Residential Senior Houseparent
Closing date for applications: 22 January 2018
Bellerbys College is looking for an experienced resident Houseparent to run its U18 accommodation in Cambridge.
We are seeking an individual who can lead the team of residence staff to support our students in the residence, providing excellent welfare and pastoral care. You will be able to take up the post in January 2018, although an earlier start date would be an advantage.
You must be able to demonstrate an understanding of the needs of young people, and international students in particular. Ideally, you will have experience of working in an education setting.
Accommodation will be provided in a self-contained apartment; meals also included during term-time. Duties will include evenings and weekends, according to a shared rota with the other resident Houseparent.
The College is committed to safeguarding and promoting the welfare of our students; all staff will be expected to undergo appropriate safeguarding training and operate within these guidelines. The successful applicant will undergo child protection screening including an enhanced DBS and Barred List check from the Disclosure and Barring Service
- Responsibility for ensuring a safe, caring boarding environment in the U18 residence and to promote high standards of pastoral care
- To fully comply with all current safeguarding and child protection procedures and to ensure that staff within the line management of this post do the same.
- Full line management and supervision of residential staff including responsibility for:
- Induction in boarding practice
- Regular reviews of boarding practice
- Conducting appraisals
- Weekend and evening activity provision
- Staff training and continual professional development in boarding
- Roster management and ensuring appropriate cover
- Ensure all residence staff are adequately briefed on legislation, quality initiatives and most up to date working and good practices within the residence
- Foster a ‘look after each other ‘ culture, so that students develop a sense of collective responsibility and are sensitive to the emotional needs of others
- Promote a purposeful environment, one which is conducive to academic study and in which students are encouraged to take responsibility for their own learning outcomes
- Be aware of, and follow, the College policies on all matters relating to the safety and welfare of the students (in particular Child Protection, Health and Safety, Drugs and
- Alcohol, Bullying, Whistle blowing, Missing Persons, Care of a Sick Student)
- Be in the accommodation and contactable at all times by students and colleagues during the period of time when you are on duty, during which time duties would include but not be limited to: waking students up and supervising breakfast, ensuring students attend classes, overseeing evening and weekend meals and activities, monitoring student whereabouts, checking all requests for weekend leave and travel plans
- Provide support to the other residential staff, including security staff and the Nurse who work at Manor Residence
- Ensure that the needs of each individual student are identified and met, communicating those needs to staff as appropriate, to ensure that the students feel supported and are able to develop and realise their potential
- Communicate effectively with parents about the well-being, progress and conduct of their children. Ensure that parents are kept well-informed when situations arise that require their knowledge or intervention
- Maintain accurate records of communication with students, parents and staff. Ensure that any incidents within the accommodation or which take place outside of College hours are brought to the attention of those who need to know, including other members of the residence team and the Director of Student Services
- Supervise the weekend activities programme, liaising with the other houseparent and the Activities Programme Coordinator, as appropriate
- Work with contracted on site security staff to ensure the safety and security of students in your care, and assist with any emergency that may occur in the residence whilst on duty or resident in the accommodation.
- Oversee the physical well-being of all students in residence and encourage them to lead a healthy lifestyle. Liaise with the College Nurse regarding any concerns about the health of a student and notify the Nurse and other relevant staff promptly when students are unwell
- Take responsibility for the care of a sick student when they are in isolation from others
- Ensure students have followed the correct procedures when leaving the premises – obtaining contact details before they leave
- Ensure that residential rules are obeyed and bring to the attention of the other members of the residence staff team, Director of Student Services and Principal as appropriate, any infringements of those rules, escalating issues in accordance with College Policies when necessary
- Implement the College disciplinary and sanctions policies if necessary and report details on incidents via email and onto the college database
- Be available to support the new student arrival induction process
- Ensure students’ personal belongings are kept securely and that individual rooms and common areas are maintained to a high standard, liaising with the Cleaning and Maintenance teams as appropriate.
- Act as key holder and take responsibility for carrying out pre-arrival and departure room checks
- Ensure staff shifts are started and concluded according to documented handover procedures
- Be available to attend team meetings, training and staff events outside of your scheduled hours as required
- Liaise with and support staff across the College including Student Services, the academic team, administrative and security staff
- Act as Fire Warden and assist in Fire Drills at weekends when required. Write up reports on action taken should the fire alarm sound whilst you are on duty.
From time to time you will also be expected to undertake activities related to this role as reasonably requested by your line manager.
Qualifications,Training and Experience Required
- Experience of working within a boarding school or similar educational environment, desirable
- Understanding of Child Protection and Safeguarding. (Training to be provided, if not already trained to Level 2)
- Current First Aid certificate (Training to be provided)
Knowledge, Skills and Personal Attributes
- Demonstrates the ability to form and maintain appropriate relationships and personal boundaries with children and young people.
- Demonstrates emotional resilience in working with challenging behaviours.
- Demonstrates a positive attitude to the use of authority and maintaining discipline.
- Thorough knowledge and understanding of National Minimum Standards for Boarding (NMS)
- Excellent interpersonal and communication skills; a good team player
- Strong organisational and time management skills
- Understanding of and empathy with the needs of international students
- Integrity, effective judgement and decision making abilities
- Sense of humour, enthusiasm and a positive outlook
- Resilience, energy and flexibility
- Good IT skills (Microsoft Word, Outlook), Internet
- Good level of English language (written and verbal skills)
The job holder will be expected to operate in accordance with the Study Group Code of Conduct, and any local policies and operating procedures relating to academic, welfare and safeguarding matters.
Please apply with a CV, covering letter and completed application form to Marta Wilk.
Application deadline 22 January 2018 at 4pm