Position Title: Residential Counselor
Reports To: Resident Director
Nature of the Position: Seasonal and Residential
Dates: June 23 – August 16, 2016
Number of Positions: 4
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.
Girls Leadership seeks experienced residential counselors 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).
Residential Counselors, in collaboration with the Resident Director and Director of Residential Life and Wellness, help develop the extraordinary Girls Leadership residential community. Residential Counselors work with Residential Teaching Counselors to build community and culture. Residential Counselors supervise all aspects of residential life for girls from wake up to bed time. They lead evening activities, weekend activities, fitness activities, and free time. The Residential Counselor position offers a unique opportunity to become immersed in girls’ social and emotional development and enrichment.
Residential 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.
Residential Counselors receive 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.
• Create a safe, nurturing, inclusive community that celebrates each girl
• Role model the values and skills of the Girls Leadership curriculum
• Residential 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
• Support and co-lead fitness activities
• Serve as a mandated reporter
Additional Responsibilities Include:
• Engage in 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 Residential Counselor:
7:30 Wake Up
8:40 Games (4 days a week for 45 minutes)
10:00 Time off
12:30 Oversee Free time for girls
1:30 Residential Staff Meeting (4 days a week for 45 minutes)
2:30 Co Lead Fitness (4 days a week for 1 hour and 45 minutes)
7-9 Evening Activity (4 days a week for 2 hours)
9-9:30 Bed Prep
9:30-10 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). Employment is contingent upon a clear background check.
The ideal candidate will:
• Ability to create an inclusive residential community through intentional language use, activities, and role modeling.
• Ability to facilitate conversations about equity and inclusion.
• 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 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
• Be responsible and self-motivated
• Have the ability to remain flexible and patient in the face of time pressure and multiple demands
• 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
• Professional experience leading or coaching fitness or sports related activities
• Girl Leadership alumnae are strongly encouraged to apply
• $2,450 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 and Springfield Amtrak station. Girls Leadership is not able to accommodate transportation after the summer due to limited vehicle access.
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 firstname.lastname@example.org.
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 Girls Leadership video, see photos from last summer, or read testimonials please visit www.girlsleadership.org. 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.