Dean of Students

Position Description: 
Dean of Students for Maine Coast Semester at Chewonki


History of Maine Coast Semester at Chewonki

Now in its 30th year, Maine Coast Semester at Chewonki serves academically ambitious high school juniors from across the United States and around the world. What draws this diverse student body to Maine’s Midcoast is an insatiable curiosity about the natural world; a commitment to environmental stewardship; and the desire to be part of a uniquely progressive learning community.

Chewonki Mission

Chewonki is a multi-division school and camp, founded in 1915, that also partners with educational institutions to extend its mission:

Chewonki inspires transformative growth, teaches appreciation and stewardship of the natural world, and challenges people to build thriving, sustainable communities throughout their lives.

To meet the promise of our mission, Chewonki strives to be a diverse, equitable, and inclusive organization. Our legacy of thoughtful self-reflection and purposeful change guides our efforts to create a place where all participants and staff can flourish. We seek to hire, develop and retain talented people from all backgrounds. Individuals from non-traditional backgrounds, historically marginalized or underrepresented groups are strongly encouraged to apply.


The Dean of Students is a member of Maine Coast Semester’s leadership and health teams and works collaboratively with the head of the semester school to support the program’s vision and goals. This position is responsible for developing a clearly articulated semester school vision for outdoor and wilderness learning experiences, that includes facilitating student access to and experience in the outdoors throughout the semester.  Additionally, this person is responsible for the development and implementation of an array of essential program pieces, which includes an immersive student orientation that enables students to become successful, contributing members of an immersive learning community; as well as end-of-semester programming that enables students to successfully transition back to their sending school and home setting. Most importantly, the Dean of Students works in partnership with the school’s faculty and staff in order to foster the dispositions and practices that promote the habits of a thriving, sustainable, and inclusive community. 

Position Title:  Dean of Students
Employment Category: Category B
Permanent/Temporary: Permanent
Reports to:  Head of Semester School
Exempt/Non-exempt:  Exempt
Benefits Eligible:  Yes

For a complete description and application instructions:

Please see the Residential Dean of Students position posting on the Chewonki Foundation employment website at this link and for more information about Maine Coast Semester at Chewonki. The Residential Dean of Students position is open until filled.

Maine Coast Semester at Chewonki