Teacher Director

Position Title: Teacher Director
Reports To: 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 an experienced educator 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 Teacher Director joins a team of outstanding professionals at a nationally recognized nonprofit. The Teacher Director oversees morning games, workshops and afternoon projects. They also supervise and mentor Teaching Counselors. The foundation of the GLI curriculum is educational theater. We prefer applicants with experience teaching arts-integrated curricula as this position will oversee arts-integrated afternoon projects. The Teacher Director works closely with the Camp Director in supporting Teachers growth and development at camp.

The Teacher 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.

Primary Responsibilities:

  • Prepare all Teaching Counselors to lead morning games through training and written “game plans”
  • Observe, supervise and support Morning Workshops
  • Supervise afternoon Arts Workshops
  • Facilitate two afternoon teacher meetings two days a week for 45 minutes
  • Liaison with the Director of Programs through regular communication (form to be determined) regarding any content or curriculum notes
  • Lead an 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
  • Coordinate all (morning and afternoon) teaching logistics including space allocation (room assignments), and material preparation
  • Provide curriculum and teaching support to the Teaching Counselors
  • Conduct 1-on-1 written and oral evaluations of all Teaching Counselors midway through the camp season and evaluations at the end of camp sessions
  • Meet with the Camp Director three days a week
  • Assist in preparing for end of session art celebrations
  • Assist in preparing for and supporting the Arts Intensive weekend during Session two

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 Teacher Director

8:00 Breakfast
8:40 Observe, support and oversee morning game
9:30 Observe, support and oversee morning workshop
12:00 Lunch
12:30 Meetings & Prep
1:35 Advisory (4 days a week for 45 minutes)
2:30 Cohort Meeting (4 days a week for 1 hour)
4:20 Teacher Meeting (2 days a week for 1 hour)
6:00 Dinner
7:00-9:00 Support Evening Activity (2 – 3 nights a week)

Candidates must be at least 25 years of age and have experience teaching young people (graduate degree in education preferred) through interactive lessons.

The ideal candidate will:

  • Have experience leading youth in academic settings
  • Possess experience creating, executing and evaluating lesson plans and arts based project units
  • Have experiencing supervising and managing others
  • Relate well with girls in grades 6-12
  • Possess excellent communication skills
  • 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
  • Be passionate about girls’ empowerment and leadership

• $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 julia@girlsleadership.org.

Click here to download the application

The subject line of the email should include your full name and “Teacher 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 www.girlsleadership.org
To watch the GLI video, see photos from last summer, or read testimonials please visit www.girlsleadership.org.