Director of Health Services

Position Description: 


Gould Academy, an independent boarding school of 215 students, grades 9-PG, in Bethel, Maine, seeks a personable, qualified nurse to lead our health team in providing quality health care services and guidance, promoting wellness for our students and school community. We are looking for an enthusiastic leader with a solid understanding of adolescent health care issues and a desire to work with students. Excellent organizational and administrative abilities; effective writing and oral skills; and compatibility with an environment conducive to teamwork and collegiality are all essential. As the leader of the Health Services Department, s/he is in charge of the health staff consisting of nurses, athletic trainer, school counselors, and an administrative assistant.  The major focus of school health services is the prevention of illness and disability and the early detection and correction of health problems for day and boarding adolescent students.

Position Responsibilities

  • Coordinates assessment, planning, implementation, and evaluation of Student Health Services at Gould Academy
  • Develops, maintains, and revises school health policies and procedures as necessary in collaboration with the Assistant Head of School for Teaching and Learning
  • Crisis manager – takes leadership role when necessary and appropriate in a situation involving a student’s health and well-being
  • Participates in weekly meetings with the Advising Counseling Team, weekly faculty meetings, and as scheduled with the Committee on Academic Standing
  • Meets regularly with health staff and delegates responsibilities to the health services team
  • Liaison and consultant to Gould administrators of different programs and departments (Admissions, Academic Skills Program, Academics, Athletics, Community Life, Dorm Heads, etc.)
  • Serves as the point person/liaison to outside health care resources (Bethel Family Health Center, outside physicians, therapists and providers) — manages contracts and/or relationships with these outside resources/providers
  • Oversees Health Center budget and anticipates budgetary needs

Professional Nurse

  • Ensures 24-hour nursing coverage within a rotating schedule, that entails daily Health Center hours as scheduled, as well as rotation of on-call time on evenings and weekends
  • When on-call must stay within a reasonable distance (not more than 20 minutes) of the school (and be available by the Health Center on-call phone to best provide for the needs of the students)
  • Provides health assessments and implements appropriate health plan. Identifies health findings that do not fall within the normal range, and connects to additional medical resources as needed
  • Initiates referrals to parents, school personnel and community health resources for intervention, remediation, and follow through
  • Provides ongoing health information to students, parents, school personnel, and health agencies
  • Utilizes evidence-based practices to provide appropriate education and care of students
  • Maintains, updates, evaluates, and interprets cumulative health data to accommodate individual needs of students via electronic medical records and hard copy
  • Participates as the health specialist on the Advising/Counseling Team as appropriate
  • Evaluates students for crisis intervention for acute illness, injury, and emotional disturbances
  • Promotes and assists in the control of communicable diseases through preventive immunization programs, early detection, surveillance and reporting of contagious diseases
  • Coordinates school health activities and serves as a liaison person between the home, school, and community


  • Possession of a current license to practice professional nursing in Maine
  • Three to five years’ experience as a professional registered nurse
  • A minimal of a baccalaureate degree in nursing is required
  • Excellent written and oral skills
  • Exceptional organizational skills and attention to detail
  • Ability to multitask and prioritize workload
  • A positive and warm bedside manner, with strong interpersonal skills
  • A desire to engage fully in residential life
  • Computer literacy and ability to navigate electronic medical records
  • Current certification in CPR
  • Valid driver’s license
  • Successfully pass a background check

Physical Work Environment

These physical requirements are not exhaustive, and additional job-related physical requirements may be added to these on an as-needed basis.  Corrective devices may be used to meet physical requirements.

  • It is essential to be able to meet the physical demands of sitting for prolonged periods of time at a desk or computer workstation, using repetitive arm, hand, and finger movements 
  • Continuous use of fine motor skills, such as push/pull and grasp objects/paper
  • Must be able to occasionally lift 10-15 lbs., maximum lifting/carrying of 35 lbs
  • Ability to frequently bend, stand, stoop, walk, and sit
  • Occasionally this position will require kneeling, squatting, climbing, and driving a motor vehicle
  • Successful candidate will have demonstrated the ability to work in a semi-open office setting with frequent in-person interactions and numerous interruptions 
  • Ability to visit and move around on and off campus, must be able to travel to all campus locations and to appropriate training and/or meetings as required
  • This position may occasionally necessitate stays overnight in the Health Center
  • Reasonable accommodations may be made to enable individuals with disabilities to perform the essential functions

Salary and Benefits

This is a full-time, exempt position.  Salary is competitive and commensurate with experience, and the full job description is available upon request. The benefits package is excellent and includes TIAA-CREF retirement benefits and full medical/dental coverage, life insurance, and daily prepared meal(s).

For more information about Gould Academy, please visit us at:

Qualified candidates can apply for this position by filling out an application and submitting it via email along with a resume, cover letter and three references to: Deborah Menezes, Human Resources: by June 21.

Equal Employment Opportunities Gould Academy does not discriminate on the basis of national origin, race, creed, color, gender, disability, or sexual orientation in the administration of its educational policies, admission, financial aid, loans, hiring process, and other school programs.

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Gould Academy


Submit Applications to: 

Qualified candidates can apply for this position by filling out an application and submitting it via email along with a resume, cover letter and three references to: Deborah Menezes, Human Resources: by June 21.