Summer Program Teaching Counselor

Position Title: Teaching Counselor

Reports To: Director of Summer Program

Nature of the Position: Seasonal and Residential (optional)

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 Teaching 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.

Girls Leadership 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 Girls Leadership 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.

Teaching Counselors will be matched with a specific grade for each session. 3 Teachers will work during Session 1 and 2 with grades 6 – 8 and then work with grades 10 – 12 during Session 3. You can learn more about the basic structure and nature of the Activism projects on the Girls Leadership Website.

Each Teaching Counselor will be expected to write one 8-day (1.5 hour session per day) art project curriculum for grades 9th to 12th. Additionally, expected to write one 6-day (1.5 hour session per day) art project curriculum for grades 6th -8th The curriculum overview is due May 1, 2019 for review.  The final curriculum is due June 1, 2019. Provided GL core content and tools will be expected to be included in the curriculum.

Teaching 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 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. Option: this position does not have to reside on campus.

Additional Information:

Please be advised that this position entails teaching Girl Leadership 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.

Primary Responsibilities:

Before the program:

All 3 Teaching Counselors prepare for summer program work by planning art based curriculum for middle school and high school.

During the program:

  • Create a safe, nurturing, inclusive community that celebrates each girl
  • Role model the values and skills of the Girls Leadership curriculum
  •   Lead morning games four mornings a week for 45 minutes each day
  •   Teach morning workshop four mornings a week for 1.5 hours each day
  •   Teach projects four afternoons a week for 1 hour and 30 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 up to three times over the course of the summer, including belaying at the rope course
  •   Engage in and support up to 3 – 4 evening activities each session
  •   Engage in and support the Residential Staff on “Non-Curriculum Day”
  •   Provide constructive feedback and assessment of existing curriculum to the Director of Summer Program
  •   Support arrival and departure days including airport trips, setup, and prep work
  •   Serve as a mandated reporter

Additional Responsibilities

  •   Call each advisee’s family mid way through each session to update and check in
  • Participate in regular staff meetings and teacher meetings to debrief lessons and discuss girls’ progress
  • Engage in seven full days of staff training at Mills College, June 22 – 28
  •   Engage in two full days of clean up, pack up and staff evaluation at Mills 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 1.5 hours)

12:00     Lunch

1:35        Advisory (4 days a week for 45 minutes)

2:30        Projects (4 days a week 1 hour and 30 minutes)

6:00        Dinner

7-9           Prep Time (or Evening Activity 2 nights a week)


Candidates must have a Bachelor’s degree and experience teaching young people (11-18 years of age) through interactive lessons. Employment is contingent upon a clear background check and providing two references. Employee must be CPR and First Aid trained by June 22, 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 cross-cultural communication skills, including ability to facilitate conversations about equity and inclusion;
  • Demonstrates social and emotional intelligence;
  • Demonstrates the ability to care for oneself during a demanding work schedule;
  • Demonstrates a “can do” attitude;
  • Has experience teaching and facilitating youth in academic or recreational settings with an existing curriculum;
  • Has experience as a teaching artist and/or in educational theatre;
  • Creates and executes original lesson plans and projects;
  • Is passionate about girls’ empowerment and leadership;
  • Connects and relates well with girls in grades 6-12;
  • Has the ability to remain flexible and patient in the face of time pressure and multiple demands;
  • Possesses strong organizational skills;
  • 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;
  • Has experience in mindfulness techniques and facilitation (preferred).


  • $4,500 for  weeks of summer program inclusive of staff training, June 22 – August 6, 2019
  • Room and board at Mills College for June 22 – 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 Director of Summer Program 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 “Teaching Counselor”

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