School Counsellor


Aspengrove School, a JK-12 International Baccalaureate School, is inviting applications from passionate, enthusiastic, and experienced counsellors to develop a counseling program starting August 2023. Aspengrove School is a place where students and staff work together to explore the opportunities of the IB curriculum, through their passions as learners and members of a strong community. Our 40-acre rural campus setting affords rich opportunities for students and teachers to engage in a meaningful journey. The successful candidate will be interested in working with a community of inspired and committed learners.

The appointed person will work collaboratively with the Director of the Student Resource Centre to define, develop, and lead our first counseling program at Aspengrove. Working with the student population in grades 6-12, the counsellor will liaise with staff and faculty, develop a referral system, work with students and families (in support of the student), and provide wellness programming as required. While this will start as a 0.4 position, we anticipate that an increase in FTE may be required in the future. Successful candidates will be provided with professional supervision/consultation along with access to the ISABC and CAIS professional communities.

Key Duties and Responsibilities

  • Provide individual and group counselling for students in grades 6-12
  • Consult and problem-solve with school-based teams
  • Work collaboratively with teachers, students, families and outside agencies to develop personalized student support plans
  • Lead and/or support general wellness initiatives
  • Share information with colleagues and parents in the area of youth mental health
  • Occasionally deliver small-group and large-group lessons related to wellness
  • Adhere to the ethical standard of counselling programs in accordance to the law
  • Be available outside the normal school day to respond to emergencies and critical incidents as necessary

Required Qualifications

  • Master’s degree in school counselling and/or counselling psychology
  • A member of (or ability to register with) a professional association (ie. BCACC, CCPA or BCASW)
  • Minimum 3 years of counselling experience which includes children and youth
  • Canadian resident and legally entitled to work in Canada

Preferred Experience and Qualities

  • Experience counselling in a school-based setting
  • Ability to work independently and collaboratively
  • Confidence in referring to external community resources
  • Experience with small-group and large-group instruction
  • Excellent communication and interpersonal skills
  • Strong organizational and time management skills

***Salary to be determined commensurate with qualifications.

Aspengrove School encourages applications from suitably qualified candidates with diverse backgrounds. We value each community member’s identity, perspective, and well-being, and embrace our differences as a sign of strength. We believe in diversity, equity, and inclusion and are committed to equal employment opportunities.

Thank you very much for all your inquiries; we will only be contacting short-listed candidates.

Please submit your cover letter and resume, including references no later than May 12, 2023 to [email protected]

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