Director of Student Life

Administrator / Full-Time

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.)


Personal Qualities

●  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.

The Academy at Penguin Hall

Wenham, MA
High School