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Job Description for Summer Intensive Counselor


Reports To: Summer Intensive Coordinator; School Manager                     

Area of Responsibility: Summer Intensive 2014

Wage Classification: Exempt

Position Summary:
Nashville Ballet seeks qualified counselors to supervise students boarding at Belmont University during a summer dance program. Students will range in age from 11 to 22 years old. Counselors will be responsible for transporting students to and from the dance studios, coordinating meals, facilitating group activities and field trips, and providing students with the care and support needed during the program.

Essential Functions and Responsibilities:

  • Live with students in apartment style housing at Belmont University
  • Facilitate fun, safe and age appropriate activities for students in the Nashville community, residential apartments, campus area and on field trips
  • Ensure students keep apartments in a clean and orderly fashion
  • Communicate daily with supervisors and provide updates on students’ well-being
  • Drive student shuttles on a daily basis (typically a 15 passenger vehicle)
  • Foster a caring and responsible environment
  • Act as an outstanding role model at all times
  • Transport students to urgent care in the event of minor illness or injury
  • Represent Nashville Ballet in a positive manner throughout term of employment, including off hours

Work Hours:

Counselor hours include mornings, evenings, overnights and weekends. Students will be in class from approximately 9am – 5pm on weekdays and 9am – 12pm on weekends, during which times counselors will rotate being on call for emergencies. Counselors who are not scheduled to be on call may consider these hours their free time and may go off site providing they stay within the Nashville area.

Important Dates:

June 7 – Group 1 Chaperone Orientation & Move In

June 8 – Group 1 Student Check – In

June 9 – First Day Of Classes

June 21 – Group 2 Chaperone Orientation & Move In

June 22 – Group 2 Check In

July 25-26 – End Of Program & Move Out

Work Requirements and Qualifications:

  1. Age /Education:  20 years of age and a high school diploma
  1. Knowledge, Skills, and Abilities: 

        Excellent written and verbal communication and interpersonal skills.

        Ability to provide leadership and manage.

        Ability to make decisions and solve problems.

        Ability to manage multiple tasks simultaneously.

        Ability to work independently and as part of a team.

  1. Experience: All counselors must have experience with leadership and/or working with ages 11 – 22. Individuals with experience in child development, social work, recreation, nonprofit programs and education are strongly encouraged to apply.
  1. First Aid and CPR certification is required. Online training will not be accepted.
  1. Equipment: operate a shuttle bus; utilize standard office equipment including computer and software, phone, copier, etc.
  1. Background check: all candidates must pass a criminal background check.
  1. Driver’s License: all candidates must hold a valid driver’s license and have a good driving record
  1. Dance experience is not required.


Compensation: Starting at $200 per week with room and board. Salary commensurate with experience.

How to Apply:

To be considered for the position, please email a letter of interest, resume and three professional references with your name as the filename to careers@nashvilleballet.com. Include “Summer Intensive Counselor” as the email’s subject line.Incomplete submissions will not be considered, nor will submissions sent via postal mail or fax.

No phone calls, please.

Prospective applicants are strongly encouraged to review our website at www.nashvilleballet.com prior to submitting materials for consideration.


Company Philosophy: All employees are expected to promote and advocate for Nashville Ballet and its mission both inside and outside the organization.  Likewise, they are expected to support the following Enduring Values.

  • We believe in the transforming power of art.
  • We inspire appreciation for the art of ballet.
  • We strive for excellence with integrity in all we do.
  • We respect one another and the art form.

Physical Demands: The physical demands described here are a non-exhaustive list of those that must be met by an employee to successfully perform the essential functions of this position. Reasonable accommodations may be made to enable individuals with disabilities to perform essential functions.

While performing the duties of this job, the employee is regularly required to handle, feel, talk and hear. The employee is frequently required to stand, walk, and reach with hands and arms above the shoulder. The employee is frequently required to sit and occasionally stoop, kneel, crouch or crawl. The employee must regularly lift and/or move up to 10 pounds and occasionally lift and/or move up to 25 pounds.

Work Environment: The work environment characteristics described here are representative to those an employee encounters while performing the essential functions of this job. Reasonable accommodations may be made to enable individuals with disabilities to perform the essential functions.

While performing the duties of this job, the noise level in the work environment is usually low to moderate.

Disclaimer Statement:

This is not necessarily an exhaustive list of all responsibilities, skills, duties, requirements, efforts or working conditions associated with the job. While this is intended to be an accurate description of the current job, it may require that other, or different tasks be performed when circumstances change (e.g., emergencies, changes in personnel, workload, rush jobs, or technological developments).