Associate Director of Residential Life

Iolani School | Honolulu, HI

Posted Date 5/26/2023

Status: Full-time (12 months) and non-exempt Reports to: Dean of Residential Programs



Founded in 1863 by the Hawaiian royal family, 'Iolani School is the largest Episcopal School in the US and the only school in Hawaii ranked in the top 50 nationally. Located on 30 acres just off Waikiki, the school matriculates approximately 2,100 students, K-12, and has roughly 400 faculty and staff. 'Iolani reinstated its boarding program in 2018 after a 60-year absence with the goal of creating an on-campus international community to enrich the Upper School experience for all students. Since its founding year, it has grown to approximately 90 students, a 10% addition to each high school grade level, and includes students from more than 15 countries around the world.


Challenges and Opportunities

Integration of the boarding and day programs, operationally and relationally, has been hampered by the pandemic and other expected growing pains. The school has made structural changes to program administration and operations in order to best take advantage of the transition out of the pandemic and toward a uniquely defined world-leading program.


Position Description

The Associate Director of Residential Life (ADRL) is part of a team of people in this role and the core group that oversees daily residential life issues and operations. Working closely with the ADRL Team, Associate Director of Residential Life - Operations, the Director of Residential Health and Wellness, and the Dean of Residential Programs, the role is charged with day-to-day program and resource management. 'Iolani’s One Team culture lends itself to team-based and servant leadership models. The ADRL Team is tasked with a bottom-up servant leadership goal of supporting the house parents, approximately 16 people, so that the boarding students experience a culture of caring, trust, teamwork, and support. It is essential that the ADRL Team consistently represents the voice and vision of The School and Dean of Residential Programs in the support and management of house parents as well as the student and family experiences. Members of the ADRL Team will have a teaching load of 1 course or equivalent additional job responsibilities.


In addition to daily operations, the team also plans and organizes house parent and student training, orientations, and most aspects of the overall residential life experience. As program administrators, the team is also key to communication and issue resolution with families.


Essential Duties and Responsibilities

  • Daily Leadership Team Meeting: lead/participate in the daily operations, issues, and planning meetings
  • Steward a consistency of voice, culture, and implementation: working with the Dean of Residential Programs, the ADRL team is responsible to support house parents so that they may consistently provide a student experience aligned with the desired voice and culture of the program
  • Overcommunicate: working with the Dean of Residential Programs, the ADRL team is responsible for boarding students and families to be well informed and known
  • Manage and support a house parent team dedicated to the students of their designated floor 
  • Sub-group meetings: Members of the ADRL team will participate in, among others to be defined, group meetings for: Health and Wellness, Student Leadership, Academic Support, Communications, and Culture and Community
  • ‘Ohana Group (Advisory Program): all adult members of the Residential Life Program have in loco parentis responsibilities. The ‘Ohana Group Program is at the center of these responsibilities for house parents. The ADRL team provides training, expectations, support, and ongoing oversight of the advisory program
  • Facilitate a monthly SEL (Social and Emotional Learning lesson) to a designated grade level
  • Address issues of student discipline, rule violations, and safety
  • Share in the daily operations of the residential facility in terms of weekly dorm and administrator on duty schedules
  • Work with school counselors and residential academic support program to best support boarding students
  • Plan and assist with residential/school activities and events
  • Rotational evening, weekend and holiday work required


Candidates must have

  • Team orientation and work style
  • Servant-leadership orientation
  • Organizational skills with the ability to multitask and problem-solve with limited direction
  • Attention to detail and a strong sense of personal responsibility
  • Strong communication skills and an appreciation for the importance of over-communicating to program constituencies
  • Strong computer and technology skills
  • The ability to be vulnerable, courageous, and build trust within a team-based setting
  • The ability to anticipate the needs of those he/she supports and offer proactive solutions


Education & Experience

  • Bachelor’s Degree preferred
  • Minimum 3-5 years of previous residential life experience



  • Associate Director of Residential Life will be compensated commensurate with experience and the role
  • Housing will be provided as a benefit
  • All standard Iolani School benefits apply
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