Licensed Social Worker or Guidance Counselor (SY 24-25)





School Year: 2024-2025


Job Opportunity: Licensed Social Worker or Guidance Counselor

Department: Academic

Reports to: Director of Student Support Services

Location: Washington, DC

Application Deadline: Open Until Filled

About Shining Stars Montessori Academy Public Charter School

Shining Stars Montessori Academy Public Charter School’s mission is to offer a quality Montessori education infused with culturally inclusive principles to guide children to develop to their fullest potential.


Position Summary:

Shining Stars Montessori Academy PCS (SSMA) is seeking a Licensed Social Worker. The Social Worker will provide immediate support and assistance as needed to students who are in need of social-emotional or mental health support. As a member of the Student Support Services Team, the Social Worker will work with students in crisis, contributing to the implementation of a follow-up plan with a support team at SSMA and outside services to ensure the student is adequately supported and monitored for as long as is needed.


Counselors or Social Workers report to the Director of Inclusion. This position provides students with individual, small-group, and classroom guidance services and is part of the Student Wellness Team. Counselors or Social Workers observe children during classroom and play...


Essential Functions & Accountabilities:

  • Supports students' social, emotional, and mental health needs in person during school hours.
  • Performs casework service with individual students to correct those personal, academic, social, or emotional difficulties related to their educational and social progress.
  • Performs casework service with parents to increase the parents' understanding, their constructive participation in resolving their child's problems, and their knowledge and use of appropriate resources available.
  • Consults and collaborates with other school personnel in gathering and giving information on a case, and in establishing and planning for respective roles in the redirection of the student’s behavior.
  • Assists the Director of Student Support Services with referral of students to, and serves as liaison with relevant outside agencies as appropriate.
  • Attend meetings (IEP, 504, tother) to help create a plan for child/student success.
    Provide short-term assistance to family members to cope with the trauma associated with the students' distresses.
  • Assists with the creation and implementation of monthly SEI classes, workshops, or events for students.
  • Makes home visits for the purpose of gathering helpful information on a student's background.
    Serves as liaison between home and school when considerable follow-up is necessary, as in, foster home children, and disadvantaged students.
  • Assists students directly toward adjustment to school.
  • Conducts individual, group, or facilitates therapy for diagnosed students who would benefit from behavior modification.
  • Reports progress and complete all documentation associated with services provided to students
  • Collaborates with Summer Stars Enrichment Program Director to support students' social-emotional and mental health needs during summer school programming hours. Engage individuals and families as partners in services and develop positive, hopeful, and trusting relationships. Participate as an active member of the service provider team.
  • Keeps sufficient records of cases for use by school staff members and outside agencies when appropriate.
  • Serves as a resource for other school personnel regarding all student adjustment situations.
    Participates in an in-service training program and keeps current on new developments in the field.
  • Performs other related duties as assigned by the Principal or Director of Student Support Services.
  • Prepare monthly reports of all services provided
  • Participate in Parent Education Program Workshops, Back to School Night and Parent-Teacher Conference
  • Fulfill continuing education requirements consistent with respective discipline and maintain a current license
  • Participate in new student orientation and Student Support Services traditions
  • Develop and maintaining relationships with graduate social work programs to host clinical interns,
  • Adhere to the professional and ethical standards as outlined in the SSMA PCS Staff Handbook
  • Additional duties to be assigned as needed

Required Competencies & Qualifications:

  • Maintain confidentiality
  • Excellent listening and communication skills
  • Model Montessori ‘grace and courtesy’ curriculum
  • Possess a passion for working in and with diverse communities
  • Possess a passion for growing independent, confident, and intellectually curious children
  • Ability to provide services to all children and families with respect and dignity
  • Ability to engage individuals and families as partners in services and develop positive, hopeful, and trusting relationships.
  • Ability to serve as an active member of the SSMA Academic and Student Support Services Team
  • Candidates must be organized, possess strong communication and writing skills, and be able to multitask in a fast-paced environment.
  • Knowledgeable of trends and issues, laws, and regulations related to the development and delivery of case management services
  • Flexibility
  • A love of children, self, and a sense of humor

Education and Experience:

  • Master’s degree in social work, and/or counseling with appropriate license or be license-eligible in the District of Columbia (LICSW, LCSW, LISW, LPC), and counseling (M.S., M.A., M.Ed., LPC).
  • OSSE certification strongly preferred
  • Clinical experience preferred. The ability to work effectively in a team environment and the willingness and desire to support others in doing their best work. Demonstrated success in mediation and relationship building.
  • 3-5 years of experience in a similar role in a private, public, and/or public charter school Benefits


Shining Stars Montessori Academy PCS offers the following benefits to all full-time employees.

Medical, Dental, and Vision insurance premiums subsidized by the employer

401k Retirement Plan with employer match

Pre-tax Flexible Spending Accounts

Life and Disability Insurance

Paid sick and personal time off



Refer to SSMA Salary scale. In addition, a comprehensive benefits package is available. This is an 11-month position.






Shining Stars Montessori Academy PCS is a fully accredited American Montessori Society and Middle States Association Council on Elementary and Secondary School school. SSMA is also a member of the National Association of Independent Schools, Montessori Administrators Association and hosts a chapter of the National Association of Elementary School Principals/National Elementary Honorary Society for students in grades PK 3-6.

Shining Stars Montessori Academy Public Charter School does not and shall not discriminate on the basis of race, color, religion (creed), gender, gender expression, age, national origin (ancestry), disability, marital status, sexual orientation, or military status, in any of its activities or operations. These activities include, but are not limited to, hiring and firing of staff, selection of volunteers and vendors, and provision of services. We are committed to providing an inclusive and welcoming environment for all members of our staff, volunteers, subcontractors, vendors, and clients.