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Bard College at Simon’s Rock is the only four-year college in the United States specifically designed to allow highly motivated adolescents to fully realize their intellectual and creative potential by beginning college immediately after the 10th or 11th grade. For over 50 years, Simon’s Rock has occupied a unique space in the educational landscape, practicing the simple yet radical idea that many students are ready for college before the age of 18. We strive to do so in an inclusive environment where diverse perspectives are valued.

Five years ago, Simon’s Rock opened Bard Academy at Simon's Rock, a two-year high school program for 9th- and 10th-graders on the path to starting college early. The campus is located on 275 rolling and wooded acres in Great Barrington, Massachusetts, the center of the Berkshires and, according to Smithsonian Magazine, “the best small town in America.” Equidistant between New York and Boston, the Berkshires are a site of great natural beauty and numerous outdoor activities, as well as a cultural destination.

Bard College at Simon’s Rock and Bard Academy are equal opportunity employers and we encourage applications from those who contribute to our diversity, as the values of equity and inclusion are core to our institutional mission. AA/EOE.

Summary of Position

Bard College at Simon’s Rock and Bard Academy invites applications for who will join the Office of Student Life as a Community Director beginning August 2021. The primary responsibility of the Community Director is to ensure that students have a safe and emotionally secure living environment which supports the educational goals of Simon’s Rock. Each staff member is expected to work both independently and collaboratively as part of the Residence Life and Housing team. Specific tasks include:

  • Helps to resolve and mediate conflict between students in the residence halls.
  • Upholding the standards of conduct as outlined in the Student Handbook.
  • Creates and oversees a working House Council, advising and supporting all House Council programs and events, and overseeing the budget.
  • Collaborates with student staff, this includes utilizing them in meaningful ways, meeting with them regularly, evaluating their performance, helping them work more effectively, and participating in the selection of new student staff members.
  • Keeps the Dean of Students, Director of Residence Life and Housing, Community Directors, and other administrators apprised, as appropriate, on particular issues, and seeing them through to resolution.
  • Communicates and partners with parents to support students.
  • Attends regular staff meetings to discuss common residence issues, incidents, follow-up, community concerns, policies, and information of general interest.
  • Manages medical and psychological emergencies in conjunction with The Wellness Center (Medical/Counseling Services).
  • Promotes respect for the school’s property; maintains a cooperative working relationship with Physical Plant staff.
  • Serves on various Student Life and campus-wide committees.
  • Establishes and posts regular office hours each week where students and others may expect to find you in the Student Life Office and your assigned residence hall.
  • Maintains availability and a presence on campus, including attendance at most meals in the Dining Hall and being on-call as assigned.

We seek community-minded, team-oriented individuals to help develop and foster an inclusive and welcoming campus climate which allows young students to flourish. Applicants must be self-motivated, enthusiastic, organized, and demonstrate good judgment. They should be mature, outgoing, and solution-oriented. Successful candidates should expect to be active participants in this community.

This is a full-time, benefits-eligible, live-in position with significant evening and weekend responsibilities. Compensation includes salary, an on-campus, partially furnished apartment in the beautiful Berkshires, and a meal plan while on contract and when the dining hall is open. Ability to maintain a valid driver’s license and to be insured to drive Simon’s Rock vehicles are required. A Bachelor’s Degree is required; Master’s Degree preferred. A minimum of two years of live-in professional experience is preferred. A strong commitment to and understanding of the students affairs profession is required. Membership and/or involvement in higher education/boarding school professional associations (e.g. ACHUHO-I, TABS, ACPA, NASPA, etc) is preferred.

APPLY

Employment is contingent upon successful completion of a background check and fingerprinting. Bard College at Simon’s Rock and Bard Academy is an Equal Opportunity Employer, and all qualified individuals are encouraged to apply.
 
Please submit a cover letter, resume, and contact information for at least three references to Tracey Cameron, Ph.D., Dean of Students, at tcameron@simons-rock.edu. No phone calls please.
 
Applications will be accepted until the position is filled