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Summer Music Clinic Residential Counselor

Apply now(opens in a new window) Job No: 506036
Division/Organization: Division of Continuing Studies
Department: Precollege Academic Programs
Job Type: UW Student Jobs
Remote Eligbility: Not Remote
Location: UW-Madison Campus
Salary/Wage Range or Lump Sum: $575
Job Categories: Interpersonal Communication, Leadership, Critical Thinking/Problem Solving, Teamwork/Collaboration, Professionalism/Work Ethic, Performing and Visual Arts, Education and Training, Customer Service, Honoring Context and Culture


Department Overview:

Badger Precollege, Division of Continuing Studies

Anticipated Start Date:

June 14, 2024

Anticipated End Date (If Applicable):

June 29, 2024

Remote Work Eligibility Detail:

Not Remote


Anticipated Hours Per Week:



This is a full time, live in the residential hall position.

Each week of Summer Music Clinic is a 100% appointment where you are "on the job" all day. Please do not work other jobs while employed as a counselor.

Salary/Wage Range/Lump Sum:


Number of Positions:



Must be a high school graduate. New applicants who have never been a counselor for SMC before must provide two non-family reference letters. There are mandatory counselor orientation and training before camp – This training is a requirement for employment and applies to all
participating counselors. No exceptions. Counselor Training begins on June 14th.

Knowledge, Skills & Abilities:

Applicants with a music background and interest are highly desirable but not required. Applicants with experience working with youth and an interest in education are also desirable.

Position Summary/Job Duties:

UW-Madison Summer Music Clinic counselors are hard working role models who provide support in a number of ways for a large number of young people participating in.

Music classes in age-specific sessions. Counselors are the driving force of the camper experience. Staff members need to be vibrantly interested in working with students in middle school and/or high school, have an open mind, be enthusiastic about music, and be interested in working this job for the students first over themselves. Teams of counselors share the responsibility for students who are grouped by age, grade, and gender identity in Ogg Hall on the UW-Madison campus. Counselors are responsible for general supervision, leading after-class recreation, and organizing and running social activities. Staff eat all meals with the
students in the cafeteria and are expected to be an integral part of the student experience including helping to keep a diverse group of students safe and well-supervised. Counselors are expected to respond to campers’ concerns and problems within the guidelines and rules

The Junior and Senior Session include a daily commuter option which is open to students completing grades 5-12. There is a team of camp counselors specifically designated to commuter students; please indicate if you are interested in serving on the commuter camper counseling team. While these campers do not stay overnight, this team of counselors still resides in Ogg Hall to help meet mandated adult-to-camper ratios for a residential camp.


Before the Program:
-Participate in mandatory training and orientation. Counselors (both new and returning) must attend the ENTIRE training — no exceptions. This is essential to the creation of a team for the students.
-Complete all employment forms, online trainings, CPR training, background checks, and send verification to Summer Music Clinic.
-Prepare residence hall wings and lobby to create a comfortable, inclusive, and welcoming environment.

During the Program:
-Work as a member of a team of counselors, who, with the leadership of the SMC Directors and Assistant Directors of Residential Life and Student Engagement, will design and implement afternoon and evening activities for students.
-Be directly responsible for the welfare and supervision of students assigned to you. When students are not in class or with an instructional staff member, they should be accountable at all times through sign in/sign out forms, attendance checks, etc.
-Counselors must supervise all informal or formal activities and events.
-Be a professional role model for the students and maintain a professional relationship with students AND staff. As role models, counselors are expected to conform to student rules within the confines of the program. Employees must be drug and alcohol-free when on duty and when in the presence of
-Work with instructional faculty as needed to support campers’ musical and social experience in the program and to foster continuous communication with all program staff. Work with Residential Life Directors, Assistant Directors, and Program Administrative staff on problem-solving issues that arise with
-Other duties as emergencies arise, such as student or counselor illness, accidents, or absences; must be prepared to handle these as needed.
-Eat breakfast, lunch, and dinner with campers.
-Accompany students with health concerns to the University Health Services Office.
-Escort students to/from classes, meals, meetings.
-Take shifts running the Counseling Staff Office (CSO).
-Attend and/or participate in the all-counselor performance.
-Take attendance and sit with assigned campers during evening concerts.
-Attend and be on time for all counselor staff meetings, meetings with instructional staff, and other meetings/activities as assigned by program administration.
-Perform assigned teaching assistantship duties

After the Program:
-Complete check-out/clean-up process of students’ rooms on the final days of camp.
-Assume necessary responsibilities during the transition between programs (i.e., organizing residential spaces, transporting supplies, etc.)
-Assist in the clean-up of common areas of the residence hall
-Help facilitate and distribute student evaluations

The first round of interviews will take place during the week of March 4th, at the Division of Continuing Studies at 21 N Park Street. Zoom interviews are permitted for applicants who live outside of Madison or need this accommodation due to scheduling.

Important Dates:
-February 23, 2024 - Counselor job application deadline & Reference Letters/Forms due
-Week of March 4, 2024 - Interviews; you will receive a link to sign up through SignUpGenius from the Program Director
-June 14, 2024 (late morning): Mandatory counselor orientation for ALL counselors
-June 29, 2024 - (evening) Senior Session campers leave, Counselor responsibilities end at 11pm

Physical Demands:

Counselors travel/walk across campus with students daily

Institutional Statements:

Equal Employment Opportunity Statement:

UW-Madison is an Equal Employment, Equal Access Employer committed to increasing the diversity of our workforce.

Institutional Statement on Diversity:

Diversity is a source of strength, creativity, and innovation for UW-Madison. We value the contributions of each person and respect the profound ways their identity, culture, background, experience, status, abilities, and opinion enrich the university community. We commit ourselves to the pursuit of excellence in teaching, research, outreach, and diversity as inextricably linked goals.

The University of Wisconsin-Madison fulfills its public mission by creating a welcoming and inclusive community for people from every background-people who as students, faculty, and staff serve Wisconsin and the world.

For more information on diversity and inclusion on campus, please visit:

Accommodation Statement:

If you need to request an accommodation because of a disability, you can find information about how to make a request at the following website:


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