Residential Counselor

Girls Leadership Summer Program

Position Title: Residential Counselors “Bunk Leaders”

Reports To: Director of Residential Life

Nature of the Position: Seasonal and Residential


Number of Positions: 4


Job Description:

Girls Leadership seeks energetic Residential Counselors “Bunk Leaders” dedicated to girls’ social and emotional development to work at its residential summer program at Mills College in Oakland CA, from June 21 – August 6, 2020. 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, “Bunk Leaders”, collaborate with the Camp Counselors and Director of Residential Life to help develop the extraordinary Girls Leadership residential community. Bunk Leaders work with all the staff to build community and execute Girls Leadership culture at camp. Bunk Leaders supervise all aspects of residential life for girls from wake up to bedtime. Support campers get ready for the day, attend breakfast, and morning meeting. After a break, residential counselors prep for evening activity, and  come back to supervise free time with board games, making sure campers can nap and socializing is happening in common spaces, and friendship bracelets creation station is open for business. Bunk leaders lead evening activities with Camp Counselors and Director of Residential Life.


The Residential Counselor position offers a unique opportunity to become immersed in girls’ lives through caring for a girl’s well-being and supporting her success at camp and beyond. Residential Counselors receive 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
  • Bunk Leaders live in their own rooms on the same floor with the girls and supervise the residential aspect of camp – wake up, breakfast, freetime, evening activity, bed prep.
  • 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, execute, and facilitate evening activities
  • Supervise non-curriculum day activities, i.e. field trips, ropes course, olympiad etc.
  • Supervise evening dorm time, i.e. dance parties, group discussions, love notes, one-on-one conversations and other duties as they come up
  • Supervise, plan, and facilitate community building traditions like charm ceremony and snail-mail
  • Oversee girls during wake-up, bed-prep, medication schedule, bunk agreements, etc.
  • 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 five full days of staff training at Mills College, June 21 – 25, 2020
  • Engage in two days of clean up, pack up and staff evaluation at Mills College as necessary


Sample Schedule

7:30 AM- Supervise Wake

8 AM – Supervise Breakfast

9 AM    Morning Meeting

9:30am to 3PM – OFF

3PM – Evening Activity Prep

4PM – Supervise Free Time

5:30 – Dinner

6:30 – Evening Activities

8PM – Love Notes/Bed prep

9PM – Rooms

9:30PM – 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, two professional references (one a residential setting), CPR and First Aid certification by June 22, 2020.


The ideal candidate will:

  • Foster an inclusive residential community through intentional language use, activities, and role modeling;
  • Demonstrate understanding to all girls from various socio-economic backgrounds and care about their personal development;
  • Demonstrate high level social and emotional intelligence and interpersonal communication skills;
  • 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 5th-12th grade
  • Have the ability to remain flexible and patient in the face of time pressure and multiple demands;
  • Approach crisis management and challenges calmly, creatively, and proactively;
  • Wors effectively with others as part of a team;
  • Be open to and participates in professional observation and regular feedback;
  • Have experience in conflict meditation using restorative justice practices (preferred)
  • Girls Leadership alumnae are strongly encouraged to apply



  • $3,600 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 7, 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.