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Residence Life Coordinator

Woodlands Academy of the Sacred Heart
Lake Forest, Illinois, United States (on-site)
6 days ago


Woodlands Academy of the Sacred Heart in Lake Forest, IL, seeks a creative, energetic, mature female with an interest in mentoring international and domestic high school students at this all-girls college preparatory day and boarding school. 

Woodlands Academy of the Sacred Heart is one of 25 Sacred Heart schools in the United States and Canada, and 150 schools worldwide. Established in 1858, the school forms global citizens and transforms young women within a dynamic of relationships that affirms the dignity of each member of the school community. Woodlands Academy believes that a multicultural perspective is an essential element of a 21st century education and values diversity in its student body, faculty, and staff.

The Residence Life Coordinator reports to the Directors of Residence Life and resides in the boarding school. She is part of a team that is responsible for building community, developing programs, and enforcing school policy in an atmosphere of care, respect, and compassion. The ideal candidate is enthusiastic, nurturing, and committed to helping high school girls ages 14-19 grow and prosper within the boarding school environment.

Job responsibilities include working with the Residence Life team to:

  • Act as in loco parentis, therefore responsible to ensure that the residents are safe, nurtured, and supported
  • Support and celebrate the ethnic, religious, and cultural backgrounds of the boarding students
  • Offer creative after school and weekend activities and programs
  • Provide a structured environment by ensuring that school policies are communicated and followed
  • Support student leadership opportunities and community participation
  • Provide transportation to Residence Life for school events and activities in school vehicles, including the school 14-passenger bus
  • Provide support for students as it relates to personal and mental health, well-being, and academics, such as homework and progress of students
  • Oversee daily operations of Resident Life, including authorization of students departure for off campus activities
  • Foster healthy relationships by building community with boarding students, parents, and colleagues
  • Communicate all Resident Life issues with the Director of Resident Life
  • Monitor “duty phone” and respond to emergencies as required
  • Other duties as assigned



  • Bachelor’s degree, or working toward a bachelor’s degree, required
  • Previous experience, preferred
  • Must possess a valid driver’s license and the ability to drive a 14-passenger bus (special license not required)
  • Residence Life Coordinators work on a rotating schedule, including evenings, weekends, overnights, some holidays, and will attend weekly staff meetings and any mandatory training and school events. 
  • Excellent interpersonal (relationship) and communication skills
  • Ability to make decisions, problem solve, and use sound judgment
  • International and multicultural exposure, preferred
  • Frequently ascend/descend stairs to access different parts of the building 
  • Must be willing to submit to all required background checks and safety compliance items 

Why you should join our community:

  • We offer generous health/dental/vision plans, group life and long-term disability insurance, voluntary life and short-term disability insurance plans, flexible spending accounts, and 403(b) with 5% contribution of annual salary (for full-time employees working 30+ hours a week only)
  • Room and board offered for full time roles
  • Culturally immersive experience with international students from over ten different countries
  • Other employment opportunities within the school community
  • Get to go on exciting and fun trips with the students to museums, zoos, Chicago, Milwaukee, shopping, professional sports games, AND MORE
  • Summers off with special holiday hours for Thanksgiving, Christmas, and Spring Break
  • Opportunities to volunteer
  • Have a tremendous impact on the lives of young women 

How to apply: 

Please complete the application materials on our Employment page here. All applicants must apply with a cover letter, resume, and Personal Reflection on the Sacred Heart Goals and Criteria. We also strongly suggest applicants to submit three written references. 

Woodlands Academy of the Sacred Heart is an independent, Catholic, college preparatory day and boarding school for young women grades 9-12  in Lake Forest, IL. Visit the school’s website at and the website of the Network of Sacred Heart Schools at to learn more. 

Woodlands Academy is an Equal Employment Opportunity employer. Woodlands does not discriminate in employment on the basis of race, religion*, marital status, color, sex** (including gender identity, sexual orientation, and pregnancy), age, national or ethnic origin, ancestry, veteran status, or being a member of the Reserves or National Guard, genetic information, physical or mental disability, or other characteristics or statuses in accordance with applicable federal, state, and local laws governing nondiscrimination in employment. 

*The School reserves the right to use religion as a hiring criterion for selected positions due to the mission and nature of our school as a faith-based institution as permitted by law.

**The School hires for Residence Life as a bona fide occupational qualification.

Job Information

  • Job ID: 62588286
  • Workplace Type: On-Site
  • Location:
    Lake Forest, Illinois, United States
  • Company Name For Job: Woodlands Academy of the Sacred Heart
  • Position Title: Residence Life Coordinator
  • Job Function: Residential Life
  • Calendar Year: 12 Month
  • Job Type: Full-Time
  • Min Education: BA/BS/Undergraduate
  • Min Experience: 0-1 Year
  • Required Travel: 10-25%
Education / Teaching / Administration
Lake Forest , Illinois , United States

Woodlands Academy of the Sacred Heart, founded in 1858, is an independent, Catholic, college preparatory day and boarding school for young women grades 9 through 12. Woodlands Academy is a member of the Network of Sacred Heart Schools, which spans 41 countries and 22 schools in the U.S. and two in Canada. Linked philosophically and technologically, the network provides educational resources and collaborative opportunities for students and faculty. As a Sacred Heart school with a long tradition of excellence, Woodlands pre...

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