Guidance Counselor

Position Title: Guidance Counselor
Reports To: Director of Residential Life and Wellness
Nature of the Position: Seasonal and Residential
Dates: June 23 – August 16, 2016
Number of Positions: 1

Girls Leadership Description:
Girls Leadership teaches girls tools for assertive self-expression, emotional intelligence, and healthy relationships for a life of authentic leadership. Our programs include parent-daughter workshops, day camps, a residential summer program, professional development trainings for educators, parent education presentations, and after-school classes.

Program Description:
Girls Leadership seeks an experienced Guidance Counselor dedicated to girls’ social and emotional development to work at its residential summer program at Mount Holyoke College in South Hadley, MA, from June 23 – August 16, 2016. The Girls Leadership Summer Program is divided into two, three-week sessions, serving girls in grades six through twelve (sixth graders attend for a ten-day session).

The Girls Leadership Guidance Counselor, supervised by the Director of Residential Life and Wellness, joins a team of outstanding professionals at a nationally recognized nonprofit. The Guidance Counselor will work at the cutting edge of thinking and practice for girls’ social and emotional development and experience a unique opportunity to teach and mentor girls outside of the student-teacher structure.

Guidance Counselors help create the “Girls Leadership 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 Girls Leadership 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.

The Guidance Counselor receives one day off every 7-8 days and two days off in between sessions. Working as a member of the Girls Leadership staff is a unique, exciting and demanding opportunity. Creating the Girls Leadership 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.

Overall Staff Statement:
All Girls Leadership staff are active members in creating an inclusive summer program community. By engaging the fundamental concepts of the Girls Leadership curriculum, we work together to ensure that members of the community identities are celebrated. It is our collective responsibility to challenge and support each other and the girls to work together to create a more socially just and empowering Girls Leadership community.

Primary Responsibilities:
• Create a safe, nurturing, inclusive community that celebrates each girl
• Role model the values and skills of the Girls Leadership curriculum
• Create a safe and comfortable residential community
• Provide direct service support to individual girls and provide recommendations to the program staff regarding girl wellness
• Lead daily meetings with grade level program staff to review girl wellness
• Attend daily management meeting
• Create resources for staff to help address girls’ needs
• Maintain and document records of girl wellness
• Execute communication with parents and families as needed
• Assist Residential staff in supervising activities in the dorm and on the weekends
• Lead an advisory group four days a week for 45 minutes each day
• Accompany and support an advisory group for the ropes course field trip up to four times over the course of the summer
• Participate in program weekend activities such as on campus field day, beach day and off-campus trips
• Support Health Manager during daily girl medication distribution times
• Work closely with Director of Residential Life and Wellness and Health Managers to monitor and care for the overall wellness of girls
• Serve as a mandated reporter

Additional Responsibilities:
• Call each advisee’s family midway through each session to update and check in
• Participate in regular staff meetings to debrief lessons and discuss girls’ progress
• Engage and support seven full days of staff training at Mount Holyoke College, June 24 – 30
• Engage in two full days of clean up, pack up and staff evaluation at Mount Holyoke College, August 14 & 15

A sample of a typical day for a Guidance Counselor

8:00 Breakfast
8:40 Assist Health Manager with medication distribution
9:00 Prepare for meetings, update records, phone calls
10:00 Wellness Team Meeting
12:00 Lunch
12:30 Office Hours
1:35 Advisory (4 days a week for 45 minutes)
2:30 Management Meeting (4 days a week for 1 hour)
4:20 Meetings, Paper work, Phone calls
6:00 Dinner
7-9 Support Evening Activity (2 – 3 nights a week)

** Note: The Guidance Counselor is also on-call to provide girl wellness support, including after 9 pm

Candidates must be at least 25 years of age and have at least three years of experience working clinically with young people, OR three years of experience overseeing student wellness in a residential setting, such as a boarding school or summer camp. Professionals with a graduate degree in counseling, social work or a related field are preferred. Employment is contingent upon a clear background check.

The ideal candidate will:
• Demonstrate a commitment to equity and inclusion practices
• Demonstrate excellent cross-cultural communication skills
• Demonstrate social and emotional intelligence
• Demonstrate the ability to care for oneself during a demanding work schedule
• Demonstrate a “can do” attitude
• Have experience with youth in a clinical setting
• Be passionate about girls’ empowerment and leadership
• Strongly connect with girls in grades 6-12
• Have the ability to remain flexible and patient in the face of time pressure and multiple demands
• Be responsible and self-motivated
• Be detail-oriented and committed to excellence
• Approach crisis management and challenges calmly, creatively, and proactively
• Work effectively with others as part of a team
• Open to and participate in professional observation and regular feedback
• Be passionate about girls’ empowerment and leadership
• Have experience working with and mentoring colleagues

• $5,250 for eight weeks of summer program inclusive of staff training, June 23 – August 16, 2016
• Room and board at Mount Holyoke College for June 23 – August 15, 2016
• Total travel reimbursement, for arriving to campus in June and leaving in August, is not to exceed $200 total if traveling beyond a 150 mile radius one-way from Mount Holyoke College. Point of origin and distance needs to be confirmed with the Summer Program Director before travel.
• Upon arrival only, Girls Leadership will pick up staff arriving to Bradley International Airport, Amherst Bus Stop or Springfield Amtrak station. Girls Leadership is not able to accommodate transportation after the summer due to limited vehicle access.

To apply:
Applications will be reviewed and processed in the order received. Applications are accepted until the position is filled. This job posting will be removed once the position is filled. Applicants should send a cover letter, resume, the application (click here for application), and at least three references’ contact information in MS Word or a PDF format to Cora Garner at

The subject line of the email should include your full name and “Guidance Counselor Application.” Please call 866-744-9102, extension 2 with any questions. To watch the Girls Leadership video, see photos from last summer, or read testimonials please visit Girls Leadership is an equal opportunity employer. Individuals of color are encouraged to apply.

Girls Leadership is committed to equal opportunity for all persons without regard to sex, age, race, ethnicity, color, religion, creed, national origin, marital status, gender expression, disability, or sexual orientation.