The Director of Residential Life is the administrator of John Bapst’s boarding program, which enters its eighth year in 2018-19 and serves approximately 70 9th- through 12th-grade students on campus and in homestays. The residential program is an international and domestic boarding program, with the largest groups coming from China, Vietnam, and South Korea. This a position for an experienced professional educator. The Director reports to the Head of School, is a member of the Administrative Team, and works closely with many other administrators and staff.
The Director of Residential Life is responsible for the school’s delivery of a high-quality boarding experience that serves individual students and their families well and encourages prospective students to come to John Bapst. Day-to-day operations require energy, collaborative skills, and constant attention to detail, much of it recorded in the Director’s daily and weekend memos to staff and students, communicating duty responsibilities, activities, transportation needs, etc.
The school year begins with an orientation program planned and managed by the Director, who already has been in touch with families with information about the program. The Director works from an office at school and is also on the go between the school’s dorms, main building, and dining hall. He or she must be a people person—approachable, patient, and proactive. The capacity to forge positive relations with students and adults alike and a talent for problem-solving are essential. The Director regularly monitors the academic and social progress of boarding students. In addition to being a capable organizer, the Director must be approachable and patient, developing positive face-to-face relationships with boarding students and their parents and with houseparents and other colleagues.
Some combination of teaching, boarding school experience, and experience working with international students and/or living abroad is required. It is envisioned that the Director will teach one section of an academic discipline. A one- or two-bedroom dorm apartment is provided as part of the position (rent-free and utilities-free). The Director joins with other residential staff in doing afternoon, weeknight, and weekend duty on a rotating basis. Meals while school is in session are provided. The position is a twelve-month administrative position starting July 1, 2018, with on-campus residence required by August 15, 2018.
The following list of responsibilities and duties is intended to provide an overview of the position, with the understanding that some duties listed may be delegated and other duties may be added.
Responsibilities and Duties
Lead a strong residential life program that supports dormitory and homestay student needs and adds an important aspect to their educational experiences and personal growth
Plan afternoon, weekend, and vacation activities schedules
With the International Program Director, produce a regular e-newsletter for students, faculty, and homestay families (with translations as necessary)
With the school nurse, schedule and participate in facilitating boarding student transportation needs to athletics, medical appointments, lessons, community service, etc.
Organize and lead houseparent and boarding orientations in August and a smaller-scale orientation at mid-year for new students as needed
Supervise houseparents and day-faculty who do duty, developing duty schedules collaboratively and providing a model of and feedback in effective houseparenting
Act as an adviser to a group of boarding students and lead the residential advising program
Administer the residential handbook for students, families, and houseparents
Institute and manage the student leadership program and involve all boarding students in regular dorm and program-wide meetings to encourage student engagement
Act as liaison between the school and the parents of boarding students and with homestay parents
Do weekday, weeknight, and weekend duty on a rotating basis with other houseparents
Teach one or two sections of an academic course
John Bapst Memorial High School is an equal-access, non-discriminatory employer and welcomes all applications.
The school seeks an experienced, credentialed educator. Applicants should have a BA, at least five years experience (including some in a boarding school or international school environment), and a valid driver’s license. Applicants should be able to teach one or more sections of a high school subject. Applicants must truly enjoy working with teenagers and possess patience, flexibility, energy, skill in collaborating with other adults, attention to detail, and international experience of some kind, given that the majority of boarding students come from outside the USA. The capacity to forge positive relations with students and adults alike and a talent for face-to-face problem-solving are essential. On-campus housing is provided.
Use the NAIS Career Center link or send letter of interest and resume to (Mr.) Mel MacKay, Head of School, John Bapst Memorial High School, 100 Broadway, Bangor, ME 04401 or to firstname.lastname@example.org. Applications will be considered upon receipt; the position is open until filled.
About John Bapst Memorial High School
John Bapst Memorial High School is an independent, coed day and boarding school located in downtown Bangor, Maine. Founded in 1928, the school serves 390 day students from 35 Maine towns, many too small to have a high school of their own, as well as 70 international students from China, Vietnam, Japan, South Korea, Germany, Austria, France, Venezuela, and other countries. John Bapst has been ranked the #1 academic high school in Maine in 2012, 2014, 2016, and 2017 by the Washington Post's Academic Challenge on the basis of its outstanding AP program; students took more than 565 AP exams in May 2017. The school has strong programs in music, visual arts, and technology, and in recent years teams have enjoyed success in a number of sports. John Bapst is known not only as one of Maine's top private schools, but equally as a friendly, supportive school community in which education is individualized and both achievement and character are important.