Head Residential Counselor

Position Title: Head Residential 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 Head Residential 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 Head Residential Counselors join a team of outstanding professionals at a nationally recognized nonprofit.

Head Residential Counselors supervise the Residential Staff. They work in collaboration with the Guidance Counselors to oversee residential life at camp. Head Residential Counselors also work with the Director of Play to oversee weekend activities such as on the on campus adventure day, beach day and off campus activities.

Head Residential 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.

Head Residential 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:

  • Supervise and mentor Residential Staff
  • Plan and facilitate daily residential staff meetings
  • Lead an advisory group four days a week for 45 minutes each day
  • Accompany and support their advisory group for the ropes course field trip one day per week
  • Support evening activities by helping to create lessons plans, gather materials and provide general support for Residential Staff
  • Work with Director of Play to oversee weekend recreational activities
  • Support and oversee all campus day field trips
  • Organize and inventory all materials and supplies used in the dorm

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 Head Residential Counselor

7:30 Oversee wake – up and morning prep
8:00 Breakfast
8:40 Meeting with Residential Staff (4 days a week for 30 minutes)
11:30 Oversee free time
12:00 Lunch
1:35 Advisory (4 days a week for 45 minutes)
2:30 Cohort Meeting (4 days a week for 1 hour)
4:20 Meetings & Prep
5:20 Time off
6:00 Dinner
7:00-9:00 Prep Time (or Evening Activity 2 – 3 nights a week)
9:00 – 9:30 Oversee Bed Prep
9:30 – 10:00 Love Notes
10:00 Lights out

Candidates must be at least 23 years of age, have supervisory experience and have experience planning and leading activities with groups of young people as a teacher, counselor, or coach.

The ideal candidate will:

  • Be passionate about girls’ empowerment and leadership
  • Strongly connect with girls in grades 6-12
  • Possess strong organizational skills
  • Have experience supervising and/or mentoring staff
  • Possess transparent and clear communication skills
  • Be responsible and self-motivated
  • 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 consistent feedback
  • Approach challenges creatively and proactively
  • Be passionate about girls’ empowerment and leadership
  • Have experience working with and mentoring youth

• $4,200 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 May 25, 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 julia@girlsleadership.org.

Click here to download the application

The subject line of the email should include your full name and “Head Residential 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 www.girlsleadership.org