The Island School seeks a leader who has classroom and educational leadership background as well as outdoor and experiential education experience outside of the classroom. The Semester Director must thrive in a residential environment where students, faculty and administrators are engaged throughout the full day and evening, every day of the week during the Semester. The Semester Director must feel at home managing a remote campus, where the entire community operates in a self-sufficient expeditionary mode far from the trappings of modern commercialism, and without the support network of comprehensive medical services, for example, that many schools take for granted.
The Director of The Island School Semester Program will work closely with the Director of Education and the CEO/Head of School as well as other organizational leaders to help guide the vision and implementation of The Island School Semester journey and to support all of our programs across departments. This person will be responsible for the delivery and ongoing development of the semester program and will be the primary contact for students, parents, and faculty. The Director of the Island School Semester Program will provide daily oversight for all aspects of programmatic excellence, delivery, and continuity.
This is a year-round position with primary responsibility for leading and ensuring the delivery of high-quality Semester and Summer Term programs in all aspects.
Essential duties and responsibilities will include:
Leading the continued improvement of the overall program as well as the structures and systems that support them
Proactively and effectively communicating with various constituents (parents, students, faculty, sending schools etc.)
Recruiting, training, guiding, and managing a diverse teaching faculty and a team of senior leaders
Continually evaluating and coaching all staff
Collaborating with other Department Heads to creatively share resources in support of all of our programs
Reporting to the Director of Education and serving as part of the leadership team of Department Heads
The ideal candidate will:
have significant experiential and outdoor education experience
have substantial teaching and educational leadership experience
demonstrate exceptional leadership proficiency
be high energy, compassionate, collaborative and inspiring, willing to take constructive risks
appreciation for physical challenge and the confidence that comes with challenging oneself physically and mentally
experience in outdoor and experiential education
The Island School Semester Director role requires:
Strong management and organizational skills
Strong teaching and mentoring skills to guide staff
Commitment to experiential education focused on sustainability and culture
Experience with skill-based and mastery assessment
Experience in outdoor education with risk management responsibilities
Collaborative disposition to effectively share limited resources
Ability to build strong relationships with students from various backgrounds
About The Island School
The Island School, a not-for-profit organization based in The Bahamas, was founded to create and support transformational educational experiences with the vision of leadership effecting change, on the island of Eleuthera. The diverse educational initiatives, including our High School Semester and Summer Term, Deep Creek Middle School, Elementary Learning Center, and our Community Engagement and Partnerships, deliver unique educational journeys in conjunction with the authentic and meaningful work our organization undertakes in research and sustainable development at the Cape Eleuthera Institute, our research, and innovation hub. We are reimagining what education is for, and redesigning how education is delivered.