Residential Counselor (Live-out Dorm Parent)

Boarding/Residential Life New York, New York
Salary: USD 60000 - 70000 Annually


Position at Leman Manhattan Preparatory School

Position Summary:
The Léman Manhattan Residential Life Program is now seeking a Residential Counselor (Live-out 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 10-month position whose work schedule covers the times when students are not in classes. This position predominantly works weekday afternoons and evenings, and some weekend shifts on a rotational basis 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 three 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 Environment
  • Work is typically performed in a dormitory 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 $60,000 - $70,000 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
  • Paid Time Off