Residential Counselor, Summer Dance Program
Job Type
Temporary, Internship

Boston Ballet School (BBS) seeks a team of 50+ Residential Counselors (RCs) to support the residential component of Summer Dance Program (SDP), a training intensive for serious ballet students between the ages of 12 and 18. Residential students and staff are housed at Boston University (BU).

Dates and Compensation:

This is a seven-week position. RCs will spend the first week remote before being in Boston for the following six weeks.

  • Virtual/Remote training: Monday, June 12 through Friday, June 16
  • Staff move-in day: Monday, June 19
  • In-person training: Monday, June 19 through Friday, June 23
  • Students on campus: Saturday, June 24 through Saturday, July 29
  • Staff will be finished the evening of Saturday, July 29, but are able to stay at BU until Sunday, July 30

In addition to a $2,700 stipend, room and board at Boston University is provided for all staff.

Residential Counselors: 

Full-time, live-in Residential Counselors will work (in pairs) to directly oversee groups of 17-20 students.

RCs are first and foremost responsible for creating an exciting, safe, and nurturing environment by:

  • 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

In addition to evening duty shifts - six nights per week - RCs will rotate through a variety of support shifts:

  • Residential Office (~three occurrences all summer):
    • Responding to incoming phone calls and emails from parents
    • Overseeing students coming and going from the dorms
    • Being available to on-site student needs 
  • BBS Studios (~ four to five occurrences all summer):
    • Ensuring students are supervised in transit between BU and BBS
    • Helping Administrative staff monitor students coming and going from the studios
    • Supervising students on short trips during their breaks (coffee runs, lunch trips, etc.)
  • Medical Appointment Chaperone (~ one to two occurrences all summer):
    • Chaperoning students to off-site appointments scheduled by program medical staff
  • On-call Floater (~ one to two occurrences all summer):
    • Acting as an extra office/studio/medical chaperone shift
    • Running errands (for supplies, etc.)
  • Weekend Activity Chaperone (~four occurrences all summer):
    • Chaperoning students on off-campus field trips (planned by BBS)

Candidates must:

  • Work as part of a large team of peers, where a variety of work styles and personalities are represented.
  • 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. 
  • Have at least four weeks of experience working in a supervisory role with children and/or teens.
  • Be 19 years old by the time the position begins. (i.e. born on or before June 12, 2004)
  • 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 employee 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.

Upon hiring, candidates will be asked to provide Boston Ballet with the following, signed by a licensed healthcare provider: (1) a report of a physical examination conducted in the preceding 18 months, (2) a certificate of immunization, and (3) a current medical history that lists allergies, required medications, and any health conditions or impairments which may affect the individual’s activities while attending the program.

Salary Description
$2,700 stipend, plus room and board