Kents Hill School is poised to leverage its rich legacy and achievements as it embarks on its third century of nurturing young minds. Aligned with the implementation of its newest strategic plan, Kents Hill is on the cusp of launching its next capital campaign which will usher in a new phase of growth and innovation. Against this dynamic backdrop, Kents Hill actively seeks an enterprising, visionary, and adept leader to assume the role of the twenty-first Head of School, commencing on July 1, 2024. Abundant opportunities await a candidate who is invigorated by the prospect of leading in a manner that pays homage to Kents Hill's cherished history and traditions, while simultaneously having an eye towards the future. Kents Hill is ready to write the next compelling chapter in its history, and this is a chance to be at the forefront of that transformative narrative.
A highly visible culture builder with a strong sense of the complexities around the changing landscape of independent and boarding school education, the Head of School will have a record of superior leadership, a passion for engaging with students, the ability to collaborate with diverse stakeholder groups, expertise in spearheading new initiatives, and building and cultivating exceptional teams. The Head of School works collaboratively with the Board of Trustees, senior leadership, and faculty and staff to promote the vision of a fully integrated, wraparound student experience combining rigorous academics, social-emotional learning, co-curricular programming, and health and wellness. The Head of School will champion initiatives that promote diversity, equity, and belonging among students and families, faculty, and staff, and help connect the ongoing DEI work across all areas of the school. The Head of School will serve as an ardent supporter and fierce advocate for Kents Hill and the experience it offers students that will both bolster recruitment efforts and promote increased philanthropic support. This role presents a rare opportunity for an experienced education professional dedicated to the values of independent school education to shape Kent Hill's culture and to have a lasting impact on Kents Hill for years to come.
Founded in 1824, Kents Hill School holds the distinction of being one of the United States' oldest independent co-educational institutions. Nestled on a sprawling 400-acre campus in the heart of Maine, Kents Hill plays host to a vibrant community of 240 boarding and day students, alongside 90 devoted and passionate faculty and staff who ardently support the school, its programs, and the student experience. Kents Hill is a community steeped in rich history and tradition, yet it equally thrives on its spirit of innovation and trailblazing endeavors. This dynamic blend ensures that the student experience remains eternally fresh, relevant, and transformative for all who venture to The Hill. Here, students are not merely educated; they are empowered to forge their unique paths, seizing learning opportunities that extend far beyond the classroom. Through this process, they acquire invaluable skills of navigating challenging situations, taking ownership of their actions, and employing their voices for the greater good. Kents Hill represents a compassionate community firmly anchored in enduring values, unwavering character, and boundless potential. Together, Kents Hill embodies the profound belief that "one person of principle can always make a difference."
Kents Hill’s Four-Dimensional (4D) Academic Curriculum builds a foundation of knowledge, skills, character, and reflection. Project-based learning, independent studies, a strong focus on STEM (science, technology, engineering, and math) and over 90 courses allow students to explore ideas and topics that they are passionate about while developing important academic skills. In a community that is purposefully small, Kents Hill crafts a co-curricular experience where students are able to be their authentic selves and make meaningful connections that will last a lifetime. Whether it's participating in athletics or an afternoon activity, hanging out with friends in the Student Center, or being a part of an event programmed by student leaders, Kents Hill is focused on building a student experience that offers variety, comfort, and fun. Kents Hill is a supportive and diverse community where students feel seen, heard, and valued.
The search committee for Kents Hill’s next Head of School welcomes nominations, inquiries, and applications and will begin reviewing materials immediately. Requested application materials at this stage include a letter of interest and current resume. For best consideration, application materials should be received no later than Wednesday, October 25, 2023. Candidate materials should be sent to the following email address: KentsHillHOS@storbecksearch.com.
This is a full-time position that will be performed on site in Maine. Salary is commensurate with experience with a generous benefits package.