Employment at FCM


Follow the Child Montessori School, is a small, private Montessori school located in Raleigh, North Carolina. We currently serve approximately 178 students from Toddler House through Upper Elementary. Our community includes staff, parents, and a board of trustees who are committed to the implementation of the Montessori principles.

Our team of dedicated, fun-loving, and dynamic teachers, a Montessori-trained Head of School, and our commitment to the integrity of Montessori principles make FCM a vibrant community. Conveniently located in Raleigh close to North Carolina State University, the school has easy access to Research Triangle Park and the Chapel Hill/Durham areas and attracts a diverse population.

Current Openings: Finance Officer; Development and Community Relations Manager; Children’s House Assistant Teacher

Immediate opening for Finance Officer

Follow the Child Montessori School is seeking a full time Finance Officer for June 2017. The primary responsibilities of the Finance Officer are to develop and maintain the operating and capital budgets; prepare and present financial statements to management, committees and the Board; as well as ensure compliance with financial controls, policies, GAAP and FASB standards.

Essential Job Functions

· Develop, document, implement and maintain financial policies, procedures and controls to ensure regulatory compliance with GAAP & FASB.
· Develop, manage and administer the operating and capital budgets on monthly, quarterly and annual reviews to ensure compliance with policies, facility & program oversight, loan covenants and alignment with strategic initiatives.
· Prepare monthly and annual financial statements including supporting analyses for management and governance reporting.
· Prepare financial models & analysis of program profitability to assist management, committees and the Board with long range planning.
· Create ad hock reports, forecasting, and pro forma analysis as requested.
· Maintain asset inventory, accrual, amortization and depreciation schedules.
· Track and reconcile monthly card activity for school-wide purchase card.
· Maintain the General Ledger, including monthly reconciliations, closing entries, accruals, and revenue recognition.
· Coordinate preparation of Form 990 and subsidiary tax filings in collaboration with School’s accounting firm and Audit Committee.
· Process payables and receivables on a weekly basis and payroll on a bi-weekly basis.
· Assure timely processing of all payroll withholding, including 403(b) contributions, and post entries to the GL.
· Reconcile monthly statements from benefit providers with payroll reports.
· Monitor and track restricted funds release assuring donor compliance.
· Ensure donations and expenses are properly documented by fund and correctly recorded.
· Accountability for IT Systems and other Office Management accountabilities, including site maintenance and general administrative oversight


· BS Degree in Finance/Accounting or equivalent experience
· CPA preferred
· 5-7 years of accounting and finance experience, nonprofit experience preferred
· Advanced knowledge of Microsoft Office programs
· Demonstrated understanding of generally accepted accounting principles in a not-for-profit setting.
· Excellent verbal, written, and organizational skills.
· Demonstrated ability to work collaboratively with diverse populations; including parents, faculty and Board.
· Demonstrated experience with GL management, financial reporting, internal control, and capital project accounting.
· Experience with not for profit tax reporting, auditing process and timelines
· Ability to maintain strict confidentiality
· Great attention to detail and initiative in problem solving

To apply, please email Dominique Mouthon (dominique@followthechild.org).


Development and Community Relations Manager

Job Type: Full-Time

Minimum Education Required: Bachelor’s Degree

Job Description: The Development and Community Relations Manager works closely with the Head of School and the Board of Trustees, building a strong culture of philanthropy and community throughout the organization.

  • Oversee all aspects of the Development program, including fundraising and leading the annual giving program.
  • Plan events for fundraising, community-building, education, and more.
  • Coordinate the school’s volunteerism efforts.
  • Develop and maintain relationships with parents, former parents, staff, students, Board members, vendors, and alumni.
  • Work with the Head of School, Development Committee, and Director of Admissions to identify, research, and spearhead the implementation of a diverse and multi-faceted fundraising program to support the school’s strategic vision, cultivating a culture of giving and gratitude across all constituencies and socio-economic strata.
  • Maintain a database of all contributors and provide development reports as required.
  • Participate with the admissions office on PR initiatives and the marketing and communications office to create/produce fundraising related communication materials to expand and enhance the school’s visibility and reputation.
  • Strengthen relationships with the school’s alumni and further develop alumni programming.
  • Represent the school at various gatherings and conferences and represent the administration at monthly meetings of the Family Association.
  • Proofread various communications for the administrative staff.
  • Support the admissions process, to include some/all of the following: tours, phone calls/emails, processing applications, and/or data collection/entry.
  • Perform other duties as assigned by the Head of School or Director of Admissions and Communications.

Job Requirements:


  • Bachelor’s degree in Business, Educational or Nonprofit Administration, or Communications (or a related field) is strongly preferred.


  • Excellent written and verbal communication skills
  • Strong interpersonal skills
  • Enthusiastic team player
  • Detail-oriented and extremely organized
  • Expertise in MS Office
  • Ability to handle confidential information with discretion
  • Montessori experience (as student, teacher, or parent), Raiser’s Edge, Blackbaud, and/or html a plus

Please email resume and cover letter to Cara Bledsoe (cara@followthechild.org).


Children’s House Assistant Teacher

Job Type: Part-Time (Full-time is available, if needed)

Minimum Education Required: High School Diploma, some college preferred

Job Description: A Children’s House Assistant Teacher works closely with the Montessori-certified (AMI) classroom Lead Teacher to help execute the Montessori curriculum with high standards of excellence.

  • Helps create a positive, loving, and safe environment for children ages 3 to 6
  • Helps create educational materials and keep the classroom clean and orderly
  • Organizes classroom materials
  • Helps young children with their tasks of self-care and with classroom activities as needed
  • Helps the teacher implement effective, but positive behavioral support in the classroom

Job Requirements:

  • Possesses a calm, warm, but assertive demeanor, a love of Montessori, a deep respect for children, and a strong work ethic
  • Excellent communication skills
  • Patience, flexibility, and a willingness to learn
  • Montessori classroom experience preferred

To apply, please email Angie Ma (angie@followthechild.org).