Assistant Dean of Residential Life

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Girard College | Philadelphia, PA

Girard College

Published 14 days ago

Start Date

August 1, 2019

The Organization

Girard College is a full-scholarship boarding school for academically capable students from qualified families of limited financial resources. Girard College’s mission is to prepare scholarship students for advanced education and life as informed, ethical and productive citizens through a rigorous education program that promotes intellectual, social and emotional growth. Girard College students will be prepared to complete a bachelor’s degree in order to maximize their ability to pursue productive careers and be engaged citizens.

 The Position

Reporting to the Dean of Residential Life, the Assistant Dean of Residential Life is responsible for helping to establish and maintain a safe and healthy boarding environment in which all residential staff are committed to making positive contributions to the lives of the students who have been entrusted to their care. The Assistant Dean supervises assigned residential advisors and other residential staff as required. Under the leadership of the Dean of Residential Life, the Assistant Dean will assist in hiring, supporting, coaching, and managing residential staff, as well as developing a team with a culture of professional maturity, support, and mutual accountability. The Assistant Dean will also ensure how program standards support the development of all students.

Key Responsibilities

  • Assist in providing programmatic leadership in the development, implementation, coordination, supervision, and assessment of the residential program.
  • Promote the mission of the school, articulate a clear vision, build a strong, positive, nurturing culture of community, and work closely and collaboratively with the other members of the school leadership team to execute a seamless, integrated, safe and secure 24-hour program. 
  • Manage and coach assigned residential life staff to maximize their effectiveness and performance. 
  • Promote and embrace synergy with the leaders across all programmatic areas.
  • Use data to assess, improve and manage program impact, staff performance and student development and achievement.
  • Model highest behavior standards for students and staff at all times. 
  • Collaborate with other school leaders in promoting the school’s core values and behavior systems. 
  • Provide crisis intervention and support for disciplinary issues as necessary.
  • Support ongoing efforts related to social emotional learning, enrichment activities and authentic experiences which foster learning and personal growth for students.
  • Establish and maintain close relationships with parents/guardians.
  • Maintain a visible presence and rapport with students, parents, staff and other community members. Communicate and regularly inform staff, parents and other stakeholders about residential programming.
  • Maintain commitment to personal professional growth and learning through research and involvement in professional organizations.
  • Reside on campus and respond to/support emergency situations as necessary (i.e. student or staff infractions, inclement weather, medical emergencies, power outages, and/or staff shortages).
  • Other duties as required or as assigned by the Dean of Residential Life.


Professional Qualifications 

  • Bachelor’s Degree in social sciences or related fields, with training and/or experience in child and adolescent development and adult learning.
  • 3-5 years of experience in an educational community such as a residential, boarding school or overnight camping program with demonstrated success in working with urban adolescents and youth. (previous leadership experience a plus).
  • Strong interpersonal and presentation skills, and the ability to generate enthusiasm and confidence from others.
  • Highly organized and experienced in managing multiple staff and projects with a broad set of goals.
  • Comfortable working in a fluid environment and capable of making adjustments in both day-to-day and larger-scale activities based on new information and situations.
  • Highly collaborative and comfortable working in a team that includes managers, peers, and advisors; able to interact with team members on a non-hierarchical basis.
  • Excellent written and verbal communication skills with individuals at all levels, both one-on-one and in groups.
  • Proven understanding of education in traditionally underserved communities.

Personal Skills (Intangibles) 

  • Commit to Girard’s mission and the belief that with the right resources any child can succeed.
  • An ability to build and maintain a strong, positive boarding culture based on the core values. 
  • A relentless focus on positive culture and growth and development for all students.
  • A natural curiosity, with an inclination to listen, learn and improve.
  • Possess personal integrity and a strong moral and ethical character.
  • A belief in high standards, accountability for all and continuous improvement.
  • A goal-setter with boundless energy who goes “above and beyond” what is expected.
  • Demonstrated poise, tact and diplomacy; approachable, accessible and highly visible.
  • A positive and enthusiastic consensus-builder. Respectful, collegial and empowering, with a focus on helping others grow and become more successful.
  • Coolly decisive, with an ability to gather facts and make decisions under pressure.
  • A secure sense of self that results in steady leadership; personally reflective and thoughtful.


WORK SCHEDULE: Full-time; 12 month/ non-union

The Organization

Girard College is a full-scholarship boarding school for academically capable students from qualified families of limited financial resources. Girard College’s mission is to prepare scholarship students for…

Details at a glance

  • On-site Location
  • Full Time Schedule
  • 4-Year Degree Required
  • Managerial


2101 South College Avenue, Philadelphia, PA 19121