Boarding Don

Support Position

Closing Date: May 27, 2022

Job Term: Full Time

We are seeking an individual who is aligned with our core values and reflects our core competencies to join our Boarding team as Boarding Don. This is a full-time position.

About Havergal

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 the forefront of women’s education for over 125 years, Havergal offers a contemporary liberal arts education and is rooted in the Anglican tradition. Havergal’s mission is to prepare young women to make a difference. Through our outstanding academic and cocurricular programs, we nurture a culture of capability that fosters self-confidence, leadership, critical thinking and global-mindedness within our students.

At Havergal College, we believe that great schools are made up of great people. We are committed to building a diverse workforce and an inclusive workplace. 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, and persons with disabilities. We welcome applicants who are inspired by our mission to prepare young women to make a difference and to take on an ever-changing world with confidence, resilience and global-mindedness.

The Position

The role of Boarding Don is to be a knowledgeable and trustworthy ambassador for the Boarding Program and the school. The Boarding Don is an approachable, attentive, reliable, supportive and understanding member of the Boarding community who is enthusiastically engaged in the life of the school. The Boarding Don lives in Boarding during the school session and must be able to commit to working a rotating schedule of mornings, evenings and weekends.

As a Boarding Don, you possess a keen interest in working with adolescent girls. You demonstrate an energetic, enthusiastic and flexible approach to your role. While living in Boarding during the school year, you are responsible for the safety and wellbeing of all students, but in particular, a small cohort of 10 to 12 girls. You oversee the development of the individual students in your cohort by knowing each girl as a unique individual and you are a contact for the international and local parents of Boarding students.

Operationally, the Boarding Dons support the Head of Boarding (HOB) to oversee and manage a supportive and stimulating Boarding program that contributes to a dynamic and stimulating Boarding Life program. This program is designed to develop skills, create opportunities for social engagement and promote healthy active living and social/emotional wellbeing. The team creates a secure, clean and comfortable Boarding “home away from home” environment. This requires the development of a collaborative working relationship with Boarding staff as well as all departments within the school and other independent schools in the city of Toronto.

Specific Accountabilities

  • Support the Boarding program, offering immediate accessibility whenever on duty, enabling them to carry out their roles effectively and efficiently and with the appropriate levels of autonomy.
  • Ensure the College’s Boarding ethos and philosophy, pastoral objectives and Code of Conduct are communicated regularly and effectively to Boarders, Boarding staff and parents.
  • Work to ensure the College delivers a high quality of personal pastoral care and to alert the HOB of individual concerns regarding Boarders.
  • Support the HOB to secure an effective liaison and good working relationships with support departments and staff.
  • Teach one section and coaches or leads one co-curricular activity in the Day School.
  • Contribute to maintaining an environment of inclusion in accordance with the school’s shared values of respect, teamwork and collaboration.

Qualifications, Knowledge & Experience

  • Bachelor of Education.
  • Experience working in a Boarding School setting/living and working in a dorm.
  • Standard First Aid and CPR Level “C” with AED is an asset.
  • Second language skills, particularly in French, Mandarin, Russian and Spanish, are an asset.
  • Proven leadership skills.
  • Experience in planning, implementation and directing school Boarding programs, including off-campus excursions.
  • Experience/openness in working with colleagues and students from different cultures, backgrounds and abilities.
  • Knowledge of adolescent development and the unique needs of each age/stage.
  • Proven ability to engage, inspire, manage and develop young people.
  • Flexible and adaptable.
  • Exceptional time-management, communication, problem solving and interpersonal skills.
  • Technological skills that demonstrate comfort with word processing, database searches and electronic communication.
  • 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.

Demonstrated ability and commitment to the Core Competencies of:

  • Inclusive Excellence
  • Collaboration & Teamwork
  • Integrity & Trust
  • Learning Agility
  • Communication
  • Growth Mindset

All qualified candidates are encouraged to apply and express their interest to HC Careers no later than May 27, 2022.

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].