Sandy Spring Friends School
Sandy Spring, MD
Grades PK3 – 12 with 685 students

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The Assistant Director of Residential Life is an integral part of the school’s boarding program which has over 45 students and 12 faculty.  The Assistant Director of Residential Life directly reports to and supports the Director of Residential Life who is responsible for overseeing all aspects of boarding operations and promoting the academic, social, and emotional growth and well-being of the program’s students and faculty.  The Assistant Directorof Residential Life will have a key role in designing and implementing the residential life curriculum, including academic support and meaningful programmatic activities.  The Assistant Director of Residential Life helps with scheduling activities, programs, and duties and with managing the Residential Life faculty and students.  The Assistant Director of Residential Life is also a part of the Upper School faculty and will teach one section of a course or serve as an advisor to a group of students as determined by the Head of School and Upper School Division Head (or equivalent work in the life of the School).
  • Collaborate with the Director of Residential Life to ensure the efficient operation of the Residential Program
  • Communicate regularly with the Director of Residential Life, Dorm Staff, and Assistant Head of School in planning for Residential students orientation, leadership training, recreational, and wellness initiatives
  • Collaborate with SSFS student support staff to assure student health and response to needs, including but not limited to: School Counselors, US Co-Deans of students, Advisors, Learning Specialists, and Dorm Staff
  • Serve as a liaison between the School and Residential Families
  • Oversight of Dormitory Facility including communicating work orders and and following up to ensure completion
  • Other duties as assigned
  • Collaborate with the Director of Residential Life to train, evaluate and support the staff of The Residential Program at SSFS.
  • Responsible for training and supervising Dorm Parents and Dorm affiliates with the
  • Residential Dean
  • Responsible for creating and managing the staffing schedule
  • Support campus residential students in any area of residential life
  • Establish and present residential curriculum for the dorm students
  • Coordinating transportation for students who need to attend medical appointments, airport, etc. with the transportation office
  • Administering and dispensing medications as needed and supporting any other day to day student needs


  • Bachelor’s degree in education-related field preferred
  • Experience working with students, ideally in a residential setting
  • Demonstrated classroom technique experience
  • Ability to set clear expectations and boundaries and hold students accountable
  • Ability to communicate clearly and effectively, verbally and in writing
  • Strong organizational skills, attention to detail, and follow-through
  • Demonstrated commitment to diversity, equity, and inclusion, with demonstrated experience working with international students
Founded in 1961, Sandy Spring Friends School is a progressive, coed, academically-rigorous day and boarding school serving approximately 600 students from age three through 12th grade.  The campus is located on 140 acres in the historic Sandy Spring area of Montgomery County, Maryland, and the School is approved by the Maryland State Board of Education and accredited by the Association of Independent Maryland Schools.  Our school’s culture, rooted in the idea that collaboration engenders achievement, can betraced to our Quaker heritage and abiding belief in the Quaker values of simplicity, equality, honesty, stewardship of the environment, and peaceful resolution of conflict.   Please note that the School has a mandatory COVID-19 vaccination policy, which requires that all employees be fully vaccinated against COVID-19 and provide proof of vaccination, including documentation of a booster shot given five months or more since you completed the final dose in the primary series.

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