Job Summary: Dorm Parents and Activity Teachers (from here on Dorm Parents) generally work from after school through the end of breakfast the next day, plus weekends. Their role at Hampshire Country School has two equally important foundations: create a family-style living space in the dorm, and teach activities with a strong educational foundation. Dorm parents may be the first to recognize growth spurts both physical and developmental, they offer refuge on challenging days, and they help students learn to advocate for themselves and become better caregivers of our learning community.
Job Duties: 45% - Dorm parents have the primary responsibility to create a family-style living space in the dorm and at meals. By creating our students’ “home away from home” dorm parents serve as an important caregiver for their assigned students and become observers and advocates for their needs.
35% - Teach activities with a strong educational foundation. These may be considered academic electives to establish basic competencies in an activity or subject, or simply opportunities to engage fun, curiosity, movement, and confidence.
10% - Learning Community responsibilities include being available for emergencies or to cover shifts when needed, filling in with logistics, covering phone calls, etc.
10% - Individual student support through one-on-one sponsorship of interests, projects, and unique needs.
In carrying out their duties, the Classroom Teacher also:
Aligns with school Mission, Vision, and Program.
Engages with students and builds positive relationships.
Participates in meals and community life in addition to job responsibilities.
Takes responsibility for submitting requests to the Lead Dorm Parent for materials and supplies.
Commitments, Knowledge, Skills, and Abilities
A commitment to students’ dignity and their whole learning process.
A commitment to the method of lightheartedness, understanding, structure, and compassion.
A commitment to experiential, outdoor, and adventure based learning.
Facilitation, presentation, interpersonal, and mediation skills.
Have the ability to manage a number of competing demands and triage what needs attention first.
Resilience and creativity.
Familiarity with challenging students and difficult behaviors.
Being flexible and adapting to changing circumstances.
Being willing and able to exercise judgement and take risks.
A minimum of 2 years residential experience in an academic setting working with twice exceptional students.
A bachelor's degree in child development, outdoor leadership, or a related field, or equivalent professional experience.
Family Weekends There is one Family Weekend in October and one in February. Dorm Parent on-duty times remain the same. Specific duties during the weekend include, but are not limited to, interacting with students and families and engaging them in games and activities, general coverage in Main House, meals, and attending evening programs.
To seek more information or apply for this position, please email a cover letter and resume or CV to firstname.lastname@example.org. Position will be open until filled.
Hampshire Country School (HCS) is a 10 month boarding school in southern New Hampshire for high-ability, neurodiverse boys enrolling in later elementary or middle school. HCS offers understanding, light-heartedness, and structure to educate boys in a family-style, supportive, and collaborative learning community. For more information: http://www.hampshirecountryschool.org
Hampshire Country School is an AA/EEO employer and does not discriminate against any person or group on the basis of age, color, disability, gender, pregnancy, national origin, race, religion, sexual orientation, veteran status or genetic information. Hampshire Country School is building a culturally diverse faculty and staff committed to working in a multicultural environment and encourages applications from minorities and women.
About Hampshire Country School
Hampshire Country School (HCS) is a 10 month boarding school in southern New Hampshire for twice exceptional boys enrolling in later elementary or middle school. HCS offers understanding, light-heartedness, and structure to educate boys in a family-style, supportive, and collaborative learning community. For more information: http://www.hampshirecountryschool.org
Inspiring excitement for learning, living and playing, the school promotes growth in academics as well as social, behavioral, and emotional intelligence. The campus, 1700 acres of New Hampshire farmland and woods, provides for the intentional integration of structured academic classes and experiential activities to nurture the bright, active and curious side of each boy.
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