Junior School Counsellor
Permanent, part-time (0.5 FTE), starting August 23, 2021.
If you are an educator who inspires students, is passionate about holistic learning and is driven to help young people shape their lives, this is a role, a school and a place for you.
Located in Victoria, British Columbia, Canada, St. Michaels University School (SMUS) is a co-educational boarding and day school with a global reputation for academic excellence. Students from all over the world are challenged and inspired among their peers in an environment of extraordinary faculty, students, programming and facilities. Committed to pursuing academic excellence in an environment where the character and self also grow, the school’s mission shapes all its endeavours:
Our school seeks the excellence in all of us, with passion and compassion. We are a community shaped by the pursuit of truth and goodness, providing outstanding preparation for life.
The Junior School seeks a dynamic and experienced school counsellor. We are looking for a counsellor who cares deeply about the welfare of our students, works collaboratively with a professional team of educators, and is committed to our educational philosophy and image of the child.
Key Responsibilities Include:
Provide one-on-one and/or group social-emotional support to students in a relaxed, confidential atmosphere, on both a regular basis and/or as individual needs arise
Case-management, referral, and follow-up for students or families requiring ongoing social-emotional supports, including facilitating advocacy and communication among students, families, teachers, and administrators for each student’s unique needs
Create and implement educationally-sound social-emotional related interventions, programming, and co-curricular activities to foster better wellness and positive learning environments for students and families
Provide faculty support for identification, referral, curricular, and family conversations surrounding social-emotional needs to provide comprehensive support to the whole child within a school setting
Participate in school meetings and events, including professional development
The successful candidate will have the following following skills, background and competencies:
A bachelor’s degree or master’s degree, preferably with a specialization in emotional and social learning, educational psychology or equivalent is required
BC Teacher Certification is an asset
Registered with a professional organization at a provincial or national level
Previous experience providing counseling support in a school-based, student-centered learning environment
Independent school experience is an asset
A genuine love for working with students and families, a positive sense of humour and optimistic outlook, and a highly collaborative nature for working with other dedicated, team-oriented educators
Excellent interpersonal, communication, problem-solving, negotiation and mediation skills
Impeccable integrity, confidentiality and ability to be flexible
Applicants are requested to supply, in a single document, a résumé with references, accompanied by a cover letter outlining the candidate’s particular strengths and how the candidate is well-suited to this role. Please respond by email on or prior to 3:00 pm, Monday, February 22, 2021 to:
Jennifer Kayal, Human Resources Administrator
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