Educational Psychologist


Educational Psychologist

Nova Pioneer is looking for an Educational Psychologist to provide social wellness, psychological, and learning support to students across our Nova Pioneer South Africa schools. The School Psychologist will help to implement a comprehensive school psychology program in collaboration with teachers and Deans that addresses the academic and personal development needs of our students.


Nova Pioneer is looking for an Educational Psychologist to start in January 2023! As the Educational Psychologist, you will have the opportunity to help craft a vision and strategy for student wellness and academic counselling development in our schools. You will be required to travel to the different campuses in the Nova Pioneer South Africa network, however, your primary base will be at our Ormonde Campus.

Your key responsibilities will be to:

Counseling Services:

  • Provide short to medium-term individual therapeutic interventions to students from Grade R to 13 (caseload to be shared with 2 intern Psychologists)
  • Provide parent consultations, including intake and feedback sessions, to parents in the primary school who are referred to you
  • Keep accurate clinical records of all interventions provided to students
  • Be available to consult with teachers in classroom-based support of students who are been referred to you
  • Provide psychosocial support in times of crisis (students, family or school)
  • Provide preventative and health promoting and emotional learning opportunities to groups of students

Team Management:

  • Manage all members of the Nova Pioneer South African psychosocial team, including coaching, mentorship, and performance reviews
  • Provide weekly 1:1 clinical supervision to 3 HPCSA-registered intern psychologists
  • Manage the hiring process for new psychosocial team members when the need arises
  • Manage the hiring process for intern psychologists on an annual basis
  • Provide regular opportunities for professional development of psychosocial team members, as well as opportunities for team and connection across campuses
  • Manage the psychosocial team budget, ensuring adequate assessment and play therapy equipment and clinical recording keeping stationery
  • Participate in professional development activities to improve knowledge and skills as team leader and professional

Organisational Leadership:

  • Model, live, and lead the Nova Pioneer Culture
  • Work closely with School Leaders and Deans of Students in identifying and monitoring students in need of psychosocial support
  • Work closely with School Leaders and Deans of Students in promoting whole school wellness and in promoting mental health among teachers and students
  • Provide leadership and collaborate with other educators in the school-wide integration of best practices in counseling and guidance
  • Implement appropriate and prevention-oriented group activities to meet student needs and school goals
  • Plug-into the life skills program as guided by the Director of Schools, Heads of Schools, and Deans
  • Assist teachers, parents/guardians, and other stakeholders in interpreting and understanding student wellness data
  • Provide workshops to teachers on topics of student wellness
  • Adhere to laws, policies, procedures, and ethical standards of the school counseling profession
  • Conduct a yearly audit to review the counseling needs and trends in the school, and the extent to which the program in the school is effective in its implementation, based on the data collected and analyzed
  • Prepare the results of such analysis in a manner that makes it possible to share the information with different stakeholders: pupils, teachers, network, parents, and guardians


  • You are an HPCSA-registered educational, counseling, or clinical psychologist
  • You are passionate about students’ welfare and want to help them tackle life’s different challenges
  • You have 4+ years of experience in school-based counseling
  • You ideally have a Bachelor of Education Degree with a Master’s in Educational Psychology
  • You have experience in school counseling children and young adults
  • You are deeply care about the welfare of young people and are able to demonstrate empathy and understanding of their challenges inside and outside of the classroom
  • You are adept at communicating with parents and aneffort to support them and their children
  • You are results-driven, goal-orientated, and student-focused and take ownership of your work


Does working at Nova Pioneer excite you? If so, then apply now!

To apply, please click here. We cannot process applications that are emailed to us.

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All applications will be reviewed and applicants notified of the next steps within a week of this closing date. There are a series of stages in the Nova Pioneer interview process and candidates will be moved forward in the process depending on their success in the previous stage.

The process is as follows:

  • Phone interview: a short conversation to understand your skills and experience a little better.
  • Practical demonstration of what you can do: you will complete a written task or a demonstration related to the role you are applying for.
  • In-person interviews: at this point, you will visit one of our schools to meet the team and participate in a series of in-person interviews.
  • Final interview: you’ll have a final conversation with the hiring manager before decisions are made.

Please Note:

Nova Pioneer may appoint and/or expire the posting of this advertisement at their own discretion.
If you have not been contacted within 30 days of the closing date of this advertisement please consider your application as unsuccessful.
Nova Pioneer, in line with the POPIA (Protection of Personal Information Act) will attempt to ensure the confidentiality of all applicants for this role. All reasonable measurements will be in place to protect personal information but it will be used for recruitment and employment purposes. By submitting your application with Nova Pioneer, you are recognising and accepting this disclaimer.

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Closing Date
Nova Pioneer, Ormonde
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