Job Duration: 1-2 Years

Minimum Education: BA/BS/Undergraduate


Job Description
Position Description:
We are looking for an enthusiastic, dedicated, and friendly Dorm Parent who will oversee one of four residential wings. This live-in role is primarily responsible for ensuring the ongoing provision of a warm, caring, healthy, and safe environment to support academic and personal growth for each Upper School boarding student.  The successful applicant will be self-motivated and friendly, with compassion for adolescents and an awareness of the responsibility that comes with caring for residential boarding students.

The Dorm Parent reports to the Director of Residence Life. This is a full-time position that works 10 months during the academic year (for faculty and staff, the academic year typically runs from the beginning of August through the end of May, with June and July off). This position requires the individual to reside in an on-campus apartment attached to the dormitory. For the 2021-22 academic year, this position will start in early December.

Essential Functions:
The primary role of Dorm Parents is to supervise the physical safety and emotional development of the residential students under their care in the evenings and on weekends with some occasional day shifts. Dorm Parents are expected to create a positive living and learning environment and to provide structure and mentoring to a group of young women under their care. Dorm Parents are responsible for educating students on the expectations and rules of living in a dormitory environment and enforcing the School’s policies and expectations for students.
Management and Supervision:
·         Work closely with the Residence Life Team to manage and supervise a residence hall with 35-45 students, ensure the safety and academic, social and emotional well-being of the boarding students, and create/provide a warm, positive community experience and a “homelike” atmosphere in the residence.

·         Provide active supervision and presence of the residence when on duty (being present, doing rounds, and checking on all students).

·         Communicate and oversee school and residence life policies and procedures. Work collaboratively with the Director of Residence Life, Assistant Director of Residence Life, and Head of Upper School, as needed.

·         Enforce the rules for students in the dormitory, including the expectation that students assist in keeping the dormitory clean and neat; that students not disturb others in the dormitory or do anything that could cause damage; and that students avoid risky or dangerous behavior. For the first few weeks of the residential program, coverage should be particularly diligent while students are becoming familiar with dormitory procedures.

·         Serve as first responder to any emergency situation that arises in residence. Consult the Director and School Nurse when mental, emotional, and physical safety issues and emergencies arise.

·         Plan for, supervise, and oversee residence during School opening days and assist students as they settle into their rooms.

·         Communicate with parents as needed, in consultation with the Director of Residence Life.

·         Communicate all concerns promptly to the Director of Residence Life or Assistant Director of Residence Life.

·         Participate in all requisite School trainings and residence preparation prior to the opening of the residence in the fall and January, and throughout the School year.

·         Attend required staff development and training sessions throughout the year. Attend periodic in-service meetings and a weekly staff meeting.

  • Acknowledge receipt of the current Employee Handbook and are responsible for reviewing the contents and abiding by rules, policies and procedures stated in the Handbook or otherwise by the School.

·         Abide by Hockaday’s Code of Ethics and Conduct.

·         Commit to the ideals expressed in Hockaday’s Tenets of Staff Excellence

·         Create a sense of home and community for the Boarding Program by actively and regularly interacting with boarding students in a variety of ways.

·         Nurture and counsel residents and serve as a bridge between the Boarding Program and Upper School to connect students with resources in the Upper School. Foster independence, leadership, personal responsibility, and community building.

·         Plan and implement weekly programs and activities in the residence hall for the residents.

·         Help set up, facilitate, and disassemble all Residence events while on duty.

·         Support the overall operations of the Residence Hall and perform certain responsibilities, as needed. This may include cleaning up after a residence hall program or event, or similar tasks.

Job Requirements
Specific Requirements:
·         Work two weekday shifts every week, from 4:00 p.m. to 9:00 a.m. (the following morning) as assigned.

·         Work weekend shifts every weekend as assigned. Weekend shifts are divided into two shifts (shift A and shift B). Dorm parents will alternate shift schedules every other week.

·         Work extended hours during Spring Break, inclement weather events, campus emergencies, re-opening days after school breaks, any weekdays school is not in session, and during the opening and closing weeks of the academic year.

·         Dorm Parents are expected to live on property in a private apartment and to sleep on campus in the assigned Dorm Parent apartment during the school year, to be available for residents and support and monitor student activities.

  • Dorm Parents are required to wear proper attire, consistent with school’s dress code at all times and to maintain positive attitude and appearance in accordance with department/school standards.
  • Dorm Parents must maintain a high level of personal hygiene and cleanliness at all times.
  • Dorm Parents are responsible for reporting inappropriate behavior to School Administration in order to maintain a safe living and learning environment.

·         Dorm Parents are expected to keep their assigned living area clean and tidy.

·         Dorm Parents are expected to work evening and duty hours, which includes monitoring structured study hours, dining with boarding students during their assigned shifts, actively engaging with students, and participating in activities that are both student-led and organized by a Dorm Parent or member of the Residence Life Team

·         Dorm Parents are expected to maintain a team-oriented attitude and positive and professional interactions with the entire Residence Life staff, boarding students and their families, and Hockaday community.

·         Dorm Parents are expected to adhere to the Hockaday Housing Agreement.

·         The Hockaday School is a smoke-free environment, and smoking is not permitted on the premises.

·         Other duties as assigned by the Head of School, or the Head’s designee.

·         Bachelor’s degree is required with additional higher education preferred.

·         Experience working with and advising teenagers or young adults in a college, university or secondary school is preferred.

·         Enjoy living and working with adolescent girls in a multicultural community.

·         Belief and strong passion for the mission of Hockaday and independent schools.

·         Outgoing, flexible, resilient, and compassionate. High energy, lively intelligence and enthusiasm for activities related to the Hockaday community.

·         Well-developed interpersonal, written, and verbal communication skills, including the ability to communicate effectively with all constituents in a school environment. Careful listener.

·         Excellent problem-solving skills. Collaborative, yet clear and decisive, leadership style.

·         Demonstrate initiative to address needs as they arise, and convey a calm, steady presence at all times. Must be able to work intuitively and independently.

·         Ability to maintain appropriate boundaries with students, fellow staff, faculty, and community members.

·         Adhere to confidentiality, while understanding and adhering to the School’s expectations and requirements for sharing information about students with the appropriate administrators and School employees.

·         Effective manager of students. Able to practice patience and persistence.

·         Regular and consistent attendance and punctuality is required.

·         Basic understanding and ability to use computers and technology including Microsoft Windows and Office products. Ability to learn School databases, including Magnus Health, Blackbaud, School Pass, and Orah.

·         Must have a valid state driver’s license. Candidates will be expected to drive residents on occasion and must meet the requirements to drive School vehicles.

·         Must have the ability to work in a school environment through satisfactory completion of all legally required and School-required background and screening checks and verifications, including criminal and sex offender background checks.

·         Must provide proof of a valid COVID-19 vaccination.

Physical Requirements and Work Environment:
·         Regularly work in standard residence hall conditions and climate. The work environment is usually moderately quiet; however, variations in noise level may occur when involved with any student activity.

·         Availability to work an average of 40 waking hours per week and 3-5 overnights per week.

·         Live in a private apartment in the Residence Hall and sleep on campus when on duty, which includes some weekend nights.

·         Ability to frequently move around the residence hall.

·         Help execute emergency procedure drills along with security and expedite evacuation in fire alarm/emergency situations.

·         Ability to occasionally move items weighing up to 30 lbs. across the Residence Hall.

·         Ability to work in an occasionally stressful and hectic environment, effectively dealing with a wide variety of challenges, deadlines, and a varied and diverse array of contacts with stamina to maintain attention to detail despite interruptions.

·         Ability to frequently work flexible hours to support before- and after-school or weekend events.

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