Director of Student Life
The Academy at Penguin Hall, Wenham, MA
The Director of Student Life position is a twelve month position responsible for creating and supporting a high quality student life experience for students at The Academy at Penguin Hall. The Director of Student Life creates, implements, and facilitates opportunities for co-curricular learning and student leadership development. The Director of Student Life will also promote proactive retention activities and student engagement. The Director of Student Life functions as a student advocate by responding directly to student needs and issues affecting student well-being in the realm of co-curricular programming. The Director of Student Life will:
- Foster a strong sense of community and spirit and promote the School’s core values
- Work with students, faculty, and staff to cultivate and protect the APH culture of kindness
- Work with other members of Student Life Team to develop and facilitate non-academic student life
- House System
- Grade – Level Events
- Community-Building Activities
- Student Orientation
- Oversee student attendance
- Work in collaboration with faculty, student life team members, admissions staff, and the administrative team to deliver a comprehensive and meaningful advisory program
- Work in conjunction with the Admission Office and other staff members to develop and host student events
- Serve as the coordinator of the Student Leadership Council (APH Student Government)
- Oversee Student Leadership Council selection and programs for grades 9-12
- Continue to develop and refine the Student Leadership Council Retreats
- Provide vision and oversight for the APH clubs and activities program
- Working with input from the community, develop, refine, and implement school traditions
- Oversee the discipline system including:
- Clearly articulating community expectations to students, families, faculty, and staff
- Manage all non-academic disciplinary matters
- Develop a student-led disciplinary committee
- Will work with the student discipline committee to determine appropriate consequences for students who have not met community expectations
- Periodically review policies and procedures taking into account feedback from students and faculty
- Coordinate annual update of APH Student Handbook
- Routinely update, oversee and communicate all emergency procedures (i.e. fire drills, lock down procedures, etc.)
● Be a collaborative colleague, foster the spirit of teamwork and rapport with students, advisors, and teachers.
● Demonstrate maturity, humility, professionalism, confidence, integrity, confidentiality, and a strong work ethic.
● Envision systems and ways to strengthen programming to enhance the student experience.
● Be organized with logistics and effective with execution of events.
● Inspire and connect well with high school students.
● Have demonstrated experience working with parents and families in support of the overall student experience.
● Bachelor’s degree required; master’s degree preferred.
● At least 5 years prior experience in a similar student life role.
● Proven leadership abilities.
● Experience or prior work in independent schools.
● Successful track record working with students and student life programming.
● Outstanding interpersonal, communication, and organizational skills.
● Demonstrated skill using technology.