Vacancy Details

6527 - WSO Student Counsellor

Location: UAE - Dubai
Closing Date 28-May-2020
About the Role

We are looking for a dynamic, caring, organised individual to join our vibrant Primary school and active Wellbeing team.

The Student Counsellor reports directly in to the School Principal and will work alongside one other counsellor in Primary and two designated Wellbeing ambassadors.

Job Purpose:

  • To organise and provide personal, social, and emotional counselling for WSO’s primary community and sometimes secondary community, as well as nurture a culture of wellbeing through programming across the school community.
  • Utilizing leadership, advocacy, and collaboration, school counsellors promote student success, provide preventive services, and respond to identified student needs by implementing a comprehensive school counselling program that includes individual and group counselling, classroom lessons, and school-wide initiatives.

Program Delivery

  • Provide individual and group counselling to students with identified concerns and needs.
  • Deliver lessons in classrooms and assemblies on relevant personal, social, and emotional topics.
  • Consult and collaborate effectively with parents/guardians, school leadership, and other educational/community resources regarding students with identified needs and concerns.
  • Promote and plan programming for staff wellbeing initiatives.
  • Discuss and communicate the goals and progress of the comprehensive school counselling program with leadership and staff.
  • Work with the leadership team to develop experiences and activities which are beneficial for students’ holistic development, and which promote responsibility, leadership skills, cooperation and other personal and social skills.
  • Maintain current and appropriate resources that can be made readily available for students, parents, and staff.
  • Establish procedures for securing external assistance for students with ongoing personal problems and emotional needs.


    System Support

  • Establish procedures and time frames to provide students with personal, social, and emotional counselling.
  • Implement an effective referral and follow-up process.
  • Maintain student records on progress, achievements, activities and interests.
  • Collect and analyze data to guide program direction and delivery.


     Professional Expectations

  • Embrace and encourage the ethos and standards of excellence as defined in the GEMS Core Values.
  • Ensure the GEMS policies, procedures, and codes of conduct are followed at all times.
  • Adhere to policies, procedures, and ethical standards of the school counselling profession.
  • Participate in regular professional development activities to improve knowledge and skills.
  • Initiate effort and energy beyond the typical work day, where the tasks require additional commitment.
  • Attend staff meetings and serve on committees as required.
  • Perform other duties as requested by direct reporting line managers / supervisors.

About You

  • Minimum of a Master’s degree in either Counselling or Psychology with an expectation to eventually gain a CDA license
  • Have an excellent level of English, both written and spoken.
  • Ideally have a minimum of 3 years counselling experience in a school setting.
  • Be up to date with all developments within the field of Counselling.
  • Have excellent knowledge and adaptable towards IT skills.


About Your Benefits

We offer a competitive salary to the right candidate, generous holiday allowance, medical insurance, visa if required, bi-annual flight allowance and a child place in a GEMS Premium school, such as ours.

About GEMS

Trusted for over 55 years and now a third generation education family, GEMS Education began in a single school room in Dubai. Today, we have the privilege of educating over 190,000 students from over 176 countries through GEMS owned and managed schools globally; over 270,000 students access resources through our services division; and we will impact 20 million by 2020 students through the initiatives of our Charity partner Varkey Foundation.

About the School
Opened in 2011, GEMS Wellington Academy, Silicon Oasis (WSO) is a Premium British School located in a prestigious area of Dubai. WSO has over 4000 students from FS1 to Y12; although WSO is large, it is effectively broken down into much smaller sections. There are currently 2880 in the Primary School, which is at full capacity. The Secondary School has a current roll of 1366 with the KS3 years near to full capacity. Each School occupies its own building within the Campus.
The WSO focus is ‘World Class – World Ready’; to support this, we have truly world class and stunning facilities – a simply superb environment for the students to grow, learn and succeed. Virtually all teaching staff are either British or Irish; they operate at a very high level of expectations in teaching and professional development.
We deliver British curriculum from the Foundation Stages through to Year 11. At post-16, we offer the IB, with pathways to study either the Diploma Programme or the Career Related Programme. University success rates are high, with the (i)GCSE results easily exceeding UK averages. WSO demonstrated exceptional levels of innovation both in technology and its pedagogy; therefore, some of the best practice from across the world is blended into our programme. A significant emphasis is placed on the co-curricular programme; in particular, performing arts, sport and outdoor education.
About Application Process
If you meet the criteria and you are enthusiastic about the role, we would welcome your application. To complete the application you would need the following document(s):
1. Resume/CV
2. Passport-size photograph
Important Note : GEMS Education is committed to safeguarding and promoting the welfare of all of its students. Applicants will be required to submit a current police criminal clearance check or equivalent from their home country or current country of residence prior to appointment.