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2023 Summer Discovery + SIG Program Staff Application


This position reports to the Director. This position may also take direction from the Associate Director, Head Resident Counselor, and other members of the program leadership team.

The role of the Resident Counselor (RC) is to supervise, mentor, and coach students through their social and residential interactions.


  • Adheres to policies and procedures as outlined in the Employee Handbook and Staff Manual.
  • Attends and participates in virtual orientation programs as scheduled prior to your campus arrival and in person orientation prior to the students arrival.
  • Supervises daily and weekend schedule of academic, recreational, and social interactions with students.
  • Responds to all emergencies and assists in the needs of the program as directed.
  • Coordinates and communicates student medical needs and emergencies with the Nurse and residential staff.
  • Escort students to medical facilities, including Emergency Room visits, as assigned.
  • Actively responsible for the safety and well-being of a group of students, under the direction of the leadership team and Head RC.
  • Executes residential life operations and creates a harmonious residential experience shared by all in their assigned residence hall.
  • Participates in academic, recreational, and social activities, as requested.
  • Actively participates in assigned daily responsibilities; including, but not limited to: daily staff meetings, office coverage and administration, town duty, dorm duty, late-night duty, and doctor duty.
  • Serves as a positive role model for the students and staff in the program.
  • Assists students in solving academic and socio-emotional problems related to the program, including, supervision at activities, tutoring, insights into college success, homesickness, and social interactions.
  • Seeks guidance and assistance from leadership admin team regarding student related concerns (academic, recreational, emotional) and follows through on communication as needed.
  • Resolves student and residential facility problems proactively and quickly
  • Contributes programming and activity ideas to the Programming Coordinator.
  • Supervise off-campus trips and on-campus activities, as assigned.
  • Eats meals with students and participates in their social interactions as a mentor.
  • Responsible for assigned evening and weekend duties as scheduled.
  • Adheres to the policies of Summer Discovery: including, but not limited to: Maintains staff curfew, no alcohol consumption on campus, zero tolerance of inappropriate sexual conduct, no illegal use of drugs, disorderly behavior, and avoids use of all profanity.
  • Additional duties as assigned.


  • Conduct self in an exemplary manner through leadership, honesty, integrity, and holds self to a high standard of behavior.
  • Use good judgment in decision making, problem-solving, and mentoring children/young adults.
  • Demonstrate a friendly, helpful, and positive attitude, and a commitment to working with the students.
  • Ability to work with various office equipment including, but not limited to: office phones, cell phones, computers, recreational equipment, photo copiers


  • Ability to move, or push objects by using hands and arms to install or position materials up to 40 lbs.
  • Ability to sit, stand, walk, kneel, crouch, and crawl for prolonged periods of time to perform general operations.
  • Ability to demonstrate speech clarity and recognition by speaking frequently for long periods of time to students, parents, faculty, staff while conveying detailed and important information.
  • Monitor the health and safety of others by scanning large areas at both night and during the day.
  • Ability to live and work potentially without air conditioning during summer months on campus.
  • Maintain constant contact with others by interacting with staff and students and within residential living situations and campus facilities.
  • This position consists of constant movement throughout the assigned campus while supervising students to/from all destinations.


  • This position is required to reside on campus throughout the entirety of the program.
  • This position is required to attend a paid staff orientation five (5) days before the start of the assigned program.
  • This position will have 1 day off for every 2 weeks on campus.
  • This position requires a commitment to our dynamic workday, which requires flexibility and the ability to adjust schedules as needed. Summer Discovery requires varied work hours, as we are a residential community.


  • Must be at least 20 years old by the start of the program (21 years old for some specific locations)
  • Have completed or currently working on a 4-year university degree
  • Experience working with students in an academic, tutoring, mentoring, and/or recreational capacity.
  • Clear understanding of following a daily schedule with limited time off
  • Certified in First Aid/CPR preferred.