Deputy Principal

Role: Deputy Principal

Employer: Inner Sydney Montessori School

School Type: Pre and Primary School

Location: Balmain and Lilyfield, Inner Sydney, New South Wales, Australia

Commencement: Permanent role commencing for the 2024 school year

Exciting Opportunity!

The Principal of Inner Sydney Montessori School (ISMS) invites applications for the position of Deputy Principal from exceptional leaders with extensive knowledge and experience of the strategic and operational management of schools. We welcome applications from the wider Australian school communities, as well as those from the Montessori community both here and abroad.

This is a rare and fantastic opportunity for a dedicated leader to join our enthusiastic and passionate team.

About Us

Well located in the vibrant suburbs of Balmain and Lilyfield, ISMS has an enviable, small school reputation. ISMS is a friendly and dynamic Preschool and Primary School with students at the heart of everything we do. Our staff create nurturing classrooms where each child develops a healthy self-concept, positive values, strong skills and habits, a deep academic understanding and a curiosity and appreciation of nature and the world around them.

Recognised as one of Australia’s leading Montessori schools, our child focused Preschool and Primary School enrols students from 26 months to 12 years of age. Additionally, our Infant Community also welcomes families from pregnancy to three years, to Parent & Child Programs each term.

ISMS is also in the initial stages of developing a Montessori High School.

About You

The successful candidate will be a passionate educator, with an open-minded approach to child-focused, kinesthetic and project-based learning. Your experience within leadership will have provided you with a thorough understanding of the strategic and operational management of schools and governance. 

Selection Criteria

You will demonstrate:

  • Relevant teaching qualification and NSW accreditation (or be able to attain NSW accreditation);
  • An enthusiasm to develop an understanding of Montessori education and willingness to embrace the Montessori philosophy, if you don’t have prior Montessori experience or training;
  • Strong emotional intelligence with the ability to inspire, challenge and develop others as you support the Principal to lead the school;
  • The ability to promote a positive and supportive ethos for pupils and staff where all are valued, encouraged and challenged to achieve the best they can;
  • A strong appreciation of collaboration with the ability to communicate and manage relationships effectively with children, staff, families, School Council and other stakeholders.
  • For further details about the role, please refer to the Role Description on our website:

What we Offer

  • Ongoing, extensive training and development programs;
  • On the job mentoring;
  • Montessori training sponsorship;
  • Staff discounts (OOSH, school fees and local health centres);
  • Close-knit and dedicated team; 
  • Numerous wellbeing programs including daily meditation and an employee access program; and
  • Competitive salary ($136,303 - $151,547 plus 11% super) in accordance with the Independent Schools NSW/ACT Standards Model (Teachers) Multi Enterprise Agreement 2021, in line with experience. Plus 17.5% annual leave loading.
  • Relocation sponsorship for interstate or international candidates available, subject to the experience and suitability of candidates.

ISMS is committed to safeguarding and promoting the welfare of children and expects all staff to share this commitment. The position is subject to satisfactory references, police clearances and a Working with Children Check.

How to Apply

If this sounds like you then we'd love to hear from you. Please direct applications, including a cover letter and resume to [email protected] by Wednesday, 6th of December 2023. We will be contacting suitable applicants immediately, so early applications are encouraged. Please note, only shortlisted candidates will be contacted. 

We’re very proud of our school. For more information on working at ISMS, please visit or give us a call to arrange a visit. We’d love to meet you.

7 November 2023

Inner Sydney Montessori School

44 Smith Street
Balmain NSW 2041