Senior Camp Counselor

Girls Leadership Summer Program

Position Title: Senior Camp Counselor

Reports To: Wellness Coordinator 

Nature of the Position: Seasonal and Residential

Dates: June 21 – August 6, 2020

Number of Positions: 1

Girls Leadership Description:

Girls Leadership equips girls with the skills to exercise the power of their voice. Located on the Mills College campus in Oakland, California, our internationally-recognized residential summer program, founded in 2001 by girl experts and social entrepreneurs Rachel Simmons and Simone Marean, is a summer camp experience for girls like no other.

Job Description 

Girls Leadership seeks an individual dedicated to girls’ social and emotional development to work at its residential summer program from June 21 – 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.

The Senior Camp Counselor will coordinate and lead the Move Your Body schedule and activities. Move Your Body activities are decided prior to camp and this position will be in charge of scheduling the campers into the appropriate Move Your Body activity with the support of Counselors in Training. This position will also supervise the Counselor in Training Program. This position lives on the same floor as Counselors-in Training and acts as their supervisor insuring they report to their schedule, coordinate their responsibilities based on program support needs, and monitoring their phone use while at camp.  

 Senior Camp Counselor receives one day off every session 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. 

 Primary Responsibilities:

  • Create a safe, nurturing, inclusive community that celebrates each girl
  • Role model the values and skills of the Girls Leadership curriculum
  • Schedule and execute Move Your Body activities for campers
  • Assign Camp Counselors to Move Your Body Activities 
  • Create a safe and nurturing residential community.  Senior Camp Counselor lives in their own rooms close to  the Counselors in Training. They serve as an advisor for Counselors in Training and are available to the girls for informal gatherings, hall meetings, and general support from wake up to after bedtime.
  • Supervise Counselors in Training and support their development 
  • Help plan, organize, and facilitate evening activities with Camp Counselors and Residential Staff 
  • 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 Girls Leadership rituals like charm ceremony, olympiad, project presentations. 
  • Oversee girls during bed prep, love note writing, and lights out
  • Actively participate in staff and cohort meetings
  • Support arrival and departure days including airport trips, setup, and prep work
  • Be CPR and First Aid certified 

Additional Responsibilities Include:

  • Engage in five full days of staff training at Mills College, June 21 – 28, 2020
  • Engage in two full days of clean up, pack up and staff evaluation at Mills College, August 5 & 6, 2020
  • Accompany and support residential bunk group at the ropes course up to three times over the course of the summer, including belaying at the site. 

A sample of a typical day for a Senior Camp Counselor:

7:00    Wake Up – CITs

8:00    Breakfast

9:00    Morning Meeting

10:00 Counselor in Training Meeting

12:00  Lunch – OFF

2:00 Prep Move Your Body 

3:30    Lead Move Your Body

5:45    Dinner – OFF 

6:45-9   Evening Activity

9-9:30   Bed Prep

9:30-10 Love Notes

10:00 Lights out


Two years of college or AA degree in  psychology, education, kinesiology, child development or another related field, preferred, and have 1 – 2 years experience teaching young people through interactive lessons, coaching individuals between the ages of 15-17.  Employment is contingent upon a clear background check. Employee must be CPR and First Aid trained by June 21st 2020. 

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 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;
  • 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);


  • $4000 for 6 weeks of summer program inclusive of staff training, June 21 – August 6, 2020
  • Room and board at Mills College for June 21 – August 6, 2020

To apply: 

Candidates should complete the online application and attach resume to their application. Girls Leadership Summer Program Application is available at

Applications will be reviewed and processed in the order received. First review of applications will begin the week of February 1st. Position will remain posted until April 1st.