New England Innovation Academy (NEIA) is the school the world needs next. A new global school for day and boarding students in grades 6-12, NEIA is preparing young innovators with a future-focused curriculum, human-centered design, and real-world inclusion. Students connect Passion to Purpose, bring Ideas to Impact, and graduate Next Generation Innovators who leave NEIA with a unique PIN and become the change they want to see in a rapidly evolving world. Set on a beautiful 26-acre campus in Marlborough, Massachusetts, the school offers a custom curriculum informed by research at MIT’s Integrated Design and Management program. Students engage in relevant, project-based learning that directly supports their academic success. NEIA’s learning experience will encourage students to build empathy, take risks, and engage in hands-on community, environment, and industry projects. We invite you to learn more about NEIA by visiting the school’s website at https://neiacademy.org.
Diversity is essential to NEIA’s existence as a place of Innovation. To innovate you must feel you belong. As a Human Centered Design community, we work toward every NEIA innovator belonging. Diversity is essential to NEIA’s existence as a place of innovation. To innovate, you must belong. As a human-centered design community, we work toward every NEIA innovator feeling a sense of belonging at school. The diverse community and inclusive culture supported by a social justice curriculum empower NEIA innovators to act for equity and not be passive or passersby in the face of inequity. NEIA innovators are empowered by inclusion in a diverse community, which strives for equity by putting into action relevant social justice programs. We value creating the same experience for our staff and invite you to join our community.
Job Title: House Director
Department: Community Life
Reports To: Head of Student Life
FLSA Status: Exempt
Under the supervision of the Head of Student Life, the House Director develops, implements, and oversees all aspects of the residential life program. Responsibilities include: managing and supervising the work of the house parent team and student house leaders, implementing curriculum within housing, running house meetings, attending house council meetings, managing student conduct, and addressing academic and living-well needs as required.
The House Director works to create a supportive, “family-like” atmosphere and is responsible for supporting students with their academics, well-being, and activities. They provide and maintain a comfortable, safe, and inclusive atmosphere in the houses. They are instrumental in defining the tone conducive to building a healthy and robust school home environment that builds community and character. The House Director also partners with other staff regarding facility and security management.
The House Director fully understands and enthusiastically supports the mission and purpose of the Academy, both in talking and writing, and models the behavior and attitudes that build community, courtesy, and compassion in the houses and other areas of campus.
NEIA employees are expected to embody NEIA’s principles of empathy, equity, personalization, authentic work, and collaboration in all work activities and actions.
Essential Duties and Responsibilities include, but are not limited to the following:
Demonstrates professionalism in the performance of duties and acts as a role model to student innovators at all times.
Manages, oversees, and coordinates the development and execution of policies and procedures for the residential life program.
Implements administrative processes within the House and assists in the design and development of various administrative procedures (room selection, health and safety inspections, incident reports, lights out, etc.) as required and directed.
Directs work and training for House Parents.
Manages House activities and events.
Maintains and updates the LivingWell Student Handbook.
Provides a sense of family to residents centered around love, communication, and belonging.
Pastorally cares for boarders and fosters an environment within the House that is safe and secure.
Monitors the whereabouts and activities of the boarders.
Maintains a high degree of visibility in the House; counsels students when appropriate.
Organizes House gatherings with the input of Student House Leaders.
Develops and delivers House curriculum and wellbeing modules.
Provides a communication link to students, allies, and their parents/guardians.
Engages in conversation and actively listens in an effort to learn more about students individually and personally.
Advises and provides leadership to Student House Leaders in their role and responsibilities.
Instructs and manages school and house policies with residential students; familiarizes the boarders with House expectations regarding behavior and conduct and ensures rules are enforced and structure is upheld.
Maintains evening house logs and updates the appropriate members on the leadership team surrounding student issues and concerns.
Participates in the management of student conduct and behavior by responding to incidents and meeting with students in a timely and appropriate manner consistent with NEIA’s mission and culture.
Closely monitors academic work requirements and liaises with appropriate staff regarding progress and performance to support resident innovators.
Conducts and attends weekly House Team meetings and other school staff meetings as required.
Maintains a welcoming and inviting environment in the halls and common areas of the House.
Contacts parents/guardians regarding care and matters of significance.
Supports House events and manages the House budget.
Ensures the respect and maintenance of House property; monitors cleanliness.
Identifies hazards in an effort to manage risk and liability. Works with Building Grounds and Maintenance and Security staff to provide a safe and secure environment.
Is responsive to late night emergencies and medical issues when on-call.
Performs weekend evening check-in process.
Performs other duties as assigned and as required by the position and the school.
Residential Life Responsibilities
The House Director is required to reside in NEIA-provided campus housing. Responsibilities include, but are not limited to, weeknight and weekend supervision. Due to the nature of the position, work days/weeks can be unpredictable.
Education and Experience
Bachelor’s degree required.
Previous experience in a supervisory role working with adolescents.
Experience living in a residential community.
Experience in a pastoral care role or environment.
CPR and First Aid certified.
Drivers license required.
Ability to work with professionalism, discretion, sound judgment, equity, honesty, and personal accountability at all times.
Ability to create a welcoming and supportive community for a diverse study body.
Ability to efficiently and effectively manage the time of self and others.
Understanding of adolescent development and best practices in pastoral care.
Ability to work independently and collaboratively with other NEIA team members.
Ability to be flexible and adapt to changing work priorities and stressful situations.
Ability to serve as a role model and maintain good moral character.
Creative critical thinker and problem solver.
Strong administrative and organizational skills.
Strong communication and interpersonal skills.
Ability to take initiative.
Willingness to engage with students and families with empathy and kindness.
Presents a professional image to students, staff, and parents, consistent with NEIA’s mission and culture.
Leads with emotional intelligence.
Ability to work nights and weekends.
The House Director supervises the House Parent Team at NEIA.
This is a 12-month full-time exempt position with a comprehensive benefits package that includes:
Health Insurance (employer/employee share the cost)
Dental and Vision Insurance (employer pays 100% of the cost)
Employer-paid Life Insurance
Voluntary Disability Plans (employee-paid)
Generous PTO package that includes 10 paid holidays and additional time-off between Christmas Day and New Year’s Day.
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NEIA is committed to a policy of non-discrimination and equal opportunity for all employees and qualified applicants without regard to race, color, religion, sex, pregnancy or pregnancy-related condition, sexual orientation, gender identity and expression, national origin, ancestry, age, physical or mental disability, genetic information, veteran status, military service, application for military service, or any other status protected by applicable law. NEIA will make reasonable accommodations for qualified individuals with known disabilities or pregnancy-related conditions, in accordance with applicable law.
The New England Innovation Academy (NEIA) is preparing the next generation of innovators to pursue their dreams and shape a better world. A brand new global school for day and boarding students in grades 6-12, NEIA prepares young innovators with a future-focused curriculum, human-centered design, and real-world inclusion. Students connect Passion to Purpose, bring Ideas to Impact, and graduate prepared for what’s Next. Students create a unique PIN to the change they want to see in a rapidly evolving world. We invite you to learn more about NEIA by visiting the school’s website at https://neiacademy.org.
Diversity is essential to NEIA’s existence as a place of innovation. To innovate, you must feel you belong. As a human-centered design community, we work toward every NEIA innovator feeling a sense of belonging at school. The diverse community and inclusive culture supported by a social justice curriculum empower NEIA innovators to act for equity and not be passive or passersby in the face of inequity. NEIA innovators are empowered by inclusion in a diverse community, which strives for equity by putting into action relevant social justice programs. We value creating the same experience for our staff and invite you to join our community.