Daytime Cook

College of the Atlantic is seeking a person with outstanding cooking skills, to cook in an award-winning college kitchen.  Emphasis on creative, healthy, scratch cooking.  Must work well in a congenial atmosphere.  A knowledge of vegetarian and vegan cooking and at least 5 years cooking experience in a professional setting required.

This position will normally work early mornings through lunch. Must have flexibility to work with catering and special events. 11-month position per year; benefits.  Send resume with references to Lise Desrochers, Cook Search Committee Chair,  at  Electronic applications only, please.  Review of applications will begin immediately and continue until the position is filled.

Director of Residence Life and Wellness 

College of the Atlantic seeks a dynamic and creative individual for the position of Director of Residence Life and Wellness. The successful candidate must be a student affairs generalist interested in working in our highly relational community and willing to contribute to a student-centered co-curricular model. Student Life at COA focuses on four primary areas of work: student leadership, support, engagement, and development/flourishing. The Director is a full-time position and reports to the Dean of Student Life.

Primary responsibilities will include coordination of our residence life program, training and supervision of resident advisors, and providing individual and general student support. In addition the Director will be responsible for wellness and prevention programming, including bystander intervention and Title IX training. This position will entail participation in shared on-call emergency response. The Director is in charge of coordinating student life response to issues and concerns when the dean is unavailable. Other responsibilities assigned may include participation in campus orientation, work with student organizations, serving on appropriate committees relevant to the position, etc. Expectations include some work on nights and weekends.

Experience and Qualifications: Bachelor’s degree required (Master’s degree preferred) and at least five years of relevant work experience in higher education, excellent interpersonal skills including the ability to respond and adapt to dynamic situations, effectiveness in building strong relationships, familiarity supporting students with mental health issues, discretion and confidentiality, previous experience with or willingness to be trained for Title IX responsibilities, willingness to work independently and as part of a team, able to balance competing priorities in a highly demanding environment. Successful candidates will be committed to the mission and values of College of the Atlantic and interested in co-curricular student learning and leadership development.

Applications should be sent to: Abigail Curless, Electronic applications only, please. Review of applications will begin mid-July and continue until the position is filled. 

Faculty Member in Plant Biology

College of the Atlantic seeks a full-time faculty member in Plant Biology. The appointment begins Fall of 2017. The position requires a Ph.D. in plant biology or a closely related area as well as a track record of teaching excellence, strong field experience and taxonomic skills that will enhance our strengths in local natural history and field-based instruction. The successful candidate will teach five courses per year with an emphasis on field studies in plant ecology and within a teaching rotation through team-taught foundational biology courses.  

Other areas of teaching expertise may include but are not limited to: ethnobotany, forest ecology, geobiology, conservation biology, biogeography, and research and statistical methods. We encourage applicants with interests across the sciences, arts, and humanities who are comfortable working collaboratively – with colleagues from different disciplinary traditions within the broad-based transdisciplinary curriculum of the college. The candidate must demonstrate an ability to simultaneously engage students at different levels and varying academic interests and motivations. Advising and mentoring students, directing senior projects, supervising independent studies and other local research projects are part of the responsibilities of faculty membership. There are opportunities to teach courses and direct student projects using college facilities: Beech Hill Organic Farm, the Peggy Rockefeller Farms, a 100-acre forest reserve, the arboretum, Dorr Museum of Natural History, and two island field stations. Teaching and research opportunities also exist in Acadia National Park. The desired candidate will share responsibility for the curation of the herbarium and supervise a small greenhouse collection, and contribute to college governance and service.

Interested candidates should send a cover letter that speaks to their unique qualifications for the position, curriculum vitae that includes contact information for three references, a statement of teaching philosophy, and three relevant course descriptions in a single PDF file to by August 26, 2016.  Review of applications will continue until the position is filled. Full-time faculty appointments are unranked and salaries are calculated according to earned degrees and years of relevant experience.


College of the Atlantic seeks to fill a full-time, with benefits, buildings and grounds custodian position. This position is responsible for cleaning, painting and minor repairs of campus buildings. A high school diploma or equivalent with 6 months to 1 year of related experience is required, as well as some exposure to internal and external painting and familiarity with cleaning products and equipment. Applicants should send resume and cover letter to Millard Dority,  Director of Campus Planning, Building, and Public Safety, by email at Electronic applications only, please. Review of applications will begin immediately.

Custodian Job Description

Position Title:    Custodian                 
Department:    Buildings & Grounds
Reports To:    Assistant Director Building & Grounds                       
Operating under general supervision from the Head Custodian and the Assistant Director of Building & Grounds and in accordance with established policies and procedures, the incumbent is responsible for cleaning, painting and minor repairs of campus buildings and under the Director of Campus Planning, Building & Grounds, and Public Safety the safety of all housing during unusual circumstances.

    Cleans between 12 – 16,000 square feet of academic space including bathrooms, common areas.
    Assists in the set up and break down of special events.
    Maintains the inventory of cleaning supplies needed for assigned spaces and orders supplies through the Head Custodian.
    Replaces light bulbs throughout the various dormitories.
    Reports all maintenance problems to the Assistant Director of Buildings and Grounds.
    Assists students, faculty, and staff on the weekends as needed.

    Actively participates in the COA community by attending meetings such as the All College Meeting, staff or trustee meetings as appropriate. 
    Assists the Director of Buildings & Grounds with winter conditions when necessary.
    Responds to police and fire related issues during weekend hours.
    Performs other related duties as required.

   A high school diploma or equivalent with 6 months to 1 year of related experience is required.
   Some exposure to internal and external painting.
   Familiarity with cleaning products and equipment.
   Sensitive to and awareness of different cultures, as well as, the ability to interact successfully with college age students and their families.


Continuous walking, standing, stooping, pushing, and pulling. Ability to lift, carry, and position objects utilizing proper body mechanics and techniques.  Utilizes proper sanitary precautions when handling trash, garbage, and other potential biohazards. Moderate exposure to injury or other hazards. Ability to lift up to 50 lbs. easily and often.

*External and internal applicants, as well as position incumbents who become disabled as defined under the Americans With Disabilities Act, must be able to perform the essential job functions (as listed) either unaided or with the assistance of a reasonable accommodation to be determined by management on a case by case basis.

The above statements are intended to describe the general nature and level of work being performed by people assigned to do this job.  The above is not intended to be an exhaustive list of all responsibilities and duties required.


Faculty Member in Computer Science

This search has been canceled. We anticipate conducting a search for this position next academic year (2016-17), with a start date of August 2017.

College of the Atlantic (COA) seeks a full-time faculty member in Computer Science. The anticipated start date is August, 2016. The successful candidate will be the first faculty member in computer science at COA. The faculty member will offer a range of classes to help students gain basic to advanced programming skills, while introducing students to the central questions of computer science and exposing them to the styles of thought and habits of mind associated with computer scientists. The faculty member is expected to help students make connections between computer science and other areas of the curriculum, including art and design and the humanities, as well as the natural and social sciences.

In addition to introductory and intermediate programming classes, we are interested in a candidate who can offer engaging and challenging courses that explore the intersections of computer science and computing with different aspects of the human experience and academic and creative areas. Examples of such classes might include some of the following: cryptography and computer security, information visualization, human-computer interaction, machine learning and artificial intelligence, generative art, digital humanities, agent-based modeling, data mining, micro-controller programming (e.g, Arduino and Raspberry Pi devices).

The successful candidate must have the ability and interest in teaching some courses in mathematics or related areas. These might not be math classes per se, but it is essential that this faculty member’s classes connect strongly with the existing mathematics curriculum and offer courses that meet the college’s quantitative reasoning requirement. It is essential that the faculty member has a background in computing and programming and be enthusiastic about and focused on developing creative ways to teach computer science to students with a wide range of backgrounds and goals.

The faculty member should have a Ph.D. in computer science, engineering, computational science, applied mathematics, physics, or a related area and demonstrated potential for excellent and innovative teaching.

College of the Atlantic is an interdisciplinary college of approximately 340 undergraduate students and 30 faculty members. Its oceanfront campus is adjacent to Acadia National Park. COA’s faculty are not organized by departments, and all students design their own major in human ecology. The average class size is 13. Faculty teach five courses a year distributed across three ten-week terms; faculty also advise students, direct independent studies and final projects, and contribute to the shared governance of the college. COA is a highly interdisciplinary college seeking to understand the relationships between humans and their built, natural, and social-cultural environments, where theory is tied to practice, and where friendship and cooperation help define our community. Through both teaching and scholarship, we aim to foster the capacity to make improvements within the world and ourselves.

Interested candidates should submit a CV, a cover letter addressing interest in and qualifications for the position, and a brief statement of teaching that includes a discussion of the roles of computer science in an interdisciplinary curriculum. The CV should include contact information for three professional references; please do not have references send letters. For full consideration, please submit all application materials as a single pdf  file to by December 7, 2015.



College of the Atlantic is committed to academic excellence, cultural diversity, and multicultural education. COA is an AA/EEO employer. Applications are especially encouraged from persons who could enhance the ethnic, gender, and cultural diversity of the College.