Full-Time, 10 months, Exempt (Salaried), Campus Housing Included
Sandy Spring Friends School is seeking an energetic, caring professional to join our residential staff serving at two locations. This position works collaboratively with other staff members to oversee and improve the lives of sixty boarders in a co-ed dormitory. Though sufficient “off time” will be provided, flexibility to work several shifts per week including weekday afternoons, evenings, and weekends is necessary. Candidates should also expect to be available during non-school days when the dormitory is occupied, as well as to participate in some all-school activities. Dorm staff may seek other opportunities on campus but those duties may not interfere with dorm obligations.
Staff members play a central role in building a residential community for our students. They are expected to establish and ensure the implementation of norms, ground rules, and duty schedules based on collaboration, mutual understanding, and communication. Maintaining an open-door approach that fosters a serene and welcoming environment for resident students is essential to the success of this position.
Staff members oversee and interact dynamically with students in the dorm; suggest, create, and participate in dorm activities; communicate with families and school personnel as needed; manage discipline and safety issues; and administer medications and first aid, among other duties. A genuine desire to have fun, even when not officially on duty, and to actively pursue ways to influence students positively is a fundamental requirement.
Housing is provided and a willingness to live in a dorm apartment is expected.
Qualifications: Bachelor’s degree in education or a field related to social work preferred, and current CPR certification a plus. The ideal candidate will have three or more years of experience overseeing teenagers in a boarding-school environment (as a student or employee), be an effective listener, and possess excellent written and interpersonal communications skills. The ability to speak a language other than English, especially Mandarin, is a plus, given our international boarding population. Possessing a valid driver’s license and confirmed insurability through our carrier to drive school vehicles is also required, as is a willingness to obtain a CDL (commercial driver’s license).
Knowledge of Quaker history and education is desirable, but not required. For all positions, SSFS seeks teachers who value the importance of issues of diversity and can both share and teach differing points of view.
Physical Requirements: The ability to navigate stairs as part of daily routines; mobility around a large campus with uneven pavement and multiple buildings; bending and squatting as required to participate in activities; rearrange furniture as needed, lift/carry boxes up to 25 pounds; and the ability to maneuver as necessary within a dormitory setting.
Commitment to Diversity
Sandy Spring Friends School embraces the Quaker testimony of Equality and seeks applicants who represent all backgrounds and demonstrate a commitment to diversity, equity, and inclusion. We greatly value our diverse student population with 42% of students self-identifying as people of color and 89 international students representing 21 different countries. We actively seek faculty representative of our students’ diversity. Click to learn more about diversity at Sandy Spring Friends School. Special consideration may be given to members of The Religious Society of Friends.
Sandy Spring Friends School does not discriminate on the basis of race, color, religion, national or ethnic origin, gender, sexual orientation, gender identity or a person's status as a qualified candidate with a disability in administration of its educational program, admission policies, financial aid program, staff hiring and other school-administered programs.
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About Sandy Spring Friends School
Founded in 1961, Sandy Spring Friends School is a progressive, coed, academically-rigorous day and boarding school serving approximately 600 students from age three through 12th grade. The campus is located on 140 acres in the historic Sandy Spring area of Montgomery County, Maryland, and the School is approved by the Maryland State Board of Education and accredited by the Association of Independent Maryland Schools.
SSFS offers an inquiry-based college preparatory program that emphasizes deep understanding throughout the curriculum while encouraging collaboration, instilling confidence, fostering practical experience, and cultivating respect for others. The School's teachers help students internalize a process we call "QRA” —Question, Reflection, Action—which ensures that they think critically, integrate new knowledge, and apply what they learn. We help students develop their individual sense of purpose as they become caring citizens of the world.
Our school’s culture, rooted in the idea that collaboration engenders achievement, can be traced to our Quaker heritage and abiding belief in the Quaker values of simplicity, equality, honesty, stewardship of the environment, and p...eaceful resolution of conflict. Our teachers are lifelong mentors and strive to identify and cultivate each student’s intellectual, extracurricular, and social passions. In doing so, we help shape students whose actions speak volumes and whose lives become exemplars—not only among their peers and families today but also in their personal, educational, and professional communities long after high school. Sandy Spring Friends School students are taught to act upon what they learn. This call to action propels their accomplishments as graduates, in college, and beyond.