Annie Wright is seeking a full-time dorm parent to begin on August 14, 2021. This is a full time, residential position focused on care and support for the school’s boarding community.
The Dorm Parent works as a member of a closely cooperative, consensus-based team of professional educators that provides supervision, wellness and academic support, cultural and recreational activities, and organization and disciplinary structure for the Upper School boarding community. Together with seven other residential faculty, the Dorm Parent supports a boarding population of about 120 students from across the United States and around the world.
The Dorm Parent is driven by and toward continuous engagement with students and the coordination and support of their daily lives, embraces this role as a lifestyle or vocation rather than a job, and serves as legal in loco parentis. The Dorm Parent is a supervisor, caregiver, teacher, advisor, advocate, disciplinarian and friend for our students. The Dorm Parent supports and uplifts each student, recognizes the uniqueness of each individual, and encourages a culture of belonging and inclusion in the dorms. Through an almost entirely relationship-based role, the Dorm Parent follows a standard of approach for every child of “unconditional positive regard.”
The first responsibility of the Dorm Parent is to ensure the health and well-being of the boarding community, and the second responsibility is to teach character development through community membership. Being a residential faculty member is a shared, group endeavor that requires the Dorm Parent and their family members, who reside on campus, to embrace the unique dorm lifestyle and to conduct themselves in accordance with the standards of the program. The Dorm Parent is on call, even when not officially on duty, and is expected to be an active, visible, and participatory member of the dorm community. The Dorm Parent must, first and foremost, desire to be an engaged and enthusiastic mentor, teacher and supervisor for a dorm full of teenagers from all over the world.
Though central to the Annie Wright Schools experience, by its residential nature, the boarding program expands on the AWS mission and adopts its own familial guideposts: a dedicated mission and guiding dorm values. Together with the Residential Faculty, the Dorm Parent uses this compass and these landmarks to help young people grow into independent, kind, inclusive members of whatever communities they join throughout their lives.
The intent of the AWS boarding program is to promote student wellness, academic success and character education through thoughtful mentoring, personal accountability and intentional community membership.
Appreciation, Balance, Compassion, Courage, Family, Integrity, Respect and Responsibility.
Position Overview: duties & responsibilities
The Dorm Parent:
consistently demonstrates good judgment, makes all decisions with student wellness as the first priority, and is a role model of appropriate behavior and community engagement at all times;
resides on campus in apartments provided by the school (apartment sizes vary and are assigned according to individuals’ roles and family needs);
works closely and cooperatively with residential faculty, students, and other school staff; attends all staff meetings and participates in all trainings and orientations for faculty and staff at the beginning and end of the academic year; and fulfills all administrative tasks and other duties as assigned;
is on duty for designated shifts, predominantly swing shifts, including: Monday-Friday from afternoon to late night, one full-weekend shift per month, and additional school events and dorm activities beyond the normal duty hours;
works long hours during the school year, but is otherwise off duty when the dorm is closed for holiday and summer breaks;
supports, attends, and provides supervision for dorm meetings, group and formal dinners, activities, and other special events designed for resident students;
and develops, sponsors, and leads programming in character education, community building, academics, leadership, and recreational and cultural activities.
Annie Wright’s strong community cultivates individual learners to become well-educated, creative and responsible citizens for a global society.
The Dorm Parent:
must be at least 21 years old, have a valid Washington State driver’s license, pass school bus driver training (comprehensive driving abstracts will be obtained to determine if applicants are eligible to drive school vehicles), and hold current CPR/First Aid certification (training can be provided);
must pass the standard background checks required of all school employees and must sign and abide by the AWS Residential Occupancy contract (these apply to resident spouses as well);
Additionally, the Dorm Parent will demonstrate key elements of the listed expertise and experiences. This is an aspirational list and Annie Wright Schools encourages candidates to apply who may not currently possess, but are working on building, all of these qualities.
holds a diploma from an accredited college or similar advanced training in a relevant field;
has experience working with young people as a dorm parent, classroom teacher, camp counselor, youth group leader, or in a similar role;
demonstrates commitment to personal integrity, character development, and community membership as well as broad emotional intelligence and a deep reserve of patience;
has a track record of acting effectively and supervising students in a variety of potential emergency situations;
demonstrates willingness to develop, sponsor, and lead programming in character education and community building, academics, leadership, and recreational and cultural activities;
practices cultural humility in personal interactions;
and is eligible to work in the United States.
Annie Wright Schools remain firmly committed to a policy of equal employment opportunity. Annie Wright shall hire, promote, transfer, terminate, and make all other employment related decisions without regard to an employee’s race, color, creed, sex, religion, age, national origin, marital status, sexual orientation, political ideology, the presence of any sensory, mental or physical disability, or any other basis prohibited by law. Annie Wright Schools are actively seeking to create a more culturally diverse school community and accordingly, applicants of color and underrepresented backgrounds are encouraged to apply.
To apply, email a cover letter, resume, and email and telephone contact information for 3-5 professional references, all in PDF format, to Mrs. Erin Gann, Executive Assistant to the Head of Schools, at [email protected]g. In accordance with Annie Wright Schools’ strategic focus on issues related to social justice, candidates should anticipate being asked to address how their past work, as well as future contributions, might serve to advance Annie Wright’s commitment to a more diverse and inclusive community. Applications for this position will be accepted until filled.
Additional Salary Information: Compensation includes competitive benefits and salary commensurate with experience. Residential staff also enjoy extensive additional benefits including a rent-free campus apartment with all utilities, board when school is in session, health insurance, internet access, personal computer, and use of school facilities. Dorm Parents may move into their residence as early as August 1, 2021.
About Annie Wright Schools
Tradition meets innovation at Annie Wright Schools, where we honor our rich history and traditions, embrace the present, and continue always to move forward. Founded in 1884, Annie Wright Schools serve students from age three through high school. The Lower and Middle Schools offer co-ed programs in Preschool through Grade 8, while separate Upper Schools for boys and girls offer day and boarding options in Grades 9 through 12, welcoming students from Tacoma and around the world. We are proud to be an International Baccalaureate World School, delivering IB programs in every division.