Dorm Parent – Red Bird Mission

Dorm Parent

This is a multi-faceted position working with High School students in a dormitory setting. The Dorm Parent is responsible for meeting the physical, spiritual, emotional, and social needs of Resident Students. The Dorm Parent must provide a nurturing family atmosphere for the dormitory program.

Essential Duties and Responsibilities: include (but not limited to) the following:

  • In relation to the Resident Students…
    • Assign rooms and roommates.
    • Be informed of students’ whereabouts at all times.
    • Be available to the Resident Students as much as possible (mornings, after school, evenings, and in emergency situations).
    • Be aware of homesickness, illness, allergies and other physical and/or emotional needs of the Resident Students. Provide appropriate response to each situation.
    • Spend time with students every day, both on an individual basis and as a dormitory family.
    • Develop and assign chores and ensure they are completed in a satisfactory manner.
    • Secure Resident Student spending money and keep an accurate record of deposits and withdrawals.
    • Provide a well-balanced diet by planning weekly menus, including some cultural items for the various cultural groups in the dormitory program.
    • Ensure availability of healthful snacks.
    • Supervise nightly study hall times. Help Resident Students with homework as needed.
    • Provide a schedule and environment that helps Resident Students go to bed at appropriate times and wake up in time to get ready for school.
    • Arrange for Resident Students attendance in local church services.
    • Arrange for regular devotional times for the dorm as a whole.
    • Encourage Resident Students to have their own personal devotions.
    • Facilitate appropriate and regular correspondence between Resident Students and their parents or guardians.
    • Provide discipline as needed.
    • Encourage cooperation with teachers and other school staff.
    • Attempt to provide for the security of Resident Student possessions.
    • Plan occasional group activities for the Resident Students.
  • In relation to the Parents of the Resident Students…
    • Communicate with Parents on a regular basis.
    • Share with Parents any concerns and encouragement regarding their child/children.
    • Schedule Parents/Resident Student events.
    • Invite Parents to visit or visit with them as possible.
  • In relation to the physical care of the dormitory facility …
    • Inventory equipment and assets and assess the facilities for needed repairs on an ongoing basis.
    • Arrange for repairs and/or replacement (through the Maintenance Department) of equipment as needed and according to budget limitations.
    • Check on a regular basis the cleanliness/orderliness of Resident Students bedrooms, living room, etc.
    • Report any damage done by Resident Students or others to the Director of Education in writing, explaining the nature and extent of the damage.
  • In relation to the Red Bird Christian School…
    • Attend Dorm Parent meetings as scheduled.
    • Attend all Red Bird Christian School staff meetings and other Red Bird Mission/Clinic employee meetings.
    • Keep the Director of Education informed of important issues or relevant changes in your dorm.
    • Cooperate with other dorm parents in providing the best possible care for the students in the Resident Student Program.
    • Cooperate with teachers; use their reports and input to help and encourage the Resident Students to do the best they can in all areas of residential and educational life.
    • Be required to teach at least one Leadership class per semester
    • Work in conjunction with all other Dorm Parents, the Director of Education, and the Executive Director to develop, maintain, and ensure the implementation of the Leadership Curriculum of Red Bird Christian School.
    • Fulfill summer break duty assignments as scheduled.

Expectations: It is expected that the Dorm Parent will…

  • Recognize that this job is an important part of the functioning of Red Bird Christian School and Red Bird Mission and that the impact of the Mission depends on the collective witness of all its members.
  • Strive to work positively with Resident Students, co-workers, volunteers, and parents.
  • Work with all children/youth in a loving kind manner. Shows no favoritism.
  • Maintain personal habits and lead a personal life that is consistent with the calling of Red Bird Mission.
  • Ability to keep confidential, private family matters learned in the home or dorm.
  • Will be a responsible employee by being prompt and ready to work at the designated times.

Work Schedule:

  • When Resident Students are in the dorm/on campus, have at least one dorm parent on duty at all times.
  • Arrange for a “dorm sitter” when it is impossible to be present in the dormitory while Resident Students are on campus. This may include weekends, holidays, or during times of illness.

Qualifications:  

To perform this job successfully, an individual must be able to perform each essential duty satisfactorily. The requirements listed below are representative of the knowledge, skill, and/or ability required. Reasonable accommodations may be made to enable individuals with disabilities to perform the essential functions.

  • Must have all the academic qualifications for a teacher at Red Bird Christian School.
  • Must agree with the Red Bird Christian School Statement of Faith and demonstrate a clear testimony of faith in Jesus Christ.
  • Prior experience in a similar role is preferred.
  • Should be a married couple with demonstrable relevant experience working with children from the age group living in the dorm.
  • Entire family must complete the application process explaining their willingness to serve in the dorm.

Certificates, Licenses, Registrations:

  • Current Commercial Driver’s License or a minimum of 7 years driving experience.
  • Must be able to obtain and maintain a satisfactory criminal records check, child abuse registry check, sex offender registry check and Motor Vehicle Report.
  • Each year comply with continuing education requirements.
  • Must maintain CPR and First Aid certificates.
  • Must maintain a Kentucky Food Handler’s Certification.
  • TB Skin Test must be satisfactorily completed every two (2) years.

Language Skills:

Ability to read and comprehend simple instructions, short correspondence, and memos. Ability to write simple correspondence. Ability to effectively present information in one-on-one and small group situations to customers, clients, and other employees of the organization.

Mathematical Skills:

Ability to add, subtract, multiply, and divide in all units of measure, using whole numbers, common fractions, and decimals. Ability to compute rate, ratio, and percent and to draw and interpret bar graphs.

Reasoning Ability:

Ability to apply common sense understanding to carry out instructions furnished in written, oral, or diagram form. Ability to deal with problems involving several concrete variables in standardized situations.

Physical Demands:

The physical demands described here are representative of those that must be met by an employee to successfully perform the essential functions of this job. Reasonable accommodations may be made to enable individuals with disabilities to perform the essential functions.

While performing the duties of this job, the employee is frequently required to use hands to finger, handle, or feel; reach with hands and arms; talk or hear and taste or smell. The employee is occasionally required to climb or balance. The employee must regularly lift and or move up to 25 pounds, frequently lift and/or move up to 10 pounds. Specific vision abilities required by this job include close vision, distance vision, peripheral vision, depth perception and ability to adjust focus.

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