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The Eleanor Roosevelt Center at Val-Kill (ERVK) is a national leader in youth leadership and character development programs, human rights education, and advocacy initiatives that inspire and empower individuals, organizations and communities to use their time, talent and resources to build a just and sustainable world.  We are dedicated to breathing new life into the precedents set and the legacies left behind by the First Lady of the World, Mrs. Eleanor Roosevelt.

Based in Hyde Park, New York, ERVK is home to the internationally esteemed Girls’ Leadership Worldwide (GLW) program and annually awards the prestigious Eleanor Roosevelt Medal of Honor upon extraordinary local, national and internationally-recognized individuals and organizations emulating Mrs. Roosevelt’s high ideals and courageous leadership and action in their communities and around the world.


Group Leader, Girls’ Leadership Worldwide (Summer 2019)


Join a caring and passionate team for an exhilarating summer experience!


Inspiring a new generation of young women, Girls Leadership Worldwide (GLW) is modeled around the same principles of exemplary leadership, confidence, compassion, empowerment, and dedicated commitment to human rights that Eleanor Roosevelt not only exemplified but also championed for women and girls everywhere.

Each summer, GLW offers two transformative nine-day leadership programs for 14 to 16 year old girls who have a demonstrated an interest in and commitment to making a difference in their communities and world. With Eleanor Roosevelt’s life and legacy as an exemplar, girls from all over the globe bring their passion and leadership potential to life through a series of interactive workshops, outdoor activities, and experiential field trips to places such as the United Nations and educational/historical sites of significance while building supportive relationships with inspiring female mentors and peers. The program is based at the Eleanor Roosevelt Center on the grounds of Val-Kill, Eleanor Roosevelt’s former home and retreat in Hyde Park, NY.

Position Summary:

Group Leaders play a critical role in the success of the GLW program by creating a supportive, healthy learning community. The ideal candidate is a mature leader that possesses good judgment; she is creative, flexible, and well-organized — and pays keen attention to the small details that make a big impact. Above all, she is authentic, empathetic and passionate about lifting up girls and helping them to be the very best version of themselves.


  • Supervises program participants on and off campus — maintaining participant safety as the number one priority
  • Works with program staff to help implement all aspects of daily announcements, workshops, activities, and field trips, ensuring a smooth flow of information and activities
  • Develops and implements program activities as required
  • Works closely with other Group Leaders to support one another. Attends all GLW team meetings
  • Mentors and guides participants throughout the program; strives to exemplify the values and principals of the program 
  • Develops strong facilitation, effective communication, and other skills by participating in Group Leader orientation & training, and GLW workshops
  • Participates in daily workshops and activities as required
  • Facilitates small group dialogues as needed during the day’s workshops and as part of the evening’s reflection activities
  • Prepares participants for the next day’s activities

Qualifications & Requirements:

  • College junior, senior or recent graduate required; previous experience as a college Residence Assistant or Camp Counselor desired
  • Demonstrated leadership and/or facilitation experience required
  • NYS approved First Aid and CPR certifications required
  • Must be available for training and commit to two 9-day sessions

Other: Room, board, activity fees and materials are all covered by the Eleanor Roosevelt Center.

Please submit a cover letter, resume and three references.

For more information, please email

ERVK is an Equal Opportunity Employer and does not discriminate on the basis of sex, race, age, national origin, ethnic, background, disability or any other characteristic protected by law.

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