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Residential Counselor

Position Overview

Four to ten Residential Counselors are assigned to each house or residence hall, and provide supervision of participants for all program activities and residential experiences. Residential Counselors also act as teaching assistants for an assigned course, providing instructional support in the academic portion of the program.

The main instructional role for Residential Counselors takes place during a three-hour period in the early afternoon. During this time, Residential Counselors work closely with participants on their coursework, either in one-on-one sessions or in small groups. During the late afternoon and evening, Residential Counselors—in cooperation with Activities Coordinators—lead recreational and social activities such as sports and games, arts and crafts, campus and local excursions, etc. Weekends include field trips and other organized activities, supervised by the Residential Counselors. This is a full-time residential position averaging 60 hrs/week.

Responsibilities of the Residential Counselors position include:

  • Tutoring participants in the course subject areas and providing support to instructional staff.
  • Leading afternoon, evening, and weekend recreational and social activities.
  • Building strong and healthy residential learning communities that enhance participant academic progress and success.
  • Addressing the range of participant needs and taking appropriate action when participants are sick or injured.
  • Enforcing the rules of the program to keep all participants safe.
  • Assisting with program set-up and closing, including Arrival and Departure Days.
  • Fostering and promoting an inclusive environment for all participants, staff, and SPCS community members.
  • Guiding participants in educational initiatives centered around individual development, wellness, community engagement, and inclusion.


  • College-level coursework in one or more Pre-Collegiate Studies academic subject areas (architecture, biology, business, chemistry, creative writing, computer science, economics, engineering, environmental and earth sciences, expository writing, film production, history, humanities, international relations, legal studies, linguistics, mathematics, media studies, music, philosophy, literature, physics, political science, psychology, screenwriting, sociology, and visual arts/design)
  • Previous teaching or tutoring experience desirable
  • Summer camp/program experience or experience working with students ages 14–17 is also desirable
  • Creative and positive attitude, and an enthusiasm for working with and high school students
  • Adaptability and willingness to complete hard work
  • Demonstrated responsibility and leadership skills
  • Ability to make good decisions and enforce rules
  • A valid driver license and clean driving record is desirable
  • Availability for mandatory training before the program begins:
    • For programs beginning in June, training is June 19–June 22, 2018.
    • For SUMaC, training is July 11–14, 2018.
    • For International Institutes Session 4 (which will need additional counselors), training is August 1–3 and August 6, 2018.
  • Availability for an entire program (for example, both Session 1 and Session 2 of Summer Institutes)


The standard non-residential compensation for Residential Counselors is $16.54/hour. A full room and board package is included.

Programs & Dates

Programs in need of Residential Counselors:


We are currently accepting applications for this position.

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Job type
Time of Year
Full-time (60 hours)
On Campus
$16.54/hour plus room and board
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