The Assistant Dean of Students for Residential Life works with the Dean of Students and the Assistant Dean of Students for Student Services to ensure that a consistent, positive culture and high expectations are maintained throughout the school and by all teachers and students.
This position is responsible for but not limited to the following:
Creating a residential life curriculum for students
Supervising House Parents, providing support and leadership to them and the entire residential boarding staff; meeting weekly with residential staff and other appropriate groups and coordinating all duties associated with the coverage of dorms
Coordinating and overseeing the student activities program
Creating and administering the student health and wellness curriculum
Assisting with coordinating dorm assignments for students
Working with the Dean of Students and the Assistant Dean of Students for Student Services to coordinate student events such as Prom, Baccalaureate, Commencement, family weekends, parent conferences, and new-student orientation
Assisting in the creation of special programs and events for attendance by the student body, such as the Tuesday Community Program
Expected to be dynamic, collaborative, personable, outgoing, energetic, and organized while being flexible enough to adapt to the needs of the students and staff in the program, and work within a team model to provide our students with the best experience possible
Other duties as assigned by and in support of the Dean of Students
Each faculty member will serve as a student advisor. The advisor’s role is that of a mentor, academic counselor, communicator, defender, contact, parent, host, and representative of the School. These represent some, but not all, of the duties, encompassed by being a student advisor. The role may be summed up in three categories: knowledge, guidance, and contact — each separate but interrelated and overlapping. The Advisor is an important communication link between the student, teachers, and family. Advisors meet briefly with their advisees several times over the week and often arrange for longer sessions to discuss academic progress, sports, and other concerns that arise during the year.
Bachelor’s degree in educational administration/curriculum, or a related field (state certification not required)
Educational professional with at least 2 years’ experience in a teaching or administrative position
Exceptional organizational, administrative, and leadership skills
Strong organizational and interpersonal skills; ability to work effectively with all stakeholders, including administration, faculty, parents, and students
Valid driver’s license; ability to drive the school’s vehicles (training will be provided)
Ability to work outdoors
Experience in a residential program for adolescents
Good communication skills, both oral and written
Commitment to the 24 hours a day, seven days a week life of a boarding school
An educational philosophy consistent with the mission of the school
The physical demands described here are representative of those that must be met by an employee to successfully perform the essential responsibilities of this position.
While performing the duties of this job, the employee is regularly required to talk or hear
The employee is required to sit, stand, walk; use hands to find; handle or feel and reach with hands and arms
Must frequently lift and/or move up to 25 pounds
Must be able to work in the heat and cold as well as environments with adverse conditions including dirt, dust and pollen, odors, sun, wetness, humidity, rain, and noise
Additional Salary Information: salary negotiable depending on experience
About Darrow School
Darrow School, a small independent, co-ed, boarding/day school for grades 9-12, located on the New York State side of the Berkshires, offers an innovative, individually-focused college-preparatory curriculum, featuring a unique combination of dynamic classroom instruction, active learning, and environmental consciousness. Students learn within an atmosphere that supports intellectual curiosity, creativity, and experimentation. The School emphasizes differentiated instruction and student-centered, active learning as key teaching philosophies.
Darrow School faculty and staff are fully engaged in the life of a boarding school beyond the academic day as well, supporting students in a range of co-curricular programming, including athletics, residential life, weekend activities, and signature programs like Hands-to-Work, Winterm, and Spring Term. Darrow School’s mission is to create a community of learning able to empower students with a wide variety of backgrounds and abilities, building on each student’s individual talents and interests to inspire enduring confidence for success in college and life.
Darrow School’s mission is to serve students with a wide variety of backgrounds ...and abilities, building on each student’s individual talents and interests to inspire enduring confidence for success in college and life.