Teaching Counselor

Position Title: Teaching Counselor
Reports To: Teaching Director
Nature of the Position: Seasonal and Residential
Dates: June 16 – August 6, 2013
Number of Positions: 3

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

GLI Counselors help girls participate in “GLI magic” that allows them to take risks that they never thought possible and to build stronger friends than they’ve ever known. What does the GLI magic look like? It is 40 screaming girls, covered in face paint, playing kickball. It is you cheering for every single camper at bat and then watching each girl start to cheer for every other camper. 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.

Teaching 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:

Before Camp

  • Prepare for summer camp work by planning for a 12-session arts-based project (applies to most teachers)

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
  • Teach projects four days a week for 1 hour and 45 minutes 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 and support in 7 evening activities, 2 hours each, per camp session.
  • Accompany and support one weekend day per week
  • Support and mentor Teaching Residential Counselors

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 a 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

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 Projects (4 days a week 1 hour and 45 minutes)
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.

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 as a teaching artist and/or in educational theatre
  • Be comfortable teaching an already set curriculum
  • Possess experience creating and executing original lesson plans and project units
  • Have the ability to remain flexible and patient in the face of time pressure and multiple demands
  • Be passionate about girls’ empowerment and leadership
  • Be able to connect and relate well 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

• $4,550 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 “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.

Additional Information:
Please be advised that this position entails teaching GLI-branded curriculum in the morning sessions. Educators are expected to closely follow the curriculum and will be trained to deliver this content. Applicants should be comfortable with this arrangement in advance of application. Educators will teach their own original curriculum for the arts-integrated projects in the afternoons.