Brillantmont International School is seeking to appoint
Assistant Houseparent (male) for the boys' boarding house – term time only
Start date: January 2024 or earlier
All the boarding accommodation is on the Brillantmont campus, on the upper floors of five buildings. The buildings are secure, accessible by door-codes and the boarding rooms are spacious, warm and welcoming. Boys and girls live in separate houses, organised by age and gender.
A member of the boarding team lives in the boarding house, looking after the students and helping make their boarding experience happy and successful. Students share a room with a student from another nationality, encouraging intercultural learning and understanding. We expect our boarding staff to always have the students’ physical, mental and emotional well-being at the heart of all they do. Our caring, supportive boarding environment safeguards the students and allows them to develop and grow with confidence.
Living away from home is not always easy, especially in the teenage years. It’s a time of change and question. We are here to help our students find the answers to their questions, to feel strong and grounded on their journey to becoming well-balanced, responsible young adults, who can live with others and who are global citizens. Your support will help them secure high standards and identify barriers to learning and development.
This is a residential one-year position which would be suitable for a university graduate who is looking for experience in a school setting.
1. Goals and Objectives
- Nurture a family atmosphere of trust, support and guidance within the boarding house
- Nurture the wellbeing of students whilst supporting their academic progress
- Participate actively in all aspects of Brillantmont life, from residential life to academic support as well as involvement in “house” activities
- Be a positive role model in all aspects of professional and private life
- Set a good example in terms of dress, punctuality and attendance.
2. Key tasks
Under the responsibility of the Head of Boarding, you will be expected to
- Carry out the daily routines in the house when on duty
- Organise, manage and participate in evening activities
- Participate in and manage weekend activities organised by the House Parents or - Head of
- Boarding, taking advantage of Switzerland’s outstanding resources and facilities
- Manage the conduct and discipline of the boarders applying Brillantmont’s rules consistently
- Actively support the Head of Boarding or Senior Houseparent by encouraging students to participate in clubs, activities and trips
- Actively promote Brillantmont’s Guiding and Mission Statements
- Accurately report to and collaborate with the House Parents and Head of Boarding undertaking any reasonable requests pertinent to the role and supportive of the ethos of the school
- Assist with the weekly monitoring of student behaviour and progress and report concerns to the House Parents or the Head of Boarding
- Promote a peaceful environment in the boarding house which actively supports rest
- Provide clear written and oral communication with the Health Department and senior staff of any concerns about student health
- You will also be attached to an academic department, according to your own skills and interests and the school’s needs. Involvement with said departments will not detract from your primary role within the boarding department. You will have one day per week “on call” to support areas of the school where cover is needed.
3. Working Hours
- According to the published rota, fixed at the beginning of each term.
- One night a week and one weekend a month off.
4. Accommodation and food
You will live in one of the boarding houses and will have your own bedroom and bathroom on one of the floors with the students. This accommodation is available for you throughout the school year.
When you are on duty you must eat the meals with the students. It is also possible for you to eat meals in school during your free time if you so wish.
The successful candidate will:
- Be male
- Be a dynamic individual and a great team player
- Be flexible, sensible and approachable
- Be a good communicator, particularly with teenagers
- Be keen on sports, the outdoors and interested in exploring the world around us
- Have experience in working in a similar role
- Have a driving license
- Hold a European or Swiss passport or a Swiss residence permit. Please note - following Brexit, it no longer possible to hire British citizens in roles such as this in Switzerland.
- Be able to work in English; knowledge or French is an asset
- Be committed to the safeguarding and promotion of the welfare of young people and adhere to and ensure compliance with the School’s Safeguarding Policy at all times
Applications are to be submitted exclusively via the form below and should include a CV and a cover letter of one page maximum.
The closing date for applications is the 7th of December, 2023.