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Preamble: All Capitol Debate Staff, regardless of title and/or experience, are here to: serve the best interests of the student, make it an amazing summer for all participants, show up every day as their best self, and be present to take on any and all responsibilities that create a successful camp! All Capitol Debate staff are considered Camp Counselors first and foremost.

Job Overview

Seeking Summer Public Speaking and Debate Junior Instructor/ Residential Advisor for Summer 2024 Camps for following Locations:

Yale, University of Pennsylvania, UCLA, UNC, Villanova, American University, Lawrenceville School, Rider University, Hun School of Princeton, Drew University, University of Washington, Babson College, University of Houston.

Capitol Debate Summer Camps invites recent high school graduates and college students actively involved in public speaking and/or debate activities to join our summer camps as Junior Instructors/Residential Advisors. Hosting camps in 15 cities, we offer two-week sessions from June 8 to August 1, 2024. A great travel opportunity awaits those who can work at least 6 weeks this summer at up to 3 different campuses.

The Junior Instructor/Residential Advisor is key to assisting with and participating in all camp residential life activities. This includes student engagement, classroom facilitation, judging debates or speeches, tutoring in debate, ensuring safety, and supporting overall camp operations and logistics. You'll work directly with Camp management and other Counselors to ensure a smooth camp experience, living on campus with the students and summer camp staff.

Job Expectations

  • Act as a mentor and leader for students.
  • Assist with planning and implementation of residential activities.
  • Be a mediator, encourager, cheerleader, mentor, and motivator.
  • Help lead and guide classes.
  • Assist students with research, case writing, presentations, and provide feedback on practice speeches.
  • Judge student competitions and facilitate showcases, with extended hours during competition days.
  • Ensure active student participation and supervise student safety in all activities and dorm life.
  • Monitor residential halls for student safety and security until midnight each evening.
  • Conduct room checks at curfew.
  • Assist with camp setup and closure.
  • Support the residential life director with any additional needs.
  • Participate in approximately 10 hours of pre-camp training focused on camp & residential life.

Requirements & Experience

Camp Counselors/junior instructors are often current college students or recent high school graduates with a background in public speaking and debate (including activities like DECA, Model UN, and Mock Trials). Experience working in youth-based programs is a plus. Required attendance at training sessions and planning meetings leading up to camp, including an all-staff orientation and training on Day 0. Returning Camp Counselors are eligible for increased responsibilities and compensation. Staff may need to walk long distances under summer conditions and share dorm rooms with fellow counselors of the same gender.

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