Lead Residential Counselor

Lead Residential Counselors assist with all residential aspects of the Field Studies program and are supervised by the Residential Life Coordinator. Lead Residential Counselors organize class duty schedules and plan social and recreational activities for students. Lead Residential Counselor responsibilities include day, evening, and night commitments. The Lead Residential Counselor plans teambuilding and residential activities and assures the safety and inclusion of all students. Time off will consist of one 24-hour period each week between Monday and Thursday. Time off will be scheduled and approved by the Residence Life Coordinator and based on program schedules and staff needs. Days off may not coincide with program arrival or departure days. In addition to supervising students and holding programs and events on weekdays and on weekends, Lead Residential Counselors will attend staff meetings; assist with student supervision at meals, and complete projects during the day. Lead Residential Counselors are also available to help students with questions or concerns about their Field Studies experience. Lead Residential Counselors are visible, not just residentially but also on the academic side by attending classes and evening study on a rotating basis. In order to program effective and meaningful residential activities Lead Residential Counselors assist and collaborate with instructional staff on a daily basis to deem what is appropriate for the students within their class. Lead Residential Counselors are required to live at the program site. Detailed responsibilities include, but are not limited to, items listed under Specific Duties.


Prior to beginning employment, applicants are required to have successfully completed of a minimum of two years of undergraduate coursework. Experience as a camp counselor, college residential assistant, or similar position is preferred; staff or participant experience with programs for the academically gifted is helpful. Applicants must possess a genuine interest in the academic, social, and emotional growth of adolescents, exhibit maturity and a positive attitude, and be willing to serve as a role model for students. Applicants must be able to work as part of a team; organize projects and activities; explain, support, and enforce TIP rules; and manage administrative responsibilities. Applicants who express creativity in their activity planning are highly desired. There is a driving requirement for this position. Eligible drivers must possess a valid U.S. or Canadian driver’s license, be at least 21 years old, have an approved driving record on file with at least three years of driving history, and be willing to drive students in Duke TIP vehicles (cars, minivans, and 8-passenger SUVs).


Lead Residential Counselors are hired for the following programs:

Field Studies

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