Head of Student Life

About UWC Mahindra College:  

UWC Mahindra College is a pre-university residential college to 240 students aged 16 to 19 representing more than 80 countries and with 30 faculty members from around the world. The college offers the globally recognised International Baccalaureate Diploma Programme (IBDP) for two years. Resting in the 175-acre biodiversity reserve, our campus is located 40 km outside of Pune amidst the greater Western Ghats – one of the world’s top biodiversity hotspots.

About the position:

The Head of Student Life has full oversight of the pastoral care and residential life of the students, reporting to the Deputy Head of College.  The Head of Student Life leads the work of the college in promoting the mission and values of UWC educational model with students beyond the classroom, providing strategic direction and ensuring that every student is supported to allow them to flourish in their time here.  The objectives of this role is to cultivate a caring and supportive campus environment and to give students opportunities to learn through challenging and meaningful experiences which demand personal initiative, self-discipline and responsibility.

The Head of Student Life plays a significant role in ensuring the safeguarding and wellbeing of all our students and must remain abreast of developments in post-16 schooling and pastoral care in particular, suggesting changes to current practice as necessary. The job would suit an individual who is committed to experiential education, providing opportunities for student responsibility, and developing high standards and a commitment to UWC ideals. It would suit a team player with strong organisational skills, a confident and positive rapport with students, and the ability to lead a team of dedicated faculty. The role also includes very close work with the Mindfulness and Wellbeing Counselor.

The Head of Student Life must have adequate knowledge and insight into all applicable safeguarding and child protection policies. 

The position includes a significantly reduced teaching load appropriate to the requirement of the role. The office holder would be expected to teach two classes (SL or HL) and from the list of IB subjects offered at the College. Please look at our current teaching vacancies and indicate which IB subject you would be able to teach. 

Supervisor for the role: Deputy Head of College

Supervisees for the role: Mindfulness & Wellbeing Counsellor, Wada Parents and Advisors

Main Responsibilities:

  • Manage and oversee the delivery of the Advisory and well-being curriculum to ensure intentional focus on social-emotional development and general wellbeing among students
  • Arrivals and Departures – To coordinate arrivals and departures of students at the beginning and end of term and to prepare an overall schedule.  
  • Host Family Program – Network with local families who would be able and willing to host students who are unable to return home during long breaks
  • The Head of Student Life attends College Meetings, Faculty Meetings, Leadership Meetings, Health and Safety Committee Meeting, Fee Revision Committee Meeting, and Chairs the Res-Life Committee meetings.
  • Residence coordination – to chair the Wada Parent meetings and to coordinate residence routines in consultation with the Wada Parent and the Head of Campus Infrastructure & Services, including the opening and closing of residences. They also ensure that all Wada Parents comply with health, safety and fire regulations.
  • Oversee the completion of residence safety checks and ensure that students are aware of the expectations of them, with particular reference to UWC Guiding Principles and the UWC Common Code of Conduct.
  • Liaise with the College Doctor, Counsellor, Advisors and Wada Parents regarding mental and physical health, safety and security of students.
  • Contribute to and support implementation of health and safety policy and practices regarding off campus activities, outdoor education, project and travel week, shopping trips, weekend overnights, exeats, winter and summer breaks and the use of other campus facilities.
  • Implement and monitor the UWC Code of Behavioural Expectations in relation to non-academic areas, including administration of disciplinary procedures and as a member of the Disciplinary Hearing Committee, conduct investigations as requested by the Committee Chair.

Desired Qualifications and Experience:

  • M.A. Degree in Education or other relevant fields (a background in Psychology would be desirable)
  • 5 years relevant international teaching experience, preferably in residential schools offering IBDP
  • Prior experience in a Leadership Role is desirable
  • Familiar with the use of Google suite and Managebac 
  • Experience of working in a fast-paced, multicultural settings 
  • Confident in supervising and training staff
  • A skilled communicator and a relationship builder – able to work effectively with colleagues and students 
  • A good team player, but also able to work autonomously 
  • Internationally aware and culturally sensitive to teenagers from diverse backgrounds
  • Willing to play a part in the wider life of a fast paced residential community

For a more detailed job description and instructions on how to apply, please refer to the PDF at this link.

Deadline: March 10, 2021