|Dorm Parent Opening - Massachusetts Boarding School|
Company: Walnut Hill School for the Arts
Location: Natick, MA
Employment Type: Part Time
Date Posted: 01/31/2023
Expire Date: 03/31/2023
Job Categories: Education
Dorm Parent Opening - Massachusetts Boarding School |
Walnut Hill School for the Arts has an immediate Dorm Parent opening in the School's Residential Life Program. Walnut Hill is an arts-focused high school boarding and day school in Natick, MA. Come make a difference for our students!
Compensation: Compensation for this position is on-campus housing and room & board with utilities (heat, hot water, electric, basic cable & internet) in an unfurnished 1-bedroom apartment located in a dormitory.
Dorm Parents are key members of the Residential Life team and are responsible for the daily operation and oversight of an assigned dormitory and are expected to help with other dormitories or provide other coverage as needed in times of emergency or crisis.
This position requires helping high school aged residents adjust to and manage independent living, encouraging academic and artistic progress and personal growth, promoting a family atmosphere, and maintaining safety and security within the dormitory. Knowledge of, and sensitivity to, the social, emotional, and academic needs of high school students is a must, as well as a strong desire to work with young artists during their formative years.
Reporting to the Dean of Students, Dorm Parents work closely with Student Life, Residential Life, and other School staff to facilitate a positive community experience for all students. Dorm Parents are typically on duty one or two nights per week and every third weekend. All Walnut Hill employees are active, engaged members of the school community who are committed to collaborating and growing in their field.
5+ years of experience working with adolescents; school or camp experience a plus;
CPR/First aid certification required (the school will provide if needed);
Possess excellent decision-making skills;
Demonstrate maturity and understanding of appropriate boundaries;
Ability to respond calmly, quickly, and competently to emergency situations and escalate as needed;
Demonstrated commitment to fostering a safe, brave, and inclusive community;
Possess cultural competence in working with diverse populations and commitment to learning about and practicing anti-racist work;
Experience with or interest in working with international students and families;
Demonstrate sound work ethics and flexibility; commitment to handling highly sensitive information with discretion and high standards of confidentiality;
Excellent communication, interpersonal, and organizational skills;
Willingness and ability to adapt to changes in policy and procedures with professionalism and positivity;
Proficient in basic computer skills and applications including Microsoft Office and Google Apps;
Driver’s license required;
COVID-19 vaccination with booster required; and
Understand and enjoy working with adolescents.
This is an overnight position where individuals must be prepared to be woken up at a moment’s notice, and are expected to respond to student needs when on duty and during emergency situations. This job is performed from the employee’s residence (apartment within the dorm or in affiliate on-campus housing) and Dorm Parents are expected to share common spaces in the dorms and in their personal residences, as well as the entrance and exit to their residences, with the students. The environment is dynamic and can change from calm to chaos depending upon the circumstances.
Walnut Hill School for the Arts is an independent boarding and day high school offering a transformational educational experience purposefully designed for student artists in grades 9–12, with a postgraduate year also available. Walnut Hill School for the Arts educates and trains creative and intellectually curious young artists to make an enduring impact in the world. Walnut Hill seeks to cultivate a spirit of inclusivity and multiculturalism by weaving diverse curriculum, programming, and practices into the academic, artistic, and social fabric of the school. We believe it is critical to educate members of our community to be responsible global citizens. Walnut Hill School for the Arts explicitly affirms our identity as an anti-racist educational institution. We condemn racism, discrimination, and bigotry in all forms. As Rev. Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. said, "Injustice anywhere is a threat to justice everywhere." Through education in academics and the arts, our goal is to counteract racism, promote the dismantling of systems of oppression, and empower our students towards these goals. We recognize that racism is systemic and self-perpetuating. Therefore the work of consistently identifying, describing, and dismantling it requires a sustained systemic approach to examining organizational structures, policy, practice, attitudes, and outcomes. All members of the Walnut Hill community—students, staff, faculty, administration, trustees, alumni, and families—will continue to build the tools and skills needed to actively engage in conversations about privilege, racism, and bigotry in the hopes of empowering community members to enact change that will cultivate equitable outcomes for all. Walnut Hill is actively engaged in this work through initiatives that drive change such as faculty, staff, alumni, and student Affinity Groups; assemblies; ongoing community conversations; events; professional development, including mandated SEED (Seeking Educational Equity and Diversity Project on Inclusive Curriculum); and individual curricular work and engagement with students.