Southpointe Academy is a leading edge International Baccalaureate (IB) Continuum School surrounded by the ocean, beaches and natural beauty of South Delta. As a co-educational, secular day school serving over 600 students from Kindergarten to Grade 12, Southpointe is known for its strong sense of community, collaborative culture and commitment to professional development.

The school fosters caring relationships with students and develops young people of character who make a positive difference in the world. Southpointe features world leading programming through its highly acclaimed IB Primary Years (Grade K-5) and Middle Years (Grade 6-10) programmes. Southpointe is also an official Candidate School for the IB Diploma Programme (Grade 11-12), which will complete its innovative offering of IB from entry to graduation. The educational programme is supported through modern, purpose-built facilities and amenities. Southpointe is seeking an energetic, outgoing and collaborative counsellor who shares a commitment to providing social emotional support for students. Reporting to the Junior School Principal, the Junior School Counsellor position will commence August 26, 2022 for the 2022-2023 school year. The year groups is from Kindergarten to grade 5 and it is a permanent position.

Key Duties and Responsibilities *These may include, but are not limited to...

  • Provide personal, social and academic skills counselling to individual and small groups of students,

  • both scheduled and drop in

  • Foster caring, committed and supportive relationships with students and families

  • Create an environment that promotes an atmosphere of mutual respect and care

  • Work collaboratively with colleagues to support student wellness across the school

  • Model a strong work ethic and high standard of commitment

  • Maintain the highest level of professionalism in all interactions; uphold the Legal and Ethical Guidelines established by the BC School Counsellor Association

  • Maintain confidentiality, informed consent, disclosure and confidential record keeping as per BC Schools Counsellors Association guidelines

  • Assist teachers to work well with students who require social and emotional support, both in and out of the classroom setting

  • Assist in mediation and conflict resolution

  • Work closely with the Junior School Principal to manage highly sensitive and confidential situations that may involve the BC Ministry of Children and Family Development

  • Assist students with mental health, socio-emotional challenges, and/or academic difficulties

  • In collaboration with classroom teachers and the Student Support Centre, design, prepare and deliver classroom lessons that facilitate authentic engagement on the topics of health and social-emotional learning

  • Maintain and share information on related topics to faculty, students, and parents

  • Make referrals to and work cooperatively with external agencies (e.g., Community Services, Public Health, Child Protection)

  • Participate in community building events, both in and out of school hours

  • Work collaboratively with Division Principals and Safe School Coordinators to carry out risk and crisis assessments which may include assistance outside of posted school hours. Southpointe educators offer co-curricular activities for students by either devising their own programmes or participating in the school’s Athletics offerings throughout the three different sporting seasons

Essential Qualifications

  • Graduate level training in Counselling Psychology, Social Work, School Counselling, or equivalent training with a focus on personal counselling

  • Registered Clinical Counsellor or Registered Social Worker (or eligibility to register) Preferences

  • Bachelor of Education or Equivalent

  • BC Ministry of Education: Certificate of Qualification or Independent School Teaching Certificate

  • Member of the BC School Counsellor Association

  • At least 1-2 years experience working in an elementary setting

  • Valid First Aid Certificate

Salary and Benefits

Above grid compensation based on the school’s approved teacher salary scale

Comprehensive health and dental plan, and other extended benefits

  • RRSP matching

  • Staff wellness program

  • Subsidised school lunch programme

  • Professional development resources and support


Please submit your application with the following supporting documents to careers@southpointe.ca:

  • Cover letter;

  • Resume;

  • Copy of BC Ministry of Education: Certificate of Qualification or Independent School Teaching Certificate;

  • Two letters of reference, one of which must be from your most recent Principal/Supervisor;

  • Most recent teaching evaluation.

  • Please add REF: www.ibschooljobs.com - Application for Position as Junior School Counsellor in the subject of your email.

Please see our website for additional opportunities.

Applicants must be legally entitled to work in Canada or be in the process of obtaining the appropriate visa(s).

Southpointe Academy 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.

We thank all applicants for their interest in working at Southpointe Academy. However, please note that only shortlisted candidates will be contacted.