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Residential Counselor, Junior Summer Intensive

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The heart of Boston Ballet is the human experience. Through our living and breathing art, we forge human connections—between artist and attendee, teacher and trainee, friend and newcomer, one's outer and inner self. We believe that the community of employees that makes dance possible is better together when talented individuals with varied life experiences, identities, races, cultures, and ideas are welcomed, encouraged, and heard.

Boston Ballet School (BBS) seeks a team of 2 Residential Counselors (RCs) to support the residential component of Junior Summer Intensive (JSI), a training intensive for serious ballet students between the ages of 9 and 12. Residential students and staff are housed at Walnut Hill School for the Arts in Natick, MA.

About Junior Summer Intensive: 

JSI is a two-week summer dance course for students ages 9-12 held at Walnut Hill School for the Arts in Natick, MA. Students will attend ballet technique classes and experience engaging enrichments such as Modern, Character, Jazz, Yoga, and Stretch and Strengthening. Overnight students live in the community at Walnut Hill and are supervised by adult Residential Staff who are support for students throughout the program and are on-call 24 hours a day. In addition to fun campus activities, there will be a chaperoned field trip planned for one of the weekend days. 

Residential Counselors: 

Residential Counselors are first and foremost responsible for creating and maintaining a safe and nurturing residential environment for young adolescents living away from home. Additionally, Residential Counselors must be positive and reassuring representatives of BBS and JSI when interacting with any parents, whether in-person or over the phone.
Residential Counselors will live in the residence halls with students, each one being responsible for overseeing a specific group of approximately 10 students. 

This role will support students and the program in the following ways:
  • Creating a safe and nurturing environment for students.
  • Acting as role models / resources for students.
  • Helping students navigate roommate conflicts, homesickness, etc. 
  • Hosting regular social/recreational programs, either for small or large student groups.
  • Hosting weekly floor meetings for their cohort.
  • Reporting concerns about individual students’ safety and wellbeing to program leadership
  • Responding to incoming phone calls and emails from parents
  • Overseeing students coming and going from the dorms
  • Being available for on-site student needs 
  • Helping Administrative staff monitor students coming and going from the studios
  • Chaperoning students to off-site appointments scheduled by program medical staff
  • Running errands (for supplies, etc.)
  • Chaperoning students on one off-campus field trip.

Dates and Compensation: 

This is a 3 week-long position.
  • Virtual training: Monday, July 10 – Tuesday, July 11
  • In-person training: Wednesday, July 12 – Saturday, July 15 (move in date 7/12)
  • Students on campus: Sunday, July 16 – Saturday, July 29 (Move out is at 3 pm on Sat, Jul 29)

In addition to a $1,200 stipend, room and board at Walnut Hill is provided for all staff.

Candidates must:
  • Have had at least four weeks of experience working in a supervisory role with children and/or teens.
  • Be 19 years old by the date the position begins. (i.e. born on or before July 10, 2004)
  • Relate to and communicate with students/parents with empathy and compassion.
  • Make quick, confident decisions and respond well in emergency situations.
  • Remain resilient and establish healthy work-life boundaries. 
  • Be available to fully commit to all scheduled shifts, throughout both the day and night. (Other work or school commitments are difficult to accommodate.

Boston Ballet requires all employees to be fully vaccinated against COVID-19, as a condition of employment unless the employee is entitles to a religious or medical exemption.

Staff members are responsible for getting themselves to Boston; Boston Ballet does not provide transportation or cover travel fees.