Director of Strategic Partnerships and Experiential Programs
About Kents Hill
Kents Hill School is one of the oldest co-ed boarding schools in the country, located on 400 beautiful acres in Maine. We bring boarding and day students together from across the world to engage in self-discovery and growth, both in and out of the classroom. Diversity, equity, and belonging are integral to our community as we actively strive to be an anti-racist school through consistent and ongoing learning for all. Our caring and deeply engaged faculty members truly know each student, and because of that are able to create transformational experiences. With student-centered inquiry at its core, the academic curriculum merges the four dimensions of learning (knowledge, skills, character, and reflection) with PBL (project-based learning) to balance academic rigor with strong support. Students also have the opportunity to explore their passions in athletics and the arts and develop leadership potential with over 30 clubs and activities.
The Director of Strategic Partnerships and Experiential Programming develops, implements, and sustains school-wide programming that applies the philosophy of Kents Hill’s commitment to character development and matriculating students equipped to positively impact the world. This position reports to the Assistant Head of School for Student Life and works collaboratively with faculty and staff across the school. This is a 12-month position, with the opportunity to live on campus if desired.
- Oversee the operations and management of the following programs:
○ PEAK Program (Principles and Ethics in Action at Kents Hill School)
○ Community Service and Engagement
○ Outdoor Based Orientation Programs
○ Global Exchange Programs and International and National Trips
- Lead the development of a unified curricular arc for PEAK, Community Service and Engagement, and Advising programs and help integrate those programs into core disciplines and other parts of the curriculum.
- Establish and maintain thoughtful curricular and programmatic partnerships — regionally, nationally, and internationally.
- Develop sustainable regional, national, and global strategic partnerships with nonprofit agencies, colleges & universities, research facilities, corporations, and organizations that expand programming and opportunities for Kents Hill School students.
- Collaborate with the Assistant Head of School for Student Life and the Assistant Head of School for
- Academics to develop a four-year rotating curriculum for the PEAK program.
- Enhance the Schools community engagement initiatives by identifying meaningful partnerships and establishing relationships with local nonprofit organizations for off-campus opportunities and with faculty for on-campus opportunities.
- Research and coordinate the feasibility and implementation of Global and National Exchange Programs and Trips for students and faculty.
- Liaise with faculty interested in offering new travel programming.
- Promote and implement safety protocols for domestic and international travel.
- Oversee the development of our internship program including, but not limited to: Work with parents, local community members, local nonprofits, and local universities to define, manage, and continually refine student internship and volunteer opportunities; Meet one-on-one with students to identify their goals for internships and prepare for specific opportunities; Develop and implement an assessment plan to evaluate the efficacy of the internship training.
- Work with the Dean of Community Life to plan and run outdoor-based orientation programs for new and returning students.
- Work to develop new experiential programs identified as priorities by the Board of Trustees or Head of School.
Other Responsibilities and Duties
- Facilitate a PEAK class.
- Teach one academic class or coach one athletic season.
- Oversee one student club.
- Serve as a member of a weeknight and weekend duty team.
- Serve as an advisor for a small group of students.
Qualifications and Experience
- Deep understanding of adolescent development, social-emotional wellbeing, and education principles.
- Bachelor’s Degree, with a Master’s Degree, strongly preferred
- A successful history of creating and leading experiential, project-based, interdisciplinary, and hands-on projects, instruction, and learning opportunities.
- Experience with inclusive curriculum design, innovative pedagogy, and assessment.
- Proven commitment to diversity, equity, inclusion, and social justice.
- Comfortable with atypical hours and response to crisis situations and emergencies.
- Collaborative, creative, and action-oriented.
- Prior experience with service learning, global studies, or exchange programs
- Prior teaching, coaching, or advising/career counseling experience desired
- Ability to work independently and as part of a team
- Willingness and ability to work evenings and weekends and to travel domestically and internationally with school-sponsored trips over school breaks
To apply, please send a cover letter, resume, and contact information for three references to firstname.lastname@example.org.
Kents Hill School is an Equal Opportunity Employer committed to maintaining a work and learning environment free from discrimination on the basis of race, color, religion, national origin, pregnancy, gender identity, sexual orientation, marital/civil union status, ancestry, place of birth, age, citizenship status, veteran status, political affiliation, genetic information or disability, as defined and required by state and federal laws. Additionally, we prohibit retaliation against individuals who oppose such discrimination and harassment or who participate in an equal opportunity investigation.