Bolles School
Jacksonville, FL
Grades PK - 12 with 1600+ students

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Dean of Resident Life -  reports to the Director of Resident Life. 
The Bolles School, a Northeast Florida independent college preparatory day and boarding school founded in 1933, has long been known as one of the top educational institutions in the country. This prominence is rooted in an enduring All Things Possible mindset that encourages students to discover their strengths and excel in them throughout their Bolles experience. The Bolles School motto is ‘pursuing excellence through integrity, courage and compassion.”  Twenty-four hours a day, seven days a week, Bolles is home to 70 boarding students from 11 states and 23 foreign countries. Some are from nearby and some travel halfway across the globe, but they all have Bolles in common. The School, its staff, faculty, and parents, provide a wonderful, safe, and nurturing "home away from home” environment for our upper school students. Boarders are kept busy around the clock with the beautiful facilities, riverfront, and a myriad of activities from which to choose.
The Bolles Boarding Program strives to build
  • A strong sense of responsibility
  • Self-reliance and leadership
  • Respect for others
  • An appreciation of people from varied regional and cultural backgrounds
  • Skills for using leisure and study time wisely
Position Scope: The Dean of Resident Life is responsible for assisting the Director of Resident Life with facilitating a living and learning environment that is conducive to the personal development and academic achievement of all residents. The dean plays an integral role in setting the tone for much of the student’s experience outside the classroom.
Essential Functions
  • Responsible for the care and well-being of the school’s boarders, ensuring the highest standards of excellence
  • Manages the daily operations of the Dorm Office, including student forms and logs
  • Works with the Resident Life Director to ensure all members of the Resident Life Program are familiar with the school’s policies and procedures for child protection and health & safety
  • Liaises with Boarders’ teachers, advisors, and coaches to ensure every boarding student fulfills their potential
  • In partnership with the appropriate Administration and Director of Resident Life, support the discipline and standards of behavior of the boarding students
  • Work with the Director of RL to ensure sufficient staff to cover the duty schedules, rotations and holidays.
  • Serve as the parent liaison by cultivating contact and communication with parents to ensure they are fully informed about their student’s welfare and progress
  • Liaise with the school’s medical staff to ensure students’ medical needs and requirements are managed; administers student medications as needed and appropriate
  • Responsible for the oversight and programmatic responsibilities for all Resident Life Events (i.e., curriculum events, dorm events, service projects, weekend activities, and student leadership training)
  • Responsible for the Resident Life coordination, administration, policies and procedures for ESL, Summer Camps, and other Ancillary programs requiring boarding
  • Coordinate dorm visitations with Admissions department
  • Assists in conducting fire drills, lockdown drills, and hurricane/tornado drills and submits reports as appropriate
  • Bachelor’s degree required
  • Relevant experience working with students in grades 9-12, including loving/working in a residential environment
  • Understanding of and appreciation for the developmental stages of adolescents, including their health and wellness needs
  • High ethical and moral standards to confidently mentor adolescents
  • Understanding the importance of diversity in implementing an inclusive worldview
  • Must have a safe driving record and be able to pass a CDL exam and get CDL license in order to transport resident students
  • First Aid/CPR certifications
  • Any international experience, including language, a plus
  • Computer skills including MS Office (Outlook, Word, Publisher, and Excel) a plus
  • Excellent time management and organizational skills
  • Excellent communication and interpersonal skills
  • Demonstrated empathetic approach and patient demeanor
  • Demonstrated positive, enthusiastic approach to learning and engagement
  • Creativity and initiative in order to plan events which appeal to a broad cross section of adolescents
  • Excellent judgment and decision-making abilities
  • Flexibility required to respond to varying student and program needs
  • Required to work various evening/overnight and weekend shifts according to the duty schedule
Preferred Qualifications
  • Master’s Degree in a related field
  • 7-10 years of professional experience in student affairs with progressively more responsibilities
  • 2 + years’ experience in teaching, advising, or coaching
  • Involvement or knowledge of admissions departments
  • Experience in student conduct systems
  • Relevant experience working with students in grades 9-12, including living/working in a residential environment
  • Training in diversity, inclusion, and equity
  • Any international experience, including language
  • Competitive salary and benefits package
  • Unfurnished housing
  • 10-month meal plan
  • All utilities included (cable, internet, heat, a/c, water, electric)
  • Competitive Tuition Remission
  • Professional Development Opportunities
  • Competitive medical, dental and vision benefits
  • Must demonstrate and enthusiastically support the School’s Mission.
  • A willingness to perform in a manner that reflects positively on The Bolles School.
  • Must be willing and able to communicate well, work congenially, and deal effectively with all school personnel and school families, as well as with the larger business and educational community.
  • As a member of the Bolles team, perform other duties as requested by the President.

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