Assistant Director

Position Title: Assistant Camp Director
Reports To: Camp Director
Nature of the Position: Seasonal and Residential
Dates: June 16 – August 6, 2013
Number of Positions: 1

Girls Leadership Institute (GLI) Description:
GLI teaches girls tools for assertive self-expression, emotional intelligence, and healthy relationships for success in leadership and life. Our programs include parent-daughter workshops, day camps, a residential summer camp, professional development trainings for educators, parent education presentations, and after-school classes.

Program Description:
GLI seeks experienced Assistant Camp Director dedicated to girls’ social and emotional development to work at its residential summer camp at Mount Holyoke College in South Hadley, MA, from June 16 – August 6, 2013. GLI summer camp is divided into two, three-week sessions, serving girls in grades six through twelve (sixth graders attend for a ten-day session).

The Assistant Camp Director joins a team of outstanding professionals dedicated to changing girls’ lives. The position offers an extraordinary opportunity to be immersed in girls’ social and emotional enrichment and development. It is also a unique opportunity to join the leadership team of a growing, national non-profit organization. The Assistant Camp Director will work with the Camp Director to oversee the social emotional well being of all girls and staff.

The Assistant Camp Director helps create the “GLI magic” that allows girls to take risks that they never thought possible and to build stronger friendships than they’ve ever known. What does the GLI magic look like? It is 60 screaming girls, covered in face paint, playing kickball. It is you cheering for every single girl at bat and then watching each girl start to cheer for others. It’s leading a group sing along (when you can’t carry a tune) under a tarp in the pouring rain. It’s acknowledging and supporting a girl’s real emotions, just when you thought you were done for the day. It’s about taking risks and being your real self in order to give girls the permission to do the same.

The Assistant Camp Director receives one day off every 7-8 days and two days off in between sessions. Working as a member of the GLI staff is a unique, exciting and demanding opportunity. Creating the GLI community requires hard work, long hours, and significant commitment. Staff must maintain a high level of energy, patience, professionalism, and compassion from early morning wake-up to evening staff meetings. This intense work schedule requires stamina and dedication. The result is an incredibly rewarding job transforming the lives of adolescent girls.

Note: GLI is seeking a California Summer Camp Director who will oversee the launch of an additional camp site in California. The California Summer Camp Director oversees operations, personnel management and client relationships for the California Summer Camp year round. This person will serve as the Assistant Camp Director for Summer 2013 in training to become the California Summer Camp Director. This person must therefore live in the Bay Area or plan to move there by September 2013.

Primary Responsibilities:

  • Work closely with the Camp Director to oversee the social and emotional well being of all campers
  • Supervise and facilitate daily meetings with Guidance Counselors, Head Residential Counselors, Director of Play and Camp Health Director (Please see the respective job descriptions to understand the exact nature of each position.)
  • Attend daily meetings with Camp Director
  • Work with Camp Director to oversee first and last day of each camp session including transportation to and from the airport
  • Attend and support two cohort meetings daily. Oversee that the “next steps” from the meeting are implemented
  • Lead and advisory group 4 days a week for 45 minutes
  • Accompany and support their advisory group for the ropes course field trip one day per week

Additional Responsibilities

  • Call each advisee’s family mid way through each session to update and check in
  • Write a short anecdotal reflection on each advisee’s overall camp experience
  • Participate in regular staff meetings and teacher meetings to debrief lessons and discuss girls’ progress
  • Participate in five full days of staff training at Mount Holyoke College, June 17-21
  • Participate in two full days of post-camp evaluation at Mount Holyoke College, August 5 & 6

A sample of a typical day for an Assistant Director

7:30 Check in with Camp Director
8:00 Breakfast
8:40 Morning meetings & Office work
11:30 Dorm time
12:00 Lunch
1:35 Advisory (4 days a week 1 hour and 45 minutes
2:30 Cohort Meeting (4 days a week 1 hour and 45 minutes)
4:20 Cohort Meeting (4 days a week for 1 hour)
5:20 Time off
6:00 Dinner
7:00-9:00 Evening Activity (4 nights a week for two hours)
9:00 Support Bed Prep in the dorms

Candidates must be at least 25 years of age and have at least three years of summer camp or other residential experience, and at least one year of management or administrative work overseeing teachers, counselors or youth service providers. Professionals with a graduate degree in education, counseling, organizational management or a related field experience is preferred.

The ideal candidate will:
• Have experience managing, supporting and leading a team
• Have experience working with and mentoring youth
• Be responsible and self-motivated
• Relate well with girls in grades 6-12
• Ability to supervise staff
• Comfortable with public interactions including public speaking or presentations
• Possess excellent communication skills
• Work well with others as part of a team
• Have the ability to remain flexible and patient in the face of time pressure and multiple demands
• Be comfortable with professional observation and regular feedback
• Possess excellent conflict resolution skills and experience mediating groups
• Approach problems creatively and proactively
• Be passionate about girls’ empowerment and leadership
• Live in the San Francisco Bay Area (In preparation of 2014 launch of California Summer Camp)

• $5,600 for seven weeks of summer camp inclusive of teacher training and staff orientation, June 16 – August 6, 2013
• Room and board at Mount Holyoke College for June 16 – August 6, 2013
• Total travel reimbursement up to $200 if traveling beyond a 150 mile radius from Mount Holyoke College

To apply:
Applications will be reviewed and processed in the order received. Although the application deadline is March 15, 2013, hiring decisions may be made prior to this date. Applicants should send a cover letter, resume, application and at least three references in MS Word or a PDF format to Julia Loonin at

Click here to download the application

The subject line of the email should include your full name and “Assistant Camp Director Application.” Please call 866.744.9102, extension 2 with any questions. To watch the GLI video, see photos from last summer, or read testimonials please visit

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