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Shenzhen College of International Education

Shenzhen, China
seeks a

Guidance Counsellor

effective August 2020

Shenzhen College of International Education was founded in 2003 and has grown to become one of the top international schools in China. It is an exciting time for the school as we move to a new campus for 2020-21 to facilitate an expansion from 900 students to 2000 within 3 years; next year we expect that the number will increase to approximately 1350. The new campus, like the current one, is located downtown in Futian district and next to Antuo Shan Metro Station. There will be purpose-built staff accommodations at the site with easy transit directly outside. Our students are generally aged between 13yrs to 18yrs and are extremely academic and independent. This position is ideally suited to a person with experience counselling students in an international setting. An understanding of and ability to work with multiple departments across the college is essential.

  • Line Manager: Pastoral Deputy Principal
  • Level of Responsibility: Main Scale

Specific Responsibilities

The principal purpose of this position is to provide a high-quality counselling service for the college community following SCIE Safeguarding Principles and International Code of Ethics.

  1. To be responsible for the confidential counselling services to students experiencing a wide range of problems through individual sessions, responding to their personal, social, emotional or educational concerns
  2. To provide support, guidance and advice to parents and staff
  3. To help to establish a safe and inclusive climate in the college, free of intolerance, harassment and bullying
  4. To contribute to the safeguarding and promotion of the welfare and personal care of all students
  5. To deal with and /or report to the Pastoral Management Committee, CPO, PDP incidents that are seen or reported regarding student welfare
  6. To take part in referral meetings, assisting in devising and monitoring appropriate treatment programmes, including therapy, counselling or advice, in collaboration with colleagues
  7. To take responsibility for personal professional development, keeping up to date with research and developments which may lead to improvements in the counselling service provided
  8. To arrange and deliver relevant CPD for staff as and when needs are identified
  9. To maintain appropriate records and ensure that these are kept securely
  10. To act as an agent for positive change within the school community
  11. To liaise, where appropriate and with student consent and in accordance with college policies, with other members of staff
  12. Any other allocated tasks consistent with the principal purpose of the position

It is necessary that the post holder maintain a degree of flexibility in working hours from time to time as required for the position.

SCIE Guidance Counsellors have a responsibility for promoting and safeguarding the welfare of children with whom they come into contact and will adhere to and ensure compliance with College Safeguarding Principles at all times. If, in the course of carrying out their duties, the guidance counsellor becomes aware of any actual or potential risks to the safety or welfare of children in the college, they must report any concerns to the Pastoral Deputy Principal or Principal immediately.

Qualification Requirements for Counsellors

  • A degree in your area of expertise
  • A counselling or other relevant post-graduate qualification
  • 2 years counselling in a school or other relevant experience with adolescents
  • Registered with a relevant institutional authority (preferred)

We encourage our staff to be fully immersed in the culture of the college.

Personal Attributes required for this position

  • Facilitates, promotes and ensures safeguarding and wellbeing for all students
  • Appreciative of the special nature of working with adolescents and their families, staff must be caring, confidential, honest, trustworthy and ethical
  • Assist in maintaining a happy and positive morale amongst staff and students
  • Understand, manage and uphold college governance and policy
  • Use initiative and reason when dealing with students, families and staff attending to all pastoral responsibilities
  • Experience and understanding of psychological issues, and the ability to implement strategies and plans to support wellbeing
  • Contribute positively to the culture of the college

General Information

  • Full Time position
  • The college day is 8:00–16:30 (early finish at 15:00 on Fridays). Counsellors will be afforded a degree of flexibility in their daily timetable, according to the needs of the college. Our school year is August to mid-June with all Chinese holidays (including 1 week for October National Day and 3 weeks for Chinese New Year) plus 2 weeks Christmas holiday.


  • This is according to our published salary scale, plus apartment provided, full international medical cover (self + dependent) and annual flight allowance (self + spouse).
Application Procedure

If you are interested in this position and meet the criteria, apply now via the application link. Please provide a letter of motivation with examples that demonstrate some of the stated personal attributes, along with your CV. The letter of motivation should clearly outline your interest in the position and how you meet the requirements.


If the school receives an outstanding application, the Selection Committee reserves the right to make an appointment before the closing date. The review of files will begin as soon as applications are received so apply without delay.

If you progress to the next stage, you will be invited to continue the application process and will be required to provide the following:

  • Employment history 
  • Education history
  • University degree/s (copies are sufficient)
  • Certificates/licenses confirming qualification in your field/s of expertise (copies are sufficient)
  • A copy of the biographical page of your Passport
  • Criminal background checks from all countries where you have lived or worked as an adult (copies are sufficient)
  • Contact details for three supervisory referees

This information must be complete when you enter the final stages of an application process.

Application Deadline

5 January 2020