Residential Counselor

Position Title: Residential Counselor
Reports To: Head Residential Counselor
Nature of the Position: June 16 – August 6, 2013
Number of Positions: 10

Girls Leadership Institute 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 young professionals 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 is seeking Residential Counselors who will oversee the development of the extraordinary GLI camp community. Residential Counselors work with Teaching Counselors to build camp community and culture. Residential staff supervises all aspects of residential life for girls from wake up to bed time. They lead evening activities, weekend activities, and free time. The Residential staff position offers a unique opportunity to become immersed in girls’ social and emotional development and enrichment.

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.

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:

  • Create a safe and nurturing residential community
  • Residential Teaching Counselors live in their own rooms on girl halls
  • Serve as “Resident Advisors” and are available to the girls for informal gatherings, hall meetings, and general support from wake up to bedtime
  • Supervise the movement of the middle school girls between activities
  • Plan, organize and facilitate evening activities
  • Supervise weekend activities, i.e. beach day, field trips, tie dying, pizza picnics, etc.
  • Supervise evening dorm time, i.e. dance parties, group discussions, love notes, one-on-one conversations, etc.
  • Supervise, plan and facilitate recreational weekend activities and community building rituals
  • Oversee girls during bed prep, love note writing and lights out

Additional Responsibilities Include:

  • 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 Residential Staff:

7:30 Wake Up
8:00 Breakfast
8:40 Games (4 days a week for 45 minutes)
9:30 Residential Staff Meeting (4 days a week for 45 minutes)
11:30 Time off
12:00 Lunch
12:30 Oversee Free time for girls
2:30 Support Fitness (2 days a week for 1 hour and 45 minutes)
4:20 Cohort Meeting (4 days a week for 1 hour)
5:20 Break
6:00 Dinner
7:00 – 9:00 Evening Activity (4 days a week for 2 hours)
9:00 – 9:30 Bed Prep
9:30 – 10:00 Love Notes
10:00 Lights out


Candidates must be at least 20 years of age and have experience working with young people (at other camps, youth service jobs, or organized activities).

The ideal candidate will:

  • Have experience facilitating youth in a recreational setting
  • Be passionate about girls’ empowerment and leadership
  • Be able to connect and relate well with girls in grades 6-12
  • Possess excellent 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 regular feedback
  • Approach problems creatively and proactively
  • GLI alumnae are strongly encouraged to apply

• $1950 – $2,600 (depending on experience) 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

Click here to download the application

The subject line of the email should include your full name and “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