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Program Manager, UD Montessori Teacher Residency

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College / VP Area: Vice Prov for Grad & Prof Ed
Work type: Staff
Location: Newark
Categories: Full Time, Trainers & Educators, Program/Project Management

Pay Grade: 30E

Context of the job:

Under the limited direction of the UDMTR Director, the UDMTR Elementary Level Manager is responsible for ensuring that the curriculum, instruction, and coaching components of the program meet and exceed the expectations of the program’s accrediting agency, the Montessori Accreditation Council for Teacher Education (MACTE), as well as the expectations of our partner schools and residents.  S/he brings their Montessori training and experience to provide leadership and direction to the part-time coaches, to maintain strong relationships with school partners, and to support the UDMTR residents.  In partnership with the UDMTR Director, the Level Manager will design, develop and implement a variety of professional development opportunities for Montessori teachers and schools as an extension of services to be provided by the UDMTR.  S/he is knowledgeable about adult learning, the latest trends in Montessori teacher preparation, and is a creative, self-motivated, and entrepreneurial individual who assists the Director in the expansion of the UDMTR as a premier program supporting existing and future contemporary Montessori Schools. 

Continuation of this position is dependent on the successful expansion of the UDMTR program. 



Program Development:

  • Participate in the collaborative development and maintenance with NCMPS and instructors of a robust and detailed teaching syllabus and pacing guide, including presentations, readings and assignments, and all necessary evaluation rubrics and assessment plans that instructor use with residents.
  • Develop the program calendar in collaboration with the Program Director.
  • Assist the Director with building a collaborative team invested in the mission of UDMTR.
  • Build relationships with partnering schools and working with the director to develop programming to support the school’s needs.
  • Develop innovative professional development opportunities, both virtual and in person, to support contemporary Montessori schools both regionally and nationally.
  • Work with the Director to develop online surround modules for the academic year program.
  • Provide required support for the MACTE accreditation process to be completed by summer 2022.


  • Provide weekly coaching following the UDMTR coaching protocol for up to four days a week to UDMTR partner schools.
  • Develop and conducting intro to UDMTR coaching and annual training for part-time coaches.
  • Conduct bi-weekly meetings with school-based coaches to ensure that coaching is happening and documented as required by UDMTR program guidelines.

Instruction – Summer Training, Seminars, and other academic year programming

  • Serve as the lead course instructor providing up to six weeks of instruction each summer and four three-day seminars during the year according to the UDMRT schedule. Responsible for the preparation and maintenance of the practice room, delivery of curriculum, assisting residents to understand and meet program requirements including assignments, albums, and exams.
  • Lead instructors in understanding the parameters and protocols of the UDMTR including expectations, presentations, assignments and assessment.
  • Support Lead Instructors and Apprentices in preparing the environment for the courses and seminars.
  • Review and approve materials lists from instructors and in coordination with the Program Director.
  • Observe and provide feedback to the summer and seminar lead and apprentice instructors.
  • Support instructors in assessing Resident progress and graduation eligibility.
  • Provide professional support, guidance and evaluation of instructors, apprentices, and guest presenters.
  • Hold periodic meetings with instructors to support the development of the seminars and summer program ensuring that each instructor and apprentice understands their responsibilities.
  • Ensure delivery of and participation of residents in surround modules.

Field Supervision

  • Develop and leading a 3-hour training program based on UDMTR protocols for field supervisors to be completed before first supervision visits.
  • Maintain contact with field supervisors to ensure that Residents are meeting requirements for the program.
  • Ensure that field supervisors maintain the observation schedule and complete all required documentation.
  • May provide field supervision for residents for whom s/he is not coaching using the UDMTR field supervision protocol s/he observes resident, meets with resident and coach, provides a closing meeting to the school leader, completes all documentation of school visits, makes final recommendation for certification of the resident at end of the program.

Resident Support:

  • Provide academic advising and counseling to Residents as needed.
  • Provide a monthly newsletter for all Elementary Residents.
  • Maintain Resident files per MACTE requirements including documentation from coaching and field supervision.
  • Supervise and when appropriate conducts final oral exams.
  • Ensure that each Resident's albums, assignments, projects, and exams are evaluated according to prepared rubrics and completes all written documentation.

General Responsibilities:

  • Serve on various committees and work on team setting to accomplish UDMTR goals.
  • Perform miscellaneous job-related duties as assigned.



  • Bachelor’s degree, Master’s degree preferred, in Education or related fields
  • Montessori elementary credential, preferably 6-12 and three years of teaching experience in a Montessori Classroom after receipt of Montessori credential.
  • Evidence of competence in teaching adults, educational administration, and curriculum development.
  • Evidence of completion of coaching training, child-study training and Developmental Environmental Rating Scale training or ability to complete these during the first year of employment.
  • Experience with using Google Docs, Canvas, and Microsoft Office preferred.
  • Effective interpersonal and communications skills to work with internal and external stakeholders along with a comfort level working in an entrepreneurial environment.
  • Experience in working with multi-cultural, multi-generational, diverse groups of people.
  • Ability to manage multiple projects; excellent organizational skills.
  • Demonstrates an understanding and consideration of the differing needs and concerns of individuals with varying identities, cultures and backgrounds.
  • Committed to fostering a workplace culture of belonging, where diversity is celebrated and equity is a core value.



  • Ability to travel to mid-Atlantic regional schools for weekly coaching.
  • Must have reliable transportation, valid drivers license, and vehicle insurance.
  • Ability to work evenings and weekends as needed.
  • Ability to work in the summer during in-person training.

Notice of Non-Discrimination, Equal Opportunity and Affirmative Action
The University of Delaware does not discriminate against any person on the basis of race, color, national origin, sex, gender identity or expression, sexual orientation, genetic information, marital status, disability, religion, age, veteran status or any other characteristic protected by applicable law in its employment, educational programs and activities, admissions policies, and scholarship and loan programs as required by Title IX of the Educational Amendments of 1972, the Americans with Disabilities Act of 1990, Section 504 of the Rehabilitation Act of 1973, Title VII of the Civil Rights Act of 1964, and other applicable statutes and University policies. The University of Delaware also prohibits unlawful harassment including sexual harassment and sexual violence.

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