Job Description

Job Title
Counsellor
School / Department
Primary and Senior Schools
Job Status
Full-time
Salary Code
Teacher
Work Days / Hours
191 days @ 8 hours per day
Eligible Applicants
Position Start Date
Application Deadline
Until filled
Reports to
David Bolton, Headteacher
Requisition Number
02-1920-001
Summary

The School Counsellor brings knowledge of best practices in school counselling and education to serve as student advocate, leader, collaborator, and consultant.  The Counsellor is a critical member of the educational team and works collaboratively with all stakeholders to deliver a comprehensive school counselling program to promote and support student success.  The Counsellor is committed to continuous professional growth, adheres to a high standard of professional conduct and practices ethical principles of the school counselling profession at all times.

Job Duties

The successful candidate will be responsible for and accountable to the following:

Individual Student Planning

  • Provide social, emotional and academic counselling for students, individually or in group sessions, on an as-needed basis

  • Assist students and families with school transitions (new students, departing students)

  • Use student data to support decision making in designing effective interventions and counselling services

Responsive Services

  • Participate on the Crisis Management Team on an as needed basis

  • Provide intervention/support in crisis situations

  • Serve as the Child Protection Designated Lead in responding to and managing all child protection concerns

  • Refer students and their parents, as needed, to appropriate specialists, special programs and/or outside agencies

System Support

  • Consult and advise on admissions and placement decisions for students on an as-needed basis

  • Consult and collaborate with teachers, families and the administration to provide academic, social and emotional support for students

  • Provide information and skills to parents, school staff, administration and the community to assist them in helping students in academic and social development

  • Conduct in-service training for other stakeholders to share school counseling expertise

Delivery of Counselling Curriculum

  • Collaborate with administrators and counsellors across the District to design, implement and deliver a comprehensive, developmental school counseling program to provide students with the knowledge and skills in the four domains (academic, personal/social; career, and global perspective)

  • Become actively involved with students through classroom visitations, presentation of lessons, participation in student activities and being visible during student break, lunch, etc.

  • Participate in interdisciplinary curriculum development to ensure the delivery of a comprehensive counselling curriculum

Qualifications and Knowledge

The ideal candidate will have:

  • Advanced degree and certification as a school counsellor

  • A strong awareness of child protection and a commitment to ensure the safety of our students

  • Promote an understanding and appreciation of diverse populations and cultures

Experience and Skills

The ideal candidate will have:

Experience

  • A minimum of two years of relevant school experience required; international school experience preferred

  • Experience with Google Suite/Microsoft Office

Skills

  • Excellent planning, organisational, oral and written English communication skills

  • Maintain confidentiality and discretion in responding to sensitive issues, including confidential record keeping

  • Positive attitude towards continuous self-improvement

  • Proven ability to work well with students, families and colleagues