Director of Student Life & Wellness

Position type: Administrator

Start Date: Summer 2021

Rothesay Netherwood School (1877) is an independent, co-educational boarding and day school for Grades 6 to 12 that offers innovative, world-class learning experiences in a safe and caring school community. Located in Rothesay, New Brunswick, we challenge students to be active, compassionate leaders with a global perspective and the determination to make a difference. An IB World School and a member of Round Square, we provide extensive opportunities through athletics, arts, leadership, community service and outdoor education excursions. While many of our students are Atlantic Canadian, we also have students from around the world. More information about our school can be found at www.rns.cc.

RNS is committed to providing a safe and healthy campus for all community members during the current global pandemic. We have taken a fact-based approach, working in consultation with New Brunswick Public Health to develop best practices in all daily operations. Learning has continued uninterrupted since March 2020, and in 2021-2022, our students have attended school daily for face-to-face learning.

OVERVIEW

Reporting to the Head of School, the Director of Student Life and Wellness is a member of the Leadership Team and the Management Team and is responsible for planning, developing, facilitating, and evaluating the student experience and residential life at the school.  Working collegially with faculty and staff, this role fosters a positive and supportive campus environment for students built on trust and safety and ensures student policies and practices are reflective of the school’s mission and encourage character development.

Primary Responsibilities

Leadership and Management Teams
  • Serve as an active member of both the Leadership Team and Management Team to identify, develop and implement organizational goals and priorities.
  • Be a visible and active member within the school community and foster an environment of creativity, innovation and openness for new ideas.
  • Manage and oversee the budget and make budget recommendations for improvements to the student life and/or resident life programs.
Student Culture and Experience
  • Help to ensure a unique and exceptional experience for our students through the effective implementation, management and oversight of the Student Life and Residential Life programs.
  • Support the overall student experience at school, in conjunction with the AHoS, helping to manage, communicate and advocate for individual student academic performance and social behaviour.
  • Monitor school atmosphere and plan engaging, relevant student events and activities throughout the school year.
  • Lead the Student Life Team in a manner that motivates, guides, develops and directs the team, providing regular and timely feedback to team members.
  • Seek and analyze feedback from students, parents, faculty and staff regarding the quality, safety and enjoyment of the student life and residential life programs to make program enhancements and improvements.
  • Help coordinate and deliver communications with family members about student progress, behaviour, successes, and/or challenges.
  • Ensure structures and routines are established that are conducive to building and maintaining positive student relationships (e.g., lunch activities, social activities, outings, etc.).
  • Build meaningful academic connections with students through both formal and information student interactions, and oversee the Prefects and Stewards Program.
  • Liaise with the Dining Hall to anticipate and coordinate daily and special event meal and food offerings.
  • Supervision of the development and delivery of the RNS Outdoors Program.
  • Help coordinate and monitor the quality of co-curricular experiences and off campus trips, including trip logistics.
  • Collaborate with faculty and the Student Life team to fully integrate the boarding and day student experience by managing and/or enhancing existing programs and creating new ones as needed.
  • In collaboration with the Student Life team, plan, implement, and oversee the school’s student life and residential life programs.
  • Work with the Director of Faculty and Programs (AHoS) to recruit, orientate and develop members of the Student Life team
Community Standards
  • Develop, implement, and evaluate policies pertaining to student life and discipline including the Student Handbook, including the Code of Conduct, and the Faculty Handbook.
  • Oversee and respond to individual student life issues as they arise and manage student discipline by counseling and disciplining students, communicating with faculty, administration, and families, and establishing behavioural plans.
  • In conjunction with members of the Student Life team and the Head of School, determine facts and appropriate consequences when students do not uphold school standards and/or codes of conduct and maintain accurate records of individual student discipline as required.
Student Wellness
  • Oversee the school’s Student Wellness Program, providing supervision and guidance to the care provided by the Health Centre, Guidance Counsellor, School Chaplain and input to the Student Support Team.
  • Coordinate with the Health Centre and external support-professionals (e.g., therapists, physicians, etc.) to establish a consistent and proactive approach to work with and support students.
Risk Management
  • Coordinate and ensure the adherence to all school safety procedures (e.g., fire drills, lockdowns, accident protocols, weekend leaves, trip approval processes, parent permission approvals, etc.).
  • Systematically assess risks related to the student life and resident life programs to identify and institute appropriate safeguards.
  • Participate in the development, management and updating of the school’s Risk Management Policy and related risk management procedures, including Emergency Response Procedures.
  • Participate in the review of any accidents or incidents with a view to reducing future risk of injury and/or accident.
  • Safe transportation of students by faculty and staff team members, including the operation and maintenance of the school-owned bus.
Qualifications
  • Bachelor of Education required; Master’s degree strongly preferred
  • Excellent track records as an educator with a minimum of five years successful teaching experience and experience as part of a houseparent team
  • Formal leadership experience in a school setting
  • Demonstrated leadership, communication and organizational skills
  • Ability to build and maintain relationships, effectively resolve conflict, and gain the confidence of others through honesty, integrity and authenticity
  • Ability to work calmly, effectively and positively while under pressure and in a fast-paced, collaborative environment
  • Strong sense of initiative and the ability to anticipate needs before they become apparent
  • Ability to juggle student life/residential and administrative demands
  • High professional and ethical standards for handling confidential information
  • Proficient computer skills and experience using the MS Office suite including Google Drive
  • Valid driver’s license and comfort driving students
  • Flexible to work some evenings and weekends as required
Qualified and interested candidates are invited to send a resume and cover letter as one file in .PDF format to: careers@rns.cc.  Applications will be received until March 10, 2021. As a condition of employment, the successful candidate must provide a current Vulnerable Sector Screening Report.
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