Heads of House are responsible for leading the boarding program at Darlington. They are responsible for the pastoral care of the students who reside in their house. Heads of House are the primary point of contact with residential parents and students alike serving as the primary advocate for each student in their house while working closely with the student’s adviser and teachers. Ensuring continuity of Darlington School’s mission through the six houses, the Head of House is a vital part of the Student Life team. The Head of House team oversees and coordinates all inter-house activities and ensures good relations among the houses, including equitable enforcement of Darlington standards and rules in all houses. Students enrolling at Darlington come from a variety of different racial, ethnic, and cultural backgrounds. The Heads of House are expected to embrace and celebrate this diversity in the house and community. Heads of House report to the Associate Dean of Student Life.
Monitor the academic progress and general conduct of students in the house.
Lead by example to promote creativity, goal attainment, self-discipline, and initiative.
Make written or verbal contact with the parents of boarders regularly concerning extended leaves/vacations, social behaviors, academic preparation, and other student-life experiences.
Ensure the house duty staff and students understand and follow all safety procedures.
Manage a house budget.
Participate in the transition and orientation of new students.
Support student well-being by working in partnership with the Student Health Center and Athletic training office to organize medical appointments when needed.
Lead the house duty staff team:
Create the house duty schedule according to established protocol.
Communicate effectively with the house duty staff on a regular basis.
Evaluate and promote growth of duty teachers and student leaders.
Hold the duty staff and student leaders to high standards, ensuring house expectations are met.
Be an active participant with the Student Life Office:
Assist in the enforcement of discipline penalties.
Can be called upon to support the daily routine of the office.
Help with safety and emergency procedures and drills.
Partner with the Student Life Office in building and implementing life-skills and character development Residential Life programming.
Maintain a vibrant, positive, healthy, safe, and inclusive environment.
Make regular room and house inspections.
Facilitate productive relationships between older student and younger students.
Fulfill a proactive role in one other area of school life, including but not limited to academics, student life, admissions, and institutional advancement.
Participate in the life of the school as expected of a Darlington faculty member.
Heads of House report to the Associate Dean of Student Life and are required to live on campus.
Preferred Qualifications / Attributes
Self-motivated and reliable
Professional and personal integrity
Unconditional commitment to leadership by example
Awareness of the essential nature of wholesome dorm life in boarding schools
Boarding experience in secondary school environment
Demonstrated ability at effective conflict resolution among teens
About Darlington School
Founded in 1905, Darlington School is a coeducational day (Pre-K - 12) and boarding (9 - 12) school serving over 700 students. Darlington’s campus stretches over 500 acres, nestled around a small lake in the foothills of the Lookout Mountain Range in Rome, Georgia, a medical center and college town located one hour from Atlanta and Chattanooga, Tennessee. Our school community represents an average of 25 states and 30 countries worldwide. A Darlington employee thrives on team work and takes initiative, exhibits a commitment to the school, community and its mission and is a life-long learner. Our students are the center of all that we do and, together, we challenge them to learn with passion, act with integrity, and serve with respect.