Dorm Head

Website The Athenian School

55 years of intellectual exploration and meaningful contribution

Position: Dorm Head

Expected Beginning Date: August 2021


Application Deadline: April 5, 2021




Position Description:

The Athenian School Boarding Program is seeking an energetic and dedicated Dorm Head, to manage and supervise one dorm of 20 – 22 boarders. The Dorm Head ensures the safety and academic, social, and emotional well-being of boarders at all times, and creates a warm, positive community experience and a “home-like” atmosphere in the dorm.


The Dorm Head is required to live on campus in an attached apartment or house adjacent to the dormitory and is expected to aid boarders after hours in emergency situations.


Core Qualifications:

  • Experience working with high school students, particularly international students
  • Strong understanding of adolescent development and behavior
  • Demonstrated ability in leadership and collegiality
  • Strong experience working in multicultural settings
  • Strong organizational and communication skills
  • Experience working in a boarding school
  • Four-year college education
  • Ability to maintain order and enforce rules in a consistent manner

Preferred Qualifications:

  • Previous experience working as a dorm head or in a similar role in a residential program
  • Experience in education
  • Experience with conflict resolution
  • Experience in parenting (parenting education)

Dorm Heads receive a stipend, on campus housing, meals, and 50% medical, vision, and dental insurance as an employee benefit. Summer vacation is approximately June 15 to August 15 and vacation during the academic year totals three weeks, two long weekends, and several additional “off duty” weekends.

School Description:

The Athenian School is a distinctive independent school that prepares its students for college and for lives of meaning and purpose. Athenian encourages students to become life-long learners, imbuing them with confidence, independence, personal responsibility, and a sense of community. Enrollment in grades 6-12 is 490 students, including 60 boarders, of whom 75% are international students. We ask that applicants take time to read about Athenian’s history and philosophy (visit our website:

Every employee is an Athenian community member, and as such, embraces the cornerstones of Athenian’s philosophy: respect; open, direct communication; honesty; fairness; responsibility; and dedication to the students in their intellectual and personal growth. Additionally, active support for environmental conservation, international understanding, equity, inclusion, justice, participatory government, outdoor education, and service is essential. Cultural competence is an expectation of employment for all professional staff at Athenian. As a school that from its founding has valued the worth and integrity of each individual, we are particularly interested in candidates with a proven commitment to teaching and working in a diverse, multicultural setting.

Athenian School strives to attract and retain a faculty and staff of the highest caliber. We have a unique community here, filled with many differing opinions, backgrounds, ideologies and experiences. We have students from all over the globe, our families include a mom and a dad, two moms, two dads, single parents, guardians and stepparents. We have many faiths and those who are non-observant. We represent all income levels. What we share is a belief in Athenian’s mission. By embracing diversity in all forms — gender and gender identity, sexuality, faith, ethnicity, socio-economic status — we encourage students to take intellectual risks, to challenge their own assumptions and to learn to work collaboratively as global citizens and advocates for positive change.

The Athenian School does not discriminate on the basis of race, color, ethnicity, religion, faith, sex, gender or gender expression, age, ability, sexual orientation, familial or marital status. The Athenian School is actively seeking to create a more culturally diverse school community and as such, we encourage people of color and members of the LGBTIQ community to apply.

Please send letter of interest and current resume via email to: Emily Shinkle, Director of Residential Life at

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