Vacancy Details

7384 - School Counsellor

Location: UAE - Dubai
Closing Date 28-Dec-2021
About the Role

GEMS Founders School – Al Mizhar is an international UK curriculum school, providing students in the Dubai with the high standard of education that GEMS Education embodies.

GEMS Founders School, Al Mizhar is looking to appoint a School Counsellor to provide professional counselling service to students and to our wider community across the school.

Job Responsibilities

 To students

  • To provide 1:1 support to students.
  • To assess the suitability of support within the counselling environment.
  • To ensure an approachable, informal open door policy for all within the school.
  • To inform students of the confidentiality limitations within the counselling environment.
  • To work with the students, offering support guidance and advice to parents, students and staff as required.
  • If a collective concern is identified, assessed and appropriate, offer students group work to help deal with associated issues.
  • To communicate and liaise with teachers, nurses, heads of year and senior staff about the welfare of students within the remits of the student/Counsellor confidentiality process.
  • To ensure that equal opportunities are given to all students, to enable them to access the counselling service.
  • To be aware of issues within the school environment that may affect the emotional health of students, both on individual basis, on a year specific basis or as a school community.

To The Wider Community

  • To communicate and liaise with parents regarding their child’s welfare, within the remits of the student/counsellor confidentiality process.
  • To provide support and guidance to school staff enabling them to better identify and support students with emotional health and well-being difficulties.

Professional Development

  • To have knowledge of the child protection policies and liaise with the child protection coordinator as required.
  • To raise awareness and promote the counselling service within the school to students, staff and parents using a range of strategies.
  • To research workshops, seminars, CPD training opportunities for self and others to promote better understanding of issues that affect young people.
  • To research and liaise with outside agencies to enhance the counselling service offered.
  • To keep up to date on current literature with regards to young people issues and counselling developments.
  • To attend regular outside supervision sessions.
  • To provide reports on request relating to the counselling service.

Required Skill Set:

  • Positive interpersonal and communication skills.  The ability to remain calm in cases of emergency and cope with a degree of pressure at peak times.  A logical and relaxed individual able to interact and understand the emotional needs of a variety of students/staff from different backgrounds and cultures.

Qualifications Required:

  • Masters/Bachelors in Child Psychology/Counselling. Any other professional counselling certifications/qualifications would be preferred.
  • At least 3-5 years of experience in a similar role preferably in an educational setting.
  • Ability to multi-task and effective organization skills.


About Your Benefits

An attractive remuneration package is on offer to the successful candidate including tax-free salary, annual return flight, medical cover, 45 days of annual leave and tuition fee concessions. If you meet these criteria, are enthusiastic about working in an educational environment then we would welcome your application.

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

GEMS Founders Al Mizhar School (GFM) is a value for money National Curriculum of England School which opened in September 2018 modelled on the highly successful GEMS Founders Dubai School. It educates students from FS1 to Year 11 and will build to a full FS to Year 13 School of 4800 students in subsequent years.

The school has a focus on high academic standards, computational thinking, social and emotional Education as well as inclusivity to allow all students to succeed through a range of academic and vocational pathways.

Alongside well-equipped classrooms, the school has good sports provision, large open plan learning areas to support innovation and creative problem solving including robotics and 3D printing, a drama/dance studio, specialist music rooms, full WiFi coverage, dedicated science labs, art rooms and libraries.

FS students have access to attractive indoor and outdoor learning areas. All classrooms are equipped with large LCD screens to enhance student learning.

The school follows the National Curriculum for England, offering IGCSE, AS and A level courses in the future as well as a range of vocational pathways.

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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.