Baxter Academy for Technology and Science is a public charter school in downtown Portland, Maine, that opened September 2013.
Baxter Academy is located in Maine’s largest and most diverse city and serves 415 students from 66 Maine towns, many rural. Baxter Academy’s academic program is real-world, technology-rich, student-centered, and project-based. These touchstones ground the learning community as it strives to use the dynamic tension inherent in its model to do stronger work: Baxter must, according to its charter contract, provide an excellent, rigorous STEM education, and as a public charter school, it must do the great social good of meeting the needs of any student who enrolls.
At Baxter, teachers demonstrate a deep commitment to their students and guide all students in an individualized, collaborative, and interdisciplinary community. They set an expectation that students interact with one another with mutual respect. The teachers have life experiences that include everything from long-distance sailing to mountain climbing to teaching in international schools to engineering robots to starting tech businesses. One Baxter teacher was appointed by the governor to serve on the state’s STEM council. Another teacher serves on the Maine Computer Science Task Force, which is tasked with integrating computer science into the state’s graduation requirements. All Baxter teachers support students in mastering 21st-century skills such as problem-solving, collaboration, and communication.
Head of School
Baxter Academy for Technology and Science, a public charter high school in Portland, Maine, seeks an experienced instructional leader committed to providing excellent, rigorous STEM opportunity for Maine students. The Head of School is the instructional leader, works closely with the Executive Director toward meeting organizational goals, and is responsible for setting expectations and executing on goals for the instructional team that are aligned with Baxter Academy’s unique mission and its strategic plan around that mission, as established by the Executive Director and Board of Directors. The next Head of School will lead teachers in the continued development of cross-disciplinary work that honors multiplicity of approach, collaboration, innovation, and iteration that serves all students. This leader must have a strong organizational mindset and must be dedicated to steering best practices toward student-centered teaching and learning that advance the school’s mission. The preferred candidate will have demonstrated strength in STEM education and will have administrative experience in school settings both within and beyond the district public system.
The Head of School will report to and work closely with the Executive Director, who reports to the board. The Head of School will supervise the Dean of Students, the Guidance team, the Director of Special Education, and instructional faculty. Always measuring against mission, the Head of School will implement the school’s supervision and evaluation model; will oversee professional development for staff that aligns with mission and with needs arising from supervision and evaluation; will ensure compliance with state and federal guidelines in special education; will continue to implement Baxter Academy’s school safety and crisis plans; and will identify and attend to all state and federal compliance measures. The Head of School will set guidelines for student discipline and will monitor its implementation. As part of the annual budget process, the Head of School will evaluate the needs of the instructional program and will represent those needs in the budgeting process.
Applications for Substitute Teaching Positions, short or long-term, are accepted throughout the school year. As opportunities become available, we will review the applicant pool we have at that time.
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To apply, please complete the online application HERE and send a resume and cover letter with references to email@example.com or Human Resources, Baxter Academy for Technology and Science, 185 Lancaster Street, Portland, Maine, 04101. Additional material such as a philosophy statement; recommendations from students, parents, or colleagues; or anything that illustrates your passion for education, is highly encouraged.
Baxter Academy is an Equal Opportunity Employer
Our needs are subject to change and we welcome applications from people passionate and committed to STEM education whose experience may not fit neatly into any positions listed.