Brehm Preparatory School
  • 19-Aug-2020 to Until Filled (CST)
  • Student Life
  • Carbondale, IL, USA
  • TBD
  • Hourly
  • Part Time

Assistant Dorm Parent

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 openings for Assistant Dorm Parents. Successful candidates will have excellent customer services skill, flexibility, be student-centric, have an outgoing nature, and must be outcome-oriented.

Position Overview:

Assistant Dorm Parents should be hard-working, organized, reliable, and willing to go the extra mile to ensure the safety and well-being of the students in their care. Assistant Dorm Parents must have the ability and skills to build a caring, friendly, and positive rapport with students, while, at the same time being able to deal appropriately with challenging welfare and discipline issues when required.   

Essential Responsibilities:

  • Assisting in managing and supervising the daily responsibilities of running a dorm include, but are not limited to, chores, hygiene, personal care, study hall and free time supervision, meal preparations, implementing goals and documentation.
  • Assisting the Dorm Parent:
    • Supervising the students
    • Creating social situations that will enable student growth
    • Modeling appropriate behavior
    • Creating a safe and nurturing environment for student development
    • Develop, set, and review goals
    • Completing required paperwork
  • With collaboration with the Health & Wellbeing team, work with the students in managing problems or conflicts related to their emotional/social growth.
  • Participate in weekly all-staff meetings, dorm meetings, training, and HEP reviews
  • Communicate appropriate information on a daily basis to the appropriate persons/departments
  • Retrieve mail from the mailroom and pick up any student packages daily
  • Read and respond to emails when working
  • Follow check out procedures for vehicles
  • Communicate on-going information and/or issues with Dorm Parent
  • Participate and lead varies activities with students as assigned by the Recreational Coordinator
  • Other duties as assigned

Qualifications and Skills:

  • Strong ability to multitask and flexible skillset
  • Strong desire to learn and work as part of a holistic team
  • Effective leadership skills to instruct, supervise, and motivate students
  • Ability to demonstrate sensitivity to the population and age group served
  • Possess a genuine interest in the academic, social, and emotional growth of our students
  • Ability to exhibit a mature, positive attitude
  • Ability to maintain a therapeutic, supportive stance with all constituents: students, parents, faculty, and staff
  • Knowledge in the area of learning differences
  • Understanding of practices used to aid students in their success, problem-solving, and overall wellness
  • Clear boundaries regarding role with students
  • Excellent time management skills
  • Knowledge of GSuites


  • High School Diploma or equivalent required

Experience Preferred:

  • Experience working with students
  • Conflict resolution and mediation experience
  • Residential/boarding/camp experience

Work Hours:  

  • Open availability to work an average of 30 waking hours per week and occasional overnights
  • Hours will vary between:
    • Mornings: 6:15 am to 9:30 am
    • Evenings: 5:00 pm to 11:00 pm
    • Overnights: 11:00 pm to 6:15 am
    • Weekends: Varies (8:00 am to 11:00 pm)
    • Some holidays

Working Conditions:

  • Mainly a dormitory setting


  • No travel away from home required

Essential Conditions of Employment:

  • Ability to meet the Illinois State Board of Education employment requirements including a background check, TB test, and physical exam
  • Valid Illinois driver's license or ability to obtain one within 30 days of hire strongly preferred
  • Ability to pass a driving record check strongly preferred


Please submit your resume directly to the Director of Human Resources via Emailed submissions will not be accepted. Faxed, hand-delivered and mailed submissions are accepted. Brehm Preparatory School is an equal opportunity employer.

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