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.
Kents Hill seeks a Dean of Students and Belonging who is passionate about working with teenagers as they navigate the world in complex and diverse ways and is excited to both support them and hold them accountable. The ideal candidate will continuously work to build a positive student culture through engaging with and knowing each student well, earning their trust, and using moments of discomfort and failure to promote deeper reflection and learning. Our next Dean of
Students and Belonging will be a person who believes in the power of navigating conflict through methods such as restorative justice, alternative dispute resolution, and personal and community reflection and who sees mistakes as an opportunity to learn and grow. At Kents Hill, families are seen as critical partners, rather than adversaries. The Dean of Students and Belonging builds formative relationships with students and their families rooted in accountability, collaboration, and clear communication.
Serve as the champion for the social, mental, and emotional wellbeing of all Kents Hill students across nearly all aspects of the school program and that each student is known, understood, and feels a deep sense of belonging and safety at Kents Hill.
Meet with and engage regularly with a range of students to promote the power of student voice and involvement in all aspects of school life.
Oversee the Diversity, Equity, and Belonging Team and ensure that Kents Hill is: current with issues and best practices; continuously addressing issues of diversity and inclusion from a holistic standpoint in order to best meet the varying needs of our students; ensuring that diversity and inclusion is a critical component of programs, policies, and procedures’ and increasing knowledge, awareness and conversation among our community on issues related to equity and belonging.
Continuously develop and share standards for the conduct, ethics, and skills essential for living in a residential community, including attendance, healthy relationships, interpersonal communication, and technology.
Implement and oversee the system for student accountability and safety, including the development of restorative practices and alternative dispute resolution systems, and ensure that all outcomes are student-centered, equitable, transparent, and mission-aligned.
Assess, as an ongoing process, policies, and procedures regarding school expectations and oversee the writing, revision, and sharing of the Student Handbook.
Serve as a resource to all students, families, and faculty for all matters related to student conduct and safety, including proactive communication to families and students regarding individual situations and general
In consultation with the Associate Head of School, coordinate Title IX efforts including mandated reports and subsequent support.
Lead the Students of Concern Group, ensuring effective facilitation, collaboration, and communication, across the organization, appropriate behavioral interventions for struggling students, and systematic assessment of progress/impact.
Supervise the Health Center and work closely with medical, counseling, and psychological services to monitor and support student emotional and physical health.
Oversee and strengthen the advisor system.
Coordinate student attendance including overseeing Boardingware, student permissions to leave campus, and academic/athletic/co-curricular attendance.
Co-Chair the Safety Committee with the CFO and lead all emergency and crisis preparedness efforts, including training (fire, active shooter, etc.), decision-making, and response.
Other Responsibilities and Duties
Teach one academic class or coach one athletic season.
Serve as a member of a weeknight and weekend duty team.
Serve as an advisor for a small group of students.
Qualifications and Skills
Deep understanding of adolescent development, social-emotional wellbeing, and trauma-informed education principles.
Demonstrated knowledge of best practices in equity and inclusion work and experience in implementing programming and supporting students around these important issues.
Experience working with teenagers and understanding of and appreciation for generational nuances.
Excellent verbal and written communication and attention-to-detail.
Experience with student accountability with a particular interest in resolving conflict through restorative practices and alternative dispute resolution.
A desire to incorporate diversity, equity, and belonging into all aspects of student life including conduct, residential life, health and wellness, and academics.
Comfortable with atypical hours and response to crisis situations and emergencies.
Collaborative, creative, and action-oriented.
Master’s Degree strongly preferred.
How to Apply: Please send a letter of interest, resume, and three professional references to firstname.lastname@example.org
Kents Hill School is an equal opportunity employer that is committed to inclusion and diversity. We take affirmative action to ensure equal opportunity for all applicants without regard to race, color, religion, sex, sexual orientation, gender identity, national origin, disability, veteran status, or other legally protected characteristics. Learn more about your EEO rights as an applicant.
About Kents Hill School
Located in central Maine, Kents Hill School is an independent, co-educational boarding and day school supporting students from 9th grade through Academic Gap Years. The student body is comprised of 180 students from Maine, the United States, and around the world. Since 1824, Kents Hill has been providing transformative experiences rooted in the power of community, character, and core values. It is the 30th oldest boarding school in the United States and one of the oldest continuously operating coeducational college preparatory schools. Students at the school benefit intellectually and personally from the unique 4-dimensional (4D) academic curriculum framework that infuses four key elements into each course: knowledge, skills, character, and reflection. This framework isn't limited to the classroom; it extends to a student's life in the dorms, on the athletic fields, and through leadership opportunities and community engagement.
Situated just three hours from Boston and one hour from Portland, the idyllic, 400-acre campus is nestled in the midst of the Belgrade Lakes and provides sweeping views of the mountains of Maine and New Hampshire. State-of-the-art facilities including the... $6.5M Bibby and Harold Alfond Dining Commons, Joanne and Dick O’Connor Alpine Training Center, and Bodman Performing Arts Center, which provide the ideal setting for the community to live, learn, and enjoy an active outdoor lifestyle.
At Kents Hill, a student’s success is not measured solely by test scores or college acceptances, but also by the relationships that they build and the opportunities that they have to experience, develop, and live by a set of core values. The impressive college preparatory program focuses on the individual and supports each student to reach their fullest potential. Illustrative of this commitment is a dedicated Character Department, Four-Dimensional (4D) Academic Curriculum, and Academic Coaching program where teachers trained in academic coaching deliver personal, empathetic, and innovative learning experiences.
Kents Hill School is at a pivotal moment in its almost 200-year-old history. Chris Cheney, the 20th Head of School, has a clear educational vision, a global perspective, experience at both traditional boarding and international start-up schools, and a strengthened focus on developing the whole student through a balanced, intentional, and purposeful curriculum.