Director of Residential Life Community School - Sun Valley, Idaho
Nestled among five mountain ranges in the heart of iconic Sun Valley, Idaho, Community School is an independent pre-kindergarten through twelfth grade day and boarding college preparatory school of 390 students.
MISSION From our campus to the wilderness, Community School’s mission is to inspire students to think critically, engage confidently, embrace challenges, and lead impactful, purposeful lives.
We seek to accomplish this mission through six guiding principles, which include: Using student inquiry and the application of critical thinking as our primary learning modalities; developing and facilitating students’ personal interests and passions; using the whole environment to promote a global perspective; creating inclusive learning environments; instilling a love of nature and environmental stewardship; encouraging students to seek new challenges and to push beyond their comfortable limits.
POSITION Community School is seeking a dedicated, warm, energetic, and highly organized person who enjoys interacting with and mentoring high school-age students to fill the position of Director of Residential Life. This year-round position, with salary commensurate with experience and benefits, starts on or around June 15, 2018. The Director of Residential Life is primarily responsible for developing and managing the school’s Residential Life program and curriculum. The Director of Residential Life will reside at the Residence Hall and act as the primary dorm staff person (“dorm parent”). Responsibilities include supervision, coordination, transportation, and management of all aspects of the program and the facility. The Director of Residential Life serves on the Head of School’s leadership team and reports to the Head of School. Specific responsibilities include but are not limited to:
Manage all aspects of the boarding program and supervise the dorm staff throughout the year, including the summer term;
Represent Community School's boarding program at school functions, in the community, and at sporting events;
Act as primary point of contact for boarding students and their parents through regular communications and ensure consistent communication between Residential Advisors, their advisees, and families;
Modify, plan, and oversee a positive Residential Life curriculum and discipline process for the boarding program to promote the safety and well-being of students both individually and collectively;
Plan and execute an orientation program for boarding students and their parents;
Oversee the development of a dorm student activities program, with a particular focus on weekend activities and other special events;
Manage the interface between the academic, athletic, and residential life programs;
Coordinate the selection, training, and performance of dorm staff and student RAs;
Manage transportation of students (to and from the academic campus, to school related activities, medical appointments, athletic training, etc.);
Maintain the general appearance and cleanliness of the dorm, create and oversee student chores and duties, and coordinate repairs and maintenance issues with school Facilities Manage.
Serve as a role model in attitude, behavior, and action.
A bachelor’s degree in an appropriate educational field is required, with preference for an advanced degree;
Relevant and significant experience in a boarding school setting, preferably as an administrator and/or dorm parent;
Understanding of the unique dynamics, challenges, and opportunities of a boarding environment;
A demonstrated ability to work within a collaborative management context;
Excellent organizational, leadership, decision-making, and supervisory skills;
Ability to work with parents, students, faculty and staff in a cooperative, courteous, and professional manner;
Strong experience supervising, hiring, and evaluating program staff and improving processes;
A demonstrated commitment to working with a diverse student population;
Comfort establishing and maintaining expectations for students and program staff;
Excellent oral and written communication skills;
A willingness and desire to live in a small, vibrant resort community in the Rocky Mountains.
Please send an electronic cover letter, resumé, and at least three letters of reference by January 15, 2018 to:
Community School Attn: Director of Residential Life ? Jonna Mendes - Sun Valley Ski Academy Program Director firstname.lastname@example.org
Community School seeks qualified applicants and will make all employment-related decisions without regard to race, ethnicity, sexual orientation, gender identity, ability, religion/spirituality, nationality or any other group.
Since its inception in 1973, Community School in Sun Valley has inspired its students to think critically, embrace challenges, and lead impactful, purposeful lives. The school serves more than 390 day and boarding students in grades pre-kindergarten through twelve. Close student-faculty relationships and experiential, project-centered learning define the school’s distinctive educational experience.