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Company: Fusion
Location: New York, NY
Career Level: Director
Industries: Education Management


Position Summary:

The Director of Student Life provides mentoring support to students in building their social-emotional skills through connections & intentional programming activities. They provide students with executive functioning support & reinforcement to progress in their independent work and grow as learners. They offer guidance that allows students to become self-directed & positive community members to develop within our school-wide learner outcomes. 

The Homework Café (HC) is at the center of student life on every Fusion campus. The primary focus of this space is twofold: students complete their independent work and make social connections with their peers. The Director of Student Life is responsible for ensuring the HC meets Fusion's brand promise, managing the HC operations, and developing and maintain a comprehensive, well-rounded student experience.  

Requirements for this position include a master's degree in counseling, mental health, or a special education-related field, and at least 3 years of working with adolescents. The ideal candidate must have the ability to build authentic connections with others, as well as engage with a wide range of students (age, personality, needs), have expert facilitation skills, demonstrate a compassionate and prosocial approach to student behavior, the ability to mentor students through stress and conflict, and remain calm in a high-paced environment. This position also must create a healthy balance for students between productivity toward homework completion, socialization, wellbeing, and fun.  

Key Responsibilities Include:

  • Communicate with all stakeholders to share successes and develop strategies to ensure holistic progress. 
  • Provide mentoring to all students and create a positive group climate through excellent facilitation practices.  
  • Develop and organize student social opportunities through campus programming such as yearly events, community service, weekly student meetings, field trips, and daily activities.  
  • Monitor and help students' progress in the completion of homework.  
  • Manage student-centered campus rhythms.  
  • Build executive function and social-emotional skills through 1:1 mentoring connections and group activities.  
  • Guide students through stress and conflict with mentoring conversations.  
  • Create daily and weekly opportunities for students to build and foster healthy relationships.  
  • Lead professional development around adolescent development and behaviors.  
  • Engage in meetings with families and professionals around student wellbeing and behavior support.  
  • Follow Fusion's mental health and student guidance framework.  
  • Communicate with all stakeholders around student behavioral progress.  
  • Provide input for students' quarterly goal setting.  
  • Facilitate the administration of formal assessment tools and surveys.  
  • Manage the HC teaching team and ensure the space is staffed appropriately, providing adequate student support.  
  • Other duties as assigned. 

Candidate must have knowledge and/or experience in: 

  • Master's degree in counseling, mental health, or a special education-related field.  
  • At least 3 years working in an environment with adolescents who demonstrate a wide range of learner and social-emotional profiles.  
  • Experience in adolescent development and behavioral fields (equivalent roles may be: School Counselor, Student Behavior Specialist, Student Program Specialist, Creative Arts or Recreation Therapist, Student Dean, Community Program Coordinator).  
  • Experience with compassionate discipline, conflict resolution & pro-social communication models (Collaborative Problem Solving, Non-Violent Communication, Restorative Justice, Motivational Interviewing).  
  • Expertise in adolescent development, learning differences, and social-emotional difficulties. 
  • Strong group facilitation skills and the ability to maintain a positive social environment for students.  
  • Strong pro-social communication strategies and mentoring skills.  
  • Ability to teach social-emotional skills and create opportunities for peer connections.  
  • Ability to foster creative adolescent programming ideas.  

Competencies Desired: 

  • Establishes and maintains effective working relationships. 
  • Possesses a clear understanding of professional boundaries.  
  • Demonstrates strong social-emotional intelligence. 
  • Exercises strong judgement, patience and a problem-solving approach when addressing issues. 
  • Ability to handle a fast-paced environment and embrace change with flexibility. 
  • Prioritizes a humanistic and student-centered approach when working with students.  
  • Creates a fun environment through a joyful and humorous disposition. 
  • Demonstrates strong organization skills, with the ability to constantly multi-task and self-direct. 
  • Ability to speak clearly and concisely in written and oral communication. 
  • Demonstrates solid listening and communicating skills. 
  • Possesses the motivation to achieve goals and meet deadlines. 
  • Ability to engage and empower diverse student populations. 

All qualified applicants will receive consideration for employment without regard to age, race, creed, color, national origin, ancestry, marital status, affectional or sexual orientation, gender identity or expression, disability, nationality or sex. 


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