The Annie Wright Upper Schools are hiring a full-time residential faculty member to begin work in mid-August of 2018. The successful applicant will work on a team of 8 dorm parents helping care for and manage a boarding population of approximately 110 students from across the US and the world. The role requires enthusiasm in working with young people, a diverse range of skills and inter-personal abilities, broad emotional intelligence and deep reserves of patience. Residential faculty serve as surrogate parents, academic tutors, counselors, supervisors, recreational directors and disciplinarians all combined. Experience working with teenagers – as a previous dorm parent, classroom teacher, camp counselor, youth group leader or similar – is an essential qualification.
The primary schedule is from afternoon to late night, Monday through Friday, with one additional, full weekend shift per month. Special school events and dorm activities require additional hours and applicants must understand that the job is realistically a 45-50 hour per week commitment demanding significant schedule flexibility.
Dorm parents must be at least 21 years of age.
Dorm parents must have valid Washington State driver’s licenses and pass school bus driver training – comprehensive driving abstracts will be obtained to determine if applicants are eligible to drive AWS vehicles.
Dorm parents and resident spouses must pass the standard background checks required of all school employees.
Dorm parents must reside on campus in apartments provided by the school. Apartment sizes vary and they are assigned per roles and family needs.
Dorm parents must sign, and abide by, the AWS Residential Occupancy contract.
Dorm parents must hold current CPR/First Aid certification. If needed, such training will be provided by AWS.
Dorm parents must hold a bachelor’s degree from an accredited college, or similar advanced training in an applicable field. Some hires will work as fulltime dorm parents while others will have assignments as academic instructors in addition to part time dorm duties. These applicants must have the experience and skills to teach specific academic courses.
Prior experience working with teenagers is essential.
Compensation includes competitive salary with extensive additional benefits. These benefits include a rent-free campus apartment with all utilities, board when school is in session, health insurance, Internet, personal computer and use of school facilities.
Responsibilities and expectations:
Dorm parents must first and foremost desire to be engaged and enthusiastic mentors, teachers and supervisors for a dorm full of teenagers from all over the world.
Dorm parents must be willing to develop, sponsor and lead programming in character education and community building, academics, leadership, and weekend recreational and cultural activities.
Dorm parents are expected to work closely and cooperatively with each other, the students and other school staff.
Dorm parents are expected to work on a flexible weekly schedule, including one full weekend shift per month. Some duty days and weekends are long shifts, with DPs often working 12 to 16 hours per shift.
Dorm parents must attend weekly meetings and various special events, and meet other school obligations, as scheduled outside their given duty days. Such obligations include dorm parent meetings, dorm group dinners, all-dorm meetings and activities, official school travel days, co-curricular activities, and faculty meetings. For example, dorm parents must host dorm group activities, attend all formal dinners and special evening events designated for resident students, and work through Commencement Weekend.
Dorm parents must participate in all trainings, meetings, orientations and work-days prior to the opening, and after the closing, of school.
Dorm parents must understand that they are essentially on call even when not officially on duty, and are otherwise expected to be active, visible and participatory members of the dorm community at all times. This means involvement with students in frequent and meaningful ways beyond the required assignments of dorm duty and special events.
Dorm parents must be willing and able to act effectively and supervise students in a variety of potential emergency situations.
Dorm Parents must consistently role model appropriate behavior for resident students.
The first responsibility of a residential staff member is to ensure the health and wellbeing of the boarding community. The second responsibility is to teach character development and community membership, standing as superior role-models in these regards. DPs are therefore expected to consistently demonstrate good judgment and make all decisions with student wellness as their first priority. Life in residence is a shared, group endeavor that requires all residential staff (and their family members) to embrace the unique lifestyle and to conduct themselves in accordance with the standards of the program.
Interested applicants should send resume and cover letter to email@example.com.
Being a dorm parent requires a unique combination of patience, stamina, commitment and emotional investment. Being a dorm parent is not a job, it’s a lifestyle.