Guidance Counsellor Kirov Academy of Ballet of Washington, DC Kirov Academy of Ballet of Washington, DC

School Guidance Counselor

Provides for the Social & Academic welfare of all students (grade 6 through 12 & pre-professional adults)

Job Description

The School Guidance Counselor is someone who helps students throughout their education. This may include counseling in areas of academic achievement, career choices or personal and social development. These professionals work with students of all ages, from primary schools through college. It is the responsibility of a School Guidance Counselor to help students develop goals academically and evaluate strengths, weaknesses, likes and dislikes. School counselors at all levels also help students deal with personal, social and behavioral issues.

The School Guidance Counselor should coordinate with the Academic Dean on students' 4 year academic plans, prepare and update 4 year plans for high school students, support students' preparation for entering college, including writing reference letters for character & life management skills. Advise and coordinate invitational teachers for life skills classes on such subjects as nutrition, physical therapy, health, management skills, character education, ethics in the workplace, financial management, home economics.

Essential Duties and Responsibilities

The School Guidance Counselor is responsible for developing, implementing and managing a comprehensive school counseling program to serve the academic, social, and career development needs of students enrolled in the Academy. The primary purpose of the comprehensive school counseling program is the support of the instructional and academic goals of the Academy.

More specifically, the incumbent performs the following:

Development and Management

Uses data to develop and inform the development of the school counseling program and evaluates the program’s impact on the school’s instructional goals

Coordinates comprehensive school counseling program at the high school level Supports the transition of student records and data between school years related to the secondary school counseling program, i.e. ensuring proper and accurate student schedules, supporting the registration process and using data to support student planning

Collaborates on the development and management of comprehensive school counseling program with the Academic Dean & Executive Director.

Communicates and shares the goals of the comprehensive school counseling program to education stakeholders including students, families and community partners

Develops and maintains a written plan for effective delivery of the school counseling programs based on the standard course of study and aligned with the ASCA National Standards for School Counseling Programs.

In connection to providing counselling it is very important that the counsellor has some previous experience in the world of ballet or the performing arts. The emotional challenges, career preparation, and unique pressures of the ballet world have to be understood and experienced in order for the counsellor to have the extra additional insight and awareness that students can appreciate and respond to. Therefore uses the majority of the time (70%) to provide direct services to students through preventive and responsive services, including individual student planning, and uses the remaining time in development and management, system support and accountability.

Preventative and Responsive Services

Designs, implements and assesses the guidance curriculum Utilizes responsive counseling, initiating individual and group sessions for students’ academic, social and personal concerns

Consults with families and educators to assess student needs and interests and to discuss appropriate recommendations for educational options

Plans, coordinates and provides classroom guidance sessions to meet the identified guidance and counseling competencies in the areas of academic achievement, career and educational development, and personal and social development to assist student in developing decision-making skills and identifying life goals., Assesses student needs and makes referrals to appropriate school resource personnel, social agencies community agencies and alternative programs

Individual Student Planning

Prepares students for the transition to the next level: college, career, post high school activities and post- secondary options

Advertises course offerings to students and supports the scheduling process Completes the course selection process including updating and editing student course selections Plans and coordinates programs such as career and college fairs, test skills preparation, improved attendance activities and other extensions of the counseling program to support students’ knowledge of post- secondary options

Assist students in navigating their academic, workplace and community experiences, through the use of individual student planning which includes individual graduation portfolios (IGP), student interviews, letter of understanding (LOU) and other planning tools

Collaborates with parents/guardians and educators to assist student with educational and career planning Collaborates with school management teams in order to advocate for students needs and provide guidance for school staff

System Support

Guides, coordinates, informs and supports other school staff in implementing school wide advisory programs

Uses responsive counseling strategies to establish relationships and collaborate with educators, students, families, and community partners which reflect recognition of and respect for each individual and promotes an understanding and appreciation of diverse population and cultures

Assists families in obtaining services for their children through an appropriate referral and follow-up process

Serves as liaison between the social services agencies (i.e., D.C. Child and Family Services Agency (CFSA) and personnel from the various school systems where wards of the District of Columbia are attending school

Assists teachers in understanding their students objectively, including providing and interpreting student dataProvides in-service training on topics related to the school counseling program and supporting student achievement


Conducts a bi-annual program audit to review the extent and quality of program implementation Prepares and submits a variety of reports and data, to ensure fulfillment of established program requirements

Uses all available data, including academic grades, discipline referrals and attendance data to identify students in need and to deliver services

Interprets tests, student data and other assessment results appropriately in the counseling environment for the purpose of developing and implementing academic plans for individual students

Desired Qualities

Commitment to Equity: Passionate about closing the achievement gap and ensuring that every child, regardless of background or circumstance, receives an excellent education.

Leadership: Coaches, mentors, and challenges others to excel despite obstacles and challenging situations.

Focus on Data-Driven Results: Relentlessly pursues the improvement of performance and school leadership, instruction, and operations, and is driven by a desire to produce quantifiable student achievement gains.

Innovative Problem-Solving: Approaches work with a sense of possibility and sees challenges as opportunities for creative problem solving; takes initiative to explore issues and find potential innovative solutions.

Adaptability: Excels in constantly changing environments and adapts flexibly in shifting projects or priorities to meet the needs of a dynamic transformation effort; comfortable with ambiguity and non-routine situations.

Teamwork: Increases the effectiveness of surrounding teams through collaboration, constant learning and supporting others; sensitive to diversity in all its forms; respects and is committed to learning from others

Dependability: Does whatever it takes to consistently deliver with high quality under tight deadlines; successfully manages own projects through strong organization, detailed work plans, and balancing of multiple priorities.

Communication and Customer Service Skills: Communicates clearly and compellingly with diverse stakeholders in both oral and written forms; anticipates and responds to customer needs in a high-quality and courteous manner.

Objectivity: Resists always taking the side of the student and provides objective advice to students, respecting that the Counselor represents the Academy and its policies.


Master’s Degree from an accredited college or university in school guidance and counseling.

Job Type: Part-time / Full time (after trial period)

Salary: $20.00 /hour

Job Type: Full-time

Pay: $35,000.00 – $45,000.00 per year


  • 401(k)
  • Dental insurance
  • Health insurance
  • Life insurance
  • Paid time off
  • Parental leave
  • Vision insurance


  • Monday to Friday

COVID-19 considerations:
Kirov Academy is in full compliance with the guidelines from the DC Health Department. We require all employees to take the COVID-19 test before starting work at the Academy.


  • Bachelor's (Preferred)

Work Location:

  • One location

Typical start time:

  • 9AM

Typical end time:

  • 5PM

This Job Is Ideal for Someone Who Is:

  • People-oriented — enjoys interacting with people and working on group projects
  • Adaptable/flexible — enjoys doing work that requires frequent shifts in direction
  • Innovative — prefers working in unconventional ways or on tasks that require creativity

This Company Describes Its Culture as:

  • Innovative — innovative and risk-taking
  • Aggressive — competitive and growth-oriented
  • Team-oriented — cooperative and collaborative

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Work Remotely:

  • No

COVID-19 Precaution(s):

  • Remote interview process
  • Temperature screenings
  • Social distancing guidelines in place
  • Virtual meetings
  • Sanitizing, disinfecting, or cleaning procedures in place

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