Lead Residential Counselor

Girls Rock Music Camp
1 North Calle Cesar Chavez
Santa Barbara, CA 93103
United States

Job Start Date
Job End Date
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Manages Others
Experience Required
Degree Required
Security Clearance Required
From $4,200 To $4,900
Per Year    
Employment Type
Work Schedule
Sleep-Away Camp
No Travel

Job Description

First and foremost, the lead residential counselor is responsible for supporting the residential counselors as they navigate their day, as well as maintaining the flow of the daily schedule. The lead residential counselor oversees all the residential counselors and their tasks with a lens of support and accountability. The lead residential counselor knows what the expectations are and supports staff in meeting them, informing the assistant directors when expectations are not met. The lead residential counselor is not directly responsible for a group of campers, but rather indirectly as they attend and help residential counselors facilitate all non-instructional activities and events, prompt transitions throughout the schedule, and step up when residential counselors need support (e.g., no one is taking initiative, a staffer or camper issue arises).


The lead residential counselor is directly supervised by the camp director and assistant directors. The lead residential counselor supervises all the residential counselors.

Employment Logistics

  • The pay range is $4,200–4,900, depending on experience, for 7 weeks of full-time summer employment (includes one week prior to Session 1 for move-in and staff orientation)

  • Room and board is 100% covered

  • Travel cost to and from camp is not covered by Girls Rock; this is each individual staffer’s responsibility

Job Requirements
Work Schedule & Physical Requirements
The lead residential counselor works 6 days/week and has one 24-hour period (excluding weekends) free from camp responsibilities, while still upholding expectations. The time commitment is flexible and fluid: the residential counselor runs daily morning meetings with residential counselors and also must be available whenever campers are with residential counselors. When campers are with instructors and therefore not being supervised by residential counselors, the lead residential counselor has time to catch up on administrative tasks and, more importantly, to practice self-care (understanding that camp needs take priority). While the average amount of hours worked is 40–45 hours/week, this is a salaried position with hours worked varying from day to day. The lead residential counselor is also on-call at night (based on a rotating duty schedule with other leadership team members) to tend to any camp needs while campers and most of the staff are getting their rest.

The lead residential counselor should be able to navigate a school campus in potentially intense temperatures and may occasionally need to move/lift heavy objects; however, one can always advocate for assistance. As job duties occur at all hours of the day, the lead residential counselor may not hold a secondary job or participate in course instruction without the camp director’s permission.
Additional Responsibilities
Additional responsibilities include but are by no means limited to:

Before students arrive:

Arrive to camp early to help with camp move-in/setup

Help plan and facilitate staff orientation

Complete all required training, including reading all materials related to camp operations

Once camp has begun:

Help schedule and run Opening/Closing Day procedures and staff duties

Lead or facilitate camper orientation, staff meetings, assemblies, and workshops

Run morning assembly in the daily theme and coordinate who will lead evening assembly

In conjunction with assistant directors and lead instructor, organize, inventory, and run camp store

Coordinate the distribution of mail

Attend and supervise campers on off-campus trips

Complete paperwork in a timely and diligent fashion such that it is consistent with camp standards

Be first point of contact for residential counselors, supporting and helping when possible and asking for assistance when desired

Be on call at night as dictated by the rotating duty schedule with other members of the leadership team

Provide emotional support for campers and staff, practice appropriate disclosure, and escalate issues to assistant directors when necessary

Follow protocols related to health care as covered in orientation and handbook; assist with health office logistics and urgent medical situations when they arise, which may require accompanying a camper to an off-campus resource

In conjunction with lead instructor, assistant directors, and camp director, plan and lead camper orientation

Be a present, active voice during daily transitions

Remain prepared to step in for other staffers (namely residential counselors) when they cannot fulfill their duties
Girls Rock Music Camp
Jen Baron
1 North Calle Cesar Chavez
Santa Barbara CA 93103
United States
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