Brehm Preparatory School
  • 10-Apr-2019 to 30-Jun-2019 (CST)
  • Student Life
  • Carbondale, IL, USA
  • TBD
  • Hourly
  • Full Time

Health/Dental/Vision/Life Insurance; Paid holidays; Paid Time Off; Retirement Account with employer matching; Professional Development Reimbursement

Student Life Support Staff

Fall 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 two openings for a Student Life Support Staff. Successful candidates will have excellent customer services skill, flexibility, be student-centric, have an outgoing nature, and must be outcome-oriented.

Position Overview:

The Student Life Support Staff works closely with the Director of Student Life and other departments to provide quality service for our students and to ensure that there is coverage for Dorm Parents, Lead Assistant Dorm Parents, Assistant Dorm Parents, and Tutors.  The Student Life Support Staff provides instructional and behavioral support for students and helps facilitate training in Blackbaud and data collection as requested and scheduled daily by the Director of Student Life.

Required Skills:

  • Excellent computer skills with familiarity with various software programs
  • Aptitude to learn and navigate institutional data management & information systems
  • Communication skills with students, families, and other professionals
  • Adherence to professional standards of confidentiality
  • Time management, attention to detail, ability establishment of 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
  • Ability to lead a variety of activities and instructions
  • Ability to engage in interactive problem solving and decision making with staff and students
  • Ability to model and engage in appropriate social skills and maintain healthy boundaries
  • Ability to redirect students in the moment, instruct, supervise, and motivate students and follow-up with documentation
  • Leadership skills
  • Ability to multitask
  • Strong desire to learn and work as part of a holistic team
  • Ability to demonstrate sensitivity to the population and age group served
  • Applicants must possess a genuine interest in the academic, social, and emotional growth of our students
  • Ability to exhibit a mature, positive attitude
  • Patience
  • Ability to maintain a therapeutic stance in stressful situations is a must


  • Provide coverage for boarding staff when needed i.e. (absentee in dorms) supersedes all other responsibilities
  • Monitor and support the Positive Reward Program
  • Monitor student community service work hours
  • Evening transportation for students to such activities as extracurricular, Groups, Clinicians etc.
  • Direct supervision overnight when needed
  • Dorm inspections during school hours
  • SAC supervision of students in the evening
  • Provide supervision of student during campus forum
  • All other duties as assigned by the Director and Associate Director of Student Life
  • Provides remediation in living skills and study skills to help students meet their goals

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
  • Knowledge of organizational structure, workflow, and operating procedures
  • Familiarity with child & adolescent development a plus
  • Working knowledge of the greater Southern Illinois area
  • Knowledge of GSuites, a plus
  • Have knowledge in the area of learning differences, and an understanding of practices used to aid in helping them find success, problem-solving, and overall wellness
  • Prior experience working with students
  • Conflict resolution and mediation experience

Supervision of Others:

  • Supervise students
  • Provides Blackbaud training for other staff

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 additional compensation for any overnight shifts worked
  • Hours will vary between mornings, evenings and weekend based on the need of the School
  • Travel away from home may be required
  • Holidays as 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
  • The position is very active and may require frequent standing, walking, bending, kneeling, stooping, crouching, climbing and lifting


  • Health / Dental / Vision / Life Insurance
  • Retirement Account [403 (b)] with employer matching
  • Standard Holidays
  • Paid Time Off
  • Professional Development/Tuition Reimbursement

Application Deadline:

  • Until Filled

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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