The High Mountain Institute seeks two Co-Directors of the HMI Semester for a summer 2024 start. These senior leadership positions report to the Head of School and, together, oversee the management of all aspects of HMI’s fall and spring high school semesters, including academics, co-curricular, and residential life programming, student support, and faculty oversight. The Semester Director of Students & Residential Life leads HMI’s efforts to provide a welcoming, inclusive, and nurturing community to HMI Semester students, faculty, and apprentices. Working closely with the Semester Director of Academics & Faculty, this position oversees semester community and residential life programming, including family communication, student support, health services, and the HMI kitchen. A lead administrator, this position serves on the administrative team, periodically serves as on-call administrator, and participates in semester life as an advisor, faculty on duty, and wilderness instructor as needed.

Position Responsibilities:

Co-lead, with the Semester Director of Academics & Faculty, all aspects of the HMI Semester
Serve as the HMI Semester’s lead administrator for student and residential life
Oversee the HMI Semester advisory program
Coach faculty, apprentices, and advisors in best practices of student care and mentorship
Manage and/or oversee calendar and daily operations of the semester
Coordinate communication with students and families before, during and after the semester
Compile and manage non-academic student information
Take a leadership role in HMI’s diversity, equity, and inclusion efforts, focusing on student experience
Teach an academic course and/or co-lead two 10-12 day wilderness expeditions annually, as needed
Serve as a member of HMI’s administrative team

Position Benefits:
Competitive compensation, dependent on experience ($60,000-$75,000 annually, inclusive of housing)
Health, dental, and vision benefits
4-9% retirement benefits match after 1 year
6 weeks of vacation per year
On-campus housing as available

HMI’s Diversity Statement: The High Mountain Institute is an equal opportunity employer that strives for diversity by honoring the differences of each member of the community. We seek to build a community (of trustees, faculty, staff, apprentices, and students) that represents ethnic, socioeconomic, and geographic diversity and that brings a diversity of experience, background, talent, and perspective. For more information about our diversity & inclusion initiatives, visit our website.

Tagged as: Administrative Staff

Required Skills:

BA or higher, 3-5 years prior teaching experience, experience/interest in leading backcountry expeditions, prior experience in management or supervision or others, enthusiasm for working with teenagers in a residential setting, evidence of passion for intellectual, wilderness, and community pursuits, desire to live in Leadville, CO (90 miles west of Denver, at elevation 10,000’), ability to obtain and maintain current WFR & CPR certifications, and completion of criminal and driving background checks.

About High Mountain Institute

Founded in 1995, HMI is a nonprofit independent school with a focus on outdoor, experiential, and place-based education. HMI serves approximately 175 students per year across its high school, summer, and gap programming. About 30% of students receive financial aid and a similar percentage identify as people of color. All HMI students participate in extended wilderness expeditions lasting from 10-21 days. HMI is not a rehabilitative or wilderness therapy program. HMI students are high-achieving, healthy students seeking challenge, a strong community, and a deeper connection to nature. HMI has nearly 30 year-round staff, about half of whom live on campus. Learn more at: www.hminet.org.

Application Instructions

How to Apply: Please submit a cover letter, resume, and a statement of educational philosophy to [email protected]. Additionally, please fill out the HMI Prospective Employment Form. We will begin our initial review of applications in June 2024 and will continue reviewing applications until the position is filled. Finalists will be invited to HMI for a formal interview. Correspondence via e-mail is preferred.