Cape Henry Collegiate School
Virginia Beach, VA
Grades PK - 12 with 1050 students

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The Upper School Director of Student Life is the leader of the student life and pastoral programs for grades 9 through 12.  The primary role of the Director of Student Life is to develop relationships with students and implement programming to help ensure that each student feels known and valued in the Upper School.  We are searching for someone who will garner admiration and respect from the student body, form strong bonds with and support teachers, and champion the student experience in the Cape Henry Collegiate Upper School!
The Director of Student Life will
  • Work closely with the Head of Upper School, Upper School Counselor, and Grade Level Team leaders to support students in their academic and social-emotional growth.
  • Work with the Athletic Director and co-curricular teacher leaders to set expectations around behavior and participation in the Upper School co-curricular and athletic programs and be the primary point of contact in management of those expectations.
  • Lead the first tier of disciplinary matters, working alongside the Head of Upper School in focusing on a restorative approach towards working with and helping students grow through their mistakes.
  • Collaborate with the Middle School Director of Student Life and Assistant Head of Lower School to promote the idea of a single school community and create cross-divisional student activities and events.
Specific Responsibilities
  • Ensure the students of the Upper School are given an opportunity to learn and live in a healthy school community, aligned to our Mission Statement and Core Values.
  • Be a visible and active participant in student life, including events, activities, and athletics. The Director of Student Life will lead the planning and execution of many key student events such as prom, homecoming, fall festival, and the Cape Henry Royalty Pageant. The expectation will be that this person will nurture current traditions and also look for ways to create new traditions.
  • Serve on the Upper School leadership team to guide the strategic direction of the division and contribute to making decisions with a student-centered perspective.
  • Develop and manage systems of restorative behavioral management and positive behavior interventions for students; provide support to faculty around those systems.
  • Lead the first-tier response of our behavior management practices.
  • Continue to solidify and improve the systems of communication and data collection related to behavior management; provide support to faculty around those systems.
  • Work with the Upper School Counselor and Advisors to grow and enhance the Upper School advisory program.
  • Maintain and grow our student club program by identifying opportunities for students to engage with service learning and develop leadership experience.
  • Design and implement assembly programming based on monthly advisory themes as well as other areas of interest and/or importance.
  • Collaborate with grade level team leaders, the Upper School counselor, and the head of Upper School to support the social, emotional and academic growth of students in Grades 9-12.
  • Serve in concert with the Head of Upper School as the point person/liaison between Upper School and Director of Diversity and Inclusion.
  • Work with the Assistant Head of Lower School and the Middle School Director of Student Life to create consistent grade appropriate programming that reinforces the student responsibilities and enhances the empathy and level of kindness on campus.
  • Lead Community Time, including the Common Experience, Assemblies, Advisory and related SEL curricular activities.
  • Support the head of Upper School and director of enrollment in the admission and onboarding of new students into the school.
  • Serve as a parent liaison for the upper school, partnering with our parent association for support on key events throughout the year.
  • Partake in regular professional development and connect with practitioners from other schools/organizations in order to remain current in best student life practices.
  • Other duties as needed or determined by the head of Upper School.

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