CITYterm at the Masters School seeks a full time, residential Dean of Residential Life starting August 1, 2018. This is an eleven-month, paid, administrative position that includes housing. This position reports to CITYterm’s Director.
CITYterm Dean of Residential Life Description
The person in this role will collaborate with a residential faculty to create a student culture that supports transformative learning. In collaboration with the residential faculty, the Director of Residential Life (DRL) is responsible for developing the skills of the residential faculty, creating a community-minded dorm culture, responding to individual student life issues as they arise, and communicating with a wide-range of stakeholders (students, faculty, parents, and colleagues in other departments). This position is ideal for someone who is deeply student-centered, fascinated by adolescent development, committed to experience-based learning, and interested in residential life. Ideal candidates are process-oriented, flexible, organized, and interested in working in a fast-paced, highly collaborative environment. Excellent communication and relationship building skills are essential to this role. This position builds administrative skill and exposes the DRL to a student-centered, experience-based approach to teaching and learning. In addition to the responsibilities outlined below, there are opportunities for a range of administrative projects and professional development.
This position includes formal and informal student interaction, allowing the DRL ample time to build meaningful academic connections with CITYterm students as a dorm parent and as an academic advisor. In order to better understand CITYterm, to support students, and to participate fully in creating a strong residential community, the DRL will have the opportunity to visit classes and lead student expeditions to New York City. While it is not a teaching role, the DRL has the opportunity to participate in curricular design and, depending on time and interest, to teach or co-teach units.
The DRL will spend considerable time establishing relationships with students and serving as a dorm parent. The DRL will act as the primary duty person every other weekend. To ensure the DRL is able to maintain work/life balance he or she will have minimal responsibilities on Fridays and will not be on duty on Friday nights.
The Dean of Residential Life is responsible for building on and improving CITYterm’s existing practices for creating a community each semester. Specific responsibilities include but are not limited to:
Support each student cohort’s residential experience by:
Communicating with students and parents before, during, and after each semester to ensure a smooth transition
Designing and leading meetings and activities that explore how students and faculty build a community together
Managing weekend leaves and special permissions to ensure safe travel and clear communication with parents
Coordinating with the dining hall to manage breakfast food orders and meal attendance; communicate student allergies and food preferences prior to the start of the term
Overseeing “work crew” (daily chores) to build a spirit of collective responsibility and create the work crew schedule before the start of the term
Developing, implementing, and evaluating policies pertaining to student life and discipline
Determining appropriate consequences when students do not uphold community standards, in conjunction with the Director and a committee of student and faculty representatives
Coordinating student health and mental health needs with The Masters School health services team
Ensuring special occasions are celebrated, including student birthdays
Coordinating music lessons with the Masters music department for students who express interest
Coordinating SAT tutoring for the Spring semester for students who express interest
Managing the logistics and communications surrounding opening day, closing day, and student vacations
Advise 2-4 students (includes assessment of select student assignments and lead writing role on collaborative assessment for midterm and end of semester)
Support and develop the residential team by:
Planning and facilitating weekly meetings for residential faculty
Identifying areas for group and individual development
Creating and managing the duty schedule for faculty
Coordinating with the Masters School residential team and health center to communicate AOD and EMT on-call schedule
Acting as the point person for residential questions from parents and students
Act as a key member of the residential team by:
Being part of the community and contributing to the development of a cohesive residential environment
Collaborating with a team of seven residential faculty members to oversee a dorm of 30 students; including acting as the primary duty person every other weekend and less than 10 weeknights a semester (total nights on duty will not exceed 25 per semester).
Joining and/or leading Urban Core expeditions into New York City at most twice per week
Attending full group activities including morning meeting, work crew, and group classes that prepare for CITYtrips
Coordinating and attending culminating events such as student art exhibits, film festivals, and presentations
Skills and Characteristics:
Superlative organizational skills and detail-orientation
Excellent written and verbal communication skills
Strong sense of initiative and the ability to anticipate needs before they become apparent
Ability to juggle residential and administrative demands
Flexibility, openness to collaboration, and a “whatever it takes” attitude
Energy, enthusiasm, and curiosity – willingness to be a fellow learner with students
Exemplary listening skills and the ability to react with empathy
Sense of humor
Interest in fast-paced, entrepreneurial work environments
Highly capable in Microsoft Word (proficiency in Outlook, Excel, and PowerPoint preferred, but not required)
Valid Driver’s License (required)
To apply, please email your resume and a cover letter to Cotter Donnell, CITYterm Director, at firstname.lastname@example.org.
Background Screening: The Masters School conducts background checks on all job candidates upon acceptance of a contingent offer and may use a third party administrator to conduct background checks. Background checks will be performed in compliance with the Fair Credit Reporting Act.
The Masters School actively seeks to forward diversity through its students, faculty and programs. The Masters School is an Equal Opportunity Employer.
This position announcement is intended to describe the general nature and level of work being performed by employees assigned to this job title and the education and skills required. This is not intended to be a complete list of all responsibilities, duties, and skills that are required or may be required in the future.
About CITYterm at the Masters School:
CITYterm is a semester program founded in 1996 for 11th and 12th graders in high school. CITYterm students engage in an interdisciplinary and experience-based curriculum that focuses on New York City. In addition to math, language and/or science, all CITYterm students participate in the Urban Core, an honors level curriculum that focuses exclusively on New York City. CITYterm faculty members work to collaboratively design and teach the Urban Core as a three-credit, interdisciplinary course that blends history, literature, and the urban environment. CITYterm is a residential program located in Dobbs Ferry, New York (just 30 minutes north of New York City). Students engage in Urban Core studies six-days a week. On Mondays, Wednesdays, and Fridays students are typically in Dobbs Ferry engaged in seminar-style classes and on Tuesdays, Thursdays, and Saturdays students use New York City as their classroom.
Experience-based: At CITYterm we believe that the most profound learning takes place when it is rooted in experience. Students spend every other day in New York City linking their classroom work to the endless array of opportunities available.
Interdisciplinary: With a shared text of New York City, CITYterm's three-credit Urban Core curriculum is fully interdisciplinary. CITYterm's faculty works together to teach the Urban Core as a unified whole, creating an interconnectedness between literature, history and urban environments.
Authentic: Learning at CITYterm is based on authentic experience and assessment. Whether a presentation of housing plans to New York architects, or a round table discussion with an author, final assessments put students in real life settings. Students experience the authentic success of hard work coupled with a deeper understanding of the limitations of solutions to issues in the real world.
Student-centered: CITYterm is student-centered, as our students are empowered to see themselves as the authors of their own learning experiences. Through regular feedback from both faculty and peers, our curriculum moves towards increased academic independence, ultimately affording students more and more opportunities to design their own learning processes and products.
Educational Background and Work Experience
2 - 5 years of relevant work experience
Prior experience with high-school students
Prior experience in residential learning communities, preferably as a dorm parent or dorm director in an independent, secondary school
Understanding of (or willingness to learn about) constructivist learning theory, experience-based learning and/or deep learning theory
About CITYterm at The Masters School
The Masters School (www.mastersny.org) is a premier coed day and boarding school that engages 5th – 12th grade students with a challenging academic program in a welcoming learning environment. Located on 96 picturesque acres overlooking the Hudson River, The Masters School community takes advantage of both its access to the tri-state area plus its proximity to the rich cultural and educational magnet that is New York City. Both day and boarding students benefit from the resources, diversity and activities of Masters' 7-day campus and accessible, talented faculty and staff. From its exceptional academics, outstanding visual and performing arts, to championship athletic teams, the Masters learning experience prepares students for success in college, career and life.