The Student Life Assistant is responsible for monitoring and supervising students during the main hours of the Student Life Program and providing support to the student life counselors during the afternoon and evening hour activities. The Student Life Assistant will also support the teaching of the character education and the discipline of the students while assisting students in maintaining relationships with their family of origin.
DUTIES AND RESPONSIBILITIES
Nurturing, Educating, and Supervising Students (60%)
- Supports student life counselors in nurturing each student entrusted to their care consistent with the Student Life Program by:
- establishing trust,
- advocating for students' best interest,
- mentoring students,
- developing strong, mutually respectful relationships,
- providing consistent emotional support through praise, affection, empathy, and recognizing student achievement,
- advising students through personal problems,
- listening to students' thoughts, feelings, concerns, and problems,
- helping students in developing relationships,
- maintaining students' dignity and self-esteem,
- supporting opportunities for students to develop personal maturity through developmentally appropriate freedoms and responsibilities,
- maintaining confidentiality of sensitive materials according to the SEED Confidentiality Policy, and
- supporting students by attending as many functions that involve their students as practical.
- Supports student life counselors in fostering relationships between students and their families of origin by:
- supporting students and their families by helping to orient them to the house and residence hall upon enrollment,
- supporting opportunities for and promoting interaction with siblings,
- participating in parent conferences when necessary,
- communicating with the family of origin regarding student’s progress, accomplishments, growth areas, and concerns about the student as needed.
- Supports student life counselors in protecting the rights and dignity of individual students by:
- making decisions based on the best interest of students,
- supporting the ethical treatment of all students, and
- promoting problem solving and relationship development between students.
- Supports student life counselors in attending to students’ health care needs by:
- recognizing students’ health care needs and referring to medical services when appropriate, and
- maintaining accurate student home health care records.
- Supports student life counselors in attending to students’ mental health needs by:
- reporting signs of student abuse, depression, and suicide ideation to student support services,
- maintaining students’ dignity and self –esteem,
- recognizing and supporting students in bereavement and separation issues, and
- listening actively to students’ thoughts, feelings, concerns, and problems and counsels when appropriate.
- Supports student life counselors in attending to the moral, and character development of students by:
- teaching and modeling values related to sound moral and character development,
- teaching and role-modeling appropriate choices in movies, music, and television programs.
- Supports student life counselors in managing and evaluating the students' individualized goal by:
- stressing the importance of setting goals, evaluating progress, developing a strong work ethic, following through and remaining committed, and
- participating in overall assessment of students.
- Supports student life counselors in teaching social, self-help, life-long learning, and basic life skills by:
- teaching developmentally appropriate responsibility for self and others,
- teaching developmentally appropriate decision-making and critical thinking strategies,
- providing a supportive and flexible structure from which students learn responsibility, problem solving, and time management,
- providing opportunities for students to practice and demonstrate learned skills including manners, conflict resolution, budgeting, and cooperation and teamwork,
- teaching students to develop a positive peer culture through helping relationships,
- facilitating students’ development of individual, house and residence hall goals and objectives,
- teaching students developmentally appropriate leadership and communication skills, and
- encouraging individuality and creative thinking from students.
- Supports student life counselors in facilitating student scholastic achievement by:
- maintaining a structured learning environment and assisting with homework when necessary,
- teaching and modeling appropriate study skills,
- reviewing students’ school grades and performance and implementing additional learning support when necessary,
- communicating with teachers when necessary, and
- counseling and preparing students for college.
- Supports student life counselors supervising/assessing students’ performance by:
- scheduling, planning, and assigning work assignments,
- checking work for accuracy and performance, and
- maintaining performance records.
- Supports Student life counselors in attending to students’ personal safety by:
- being aware of student location,
- being aware of and attentive to warning signs of emotional distress, and
- supporting overall campus supervision.
- Supports student life counselors in facilitating student leisure and recreational activities by:
- teaching students to make leisure activity choices,
- supporting students on educational/recreational trips and/or activities,
- facilitating house activities,
- participating in residence hall activities, and
- encouraging and supporting students' involvement in SEED community activities.
- Teaches students healthy lifestyles by:
- teaching and coaching students’ personal hygiene,
- demonstrating and involving students in regular physical activity,
- educating and counseling students on dating relationships, human sexuality, and drug and alcohol issues, and
- making referrals to appropriate student support services when necessary.
- Supports student life counselors in teaching students to exhibit behaviors and values deemed appropriate for a member of the SEED community through:
- displaying appropriate role modeling,
- maintaining personal self-control, and
- respecting and appreciating diversity.
- Supports student life counselors in maintaining a developmentally appropriate behavior management system by:
- managing student behavior in the house, SEED community, and public,
- collaborating with Student life counselors and students in developing house rules and regulations,
- holding students accountable by delivering natural and logical consequences and using corrective teaching,
- utilizing modules from Level I Certification such as active listening, pro-active teaching, corrective teaching, and self-awareness,
- utilizing a consistent incentive system that reinforces and rewards students' appropriate behavior, and
- collaborating with other staff, and outside agencies to develop strategies to effectively manage student behavior.
Facility Management (20%)
- Supports student life counselors in managing and maintaining the house/residence hall facility by:
- ensuring a safe, secure, and clean environment by conducting periodic home inspection,
- submitting work orders when necessary,
- conducting monthly fire drills and reviewing emergency exit plan with students, and
- maintaining OSHA, first aid and universal precaution guidelines and procedures.
- Supports student life counselors in managing and maintaining the house by:
- developing and coordinating students’ and house schedules by consulting all published school schedules and medical, and mental health appointments, and
- maintaining food and supply inventories.
Program Development (10%)
- Supports student life counselors in developing and maintaining individualized student programs including:
- participating on student intervention teams and collaborating to develop and implement an individualized plan when appropriate,
- developing and implementing behavioral management programs for students as necessary, and
- developing and implementing individual community restitution programs in collaboration with Student life counselors, internal departments and external agencies.
- Supports student life counselors in maintaining house programs including:
- implementing a motivation / incentive system,
- implementing a life skills program,
- implementing a chore program,
- implementing a social skills program,
- assisting in house orientation program for new students and parents,
- implementing a student home government and leadership program,
- teaching and modeling a safety program, including universal safety precautions, pedestrian and bicycle safety, and driver safety, and
- implementing a study / homework program.
Professional Development (10%)
- Achieves and maintains Student Life Program by:
- reading and researching information pertinent to parenting skills and student development,
- setting / meeting annual professional development goals,
- evaluating self performance in collaboration with supervisor(s), and
- soliciting and implementing feedback on job performance and professional behavior.
SEED Core Values
All Student Life Staff are responsible for understanding, communicating and demonstrating the following set of shared values:
- Respect - being civil, cordial, courteous, and polite toward peers and adults and tolerating differences by treating others as you want to be treated
- Responsibility - taking ownership and being accountable for your actions and doing what you are supposed to do for the betterment of yourself and the SEED community
- Self-Discipline - controlling your behavior and actions and doing what is expected of you without reminders
- Integrity - doing the right thing even when no one is looking.
- Compassion - being concerned, helpful and supportive toward other people and the community and thinking about how the other person will feel before you act.
- Empathy: Identification with and understanding of another's situation, feelings, and motives.
- Self Determination-Determination of one's own fate or course of action without compulsion; free will.
- Perseverance- continued steady belief or efforts, withstanding discouragement or difficulty; persistence
All Student Life Staff are responsible for demonstrating professional behaviors consistent with the following principles. Such behaviors include, but are not limited to the following:
- Cooperative and positive attitude toward students, parents, staff and other constituencies of the School
- Presentation of self by appropriate dress and manner of speech
- Appreciation for the sensitivity of information gathered in one’s professional role and in maintaining the confidentiality of such information
- Cooperative team membership and participation on teams both within and outside of the Student Life Program
- Appropriate constructive questioning
- Openness to new ideas and ongoing program improvement
- Maintaining the highest legal, moral and ethical standards, thus enabling each adult to be a strong, positive role model for the students
- Growth and Development:
- Support and actively encourage an overall school environment which promotes personal and professional growth and development
- Development and completion of personal and professional growth plans in a timely manner
- Commitment to a process of life-long learning
- Strive for excellence in both adult’s and student’s performance
- Fulfilling personal and professional responsibilities with honesty, integrity, and in full compliance with school, local, state and federal regulations
- Commitment to the SEED Mission:
- Commitment to the mission of The SEED School of Maryland
- Commitment to the shared vision of the SEED School of Maryland
- Modeling values consistent with the SEED School’s Student-Parent Handbook
- Cooperation and collaboration within and across departments to accomplish goals and objectives which are focused on the students.
- Enthusiastic commitment to high standards of excellence in performance, behavior, and learning.
- Commitment to meeting student’s individual needs and understanding their individual contextual background.
- Effective Communication:
- Development and maintenance of high performance teams at every level (students, parents, administration, staff)
- Effectively shares information and instruction in a manner that helps others succeed
- Communicates plans, goals and developments of projects in an effective and timely manner
- Striving to create “win/win” solutions wherever possible
- Use of a tone and style of communication that is assertive and appropriate for the individuals as well as the circumstance/situation
- Use of tact, sensitivity and empathy when interacting with and/or serving the SEED School, community, parents, students.
- Demonstrates an ability to utilize active listening in a manner that shows care, sensitivity, and approachability
Experience & Education
- Bachelors or higher degree or equivalent work experience in social sciences or related field
- A minimum of two (2) years experience in adolescent development, residential/boarding education, counseling, or related field
- Proficient in MS Office Suite
- Internet savvy and skilled with technology
- Ability to read, analyze and interpret orders
- Ability to respond to common inquiries or complaints from students, staff members, parents, contractors, etc.
- Ability to write reports that conform to prescribed style and format
- Ability to effectively present information to students, supervisors, and others
- Ability to analyze and solve issues
Schedule: (with opportunity to live on campus for free)
6:00 am to 8:30 am - Monday thru Friday
3:30 pm to 10:00 pm - Monday thru Thursday
6:30 pm to 9:30 pm - Sunday (every other month)
While performing the duties of this job, the employee is frequently required to stand; walk; sit; use hands to finger, handle, or feel objects, tools, or controls; reach with hands and arms; climb stairs; balance; stoop; kneel; crouch or crawl; talk or hear; taste or smell. The employee must be able to lift and/or move boxes up to 25 lbs. in weight. Specific vision abilities required by the job include close vision, distance vision, color vision, peripheral vision, depth perception, and the ability to adjust focus.
While performing the duties of this job the employee is exposed to a noise level in the work environment that is usually moderate.
Job Type: Part-time
- Adolescent development: 2 years (Preferred)
- Microsoft Office: 1 year (Preferred)