Director of Boarding – Otago Boys’ High School 

A senior leadership role, pivotal to the life and success of Otago Boys’ High School, a leading Dunedin based school. 

• A people based; values-enhanced role for a leader dedicated to the success of people. 

• A unique opportunity to impact positively on the lives of young men. 

• Commences 22nd April 2024. 

Otago Boys’ High School is a state-funded boys-only school of over 840 students. As the first secondary school in Dunedin, we have over 160 years of tradition in ‘crafting men of oak’. School House, our Hostel, is at the centre of our school. 

The School’s vision: Confident, resilient young men with a sense of purpose is supported by the boarding programme at School House. The hostel serves the community of Otago and Southland, as well as a small number of International students. Currently there are 140 students and the Hostel is well respected in the community. Waiting lists for places are not uncommon. 

The role comes with a four-bedroom house, and many amenities attractive for a family. The salary is in line with an Assistant Principal in the state education system. There is an expectation to be available to be on-call. 

About the opportunity 

Working closely with the Rector, the Director of Boarding is included as part of the school’s Senior Leadership team. This gives the successful candidate the best of both worlds, management of a large section of the school and a connection to wider educational programmes and development of Otago Boys’ High School. 

As the Director, you will be responsible for the day to day running of School House, concentrating on providing a safe environment, ensuring every boy has the opportunity to build upon his character. 

The role is varied and dynamic with responsibility for: 

• Providing a happy, caring, inclusive, secure and stable environment for students living at School House. 

• The leadership of School House staff. 

• Maintaining an active involvement with the students and their welfare. 

• Maintaining effective pastoral care and discipline systems. 

• Managing communication, functions and events for parents and the community. 

• Operational (day to day) management, including some employment, finance, property, health and safety and compliance responsibilities. 

• Planning (strategic and operational) and preparation of reporting for the School Board. 

About you: 

To be successful in this role, you will need exceptional interpersonal, relationship and communication skills, including: 

• Experience in leading people and strengths in fostering collegial teams. 

• Enthusiasm for leading a dynamic, lively, inclusive and safe boarding hostel. 

• Experience in pastoral support of young people, supporting their wellbeing. 

A passion for and preparedness to work hard to assist leading boys to becoming young men, including: 

• A strong moral compass and a good sense of what this means for young men. 

• An innovative and forward-thinking approach, with a focus on implementing strategy. 

• Proven success in problem resolution and trouble shooting. 

• Courage to hold the line. 

Strong management skills in planning, organisation and system improvement, including: 

• Proven success in problem resolution and troubleshooting. 

• Strong financial acumen and administrative skills. 

• Experience in developing and completing annual plans and documentation. 

• Experience in budgeting. 

• Health & Safety knowledge. 

The role may suit an education professional who is passionate about pastoral care, though a background within education/teaching is not essential. Relevant operational, planning, financial and IT management skills (spreadsheets/word), will also compliment your personal attributes. 

Job description available on request from rector@obhs.school.nz. 

Applications to be emailed to rector@obhs.school.nz. 

Applications close Friday 26 January 2024.