Summer Program Residential Counselor

Girls Leadership Summer Program

Position Title: Residential Counselor

Reports To: Director of Residential Life

Nature of the Position: Seasonal and Residential

Dates: June 22 – August 6, 2018

Number of Positions: 3

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 and community to better understand who they are, what they believe, and how can create meaningful change in their relationships. 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 Residential Counselors dedicated to girls’ social and emotional development to work at its residential summer program at Mills College in Oakland CA, from June 22 – August 6, 2019. The Girls Leadership Summer Program is divided into three sessions; 2 ten-day sessions serving 6th grade through 8th grade and 1 fifteen-day session serving 9th grade through 12th grade.

Residential Counselors collaborate with the Director of Residential Life to 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 bedtime. They lead evening activities, non-curriculum day 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 receive 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.

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 an empowering and collective community.

Primary Responsibilities:

  • 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 after bedtime.
  • Supervise the movement of the middle school girls between activities
  • Organize and facilitate evening activities
  • Supervise non-curriculum day 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 non-curriculum day activities and community building rituals
  • Oversee girls during bed prep, love note writing, and lights out
  • Support and co-lead fitness activities
  • Actively participate in staff and cohort meetings
  • Support arrival and departure days including airport trips, setup, and prep work
  • Serve as a mandated reporter

Additional Responsibilities Include:

  • Engage in seven full days of staff training at Mills College, June 21 – 29
  • Engage in two full days of clean up, pack up and staff evaluation at Mills College, August 5 & 6, 2018
  • Accompany and support residential bunk group at the rope course up to three times over the course of the summer, including belaying at the site.

A sample of a typical day for a Residential Counselor:

7:30        Wake Up

8:00        Breakfast

9:00        Games or Wellness Prep

10:00     Time off

12:45     Oversee Free time for girls

1:45        Residential Staff Meeting (4 days a week for 45 minutes)

2:45        Co Lead Wellness Activities

5:45        Dinner

6:45-9   Evening Activity

9-9:30   Bed Prep

9:30-10  Love Notes

10:00     Lights out


Candidates must have two years of college or an associate degree equivalent; have experience working with young people (at other camps, youth service jobs, or organized activities). Employment is contingent upon a clear background check and two professional references.  Employee must be CPR and First Aid trained by June 28, 2019.

The ideal candidate will:

  • Foster an inclusive residential community through intentional language use, activities, and role modeling;
  • Possess an understanding of culturally responsive approaches and practices within a community;
  • Demonstrate excellent cross-cultural communication skills, including ability to facilitate conversations about equity and inclusion;
  • Demonstrate social and emotional intelligence;
  • Demonstrate the ability to care for oneself during a demanding work schedule;
  • Demonstrate a “can do” attitude;
  • Have experience teaching and facilitating youth in academic or recreational settings;
  • Be passionate about girls’ empowerment and leadership;
  • Connect and relate well with girls in grades 6-12;
  • Have the ability to remain flexible and patient in the face of time pressure and multiple demands;
  • Possess strong organizational skills;
  • Approach crisis management and challenges calmly, creatively, and proactively;
  • Work effectively with others as part of a team;
  • Be open to and participates in professional observation and regular feedback;
  • Have experience in mindfulness techniques and facilitation (preferred);
  • Girls Leadership alumnae are strongly encouraged to apply


  • $3,600 for 6 weeks of summer program inclusive of staff training, June 22 – August 6, 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 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?

The subject line of the email should include your full name and “Residential Counselor”

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.