Head of House

  • Location
    Boston, Massachusetts
  • Sector
    Non Profit
  • Experience
    Internship / Early Career
  • Posted
    May 14

Position description

General Statement of Purpose and Duties: The position will administer the day to day operations involved in the community life within the residence hall organized through Summerfuel at Tufts and in collaboration with Tufts University pre college summer programs.

These programs may include:

  • Summerfuel Pre College Program (PC) (6/30-7/16)
  • Summerfuel College Admissions Edge (CAE) (6/30-7/26)
  • Tufts University’s The College Experience program (TCE) (6/30-8/9)
  • Tufts University’s Summer Research (6/30-8/9)
  • Tufts University’s Leaders for Social Change program (LSC) (7/7 – 7/19)
  • Tufts University’s: SMFA (7/7-7/26)
  • Tufts University’s Engineering (7/14-7/26)
  • Tufts University’s: Programming 97/14-8/2)
  • Tufts University’s: International Relations Program (7/21-8/2)

The Head of House serves on the Senior Staff team as part of the Summerfuel Residential Staff Cohort. The Head of House’s primary role is to oversee the community development components of the residential living experience for all students attending one of the Summerfuel academic programs or one of the Tufts University academic programs. Through direct supervision of the Residential Advisor staff living in the residence halls, they are responsible for the safety, security, emotional and physical well-being of all students and staff. In addition, they will support all activities, events, academics, residence life, excursions and resources intended for students attending all programs on the Tufts campus.

Reports to: The Executive Leadership Team at Summerfuel Tufts

Principal Duties and Responsibilities:

Supervision, Training and Development

  • Supervise, train, guide, support, evaluate and collaborate with Resident Advisor Staff team
  • Assist with development and implementation of RA and student orientation training sessions
  • Participate in pre-program planning, senior staff orientation, RA Orientation and program set-up/closing needs
  • Assist with the needs of all opening and closing days
  • Mentor and coach Residential Advisor staff regarding event planning and community living
  • Educate students and staff regarding university, community and online communication guidelines
  • Other duties as assigned by the Executive Leadership Team


  • Review with RA staff excursion itineraries and standard operating procedures
  • Chaperone program-specific excursions throughout the week and on weekends
  • Assist with the implementation of the master Events Calendar for specific programs
  • Monitor equipment and supplies needed for co-curricular programming, athletics, crafts, etc..
  • Complete all incident/behavioral reports, building maintenance concerns and make referrals to Executive Leadership Team
  • Maintain Summerfuel blog entries regarding program specific highlights, events, student testimonials, photos, etc…
  • Take daily photographs of Summerfuel students for end of program slideshow, blog and nightly Insider
  • Assist with residential building prep needs and end of program closing needs

Leadership, Advisement and Student Safety & Well-being

  • Develop a positive, engaging and safe community conducive to healthy social interactions and academic enhancement
  • Conduct residential building safety and condition walk throughs
  • Support RA staff during check-in hours and implementation of Quiet Hours
  • Meet with students regarding behavioral/adjustment concerns that are referred from the Residential Advisor staff
  • Mediate any conflicts that develop amongst students in specific program and/or RA staff
  • Address basic medical issues and student healthcare concerns
  • Serve in evening Head of House on-call rotational schedule
  • Support plans for weekly RA Community nights
  • Communicate with parents regarding any residential/behavioral/transitional concerns involving their student(s)
  • Attend and share information at all required staff meetings
  • Serve as a shuttle driver for local excursions utilizing commercially rented 7 passenger mini-vans


The successful candidate holds a Bachelor’s degree and is interested in pursuing a future career in education, business management, human relations, communications or College Student Affairs. Ideal candidates will have demonstrated leadership experience within a residential college campus or summer camp environment.

The Head of House must:

  • Communicate effectively orally, in writing, one on one, small groups and large groups
  • Maintain a positive, loyal, working attitude and enthusiastic value for teamwork
  • Demonstrate effective leadership, time management, organizational, group facilitation and critical thinking skills
  • Serve as a mature role model academically, professionally and through social media
  • Be proficient with Microsoft Word, Excel and Powerpoint
  • Possess a valid Driver’s License and feel comfortable driving a 7 passenger mini-van
  • Be flexible and willing to work long hours in an intensive, but fun residential environment
  • Be Adult First Aid and CPR certified prior to arrival for staff training
  • Complete required online training hours prior to arrival for onsite training.

Salary: Salary DOE
Staff will also receive Room, Board, and up to a $350 Travel Stipend

Application instructions

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