Seacoast Waldorf School is excited to be searching for an enthusiastic School Director to provide leadership and to guide our organization in its next phase of growth and development.
The School Director will report to the Board and would help the school develop critical organizational structures, systems and capacities to support sustainable growth and optimal functioning as the school expands.
SWS has been experiencing tremendous growth. We serve an enthusiastic and committed body of parents and offer parent toddler through 8th grade classes. The school currently serves 104 children, has been adding a grade each year and will graduate our first 8th grade in 2019. We are located on a new five acre campus abutting hundreds of acres of forest. We have two main buildings, one recently renovated when we purchased it in 2013 and one brand new building just opened in September.
SWS is located on the beautiful coast of the southern Maine-New Hampshire border, only an hour from Boston, MA, Portland, Maine and the White Mountains of NH. The area we live in is rich in cultural and artistic activities as well as abundant opportunities to enjoy nature. We are an associate member of AWSNA and a full member of WECAN in our nineteenth year. Our community features an active parent body, a committed board and supportive faculty and staff. We offer a competitive salary with 80% medical and dental benefits, matching retirement and full tuition remission.
This person will provide professional leadership, management, and development for our pre-K–8 Waldorf school in the heart of the Seacoast region. Within the school’s governance structure, the Director will work closely work with administration, faculty, board of trustees and parents to ensure the effective management, growth, leadership and overall daily operations.
Major Duties and Responsibilities
- Maintains a solid foundation of professional behavior, which includes confidentiality and privacy concerning all collegial, parent and business dealings.
- Provides support, encouragement and communication to the Seacoast Waldorf School Community to harmoniously integrate all groups and promote a cohesive partnership for longevity of the school.
- Acts on behalf of the school to implement its educational mission and the policies and decisions of the Board of Trustees and Faculty, including hiring of administrative staff, dismissal of personnel; policy and procedure development and implementation.
- Plays an active role in conflict resolution and coordination among the parent body, Board of Trustees, Faculty and staff by directing individuals to the appropriate person or group to address the individual’s’ concerns. This, with the goal of obtaining positive results and communicating fully with the Board of Trustees or Faculty those issues that require Board of Trustees or Faculty intervention.
- Provides management of efforts required to meet long and short-term goals of school’s strategic plan.
Is responsible and accountable for:
- Performance of the administrative staff, including but not limited to school records, safety and disaster standards and school publications.
- Performance of the Business Manager and oversight of the day to day school finances, e.g. accounts payable, accounts receivable and inventory/assessment management.
- Legal aspects of school management, including compliance with all governmental regulatory, licensing and legal standards, and review of situations that may engender liability.
- Administrative policies, procedures and programs.
- Communication among various parent and teacher groups and Board committees, etc.
- Providing tools for Faculty and staff to perform their required tasks.
- Recruitment, hiring, orientation, training, evaluation and supervision of administrative staff.
- Serving on committees to inform, steer and nurture the school’s growth: Board of Trustees, Leadership council, Development, Marketing and Outreach.
- Acting as a designated representative of the school to the outside community, as appropriate.
- Acting as designated administrative representative with AWSNA, WECAN, NEASC, ISA, or ANA and other professional organizations.
- Represents leadership of the school at all school functions.
- Acting as designated administrative representative with financial institutions, attorneys, the press and other administrative agencies with the State of Maine or New Hampshire, benefits providers, other corporate or government entities doing business with the school (i.e. the Town of Eliot).
Serves the Board of Trustees and Faculty:
- As a member of the Finance Committee.
- Works with Finance Committee and Business Manager to develop, manage and implement the school’s annual operating budget.
- Is responsible for all financial operations of the school, including financial statements, budgets, financial planning an investment policy.
- Facilitates the school’s tuition assistance program.
- Works with the Operations Manager and Finance committee on selection an implementation of insurance policies, tuition payment plans, teacher benefits, etc.
- Works with Operations Manager to oversee payroll.
Oversees Physical Plant and School Environment:
- Works with Operations Manager to oversee the school’s facilities and equipment and ensures proper maintenance, including cleaning, snow plowing and lawn care.
- Supervises work of maintenance staff and outside contractors.
- Maintains compliance with federal and local agencies as needed.
- Board of Trustees through attendance of monthly meeting.
- Faculty through weekly reports at Faculty meeting.
Ideal Qualifications, Experience and Leadership style:
- Bachelor’s degree required; Master’s degree preferred.
- 5+ years of experience leading teams in an independent educational setting (or equivalent).
- Demonstrated leadership or management experience with nonprofit organizations, including but not limited to fundraising, budget creation, and financial monitoring.
- Strong organizational and problem-solving skills; capacity for setting and achieving goals.
- Polished verbal and written communication skills.
- An approachable leadership style that values and practices individual diversity, engagement, and humility.
- A commitment to the SWS vision and mission, supported by an integrated respect for Waldorf early childhood, elementary and middle school education.
- Understanding and enthusiastic support for Waldorf educational philosophy
If you feel your background, skills, and professional experience are a good fit and you have a love of Waldorf Education, please submit your resume and letter of inquiry and three references to: firstname.lastname@example.org or to send to Staffing, Seacoast Waldorf School, 403 Harold L Dow Highway, Eliot, ME 03903. Please, no telephone calls.