Supportive Listener, Derbyshire

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Mount St Mary's CollegeDerbyshire
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Start date: September 2017
Contract type: Part Time
Salary: Competitive, dependent on experience
Contract term: Fixed Term

Fixed Term – September 2017 to July 2018

Term Time – 5 hours per week - worked across 2 days per week between Monday to Friday 

Working at Mount St. Mary’s College in any capacity is a privilege. It is a special community with a proud history and a bright future, where staff and pupils work hard to achieve success and rewards. Nestled in beautiful and spacious private grounds in the North East Derbyshire village of Spinkhill, Mount St Mary’s College is an independent day and boarding school for boys and girls. The College staff are a community who are genuine in their commitment to the needs of the students and the School as a whole. 

Reporting to the Deputy Head (Pastoral) the role of the Supportive Listener is to provide a professional and effective counselling and assessment service to pupils at Mount St Mary’s College, in line with the Ethical Framework for the Counselling Professions, recommended by the British Association for Counsellors and Psychotherapists (BACP). Alongside facilitating sessions with pupils this will include liaising with school staff to ensure an effective referral service, accurate record keeping whilst ensuring confidentiality and data protection are maintained at all times and promotion of the service through various methods throughout the school.

The successful candidate will possess a qualification at diploma level or equivalent, recognised by the British Association of Counsellors and Psychotherapists (BACP). Previous experience of providing a counselling service to young people is essential including excellent communications skills, particularly on a one to one basis. A non-judgemental outlook is a must in this role alongside an understanding of the learning environment and the key issues faced by young people. The ability to be self-managing and to prioritise workload effectively is also a key requirement.

We are keen to hear from candidates with proven experience in a similar role, preferably in an educational environment. The position is offered on a fixed term basis to cover the maternity leave of our current Supportive Listener.

This is a great opportunity for the right individual to be part of a vibrant co-educational day and boarding school in the Jesuit tradition, catering for the needs of children aged 11-18 from all denominations in a truly ecumenical and happy environment.

The School values diversity and strives to promote equality at all levels, including its employees, students and customers. Applications are welcome from all sections of the Community.

Mount St Mary’s College is committed to safeguarding and promoting the welfare of children and young people, and expect all staff and volunteers to share this commitment. Offers of employment will be subject to an enhanced disclosure and barring service (DBS) check.

For further details of our school and to download an application form please visit our website CVs will not be accepted. Completed applications to be returned by noon on Thursday 24th August 2017 to

Please note if you do not hear within 4 weeks of the closing date, you can assume you have been unsuccessful.

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