Senior School Counsellor

Southridge acknowledges that we teach and learn on the unceded native Coast Salish territories of the Kwantlen, Katzie, Tsawwassen, and Semiahmoo First Nations.

Southridge is an independent day school located in South Surrey, BC with 680 students enrolled in Kindergarten through Grade 12. We have a tradition of developing well-rounded students with a balance of knowledge and goodness, inspiring students to go out into the world and make a difference. 

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 community all while having fun, we want to hear from you!


POSITION DESCRIPTION: 

SENIOR SCHOOL COUNSELLOR (FULL-TIME)

We are currently inviting applications for the position Senior School Counsellor. This position will commence on September 1, 2024.   

POSITION OVERVIEW

Working as 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.

  • Act as the primary advocate in supporting students with IEPs where mental health and chronic health concerns have been identified.  

  • Guidance for teachers in identifying students who may require additional support and intervention.

  • To proactively work to maintain a healthy school culture
  • 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.

 

IDEAL QUALIFICATIONS and EXPERIENCE:

  • 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

  • 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

 

Values:

The ideal candidate will be aligned with the values and mission of Southridge, will want to be an active member of a vibrant school community, and will demonstrate a desire to make a difference in the world. They will be someone who:

  • Is a lifelong learner

  • Has excellent study, critical thinking, and communication skills

  • Is a creative and independent thinker

  • Has a positive attitude

  • Seeks their passion

  • Believes in the value of trust, tolerance, compassion, and respect

  • Understands the sacrifice and reward of community service

  • Has an appreciation of, and a desire for, lifelong physical activity and fitness

  • Commits to personal wellness

  • Appreciates the arts and their contribution to a richer life 

  • Can work effectively as part of a team


Southridge offers a competitive salary and pays 4% above the Vancouver School District. In addition, we have a comprehensive benefits package and a generous RRSP matching program, access to health and wellness activities including generous support for professional learning and development. The salary range for this position is from $63,005 to $112,797. Salary placement is based on years of teaching experience and educational accomplishments.  For more details visit our career page.  

Southridge School is committed to fostering an environment of inclusion, equity and belonging to support an increasingly diverse community, and encourages applications from all qualified individuals. 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. This posting will remain open until filled. 

To learn more about our school, explore our website: southridge.bc.ca

We thank all applicants for their interest. Only those under consideration will be contacted.