Residential Coordinator (RC) for Specific Programs Curtis Summerfest 2020    

Report to: Director of Residence Life and Director of Summerfest Initiatives

Status:  Temporary, Exempt

During the summer, Curtis opens its doors to provide musicians and music lovers opportunities to explore classical music and experience the Curtis Institute of Music’s “learn by doing” philosophy. The Summerfest Office, in conjunction with the Director of Residence Life, is hiring Residential Coordinators (RCs). RCs live in the same suites as participants in Curtis’ Lenfest Hall and are responsible for mentoring and guidance, leading activities, creating an inclusive environment for all, ensuring participant safety, and communicating program rules and regulations. This is an excellent opportunity to strengthen leadership skills, mentor young students, plan and implement social programming, and build effective working relationships during a fun and rewarding summer music program.

RCs receive on-campus housing (private room within a shared suite) in Lenfest Hall as part of their compensation. Meals are provided in Lenfest Hall’s Gould Dining Hall *when programs are in session.* See Employment date options for varying stipends dependent on role.

  • The RC role must be the highest priority while in the residence for the duration of employment. RCs will be held to the highest standards of professionalism and integrity.

Employment Dates

Applicants must include which option they are available and would like to work:

  • Option 1: Mikael Eliasen Voice Program
    • Training and preparation work: June 3– 7, 2020
    • Program dates (dining hall open): June 8-19, 2020
    • Stipend of $1,600.
  • Option 2: Sphinx Performance Academy
    • Training and preparation work: June 12 and 13, 2020
    • Program dates (dining hall open): June 14-27, 2020
    • Stipend of $1,600.
  • Option 3: Young Artist Summer Program (YASP)
    • Training and preparation work: July 3–10, 2020
    • Program dates (dining hall open): July 11 – August 1, 2020
    • Wrap up work: August 3 – 5, 2020
    • Stipend of $1,800.
  • Option 4: Multiple programs
    • Training and preparation work: June 3– 7, 2020; June 29–July 10, 2020
    • Program dates (dining hall open): June 8–17, 2020; July 11–August 1, 2020
    • Wrap up work: August 3-5, 2020
    • Stipend of $3,500

Essential Functions:               

  • Share in the responsibility of making each student, faculty, and program participant feel welcome on Curtis’ campus.
  • Plan and implement social programming activities for participants.
  • Chaperone and participate in scheduled daytime, evening, and weekend activities.
  • Play a vital role in presenting Curtis as a hospitable, service-oriented institution.
  • Coordinate and facilitate the check-in and check-out process for all of our summer programs.
  • Serve as a resource for program participants’ questions and needs.
  • Educate participants on program rules and reinforce their compliance.
  • Communicate with supervisors regularly about participant well-being.
  • Maintain accurate reporting, when needed, and other critical paperwork.
  • Serve on summer crisis response on-call duty rotation.
  • Perform nightly curfew checks and rounds.
  • Conduct student floor meetings.
  • Conduct health and safety inspections.
  • Attend scheduled staff meetings.
  • Assist rehearsal production, proctoring classes, and recital crew.
  • Perform administrative and office duties as needed.
  • Other duties as assigned.

 Options 1, 2, 3 (Voice, Sphinx, or YASP program) have additional essential functions:

  • Provide mentorship to participants about the field of classical music, with careful consideration of faculty’s leadership. This should include development of programming depending on the specific needs of participants, with the approval of program directors and faculty (examples could include: wellness activities for musicians, facilitated discussion on incorporating constructive feedback, developing plans for working through performance anxiety, etc.).
  • RCs working one program can expect a workload averaging 35 hours per week.

 Option 4 (Multiple programs) has additional essential functions:

  • Assist in the training of program-specific RCs starting later in the summer.
  • Assist in development of select Residence Life and Summerfest initiatives and projects, such as assisting with summer scheduling (registrar) or maintaining a summer music library.
  • RCs working the full summer for multiple programs can expect a workload averaging 25-35 hours per week.



  • Attention to detail, initiative, and the ability to work well within a team and with a diverse constituency ranging in age, socio-economic background, sexual orientation, racial and/or religious background.
  • Strong ability to empathize with others in a professional setting.
  • Strong customer-oriented skills.
  • Applicants to options 1, 2, or 3 (serving one specific program) must have experience in the field of classical music, preferably pursuing or having attained a degree in performance, composition, or a related field. Experience mentoring or teaching music a bonus.
  • Applicants for option 4 (full summer commitment) benefit from skills in the following:
    • Experience in the field of residential life, preferably in an institution of higher education.
    • Familiarity with Canva, Publisher, Excel.
    • Prior training and knowledge of Title IX and Bystander Intervention
    • Experience in diversity, equity and inclusion training and programming


Required Core Values:

The ideal candidate must exhibit:

  • a positive, “can-do” attitude
  • devotion and dedication to Curtis, its students, alumni, and parents
  • passion for his/her work, and contribution to the field and greater good
  • commitment and accountability for his/her work, and his/her ability to effect change
  • desire and willingness to collaborate, think creatively, and make data-driven decisions
  • respect, courtesy, and patience for colleagues, other staff, faculty, patrons, core constituents, and volunteers
  • an eagerness to make Curtis a more diverse and inclusive institution


Working Conditions/Physical Demands:

This position works closely with Curtis Staff and Faculty and reports directly to the Director of Summerfest Initiatives and Director of Residence Life. Positions are temporary and do not include benefits.


To Apply:

For best consideration, interested and qualified applicants should electronically submit a cover letter and resume to: with "Summerfest RC" in the subject line by February 28, 2020. Resumes without a cover letter will not be considered. Positions are open until filled and are considered on a rolling basis from the time of job description posting. Hire is contingent upon the successful passing of PA Act 153 and criminal (ADP) background screenings. No phone calls, please. EOE. URL: