Established in 1858, Woodlands Academy of the Sacred Heart is one of 25Sacred Heart schools in the United States and Canada. Sacred Heart education at Woodlands Academy is grounded in effective, innovative, educational practices to empower girls seeking academic excellence; the school aims to create thoughtful, curious, and informed global citizens. Woodlands Academy transforms young women within a differentiated, relational dynamic which upholds the dignity of each member of the school community.
The Director of Residence Life is responsible for overseeing the residential life program and adult team members who administer the program. This position requires strategic leadership, the creation, oversight and implementation of boarding programing, and the management of day-to-day support for a national and international community of female boarding students at the secondary level.
The Director is a committed professional who challenges and supports Woodlands Academy boarding students and adult team members to perform at their best in every area of their lives. The Director enthusiastically accepts the role of acting in loco parentis for the boarding students, while maintaining open communication with students’ families and guardians; throughout, the Director must maintain an acknowledgement and understanding of diverse and multicultural perspectives.
The Director oversees the administration of safety, health and emergency responses, student transportation, extracurricular activities, and the overall development of individual students and the community of students and adults.
The Director of Residence Life reports to the Associate Head of School and works closely with the Academic Team and Administration to ensure successful support for both boarding and day school objectives.
Establish a strategic direction of the boarding school for the academic year including adult team orientation, professional development, and evaluation
Cultivate a collaborative living, working, and learning environment where all are valued through thoughtful programming and an active day-to-day engagement with the students and adults in the residential life program
Provide leadership training, ongoing support, and mentorship for four live-in residence life adult team members
Clarify policies, procedures, and protocols that determine appropriate adult roles and successful day-to-day residential life interactions and update these procedures, as necessary
Schedule flexible, yet predictable daily duty rotation, providing for emergency coverage as needed
Provide a safe, welcoming, growth-fill environment in which students can thrive
Coordinate physical and mental health services for individual students and update guardians as necessary
Maintain and oversee communication among residential life team members and school departments, including academics, student life, food services, maintenance, administrative staff,
Provide transportation to Residence Life for school events and activities in school vehicles, including the school 14-passenger bus
Work with business office to determine and manage department budget
Work closely with maintenance team to ensure timely follow-up to facilities-related concerns
Work closely with food services to ensure staff and student nutritional needs and satisfaction
A female with a bachelor’s degree
A minimum of three years of residence life or boarding school experience
Excellent interpersonal skills
Must possess a valid driver’s license and the willingness and ability to drive a 14-passenger bus (special license not required; training provided)
Effective written and oral communication with a wide variety of constituents
Detailed-oriented and highly organized
An understanding, support, and modeling of the Goals and Criteria for Sacred Heart Schools
Uphold professional standards of personal presentation, discretion, and punctuality
Experience working effectively with adolescent girls
Residence Life staff work on a rotating schedule, including evenings, weekends, overnights, some holidays, and will attend weekly staff meetings and any mandatory training and school events.
Able to lead and mentor with creativity, wisdom, compassion, and clarity
Engagement in the life of the school
Confidence in counseling staff members in conflict resolution and communication with students
Comfortable communicating with students experiencing mental health issues
The Woodlands Academy community seeks to hire outstanding and diverse team members who work together to advance the common mission of the school.
Why you should join our community:
We offer generous health/dental/vision plans, group life and long-term disability insurance, voluntary life and short-term disability insurance plans, flexible spending accounts, and 403(b) with 5% contribution of annual salary (for full-time employees working 30+ hours a week only)
Room and board offered for full time roles
Culturally immersive experience with international students from over ten different countries
Other employment opportunities within the school community
Get to go on exciting and fun trips with the students to museums, zoos, Chicago, Milwaukee, shopping, professional sports games, AND MORE
Opportunities to volunteer
Have a tremendous impact on the lives of young women
How to apply:
Please complete the application materials on our Employment page here. All applicants must apply with a cover letter, resume, and Personal Reflection on the Sacred Heart Goals and Criteria. We also strongly suggest applicants submit three written references.
Woodlands Academy of the Sacred Heart is an independent, Catholic, college preparatory day and boarding school for young women grades 9-12 in Lake Forest, IL. Visit the school’s website at www.woodlandsacademy.org and the website of the Network of Sacred Heart Schools at www.sacredheartusc.education to learn more.
Woodlands Academy is an Equal Employment Opportunity employer. Woodlands does not discriminate in employment on the basis of race, religion*, marital status, color, sex** (including gender identity, sexual orientation, and pregnancy), age, national or ethnic origin, ancestry, veteran status, or being a member of the Reserves or National Guard, genetic information, physical or mental disability, or other characteristics or statuses in accordance with applicable federal, state, and local laws governing nondiscrimination in employment.
*The School reserves the right to use religion as a hiring criterion for selected positions due to the mission and nature of our school as a faith-based institution as permitted by law.
**The School hires for Residence Life as a bona fide occupational qualification.
Woodlands Academy of the Sacred Heart, founded in 1858, is an independent, Catholic, boarding and day, college preparatory school for young women, grades 9 – 12, who wish to pursue a course of study committed to academic excellence within the context of a faith- based community. Woodlands Academy is a member of the Network of Sacred Heart Schools in the United States.