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Head Counselor

Position Overview

Supervised by the Assistant Residential Directors, HCs assume a higher level of responsibility in supervising participants with issues such as health, discipline, and all other aspects of participants’ residential life. HCs supervise and manage the other Stanford Pre-Collegiate Studies staff in their designated residence.

Responsibilities of the Head Counselor position include:

  • Acting as the residence’s primary liaison with parents, Stanford Pre-Collegiate Studies staff, and other University offices.
  • Establishing community norms and ground rules.
  • Leading meetings with both participants and staff.
  • Serving as a role model for responsible behavior, work ethic, and integrity.
  • Completing administrative tasks in a timely and efficient manner, including coordinating staff schedules, approving timecards, and ensuring staff members work together effectively as a team.
  • Holding house staff accountable to the completion of their assigned duties.
  • 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.


  • Proven leadership and team-building ability
  • Excellent communication skills, both written and verbal
  • Experience with, and interest in, administrative responsibilities
  • Comfort with supervising others, including enforcing rules, solving problems, making decisions, and mediating conflict
  • Previous summer camp/program counseling experience, preferably with Pre-Collegiate Studies or similar program, desired
  • Experience as a Residential Assistant, or other residential leadership experience, desired
  • A valid driver's license and clean driving record, desired
  • Availability for mandatory training before the program begins:
    • For programs beginning in June, training is June 18–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 compensation for Head Counselors is $1,420/week plus a full room and board package. This position is exempt.

Programs & Dates

Programs in need of Head Counselors:


We are currently accepting applications for this position. The hiring process for Head Counselors is as follows: We will first hire Residential Counselors with appropriate coursework and interests for a particular program. In May, we will hold second round interviews for candidates interested in the Head Counselor positions.

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Job type
Time of Year
Full-time (60 hours)
On Campus
$1,420/week with room and board
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