Upper York School

Guidance & University Counsellor

Position: Guidance & University Counsellor
Start:  May 5, 2018
SchoolUpper York School Profile
City: Markham, Ontario

Posting Date: March 15, 2018

Guidance & University Counsellor

Upper York School (grades 9-12) offers small classes with a low student to teacher ratio (10:1) and individual attention to students. Experienced teachers deliver curriculum in a modern, fully-equipped facility and focus on the refinement of academic skills, and on the preparation of students for post-secondary success. Academic excellence is essential in our creative and engaging learning environment. ESL and tutoring programs are available to support students who are new to Canada and aim to attend larger private schools.

POSITION: Guidance and University Counsellor (part-time)

Start Date: May 1, 2018 or to be discussed.

Role Overview: The Upper York School Guidance Counsellor supports each student’s current academic and future career needs through secondary and post-secondary counselling on course selection and university/college placement. The Guidance Counsellor is responsible for counselling students on social and personal issues as appropriate and possesses a variety of resources to support student needs.

The Role and Responsibilities

  • Support and counsel students and parents on the post secondary application process
  • Assist grades 9-12 students with course selection and with post secondary-planning
  • Understand post secondary entrance requirements and be knowledgeable about scholarship opportunities
  • Complete post-secondary applications with students, including supplemental essays, portfolios, personal profiles and questions
  • Assist staff with student reference letters and recommendations
  • Manage Ontario University Applications (OUAC) and Ontario College Applications (OCAS)
  • Attend Counsellor Information Sessions and relevant meetings
  • Organize post-secondary representative events, organized field trips, and alumni panel
  • Book and organize speakers for personal and post-secondary counselling topics
  • Work with teachers, parents and students on overcoming student problems
  • Complete administrative work such as course equivalencies, transcripts, data entry, etc.
  • Oversee the maintenance of the OSR’s
  • Assist the Principal in course scheduling and timetabling
  • Compile a list of Community Resources for students and recommend as needed
  • Other duties as assigned by the Principal

Knowledge, Skills and Qualifications

  • Ontario Teaching Certificate
  • Experience working in Ontario Independent or Private Schools
  • Minimum of 2 years counselling experience required
  • Vulnerable Sector Screening
  • Excellent interpersonal skills, problem-solving and mediation skills
  • Proven ability to develop collaborative working relationships with parents and colleagues
  • Evidence of strong written and oral communication skills
  • Understand Confidentiality of student records and information

Compensation: Commensurate with qualification, experience and hours per week.

To Apply: Interested candidates are asked to send a cover letter and resume to heather.rees@upperyorkschool.ca by April 14th, 2018. Only those candidates selected for an interview will be contacted.

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