Title: Residential Director for Curtis Summerfest
Reports to: Manager of Summer Programs
Status: Temporary, Non-Exempt
About Curtis Summerfest:
The Curtis Institute of Music (Philadelphia) educates and trains exceptionally gifted young musicians for careers as performing artists on the highest professional level. During the summer, Curtis opens its doors to provide young musicians and music lovers the opportunity to explore classical music and experience the Curtis Institute of Music’s “learn by doing” philosophy.
Curtis Summerfest offers programs that are produced by the Curtis Institute of Music and provides facility rentals for outside summer programs.
The Residential Director for Curtis Summerfest reports to the Manager of Summer Programs (MSP) and is responsible for overseeing the well-being of Summerfest participants residing in Lenfest Hall during the summer months.
The Residential Director will be responsible for the overall supervision of the summer residents during the summer program. This position plans, implements, and supervises a program that promotes group living, respect and responsibility.
The Residential Director should foster a clean, safe, positive and inclusive environment that encourages participants to reach their full potential. The Residential Director also acts as an educational leader and role model (for both students and staff), to set and maintain the proper tone, standards, activities, and interactions that will assure both an enriching residential and musical experience conducive to success.
The Residential Director is the head authority figure in the residence hall and stays in constant contact with the Managing Director of Performance Studies & Summer Programs, while supervising a staff of up to 12 Summer Program Assistants (SPAs).
This is approximately a 3-month assignment that includes a live-in portion. It is important to recognize that the demands of a live-in position are unique and often trying; the Residential Director is “on call” for 24 hours a day throughout the summer program. Although the majority of the position will function as described below, some aspects are subject to change due to evolving program needs.
- Supervises the work of the summer program assistants during the residential component of each day.
- Plans and supervises resident hall recreational activities for students.
- Coordinates student room assignments.
- Responsible for counseling students on interpersonal matters.
- Chaperones students on field trips and other events.
- Initiates custodial and maintenance work orders, as needed.
- Responsible for safety and health of participants during the residential component.
- Works with MSP to edit/revise Summer Program Assistant (SPA) Handbook.
- Refers to previous year’s training as needed, revises and implements SPA training for 2014 with Manager of Summer Programs. Scheduled training date is to be determined.
- Conducts routine meetings with residential staff to develop and review goals/outcomes achieved, discuss issues, recognize contributions, provides and solicits constructive feedback; implements short-term performance improvement plans, as needed.
- Provides administrative and logistical support to residential staff; delegates responsibilities fairly, appropriately, and in a timely manner.
- Ensures timely and regular organized document collection.
- Is familiar with and adheres to Curtis Institute of Music’s Summerfest policies and procedures, (available upon request).
- Practices direct, thorough and regular communication with the residential team and MSP; stays tuned-in to the needs of the team and ensures sufficient rest for individuals.
- Proactively builds trust and positive community among SPAs and participants; maintains authority and models Curtis’ core philosophies (see attached).
- Initiates conversations with and makes recommendations to MSP regarding scholar behavior/performance; thoroughly documents and implements decisions for increased support to particular participants.
- Is the lead point of contact with fire, police, emergency services, in case of emergency/crisis; maintains 24 hour cell phone access.
- Maintains appropriate documentation around participants’ well-being and any incidents.
- Act as campus security authority and assure summer program compliance with the Jeanne Clery Campus Security Act.
- Familiarity with classical music.
- Understanding of summer program atmosphere.
- Demonstrated experience directing a residential program in a summer festival, university or boarding school setting.
- Proven success in supervising students in resident life matters
- Excellent organizational, administrative, interpersonal and communication skills.
- Ability to multi-task and to pay attention to detail.
- Candidates should be energetic, flexible, and willing to take on additional responsibilities as needed.
- Commitment to the values and goals of the Curtis Institute of Music.
- Excellent judgment and decision-making abilities.
- Ability to work effectively as part of a team.
- Ability and desire to relate to and interact effectively with faculty, staff, parents, potential participants, and students from diverse ethnicities and language skills.
Working Conditions/Physical Demands:
The employee will be required to perform the essential functions of the job and is included in evening and weekend summer rotation.
For best consideration, interested and qualified applicants should electronically submit a cover letter, resume, two professional references and rate requirement to: email@example.com by Friday, March 14, 2014. Curtis offers a rate commensurate with experience. Position begins 2014. EOE. http://www.curtis.edu/summerfest