Montessori approach and with a practised understanding of the NZ government curriculum criteria for optimal outcomes for our students.

  • Community Building: You will help our safe and inclusive community thrive by continuing to build and maintain relationships with our involved parents, support the development of our passionate teachers, and continue to grow our partnerships with local primary schools.

What you’ll bring with you:

  • You will be ECE-qualified and registered.

  • You will have experience in New Zealand with developing and delivering on required New Zealand ECE Curriculum.

  • You have teaching experience, ideally grounded and strongly committed to the Montessori educational philosophy.

  • You have excellent organisational, interpersonal and management skills.

  • You have proven ability to manage and inspire a team towards a shared goal.

  • You communicate with confidence, timeliness, clarity and care as you inspire others and strive to bring out the best in our team and community.

  • Ideally you would be AMI certified, or at least have an interest or desire to get certified.

What this role can offer you:

  • Leave a legacy: The chance to grow and nurture your own strengths, interests and vision for CMS as you step into a positive and successful school environment with scope to shape this community further.

  • Professional Development: As a growth-minded community, we seek to support your professional development during your time with us. Whether it be through external courses and certifications or on-site training – or something completely different! – this role has the opportunity to tailor your own development within the AMI philosophy and educational leadership.

  • Community Support: We are proud to welcome you into our engaged, committed, authentic community including our passionate teaching team, hands-on Board of Trustees, and active and diverse school community. We also provide ongoing support from external consultants to mentor and support you to thrive in this role. You will be immediately and continually supported and welcomed during your time with us.

  • Competitive Compensation: We are proud to have a competitive salary ( Full pay Parity) range for this role, which will be based on experience. We can offer a range of benefits, as well as relocation packages available within NZ. If you’re already based in Wellington, this can be paid as a signing bonus!

How to Apply:

If you are driven to make a difference and are excited to join our thriving community, we look forward to hearing from you! We invite you to submit your CV and cover letter to our current Principal, Manu Khapung, at

Thank you for taking the time to consider joining our community, and we look forward to reviewing your application.

Please Note: Applicants must have a current NZ working visa and be located in NZ at this time, or with current plans to relocate.

There is not a closing date for submitting applications for this role. Applications for this role will be reviewed as they are received.

MANZ Member School  •  4 July 2024