The Ubuntu School, situated in Zwide – Port Elizabeth, is a primary school with 200 learners from age 2-10 Our school’s philosophy is a relevant hands-on curriculum, along with the commitment to nurture each learner’s social and emotional intelligence. We are seeking a nurturing and supportive School Counsellor to work collaboratively with school leadership, teachers and parents to help our learners achieve their highest academic, emotional and behavioral potential. Our School Counsellor will ensure that they nurture an environment where each learner is served according to their unique needs.
Builds a positive, supportive school culture among learners, staff, and parents through the coordinating of community circles, staff, school and family events;
Collaborates with instructional leadership on developing social emotional programs and curriculum
Provide professional development and 1:1 supports around social emotional intelligence, skills, etc.; trains teachers in their role as mandated reports of suspected child abuse and neglect; acts as school liaison with Child Care Service Organizations
Provides individual and small group counselling for learners referred by staff or self-referred for learners whose behavior, school progress, or mental or physical challenges indicates a need for support;
Conducts frequent and consistent classroom observations in order to best support learners and staff;
Proactively coordinates events that support and train families with learners identified as at-risk;
Coordinates and conducts psycho-educational evaluations, including cognitive and academic achievement testing, and provide high-quality counselling sessions for learners with behaviour plans and at-risk scholars;
Provides mandated counselling services pursuant to learners behaviour plans;
Conducts student observations and/or Functional Behavior Analyses for learners who have persistent behavioral issues;
Collaborates with teacher(s) and other relevant staff in developing behavior plans for identified/referred learners;
Plays an integral role in supporting the instructional team in the Response to Intervention (RtI) process;
Collaborates with the leadership team in overall parent communication in regards to all learners, not limited to: at-risk learners, learners receiving counselling services;
Maintains case history records and prepares reports;
Lead crisis management for learners in need of this support; and
Engage in school-based support team to ensure student progress through the right supports and interventions.
Masters in Social Work or School Counselling or relevant experience
A minimum of 2 years of professional experience in primary school education, serving as a counsellor or social worker
Demonstrated ability in holding successful individual and group sessions with learners;
Experience in social emotional learning curriculum, preferably restorative justice practices;
Alignment to Ubuntu Pathways mission, core beliefs, and educational philosophy;
Be a person of high moral character;
Be passionate about learning.
Speaking fluent English and isiXhosa is a prerequisite for this role.
Salary is market related commensurate with experience.
Application Information & Method
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Qeqe Street, Zwide 4, Ibhayi, Eastern Cape, South Africa