Salem Academy and College, the oldest continuously operating educational institution for girls and women in the country by its founding date of 1772, invites applications for Assistant Academy Area Director - Residential Life Programming.
Residence Life staff on the Salem Academy & College campus works to create a nurturing family-like environment conducive to personal and academic growth unique to high school students living on a liberal arts college campus. The Assistant Academy Area Director plans designs, and executes an engaging roster of on and off-campus activities and educational programming for residential students in conjunction with the support of student leaders, residential life staff, and student activities staff. Additionally, they serve as “live-in” peer educators, administrators, resource persons, and counselors. Academy residential staff are expected to be committed to proactively and efficiently addressing students’ residential and social needs by creating a safe, nurturing, and healthy living and learning environment. The Assistant Academy Area Director reports to the Area Director.
About Salem Academy and College:
Salem Academy and College is the oldest continuously operating educational institution for girls and women in the country by its founding date of 1772. The institution is currently celebrating its 250th anniversary and is engaging in transformational change to innovate in women’s education. Salem Academy is a college preparatory school located on a diverse, active college campus focused on preparing young women for careers in STEAM. Salem College is the nation’s only liberal arts college exclusively dedicated to developing the next generation of women in health leadership. Salem Academy and College is located in Winston Salem, North Carolina, a vibrant college town known for arts and innovation.
Essential Duties and Responsibilities:
Residential Life Programming
- Work with the Academy Area Director, Director of Student Life, Director of Student Activities, Academy Counselor, and other residential life staff at the Academy and College collaboratively.
- Develop programs to provide information relevant to student’s growth and development
- Ex. Life skills programming, Time Management, social and self-care skills
- Develop and support monthly themes to guide programming and bulletin boards
- Including but not limited to community outreach, special speakers (in-person or virtual), activities, and/or events
- Plan regular student activities in the residence halls in collaboration with Residential Life Staff that promote community and assist with retention
- Ex. Weekly “Dinners with a Senior”
- Plan programming and activities specific to first- and second-year boarding students during January Term
- Monitor attendance at planned activities
- Organize and oversee the supervised evening study hall program for residential students
- Involves coordinating with the Director of the QUEST Center Tutoring Program and any student tutors
- Involves coordinating with the Academy Learning Specialist and Director of Curriculum and Instruction
- Supervise, along with the Academy Area Director, the student House Council
- Serve as the Residential Staff advisor to the Honor Cabinet
- May serve as an advisor to a student organization or club as assigned by the Head of School or Director of Student Life & Retention
- Develop and implement strategies to improve and maintain student enrollment and retention in the residential program
- Assist with admission events
- Assist with communications to Residential students and families
- Assume management of the residence hall in the absence of the Academy Area Director
- Serve as a representative of the Academy at College Residential Life or College Student Affairs meetings (as requested).
- Live on-campus in the Academy residential dormitory while the campus is open and operating in-person.
- Serve as a role model and mentor by demonstrating personal responsibility and professionalism.
- Supervision of students on the assigned floor
- Supervision of hall prefects
- Chaperoning student activities and events, including but not limited to: day trips, overnight trips, dances, and Senior Fest.
- Support and involvement in student life and assistance with community development
- Assist in providing transportation to appointments, airports, activities, church, etc.
- Enforce consequences that students receive in other areas of the school program.
- Ensure the safety and well-being of all students in the school by knowing the whereabouts of the students in your care; spending time with residential students to build relationships; and being involved in the student life program
- Commitment to all students and their personal growth
- Other duties as assigned by the Director of Student Life and/or the Academy Area Director.
- Establish in-dorm standards. Support and follow the intent of the rules as outlined in the Student Handbook and Academy Honor Code.
- Planning and facilitating hall meetings regularly
- Attending weekly staff meeting(s)
- Assist with conflict mediation with roommates and or hall residents
- Communicate regularly with the Academy Area Director and Director of Student Life & Retention regarding student behavior, academic or social issues, maintenance needs, or other observations or concerns.
- Help the students maintain the cleanliness of their dorm rooms and common areas.
- Maintain the Hall Coordinator’s own living spaces, both indoors and out, in an orderly fashion
- Encourage cleanliness in the dormitory, including the lounge, kitchen, bathrooms, and bedrooms, and perform frequent room checks.
- Monitor stress levels, sleep habits, homesickness, and other student concerns, spending informal time with the students.
- Checking-in students according to curfew
- Late-night supervision of the entire residential hall at least one time per week
- Participating in the Residential Staff Back-up Rotation
- Proctoring of evening study hall and/or front desk duty (evenings and/or weekends) as assigned
- Assist the Academy Area Director with dorm selection, rooming assignments, roommate changes, and selection and training of dorm leaders.
- Assist the Academy Area Director with the opening (including orientation responsibilities) and closing of the dorms at the start and end of the year and breaks.
- Be trained and assist with training relevant personnel on residential life software, such as Orah.
- Other duties as assigned.
- Work hours will include a combination of weekdays, weekends, and some evenings and on-call responsibilities on a rotational basis.
- Assistant Area Director needs to be a visible presence in all areas of the school.
- Other duties as assigned by the Head of School.
- Availability from approximately August 1st to one week after Academy graduation.
- Bachelor’s degree.
- Experience working with students, ideally in a residential environment.
- Ability to set clear expectations and boundaries and hold students accountable.
- Caring, understanding, and patient nature.
- Ability to communicate clearly and effectively, verbally and in writing.
- Strong organizational skills, attention to detail, and follow-through.
- Positive attitude, flexible approach, and a sense of humor.
- Maintain current CPR and first aid qualifications.
- Strong computer skills to include proficiency in the following: Google suite, Microsoft Word, PowerPoint and Excel, and the ability to conduct Internet research.
- A high degree of discretion and confidentiality must be held.
- Valid Driver’s License and clear driving record
- Ability to Drive at night
- Willingness to train for a CDL license
- A good candidate has experience working with high school students, appreciates diversity and other cultures, is highly motivated and globally aware, is patient, takes the initiative, and exhibits strong interpersonal and leadership skills.
- Background and/or experience in a STEAM-related field or education institution
While performing the responsibilities of this position, the employee is required to travel moderate distances around campus to meet and communicate with employees, students, and other campus constituents in the performance of the essential duties and responsibilities; to work at a computer for extended periods; receive detailed information through auditory and oral communication; to express and exchange ideas using spoken word, and to work on campus and in an office setting.
To apply, please send a letter of interest addressing your qualifications for the position along with a resume or curriculum vitae and three professional references to firstname.lastname@example.org and email@example.com. The letter of interest may be addressed to the “Search Committee.” The review of applications will begin immediately and will be ongoing until the position is filled.
Salem Academy and College is an equal opportunity employer, and all qualified applicants will receive consideration for employment without regard to race, color, national origin, age, religion, disability status, sex, sexual orientation, gender identity, veteran status, pregnancy, or any other characteristic protected by law.