Dorm Parent/Boarding School Educator

Wasatch Academy
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Wasatch Academy

The Department of Residential Life is currently searching for an experienced Dorm Parent. The central focus of the Wasatch Academy residential program is to provide a safe, supportive environment in which students may develop as independent learners and grow into strong, confident young adults. Our primary task as residential faculty members is to provide that environment and engage the students in ways that provide the reasonable limits and boundaries they need to develop their own sense of identity, autonomy, and integrity. In order to accomplish this, faculty members need to communicate with students and adults. Furthermore, the ideal candidate will have experience with presenting lessons and a passion for teaching social/emotional learning.

This position reports to the Dean of Residential Life. This position is live-in and full-time (10 months per year).
Residential Life Faculty actively engage and challenge students to learn. Respect and dignity of the individual student are core values. Residential Life Faculty teach, both formally and informally, mentor students, and communicate with parents, educational consultants, and other faculty and administrators.

Basic Responsibilities

Model personal responsibility (professionalism).
Provide presence and leadership throughout the day. Be visible, accessible, and vigilant.
Establish in-dorm standards. Support and follow the intent of the rules as outlined in the Student Handbook.
Be approachable and empathetic. Be both a good communicator and a good listener.
Clearly communicate your expectations of students. Ensure dorm rules and consequences are logical and understood.
Communicate concerns to the Dean of Students as appropriate.
Limit leaving the residence hall unattended. A Prefect may cover the residence hall for short periods of time (less than 20 minutes) but is no real substitute for adult supervision. Every attempt should be made to go to the dining hall at hours that allow for the least amount of “adult-free” minutes in residence. (Dorm Parents are off duty while students are in class. There are also four days and two weekends off per month.)
Provide a weekly grade on the quality of the residential life participation of each dorm student calculating into a trimester grade.
Present a weekly social/emotional growth lesson plan.
Wasatch Academy Finks Dorm
Finks Dorm is a boy’s dorm, housing a maximum of 42 high school students. The typical age group is 8th through 11th grade. The Dorm Parent office is separate from the Dorm Parent housing. The Dorm Parent housing includes a two-bedroom one-bathroom updated apartment. Finks Dorm features a large front porch, new furniture for the students to lounge, and a kitchen space for the students to cook.
There is a Residential Life budget, shared among the six dorms on campus. The budget was created for student experience including dorm parties, motivational tokens, and other dorm needs. The budget also covers the needs for the Dorm Parent office to function properly.
Compensation includes a competitive base salary and benefits package including health, dental, and employer-matched retirement contributions. The faculty housing package includes an apartment with a utility allowance; dining hall privileges for employees and dependents, and tuition remission for faculty children. Several breaks off are also included: 1-week fall break, 1-week Thanksgiving break, 3 weeks Winter break, 2 weeks Spring break, and summer break.


Bachelor’s degree required. Social Science field and Certified Family Life Educator (CFLE) preferred.
Must possess a willingness to learn, be part of a team, take direction, and show dependability.
A strong value for education.
Ability to communicate effectively with adults and adolescents—written, verbal, and in conflict.
An understanding of adolescent development is important for this position.
Ability to connect with high school students.
This is a full-time, live-in position for a boy’s dorm. Must be available to work evenings, overnights, and every other weekend.
Experience working with a diverse team on projects.
Ability to work autonomously and reach out for support when needed.
Ability to quickly establish relationships and effectively collaborate with the school community, demonstrating a positive attitude.
Proficiency in google docs, a general understanding of email functions and mac computers, and data entry.
Extremely well organized.
Value culture of respect, innovation, community, ownership, and health & safety.

Organization Summary

Wasatch Academy (WA) is an independent, college preparatory, international boarding school located in Mount Pleasant, Utah (
WA teaches 200 students in grades 8-12 from over 30 countries and 30 states. Although founded in 1875 as a Presbyterian boarding school, WA has been non-denominational since 1975 and actively seeks religious and cultural diversity.

Job Overview

Job Type
Full time
Salary Information
$35,000-$40,000 starting point, DOE

120 S 100 W
Mount Pleasant, UT 84647
United States

How to Apply

Start Date: August 15, 2022
Required Applicant Documents:
a. Cover Letter
b. Resume/CV
c. Three professional references (telephone and email) d. Official Transcripts (upon request)
Instructions to Applicants: Send completed application materials to: Wasatch Academy
Attn: Amie Mondragon
Dean of Students & Residential Life
120 South 100 West
Mount Pleasant, Utah 84647
Phone: (435) 462-1418
Email: [email protected]

Application Deadline
Until filled