Assistant Head of Boarding

Support Position

Closing Date: February 19, 2024

Job Term: Full Time

We are seeking an individual who is inspired by our mission and whose beliefs align with our core values of integrity, compassion, inquiry and courage, and reflects our core competencies to join our community as Assistant Head of Boarding. This is a full-time, 3 year contract starting in September 2024. Please note that working hours are predominantly afternoons and evenings including weekends.

Why Havergal is the Place to Be

Founded in 1894 and located on a beautiful 22-acre campus in midtown Toronto, Canada, Havergal College is one of Canada’s pre-eminent independent schools for girls from Junior Kindergarten through Grade 12. At Havergal College, we believe that great schools are made up of great people. With a rich history spanning over 125 years, we are committed to offering a contemporary liberal arts education, which is rooted in the Anglican tradition. Our mission is to prepare young women to make a difference. Through our outstanding academic and co-curricular programs, and a cohesive and collegial team of faculty and administration staff, we nurture a culture of capability that fosters self-confidence, leadership, critical thinking and global-mindedness within our students.

We take pride in attracting and retaining highly qualified faculty and administration staff to ensure that our school remains at the forefront of educational excellence. Join us in this transformative journey of education, working together to empower young women to make a positive difference in our world.

We are committed to building a diverse workforce and an inclusive workplace. We believe that an inclusive environment fosters a culture of mutual respect, creativity and innovation, collaboration and accountability. To this end, we encourage applications from all qualified candidates with a diverse range of experiences and perspectives, including women, BIPOC (Black, Indigenous and People of Colour) peoples, LGBTQ2S+ and persons with disabilities to join our thriving team. We seek candidates who are committed to nurturing a community where integrity, compassion, inquiry and courage thrive. 

The Position

The Assistant Head of Boarding (AHOB) supports the Head of Boarding (HOB) to ensure the smooth operation of the Boarding School community and supports the Boarding staff to establish a safe and nurturing home for Boarding students in Grades 9 to 12.

The AHOB also demonstrates an ability to develop programmatic initiatives that promote the wellbeing, inclusion and safety of a diverse Boarding School community of approximately 50 students from about nine countries around the globe. The AHOB demonstrates an exceptional understanding of the developmental needs of high achieving adolescent girls and acts as a role model and mentor for both the girls and the Boarding staff.

Specific Accountabilities

  • Support the HOB in managing the Boarding staff team, offering immediate accessibility and guidance whenever on duty, enabling them to carry out their roles effectively and efficiently and with the appropriate levels of autonomy.
  • Ensure Havergal’s Boarding ethos, philosophy and Code of Conduct are communicated regularly and effectively to students, staff and parents.
  • Works closely with the HOB to ensure Havergal delivers a high quality of personal pastoral care and to alert the HOB of individual concerns regarding students.
  • Lead and support Boarding staff with the planning and execution of student activities and programming.
  • Support the HOB to ensure an effective working relationship with support departments, faculty and staff.
  • Oversee the daily management of the Boarding School office and ensure the Boarding School email and shared drive are managed.
  • Support the HOB in creating schedules, meeting agendas, communications, forms and calendars.
  • Acts as Boarding Advisor for a group of up to eight Boarding students, facilitating regular check-ins and communicating directly with parents about student life and concerns.
  • Works regular shifts in the Boarding School in the evening and supports students at this time.
  • Alternates weekend on-call responsibilities with HOB.
  • Supports one co-curricular in the Day School.

Qualifications, Knowledge & Experience

  • Bachelor‘s degree in a related area of focus (e.g., education, outdoor education, child development).
  • Three or more years experience leading a team.
  • Experience working in a boarding school setting/living and working in a dorm.
  • Independent school experience is an asset.
  • Proven leadership skills including relationship building, listening, clear communication and decision making.
  • Experience in planning, implementing and directing school boarding programs, including off campus excursions.
  • Exceptional time-management, communication, problem solving and interpersonal skills.
  • Technological skills that demonstrate comfort with word processing, database searches, electronic communication.
  • Knowledge of adolescent development and the unique needs of each age/stage.
  • An ability to engage, inspire, manage and develop young people.
  • An ability to be judicious in choosing actions that support school policies and procedures in ways that foster student learning and accountability.
  • Well-developed professional judgment.
  • Self-directed and collaborative.
  • Experience/openness in working with colleagues and students from different cultures and backgrounds.
  • Flexible and adaptable.
  • Standard First Aid and CPR Level “C” with AED is an asset (successful completion is required).
  • Mental health first aid training is an asset.
  • Second language skills are an asset.
  • Demonstrated ability and commitment to the Core Competencies of:
    • Inclusive Excellence
    • Collaboration & Teamwork
    • Integrity & Trust
    • Learning Agility
    • Communication
    • Growth Mindset
    • Coach & Develop Others

All qualified candidates are encouraged to apply and express their interest to HC Careers no later than February 19, 2024.

Havergal College thanks all applicants in advance. Only those candidates selected for an interview will be contacted. Havergal College is an equal opportunity employer. We are committed to an inclusive, barrier-free recruitment and selection process, and work environment in accordance with the Accessibility for Ontarians with Disabilities Act (AODA). We will be happy to work with applicants requesting accommodation at any stage of the hiring process. If you require accommodations, please contact Cathy LeBlanc at 416-483-3519 ext. 6526 or by email at [email protected].