The Residential Life Director (RLD) is the foundation of our small-scale junior boarding program for 18 students in grades 5 to 9. The RLD reports to the Head of School, and supervises Residential Life Associates and Administrators on Duty and is responsible for the Residential Life program. The RLD supports the Residential Life Associates in cultivating a positive, supportive, and home-like culture in the dorm. The team’s collective role is to proactively help students develop practical life, social, and community-living skills, provide critical study support during study hall, ensure a safe and well-kept living environment, and lead on and off-campus extracurricular activities.
This position is ideal for compassionate, flexible, level headed, organized, energetic, educators who relate well with young people. The RLD is a 10 month position and reports to the head of school. Given the small scale of our residential program, we expect the RLD to also teach part time and coach and serve as an advisor. This split in responsibilities serves to provide vital connections between the residential program staff and the rest of the community.
Serve your highest purpose as parent, or “in loco parentis” for all students in your dorm, supporting their supervision, personal growth, character development, safety, and education
Supervise and manage a dormitory of up to eighteen students during weekday afternoons and evenings with some weekend shifts
Using student interests as a guide, plan evening and weekend activities including leading these activities periodically.
Be willing to drive the 13-passenger van and have a clean driving record.
Teach one or two classes according to ability and need, and serve as advisor and coach to middle school students.
Work with the head of school and other administrators to plan and implement the residential curriculum and programming
Provide oversight and extra help to students during evening study halls
Work with the health office to coordinate all student health needs, scheduled appointments, medication pick up, manage students’ health insurance, etc. ·
Provide emergency coverage needed during the course of the year. ·
Plan and implement beginning of the year orientation for students and residential life team members. ·
Supervise all move-in and move-out days for students. Coordinate vacation logistics such as transporting students to and from the airport.
Support the enforcement of policies and procedures such as daily room check, dorm jobs, technology access.
Manage discipline issues with the Head of School and other appropriate staff.
Establish and maintain good communication with the guardians and parents of the students in regard to both discipline and challenges or concerns that arise.
Act as the primary contact for students and for faculty and staff in regard to boarding matters.
Help to ensure that programs, socials and activities are meeting students’ needs.
Actively engage and connect with students and the school community as much as possible
Other duties as assigned
QUALIFICATIONS: Candidates should hold a bachelor’s degree or higher and must be committed to fostering a community atmosphere in the boarding facility. At least 5 years previous experience, in a residential life or social work program, and working with international students, is strongly preferred (especially previous experience working with international middle school students, teaching ESL or ELL courses, etc.). The ability to climb stairs, and walk between all school buildings on uneven and steep terrain. Hold a MA drivers license and be able to drive a 15 passenger van with a clean driving record.
Additional Salary Information: includes housing and utilities
About Applewild School
Applewild has been a cherished community institution since 1957 and we are courageously re-imagining ourselves to evolve our programs to offer a compelling and relevant education. We have a main campus in Fitchburg, Massachusetts which is approximately one hour from Boston. We offer preschool through 9th grade, including a small junior boarding program for students in grades 5-9. Our innovative 9th grade is called “Prospect Studio” which offers an interdisciplinary intellectual adventure centered around the theme “Urban Renewal, Placemaking, & Social Justice”. In 2014 we opened a satellite location in Devens which serves preschool through third grade and is growing. We are additionally sponsoring the creation of a new school called “Foundations at Applewild” which is located on Applewild School’s Fitchburg campus and will serve students in grades two through eighth with diagnosed language-based learning disabilities.
We are thankful to draw a broad range of students from over 32 towns and several countries, and well over half of our students receive financial assistance in order to attend. Our core values and competencies lay the foundation for a culture that encourages respect..., honesty, compassion, and fairness. Our faculty have invested in their professional growth to create an educational environment that is deeply metacognitive --- our goal is to teach children to be the protagonists in their own educations. At Applewild, we know that once children feel emotionally safe and valued for who they are, then children will avail themselves to deeper and more authentic learning experiences.
When considering adult additions to our community, we are very interested in growing our diversity and in diverse perspectives and experiences. We seek smart, creative, and thoughtful professionals who are interested in trying new things knowing that some failures are intrinsic to cultivating a culture of progress. We are looking for professionals who care deeply about developing the next generation for a future we know will be marked by volatility, uncertainty, complexity, and ambiguity. Intellectual curiosity, cognitive agility, passion, and emotional resiliency are paramount for success. We are committed to offering a progressive but proven curriculum, so professionals seeking to join our community must be keen on teaching using student-centered and project-based learning. We are a small school so everyone wears multiple “hats” to meet the needs of our community.
The School is accredited through the Association of Independent Schools of New England and is a member of the National Association of Independent Schools and The Association of Boarding Schools.
Applewild School is an equal opportunity employer and as such does not discriminate on the basis of race, color, gender, age, religion, national origin, sexual orientation, disability, veteran status, or any other status protected by law. We welcome individuals that add to the diversity and vibrancy of our community.
Candidates should send a letter of interest, and resume to Amy Jolly, Head of School to [email protected] (please indicate position in subject line).