Director of Student Life

  • Full Time
  • Iowa City
  • $65,000 USD / Year
  • Salary: $65,000

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School information:

ICON Arts Academy is a performing arts boarding high school located in downtown Iowa City, Iowa.  Our mission is to provide students with a safe, interdisciplinary, and holistic arts education with a focus on designing a path specific to each learner’s personal artistic goals.


Job Search:

We are building a team of innovative educators, artists, and leaders to guide our students’ daily learning.


At ICON, we are seeking a Student Life Director (SLD) to oversee student health, safety, and general well-being, fostering an equitable and safe space for students to thrive.


General Job Description:

We are looking to build a caring and competent Student Life Team that will be hired and trained by the SLD.  You will hire, lead, and support guidance counselors in their role providing student academic and social-emotional assistance.  You will also hire and train a team of house parents as live-in support for our residence hall students.


You will collaborate with the Artistic Director (AD), Director of School Operations (DSO) and Curriculum and Instruction Director (CID) (ICON Leadership Team – ILT) to ensure all students are receiving what they need at school and serve as the liaison between home and school for all students.  You will communicate with parents regarding questions and concerns about student life and academic and behavior policies as needed.


The SLD is supported by the COO of Nolte Companies and reports directly to the CEO. With the help of the ILT, you will design and develop academic and behavioral management policies both for residential life as well as expectations for daily school participation.


You must be committed to providing an equitable and safe space for students to thrive, fostering wellness and development, building community, and improving the student residential and campus experience.


Job Specifications:

  • Design and administer school policies and procedures.
    • Build awareness and educate in developing equity at systemic levels throughout school operations, policies, and programs.
    • Develop consistent, fair, and restorative discipline models that students, families, and staff understand and practice.
    • Work with ILT in administering and communicating policies relating to absences and tardies, and rule violations.
    • Coordinate with ILT, parents, teachers and students concerning discipline issues.
    • Resolve disciplinary situations:
      • Recommend and defend admissions or dismissal of students as needed.
      • Observe and create intervention plans for students as needed.
  • Hire, train and oversee house parent staff and guidance counselors as the Student Life Team
  • Conduct evaluation of Student Life Team at regular intervals
  • Lead the Student Life Team in the areas of risk reduction, accountability, academic program support, crisis management, documentation, and school policy interpretation.
  • Function as the leader of the Crisis Team:
    • Provide emergency response and crisis intervention to the school community when needed.
  • Develop, oversee and implement developmentally appropriate Social-Emotional Learning (SEL) initiatives with Student Life Team for the student body
  • Meet one-on-one with counselors and house parents as needed.
  • Foster student learning, development, and enhanced educational experiences through direct service interventions (advising, meeting, counselor/house parent support).
  • Provide appropriate referrals for students to other offices or agencies when assistance needed is beyond scope of school guidance.
  • Design and administer student life initiatives aiming to increase student success, engagement, and to support adjustment to residential life and academic learning.
  • Partner with ILT to create school-wide programming that fosters an inclusive and equitable school environment, including new and engaging programs for student development beyond the academic or artistic experience.
  • Maintain an intentional and consistent outreach to parents and faculty to best advocate for students, increasing confidence and school stability
    • Follow up on non-returning students each year.
    • Be visible and available to students and parents.
    • Communicate student progress with students and parents.
    • Earn parents’ trust through effective communication and resolution of concerns and issues.
  • Create, support, and implement school-wide, community activities; assist with school-wide traditions and events (assemblies, performances, events, speakers) with the ILT.
  • Interact directly with students, attending student life events and programs and gathering satisfaction feedback from student participants to improve programming in the future.
  • Strive to remain current in literature and methods affecting student learning and behaviors, in particular SEL and student life outside of academics.
  • Meet regularly with departmental directors and guidance counselors to develop a database of potential students who may need extra care.
  • Participate in the coordination of new student orientation continued development and orientation of new students, parents, etc. with the ILT
    • Participate in school and residence hall tours, parent discussions and follow up conversations as needed.
    • Follow up with new families and students to check on progress and overall morale.
  • Attend administrative meetings.
  • Perform other duties as assigned by AD of ICON, COO and/or CEO of Nolte Companies.


Required Training and Experience:

  • Bachelor’s degree in public affairs, public health, counseling, social work, education, or related field
  • 2 years in student services or related field


  • Master’s degree in student affairs, counseling, social work, or other related field
  • Crisis Management training/experience
  • Leadership in student residential life


Professional Qualifications:

  • Counseling experience
  • Leadership experience
  • Ability to effectively collaborate with ILT


Combinations of related education and experience may be considered.


Required Skills and Qualities:

  • Excellent verbal, written, and communication ability
  • Strong project management and organizational skills
  • Works effectively with a broad range of diverse population, teenagers from 14-19 years old; demonstrates cultural competency
  • Interested in working with high school students in a boarding school environment
  • Maintains a high degree of professionalism
  • Possesses flexibility to work in a fast paced, dynamic environment
  • Seeks to acquire knowledge in area of specialty
  • Highly thorough and dependable
  • Demonstrates high integrity and the ability to maintain sensitive and confidential information
  • Demonstrates leadership and supervisory abilities
  • Demonstrates an understanding of the necessary balance between student academic, artistic, and personal life
  • Compassionate and nurturing attitude toward all students
  • Team-oriented
  • Demonstrated commitment to fostering an inclusive community and equitable community, with high responsivity to the needs of students, staff, and families
  • Commitment to learning about and practicing anti-racist work
  • Share an educational and artistic vision that aligns with the core principles ICON Arts Academy
  • Must be available after hours for job emergencies


Job Nuts and Bolts:

Start Date: Fall 2022

Salary:  $65,000 + health and 401K benefit options; sick and vacation days package negotiated upon hire.


How to Apply:

If interested please send your cover letter and CV to and


As an equal opportunity employer, we hire without consideration to race, religion, creed, color, national origin, age, gender, sexual orientation, marital status, veteran status or disability.



Job Benefits:

Health and 401K benefit options; sick and vacation days package negotiated upon hire.

Application Instructions:

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