The Assistant Director of Residence Life is responsible for assisting the Director of Residence Life with all elements of the Residence Life department and its staff. The Residence Life program is complementary to the academic curriculum and serves as our boarding students’ home away from home. Students living in residence develop bonds that last far beyond Hockaday based on shared experiences in the classroom, the dining hall, their living rooms and day-to-day life. Residence Life strives to teach residence students interpersonal and relationship skills, and how to effectively live together in community. The Assistant Director will select, train, supervise, and evaluate student prefect staff and provide leadership for two residence halls. Provide services directly to students, such as personal and disciplinary counseling, and social/educational events, activities, and programming. Maintain a balance between administrative workload and student interactions. Participate in the overall planning and management of the residence program. The Assistant Director of Residence Life reports to the Director of Residence Life.
Essential Functions: •Assist in the selection, training, supervising, and evaluation of the Senior Prefects
•Co-supervise the four to six live-in Residence Life staff (Dorm Parents) and four to six drivers.
•Manage the residential weekend staff, to include scheduling and training.
•Assist the Director of Residence with all staff training
•Coordinate staff professional development
•Supervise and mentor Student House Council
•Oversee transportation and activities logistics including the student holiday travel program
•Demonstrate an ongoing commitment to diversity and inclusion. Work in partnership with Director of Inclusion and Community on educational programming and student support efforts
•Develop a knowledge of School and community resources to ensure timely and efficient referrals when appropriate
•Establish and maintain communication with residence students through individual outreach and community meetings? serve as a mediator/facilitator when necessary to provide resolutions for interpersonal conflicts between students.
•Serve as Residence Life liaison to Admission and Enrollment Department
•Serve as Residence Life liaison to Safety and Security Department
•Coordinate student health and wellness educational programming, in partnership with the Counseling Team and Director of Residence Life
•Develop and implement Residence Life curriculum in partnership with the Director of Residence Life and other School external constituents
•Serve as Administrator-on-Call within weekly duty cycle
•Maintain effective working relationships with the Health Center, Counseling Team, Department of Safety and Security, Facilities Department, Dining Services, and the Upper and Middle School leadership
•Serve as Director of Residence Life in Director’s absence
•Other duties as assigned
Qualifications: •Bachelor’s degree, preferably in education or a related field •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 teammember and colleague •Strong interpersonal, written and verbal communication skills, ability to effectively work and interactrespectfully within a diverse and inclusive environment, demonstrated leadership and supervisoryabilities are required. •A high degree of emotional intelligence •Professionalism, excellent judgement, and the energy and commitment to lead a successful ResidenceLife program within the context of the greater Hockaday School community. •A passion for independent school education. •Proficiency with various uses of technology •Ability to work flexible hours, including weeknights and weekends •Serve as a member of rotating Administer-on-call coverage system
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.