Boston Ballet

19 Clarendon Street
Boston, MA 02116

Date Posted:
December 17, 2021

Eastern Massachusetts



Summer Dance Program Residential Counselor


Boston Ballet School (BBS) seeks experienced and mature Residential Counselors (RCs) to support our Summer Dance Program (SDP). A dance background is not required for this position, and individuals with a variety of backgrounds and experiences are encouraged to apply.

As a condition of employment, Boston Ballet requires all employees to be fully vaccinated against COVID-19.

Staff will move into their housing on Monday, June 20. The last date of employment will be Saturday, July 30, but staff may stay in their housing until Sunday, July 31.

About Summer Dance Program:

SDP is a five-week training intensive that offers a comprehensive dance curriculum to serious ballet students and aspiring professionals, male and female, between the ages of 12 and 18. Training will take place at our two studio locations in Boston and Newton, Massachusetts. Of the approximately 600 students from around the world that attend SDP, about 450 of them will be residential students. These 450 students, plus our residential staff, will be housed in one of three different residence halls at Boston University.

Students will have classes Monday through Friday at our BBS studios in Boston and Newton roughly between the hours of 9 am and 6:30 pm. In the evenings, students will participate in programming hosted at the dorms by the residential staff. On the weekends, there is no dance programming. Instead, students can either participate in off-campus activities planned by Boston Ballet School and chaperoned by the residential staff or spend the weekend as they choose, so long as they follow all health and safety protocols that are implemented by BBS and our residential partner.

Residential Counselors:

Full-time, live-in Residential Counselors are first and foremost responsible for creating and maintaining a safe and nurturing residential environment for adolescents living away from home. In addition to being a resource for students, Residential Counselors must be positive and reassuring representatives of BBS and SDP when interacting with any parents, whether in-person or over the phone.

All Residential Counselors will live in the residence halls with students, each one being responsible for overseeing a specific group. There will be one residential staff member for every ten students. In the dorms, RCs will organize social and recreational activities, serve as role models, and enforce behavioral guidelines. Finally, RCs will assist with administrative and clerical tasks as they relate to a student’s residential experience.

Shifts occur throughout the day and night, so staff must consider this a full-time job and should not hold other work or school commitments that would prohibit them from committing to their SDP schedule. Residential Counselors will report to the Resident Director and the Assistant Resident Directors.

Specific duties include, but are not limited to:

  • Contributing to a fun, safe, and supportive community for students by:
    • Decorating student doors and residential bulletin boards
    • Being available for students, including overnight, in the case of emergencies
    • Hosting weekly floor meetings for small groups of students
    • Preparing regular programming, either for small or large student groups
    • Setting a positive tone during all interactions

  • Planning and facilitating activities for students to participate in during evenings and weekends.
    • Each RC is given a programming budget to work from.
    • Programming provides a tremendous opportunity for collaboration among RCs.
    • RCs will also chaperone – but not plan – all large off-campus weekend activities.

  • Enforcing all rules of BBS and its residential partner

  • Working rotating shifts in the SDP Residential Office:
    • Communicating with the SDP administrative staff
    • Taking incoming phone calls from parents
    • Processing student mail and packages
    • Being available to students

  • Working rotating shifts at the BBS studios:
    • Interfacing with SDP Administrative and Physical Therapy staff
    • Reporting daily attendance for residential students
    • Taking sick students back to the residence hall

  • Chaperoning students on off-site medical appointments scheduled by program medical staff.
    • RCs will also work with students to ensure that any results or next steps are communicated back to program leadership and medical staff.

  • Reporting any concerns about individual students’ safety and wellbeing to residential and program leadership

  • Other operational duties as assigned


Candidates must understand the responsibility of taking on the roles of caregiver and role model while students are away from home. This is a full-time, rigorous commitment that is best suited towards individuals with experience and passion for working with groups of children in a supervisory, teaching, counseling, or residential setting.

Candidates must have at least four weeks of experience working in a supervisory role with children and/or teens or have experience as a staff member for college residential life.

Specific qualifications include:

  • A commitment to diversity, equity, and inclusion
  • Experience as a dorm parent, teacher, camp counselor, or resident assistant for students under the age of 18, or other related experience
  • Must be 19 years of age when position begins
  • Experience working with or mentoring adolescents
  • Ability to be a leader as well as a team player
  • Conflict resolution skills and the ability to mediate as situations arise
  • Ability to display empathy and compassion for students and parents
  • Good judgment skills and the ability to respond well in disciplinary and emergency situations
  • Ability to represent Boston Ballet School in a professional and positive manner
  • Candidates with foreign language skills are strongly encouraged to apply. We welcome a significant number of international students; please indicate any foreign language experience (particularly Japanese, Korean, Italian, French, and Portuguese)
  • Must be CPR/First Aid/AED Certified or become certified prior to the position start date.
  • Prior to the start of the program, candidates must also be able to provide the 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 camp.


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

Event admission is provided for planned trips and enrichment activities.

Staff members are responsible for getting themselves to Massachusetts; Boston Ballet does not provide transportation or cover travel fees.

Boston Ballet is an Equal Employment Opportunity Employer

How To Apply:

Submit a cover letter, a resume, and three references to Please include “SDP Residential Counselor” in the subject line of your email.

The hiring process is conducted on a rolling basis. As such, candidates are encouraged to apply as soon as possible in order to ensure full consideration.

No phone calls, please.

Apply by:
February 11, 2022
About this Organization:
Since 1963, Boston Ballet has been one of the leading dance companies in the world on stage, in the studio and in the community. Under the leadership of Artistic Director Mikko Nissinen and Executive Director Max Hodges, the Company maintains an internationally acclaimed repertoire and the largest ballet school in North America, Boston Ballet School.

Boston Ballet maintains a repertoire of classical, neo-classical and contemporary works, ranging from full-length story ballets to new works by some of today's finest choreographers. Boston Ballet's second company, Boston Ballet II, is comprised of pre-professional dancers who gain experience by performing with the Company and independently, presenting lecture-demonstrations and special programs to audiences throughout the Northeast.