Residential Teaching Counselor

Job Type

Full Time Temporary




United States


Girls Leadership Summer Program

Position Title: Residential Teaching Counselor

Reports To: Director of Residential Life

Nature of the Position: Seasonal and Residential

Dates: June 21 – August 15, 2018

Number of Positions: 4

Girls Leadership Description:

Girls Leadership equips girls with the skills to exercise the power of their voice. Our programs include parent-daughter workshops, day camps, a residential summer program, professional development trainings for educators, parent education presentations, and after-school classes.

Program Description:

Girls Leadership seeks experienced Residential Teaching Counselors dedicated to girls’ social and emotional development to work at its residential summer program at Cate School in Carpinteria CA, from June 21 – August 15, 2018. The Girls Leadership Summer Program is divided into three sessions, 1 ten day session serving 6th grade through 8th grade, 1 fifteen day session serving 6th grade through 8th grade, 1 fifteen day session serving 9th grade through 12th grade.

Residential Teaching Counselors, in collaboration with the Director of Residential Life and Director of Wellness, help develop the extraordinary Girls Leadership residential community. Residential Teaching Counselors have a dual role, working with both Teaching Counselors to co-lead morning games and support the teaching of the Girls Leadership core curriculum and also with Residential Staff to build community and culture. The Residential Teaching Counselors, in conjunction with Residential Counselors, supervise all aspects of residential life for girls from wake up to bedtime. They lead and facilitate evening activities, day activities, and free time. The Residential Teaching Counselor position offers a unique opportunity to become immersed in girls’ social and emotional development and enrichment while also getting experience in the classroom.

Residential Teaching Counselors help create the “Girls Leadership magic” that allows girls to take risks that they never thought possible and to build stronger friendships than they’ve ever known. What does the Girls Leadership magic look like? It is 90 screaming girls, covered in face paint, playing kickball. It is you cheering for every single girl at bat and then watching each girl start to cheer for others. It’s leading a group sing along (when you can’t carry a tune) under a tarp in the pouring rain. It’s acknowledging and supporting a girl’s real emotions, just when you thought you were done for the day. It’s about taking risks and being your real self in order to give girls the permission to do the same.

Residential Teaching Counselors receive one day off every 7-8 days and two days off in between sessions. Working as a member of the GLI 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 a more socially just and empowering Girls Leadership community.

Primary Responsibilities:

  • Create a safe, nurturing, inclusive community that celebrates each girl
  • Role model the values and skills of the Girls Leadership curriculum
  • Assist and support morning games and workshop with Teaching Counselors
  • Create a safe and nurturing residential community. Residential Teaching Counselors live in their own rooms on the halls. They 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
  • Plan, 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 Cate School, June 21 – 29
  • Engage in two full days of clean up, pack up and staff evaluation at Cate School, August 13 & 14
  • 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 Teaching Counselor:

7:30      Wake Up

8:00      Breakfast

9:00      Games (4 days a week for 45 minutes)

10:00   Workshop (4 days a week for 45 minutes)

11:45   Lunch

12:45   Oversee Free time for girls

1:45      Residential Life Staff meeting

2:30     Time off or Lead Fitness

5:45      Dinner

6:45-9 Evening Activity

9-9:30 Bed Prep

9:30-10 Love Notes

10:00   Lights out



Candidates must be at least 23 years of age and have 1 – 2 years experience teaching young people (graduate degree in education preferred) through interactive lessons. Employment is contingent upon a clear background check. Employee must be CPR and First Aid trained by June 21, 2018.

The ideal candidate will:

  • Ability to create an inclusive residential community through intentional language use, activities, and role modeling.
  • Ability to facilitate conversations about equity and inclusion.
  • Demonstrate a commitment to equity and inclusion practices
  • Demonstrate excellent cross-cultural communication skills
  • 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
  • Be able to connect and relate well with girls in grades 6-12
  • Be responsible and self-motivated
  • Have the ability to remain flexible and patient in the face of time pressure and multiple demands
  • Be detail-oriented and committed to excellence
  • Approach challenges calmly, creatively and proactively
  • Work effectively with others as part of a team
  • Open to and participate in professional observation and regular feedback
  • Lifeguard certification preferred
  • Girls Leadership alumnae are strongly encouraged to apply


  • $3,375 for 7.5 weeks of summer program inclusive of staff training, June 21 – August 15, 2018
  • Room and board at Cate School for June 21 – August 14, 2018
  • 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 Cate School. Point of origin and distance needs to be confirmed with the Summer Program Director before travel.
  • Upon arrival only, Girls Leadership will pick up staff arriving to Santa Barbara International Airport and Carpinteria Bus Stop. Girls Leadership is unable to accommodate transportation after the summer due to limited vehicle access.

Professional Level

None specified

Minimum Education Required

No requirement

How To Apply

Applications will be reviewed and processed in the order received. Application deadline is April 1. Applications should send a cover letter, resume and at least three references' contract information in MS Word or a PDF format to Cora Garner at In your cover letter address how as part of the Girls Leadership team, you will help develop an equitable and inclusive Summer Program community.

The subject line of the email should include your full name and “Residential Teaching Counselor Application.” Please call 866.744.9102, extension 2 with any questions.

To watch the Girls Leadership video, see photos from last summer, or read testimonials please visit Girls Leadership is an equal opportunity employer. Individuals of color are encouraged to apply.

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.

Cate School is a smoke free environment. No smoking is allowed on Cate School property.