Southridge is a co-ed, independent day school located in South Surrey, British Columbia with 680 students enrolled in Kindergarten through Grade 12. We have a tradition of developing well-rounded students who have a love of learning, strong moral character, and confidence to make the world a better place.
Southridge is affectionately described as ‘a lighthearted place of serious purpose’ and we want you to know…it’s true! If you’re passionate about working in an energizing environment with colleagues that value building strong relationships; fostering strong minds and good hearts through student-centered teaching and learning; and being a part of a great community that has fun and strives to make a difference, we want to hear from you!
SENIOR SCHOOL COUNSELLOR (FULL-TIME)
We are currently inviting applications for the position of a full-time Senior School Counsellor. This position will commence September 1, 2020.
part of the school’s Student Support Services department, the Counsellor will provide one-on-one and small group counselling for students and will provide programming to educate students on overall well-being. In addition, this position will have primary responsibility for managing the portfolio of students in grade 8 to 12.
PRINCIPAL DUTIES AND RESPONSIBILITIES
To provide a counseling program that informs, educates, and supports students in their socio- emotional health.
- Perform short term counselling and crisis intervention for students (8 – 12) as needed.
- Provide programming to educate students regarding well-being issues in Career-Life Education and Career-Life Connections classes, in individual meetings and in workshops.
- Offer advice and counsel to parents in their support of the student.
- Identify and support students who may be having socio-emotional issues in the school and engage them in counseling.
- Consult with teachers and explore possible strategies and solutions for the concerns that arise to support students.
- Maintain confidential records of interactions with students.
- Assist the Learning Strategies Teacher in supporting students with special learning needs from a socio emotional perspective and writing IEPs.
- Guidance for teachers in identifying students who may require additional support and intervention.
To proactively work to maintain a healthy school culture
- Identify areas of concern with students and develop strategies to improve the interactions between students.
- To work with the Principal of the Senior School and the Vice Principal of Student Life the and Assistant Head of School in planning wellness themes for the school.
- Create, facilitate and a support a weekly after school self-care program.
- To implement restorative justice procedures following discipline incidents.
- To assist with the monitoring of the School’s bullying policy, supporting the PSST platform, and to support the Senior School Principal in resolving bullying incidents.
To develop a cohesive Student Services Department
- To meet regularly with the other members of the Student Services Department including the Learning Strategies Teacher, Director of University Counselling and Advisors as necessary.
- To act as a coordinated and integrated support team to meet individual needs.
- To act as a coordinated and integrated support team to meet group or grade level needs.
- To facilitate the communication with parents from the integrated support team to offer consistent and coordinated advice in supporting their children.
- A Master’s Degree in counselling psychology or equivalency
- Hold or plan on obtaining a Registered Clinical Counsellor Designation
- Bachelor of Education degree is an asset
- Hold a valid BC teaching certificate is an asset
- Experience assessing students’ social and emotional needs and making the appropriate referral when necessary
- Working in a technology rich environment is an asset
- Must be highly collegial and a collaborative team member
- Desire to help students achieve personal success
- Effective interpersonal skills to establish connections, build trust and rapport with students and parents
- Proven work ethic and a high level of integrity
- A proven understanding of children developmentally
- Experience working with adolescents in a school environment is an asset
- Experience working in an independent school environment is an asset
Southridge offers a competitive salary and pays 3% above the Vancouver School District. In addition, we have a comprehensive benefits package and a generous RRSP matching program.
To apply for this position, please visit our 'How to Apply' page for step-by-step instructions on submitting an application through our online system. The closing date is February 3, 2020.
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We thank all applicants for their interest. Only those under consideration will be contacted.