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Wednesday, May 31, 2017

Academic counselor for CTY Civic Leadership summer service-learning program

Johns Hopkins CTY is currently seeking an academic counselor for our CTY Civic Leadership summer service-learning program at the Peabody Institute in Baltimore. 

We provide housing and meals on campus for staff. This site serves 9th through 12th graders. Compensation is competitive. The dates of the position run from June 18 through July 16, 2017.

The academic counselor position at CTY is similar to that of a boarding school counselor. As a member of the site administrative team, the academic counselor provides short-term, goal-focused counseling services to students and supports the residential and instructional staff in meeting the social, emotional, and educational needs of students. Academic counselors observe classes, visit residence halls, participate in student activities, facilitate workshops for students and staff, and maintain office hours. The academic counselor is often a point of contact for families and assists the Baltimore office in coordinating efforts to accommodate students with disabilities and special needs.

The position offers the counselor the opportunity for professional development through the fast-paced and team-based nature of the administrative work, the residential context of the program, and the unique gifted and talented student population at CTY (including students who are twice exceptional).

The Center for Talented Youth (CTY) Civic Leadership Institute is a three-week summer service-learning program for outstanding high school students in grades 9 and above. The program combines hands-on education, meaningful service, powerful speakers and seminars, and an unforgettable residential experience for a summer that students describe as "life-changing."

We hope you will consider joining our CTY summer staff!

What is CTY?
CTY, a world leader in gifted education, offers summer academic programs at college, universities, and independent schools in the United States and in Hong Kong. CTY provides highly qualified students with an intense immersion in a particular subject. In addition to rigorous academics, students enjoy a rich experience outside the classroom through recreational activities.

Why Work for CTY?
• Our students are highly motivated, and our programs focus on learning rather than grades.
• Our administrative, instructional, and residential staffs consist of dedicated educators and administrators from across the country and around the world.
• Academic counselors gain valuable administrative experience and professional development in a supportive, collegial environment.
• Compensation is competitive.

The Academic Counselor's Role
The academic counselor position at CTY is similar to that of a boarding school counselor. As a member of the site administrative team, the academic counselor provides short-term, goal-focused counseling services to students and supports the residential and instructional staff in meeting the social, emotional, and educational needs of students. Academic counselors observe classes, visit residence halls, participate in student activities, facilitate workshops for students and staff, and maintain office hours. The academic counselor is often a point of contact for families and assists the Baltimore office in coordinating efforts to accommodate students with disabilities and special needs.


A high degree of visibility during the program and an open line of communication with the site administrative team and staff are integral aspects of the academic counselor's role in creating an academic community responsive to the emotional needs of adolescents.

"I must say that this summer has been one of the most rewarding experiences of my life. Not only did I enjoy my co-workers, but I also gained a lot of practical experience in my field. I learned to thrive in an environment surrounded by people much different from myself. I can honestly say that I am a better person for having worked this summer at CTY."
- former academic counselor

Terms of Employment

• At residential sites, starting salary ranges from $6,000 to $6,400 for a seven-week period, commensurate with education and experience; at non-residential sites, starting salary ranges from $2,700 to $2,900 per session, commensurate with education and experience.
• Attendance the first weekend in June at an orientation in Baltimore, Friday to Sunday (no additional compensation, but CTY pays travel expenses and provides room and board)
• Occasional telephone consultations during the year, as needed
• Employees pay their travel to and from domestic program locations
• Travel assistance is provided for international travel to sites outside of North America
• Room and board are provided at residential sites

Desired Qualifications
• Graduate training in school counseling, social work, or related field, with at least two years of work experience
• Experience working in a boarding school, residential camp, or related environment
• Experience working with gifted students and/or training in the characteristics of gifted students
• Experience working with students with learning disabilities and special needs
• Experience working as a member of an administrative/educational team
• Ability to lead discussions, conduct brief workshops, and assist staff with issues related to adolescence, gifted and talented students, community building, conflict resolution, team building, positive discipline, suicide prevention, eating disorders, active listening skills, and classroom management
• Strong communication skills

Dates of Employment
At most sites, our program has two summer sessions. Academic counselor employment dates for session one are June 18 through July 15, 2017, and for session two are from July 15 through August 6, 2017. Please note that a small number of our sites have slightly varied dates: see Site Locations and Dates for specifics.

How to Apply
Please fill out an online application at : http://cty.jhu.edu/jobs/summer

Johns Hopkins University is an equal opportunity employer and does not discriminate on the basis of race, color, gender, religion, age, sexual orientation, national or ethnic origin, disability, marital status, veteran status, or any other occupationally irrelevant criteria. The university promotes affirmative action for minorities, women, disabled persons, and veterans.

Mirande Bissell
Assistant Program Manager, Summer Programs
Johns Hopkins Center for Talented Youth

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