VACANCY: Post of School Guidance Counsellor

Ministry of Education, Innovation, Gender Relations and Sustainable Development

JOB TITLE : School Guidance Counsellor
SCHOOL : Grande Riviere Secondary School
DEPARTMENT : School Supervision
REPORTS TO : Guidance Counsellor with responsibility for the District

  1. Liaises with the Guidance Counsellor responsible for the District, Co-ordinator for Guidance Counsellors, Chief Education Officer, Permanent Secretary, Deputy Permanent Secretary, Deputy Chief Education Officer - Instruction, Deputy Chief Education Officer - Planning, principals, teachers, students, representatives of denominational schools, Sir Arthur Lewis Community College, community groups and organizations, other Government Ministries and Donor Agencies;
  2. Works in collaboration with the Co-ordinator for Guidance Counsellors and the District Guidance Counsellor to ensure that counseling is administered in a proper and efficient manner.
  • Implement relevant and sustainable guidance and counseling programmes within his/her assigned school. Counsellors will also be responsible for assessing the efficacy of counseling programmes and contributing to the development and implementation of "school-specific" counseling programmes;
  • Provide individual and group counseling to students within his/her assigned school;
  • Initiate and follow-up appropriate student referrals;
  • Demonstrate appropriate case management including the documentation of all counseling interventions and referrals;
  • Seek out and participate in continuing education programmes;
  • Facilitate and oversee support programmes for students and their families (e.g., parent education workshops).
  1. Accommodation provided in a general administrative office (School);
  2. The processes of the Unit will be carried out on the basis of team work. The officer will be expected to be an active team member who understands all the processes of the Unit;
  3. The officer will be required to maintain a high level of integrity, confidentiality, honesty and trust at all times;
  4. Salary will be paid in accordance with the terms stipulated by the Government in the Estimates of Expenditure or Collective Agreement and is liable to taxation in accordance with the Income Tax Ordinance;
  5. Institutional support will be provided through appropriate Civil Service and Teaching Service Regulations, Statutory Instrument and Departmental Guidelines;
  6. Opportunities exist for personal development and career advancement through general and specialized in-service and external training;
  7. Housing, free medical attention and medicine will not be provided.
Work performance will be evaluated on the basis of:
  • Effectiveness of the school counseling programme at the school;
  • Timely completion and quality of reports generated;
  • Capability to maintain appropriate linkages with both internal and external customers;
  • Proven knowledge and understanding of current job related policies, procedures, instructions and the use of relevant technology;
  • Compliance with Departmental, Ministry's Guidelines and Standard Operating Procedures;
  • Effective implementation of duties, responsibilities, and assignments as defined in the Job Description.
  1. A progressive attitude and professional demeanour;
  2. Sound decision-making skills including analytic and problem solving skills;
  3. Sound knowledge of the Standard Operating Procedures contained in the Ministry's
    Operations Manual;
  4. Ability to maintain a high standard of ethics, honesty and integrity in carrying out the goals and objectives of the Unit;
  5. Ability to motivate, counsel and mentor staff and students;
  6. Ability to establish and maintain effective linkages with both internal and external customers;
  7. Ability to effectively communicate both orally and in writing;
  8. Decisiveness, soundness of judgment and clarity in issuing directives;
  9. Professional training and experience in psychological and/or educational assessment/ evaluations;
  10. Knowledge of and sensitivity to multicultural issues (an experience of life in the Caribbean would be an asset);
  11. Knowledge of legal and ethical issues in counseling.
The candidates should possess the following:

Master's Degree in Guidance / School Counseling, Counseling Psychology or Clinical Psychology from an accredited institution (supervised applied experience preferred);
A professional degree in Guidance / School Counseling, Counseling Psychology (Education
programme must have provided mental health professional with extensive supervised
experience in the application of counseling/ psychotherapeutic skills);

Training and experience in individual and group counseling and or psychotherapy. Individual and group therapy experience with children and adolescents preferred.

Experience in implementing didactic programmes (preferably in counseling).

Salary commensurate with qualifications and experience.


Applications must be accompanied by verified copies of all certificates and transcripts from the relevant institutions. Two confidential testimonials are required - one from the Principal of the school at which the teacher is presently employed and one from the Education Officer for the District. For applicants outside of the school system, testimonials should be from immediate supervisors.

Please note that:
1. Performance and punctuality will be used as part of the criteria for selection of persons already in the Education System; and
2. The successful applicant may be given an acting appointment for up to twelve (12) months;
3. Applicants are required to indicate Administrative positions held and experience gained.

Applications on the prescribed forms, which can be obtained from the Teaching Service Commission, should be addressed to:

The Secretary
Teaching Service Commission
Ground Floor
Sir Stanislaus James Buildings
The Waterfront

Kindly attached a Curriculum Vité to the completed application form, which should reach the Teaching Service Commission on or before April 7, 2017.