The Student Life office at Emma Willard School is seeking a full time, 10 month, Director of Residential Life to join their dynamic team. The Director of Residential Life will supervise the Resident Faculty, and will coordinate and support a multitude of residential life activities including weekend activities. This position is responsible for working with the Dean of Students, the Director of Student Wellbeing and all Resident Faculty. This position will report to the Dean of Students. The position includes a residence in the main campus dormitory. The successful candidate must be ready and able to multitask on a daily basis.
The Director of Residential Life is responsible for overseeing the Resident Faculty. This includes leading the school’s effort to build a residential curriculum for all grade levels. The Director of Residential Life will work in close partnership with the Health Center, Counseling Office, and Dean of Students to identify and meet the specific needs of our residential community. This position is responsible for building dynamic weekend programming that complements the school’s curriculum and enhances a vibrant campus life on weekends. This includes both the coordination of all weekend activities, on and off campus, and the delivery of some of these activities. They will also liaise closely with the DEI Department and Experiential Learning Department to ensure activities reflect the program pillars of intellectual flexibility, purpose and community and equity and justice. They will oversee the club and interest group program. They will also manage the budget for all residential, weekend and club activities.
The ideal candidate will have a minimum of a bachelor’s degree and relevant experience in leading a residential life program. This person will have strong written and verbal communication skills, interpersonal skills, a sense of humor, and a genuine interest in working with adolescent girls as they develop their sense of self in an academically rigorous educational living environment. The candidate should have extremely strong organizational skills and IT skills with the ability to pay attention to detail and logistics. The candidate must be flexible and will occasionally need to provide support with little to no advance warning. This position is a combination of day-evening hours including weekend responsibilities.
The School encourages candidates from under-represented groups and individuals who have demonstrated experience with diverse populations who can contribute to the diversity and excellence of the academic community through their service to apply.
Key Areas of Responsibilities:
Act as Resident Faculty Department Chair;
Develop residential curriculum for all grade levels;
Undertake all aspects of Resident Faculty performance management including overseeing hiring, training and evaluation;
Collaborate and communicate regularly with the Dean of Students, the Director of Student Wellbeing, Class Deans and Health Services and Counseling;
Coordinate with other school operational areas including housekeeping, dining services and campus safety;
Manage all Residential, weekend and club budgets;
Oversee all aspects of rooming;
Oversee implementation of REACH boarding software;
Coordinate weekend activities;
Serving as AOD on travel weekends;
Serve as a backup for Resident Faculty duties;
Serve on Student Welfare Committee;
Provide individual support to students as needed;
Act as a Student Advisor, on a grade level team;
Communicate with students’ advisors, parents, and/or houseparents as appropriate;
Participate in school-wide functions and events;
Attend and contribute to departmental, faculty, and employee meetings;
Lead co-curricular activities; head/assistant coach or an equivalent extracurricular commitment; and
Be a positive force in the lives of students.
Bachelor’s degree, preferably Master’s degree and five years of relevant experience.
Genuine interest in and commitment to adolescent growth and development.
Experience working in and supporting diverse populations.
Detail oriented and possess superior judgment.
Outstanding verbal and written communication skills.
Ability to work cooperatively in a team environment to accomplish a wide variety of tasks.
Ability to form positive relationships with adolescents from a variety of backgrounds and experiences.
Interest in relevant professional development.
Hold a valid driver’s license.
Be a strong advocate for the Emma Willard School mission.
Demonstrate excellence in curriculum design, planning, and implementation
Have a good working knowledge of Google, Microsoft Word, and online learning-management systems, as well as enthusiasm for experimenting with learning technologies.
Have patience, enthusiasm, and the ability to manage priorities and meet deadlines.
Demonstrate a commitment to professional growth and development.
Demonstrate superior judgement.
We seek to identify, recruit, and develop employees who bring a diversity of experiences, perspectives, talents, and backgrounds. Emma is an equal opportunity employer.
Since 1814, Emma Willard School has been one of the nation's leading college preparatory boarding and day schools for young women. At Emma Willard, every possible resource is dedicated to developing in students the values and skills that form the foundation of a life of accomplishment, leadership, and fulfillment. These include a love for the life of the mind, a commitment to service, courage and confidence, grace and creativity, and collaboration and friendship. Known for its rigor, the school promotes intellectual curiosity and disciplined study habits through a challenging curriculum distinguished by a wide array of advanced placement courses and electives. It also promotes active involvement in the life of the campus and off-campus communities through a rich co-curricular program. In all they do, students are both challenged and closely supported by an outstanding faculty and staff. The school's extraordinary physical plant is listed on the National Register of Historic Places and provides a breathtakingly beautiful yet state-of-the-art setting for learning and living. Throughout its history, Emma Willard has been committed to enrolling a diverse student body from across the Ca...pital Region, across the country, and around the world. This commitment is honored by significant expenditures in financial aid to assist families who might not otherwise have the opportunity to provide an extraordinary secondary education for their daughters.