Located in Manhattan's most historic neighborhood, Léman Manhattan provides students with a rigorous academic program in the most dynamic, international education setting in the world. Léman is home to students ranging from 12 months old to grade 12, and to New York City's only boarding program for high school students. Léman offers the International Baccalaureate Diploma Program, recognized as the gold standard in college preparatory curriculum, and highly respected by top universities worldwide. Léman students graduate as knowledgeable, principled leaders with a global perspective on the world.
The Léman Manhattan Residential Life Program is now seeking a Residential Counselor (Dorm Parent). This position involves overseeing all tasks related to the students’ residential experience at Léman Manhattan. Our Residential Counselors are responsible for cultivating a safe, nurturing, structured and comfortable environment for students while ensuring that students adhere to the program’s expectations.
Developing strong relationships with the boarding students, grounded in compassion, mutual respect, and consistency is essential to the Residential Counselor position. Residential Counselors must be willing to take a proactive and hands-on approach toward working with students to solve problems and conflicts and to offer disciplinary and moral guidance when necessary. In short, Residential Counselors are expected to offer the same level of care and attention that a good parent would to his or her own child.
This is a full-time position that will typically work a flexible schedule that covers the times when students are not in classes. This includes occasional mornings, weekday afternoons, evenings, and some weekend shifts during the school year.
Specific duties and responsibilities include:
Acting in loco parentis for boarding students, and are therefore responsible for all aspects of the residential welfare of the students;
Monitoring student whereabouts and facilitating student checkouts;
Assisting with the academic progress of students, developing student-centered action plans alongside key faculty, and monitoring progress;
Collaborating with school faculty about students’ academic progress;
Collaborating with families and school support staff to develop and monitor student-centered action plans to identify and support socio-emotional needs;
Addressing student conduct issues, rule violations, and safety concerns through appropriate channels;
Assisting with residential/school activities and events periodically;
Ensuring that the work environment at the dormitory is professional, safe, and efficient;
Responding to residential life and school emergencies;
Shadowing, training, and coaching part-time Residential Assistants on school and residential life processes, systems, & operations;
Other duties as assigned and as needed to support the operations of the residential life program and the school.
Skills, Qualifications & Requirements
Education & Experience
Bachelor's degree from an accredited college or university in education, counseling, public administration, or another related field
Minimum 3 years working with adolescents in a leadership or mentorship capacity, preferably in a boarding school environment
Required Knowledge, Skills, and Abilities
Excellent oral and written communication skills
Willingness to work nights, weekends, and select holidays
Excellent critical thinking skills and the ability to problem solve both independently and collaboratively
Maturity and the understanding of appropriate boundaries
Experience collaborating to develop and refine processes and systems
The ability to maintain composure during stressful situations
A motivated and innovative team player
A demonstrated ability to work effectively with diverse populations
Preferred Knowledge, Skills, and Abilities
Experience in residential life at a boarding school, summer camp, or similar work environment
Experience working with English as a Second Language students
International experience living abroad
Knowledge of New York City
Experience planning activities and leading teenage students on excursions
Proficiency in a second language
Work is typically performed in an office environment with intermittent sitting, standing, or walking in various settings
Occasionally move items weighing up to 50 pounds
Travel may be required when chaperoning school trips
Compensation & Benefits
Compensation range is $50,000 - $55,000 per year, based on experience
Comprehensive benefits package, which includes a variety of health insurance offerings, dental, vision, life, and short- and long-term disability offerings, HSA/FSA options, and retirement benefits
Opportunity to enjoy meals in our dining café while school is in session
Léman Manhattan Preparatory School is an international learning community committed to educating, empowering and inspiring students from early childhood through 12th Grade to be confident, independent critical thinkers. Nestled in the heart of downtown New York City, Léman Manhattan delivers academic excellence that inspires for a lifetime.
One of only four independent schools in Manhattan to offer the International Baccalaureate Diploma Program, Léman Manhattan is building the next generation of courageous, critical thinkers.
Our two state-of-the-art campuses house nearly 750 students representing more than 50 countries of origin, where an exceptional faculty inspires children to view the world as their classroom.