Reporting to the Executive Director, the Director of Residential Life provides both leadership and day-to-day management of MSSM's residential life program. Our dormitories house 100-130 talented students in grades 9-12 from across the state of Maine, as well as a Residential Life team of 5-7 employees. The Director of Residential Life is a key member of the school's leadership team, interacting frequently with all students, staff, and MSSM parents/guardians. A successful candidate will be engaged by the joys and challenges of engaging with talented, assertive young people (and adults) in an intensive living/learning community.
Lead residential life program, overseeing the dormitory operation, student activities, health services, dining services, custodial/maintenance services, and student support & discipline;
Maintain a safe, secure, healthy, and positive living environment that enhances student development and learning;
Act in a supervisory role for Residential Instructors and other staff members, providing support, professional development, and evaluation;
Make frequent executive decisions on residential life and student matters;
Coordinate communication, transportation, doctors visits, and other non-academic matters with MSSM families and on-campus staff;
Promote an atmosphere of collaboration and collegiality within our school community;
Lead Residential Instructor recruitment and retention efforts;
Serve as point-person in communications/coordination/negotiations with dining services and mental health services contractors;
Coordinate student orientation, room assignments, move-in and -out days; service learning program, and residential activities calendar;
Work with the Academic Dean to ensure all aspects of student life are attended to;
Supervise and support student Residential Assistants;
Teach or co-teach First-Year Seminar, physical education, or other courses;
Oversee student discipline, working with teachers, residential instructors, and the disciplinary team; Supervise collection, retention, privacy, and reporting of student disciplinary and health data; Ensure best practices and compliance with local, state, and federal regulations pertaining to the dormitory and student supervision;
Serve on Administrative Team, Admissions Review Committee, School Safety Team, hiring committees and other committees/teams as assigned;
Lead emergency planning and crisis response efforts;
Supervise residential life budget and expenditures;
Act as weekend Administrator on Call on a rotating basis;
Other duties as assigned by the Executive Director.
The Director of Residential Life is a year-round position, with most responsibilities concentrated during the school year. Flexibility in the summer and ample vacation time allow for personal time to be taken as needed while attending to summer programming/hiring needs.
MSSM benefits include employer-supported medical insurance, optional dental, vision, and life insurance, MainePERS retirement and other benefits, on-campus housing in a 2-bedroom dorm apartment, free meals, MSSM room and board waivers for dependents, personal use of recreational facilities, and professional development opportunities.
About the Maine School of Science and Mathematics:
The Maine School of Science and Mathematics (MSSM) brings together and helps a group of Maine's most academically motivated high school students become innovative, well-rounded scholars with the ability to develop, investigate, and communicate critical ideas that improve the human condition and benefit the state of Maine. The school builds and shares a rigorous curriculum that exceeds state educational standards while emphasizing connections between science, mathematics, and the humanities. MSSM extends its mission by fostering a statewide, year-round community of innovative learners that includes many of Maine's students, educators, and the general public.
MSSM is a public residential magnet high school chartered and funded by the Maine State Legislature. A living/learning community committed to the pursuit of academic excellence, MSSM provides an extensive and challenging curriculum in science, mathematics, technology, and the arts and humanities.
The Maine School of Science and Mathematics opened with a pioneer class in 1995. At that time, it was only the eleventh statewide residential magnet school specializing in mathematics and science education in the United States and the only school of its kind in New England. Both remain true today.
While MSSM students come from diverse backgrounds, one common purpose prevails-the enthusiasm, desire, and motivation for, as well as the commitment to, learning. The challenging curriculum and stimulating environment create an ongoing learning experience with students working, studying, and socializing with classmates who share similar interests and goals. MSSM was created by the 116th Maine Legislature in 1995 and is a member of the National Consortium of Secondary STEM Schools. In 2019, U.S. News and World Reports recognized MSSM as the #2 ranked public high school in the United States.
Why Work at MSSM?
Advanced & Accelerated Curriculum: Virtually all of MSSM's courses are taught at an undergraduate-equivalent level and pace, allowing faculty members to intellectually engage with advanced students around compelling questions and deep topics.
Collaboration: Opportunity to collaborate with inspiring, multi-talented, professional colleagues across departments.
Academic Freedom: Curricular freedom, no state standardized testing, and the support for faculty to pursue professional development and original research.
Motivated, Talented Students: MSSM students pass through a selective admissions process and have persuaded their families they are ready to leave home and live independently as high school students. MSSM students are talented, engaged, and creative, and are a joy to work with. Small Class Size: MSSM average section size is 12 students, with most classes capped at 16.
Free Campus-Adjacent Housing: MSSM provides free housing (outside of utility expenses) to faculty and staff as available.
Educational Opportunities: MSSM faculty receive fee waivers for dependents wishing to attend MSSM. Professional development, field trips, conferences, and travel are frequently supported by the MSSM Foundation.
Work/Life Balance: With a 4/4 teaching load and small classes, MSSM faculty are able to balance professional and personal life. Outside of scheduled classes, meetings, and office hours, faculty members are free to come and go from campus and manage their own time.
Family-Friendly Workplace: Partners, dependents, and other family members are welcome on campus, and MSSM provides a range of benefit packages to support our employees and their families.
Focus on Student and Employee Wellness & Health: All MSSM students and employees are valued members of the living/learning community, whose well-being and happiness are important to the school. Employees enjoy gym membership reimbursement and other free wellness programs.
Campus Facilities: Access to our makerspace, greenhouse, half Olympic-sized indoor pool, fitness facilities, playing fields, two gymnasiums, and trails.
Quality of Life: Close, professional, and supportive school community, low cost of living, access to natural resources and outdoor recreation, and a safe and friendly community.
How to Apply:
Applications should be submitted electronically to Tracy Moore, Director of Human Resources, at [email protected]. A complete application consists of the following:
3 professional references or recent letters of recommendation.
Candidates may also submit other supplemental materials as desired.
Final candidates are subject to criminal and sex offender background checks. Some vacancies may also require a motor vehicle and/or credit check. If the highest degree is from an institution outside of the U.S., final candidates are required to have their degree equivalency verified at www.wes.org or equivalent service. Federal law requires all employers to verify the identity and employment eligibility of all persons hired to work in the United States.
MSSM is a diverse and inclusive community, and does not discriminate on the basis of race, color, age, sex, sexual orientation, gender identity or expression, religion, ancestry, national origin, genetic information, or disability in its programs, activities, employment, or advancement.
If you have questions, please contact: Tracy Moore, Director of Human Resources
3+ years successful experience supervising adolescents in a residential/school setting;
Strong knowledge of adolescent development and best practices in residential settings;
Demonstrated success as a manager and supervisor.
Exceptional interpersonal skills, including empathetic, collaborative leadership, and accountable management/coaching skills;
Ability to write, speak, and communicate effectively in an organized and inspiring manner; Excellent organizational, time management, and multi-tasking skills;
Sensitivity and skill in supporting students with disabilities, English Language Learners, and those with special circumstances requiring leave from campus or other accommodations; Joint attention to both the big picture and the minutiae of a school’s many systems;
Openness and ability in giving, soliciting, and receiving feedback;
Ability to work effectively with highly intelligent, independent, and opinionated young people (and adults);
Flexibility, work ethic, and dedication to the school and community, sometimes requiring work outside the traditional hours or typical expectations of a school;
Desire to engage fully in building a student-centered culture of collegiality, support, and respect.
Willingness to support the intellectual, emotional, and social growth of students, a responsibility that goes beyond the expectations at most traditional high school or colleges and requires a full commitment to participate in the MSSM community;
Commitment to diversity, equity, and inclusion in all forms, as well as specific sensitivity to the unique, multi-dimensional identities of our community.