ABOUT US: Oregon Episcopal School occupies a wooded 59 acre campus where 880 students in Pre-K through 12th Grade share an excellent faculty, an inquiry based curriculum, and a strong sense of community. The School values employees who seek to continually develop the OES Essential Competencies in themselves and others and are prepared to engage in a vibrant, culturally diverse learning community.
JOB SUMMARY: The director of residential life is responsible for the OES dorm program in all its aspects. The School has served a boarding population since its founding in 1869 and believes deeply in its commitment to meeting its mission with residential students. The current program houses 50-60 students of a total Upper School population of approximately 300. The program draws students from 10-15 different countries while maintaining a commitment to serving students from the Pacific Northwest. In addition to the qualifications detailed below, the successful director will possess a collaborative leadership style, be organized, flexible, and able to inspire diverse groups of people around a shared mission.
This is a full-time, year-round, administrative staff position that starts July 1. It comes with a competitive salary and benefits package including paid holidays, sick leave, and vacation, employer paid health insurance, retirement plan with generous employer match, housing, meals, abundant professional development opportunities, and tuition remission for up to two admissions eligible children (subject to availability). See the OES Benefits Guide for more information.
Provide strategic leadership for and advocacy of the residential life program in the greater school community, determining the needs of the program annually and providing a vision for the ongoing development of the program.
Lead and supervise the dorm team, including an assistant director of residential life and nine dorm parents. Be responsible for hiring, training, leading, and evaluating staff and for coordinating housing assignments and professional growth and development (PGD) opportunities.
Plan and implement annual training of dorm parents and prefects with the support of the assistant director, school nurse, and upper school counselor.
Design, articulate, and implement a residential curriculum in collaboration with dorm staff.
Coordinate day and dorm program interactions to ensure that the dorm students and staff are appropriately integrated and valued in the Upper School and at OES.
Attend student support meetings in the Upper School and coordinate student support with dorm staff, dorm academic resource team (DART), dean(s) of students, counselor, academic resource coordinator, and the nurse.
Lead a dorm family and supervise students in the dorms as necessary during afternoons, evenings, and weekends.
Coordinate with internal departments and applicable public agencies to ensure the residential program meets all legal requirements including licensing with the Department of Human Services and facility inspection with the Fire Department.
Support the work of the Admissions, Advancement, and Business Offices in areas applicable to dorm students and the residential program.
Manage the dorm facility in collaboration with the Facilities Department and advocate for dorm facility needs.
Create and manage the annual residential program budget.
Coordinate communications with parents of dorm students and the wider school community.
Teach one academic class in the Upper School or be an academic advisor, who leads an activity both semesters.
Stay at the forefront of independent boarding schools by reviewing best practices, following current research, and contributing to the larger professional community.
Reside in school provided housing either in the dorms or adjacent to campus.
BA/BS or equivalent in relevant discipline
Two years of experience in a residential life program
Two years of teaching experience
Demonstrated expertise in residential life leadership and curriculum development
Intercultural competence, ability to interact appropriately with individuals from a diverse array of backgrounds, ability to teach and lead diverse groups effectively, demonstrated commitment to equity and inclusion
IT skills: general digital literacy, intermediate MS Office Suite, database skills, web applications including Google Docs, Zoom or Skype, etc. as appropriate to job duties, flexibility to adapt and learn as digital tools evolve
Clean driving record and ability to drive minors in school vehicles
Ability to pass a background check and drug screen
MA/MS or equivalent in relevant discipline
Five or more years’ experience in a residential life program
Five or more years’ teaching experience
KNOWLEDGE, SKILLS, AND ABILITIES:
Interpersonal skills, ability to lead, collaborate, and maintain collegial relations with colleagues
Communication skills to interact with a diversity of constituents including students, families, and colleagues in both written and oral forms
Detail oriented and highly organized
Ability to effectively set priorities, be flexible, and work independently
Ability to lift and carry up to 25 pounds
Mobility sufficient to move about the OES grounds and dorms in particular
Ability to see/read text and computer monitors
Ability to speak to interact with students, parents, and OES faculty & staff
COMPENSATION: Competitive annual salary commensurate with experience plus benefits
Management reserves the right to change or add to this job description at any time.
Oregon Episcopal School does not discriminate in its hiring or employment practices on the basis of race, color, religion, gender (including gender identity or expression), disability, national or ethnic origin, age, sexual orientation, marital status, genetic information, or other legally protected characteristic or status.
Additional Salary Information: Competitive salary and benefits package
About Oregon Episcopal School
Oregon Episcopal School prepares students for higher education and lifelong learning by inspiring intellectual, physical, social, emotional, artistic, and spiritual growth so that they may realize their power for good as citizens of local and world communities.
Oregon Episcopal School occupies a wooded 59 acre campus where 880 students in Pre-K through 12th Grade share an excellent faculty, an inquiry based curriculum, and a strong sense of community. The School values employees who seek to continually develop the OES Essential Competencies in themselves and others and are prepared to engage in a vibrant, culturally diverse learning community.