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Director of Student Life

Residential Child Care Program Administrator

Recruitment #22-009009-0022


The Maryland School for the Deaf (MSD) is a diverse, bilingual community who in partnership with families, provides an equitable and exemplary education in a nurturing, engaging, and challenging environment to ensure our students achieve personal excellence and become lifelong learners.  As such, we are looking for dedicated individuals who can join us in the education of the children at MSD.


MSD, Columbia Campus, 8169 Old Montgomery Road, Ellicott City, MD 21043

Main Purpose of Job

Provide leadership and supervision to supervisors, student life staff, and students in the Residence Hall Program and After School Program. Monitor and evaluate the residential program for deaf and hard of hearing students. Oversee the daily activities, assign staff, assess their work, and assist them in the use of behavior modification, crisis intervention, and general counseling of students. After 3:00 p.m., the Director of Student Life functions as the campus supervisor for student programming and facility use.


Oversee the Student Life Program.

Maintain Department of Human Services (DHS) residential program licensing.

Inform and train counselors in staffing procedures and required DHS training.

Develop, explain, and interpret to staff the objectives and philosophy of the residential program.

Develop and modify programs as required with assistance from the Columbia Campus Principal.

Collaborate with the Frederick Campus Director of Student Life on programming and alignment of both residential programs.

Screen applicants, interview, and otherwise assist in the hiring of residential hall and after school program staff.

Provide daily supervision of staff and students, assign staff, and approve overtime.

Meet with staff weekly to review the Student Life program effectiveness and students’ progress.

Observe and communicate with overnight staff and oversee the morning program when necessary.

Coordinate the residential staff coverage for inclement weather delays/closings.

Communicate with the Principal’s Office regarding dorm events, such as evening activities, field trips, and other events.

Maintain and file records on students and staff and maintain contact with parents/guardians.

Check the dormitory building and grounds on a regular basis to assure safety and comfort.

Review all overnight logs, incident reports, and field trip requests.

Oversee, review, and implement (in conjunction with the student support specialist) behavior modification programs.

Ensure the implementation of workshops for students in accordance with DHS’ recommended topics.

Develop staff schedules and relocate staff in direct supervision of students when possible due to staff absence.

Assist in first aid care.

Manage student behavior and counsel students when appropriate.

Recommend progressive disciplinary action when necessary.

Attend the school leadership team meetings.

Oversee and develop student development activities and programs.

Provide year-end staffing reports on all students in the department.


Must hold a Master’s degree, have two years of Human Service experience, and one year of supervisory experience or Hold a Bachelor’s degree, have four years of Human Service Experience, and three years of supervisory experience.

Must be proficient in American Sign Language and in written English.


1. Employees in this classification will be required to obtain and maintain Residential Child and Youth Care Program Administrator certification.

2. Employees in this classification may be assigned duties which require the operation of a motor vehicle. Employees assigned such duties will be required to possess a motor vehicle operator’s license valid in the State of Maryland.

3. Employees in this classification will be trained in cardiopulmonary resuscitation and first-aid training leading to certification.  These certifications must be kept current as a requirement of residential child care licensure by the Maryland Department of Human Resources.


1. Employees in this classification are required to communicate using both languages: ASL and written English.

2. Employees in this classification will be required to pass a medical examination and annual screening for tuberculosis as a requirement of residential child care licensure by the Maryland State Department of Human Resources.

3. Employees in this classification are subject to substance abuse testing in accordance with Code of Maryland Regulations 17.04.09, Testing for Illegal Use of Drugs.

4. Employees in this classification will be required to apply for a criminal background check as a requirement of the Annotated Code of Maryland, Family Law, Section 5-561.

5. Candidates will need to provide three letters of recommendation.



Online application process is STRONGLY preferred.  If online access is not available or if you encounter difficulty, you may submit via mail, e-mail, fax, or deliver in person before the closing date and time.  Please include your name and recruitment number on any documentation to ensure timely processing.  Resumes will NOT be accepted in lieu of completing the online or paper application.  Additional or supplemental information must be submitted by the closing date and time. A copy of your college transcripts must accompany your application.  The preferred method to receive transcripts and additional information is for them to be uploaded.  Application inquiries or supplemental information can be directed to the following:

Mailing Address: Maryland School for the Deaf Recruitment Department, P.O. Box 894, Columbia, MD 21044


Phone: 410-696-3031, TTY Users: call via Maryland Relay

Fax: 410-480-4536

Individuals from traditionally underserved and underrepresented groups are strongly encouraged to apply.  Bilingual applicants are encouraged to apply.  As an equal opportunity employer, Maryland is committed to recruiting, retaining, and promoting employees who are reflective of the State's diversity.  We thank our Veterans for their service to our country, and encourage them to apply.

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