Dormitory Head

Being a Dorm Head at The Putney School Summer Arts is a rewarding and challenging experience with endless opportunities for personal growth, building professional connections and gaining skills in working with teenagers. Being in a creative environment like Putney can help fuel your own creativity while immersing yourself in education and artistic collaboration.

Duties and Responsibilities:

  • Provide students with consistent and caring residential support
  • Build and maintain a happy and inclusive dorm culture, including cleanliness and safety
  • Maintain, implement, and monitor student schedules, whereabouts, and attendance
  • Support healthy and positive student habits including timekeeping, sleeping, eating, hygiene, full program participation, and socializing
  • Supervise students in all activities outside of their workshops e.g. free time, weekends, evenings, off-campus trips etc
  • Plan and lead an arts activity two evenings per week
  • Plan, lead, and implement other campus-wide activities, trips, and events 
  • Form positive, professionally appropriate relationships with students to further enhance their summer experience

Work Hours and Benefits:

  • Mandatory staff training from Wednesday, June 21 through Friday, June 30 2023
  • Program runs from Saturday, July 1st through Friday, July 28 2023
  • One 24-hour day off per week
  • Regular time off daily on rotation with fellow Dormitory Heads
  • Additional $250 stipend for returning staff
  • Room and board (vegan & gluten free meal options available)
  • Private room within dorm building, with common shared bathrooms
  • Gain experience working with teenagers aged 14-17
  • Residential Life curriculum planning and teaching experience
  • Comprehensive training including First Aid & CPR
  • Opportunity to visit museums, participate in farm work and cultural activities together with students and colleagues
  • Engagement in a creative community
  • Competitive rates of pay

Our ideal Dorm Head candidate:

  • Responsible, reliable, punctual and flexible
  • Experienced and interested in working with teenagers 
  • Has previous summer camp experience
  • Enthusiastic with excellent interpersonal and leadership skills
  • Interest in the outdoors
  • Must be 21 years of age or above
  • Must be eligible to work in the US for the duration of the program

Desired but not required:

  • Lifeguard certification
  • First Aid training
  • Experience working in the education field
  • AV tech / event management
  • Photography
  • Gallery coordination experience
  • Camping / hiking experience
  • Valid driver’s license
  • School Bus driver endorsement that is valid in Vermont

Things to expect at Putney Summer Arts:

  • Long work days with changing schedules
  • No smoking or vaping for the duration of the program
  • No alcohol, drugs or illicit substances for the duration of the program
  • No internet-ready devices (including smart watches) outside of your room


Employment is contingent on enrollment. Candidates must pass a background check before employment.

Any questions about the position should be directed to Program Director Tom Howe at and Associate Director Dan Folgar at