Student Life Associate
- September 27, 2017
- Posted by: Jason Epstein
- Category: Employment
Position Statement for Student Life Associate
Begins: August 1, 2018
The American Hebrew Academy seeks enthusiastic and highly motivated recent college graduates from all Jewish backgrounds to serve as Student Life Associates to mentor talented Jewish high school teens in a boarding school setting through the development and application of career related skills.
Student Life Associates are full time employees who serve an annual term based upon the academic school year. Accordingly, extended holidays and summer recess follow a traditional school calendar. The Student Life Associate position is offered to recent college graduates who are just beginning their professional careers. The position offers a competitive salary, housing in a one-bedroom apartment on campus and full dining services. Student Life Associates focus on the care and supervision of American Hebrew Academy students, which is comprised of three components: Residential Life, Professional Experience Development, and Career Mentorship and Advancement.
Located in Greensboro, North Carolina, on a 100-acre wooded campus, the Academy offers academically motivated students, who come from 31 states and 36 countries, the opportunity to receive a rigorous college preparatory education while exploring and strengthening their Jewish identity.
With an average class size of twelve, Academy students are taught by an esteemed faculty most of whom have advanced degrees in their field (67% hold Masters Degrees/31% hold Doctorates or Rabbinic Ordination). Technology is central to every student’s experience at the Academy. Each classroom is equipped with Smart Boards and each student receives a business-quality tablet computer. The Academy’s customized classroom design is unique and facilitates the Socratic teaching pedagogy. Approximately ninety percent of our students live on campus, while the other ten percent are day students.
Our residential campus includes 16 dormitories. Each residence dormitory houses 18-22 students, a senior honor student prefect (Madrich/Madricha), a Houseparent, and Student Life Associate. The Houseparent and Student Life Associate manage each student house.
The American Hebrew Academy was founded in 1996 by Maurice “Chico” Sabbah, z”l and his wife Zmira, who dreamed of developing a first of its kind Jewish community in which Jewish teenagers from around the world and from all Jewish denominations and backgrounds could come together and live in a serene environment to enrich their knowledge of Jewish culture, history, and religious practice, both traditional and modern while preparing for admission to college and university and future positions of leadership in the community.
On September 10, 2001, the Academy opened its gates to 77 pioneering (“Chalutzim“) students. Today, the Academy is a thriving Jewish educational institution whose graduates have all gone on to continue their education at the finest colleges and universities in the United States, Israel and around the world.
Position Within the Organization
All Student Life Associates reside on campus and report to the Dean of Students.
The Student Life Associate is primarily responsibility for the care and supervision of boarding students within their assigned student house before, after, and sometimes during school hours. As part of a House team, the Student Life Associate serves to ensure the physical, social, academic, and emotional well-being of all students on campus. Two weeknights and every third weekend, Residential Life Associates are on-duty for their House; in addition to being on campus and generally available to students during this time, on-duty entails:
- Day to day management of the student house.
- Supervising recreational areas on campus.
- Monitoring the nightly two-hour evening study period in their House
- Supporting students socially.
- Managing in-house (curfew) and ensuring that students maintain healthy sleep habits.
- General availability to students for guidance and mentorship.
Professional Experience Development
Residential Life Associates focus on three main aspects of Student Life on a rotating basis over the course of the academic year to develop their professional experience. The rotations are Campus Life, Jewish Life, and Programming.
- Programming: Under the Director of Student Programming, Residential Life Associates on this rotation work with students on the Programming Committee to create and direct social events and activities, on and off campus. Examples include: school dances, Spirit Week, movie screenings, local sporting events, bowling nights, other local events.
- Campus Life: The Campus Life rotation includes working with the Dean of Students on school-wide events and educational programming. Campus Life responsibilities include tracking House standings, designing activities that focus on students’ academic and personal development, and composing a monthly newsletter for parents and families of current students.
- Jewish Life: The America Hebrew Academy is a diverse Jewish community open to Jews of all backgrounds. Having a representative team of Residential Life Associates from many different backgrounds and of diverse Jewish identities is crucial to the religious and spiritual environment of the campus. Under the direction of the Dean of Jewish Life, this rotation helps student houses and student groups prepare for Shabbat each week, assist minyan leaders in setting up Shabbat and weekday prayer services, and create engaging programming around Jewish themes and holidays. Jewish Life also oversees the Academy’s Tikkun ‘Olam (community service) requirement expected of all American Hebrew Academy students. One Student Life Associate may be dedicated to the Jewish Life Department, in which case he/she will work exclusively on the Jewish Life rotation for the entire school year.
The Student Life Associate position provides young adults with valuable professional career development and opportunities for advancement. Student Life Associates are therefore highly encouraged to take part in other areas of responsibility within the school, from a role in Administration to a role in the classroom and anything in-between. There are countless opportunities on campus for professional development. With the Dean of Students, each Student Life Associate will design an individual career mentorship assignment based on his or her specific interests, strengths, and goals; it is an entirely personalized professional experience, to which Student Life Associates may dedicate anywhere from 2 to 15 hours per week. Some past and current assignments have included:
- Assistant-coaching in the Academy’s Athletics program.
- Observing or participating as a Teacher’s Assistant in one (or more) of the Academy’s Academic Departments.
- Developing and running an extracurricular program (i.e. a cappella & leadership training)
- Assisting in theater productions or other after-school clubs and activities.
- Contributing to the Academy’s social media communications.
- Assisting Admissions to reach outlying Jewish communities and prospective students.
- Assisting the Jewish Studies Department and minyan leaders to develop innovative methods. by which to make Judaism and Jewish identity engaging and meaningful for students.
- Marketing and student recruitment.
- Student Life Associate developed initiatives.
- Bachelor’s degree required.
- Experience related to Jewish youth, informal education, camping and/or Hillel; experience in teen programming in a residential setting is highly desirable.
- Energetic with excellent oral and written English communication skills, ability to use computer, and fluency with Microsoft Office.
- Ability to exercise critical human relations skills in establishing and maintaining effective relations with students, staff, and community.
- Self-motivated and independent.
- Must be extremely accurate and detail-oriented and have the ability to prioritize and handle multiple tasks simultaneously.
- Acute ability to attend to minor (and major) details.
- Superb interpersonal skills, excellent writing skills, and facility in receiving and responding to a high volume of email communication.
- A strong desire to mentor students and be mentored by seasoned professionals
Salary and Benefits
Student Life Associates receive training, a private one-bedroom efficiency apartment, food service, a generous stipend, and the option of full health benefits. Student Life Associates are full time employees and serve a one academic year assignment beginning each August. Opportunities for successive years of employment and promotion to other Academy departments may be available upon completing the first year of employment.
Statement of Employment Policy
Discrimination based on an individual’s sex (including gender or pregnancy), race, color, national origin, veteran status, age, disability, sexual orientation, or other legally protected status is strictly prohibited at the American Hebrew Academy. The Academy provides equal employment opportunities for individuals regardless of religion in most positions with the Academy. However, the Academy is committed to the growth and teaching of Jewish values, traditions, and practices of the Jewish faith to the students enrolled. Thus, while the Academy employs many who are not Jewish, even persons who are not Jewish will be expected to demonstrate and promote Jewish values, traditions, and beliefs where necessary to meet the requirements of their positions. There are certain positions at the Academy that require the individual employed to be Jewish in accordance with Jewish law. The Academy reserves the right to determine which positions will be held exclusively by Jewish employees to best meet the mission of the school.
The above position statement is intended to describe the general content of and requirements for the performance of this job. It is not to be construed as an exhaustive statement of duties, responsibilities, or requirements.
Please use this link to fill out an Application for the Student Life Associate Position.
For inquiries regarding the Student Life Associate position or to submit your resume, please contact Kathryn McMillan, Dean of Students, at firstname.lastname@example.org.