Summer Program Director of Residential Life

Girls Leadership Summer Program

Position Title: Director of Residential Life

Reports To: Director of Summer Program

Nature of the Position: Seasonal and Residential

Dates: Pre-work for 5 hours per week, May 17- June 21, 2019; Full-time June 22 – August 6th, 2019

Number of Positions: 1

Girls Leadership Description:

Girls Leadership equips girls with the skills to exercise the power of their voice. Our programs include Girl & Grownup workshops, a residential summer program, professional development trainings for educators, and parent education presentations.

By engaging the fundamental concepts of the Girls Leadership curriculum, we work together to ensure that campers have fun while learning skills to manage their friendships and relationships. This is an opportunity to be part of a collective staff to allow girls to explore their personal identity to better understand who they are, what they believe, and how they can create meaningful change in their relationships and community. All Girls Leadership staff are active members in building a safe and rewarding community that is inclusive and supportive.

Program Description:

Girls Leadership seeks an experienced Director of Residential Life dedicated to girls’ social and emotional development to work at its residential summer program at Mills College in Oakland CA, from June 22 – August 7, 2019. The Girls Leadership Summer Program is divided into three sessions, 2 ten-day session serving 6th through 8th grades and 1 fifteen-day session serving 9th through 12th grades.

The Director of Residential Life supervises four Residential Counseling staff.  With the support and under the supervision of the Director of Summer Program, the Director of Residential Life works in collaboration with the Senior Residential Counselor to oversee residential life at the program. The Director of Residential Life also oversees non-curriculum activities such as evening activities, field trips and other off campus activities.

The Director of Residential Life receives one day off every 5 days and one day 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.

Primary Responsibilities:

  • Create a safe, nurturing, inclusive community that celebrates each girl
  • Role model the values and skills of the Girls Leadership curriculum
  • Supervise, evaluate, and mentor four Residential Counselor staff
  • Conduct one-on-one meetings with Residential Counselors throughout the program
  • Plan, manage, and facilitate daily Residential Counselor staff meetings
  • Oversee, support and manage evening activities by helping to create lessons plans, gather materials and provide general support for Residential Counselor staff
  • In collaboration with other staff, address community and individual girl issues as they arise
  • Rotate on call residential evening responsibilities with Director of Summer Program
  • Late residential rounds twice a week
  • Take and manage summer photos including Facebook daily posting
  • Create an end of session slide show
  • Manage birthday cards system and process.
  • Support the execution of wellness/move your body activities
  • Oversee non-curriculum recreational activities
  • Support and execute all off campus field trips including ropes course
  • Support arrival and departure days including airport trips, setup, and prep work
  • Oversee the organization and inventory all materials and supplies used in the dorm

Additional Responsibilities:

  • Participate in regular staff meetings and management meetings to debrief lessons and discuss girls’ progress
  • Engage in seven full days of staff training at Mills College, June 22 – 28, 2019
  • Engage in two full days of clean up, pack up and staff evaluation at Mills College, August 5 & 6, 2019

A sample of a typical day for a Director of Residential Life

7:30       Oversee wake – up and morning prep

8:00        Breakfast

8:40        Meeting with Director of Summer Program and Director of Wellness (30 minutes)

9:30        Time Off

11:45     Lunch

12:45     Oversee Free time for girls

1:45        Lead Residential Staff Meeting  (1 hour 5 days a week)

2:30        Evening Activity Prep (1 hour 4 days a week)

4:20        One-on-one meetings with Residential Staff

5:45        Dinner

7-9            Evening Activity

9-9:30     Oversee Bed Prep (rotate with Senior Residential Counselor)

9:30-10   Love Notes

10-11:30 Residential Rounds (twice a week)


Candidates must have a Bachelor’s degree, have some supervisory experience and have experience planning and leading activities with large groups of young people as a teacher, counselor, or coach. Employment is contingent upon a clear background check. Employee must be CPR and First Aid trained by June 21, 2019.

The ideal candidate:

  • Fosters an inclusive residential community through intentional language use, activities, and role modeling;
  • Possesses an understanding of culturally responsive approaches and practices within a community;
  • Demonstrates excellent interpersonal and intercultural communication skills;
  • Demonstrates social and emotional intelligence;
  • Demonstrates the ability to care for oneself during a demanding work schedule;
  • Demonstrates a “can do” attitude;
  • Is passionate about girls’ empowerment and leadership;
  • Connects deeply with girls in grades 6-12 and has experience working with and mentoring youth;
  • Possesses strong organizational skills;
  • Has experience supervising and/or mentoring staff;
  • Has the ability to remain flexible and patient in the face of time pressure and multiple demands;
  • Approaches crisis management and challenges calmly, creatively, and proactively;
  • Works effectively with others as part of a team;
  • Is open to and participates in professional observation and regular feedback.


  • $5,100 for 6 weeks of summer program inclusive of training and staff orientation, June 22 – August 6, 2018
  • $500 for 5 hours per week, May 17- June 21, 2019
  • Room and board at Mills College for June 21 – August 6, 2019
  • 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 Mills College. Point of origin and distance needs to be confirmed with the Summer Program Director before travel.

To apply:
Applications will be reviewed and processed in the order received. First review of applications will begin the week of February 19, 2019.  Position will remain posted until April 1st. Candidates should email applications to our hiring email. Please send a resume and cover letter answering the following questions:

  • How does this position align with your passions and skill set?
  • What is your previous experience working with girls and/or in a (residential) camp setting?
  • What do equity and inclusion mean to you?

In the subject line of the email should include your full name and “Director of Residential Life”.

To watch the Girls Leadership video, see photos from last summer, or read testimonials please visit

Girls Leadership is an equal opportunity employer. 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.  We are committed to maximizing the diversity of our organization, as we want to engage all those who can contribute to this effort.