Personal Counselor

Position Name: Personal Counselor

Department: Counseling

Supervisor: Dean of Residential Life

Purpose: To provide school-wide support and best-practice mental health counseling at an international residential school. Counseling includes: diagnosis and treatment and/or external referral medical treatment and medications when necessary.

Preferred Academic Qualifications:

  • Clinical psychologist or counseling psychologist, preferably licensed, with a minimum of 5 years of work experience, preferably with adolescents.
  • Proficient in counseling skills and techniques and adopting and implementing appropriate and specific solutions and goals.
  • Knowledge of the personal, developmental, and academic needs and challenges facing adolescents, and all aspects of adolescent emotional and psychological health.
  • Experience in a residential-school setting, or experience working with residential schools (preferred).


  • Along with the Dean of Residential Life, responsible for planning and implementing comprehensive and effective Social and Emotional Learning and Living (SELL) programs at KIS.
  • Responsible for promoting the school’s child protection and welfare policies and serving as the school’s Child Protection Officer.
  • Counsel students on a one-on-one basis for mental-health concerns and personal issues and provide group counseling when appropriate.
  • Meet and consult with administrators, Learning Resource staff and other teachers, students, parents, the school doctor, consulting specialists and residential parents to resolve student and staff issues and concerns.
  • Diagnose and address presenting or underlying concerns (and disorders).
  • Referrals to external mental health care providers for evaluation as required, including recommendations for medical leave.
  • Document and maintain confidential, concise and accurate case files and records of all counseling sessions, including therapy plans for students.
  • Understand and maintain confidentiality in a school setting while communicating effectively and proactively with students, parents/guardians, and staff.
  • Establish and lead programs that address important student issues, including bullying and cyberbullying, substance abuse, socialization, and anger management.
  • Train and supervise Student Peer Counselors.
  • Provide training to KIS staff on topics relating to the position.
  • Support and advise residential parents on handling student concerns and behavior; facilitate residential parent discussions on relationships, discipline, sexuality, and other relevant topics.
  • Respond to student emergencies as necessary (including weekends and after-school and evening hours).
  • Responsible for ensuring that school policies and procedures relating to counseling are followed; help with policy content development.
  • Consult with the administration regarding student discipline issues; handling staff and student issues and concerns; and decision-making for critical cases.

To be considered for the position, please do the following:

  • Download application form (click here)
  • Fill-in the required information
  • Email the completed form along with CV / Resume and letter of interest to: stating the position applied for in the subject line
  • All applications should address the defined selection criteria stated above. Please also include contact details of three referees in your application.

Note: Only short-listed candidates will be contacted.

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