Director of Student Life

This opening calls for specific teaching qualifications set by the school.

CalWest’s client school, Southwestern Academy, is seeking a Director of Student Life to begin July 30, 2024 or sooner.

This search is being conducted exclusively by Ben Irie, Search Consultant. If you are interested in this opportunity, please forward your email and cover letter to

Please do not contact Southwestern Academy, all interested candidates will be directed to CalWest.

CalWest Required Qualifications

  • A Bachelor’s Degree and/or other educational requirements listed on the job description
  • Requisite skills commensurate with the position
  • A reasonable commuting distance to the CalWest client school, or a willingness to relocate
  • Authorization to live and work in the United States

Client School Preferred Qualifications

  • Bachelor’s degree in Education, Counseling, Social Work, or a related field
  • Master’s degree preferred


  • Minimum of 5 years of experience in a leadership role within a boarding school or residential life program.
  • Oversee the daily operations of the residential program, including dormitory management and student supervision.
  • Lead and mentor residential life staff, including dorm parents, resident advisors, and support staff.
  • Develop and implement policies and procedures to ensure a safe and supportive living environment.
  • Coordinate and facilitate staff meetings, training sessions, and professional development opportunities.
  • Create and maintain a nurturing and inclusive residential community that promotes student well-being and personal growth.
  • Provide individual support and counseling to students, addressing academic, social, and emotional needs.
  • Develop and implement programs and activities that enhance the residential life experience, including leadership opportunities, social events, and cultural activities.
  • Foster positive relationships with students and act as a role model and mentor.

Salary Range

$ 70,000 – $ 80,000

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