Leadership for Life Teaching Counselor

Position Title: Leadership for Life Teaching Counselor (activist program)
Reports To: Teaching Director
Nature of the Position: Seasonal and Residential
Dates: July 15 – 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 an experienced Teaching Counselor dedicated to social justice and girls’ leadership to lead the activism program at its residential summer camp at Mount Holyoke College in South Hadley, MA, from July 15 – 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).

Please note that this position is only for Session 2. Ideally The Leadership for Life Teaching Counselor will work as Teaching Counselor in Session 1 teaching grade 6, 7 or 8 and then transition to the Leadership for Life Teaching Counselor in Session 2. Please refer to the Teaching Counselor job description for details about requirements for this position.

Leadership for Life (L4L) is designed for girls rising into grades 10 - 12 who have attended at least one prior GLI summer camp session. The mission of L4L is to help participants take the GLI “inner resume” skills they have learned – emotional self-awareness, assertive communication and healthy accountability – and apply them to a social justice context. Suggested participant outcomes may include (but are not limited to) direct engagement with a cause or movement; arts-based exploration of activism; making connections between theory and “action” of activism; instruction in public speaking, social media and other skills necessary for effective political expression.

The foundation of the GLI curriculum is educational theater. We prefer applicants with experience teaching arts-integrated curricula, but all interested educators should apply. As part of the application process, we may ask you to submit an original lesson that uses a creative art as a teaching method.

The L4L Teaching Counselor 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.

Primary Responsibilities:

Before Camp

  • Prepare for summer camp work by creating the Leadership for Life curriculum for approximately 15 hours in the spring in consultation with and incorporating feedback from the Teaching Director

During Camp

  • Lead morning games four days a week for 45 minutes each day
  • Teach morning workshop four days a week for 2 hours each day
  • 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
  • Participate in and support in 7 evening activities, 2 hours each, per camp session.
  • Accompany and support one off campus day field trip 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 the Leadership for Life Teaching Counselor

8:00 Breakfast
8:40 Games (4 days a week for 45 minutes)
9:30 Workshop (4 days a week for 2 hours)
12:00 Lunch
1:35 Advisory (4 days a week for 45 minutes)
2:30 Prep Time
4:20 Cohort Meeting (4 days a week for 1 hour)
5:20 Teacher Meeting (Two days a week for 1 hour)
6:00 Dinner
7:00-9:00 Prep Time (or Evening Activity 2 – 3 nights a week)

Teachers are required to eat 1 meal per day with girls and must be at Breakfast by 8:20 am (if not eating this meal with the girls)

Candidates must be at least 25 years of age and have significant experience teaching secondary school students through interactive lessons. A graduate degree in education is strongly preferred.

The ideal candidate will:

  • Possess experience creating, executing and evaluating lesson plans and project units
  • Be responsible, self-motivated and comfortable working in a virtually dispersed team
  • Have experience as a teaching artist and/or in educational theatre
  • Have experience leading youth in academic or recreational settings
  • Be comfortable teaching an already set curriculum
  • Be passionate about girls’ empowerment and leadership
  • Have the ability to remain flexible and patient in the face of time pressure and multiple demands
  • Strongly connect with girls in grades 6-12
  • Possess transparent and clear communication skills
  • 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

• $2,100 for three weeks of summer camp, July 15 – August 6, 2013
• Room and board at Mount Holyoke College for July 15 – 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 julia@girlsleadership.org.

Click here to download the application

The subject line of the email should include your full name and “Leadership for Life Teaching 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

Year-round employment may follow seasonal employment, dependent upon performance review, in the San Francisco Bay Area, New York City, certain areas of New Jersey, and the Denver and Boulder metropolitan areas.