The mission of Maine Ocean School is to provide a theme-based high school education focused on Maine’s maritime connection, with an emphasis on leadership, work ethic, and the transferable skills associated with careers involving the ocean.
Background: Maine Ocean School is a public magnet high school that provides a “hands-on, minds-on” education on the water, in the lab, and in the classroom. Located on Penobscot Bay in Searsport, Maine Ocean School’s home base is the Penobscot Marine Museum. We welcomed our first 12 students in Fall 2018. Our strategic plan is to grow to 30 students this coming year (2019-20), then to grow by 30 students each year until we reach a total of 120 students in grades 9-12. Maine Ocean school is currently staffed by a part-time Interim Director, a half-time Assistant Director and two teachers and is also supported by a wide network of volunteers and community partners.
The Board of Trustees seeks a founding, full-time Executive Director to embody the mission of the school and articulate the mission for all aspects of the school’s program. In keeping with the mission, the Director fosters the traditions, relationships, and practices that determine the school’s climate and culture. The Director is the sole employee of the Board of Trustees and is responsible for the overall management of the school, in accordance with the board’s policies.
Responsibilities - The Director shall:
- Function as the public face of the school with all internal and external constituencies including students, parents, faculty, staff, alumni, neighbors, business community, governmental agencies, and local, state, regional and national educational organizations and accrediting agencies;
- Direct and coordinate the activities of the organization by being a member ex officio of all standing committees of the Board of Trustees;
- Ensure a positive school culture built on community, leadership, and teamwork by monitoring and evaluating program development and admissions processes;
- Ensure that that all required and appropriate policies are adopted by the board and implemented by staff;
- Select, hire, supervise, and provide professional development opportunities to all school staff;
- Prepare, monitor, and provide budget reports to the Board and State.
Serve as the representative of the Board in its relations with the faculty, staff, students, supporters, and community partners.
Qualifications and skills:
- 5+ years of education, nonprofit, or public sector management experience
- Demonstrated experience in shared leadership and a flexible, team-based approach
- Demonstrated ability to manage people and budgets
- Experience or demonstrated interest in working on or around the ocean
- Experience in local, state, and federal laws applying to public schools (or willingness to enroll in 2 Maine School Law classes within first 2 years of hire)
- Experience with innovative education, including small-by-design and/or magnet schools and student-centered, project-based, and/or proficiency-based approaches preferred
Location: Searsport, ME
Start Date: July 1, 2019
Report to: Executive Committee of the Board of Trustees
Application deadline: May 31, 2019, to remain open until a suitable candidate is identified
Salary: $60-75,000 annually
To Apply: Please submit cover letter and resume that includes a list and contact information for 3 references to: email@example.com