About the School

Founded in 1866, Maine Central Institute has historically been recognized as an independent school that serves a public need. Consistent with its Mission, “MCI pledges to provide a rigorous, comprehensive educational program to a multicultural student body with a wide range of abilities and interests. In a safe and caring atmosphere, students will acquire knowledge, self-esteem, social responsibility, and the critical thinking and communication skills necessary for global citizenship and lifelong learning.”

MCI’s promise includes:

  • Academic Excellence: Highly qualified, skilled and caring teachers who are role models and mentors.
  • Character Development: Young people experience daily the lessons and examples of what it means to be a responsible citizen in both the MCI and global communities.
  • Leadership: From the moment they arrive on campus, students are motivated to take positive risks and to hone the skills they’ll need to lead others in their future endeavors.
  • Opportunity: The chance to become lifelong friends with individuals from around the world. To try a new sport, club, musical instrument. The school has something for everyone, whether you arrive a beginner or expert.

The student body, numbering 415, includes 343 day students as well as 72 national and international boarding students. They are supported by 92 faculty and staff members. The Head of School reports to a 21-member Board of Trustees, of whom 18 are alumni of MCI. The school is accredited by the New England Association of Schools and Colleges and is a member of the National Association of Independent Schools and several other regional and national professional associations.

About the Position

For its next Head of School, the Board seeks an individual who is prepared and motivated to build on MCI’s many strengths and position the school for future growth and prosperity. Among other attributes, this person will be an engaging community leader who is comfortable being the public face of the school, an achiever with a business mindset and demonstrable entrepreneurial capabilities, an educator philosophically aligned with the direction of the school, and one who honors international culture while also embracing the lifestyle of Central Maine and the Town Academy model.

The Search Committee intends to complete the search by the end of the 2018 calendar year. Interested candidates should submit application materials by October 31, 2018.

How to Apply

Interested candidates should be prepared to submit the following by the application deadline of October 31, 2018:

  • EC Candidate Summary Sheet (contact John Mackenzie or Deirdre Ling for that document)
  • Letter of Interest addressed to the Search Committee
  • Current résumé
  • Personal Statement or Statement of Educational Philosophy
  • A list of five or more references with contact information (including phone numbers and email addresses)
  • Up to three letters of reference (optional)

Please address any inquiries or expressions of interest to:

  • John Mackenzie, Partner, Educators’ Collaborative, LLC (email: jmackenzie@educatorscollaborative.com, phone: 614-207-1006)
  • Deirdre Ling, Partner, Educators’ Collaborative, LLC (email: daling@comcast.net, phone: 508-423-1605)