Available Position: Director of Residence Life Department: Residence Life Reports to: Eugene McDermott Head of School FLSA Classification: Exempt (Salary) Full/Part Time: Full Time (10 months) Date Posted: January 15, 2019 Start Date: August 1, 2019
About The Hockaday School: The Hockaday School is an independent, college preparatory day and boarding school for girls of strong potential and diverse backgrounds who may be expected to assume positions of responsibility and leadership in a rapidly changing world. With an enrollment of almost 1,100 students, The Hockaday School is the nation’s largest prekindergarten through grade 12 independent girls’ school. Ranked among the country’s finest college preparatory schools, it was founded over a century ago and continues today to build on its original Four Cornerstones: Character, Courtesy, Scholarship, and Athletics. Hockaday’s faculty are recognized as experienced leaders in their field and students in every grade benefit from outstanding faculty and access to unmatched resources. Families who choose Hockaday care deeply about providing their daughters with a comprehensive and rigorous education, both inside and outside the classroom. Hockaday’s student body reflects the diversity that is deeply valued by the School. While most Hockaday families come from across the greater Dallas-Fort Worth area, Hockaday students also come from across the United States and around the world.
Position Description: The Director of Residence Life is responsible for all elements of the Residence Life department, its students, and staff. The Residence Life program is complementary to the academic curriculum and serves as our boarding students’ home away from home. Students living in the Residence Life department develop bonds that last long after their time at Hockaday based on shared experiences in the classroom, the dining hall, their living rooms, and day-to-day life. Through the Residence Life program, Hockaday strives to teach residence students interpersonal and relational skills, and how to effectively live together in community. The Director of Residence Life will hire, train, supervise, and evaluate Residence Life staff. She or he will be responsible for the care of approximately 80 residence students. The Director will provide guidance and counseling to students about personal and disciplinary issues, social/educational events, activities, and programs, maintaining a balance between administrative workload and student interactions, and managing the overall planning and operations of the Residence Life program. The Director of Residence Life also partners with Division Heads, the Health Center staff, the Director of Inclusion and Community, and other members of the Leadership Team. The Director of Residence Life serves on the Leadership Team and reports to the Eugene McDermott Head of School.
Essential Functions: Staffing • Supervise a staff of four to six dormitory parents, four to six drivers, three to five weekend staff members, and the Assistant Director of Residence Life • Manage and evaluate full-time and part-time Residence Life faculty, substitutes, and drivers • Partner with Human Resources Manager and Assistant Head of School in hiring new staff • Meet weekly with new staff members to on-board and provide support • Manage goal setting and review meetings with all Residence Life staff • Supervise and mentor Residence Life staff • Regularly review staffing schedules, coverage rosters, and work expectations • Lead weekly staff meetings • Serve as a member of rotating Administrator-on-call coverage system
Training • Partner with counselors, Division Heads, Director of Inclusion and Community, International Student Programs Coordinator, Director of Health Services, and other personnel to plan and implement programming for staff and students • Plan and implement two-to-three day training retreat for Residence Staff at least once per year • Coordinate with Director of Safety and Security, and Director of Health Services for safety, first aid, and CPR training for Residence Life staff Programming and Student Support • Develop, plan, and coordinate Residence Life curriculum • Demonstrate an ongoing commitment to diversity and inclusion. Work in partnership with Director of Inclusion and Community on educational programming and student support efforts • Assign student housing • Assist with roommate mediation concerns • Read all interim and grade reports, maintain student files, and determine appropriate action steps in coordination with day faculty and administration • Partner with guidance teams, which include Division Heads, Counselors, Learning Specialists, Form Deans, and Director of Health Services to monitor well-being of all residents and to provide early intervention when necessary • Consult regularly with faculty and advisors about student concerns • Review boarding management system logs with student profiles • Regularly review student summaries provided by dormitory parents • Supervise New Student Orientation programs and on-boarding of new residents • Serve as the lead advisor to the House Council, teaching leadership, planning programming to foster a vibrant inclusive and balanced home-away-from-home • Develop and oversee the dining hall procedures and protocol for Residence Life students • Work with dining services on issues of nutrition and education for Residence Life students • Coordinate the selection, training and performance of student Residence prefects • Manage the planning and execution of Residence student orientation • Oversee the development of a comprehensive student activities program with the assistance for Residence Life staff • Partner with Health Center Staff and school counselors to organize medical and counseling support for Residence students. Review and update policies in regard to health service provisions for Residence students • Manage the interface between the academic program, athletics, arts, and Residence Life programs to insure the complementary operation of their respective offerings and to facilitate successful interactions • Oversee the student holiday travel program with the assistance of Assistant Director of Residence Life • Manage conduct system for the Residence Life program and partner with Assistant Head of Upper School, Division Heads, and Head of School in major disciplinary cases • Produce a weekly bulletin for Residence students • Manage and review Residence Life Handbook annually based on policy and program changes • Demonstrated experience leading educational programming and workshops, as a creator of content and/or facilitator. Safety • Manage and when necessary implement Residence Life Crisis Plans • Partner with Director of Safety and Security to plan drills • Coordinate with Health center to provide for medical needs of students (influenza shots, wellness programming, etc.) Other Duties • Manage Residence Life budgets to include salaries, supplies, activities, transportation, tutoring, professional development, and other general or specific expenses • Maintain accurate records for Residence Life cell phones, credit cards, and accounts • Partner with Chief Financial Officer to coordinate capital requests for Residence Life department • Manage ASSIST student stipends • Conduct annual reviews of Residence policies including the Residence life Handbook • Partner with the Hockaday Parents’ Association Residence Liaisons • Actively network with counterparts and peer boarding schools • Serve on committees: o Leadership Team o Upper School Administration Team o Upper School Guidance Team o Middle School Guidance Team o Admissions Committee o Board of Trustees Committee for Education and Student Life o Crisis Management Team o Upper School Discipline Committee o Founder’s Day Committee o Intercultural Council o Sudie Duncan Award Committee Qualifications: • An undergraduate degree in education or related field is required; a master’s degree is preferred. • At least three years of boarding/residence life experience. • Experience with students, families, and faculty • Demonstrated experience of working collaboratively and commitment to serving as a productive team member and colleague • Strong interpersonal, written and verbal communication skills, ability to effectively work and interact respectfully within a diverse and inclusive environment, demonstrated leadership and supervisory abilities are required. • Professionalism, excellent judgement, energy, and commitment to lead a successful Residence Life program within the context of Hockaday’s school community. • A passion for independent school education. • A high degree of emotional intelligence • Proficiency with various uses of technology • A commitment to being a productive team member and colleague • Ability to work flexible hours, including weeknights and weekends
Application Requirements: Qualified candidates should complete an online application for employment and attach a cover letter and résumé. You will receive an email confirming receipt of your application. Contact firstname.lastname@example.org with any questions. The Hockaday School is an equal opportunity employer. It is our policy not to discriminate, and to comply with all applicable state and federal laws prohibiting discrimination in employment based on race, color, sex, sexual orientation, creed, religion, national origin, ethnicity, age, disability, veteran status or other applicable protected classification
About The Hockaday School
The Hockaday School is an independent, college preparatory day and boarding school for girls of strong potential and diverse backgrounds who may be expected to assume positions of responsibility and leadership in a rapidly changing world. With an enrollment of almost 1,100 students, The Hockaday School is the nation’s largest prekindergarten through grade 12 independent girls’ school. Ranked among the country’s finest college preparatory schools, it was founded over a century ago and continues today to build on its original Four Cornerstones: Character, Courtesy, Scholarship, and Athletics.
Hockaday’s faculty are recognized as experienced leaders in their field and students in every grade benefit from outstanding faculty and access to unmatched resources. Families who choose Hockaday care deeply about providing their daughters with a comprehensive and rigorous education, both inside and outside the classroom. Hockaday’s student body reflects the diversity that is deeply valued by the School. While most Hockaday families come from across the great Dallas-Fort Worth area, Hockaday students also come from across the United States and around the world.
The Hockaday School is an ...extraordinary place to work, with bright and engaged students and unparalleled professional development opportunities and support.
Mission Statement: Believing in the limitless potential of girls, Hockaday develops resilient, confident women who are educated and inspired to lead lives of purpose and impact.