Teaching Counselors

Position Title: Teaching Counselor

Reports To: Director of Summer Program

Nature of the Position: Seasonal, Non-residential (residential living not required but optional)

Number of Positions:

Dates: June 21 – August 6, 2020

Training – June 21st to June 25th  

Session 1  – June 27th –  July 6th (8 days of work, 6 days of instruction)

Session 2 – July 9th – July 18th (8 days of work, 6 days of instruction)

Session 3 – July 21st  – Aug 4th (10 days of work, 8 days of instruction) 

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.

Number of Positions: 3 positions (Session 1 & 2 – Middle School) , 2 positions (Session 3- High School) 

Job Description: 

Girls Leadership seeks experienced educators and teachers 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.

Each Teaching Counselor will teach three specific Girls Leadership curriculum workshops- Social Emotional Learning workshop, advisory, and project. SEL workshop is 75 mins followed by 60 mins project-based learning curriculum, and advisory is 60 mins. Finally, teaching counselors will lead an elective (bring your craft to camp), facilitating a 60 mins craft class. 

Sample Teaching Schedule

8:00 – prep

8:45 – Lead Morning Meeting 

9:15 – Lead Games (can be 10 to 30 mins depending on game choice) 

9:45 – Teach Girls Leadership Curriculum Workshop 

11:00 – Teach Projects- Project Based Learning

12:00 – Break for lunch 

1:00 – Teach Advisory 

2:15 – Teach Electives (past examples include: gender galaxy, book club, jewelry making, vision boarding, improv, acting, etc) 

3:30 – Curriculum meeting with GL Curriculum Staff Member 

Teaching Counselors are part of the Girls Leadership community which 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.

Please be advised that this position entails teaching Girl Leadership curriculum in the morning sessions. Teaching Counselors are expected to closely follow the curriculum and will be advised on how to use curriculum in classroom, applicants should be comfortable with this arrangement in advance of application and have a background in Social Emotional Learning. Teaching Counselors will teach project-based curriculum for the projects in the second half of the morning workshop. Teaching Counselors are also expected to facilitate advisory group using Girls Leadership Power Collaborative Training Curriculum and additionally lead electives with my own curriculum. . 

Primary Responsibilities:

Before the program:

All 3 Teaching Counselors prepare for summer program work by planning art based elective curriculum for middle school or 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 15-30 minutes each day
  • Teach Girls Leadership curriculum 6 mornings during Middle School and 8 mornings during High School session for 75 minutes. 
  • Teach projects using project-based learning for 60 minutes a morning directly after Girls Leadership curriculum workshop
  • Lead an advisory group four days a week for 60 minutes each day
  • Engage in and support the Residential Staff with camper related issues connected to the curriculum such as dealing with difficult friendships, conflict styles, and etc. 
  • Provide constructive feedback and assessment of existing curriculum 
  • Support arrival and departure days including airport trips, setup, and prep work 

Additional Responsibilities

  • Call each advisee’s family mid way through high school session to update and check in
  • Participate in regular staff meetings and teacher meetings to debrief lessons and discuss girls’ progress
  • Engage in five full days of staff training at Mills College, June 21st – 25th 
  • Engage in two full days of clean up, pack up and staff evaluation at Mills College, August 5 & 6


Bachelor’s degree and experience teaching young people (11-18 years of age) through interactive lessons. Employment is contingent upon a clear background check, two teaching references, and CPR and First Aid certification by June 22, 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 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).


  • $1600 Session 1 & 2  8 days of work, 6 days of instruction 8am to 4pm 
  • $2000 Session 3 10 days of work, 8 days of instruction 8am to 4pm 

To apply: 

Candidates should complete the online application and attach resume to their application. Girls Leadership Summer Program Application is available at https://tinyurl.com/glsummer2020

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.