New Search Announcement! Director of Admissions for The Landing School of Boat Building

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Pillar Search is pleased to announce the search for the Director of Admissions for The Landing School of Boat Building in Arundel, Maine.

This is an ideal opportunity for an experienced Admissions professional with a passion for education and experience using innovative student recruitment and admissions techniques.

“The Landing” is a short stretch of the Kennebunk River in Arundel, Maine where The Landing School is located. It was once an internationally famous shipbuilding area and the home of more than 20 shipbuilding firms dating back to the 1600’s. In December of 1978, the first class of 9 students at The Landing School launched a Chamberlain dory-skiff, reviving the boat building trade along The Landing.


Today, each of The Landing School’s ten-month-long programs culminates in a diploma for students who successfully complete their courses within the high standards set by the faculty. In 2009, the State of Maine Department of Education and The School’s accrediting agency, ACCSC, approved The Landing School as a degree-granting institution. A student who successfully completes two technical programs and 15 credit-hours of general education courses is eligible to receive an Associate’s degree. The Landing School has been recognized by ACCSC as a 2014 ACCSC School of Distinction / ACCSC School of Excellence.


Education from The Landing School reinforces and preserves traditional design and construction methods while advancing the art of boat building, design and maintenance through the integration of modern techniques and contemporary materials. The marine industry values this unique training and has lauded The Landing School internationally with a reputation for graduates of exceptional quality.


The Landing School seeks students who are not “usual”, who are not satisfied with the status quo; they look for passionate students who imagine vividly and want to create cool things. Their students have come from forty-one U.S. states and ten countries. They are high school graduates, college graduates, second career seekers, veterans, and adult learners.


Within the transformational environment of The Landing School students find strengths they had not imagined. The practical skills offered by our curriculum are designed to provide graduates not simply with a better job prospect but more importantly with a rewarding career in the marine industry as an innovative designer, boat-builder or systems technician. Graduates of The Landing School are able to work professionally on today’s vessels and imagine tomorrow’s, pushing the boundaries of the industry’s evolving technology while understanding and appreciating the rich maritime traditions of the past.


As an employer, The Landing School offers a supportive community of faculty, staff, and fellow students who all work together to regularly achieve the impossible.


For more information about The Landing School of Boat Building, please visit


Like many of Maine’s coastal towns, Arundel (once part of nearby Kennebunkport) first prospered as a shipbuilding center and fishing village, and later became a destination for summer residents. Today, Arundel is one of Southern Maine’s fastest growing communities. Its current population is approximately 4,200.


The Opportunity:
The Director of Admissions will drive the development and implementation of strategies to recruit and attract students to the School. Key responsibilities include:

• Actively recruit and enroll a diverse and academically excellent student body in a timely and efficient manner
• Develop effective and personal communication plans for recruitment
• Improve and increase efficiency in academic admissions operations
• Counsel prospective students regarding admission to The Landing School
• Represent The Landing School at on-campus and off-campus functions, including college fairs
• Serve as the primary contact for prospective and admitted students
• Respond to phone and web generated inquiries and guide applicants through the admissions process
• Interview prospective students (in person and by phone) to assess fit
• Guide international applicants in following steps to achieve proper documentation to attend school in the U.S.
• Manage the recruitment budget & procure the resources necessary for recruitment function
• Broaden resources, support and participation in services for veteran, military and associated student populations


Overview of the Ideal Candidate:
Candidates must possess demonstrated knowledge of the admissions process, including recruitment/yield and strategies, admissions review cycle, application processing and applicant communication strategies. In addition, the ideal candidate will be:
•Analytical, data-informed, goal-oriented, and results-driven
•Able to make data-based decisions with functionality in data analysis and reporting
•Comfortable with heavy phone and email volume
•Experienced with all Microsoft Office programs
•A systems thinker with strong database skills
•Able to work effectively as a team member but also independently to achieve goals
•Willing to occasionally travel locally and out of state, work some weekends and evenings
•High energy and ethical


Knowledge of the marine industry is not necessary but a plus.


The Landing School is an equal opportunity employer. All qualified applicants will receive consideration for employment without regard to race, color, religion, sex, sexual orientation or gender identity, national origin, disability status, or protected veteran status.


For Immediate Consideration:
This search is being managed by Pillar Search. To apply, please send your cover letter and resume, including salary requirements, to Cindy Joyce at
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