Mercy High School, San Francisco, educates women to pursue lives of spiritual and intellectual depth, determination, and daring action to improve our world as an inclusive, Catholic, college preparatory community enlivened by the Gospel of Jesus and the charism of the Sisters of Mercy.
The Director of Student Life (DSL), under the guidance and supervision of the Assistant Head of School for Mission and the Executive Leadership Team (ELT) and in collaboration with the Directors of Campus Ministry, Community Service, and Athletics, is primarily responsible for:
- Diversity and Inclusion
- Student Behavior
- Student Activities
S/he reports to the Assistant Head of School for Mission and sits on the Head’s Advisory Council and Crisis Response Team. The DSL is responsible for developing and implementing school-wide programs designed to foster a culture and climate built on the Catholic Mercy values of academic excellence, diversity, integrity, spirituality, sisterhood, leadership and hospitality. S/he is also chiefly responsible for administering disciplinary actions in a progressive school environment. The DSL not only reinforces academic and behavioral expectations for students, but also embodies and models them consistently. The DSL at Mercy High School collaborates with the entire adult community to ensure that the school is peaceful and that student attendance, punctuality and a focus on high academic achievement never falter. The Director of Student Life will work directly with students, providing them ongoing mentorship and direction to successfully navigate their Mercy experience and beyond. The DSL may be required to teach up to one period each semester.
Diversity and Inclusion
- Develop, implement and continually evaluate a school-wide diversity and inclusion plan.
- Assist the school in addressing issues of school culture and climate.
- Serve as coordinator for all affinity and/or cultural groups on campus and work closely with Assistant Head of School for Mission to ensure the living out of our Catholic and Mercy mission.
- Provide programmatic support for students from diverse backgrounds.
- Assist in the development and implementation of cultural competency training for the school community (including students, faculty, staff, parents and alumnae).
- Oversee and plan for the school’s multi-cultural events and celebrations.
- Provide support to the Admissions Office in the recruitment and retention of students from diverse racial and cultural backgrounds.
- Provide support to the ELT in the recruitment and retention of employees from diverse racial and cultural backgrounds.
- Facilitate the formation of students in alignment with the values and dispositions expressed within the school’s mission and charism.
- Model all school values including a growth mindset and personal excellence at all times.
- Make proactive decisions that balance the needs of individual students with the needs of the rest of the MHS community.
- Foster a progressive educational community that strives to know and support individual students in their developmental context while consistently holding them accountable for their behavior.
- Closely collaborate with the ELT to maintain a positive, safe and college-going school culture.
- Gather, interpret and present data on school culture and student behavior in conjunction with the Director of Institutional Research.
- Chaperone extracurricular activities and other after school sports as needed to promote good and positive fan behavior.
- Oversee a number of school systems including attendance, disciplinary programs, academic integrity, and campus supervision.
- Revise, maintain and update the Student Handbook annually.
- Supervise the moderation of all school clubs and co-curricular activities and foster a culture of engagement, pursuit of passion, and school pride.
- Coordinate the approval of newly proposed clubs and provide training for club leadership and moderators.
- Maintain the student activities/clubs website.
- Establish, publish, and annually update a Student Activities Handbook for moderators and club leaders.
- Supervise the moderation and coordination of all student dances.
- Maybe required to teach one section.