Dean of Residential Life

  • Full Time
  • San Anselmo
  • July 31, 2021

Website San Domenico School

San Domenico School

Dean of Residential Life

Full-Time, Year-Round Staff position


Who we are:

At San Domenico, we believe that what students do with their education is as important as their academic performance. Every day we encourage our students to not just study, but also to reflect on their learning, find their purpose, and celebrate in community, because an exceptional education, where values and academics join together, creates more than just great students – it develops great people. San Domenico is a K-12, co-ed school, with international boarding and day students in our Upper School.


The Dean of Residential Life reports directly to the Upper School Associate Director and is responsible for visionary leadership, staff selection, training, and supervision, and development of residential life programs. The Dean of Residential Life is a full-time, twelve-month, staff position. The Dean is expected to live on campus and be a visible member of the school community. San Domenico School has approximately 130 students living on campus together with another eight to ten members of the residential staff. Other members of the residential staff live off-campus.


Responsibilities of a Dean of Residential Life:


Develop and implement policies and procedures for the Residential Program and keep all handbooks associated with the program up-to-date;
Develop goals and strategies to accomplish the mission of the Residential Program in collaboration with residential staff, Associate Director of Upper School, and Assistant Head of School.
Develop a Residential Life curriculum, which includes all activities associated with the Residential Program.
Assist in developing and supervising the budgeting process, allocating resources according to specific needs in the Residential Program.
Recruit, hire, train, and supervise residential staff. Responsible for scheduling staff and accounting for shift hours of staff.
Develop and strengthen relationships with campus partners who support the every-day operations of Residence Life facilities (Health Services, Food Services, Maintenance, Upper School faculty, Librarian, Athletic Director, Conservatory, and Virtuoso Staff).
Post and maintain calendars for residential life activities.


Supervise all residential life staff and student prefects.
Plan and preside over weekly staff meetings and weekly student support meetings.
Oversee budget for Residential Life Program.
In partnership with the Associate Director of Upper School and the Assistant Head of School, develop and implement policies, procedures, and documentation for disciplinary responses for boarding students.
In partnership with Campus Security, develop, implement and enforce safety and security procedures, facilitating appropriate responses to any type of emergency situation involving residents.
Monitor fire safety compliance, facilitating the planning and conducting of fire drills in coordination with appropriate staff.
Maintain personal certification in cardiopulmonary resuscitation (CPR), as well as that of all residential staff.

Training and Mentoring

Develop training all residence staff with the goal of fostering a strong living-learning community as well as developing and inspiring each person’s greatest potential.
Develop positive working relationships with residential staff through regular (weekly) meetings and personal mentoring in order to develop each individual’s potential in their leadership role.
Assess the performance of residential staff, periodically and annually, and keep them informed of strength areas and growth areas.

Facility Management

Assess physical and structural needs of residence halls and apartments, and advocate for resources to address these needs with the assistance of the Assistant Head of School and Chief Financial Officer.
Inspect major maintenance problems and determine severity, ensuring that appropriate follow-up occurs by necessary campus staff.


Provide leadership and vision in the overall philosophy of education in the residential staff, ensuring living and learning environments conducive to the holistic growth and development of students as well as the promotion of student learning.
Work with the Upper School Counselor and the School Nurse to provide for emotional and physical well-being of student residents.

Conflict Resolution

In partnership with residential staff, assist residents experiencing crisis situations.
Maintain communication with parents of boarding students.
In partnership with residential staff, assist in resolving various student conflicts, including roommate and peer conflicts.

Other Responsibilities

Participate in dorm duty shifts each week and be an active presence in the boarding program
Serve on Emergency Preparedness committee


The requirements listed below are representative of the knowledge, skills, and/or abilities required to perform this job.


Minimum of a Bachelor’s degree in education or a closely related field.
Progressively higher levels of administrative and supervisory experience.
Management and administrative organizational abilities, with a minimum of three years of supervisory experience, preferred
Understanding of the critical development issues facing adolescents.
Experience as a dean of students or other roles that involves student discipline preferred
Strong counseling/listening skills.
Ability to speak in front of large groups.
Experience in managing and resolving conflict.
Strong writing skills.
Previous Residence Life experience preferred.


Excellent interpersonal and social skills.
Must be able to relate to a diversity of ages (from adults/ parents to incoming late adolescent students), as well as individuals from a diversity of cultures and economic backgrounds.
Ability to keep calm in stressful or crisis situations.
Ability to multitask.
Ability to maintain strict confidentiality.
Ability to maintain enthusiasm and a sense of humor


Salary commensurate with experience, plus an excellent benefits package including on-campus housing, medical/dental/vision/life/matching 403b retirement plan, and daily breakfast, lunch, and dinner.

How to apply:

Please send a cover letter and resume to describing how your experience and skills will contribute to the position, along with your salary requirements.  Please put the title of the position in the subject line of your email.

Or mail to:

San Domenico School

1500 Butterfield Road

San Anselmo, CA 94960

Attn: Dean of Residential Life Position


San Domenico School is an Equal Opportunity Employer and values diversity.


All qualified applicants will receive consideration for employment without regard to race, color, national origin, ancestry, sex, sexual orientation, gender, gender identity or expression, genetic information, age, disability, medical condition, religion, veteran status, marital-status or any other classification protected by applicable local, state or federal laws.

No phone calls please.

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