ABT JKO School Dormitory Chaperone and ABT Studio Company Residence Assistant
Department: Education and Training
Last Revision: June 2021
FLSA Status: Non-Exempt
The primary responsibilities in both roles are geared towards serving and enhancing the living experience on the premises, and ensuring the safety and well-being of all residents.
The ABT JKO School Housing Chaperone is responsible for supervising approximately 15-20 ABT JKO School Pre-Professional Division students between the ages of 15 and 19 at the Manhattan School of Music dormitory. This position requires living at the ABT JKO School dormitory at the Manhattan School of Music for the entire fall and spring semesters (October through May).
The ABT Studio Company Residence Assistant is responsible for supervising 11 ABT Studio Company dancers between the ages of 17 and 21 at the 92nd Street Y Residence. This position requires living at the ABT Studio Company housing at the 92nd Street Y for the entire fall and spring semesters (September through May).
For both roles, housing in a single room (shared bathroom) will be provided, along with a stipend. Chaperones at the Manhattan School of Music are also provided a Meal Plan.
- Work with ABT JKO School / ABT Studio Company staff to ensure the wellbeing of student life in the housing and provide regular reports to Dean of Faculty and Student Affairs.
- Accept responsibility for and act as a supportive authority figure for all residents.
- Be familiar with and uphold the relevant ABT regulations, policies, code of conduct, and house rules, and be able to explain them to the residents. Maintain discipline and enforce rules in a compassionate and assertive manner, such as a curfew, quiet hours, and resident cleaning responsibilities.*
- Supervise and monitor the residence during designated hours.*
- Use conflict resolution and mediation skills to assist residents with housing-related problems. Inform Dean of Faculty and Student Affairs of problems that may interfere with the well-being of student life in the dorms. If necessary, complete incident reports in a timely manner and submit them to the Student Life Coordinator.
- Be on-call for residents and emergencies on a full-time basis during the semester (throughout the duration of the programs) and accompany sick or injured residents to medical facilities as needed. Notify parents or guardians of sick or injured resident should such a trip to a medical facility occur.
- Ensure habitable maintenance of the residence. Notify appropriate parties when maintenance or cleanliness issues need to be addressed.
- Facilitate new resident orientation and weekly or bi-weekly resident meetings, as needed.
- Track the travel of each resident and ensure they check-in/out as planned.
- Accompany underage ABT JKO School students who are performing as supernumeraries during the ABT Met season back to the dorm after evening performances.
- Be on-site to welcome residents during move-in.
- Provide opportunities for residents to get to know one another.
- Inform residents, housing location staff, ABT staff, and any additional authority of emergency and crisis situations immediately.
- Be willing to undergo regular statutory training as well as role-specific training such as First-Aid, Fire Awareness, CPR, et cetera.
- Other duties as assigned by the ABT JKO School Dean of Faculty and Student Affairs
*Specific housing rules and policies may vary between the ABT JKO School and ABT Studio Company residences, and thus the extent of and type of rule enforcement between the two positions will vary accordingly.
- Due to the supervisory nature of this position, candidates are required to be at least 21 years of age. For ABT Studio Company Resident Assistant, age 22 or higher is preferred.
- Experience as a dorm parent / resident assistant, teacher, chaperone, camp counselor, or related experience working with teenagers.
- Excellent communication and organizational skills and a demonstrated ability to work productively with students, parents, and staff.
- Friendly and nurturing personality with the ability to support students and command respect, providing a good role model.
- Conflict resolution skills and the ability to mediate situations as they arise.
- Ability to respond appropriately in disciplinary and emergency situations.
- Bachelor’s Degree or equivalent combination of education and experience required.
- Candidates with foreign language skills strongly encouraged to apply.
- For ABT JKO School Chaperone: Regular work schedule is generally Monday – Friday from late afternoon/ evening until mid-morning with occasional daytime hours (based on the students’ class/ rehearsal schedule). Evenings and weekends should be spent primarily on-site and chaperone must be on-call.
- For ABT Studio Company Resident Assistant: Must be on-site and on call daily from evening through early morning, unless the Studio Company is on tour or if all dancers are otherwise checked out of the residence. Substitutes can be arranged with reasonable advanced notice.
- Must be committed to serving the institutional effort of American Ballet Theatre and to furthering its mission through educational programs, and the training of young dancers of the highest quality.
Primary Reporting Responsibility: Dean of Faculty and Student Affairs and Student Life Coordinator
Interested candidates should send a cover letter, resume, and three professional references to [email protected] with “ABT Dorm Supervisor Positions” in the subject line. Please do not call. We apologize in advance that we can only contact those candidates moving forward in the search. Final candidates who are offered a position will be required to undergo a background check prior to finalizing the hiring process.
American Ballet Theatre is an equal opportunity employer and is committed to providing a workplace free from harassment and discrimination. We are committed to recruiting, hiring, training and promoting qualified people of all backgrounds, and make all employment decisions without regard to any protected status. Salary will be commensurate with experience.
The job description above is intended to set forth the general nature of the work that will be expected of the person who takes on this role. The job description is not, however, meant to be construed as an exhaustive list of all the duties and responsibilities required for this role. From time to time, all personnel may be required to perform duties outside their normal responsibilities as needed.