Job Opportunities

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.

 

Girls’ Leadership Worldwide (GLW): Summer 2020 Staff

 

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 LEADER

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.

Responsibilities:

  • 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 graduate required; previous experience as a college Residence Assistant or Camp Counselor desired; GLW alumna preferred/prioritized
  • Demonstrated leadership and/or facilitation experience required
  • NYS approved First Aid and CPR certifications required
  • Must be available for training and both 9-day sessions, July 6 – August 2 (includes a four and a half day break)

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

 

Position Summary – COUNSELOR

Counselors play a supporting role in the success of the GLW program by helping to create a supportive, healthy learning community. The ideal candidate is a mature young adult leader who 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.

Responsibilities:

  • Support group leaders in supervising program participants on and off campus — maintaining participant safety as the number one priority
  • Works as directed by group leaders and program staff to help implement all aspects of daily announcements, workshops, activities, and field trips, ensuring a smooth flow of information and activities
  • Works closely with group leaders to support program objectives and help implement program activities as requested
  • Seeks to establish and maintain collegial relationships with other counselors and group leaders; attends all GLW team meetings
  • Mentors and guides participants throughout the program; strives to exemplify the values and principals of the program 
  • Develops facilitation, communication, and other skills by participating in staff orientation and training and GLW workshops
  • Participates in daily workshops and activities as required
  • Co-facilitates small group dialogues as needed during the day’s workshops and as part of the evening’s reflection activities
  • Time keeping, transitions between program and travel
  • Prepares participants for next day’s activities

Qualifications & Requirements:

  • Completion of college freshman, sophomore or junior year; previous experience as a boarding school residence assistant and/or camp counselor preferred; GLW alumna preferred and prioritized
  • Demonstrated leadership and/or facilitation support experience preferred
  • Must be available for training and both 9-day sessions, July 6 – August 2 (includes a four and a half day break

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

 
Program Dates

Staff Training: July 6-9 

Program Sessions:

  • July 10 (early arrivals, Session I)
  • July 11-19 (Session I Program)
  • July 20-23 (Break)
  • July 24 (early arrivals, Session II)
  • July 25 – August 2: Session II Program

 

Please submit a cover letter, resume and three references below.

 

For more information, please email glw@ervk.org

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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Eleanor Roosevelt: Universal Declaration of Human Rights

Article 18 Everyone has the right to freedom of thought, conscience and religion; this right includes freedom to change his religion or belief, and freedom, either alone or in community with others and in public or private, to manifest his religion or belief in teaching, practice, worship and observance.