Careers Counsellor, The Netherlands

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The International School of the HagueThe Netherlands

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Start date: preferred 01 August 2019 or soon thereafter
Contract type: Part Time
Salary: The salary scale is in accordance with the Dutch CLA/Salaris conform de CAO voorwaarden.
Contract term: Permanent

At ISH we inspire personal excellence by encouraging our students to be curious, connected and compassionate.

We use student-led inquiry to develop curiosity in authentic and challenging contexts. Students learn to apply their knowledge and skills to deepen  conceptual, disciplinary and interdisciplinary understanding by making effective connections with other people and their ideas. Our students learn how to become compassionate and proactive global citizens through collaborative projects both in, and beyond, the classroom.

We are seeking to appoint a well-qualified, enthusiastic and dedicated Careers Counsellor, minimum 0.6 FTE (this may be increased depending on candidate’s experience/qualification, and other opportunities within the school)


  • Experience of advising students on university admissions and future career paths
  • An excellent communicator who can work closely with students, parents and university admissions officers in oral and written form 
  • An excellent team player as part of the Careers Team
  • Highly organised approach to ensure ability to work across a range of different university systems with a range of different stakeholders
  • Fluency in English in written and oral communication
  • EU citizen or have a valid permit to work in The Netherlands


  • Up to date knowledge of range of university admissions procedures from different countries
  • Experience with applications to Dutch universities/ Higher Education
  • Teaching qualifications and experience - the successful candidate will run workshops for our students
  • Experience in international schools and working with different cultures
  • Confident with IT skills and willingness to learn and work with current school systems
  • Knowledge of International Baccalaureate Middle Years Programme/ Diploma Programme/ Careers Related Programme

The Careers Counsellor's tasks include: 

  • Being responsible for assisting students in the application process for Universities, Universities of applied sciences and other institutes of tertiary education in the World;
  • Working as part of the Careers Team responsible to the Careers Coordinator;
  • Collaborating with the pastoral team at the ISH as well as working with students, parents/guardians and representatives from relevant educational institutions;
  • Maintaining accurate records to support and track the process of university applications; 
  • Providing relevant workshops/ presentations for students, staff and parents and work collaboratively with the mentor programme coordinators to develop relevant aspects of the mentor programme;
  • Supporting the Careers Coordinator with the development of the careers provision at ISH.

The International School of The Hague is a highly successful, innovative and energetic semi-public school located in a state-of-the-art building in an area of natural beauty on the edge of the city of The Hague,  near Kijkduin . The school falls under the Stichting Het Rijnlands Lyceum  (Rijnlands Lyceum Foundation).

The entire school currently has 2000 students and hosts over 100 nationalities with teachers from around the world. The school is divided into Primary and Secondary with a Principal for each section.

Application Process

All applicants must either be EU citizens or have a valid permit to work in The Netherlands. For any further information, please visit the Government website

Applicants are required to complete an online profile, provide a supporting statement, and upload a CV. Applicants must provide details of three referees, of which one must be their most recent supervisor. If shortlisted, we will contact referees prior to interview. For teachers, we require one from the head of school or deputy head. Once shortlisted, interviews will be conducted by Skype or in person, depending on the nature of the position and the applicant's location.

If you have not heard from us within 4 weeks after the deadline mentioned in the job vacancy, then please assume that, on this occasion, your application has been unsuccessful.

The International School of the Hague is committed to safeguarding and promoting the welfare of all the students in our care and expects all applicants to share this commitment. We follow safe recruitment practices which are aligned to the recommendations of the International Task Force on Child Protection. We hold ourselves to a high standard of effective recruiting practices with specific attention to child protection. All appointments are subject to an interview, identity checks, criminal record checks, and successful references.

Working Hours

A minimum of a part time 0.6FTE. There is a possibility that this may be increased, depending on the successful candidate’s experience/qualifications and other opportunities within the school.

What we offer

An attractive and competitive remuneration package will be offered to the successful candidate, further details can be found on the ISH recruitment Package (see brochure) below.

In line with local regulations, all appointments are for a fixed term of one year, with a view to extending to a permanent contract after successful appraisal. 

In addition, we offer excellent professional development opportunities and a pleasant working environment. As a successful applicant, you will be welcomed by an amicable, sociable and thoroughly international team.

Qualifications for a Teaching vacancy

Please know that in order to work for us, you must be a fully qualified teacher in accordance with the standards required by the Dutch Education Authorities (DUO). Only candidates with full teaching certification and a valid teaching license in their home country will be considered for this role.

Successful candidates require a Bachelor (or Masters for upper Secondary Education roles) plus a Postgraduate Level qualification in Education.  The teaching qualification must be for the subject that you will be teaching, in order to be recognized by DUO.

For applicants from the UK, you will have completed the PGCE and been awarded QTS plus successful completion of the NQT induction year.

Child Safeguarding

Aligned with the recommendations of the International Task Force on Child Protection, we hold ourselves to a high standard of effective recruiting practices with specific attention to child protection.

To this end, the leadership team is required to conduct an oral reference check by directly contacting the current or previous employer. 

Furthermore, those who are appointed at The International School of The Hague are required to obtain a Certificate of Good Conduct (in Dutch: VOG). Your appointment with The Rijnlands Lyceum Foundation takes place on condition that you obtain a VOG. Needless to say, Rijnlands will reimburse all costs in relation thereto.

Note: The International School of The Hague does not permit for this job advert to be shared via any other recruitment site.

Job location

More about The International School of the Hague
Type: Mainstream School
Phase: Secondary with sixth form
Funding status: Independent
Gender: Mixed
Age Range: 11 - 18 years
Address: Secondary Campus, Wijndaelerduin 1, 2554 BX Den Haag, Netherlands.
Telephone: +31 70 328 1450
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