BELFAST — Regional School Unit 71 has hired Susan Totman as executive assistant to the superintendent and Board of Directors, where she will assist the superintendent, board and other executive officers in the district.

Bringing 35 years of office management experience to the position, she was attracted to the job because she wanted to help students realize their potential, she said. Though she is not in direct contact with students in the position, she is still contributing to that initiative.

“There were a lot of jobs out there but this one really struck me because it was about helping our young people achieve their dreams and goals,” she said.

Previously, Totman worked as the office manager for Conservation Law Foundation and her family’s auto repair and towing business, she said.

She is a self-taught programmer, which is a skill she uses to help custom build websites for clients and cleans up websites after they have been hacked, she said. She has served clients internationally through her web development business Virtual Base Connection.

She enjoys spending time with her four children and seven grandchildren, she said. Though she is from the Waterville/Winslow area, the Searsmont resident raised her kids in the RSU 71 school district and has some grandchildren going through the Belfast and Thorndike schools.

Her grandson Bryan Totman, 9, played football for Regional School Unit 71 until he died last summer in a towing accident in Belfast.

Totman also does fundraising through a group called Joy to Be Bald, which is currently working to become a nonprofit, she said. The group raises funds for local cancer patients.

She is working with “a good group of people,” she said. She is excited to help with school initiatives like Future Search, which was a two-day event that gathered dozens of people from the community to help create a strategic education plan. She called it exciting and forward-thinking.

“This is a really great team of people,” she said, “… very talented, very kind and the clear goal is education of the children. And it’s just a really amazing work environment.”