At Garrison Forest, we support the academic and personal success of all our students preschool through grade 12 by creating a strong, dynamic and healthy school community grounded in academic excellence for girls and supported by our Core Values. Our Residential Life program for approximately 80 girls grades 8-12 provides our boarders with the support and supervision they need to thrive so that they learn about themselves, their relationships to others, and their responsibilities as members of the GFS community. The Director of Residential Life is responsible for all elements of the residential curriculum and the residential life faculty who administer that curriculum. The Director reports to the Head of School and is responsible for upholding the school’s mission and philosophy and fostering collaboration between divisions and departments in support of the residential life program’s overall goals.
The primary objective of this position is to provide leadership and initiative in planning, coordinating and implementing the goals of the residential life program so that our diverse community of students derives maximum benefit from their Garrison Forest experience. The Director of Residential Life performs the following duties:
Provides an atmosphere that builds a community for intellectual, ethical, psychological and physical development of boarding students in accordance with the Mission and Core Values of Garrison Forest School.
Hires, trains and evaluates residential life faculty.
Works with Academic Advisors to support students in their academic progress.
Develops and implements the residential life curriculum and oversees all activities and logistics related to boarding students grades 8-12. Provides administrative oversight for the school’s residential life program, including registration and orientation for boarding students.
Coordinates with the Dean of Students, Health Services, the Division Heads and school counselors to handle major and minor discipline issues, health issues and other student concerns.
Coordinates with the Assistant Head of School for Finance and Operations and the Director of Facilities to oversee the procurement, maintenance and care of the dormitories and faculty housing.
Ensures that all boarding students are familiar with the code of conduct as outlined in the Student Parent Handbook and enforces rules and policies as outlined in the Handbook pertaining to boarders.
Manages the interface between academics, athletics and residential life programs so as to ensure the complementary operation of their respective offerings and to facilitate student health and success.
Acts as a liaison to boarding families, assists with travel logistics, nationally and internationally
Leads regular residential life faculty meetings and proactively develops programs for professional development for residential faculty during the August retreat and throughout the year to promote leadership skills, core values and student safety and well-being. Ensures that all residential life faculty have a clear understanding of procedures and protocols that provide for the well-being of all boarding students.
Manages the residential life cell phone and performs duties alongside the residential life faculty as scheduled. Duties may include weekday evenings as well as numerous weekends, which require availability Friday, Saturday and Sunday. Duties and responsibilities may be modified from time to time and additional duties may be assigned.
The ideal candidate will be able to:
Communicate clearly in written and oral forms with diverse constituents.
Facilitate effective trainings with students and adults.
Speak effectively before groups and/or employees of the organization.
Use technology in communication and in instruction.
Read, analyze, develop and interpret documents such as curriculum, safety rules, operating and maintenance instructions and procedure manuals.
Serve as a welcoming and reassuring presence for GFS boarding students and their families.
A bachelor’s degree in an appropriate educational field is required; a Master’s Degree is preferred.
At least 3 years of boarding school experience.
A demonstrated ability to work within a collaborative management context.
Prior experience with international students and their families.
A passion for independent girls’ education as well as the professionalism, energy, and commitment necessary to achieve the responsibilities of this position.
A focus and interest on the crucial boarding school experiences that take place outside the classroom.
About Garrison Forest School
Garrison Forest School is an independent, college preparatory, girls’ day and boarding school with a co-educational preschool located in Owings Mills, Maryland, minutes northwest of Baltimore City. Garrison Forest School is an Equal Opportunity Employer.