Guidance Counselor

Position Title: Guidance Counselor
Reports To: Assistant Director
Nature of the Position: Seasonal and Residential
Dates: June 16 – August 6, 2013
Number of Positions: 2

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 guidance counselors 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).

GLI Guidance Counselors join a team of outstanding professionals at a nationally recognized nonprofit. Guidance Counselors will work at the cutting edge of thinking and practice for girls’ social and emotional development and experience a unique opportunity to teach and mentor girls outside of the student-teacher structure.

Guidance Counselors help 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.

Guidance Counselors receive 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.

Primary Responsibilities:

  • Create a safe and comfortable residential community
  • Provide direct service support to individual girls and provide recommendations to the camp staff regarding girl wellness
  • Lead daily cohort meetings with grade level camp staff to review girl wellness
  • Maintain and document records of girl wellness, including serving as a point of contact for communication with families
  • Assist Residential staff in supervising activities in the dorm and on the weekends
  • Lead an advisory group four days a week for 45 minutes each day
  • Accompany and support an advisory group for the ropes course field trip one day per week
  • Participate in camp weekend activities such as on campus field day, beach day and off-campus trips

Additional Responsibilities

  • Call each advisee’s family midway 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 a Guidance Counselor

8:00 Breakfast
8:40 Prepare for cohort meetings, update camper records, phone calls
12:00 Lunch
12:30 Office Hours
1:35 Advisory (4 days a week for 45 minutes)
2:30 Cohort Meeting (4 days a week for 1 hour)
4:20 Meetings, Paper work, Phone calls
6:00 Dinner
7:00-9:00 Support Evening Activity (2 – 3 nights a week)

** Note: Guidance Counselors are also on-call to provide girl wellness support, including after 9 pm

Candidates must be at least 25 years of age and have at least three years of experience working clinically with young people, OR three years of experience overseeing student wellness in a residential setting, such as a boarding school or summer camp. Professionals with a graduate degree in counseling, social work or a related field are preferred.

The ideal candidate will:

  • Have experience with youth in a clinical setting
  • Be passionate about girls’ empowerment and leadership
  • Strongly connect with girls in grades 6-12
  • Possess transparent and clear communication skills
  • Have the ability to remain flexible and patient in the face of time pressure and multiple demands
  • Be responsible and self-motivated
  • Work well with others as part of a team
  • Be comfortable with professional observation and consistent feedback
  • Approach challenges creatively and proactively
  • Be passionate about girls’ empowerment and leadership
  • Have experience working with and mentoring colleagues

• $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 “Guidance Counselor 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