Brehm Preparatory School
  • 10-Apr-2019 to 09-May-2019 (CST)
  • Summer Program
  • Carbondale, IL, USA
  • TBD
  • Other
  • Other

Room/Board; Meals


Summer Program Dorm Parent

June 23 July 20, 2019

Since 1982, Brehm Preparatory School, Inc. has empowered students with learning disabilities and differences to recognize and optimize their potential. Designed around the way each child learns best, an Individualized Holistic Education Plan (IHEP) integrates cognitive, academic, social, and behavioral strategies into a comprehensive program designed to educate the whole child.

Brehm's caring, highly qualified faculty and staff welcome students in grades 6 through 12+ into a dynamic new learning environment brimming with optimism. Working quickly to break down barriers, build trust, and rebuild self-confidence, they embrace students in a nurturing boarding school environment where each child feels accepted and supported.

This holistic experience produces students with the tools, skills, and confidence to become effective self-advocates and independent learners able to succeed in school, find fulfilling careers, and lead balanced multi-faceted lives.

Brehm Preparatory School, Inc., currently has several open Dorm Parent positions for their Summer Program.  Successful candidates will have excellent customer services skill, be able to participate in a wide variety of activities, detail oriented, have an outgoing nature, and must be outcome-oriented.

Position Overview:

Dorm Parents supervise a group of 10-16 students in a dormitory environment.  Dorm Parents work directly with the students in a hands-on capacity while the students participate in various activities such as hiking, swimming, fishing, sports, canoeing, team building initiatives, building campfires, physical games, overnight camping, and other activities.  Dorm Parents are supervised by the Summer Program Coordinator and work with other dorm parents, faculty, and recreation staff to accomplish the overall mission of the Summer Program by attending to the safety, well-being, and enjoyment of summer program participants.

Required Skills:

  • Reliable
  • Professional presentation
  • Strong verbal and written communication skills
  • Possess an understanding of the four core behaviors used during summer program: ProSocial, Active positive participation, health and safety, and self-management
  • Adaptability, creativity, enthusiasm, sense of humor, self-control, and patience
  • Reliable judgment in complex interactions with students, families, and other professionals
  • Unwavering adherence to the complex professional standards of confidentiality
  • Superior time management, attention to detail, ability to set priorities and follow through
  • Resourcefulness in problem-solving
  • Comfort and efficacy operating independently or with supervision
  • Poise, flexibility, clarity, and effectiveness in high pressure or emergency situations
  • Positive experiences leading a variety of activities with a group
  • Willingness to engage in interactive problem solving and decision making with staff and students
  • Expertise to model and engage in appropriate social skills, maintain healthy boundaries and redirect students in the moment and follow-up with documentation


  • Directly responsible for the health, happiness, and welfare of each student enrolled in the Summer Program
  • Provide guidance to students who are homesick or having other difficulties
  • Lead and participate in program activities which include, but are not limited to, hiking, canoeing, swimming, team building initiatives, building campfires, physical games, overnight camping and activities in order to oversee and assist students
  • Communicate with parents by phone or email as instructed by the Summer Program Coordinator
  • Complete written reports as requested, documenting communication, issues, complaints, core behaviors, and resolutions
  • Maintain open communications through individual and group discussions, and meetings with staff
  • Participate in all required meetings of staff and use given communication systems during the Summer Program
  • Assist the Summer Program Coordinator with assigned dorm staff schedules to assure adequate coverage of dorms; Uphold agreed on schedule and discuss any proposed changes immediately with the Summer Program Coordinator
  • Facilitate recreation staff and counselors-in-training supervision
  • Represent the Summer Program in a professional manner; demonstrating good manners and behaviors; Set an example for students and staff by being prompt to meals, activities, and other duties
  • Support, uphold, and enforce all Brehm policies and procedures as they relate to staff and students
  • Show a general investment in Summer Program; Show enthusiasm and energy
  • Check each student's dorm room for cleanliness, safety, and hygiene and evaluate based on Summer Dorm Standards
  • To be constantly aware of the condition of facilities and grounds, setting an example by picking up trash, keeping the living area clean, cleaning up after yourself, and enforcing group cleanup
  • Clean and prepare dorms for the beginning of the Summer Program and participate in the final clean-up of all facilities
  • Read and respond to emails daily while working
  • Assume any other responsibilities deemed necessary by the Heads of School or the Summer Program Coordinator for the benefit of the Summer Program

Knowledge and Experience Requirements:

  • Boarding or residential experience preferred
  • Working knowledge of learning disabilities, learning styles, and life skill strategies
  • Knowledge of policies, protocols, systems, and procedures established to enhance student programming
  • Familiarity with child & adolescent development a plus
  • 2+ years of experience scheduling and organizing events with proper staffing
  • 2+ years of supervisory experience
  • Working knowledge of the greater Southern Illinois area
  • Knowledge of GSuites, a plus

 Supervision of Others:

  • Supervise and train staff
  • Supervise students

 Educational Requirements: 

  • High School Diploma or equivalent required
  • Associates Degree or higher in a field related to Physical Fitness, Recreational Therapy, or similar, preferred

 Working Hours and Conditions

  • 40 hours per week with 5 overnights in the dorms required
  • Hours will vary between mornings, evenings and weekend based on the need of the Summer Program
  • Required to live-in dorms during the Summer Program
  • Travel away from home may be required

 Conditions of Employment:

  • Ability to pass a background check
  • Ability to pass a driving background check
  • Ability to pass a physical exam
  • Valid vehicle insurance

 Physical Demands:

  • Must be able to lift up to 25 pounds
  • Stamina for long working hours
  • Position is very active and may require frequent standing, walking, bending, kneeling, stooping, crouching, climbing and lifting

Application Deadline:

  • Until Filled or June 10, 2019

How to Apply:

Please submit your resume, cover letter, official transcripts, and application directly to the Director of Human Resources via Faxed, hand delivered, and mailed submissions are accepted. Please do not email resumes and cover letters. Brehm Preparatory School, Inc., is an equal opportunity employer.


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