Assistant to the Office of Student Life

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Assistant to the Office of Student Life

Merion Mercy Academy

Merion Mercy Academy, an independent Catholic college preparatory school for girls grades 9-12 outside Philadelphia, Pennsylvania, seeks a dynamic and student-centered clerical assistant to serve as the Assistant to the Office of Student Life beginning in August 2022.

The ideal candidate will embrace the school's Mercy mission and core values as a Catholic school founded by the Sisters of Mercy and establish a culture of positive communication with students, parents, and colleagues. He or she will be familiar with computer technology and maintain accurate records. He or she must be a team player with initiative, judgment, and problem-solving skills. Personal characteristics necessary for the position include positivity and enthusiasm for all aspects of school life; warmth and a good sense of humor; and excellent communication skills.

Interested candidates should send a resume, cover letter, and a list of three professional references to Valerie Prucnal, Assistant Head of School for Academics,

Reporting directly to the Dean of Students, the Assistant to the Office of Student Life will:

  • Monitor and manage student attendance in the Blackbaud SIS/LMS system and interact with students, their parents, and faculty as needed;
  • Act as a transportation liaison with area townships and Merion shuttles regarding transportation for Merion students to/from school; and the City of Philadelphia regarding SEPTA Transpasses for qualified residents who attend Merion; additionally, facilitate and monitor the registration rosters for these services;
  • Receive calls and messages from parents concerning their student's attendance, transportation, and/or experience through student life activities;
  • Assign parking spots and tags to faculty, staff, and students and maintains registration cards for these drivers;
  • Resolve problems with transportation, including parking by students, faculty, and staff;
  • Organize and oversee student life records and the Lost and Found;
  • Oversee student locker assignments and distribution;
  • Act as the receptionist in the Student Life Office for students who arrive late, leave early, are missing from class, or have other varied needs;
  • Collaborate with the Dean of Students in contacting vendors for student activities;
  • Monitor students in detention;
  • Demonstrate a willingness to respond to individual learning needs;
  • Other duties as assigned.

Qualifications include:

  • Bachelor's degree in a related field.
  • An appreciation and passion for the mission of Merion Mercy Academy along with a commitment to Catholic education, Mercy Core Values, mercy spirituality, global awareness and social responsibility.
  • Skilled in the use of computer technology including the Google suite and Learning Management Systems.
  • Ability to establish and maintain effective collaborative relationships with students, peers, administrators, and parents.
  • Experience in office filing, record keeping, and receptionist duties.
  • Ability to communicate effectively with diverse populations.
  • A genuine appreciation and understanding of teenagers and their parents.

Merion Mercy Academy does not discriminate on the basis of race, gender, sexual orientation, or national and ethnic origin in the administration of its hiring practices.

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