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Director of Residential Life

Position Type Staff
Start 07/01/2020
School Name Forest Ridge School of the Sacred Heart
City, State Bellevue, WA 
Posted 02/10/2020

Position Available: Director of Residential Life

Forest Ridge School of the Sacred Heart provides a diverse and rigorous college preparatory environment that inspires young women to become confident, compassionate leaders. As a member of a global network of more than 150 schools, we educate to the core of our 200-year tradition through the Sacred Heart Goals and Criteria: a personal and active faith in God, a deep respect for intellectual values, a social awareness that impels one to action, the building of community as a Christian value, and personal growth in an atmosphere of wise freedom.

Forest Ridge School of the Sacred Heart educates young women to think critically, embrace challenges, model resilience, confront injustice, seek equality and lead globally in the pioneering spirit of our foundress. Our graduates change the world.

Forest Ridge School of the Sacred Heart, located in Bellevue, Washington, is seeking a Director of Residential Life to oversee our small boarding program. A maximum of 28 students live in the dormitory; they include both domestic and international students. The Director of Residential Life reports to the principal of the school. She oversees the Assistant Director and approximately six full- and part-time staff. She is responsible for building a welcoming community, developing appropriate programming, and enforcing school policy in an atmosphere of care, respect, and compassion. The ideal candidate is mature, nurturing, and committed to supporting girls in their growth from ages 14 through 19. All members of the residential life staff live off campus. Starting date will be summer 2020, though an earlier start could be negotiated.

Job responsibilities include working with the residential life staff to:

  • Serve as in loco parentis to ensure that residents are safe, nurtured, and supported
  • Create a welcoming, supportive, and respectful living community, while ensuring that boarding school policies are communicated and followed
  • Help students navigate life as a boarding student as it relates to personal well-being, academics, and environment
  • Foster relationships by building community with boarding students, parents, and colleagues
  • Hire and supervise residential life staff
  • Create staffing schedules
  • Encourage and support student leadership opportunities and participation in community service events and school activities
  • Support and celebrate the ethnic, religious, and cultural backgrounds of the boarding students
  • Interpret, enforce and review policies and procedures that relate to student conduct concerns
  • Provide transportation for school events and activities in school vehicles
  • Offer engaging after-school, evening, and weekend activities and programs
  • Work with other school departments, including faculty, facilities and food service, to ensure the smooth running of the residential life program
  • Manage the residential life budget and day-to-day operations of the program
  • Upon employment: completion of safe environment training and successful completion of criminal offender record information and sexual offender registry information checks
  • Other duties as assigned

Qualifications: Candidates must possess a bachelor’s degree or higher. The successful candidate will possess strong communication skills and demonstrate an understanding of and ability to navigate cultural differences. Boarding school or residential life experience is preferred.

Salary/Benefits: Forest Ridge School of the Sacred Heart is committed to attracting and retaining outstanding employees through a competitive compensation and benefits package.

Application Process: Applicants should email a letter of introduction and resume to Teri Anderson, Director of High School Operations, at tanderson@forestridge.org. This position is open until filled.

Forest Ridge School of the Sacred Heart does not discriminate in its employment decisions or practices on the basis of gender, age, race, color, marital status, national and ethnic origin, sexual orientation or any disability that can be reasonably accommodated in the administration of its educational policies and school-administered programs.

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