Head, Boarding School

Leadership Position

Closing Date: July 06, 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 Head, Boarding School. 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 Head of Boarding School implements and evaluates strategic and operational goals that directly align with the school’s strategic plan. Working closely with the Associate Head of School, Head of Senior School, Manager, Health Centre, Havergal’s Consulting Physician, Guidance Department, Social Worker, Director of Food Services, faculty, and other committed professionals, the Head of Boarding oversees a team of Boarding Dons to establish a safe and nurturing, home for students in Grades 9-12.

Additionally, the Head of Boarding will demonstrate an ability to develop programmatic initiatives that promote the wellbeing, inclusivity, and safety of a diverse boarding school community of approximately 50 students. The Head of Boarding works closely with our Security and Facility Teams to ensure the boarding school is a safe, impeccably maintained and welcoming environment. The Head of Boarding will demonstrate an exceptional understanding of the developmental needs of high achieving adolescent girls.

Specific Accountabilities

1) Boarding School Programming
  • Provide a diverse, stimulating and engaging Boarding School Program, including evening programs, weekend activities, long weekend excursions, special events and activities. Programmatic initiatives will be anchored in Havergal’s strategic plan that values wellbeing, teaching and learning, and student engagement.
2)  Academic Support and Leadership Development
  • Develop, review and revise routines and protocols for tracking student academic progress including attendance, learning skills and habits, academic standing, and co-curricular and community engagement.
  • Promote leadership opportunities through Havergal’s Prefect and Junior Don programs.
3) Pastoral Care
  • Promote a climate where boarding staff and students share mutual respect, care and trust.
  • Create opportunities for boarding students to develop personal responsibility.
  • Maintain open and active communication with parents.
  • In collaboration with Associate Head of School, use the school’s model of progressive discipline to address student behavioural issues in making decisions regarding discipline related issues.
  • Be proactive in informing the Health Centre, Guidance, Head of Senior School and/or parents of particular student issues requiring input and/or support.
  • Ensure procedures are followed in relation to the pastoral care of boarding students and the provision of a safe environment.
4)  Staffing
  • Establish a collaborative and supportive working and living environment for Boarding School staff.
  • Develop, review, and revise a comprehensive orientation program for the Boarding School staff for implementation in August of each academic year.
  • Develop, review and revise a monthly in-service, professional development program for Boarding School staff.
  • Coordinate and supervise residential staff through clear and equitable schedules for weekdays and weekends, supervision duties, program responsibilities, on calls, etc. that promote the safety and wellbeing of Boarding School residents.
  • Chair Boarding staff meetings.
  • Chair New Boarding Staff Interviews.
  • Complete regular staff performance reviews.
  • Establish and maintain professional, proactive, effective and problem-solving relationships with relevant constituents within the school to support Boarding School student learning and development and Boarding School staff professional growth and performance.
  • Oversee and assist with all student legal documentation, such as Visas, health insurance and passports.
  • Update the Boarding School and Residential Don Handbooks annually.
5)  Budget
  • Develop an annual Boarding School budget and be a prudent fiscal manager of the budget tracking all expenses and billing in a timely fashion.
  • Work collaboratively with Food Services to provide input and oversight to meal planning for Boarders outside of the school day including a plan for an emergency power outage and/or school closure.
6)   Risk and Safety
  • Working with the Director of Risk Management, to carry out risk-mitigation assessments in order to ensure that all matters related to the safety, welfare and security of boarding students are fully met.
  • Working with the Facilities Director develop and maintain a safe, healthy living environment.
  • Be familiar with, and develop further, a working knowledge of relevant legislation that affects students.
  • Review, revise and manage a crisis plan for Boarders and Boarding staff.
  • Oversee Health and Safety standards and requirements within the Boarding School.
  • Act as a member of the Emergency Response Team.
  • Report all facilities issues and concerns with respect to furnishings, fixtures and fittings to facilities or the appropriate department.
  • Provide oversight to Boarding School security including the monitoring of swipe card reports.
  • Implement and review policies, procedures and protocols in consultation with relevant staff.
  • Conduct one evacuation drill per term in the boarding house during non-school hours.
7) Admissions
  • Participate in the recruitment of students for the Boarding School Program.
  • Develop, review and revise and assist with Boarding School tour programs for prospective students/parents in consultation with the Director of Admissions.
  • Conduct boarding student interviews for admission to Boarding Program.
  • Participate in Admissions Events.
8)  Marketing and Communications
  • Liaise with HC Marketing and Communication Department annually to update content on the Boarding section and the Admissions for New Boarders section of the school’s website and quarterly for newsletters.
  • Regularly contributes content from boarding for the school’s Facebook and Instagram pages.
9) Other
  • Meet regularly with the Associate Head, Head of Senior School, Director Food Services, Wellness (School Nurse and Social Worker).
  • Attend and participate in USLT, SIT, Grade 9-12 Progress Meetings, Faculty and other school related meetings, as required.
  • Attends special school events, as required (New Parent Dinner, Grad Events, etc.).
  • Carry out any additional duties and responsibilities as required to support the school’s strategic mission and vision, as required.

Qualifications, Knowledge and Experience

  • Bachelor’s degree, preferably Masters, in education, social work, or nursing.
  • Experience working with risk and health and safety guidelines.
  • Oversee the safeguarding, discipline and pastoral care of all boarders.
  • Strong interpersonal skills – approachable and open, have the ability to develop rapport and communicate effectively with students, parents, faculty and staff.
  • Understanding of the unique aspects of leading in an independent educational institution.
  • Knowledge of adolescent development.
  • Knowledge of current and future trends in education and boarding and researched best practice working with adolescents.
  • An ability to engage, manage and develop teams.
  • Knowledge of social/emotional learning and SEL support structures available in the City of Toronto.
  • Exceptional time-management and prioritization skills.
  • Exceptional communication skills – written and oral.
  • Problem-solving ability.
  • Technological skills that demonstrate comfort with word processing, database searches, and electronic communication.
  • An ability to be judicious in choosing actions that are flexible or firm depending on circumstances.
  • Flexibility with working hours and the ability to live on site required.

Demonstrated ability and commitment to the Core Competencies of:

  • Inclusive Excellence
  • Collaboration & Teamwork
  • Integrity & Trust
  • Learning Agility
  • Communication
  • Growth Mindset
  • Coach & Develop Others
  • Managerial Courage
  • Champion Change & Innovation
  • Purpose Alignment & Results

All qualified candidates are encouraged to apply and express their interest to HC Careers no later than July 6, 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].