Dorm Parent Job Description
This is a residential position to supervise and monitor a maximum of sixteen students
living in a dormitory adjacent to the GSA campus. Responsibilities include: maintaining
safety and order within the house, helping boarders adjust to and manage independent
living, encouraging academic progress and personal growth, and promoting a family
atmosphere. The Dorm Parent will cultivate and encourage positive relationships with
and among students based on mutual respect, genuine concern, and creating a safe
environment for all residents.
*An understanding of development issues pertaining to adolescents.
*Ability to identify students in crisis or with special needs who require intervention.
*A genuine interest in other cultures and appreciation of cultural differences.
*Talent for communicating effectively with all types of people.
*Excellent decision-making skills.
*Willingness to enforce GSA policies and to take appropriate action if policies are
*Possession of an automobile and a valid Maine motor vehicle operator’s license; the
ability and willingness to use vehicle to transport a student(s), if the need arises.
*Employee must provide a copy of the current proof of car insurance for personnel file.
*Clearance to drive the GSA school van.
*Current First Aid and CPR certification
*Background check and state mandated finger printing.
DUTIES AND RESPONSIBILITIES
The Dorm Parent reports to the Director of Residential Life. Dorm Parents will have
regular relief time, which usually consists of one day off per week and one weekend off
per month. Occasionally, the position may require more or fewer hours from week to
week. The essential duties and responsibilities of the position include but are not
limited to the following:
*Understands and implements routine security procedures, such as securing the house,
operation of fire and security alarms, usage of master keys, etc. Should also be
thoroughly familiar with GSA’s Crisis Response Plan.
*Participates in the opening and closing of the house at the beginning and end of the
school and at holiday breaks.
*Coordinates room assignments and changes in collaboration with the Director of
*Monitors and assigns weekly rotation of chores.
*Meets deadlines and processes paperwork in a timely manner including the logbook,
permission forms, and other pertinent information.
*Appropriately manages or refers maintenance concerns and follows standard
maintenance and safety procedures.
*Actively participates in faculty and individual supervisory meetings.
*Advises and consults with the Director of Residential Life regarding problematic
situations and formulates plans to resolve difficulties.
*Maintains residential apartment in respectable condition and with appropriate notice,
make apartment available for routine maintenance.
*Serves as advisor, confidant, and advocate to members of the house.
*Plans and implements in-house programming (e.g., bulletin boards, door decorations,
movie nights, holiday parties, birthdays, etc.)
*Assists in planning and participates in weekend activities, as needed.
*Is vigilant about and ensures the safety of all boarders while they are under the
jurisdiction of the boarding program, including implementation of check-in and check-
out procedures and conducting head, security, and perimeter checks.
*Actively supervises students during the predetermined hours.
*Is attentive to changes in students’ behavior that might be signals for more serious
problems and consults with the Director of Residential Life on these matters.
*Ensures order and respectful interaction between all members of the house community
by monitoring boarders’ behavior. Enforces all GSA rules and policies, including
counseling of students who engage in misconduct, issuing disciplinary measures
according to school guidelines, providing follow-up, maintaining records, and notifying
and conferring with the appropriate parties.
*Transports boarders who are ill to and from non-emergency medical appointments as
*Transports boarders to and from the emergency room as needed.
*Distributes prescription medications when necessary.
*Participates in conferences with the Director of Residential Life, Director of the
International Student Program, Dean of Students, Headmaster, and parents/guardians
regarding serious concerns about a specific student or group of students.
*Maintains confidentiality on all matters as agreed between self and student, except in
matters where there is a risk of harm to self or others or when information relates to the
abuse of a minor.
*As required by law, reports to the police or Child Protective Services, all cases involving
or suspected of involving physical or sexual abuse.
*While striving to maintain a balance between his/her professional, personal, social, and
other commitments, the dorm parent is committed to putting the welfare of the house
community as a major focus of his/her interests and thus takes sufficient time to fulfill
job requirements and responsibilities.
*Understands and accepts his/her limitations and knows when to seek help.
Last updated 05/13/2010