Personal Counsellor, Senior School
Exciting Opportunity for an Extraordinary Counsellor
Part-time Fixed-term Contract (2-3 days per week)
Starts Immediately – February 2024
Crofton House School offers a girl-centred learning environment for students from Junior Kindergarten to Grade 12. Here, students are motivated to strive for their best selves, embracing academic challenge and diverse experiences, guided by staff who know them and believe in them.
Bound by our belief in the power of girl-centred education, Crofton House School fosters a strong sense of community among educators, staff, students from Junior Kindergarten to Grade 12, and families. Here, everyone can contribute to the strength of our school– including you.
We offer extensive professional development opportunities, competitive compensation and a comprehensive benefits package. Our 10-acre campus provides modern facilities, as well as beautiful outdoor spaces and a daily connection to nature.
The Student Services department at Crofton House School is distinguished by committed teachers, advisors and personal counsellors who support students academically, socially and emotionally. They work as a collaborative team who put the student at the centre of her learning and provide structure and programs to assist her as she makes decisions about her learning, wellbeing and her future. The facilities for student services are well equipped and offer bright and technology rich environments.
You are an expert in your field. As an experienced, knowledgeable and qualified school counsellor and teacher, you understand girls and the personal challenges they face as they navigate school from grade 8 – 12. You bring a compassionate, therapeutic and culturally sensitive approach to personal counselling with an awareness of mental health and social and emotional development. Balanced with supporting students, you mentor teachers in understanding personal challenges experienced by the students in their classes and guide them toward implementing strategies that ultimately support all learners. You work closely with the SEL and Wellness Coordinator to plan and teach SEL and Health lessons from Grade 8-12 . You provide support to the Heads of Grade with addressing grade wide trends and supporting individual students where required. You facilitate teacher professional learning and parent information sessions throughout the year as required.
Students find you to be approachable, knowledgeable, empathic, genuine and supportive. You are energized by what you do. You demonstrate an understanding of the importance of parents as partners in their daughter’s education by maintaining open and collaborative relationships with the parent community. As a lifelong learner, you demonstrate a commitment to actively seeking professional development. You participate actively in the life of the school.
This role is 2 – 3 days per week till February with the possibility of extension. This role is based in-person.
Provide individualized support for social and emotional challenges experienced by girls
Support and teach extended advisory SEL and Health sessions to students working closely with the Student Wellbeing and SEL Coordinator.
Support Heads of Grade in addressing grade wide trends and supporting individual needs as required
Facilitate teacher professional development session as required
Facilitate parents’ information sessions as required
Facilitate meetings between students, parents and Senior School teachers
Maintain documentation and records for individual students, ensuring confidentiality in reporting
Provide appropriate feedback to advisors and parents on student progress and strategies for support
Liaise with outside community support services for the betterment of the student(s).
Work as a collaborative and supportive member of the Student Services department
Participates in school meetings and events, including grade wide meetings, school planning and professional development
Keep abreast of development in the field of mental health in school and advise the Assistant Director, Student Services as appropriate.
Create a positive and supportive culture for learning
Set annual professional goals
Contribute to the Personal Counsellors’ annual written board report
Be an active and positive participant in the life of the school
Qualifications, Knowledge, Experience:
Essential: B.C. Ministry of Education Certificate or Independent School Certification qualification criteria
Relevant university qualifications (e.g. Bachelor of Education plus Bachelor of Arts, or equivalent)
Master’s degree in Psychology, Counselling Psychology or Social Work
Registered with a professional organization at a provincial or national level
Excellent interpersonal, communication, problem-solving, negotiation and mediation skills
A commitment toward continued professional development and growth
Energy, commitment and a readiness to participate in the co-curricular program and the diverse life of the school community
Experience in an independent school, an asset
Demonstrable awareness of the learning preferences of girls and young women
Employment and Application Details:
This role starts ASAP
Please note that applicants must be able to legally work in Canada. As this is a short-term contract, this position is not eligible for benefits. Employment is conditional upon Crofton House School conducting and receiving a satisfactory criminal record check.
Apply online at www.croftonhouse.ca/careers. Applications will be reviewed as soon as they are received.
We thank all candidates in advance. We will, however, contact only those selected for an interview. No phone calls, please
About Crofton House School
Crofton House School offers a girl-centred learning environment for students from Junior Kindergarten to Grade 12. Our approach supports the whole girl in her social, emotional, physical, and intellectual development. Girls are able to discover and pursue their own paths, developing the confidence and capacity to thrive and positively influence the world around them.
Established in 1898, the Crofton House has a long history of girl-centred education. Today, the School has over 900 students and almost 200 staff members learning, working and playing on our 10-acre campus in Vancouver.
To apply for this job please visit www.croftonhouse.ca.