Cognita Schools are committed to safeguarding and promoting the welfare of children and young people and expects all staff, volunteers and other third parties to share this commitment. Safer recruitment practice and pre-employment background checks will be undertaken before any appointment is confirmed.

Description of Position:

An exciting opportunity for Secondary School Counsellor has opened in AIS for January 2022 start. If you are someone who is driven in making a positive difference and with passion for growth and development, this role is meant for you!


  • Collaborate with school staff / counsellors in the identification and development of universal and targeted activities/programming/individual plans, for all students addressing the possible areas of:

  • academic development

  • life and career development

  • knowledge of self and others

  • Contribute to the professional development of staff and provide support to staff relating to student concerns.

  • Provide opportunities for parent education.

  • Administration and maintenance of case notes/records/confidential files.

  • Provide support to individual students and families; including advice on external resources.

  • Maintain up-to-date knowledge and competency in areas that effect the development of the child and assessment tools

  • utilised to evaluate and diagnose disorders.

Position Requirements

  • Capacity to provide leadership that enables the effective delivery of whole-of-school educational programs and services that support the inclusion of all students.

  • Capacity for effective counselling and individual case management involving a multidisciplinary approach, within an environment of competing priorities.

  • Demonstrated strong interpersonal skills and the capacity to develop and sustain productive relationships within and beyond the school community.

  • Capacity to develop and implement student support programs and services for students with high support needs that reflect best practice and that align with departmental policies and procedures.

  • Demonstrated capacity to effectively respond to sensitive and complex student issues within an ethical framework.

  • A written application addressing the Key Result Areas.

  • References and an interview will contribute to the final selection of the successful candidate.

The following would be advantageous:

  • Professional membership, or credentials that meet the criteria for professional membership of a state/national counselling association

  • A certificate in cognitive behavior therapy or similar

  • An awareness or experience in the area of child protection matters

  • Current full registration or eligibility for registration, as a teacher from a recognised educational body


  • A minimum of two (2) years full-time, supervised experience working with children and/or young people in an educational environment

AND one of the following:

  • One-year (minimum) full-time (or part-time equivalent) coursework Masters, majoring in counselling from a recognised university


  • Registration as a psychologist through a recognised regulation agency, or a fourth-year qualification in psychology.


  • Qualifications and skills relevant to the role, which in the opinion of the Managing Director and School Principal are similar to the above.

Further information about this position is available in the job description found in the AIS website at

Application for Position:

Applicants are required to read the job description for the role prior to applying and submit a cover letter, curriculum vitae and a duly completed copy of the School's Job Application Form (downloadable from the school's website) to

Only applications submitted using the school's job application form will be considered.