School Counsellor

801 Bank Street, Victoria, BC
February 13, 2018

Each child holds our attention at Glenlyon Norfolk School (GNS), an independent day school that is a caring, and thriving community. As one of only fourteen IB World Continuum schools in Canada offering three International Baccalaureate programs, GNS is proud of its unique 'IB Advantage': a 21st-Century education which educates the whole child and creates global thinkers.
At GNS, we are a dedicated group of people who believe in the values of truth, courage, caring, individuality and community.  We are looking for like-minded individuals who will share in our passion for preparing outstanding young men and women in making positive differences in the world.   We currently seek exceptional applicants for the following opportunity:
School Counsellor
Middle / Senior School, FTE 1.0
Start: September 1, 2018
The School Counsellor serves as a valuable resource for teachers and administrators; and provides a counselling program that informs, educates and supports students and their families from Grades 6-12.  Utilizing leadership, advocacy, and collaboration, the School Counsellor supports student needs in all matters of mental health and well-being, seeking opportunities that will help them reach their potential and address academic, personal, parental and social pressures with confidence.
• Collaboratively plan with students, their families, teachers, administrators and community personnel to develop effective strategies to promote the educational, social, emotional and behavioural health of GNS students;
• Provide an emotionally supportive environment for students with emotional challenges, internalizing behaviours, school avoidance and refusal, and other serious mental health barriers;
• Provide preventative and developmental services within the school environment on an individual, group/classroom and/or family basis;
• Take a lead role in case load management, and in advocating for ways to support students at weekly ‘student of concern meetings’;
• Work with Principals and Students of Concern Teams to develop a relevant means of supporting the wellness and safety of all students at the PW Campus; advocate for, and develop this program within and across the GNS community;
• Adhere to the ethical standards of the counselling profession and practice in accordance with federal, provincial and local laws, statutes, and/or policies that relate to students and families; such as, child protection/child abuse, special education, attendance, education rights and privacy;
• Report or assist with reports to the Ministry of Children and Family Development (MCFD) as necessary;
• Use appropriate assessment procedures for determining and structuring individual and group counselling services;
• Provide appropriate interventions to assist students with school related problems and issues;
• Assist parents and teachers in understanding and responding to the needs of students, acting as a liaison and resource for all parties;
• Work with teachers to provide classroom observation as appropriate;
• Promote a safe, inclusive and caring school environment;
• Provide referrals to other support services and community resources, as appropriate;
• Maintain some flexibility and be available to respond to emergencies and critical incidents.
Qualifications / Skills:
• A Master’s Degree in School Counselling, Counselling Psychology or other relevant discipline
• A member of (or ability to register with) a professional body such as Canadian Counselling & Psychotherapy Association, BC Association of Clinical Counsellors or BC Association of Social Workers
• Bachelor of Education degree and BC teaching certificate, an asset
• Minimum five years of counselling experience with children and youth, preferably in an educational setting
• Experience counselling children and youth with anxiety, depression and social skills
• Experience working with children and youth individually and in group settings
• Exceptional interpersonal skills to establish connections, build trust and rapport with students and parents
• A strong understanding of the social-emotional development of children
• A strong understanding of strategies and resources needed to effectively deal with a variety of mental health issues
• A high degree of emotional intelligence and the ability to deal with people sensitively, tactfully and professionally at all times
• Must be highly collegial and a collaborative team member
• Will be expected to take part in our co-curricular program and be willing to participate fully in the culture of our independent school community
Glenlyon Norfolk School offers a comprehensive total compensation package and the opportunity to work with an exceptional community of professionals.  Interested candidates should submit a resume and cover letter indicating personal strengths and accomplishments by Tuesday, March 6th by visiting the following link:
We thank all applicants for their interest, however, only those selected for an interview will be contacted.