Director for Residential Life Job Description

Reporting to the Associate Head of School, the Director for Residential Life is a champion for student learning in the residential curriculum model; provides leadership and coordination for residential life programming including events on and off campus, day and overnight trips, coordinating home stays for students unable to return home during school breaks, scheduling doctor visits, and more. The Director is a cheerleader for the boarding program, philosophy, curriculum and resides on campus. The Director supervises a team of professionals dedicated to building a strong, vibrant, and healthy residential community, and acts as a dorm parent, serving up to 2 nights per week, and up to 2 weekends per month.

The Director provides direction for students and staff for both residence halls. S/he handles all student conduct cases for the residential communities in concert with the Dean of Students. In addition to working with the associate head of school, dean of students, and the dorm team to plan, implement, and evaluate the residential life-skills, global studies, and leadership curriculum, the Director works closely with the Director of Student Life in planning all on and off campus events.

Primary Responsibilities

  • Provide support, training resources, and scheduling for all dorm staff and high school faculty who help supervise weekend activities
  • Help select, train, and support a group of student prefects
  • Co-design and oversee daily schedule and weekend schedule for boarders
  • Collaborate with Director of Student Life
  • Co-Organize weekend activities for the semester
  • Provide oversight on travel and weekend budgets
  • Create and manage daily coverage and duty schedule for all residential staff
  • Evaluate student conduct cases and elevate when necessary
  • Manage the key distribution for rooms and campus transportation
  • Fully support the implementation of life skills, global education, and leadership curriculum
  • Collaborate with team to develop and enforce a research-based consequence, chores, and privilege system
  • Co-Design orientations for every entry point during the year when new boarders arrive. This includes new students who enroll throughout the year and summer students. Review and explain boarding policies, school rules, and community expectations.
  • Maintain Block calendar (month by month) for full year and indicate trainings, special events, traditions, weekly meetings with students, grade checks, parent mailings, etc.
  • Design staff orientations, team building, and cultural awareness trainings
  • Communicate student’s academic and social progress to parents and agents bi-weekly

Required Qualifications:

  • Bachelor’s Required/Masters preferred in education or related field, ability to work with a diverse student body, foster sensitivity to diversity issues in a boarding community, and be able to display an understanding of developmental needs of high school students
  • Demonstrated ability in staff supervision and administrative work.
  • Excellent communication skills and values collaboration.
  • Prior work experience in schools and/or living with students. Collaborative leadership style. Experience or knowledge of a residential curriculum.
  • Values faculty partnerships and engagement in the student learning process.

Interested candidates should contact
Monica Weeks
Director of Faculty,
563-359-1366 ext. 355


Beth Heaney,
Human Resources Coordinator,
563-359-1366 ext. 307