Counselor, Lutheran Summer Music Academy & Festival, inneapolis, MN

Lutheran Summer Music Academy & Festival
Residence Counselor Principal Duties and Responsibilities
Title: Counselor, Lutheran Summer Music (LSM)
Classification: Full‐time, limited term independent contract
Department: Summer Staff, Student Life Team
Reports to: Dean of Students /Admissions Manager
Hours: Residence at Lutheran Summer Music site from Thursday, June 18, 2015 to Monday, July 20, 2015.

Counselors provide direct care for LSM students and oversee all aspects of Student Life. Counselors create a positive, safe, and enriching experience for every student. Counselors supervise the daily routine and recreational activities of students, manage adolescent behaviors (homesickness, disruption etc.), watch for potentially harmful behaviors and situations, and provide clear and concise information regarding safety. Counselors are the primary role models for activities, rules, conduct and social skills. Counselors report to the Dean of Students and receive additional support and guidance from the Admissions Manager.

Counselors are assigned to and live with a group of 10-15 students in campus dormitories. Counselors serve asmentors and are encouraged to seek ways to inspire and stimulate students to make full use of the experiences offered at LSM.

One or two counselor may serve as “senior counselors” with additional leadership and decision-making responsibilities that support the Dean of Students. Candidates interested in being considered for the Senior Counselor position should indicate their interest in their cover letter.

Principal Duties:
All Counselors are assigned similar and equal job responsibilities. These assignments include, but are not limited to:
-Supervising a group of 10‐15 students in the college’s dormitory.
-Chaperoning and managing on‐ and off‐campus activities.
-Equal sharing of mealtime supervision.
-Equal sharing of “dorm duty” during the day and evening (oversight of lights out, evening rounds, and all-quiet).
-Equal sharing of “on call” for emergency purposes during overnight shift.
-Familiarity of and carrying out LSM and host college’s policies, procedures, rules, and regulations.
-Attendance at all scheduled orientation sessions, staff meetings, recitals, worship, and student activities.
-Meeting all deadlines for paperwork, assignments, or other information requested by the Dean of Students.

LSM Operations:
-Assist with checking in students during registration and checking out students at the end of LSM.
-Keep an accurate record of names, room assignments, activity sign‐up.
-Report any illness or accidents to the LSM Nurse in a timely manner.
-Report cases of lost, damaged or stolen property, or student behavior concerns to the Dean of Students.
-Post and read all information, announcements, or notes pertaining to students.
-Distribute announcements and faculty/staff communication.

Student Life Responsibilities:
-Get to know individual students, their musical interests, and learn their likes/dislikes.
-Encourage your group and individual students to participate in LSM activities.
-Develop student group daily recreational activity plans-include both musical and non-musical activities. 
-Assist in teaching or leading an activity, as assigned.
-Supervise and participate in all assigned aspects of the student’s day.
-Help each student meet his/her individual goals.
-Recognize and respond to opportunities for problem solving between students.
-Develop opportunities for interaction between students and staff.
-Facilitate faith-based “Dorm Devotions” and topical discussions of individual or group problems or concerns.
-Instruct students in emergency procedures.

Musical Responsibilities:
-Participate in one primary ensemble, attending all rehearsals, providing leadership through membership.
-Assist faculty by providing support and mentorship to students.
-Develop opportunities for assisting individual students, guiding them in their musical development.
-Provide additional musical leadership as needed, at the discretion of the Dean of Students.

Personal Responsibilities:
-Model manners, punctuality, sportsmanship, cleanliness, and respect for personal property, equipment, and facilities for students.
-Follow code of conduct.
-Encourage respect for personal property, equipment and facilities.
-Manage personal time off in accordance with LSM policy.

-Counselors must be 21 years of age or have completed at least two years of college by summer 2015.
-Understanding of and commitment to the mission of the organization.
-Familiarity with Lutheran churches: constituencies, worship life, church music.
-Appreciation for classical music or personal participation in musical activities.
-Strong interest in working with high school students.
-Excellent time management skills.
-Excellent inter‐personal communication skills.
-Proven ability to solve problems effectively and under pressure and time constraints.
-Interest in developing personal leadership qualities.
-Ability to lift and/or carry materials up to 30 pounds.

Counselors will receive a stipend to be paid at the conclusion of LSM 2015. An additional travel allowance is available to cover expenses to and from LSM, as outlined on the contract. Room (student dormitory) and board at Luther College are also provided. Contracted individuals are not eligible for benefits or insurance coverage by Lutheran Music Program.

To Apply:
Interested applicants should send a resume, cover letter, completed background check form, and three completed reference check forms, mail to: LSM Residence Counselor, 122 W. Franklin Avenue, Suite, 230, Minneapolis, MN 55404; by email to; or by fax to 612-879-9547. Background check form MUST be mailed with original signature. No phone calls please.


For more information: Waldorf College is a four-year liberal arts college offering 20 bachelor degree programs in a variety of popular fields both residential and online. For over a century, Waldorf has provided a signature student experience through an engaging community of learning and faith. That community has now expanded beyond the campus through Waldorf’s distinct approach to online education. Waldorf’s academic programs combine a strong liberal arts base with applied learning. Co-curricular programs ranging from the second oldest a capella choir in the nation, to an outstanding theatre program, to highly competitive athletic teams, provide students with a wide range of opportunities for meaningful participation in personal development. Waldorf is committed to engaging its students in service and in bringing the world to its students through international student recruitment and study-abroad programs. Every student is challenged to excel in Waldorf’s community where students are treated with dignity and respect. The college has an attractive campus with 14 major buildings and excellent resources.