Personal and Post-Secondary Counsellor

Vancouver, Fraser Academy
March 2, 2018

Personal and Post-Secondary Counsellor
2018 - 2019 School Year, Possible April 2nd Start Date

We are currently inviting applications from experienced, qualified and dynamic clinical counsellors for the role of a Personal and Post-Secondary Counsellor. 

Located in Kitsilano, Fraser Academy is a fully accredited and highly effective academic day school, specifically for students Grades 2 to 12 who have dyslexia or other related language-based, learning and processing difficulties. With a maximum of ten students per class, the school follows the B.C. Ministry of Education Curriculum. An impressive 90% of Fraser Academy grads go onto post-secondary education. For more information about the school, please go to our website: Fraser Academy is an accredited member of the Canadian Accredited Independent Schools (CAIS), the Independent Schools Association of British Columbia (ISABC), the International Dyslexia Association (IDA), and the Federation of Independent Schools Association (FISA).

This full-time, permanent position commences either April 2nd, 2018 or August 22nd, 2018, with a preference for a prior training period in March or June 2017, respectively. The Personal and Post-Secondary Counsellor will work on a team with the school’s Director of Counselling and the Team Lead of Post-Secondary Planning.  Days of work will be Monday through Friday from 7:45am – 3:45pm.  The role will be 40% personal counselling and 60% post-secondary and career counselling.

Personal Counselling:
The ideal candidate will have experience working with school counselling topics and concerns.
Specifically they will:
Provide direct counseling to students supporting socio-emotional, behavioural, academic, and learning differences
Guide students in problem-solving and to create personal action plans
Facilitate conversations around positive peer relationships, including conflict resolution, social skills and life skills
Adapt counseling techniques to meet the needs of a diverse school population.
Communicate and collaborate with teachers and learning specialists to advocate for student support and well-being
Liaise and implement strategies recommended by external agencies and professional in the best interest of students
Connect with parents to provide strategies with learning, behavioural, familial and social problems as requested by students
Support IEP and SPED teams
Work collaboratively with Assistant Head, School of Life to best support student needs
Design and implement social skills, attention and behaviour support plans
Maintain best practices around counselling files and confidentiality
Handle crisis management as needed
Post-Secondary Counselling:
The ideal candidate will work with the post-secondary planning team to provide careers education and post-secondary guidance to students in Grades 9-12.  They will possess comprehensive knowledge of post-secondary programs and application processes across Canada, US and UK. They will also be familiar with the requirements of the Graduation Transitions Program and Career Education programming.
Specifically they will:
Provide individual careers, academic and post-secondary counselling to students and their families
Assist students with course selection for post-secondary planning
Provide students with detailed information on post-secondary entrance requirements, accessibility services, academic advising and scholarship opportunities
Complete post-secondary applications with students, including supplemental essays, portfolios, personal profiles and questions
Assist staff with student reference letters and recommendations
Work with a team to deliver and facilitate Graduation Transitions 12 and the new Career Education curriculum programming
Help support students to secure volunteer and work experience placements
Support and administer vocational assessments
Assist Career Life Education 10 with certain specific assignments
Possess strong presentation and group facilitation skills
Attend Counsellor Information Sessions and relevant meetings
Participate in parent and student education nights and presentations
Organize post-secondary representative events, organized field trips, and alumni panel
Assist with year planning and report cards and marking of assignments
Familiarity with the Strong Interest Inventory and MyBlueprint program
Additional Requirements:
Book and organize speakers for personal and post-secondary counselling topics
Participate in school’s co-curricular life and staff supervision duties
Working with students with learning differences
Understand the operation of independent schools
Skills and Abilities
Excellent interpersonal skills, problem-solving and mediation skills
Written communication skills and attention to detail
Demonstrated skill for working in a collaborative team environment
Understand confidentiality of student records and information
Required Qualifications
Master’s Degree in Counselling Psychology or related discipline
RCC or CCC designation or equivalent
BC Certification from the Teacher Regulation Board and classroom experience  is an asset
Application Details
Interested candidates may apply via email by submitting their resume, cover letter and references to Sandra Grimminck, Director of Counselling at