Resident House Parents- Boarding School - Porrentruy, Switzerland

Resident House Parents- Boarding School - Porrentruy, Switzerland

Posted: 11/13/2019 - 12:18 pm

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Resident House Parents

Job description

Overview of the job

You will be a supervising adult presence in the boarding house that is committed to ensuring the health and wellbeing of our international boarding students and assist them in their daily lives. Weekday hours when on duty are evenings and mornings, and weekend responsibilities will be included.  Our ideal candidates are a couple who is prepared to share the responsibilities.  Candidates can expect a free weekend a month.



Who we are

We are a day and boarding school for students ages 8-20.  We offer boarding spaces for 20-30 students a year who reside on our campus in our historic dormitory.  We value the tradition of our past, the individual humanism of each student and promotes openness to the larger community and world.  We are located in the French speaking part of Switzerland, two hours of Zurich, Geneva and three from Paris and Frankfurt.  We have an increasingly bilingual environment that promotes many languages on campus in the classic Swiss tradition.  Our primary school students (ages 8-12) learn German and English along with their French coursework, Secondary students (12-14) follow a similar linguistic pathway.  Our high school options allow students to focus their studies in French or in English while pursuing the Swiss Matura or the IB Diploma.



Full time house parents will have accommodation on campus with the option to share meals with the boarding students.


Organizational Structure

House parents will work on with housing assistants and teachers to create a comprehensive program for all boarding students.  In addition to responsibilities for living on campus and providing direct support for students, this position will report to the Head of boarding as outlined below with oversight by the Assistant Deputy of school and in tandem with the admissions team.


Main responsibilities of the job

As a leader of the Boarding team, being student focused in all matters with having a proper discerning view of how the boarding program supports the school community at large.


Student Routines

  • Wake every student in the morning for breakfast and morning registration and inspect student bedrooms, filling in appropriate paperwork
  • Supervise student’s Prep hour in the evenings and Supervised Study at the weekends
  • Report student illness promptly in the morning. If emergency attention is required, to use the emergency number or call an Ambulance
  • Ensure the smooth running of the boarding house generally in accordance to the student handbook to maintain a friendly, welcoming and happy environment
  • Ensure curfew times are kept ; filling in associated paperworks as requested and reporting issues of lateness
  • Help with student arrivals, student induction and departures when required


Facilities oversight

  • At weekends, to help the housekeeping team with maintaining general cleanliness and tidiness in the boarding house
  • Reporting any maintenance issues through the college system
  • Assist with laundry requirements of the students
  • Issue keys/cards as residence requires
  • To ensure a visible presence in and around the premises of the boarding house at all times when on duty


Pastoral Care

  • Monitor the student’s welfare and behaviour and report any problems in the residence to the boarding supervisor
  • Communicate with teachers related to any student concerns
  • Regularly communicate with parents about both positive achievements and ways students need support
  • Arrange regular meetings with the students to support them academically, socially and emotionally.




School Community

  • Liaise with Programme Directors and Heads of Department as requested
  • Attend termly induction and regular staff meetings
  • Work with boarding staff and administration to complete an agenda to ensure complete coverage for boarding school students.
  • Develop and lead club activities as well as be involved in school side events.


As part of your wider role within the College, you will also :

  • Follow the guidelines of the staff handbook
  • Work closely with the school leadership
  • Demonstrate a commitment to personal development and growth
  • Engage actively in the performance review process
  • Comply with any reasonable request from the Principal or Head of School to undertake work not specified in this job description
  • To be courteous to colleagues and parents
  • To provide a welcoming environment for all visitors to the College
  • You will maintain standards of ethics and behaviour in and out of the College.


In particular, you will live our school values :


  • Maintain high standards of attendance and punctuality,
  • Understand and act within the relevant College, national and statutory frameworks ;


  • Treat students with dignity, building relationships rooted in mutual respect ;
  • Have regard for the need to safeguard student’s wellbeing ;
  • Help to create and maintain a safe working environment for everyone ;
  • Develop and maintain a full understanding of current child protection procedures.


  • Show tolerance of and respect for the rights of others ;
  • Demonstrate curiosity and interest in your work
  • Display an entrepreneurial mindset when approaching tasks
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