Executive Director of Community Development

Richmond Hill, ON
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Executive Director of Community Development

TMS is seeking an exceptional leader as its next Executive Director of Community

Development, with the appointment to be effective June 2024. This is an outstanding

opportunity to work with an effective Board, talented faculty, staff, and students, and highly

engaged parents and volunteers to build on past achievements and lead TMS to new levels

of excellence.

Internationally recognized since 1961, TMS is a leading independent school offering a unique

combination of Montessori and International Baccalaureate Programmes in exceptional facilities

on two campuses in Richmond Hill, Ontario. A Montessori approach to learning is expertly

delivered at the Lower School from Toddler through Grade 6 before students transition to the

Upper School, where the IB curriculum is delivered through both the MYP and DP programs.

With approximately 900 students ranging in age from 18 months to 18 years, TMS delivers an

engaging, highly-acclaimed educational experience focusing on knowing every child uniquely.

It encourages every learner to become a compassionate, curious and connected citizen in a

complex and changing world. The school desires to inspire and challenge students to discover

the best of who they are, to achieve their full potential, and to strive and excel in academics,

arts, athletics, and citizenship. As a member of CIS Ontario and accredited by CCMA, CAIS and

IBO, TMS pursues ongoing improvement in all areas. Additional information about TMS and its

recent growth and direction is available at www.tmsschool.ca.

The School has a great story to tell. The role of the Executive Director, Community

Development is to tell this story, in communications and actions, and enhance the TMS

community in critical areas of school life. The school offers opportunities for professional

development and the chance to work in a vibrant, collegial workplace.

The Executive Director will provide leadership and guidance to the members of the Community

Development department. Working closely with the Head of School, the Leadership Team, and

the four Directors of Enrolment Management, Development, Marketing & Communications,

and Alumni & Community Relations, the Executive Director will develop and implement a

unified Community Development vision and strategies to align with the School’s Strategic

Plan. This will ensure that these teams operate in an integrated, cohesive and accountable


Reporting to the Head of School, the Executive Director is responsible for all administrative

aspects related to community development. Through advising on strategic initiatives,

developing and implementing appropriate action plans, setting direction, attracting, supporting,

developing, and mentoring staff, the new Executive Director will ensure that TMS continues to

meet and exceed its standards of excellence. As an ambassador for TMS, the Executive

Director will create new and effective ways to engage, educate, communicate, and build

enduring relationships with its internal and external communities.

The new Executive Director will be an experienced leader with a proven track record of

accomplishment and the ability to command the respect of all TMS stakeholders. A university

degree along with evidence of continuing professional development, a visionary outlook aligned

with the School’s Mission, Vision, and Strategic Goals, exceptional leadership support for an

unparalleled team, outstanding communication skills, and creativity in further enhancing an

outstanding educational are all qualities required in the Executive Director. They will have an

excellent rapport with all stakeholders, combined with experience or an interest in increasing

resources and the overall welfare of a school through fundraising, friend-raising, and the general

promotion of the school and its capabilities. Prior experience in independent schools, or the

not-for-profit sector, and two of the four areas of responsibility, particularly advancement, will

be an asset.

The consultants will begin review of candidates immediately, with committee consideration

later in the new year, and will continue until the role is filled. Applications should include a letter

of interest, curriculum vitae, and the names of three references (who will not be contacted

without the consent of the candidate), and should be submitted in confidence to the School’s

executive search consultants:

Laverne Smith & Associates Inc.

[email protected]

TMS is an equal opportunity employer. We provide any needed accommodations as laid out in the Accessibility for Ontarians with Disabilities Act and the Ontario Human Rights Code. Promoting
diversity is one of our core values and we are committed to fostering an inclusive and welcoming culture within our school community.

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