Academy Area Director - Residential Life

Salem Academy and College, the oldest continuously operating educational institution for girls and women in the country by its founding date of 1772, invites Academy Area Director - Residential Life applicationsThis is a full-time 11-month position (July 15 to June 15). The Academy Area Director - Residential Life reports to the Academy Head of School. The Academy Area Director - Residential Life serves an integral role on the Salem Academy & College Residential Life & Student Affairs team. The Academy Area Director works closely with the Director of Student Life and Director of Student Activities at the Academy and College to ensure Academy Residential students are fully integrated and included in the programming facilitated by all student affairs staff. The person in this role also works closely with Academic Affairs to ensure a total student life experience by connecting residential students’ on-campus student life success to their academic success.  Some evening and weekend work is required to maintain an excellent residential atmosphere.

About Salem Academy and College:

Salem Academy and College is the oldest continuously operating educational institution for girls and women in the country by its founding date of 1772.  The institution is currently celebrating its 250th anniversary and is engaging in transformational change to innovate in women’s education. Salem Academy is a college preparatory school located on a diverse, active college campus focused on preparing young women for careers in STEAM. Salem College is the nation’s only liberal arts college exclusively dedicated to developing the next generation of women in health leadership. Salem Academy and College is located in Winston Salem, North Carolina, a vibrant college town known for arts and innovation.

Essential Duties and Responsibilities:

  • Academy Specific Responsibilities

    • Lead, develop, and sustain a comprehensive residential life program aligned with the school’s mission and achieves the school’s strategic plan and vision.
    • Live on-campus in the Academy residence hall while the campus is open and operating in-person; 
    • Assist in the admission process when necessary, making an effort to meet with all visiting families and present to prospective student groups when appropriate.
    • Guide and advise the residential life programs in conjunction with the residential life team (Hall Coordinators, Live-in Faculty, Graduate Assistants, work-study students, and other residential staff members)
    • Supervises, along with Hall Coordinators, all Academy Student Prefects 
    • Oversee the arrival and departure processes for residential students; 
    • Maintain communication with parents of residential students, including but not limited to 
      • a weekly update in the newsletter; 
      • student comments on residential life involvement at each marking period; 
      • Planning and leading a Boarding Parent Virtual meeting twice each semester 
    • Manages student services, including safety, health and medical care, and counseling of residential students. This includes organizing transportation to and from any medical appointments and coordinating with Health Services for medication distribution 
    • Identifying and securing home stays as needed for residential students 
    • Membership on institutional task forces or special projects, such as the COVID-19 Task Force, as required. 
    • Oversee meal delivery and communication to any students in Quarantine/Isolation for COVID-19.
    • Works with the Director of Student Life and Chief of Public Safety to update, oversee and communicate all emergency procedures (fire drills, lockdown, etc.).
    • Work in collaboration with the Head of School, Director of Curriculum & Instruction and College Counseling, Director of Student Life, and Director of Student Events to design and facilitate retention-oriented programming.
    • Creating and overseeing driving schedules for regular activities such as food runs and mall runs.
  • Student Conduct and Direct Student Responsibilities 

    • Work with the Director of Student Life and Honor Cabinet Advisor on the judicial and honor code processes;
    • Complete incident reports for policy violations;
    • Assist with crafting hearing letters and sanction letters and; 
    • Assist with student attendance record-keeping (day and boarding students); 
    • Keep accurate student conduct files.
  • Administrative Responsibilities

    • Coordinate administrative, managerial, personnel, and facilities functions of the residence halls;
    • Managing the Academy Residence Hall and Residential Life responsibilities to include the room selection process, assignment of roommates, room change processes, etc.; 
    • Supervise any College work-study students assigned to Babcock; 
    • Manage the professional office (Babcock front desk) for residence life to include ensuring the hours of operation meet student needs and;
    • Prepare end-of-year billing information for room damages.
  • Software Management

    • Manage all software input, training, and monitoring connected to student sign-in/sign-out and residential life attendance at events. 
    • Includes software training for residential life staff (Academy & College), students, families, and faculty/staff.
    • Responsible for, with the assistance of the Registrar and Health Services, reviewing forms uploaded to Magnus for accuracy and completion. (The Health Staff reviews medical forms).

While this position works primarily in the high school area of Residential Life, it also works collaboratively across the campus to support high school student success.

  • Joint Academy & College Responsibilities

    • Secondary responsibilities include providing general support for the College Residence Life area. 
      • This includes coordinating a collaborative on-call structure with the College Residence Life area.
      • Participate, as needed, in on-call rotation for emergency incident response for the College (Residential, Commuter & Fleer) and Academy student populations
    • Participate in the Hall Coordinator recruitment processes and in-service training; 
    • Work with Academy & College Area Coordinators.
    • Conduct Hall Coordinator performance evaluations;
    • Facilitate staff meetings for Academy Residential Life Staff;
    • Coordinate the on-call schedule in conjunction with the College Residential Life Area Coordinator; 
    • Participate with College Residential Life staff on in-service training;
    • Participate in College Residential Life staff meetings (weekly); 
    • Ensures that the residential policies support the academic mission and that students’ time outside of class is appropriately apportioned to support their academic and personal well-being. 
    • Maintain accurate records of all staff work hours and responsibilities.
    • Coordinate with the Physical Plant staff on cleanliness, repair status, and related matters for residence halls; 
    • Work closely with the Chief of Public Safety to ensure staff and students receive training for emergency response protocol on campus; 
    • Oversee Residence Life social media communications to foster student engagement in the campus community and;
    • Infuse the Residence Life program with critical cross-cultural initiatives that increase the awareness, knowledge, and skills necessary to realize and sustain a diverse and inclusive campus community. Do so in collaboration with other offices on campus responsible for Diversity, Equity, and Inclusion efforts.
  • Student Affairs Collaboration

    • Attend and participate in regular meetings of Student Affairs Staff (College and Academy)
    • Assist with institutional initiatives and programs such as but not limited to Orientation, Family Weekend, Admissions events, parent panels, convocations, Founder’s Day, and all end-of-year activities.
  • Additional: 

    • Work hours will include a combination of weekdays, weekends, and some evenings and on-call responsibilities on a rotational basis.
    • Be a visible presence in all areas of the school.
    • Other duties as assigned by the Head of School.

Required Qualifications:

  • A Bachelor’s degree
  • Related experience in an undergraduate, independent school, or similar housing, student conduct, and retention efforts; 
  • Demonstrated ability to communicate effectively with a broad range of internal and external constituents including faculty, staff, parents, and students;
  • Demonstrated ability to communicate effectively through the development and composition of professional correspondence and formal presentations;
  • Ability to design, create, and facilitate student programming;
  • Self-Starter with strong interpersonal skills
  • Ability to effectively multi-task and produce accurate professional work products under demanding timelines;
  • Strong computer skills to include proficiency in the following: Google suite, Microsoft Word, PowerPoint and Excel, and the ability to conduct Internet research.
  • Ability to establish cooperative, effective working relationships across the institution;
  • Outstanding planning and organizational skills;
  • Ability to work independently and collaboratively; 
  • Proven ability to display discretion in dealing with sensitive, confidential issues and;
  • Sound judgment and problem-solving skills.
  • A high degree of discretion and confidentiality must be held.
  • Valid Driver's License
  • Ability to Drive at night
  • Willingness to train for a CDL license
  • A good candidate has experience working with high school students, appreciates diversity and other cultures, is highly motivated and globally aware, is patient, takes the initiative, and exhibits strong interpersonal and leadership skills.

Preferred Qualifications

  • A Master’s degree in Student Affairs or a related field 
  • Prior supervisory experience.
  • Background and/or experience in a STEAM-related field or education institution.

Physical Functions:

While performing the responsibilities of this position, the employee is required to sit for varying lengths of time; occasionally bend, reach, lift, push, and pull up to 25 pounds; stand, walk, and kneel and regularly ascend/descend stairs; use hands and fingers to handle or feel and manipulate keys on a keyboard; perform extended periods of work at a computer workstation and view a computer monitor; perceive sounds at normal speaking levels with or without correction, and receive detailed information through oral communication; express and exchange ideas using spoken word, and work in an office setting.

Application Process:

To apply, please send a letter of interest addressing your qualifications for the position along with a resume or curriculum vitae and three professional references to and The letter of interest may be addressed to the “Search Committee.” The review of applications will begin immediately and will be ongoing until the position is filled.


Salem Academy and College is an equal opportunity employer, and all qualified applicants will receive consideration for employment without regard to race, color, national origin, age, religion, disability status, sex, sexual orientation, gender identity, veteran status, pregnancy, or any other characteristic protected by law.


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