The Dean of Academics reports directly to the Head of School and assists in reporting to the Board of Trustees.
The Dean of Academics has an Academic Team of counselors and registrar. They work in collaboration with their office in the day-to-day academic operations of the school and will work and collaborate with them in the development of new programs, existing programs, and academic requirements set forth by MCI. The Academic Office is the responsibility of the Dean of Academics and their first line of staff for school administration and development and academic decision making.
Responsibilities include but not limited to the following:
Maintain congruence between the school’s board-approved mission statement and all academic activities.
Oversee all academic programs of the school and be responsible for its day-to-day operation, including: scheduling of students, oversee the academic advising and college counseling programs; monitoring of student academic progress; coordinate with the Academic Office the development of teams and strategies to address student academic emergencies, coordination of the efforts of department heads and the academic technology committee, and other faculty committees.
Function as the chief articulator of the school’s academic programs, expectations, behavioral guidelines, and other information necessary to ensure that all constituencies are fully informed consistent with their individual roles.
Ensure compliance with legal requirements of government regulations and agencies; maintain the educational standards established by the National Association of Independent Schools and the New England Association of Schools and Colleges and by those agencies that examine and accredit the school; serve as the primary manager, leader, and organizer of any and all accreditation process(es).
Serve as the school’s liaison to MSAD #53 as it relates to special education service and maintain compliance with all components of the contract between MSAD #53 and MCI relating to special education; work with MSAD #53 to claim and use title funds and continue work with both the 9th-grade team and Warsaw staff to continue building relationships between teachers in order to bridge the gap between middle and high school; coordinate this communication with the Academic Team counselors.
Lead Department Heads in the articulation and execution of the school mission, school goals, department goals, course objectives, materials, methods and means of assessment; lead decision making on course offerings and teaching assignments.
Observe, supervise, and help evaluate the faculty in the development and implementation of curriculum; supervise the teaching process, and review and evaluate the academic programs; work with department heads to implement and execute a mentor program (for new teachers and those new to MCI) and an evaluation system that includes action plans for struggling teachers.
Track and provide conditional approval for faculty professional, sick, and personal days.
Make recommendations to the head of school regarding the hiring, retention, and assignment of faculty; oversee new faculty hiring process.
Conduct regular meetings with faculty and with department chairs, which will deal both with routine school matters and with the exchange of ideas on issues of educational interest; conduct weekly meetings with Academic Office for monthly calendars, events, office tasks, etc.
Assist in the planning and the presentation of school assemblies and programs; assist in maintaining a comprehensive calendar of school events, and; keep the entire school community informed of various academic programs and activities.
Provide for the academic guidance of students; maintain complete academic records on all students, and; oversee the grading and the reporting of standards and methods used by teachers in measuring student achievement.
Prepare, with the academic department heads and CFO, the operating budget as it relates to the instructional account and academic office operations.
With other members of the administrative team, be a visible presence in all areas of the school; work toward a resolution of all problems as they arise; keep the head of school informed of the programs, activities, and challenges of the school.
Oversee preparation of a master school class schedule and with the collaboration of the Academic Counselors and Registrar plan and assign teachers and students to classes and other obligations. This task will be completed with assistance from academic department heads, the Director of College and Career Counseling, the Registrar.
Assist in the admission process for the testing, interviewing, and evaluating of applicants for enrollment. Collaborate with your Academic Counselors with this task.
The Dean of Academics will teach course(s) for the full academic year.
Support the school and its leadership; perform other duties as assigned by the HoS.
The Dean of Academics will be a part of the Administrative Team, the Weekend Master Team, and will report directly to the Head of School
The Dean of Academics will work 52 weeks per year with four weeks of vacation. All vacation time will be approved by the Head of School.
The Dean of Academics should have demonstrated experience in the area of educational administration and be professionally active. The Dean of Academics must possess extraordinary organizational skills, communication skills and personal interaction skills as well as being totally committed to progressive educational practices. The individual will have a Masters degree or be working towards such a degree.
Interested candidates should send a cover letter, resume, completed MCI Job application (http://www.mci-school.org/uploaded/PDFs/job_application.pdf) and three letters of reference.
Additional Salary Information: Benefits
MCI offers a competitive benefits program including medical, vision and dental plans, disability, life insurance, and flexible spending accounts.
About Maine Central Institute
MCI pledges to provide a rigorous, comprehensive educational program to a multicultural student body with a wide range of abilities and interests. In a safe and caring atmosphere, students will acquire knowledge, self-esteem, social responsibility, and the critical thinking and communication skills necessary for global citizenship and lifelong learning. - MCI's Mission Statement
MCI is located in a rural, picturesque region of central Maine in the town of Pittsfield, appreciated for being a safe, family-oriented community. It is located within 30 minutes of Waterville and Bangor, and 90 minutes from Portland, conveniently accessible by Interstate 95. MCI serves a multicultural population of residential students representing many different states and several foreign countries. The school also serves 300+ day students from the towns of Burnham, Detroit, Pittsfield and other surrounding communities. The progressive educational program serves a wide range of abilities and interests.
* MCI, founded in 1866, has a rich educational tradition
* we offer a comprehensive educational program serving students in grades 9-12, PG with a wide range of abilities and interests
* we... provide a safe, caring, supportive atmosphere
* we are proud of our diverse student body
* we offer extensive choices for athletic, extracurricular and academic enrichment opportunities
* Maine Central Institute provides equal employment opportunities (EEO) to all employees and applicants for employment without regard to race, color, religion, sex, national origin, age, disability or genetics.