Annie Wright is seeking a Dorm Parent to begin on August 17, 2019. This is a full time, residential position.
Tradition meets innovation at Annie Wright Schools, where we honor our rich history and traditions, embrace the present, and continue always to move forward. Founded in 1884, Annie Wright Schools serve students from age three through high school. Annie Wright Lower and Middle Schools offer co-ed programs in Preschool through Grade 8, while separate Upper Schools for boys and girls offer day and boarding options in Grades 9 through 12, welcoming students from around the world. We are proud to be an International Baccalaureate World School, delivering IB programs in every division.
Annie Wright’s strong community cultivates individual learners to become well-educated, creative and responsible citizens for a global society.
Position Overview: duties & responsibilities
The team of 8 residential faculty supports a boarding population of about 120 students from across the United States and around the world. The first responsibility of the residential staff is to ensure the health and well-being of the boarding community, and the second responsibility is to teach character development through community membership. Being a residential faculty member is a shared, group endeavor that requires all residential staff and their family members to embrace the unique dorm lifestyle and to conduct themselves in accordance with the standards of the program. Dorm parents are on call, even when not officially on duty, and are expected to be active, visible, and participatory members of the dorm community. 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. The Dorm Parent:
consistently demonstrates good judgment, makes all decisions with student wellness as the first priority, and is a role model of appropriate behavior and community engagement at all times;
resides on campus in apartments provided by the school (apartment sizes vary and are assigned according to individuals’ roles and family needs);
works closely and cooperatively with residential faculty, students, and other school staff; attends all staff meetings and participates in all trainings and orientations for faculty and staff at the beginning and end of the academic year; and fulfills all administrative tasks and other duties as assigned;
is on duty for designated shifts, including: Monday-Friday from afternoon to late night, one full-weekend shift per month, and additional school events and dorm activities beyond the normal duty hours;
supports, attends, and provides supervision for dorm meetings, group and formal dinners, activities, and other special events designed for resident students;
and develops, sponsors, and leads programming in character education, community building, academics, leadership, and recreational and cultural activities.
The Dorm Parent:
must be at least 21 years old, have a valid Washington State driver’s license, pass school bus driver training (comprehensive driving abstracts will be obtained to determine if applicants are eligible to drive school vehicles), and hold current CPR/First Aid certification (training can be provided);
must pass the standard background checks required of all school employees and must sign and abide by the AWS Residential Occupancy contract (these apply to resident spouses as well);
holds a BA from an accredited college or similar advanced training in a relevant field;
has experience working with young people as a dorm parent, classroom teacher, camp counselor, youth group leader, or in a similar role;
demonstrates commitment to personal integrity, character development, and community membership as well as broad emotional intelligence and a deep reserve of patience;
has a track record of acting effectively and supervising students in a variety of potential emergency situations;
demonstrates willingness to develop, sponsor, and lead programming in character education and community building, academics, leadership, and recreational and cultural activities;
and is eligible to work in the United States.
Salary & benefits
Compensation includes competitive benefits and salary commensurate with experience. Residential staff also enjoy extensive additional benefits including a rent-free campus apartment with all utilities, board when school is in session, health insurance, internet access, personal computer, and use of school facilities. Dorm Parents may move into their residence as early as August 1, 2019.
Annie Wright Schools remains firmly committed to a policy of equal employment opportunity. Annie Wright shall hire, promote, transfer, terminate, and make all other employment related decisions without regard to an employee’s race, color, creed, sex, religion, age, national origin, marital status, sexual orientation, political ideology, the presence of any sensory, mental or physical disability, or any other basis prohibited by law. Applicants of diverse and underrepresented backgrounds are encouraged to apply.
To apply, email a cover letter, resume, and email and telephone contact information for 3-5 professional references, all in PDF format, to Mr. Derek Zhao, Executive Assistant to the Head of Schools, at firstname.lastname@example.org. Applications for this position will be accepted until the position is filled.
Additional Salary Information: Residential staff also enjoy extensive additional benefits including a rent-free campus apartment with all utilities, board when school is in session, health insurance, internet access, personal computer, and use of school facilities. Dorm Parents may move into their residence as early as August 1, 2019.