Boarding Staff

Support Position

Closing Date: September 22, 2023

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 Boarding School as a Boarding Staff team member. This is a full-time position.

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.

The Position

Boarding Staff engage Boarding students in activities both academic and personal and ensure individual needs, strengths and talents are developed. They provide support for students and have empathy for the social and emotional issues adolescents may face in a Boarding School setting. Boarding Staff work closely and collaborates with the Head of the Boarding School, Assistant Head of Boarding, Health Care Providers, faculty, parents and other Boarding staff members to ensure continuity of care and support for students.

Boarding staff are approachable, attentive, reliable, supportive and understanding members of the Boarding community who are enthusiastically engaged in the life of the school. Boarding Staff are required to live on campus during the school year and have the option to reside on campus during the summer months. They must be able to commit to working a rotating schedule of mornings, evenings and weekends.

Operationally, Boarding Staff support the Head of Boarding to oversee and manage a supportive and inclusive Boarding program that contributes to a dynamic and forward-focused 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 safe and vibrant home environment. This requires the development of a collaborative working relationship with the Boarding team as well as all departments within the school and other independent schools in the city of Toronto.

Specific Accountabilities

  • Ensure overall student needs are met including physical and mental health, social wellbeing, behaviour management and emotional support.
  • Supervise evening study.
  • Support and implement Boarding programming.
  • Lead and mentor advisory group for 8-10 students.
  • Organize and facilitate activities for students, both on and off campus.
  • Communicates effectively with parents, teachers and counsellors as needed.
  • Maintains professional accountability, boundaries, responsibility and model appropriate behaviour.
  • Establish Boarding expectations aligned with the Code of Conduct, school handbooks and other school policies for students and carry out disciplinary measures when necessary.
  • Manage and maintain the Boarding School to ensure a safe, secure and clean environment by conducting regular inspections and completing duties necessary to the smooth functioning of the Boarding School.
  • Coordinate safety checks and oversee adherence to regulations in accordance with the School Emergency Procedures.
  • Maintain confidentiality of sensitive issues and materials.
  • Support a program/activity in the Day School i.e., academics, athletics, performing arts or other clubs.
  • Contribute to maintaining an environment of inclusion in accordance with the school’s shared values of respect, teamwork and collaboration.
  • Any other responsibilities, in a variety of circumstances, as required by the Head of Boarding School and the Assistant Head of Boarding.

Qualifications, Knowledge & Experience

Education & Experience
  • 3 + years of recent relevant education and/or experience, ideally in Education, Recreation and Health or youth care settings.
  • Certificate, Diploma or Degree in education or youth care related field.
Required Qualifications
  • Experience working within a diverse team.
  • Experience supporting students with diverse backgrounds and identities.
  • Current First Aid/CPR certification; CPR Level “C” with AED is an asset.
  • Ability to successfully obtain Vulnerable Sector Screening (VSS) criminal record check clearance.
  • Must be able to work evening, overnight and weekend shifts as part of a work schedule.
  • Experience working in a boarding school setting/living and working in a dorm.
  • Understanding of the developmental stages of adolescents including their health and wellbeing needs.
  • Key competencies and emotional intelligence in self-awareness, self-management, empathy, initiative and accountability.
  • Ability to assess daily operations and make good judgement decisions and recommendations based on the values of the school.
  • Excellent communication skills, both verbal and written.
  • Commitment to dealing effectively with conflict and managing interpersonal relationships in a timely and professional manner.
  • Comfortable with general computer skills.
  • Excellent organizational skills.
  • Ability to work independently as well as collaborate in a team environment.
  • Supporter of academic initiatives and co-curricular activities for students.
  • Understanding of the importance of diversity in implementing an inclusive living and learning environment.
  • Actively support the vision, mission and values of our school.
Desired Qualifications
  • Diversity, Equity and Inclusion training.
  • Mental Health First Aid.
  • Fluency in a second language.

Demonstrated ability & commitment to the Core & Leadership 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 September 22, 2023.

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].