Overview and Desired Qualities
The University Counsellor is part of the University Counselling Team and will report to the Vice Principal. The University Counsellor, as part of the University Counselling Team, is responsible for all aspects of higher education applications by students in the IBDP and for programmes to support university planning by all students in the secondary school.
The University Counsellor will have excellent interpersonal skills and will be able to relate to the students, parents and staff in an informative, empathetic and effective manner. The University Counsellor will be knowledgeable of the diverse needs of the students and will advise students on how to find their best fit college. The ideal candidate has experience counselling students on global HE opportunities, excellent writing, speaking, listening, and organizational skills; passion for working with teenagers and their families; awareness of modern career development; and an eagerness to work collaboratively and proactively. We especially welcome applicants with knowledge of U.S. universities and with school teaching experience.
University Counselling (UC) Programme
The Education and Career Guidance (ECG) and University Counselling (UC) Programme at SISHK aims to build knowledge, nurture skills and develop the mind-set for lifelong learning in our students, and to prepare them for challenges in an ever-changing world. At SISHK, university counselling goes beyond ensuring that students receive offers from higher
education institutions. We aim to:
- Build Knowledge – building awareness and understanding of career options, higher education pathways and individual universities to ensure students can make fully informed decisions about their futures
- Nurture Skills – empowering students by developing a range of attributes such as self-awareness, independence, ownership, decision-making, and effective written and verbal communication
- Develop Mindset – promoting the belief that students have the ability to positively impact their future through active engagement, short and long-term planning, and a combination of aspirational, balanced and realistic thinking
Roles and Responsibilities
The University Counsellor, as part of the University Counselling Team, is responsible for all aspects of higher education applications by students in the IBDP and for programmes to support university planning by all students in the secondary school. The counsellor should be able to
- Possess a good understanding of the university admission processes and the higher education (HE) landscape for multiple countries, especially the US and the UK, standardised testing, and information technology systems and data that support HE guidance
- Increase the profile of North American (US and Canada) counselling guidance efforts beyond the top 50 universities to include other lesser known universities that are good for the students when assessing fit
- Provide guidance for students on preparing a curriculum vitae, portfolio, writing a personal statement/application essays, and preparing for an interview
- Advise and guide students through the applications process
- Compile information and create materials (e.g. website, flyers, emails, circulars, student handbooks, social media posts) to inform parents and students about talks, programmes and HE fairs held internally and externally.
- Organise the school’s annual HE Fair
- Organise HE information sessions/seminars about the university applications process and university life
- Liaise with HE institutions regarding submission of required documents, as required
- Write references to support applications, as required
- Provide guidance and support for teachers in writing references
- Update the High School Academic Profile
- Develop and update university resources
- Design and run workshops for Grades 7 to 12 students as per the UC curriculum
- Organize Career Day and career- and subject-specific sessions
- Provide guidance to Grade 8 and Grade 10 students on IGCSE and IB course selection.
- Meet with families regarding course selection, university and career planning
- Conduct UC seminars for parents.
- Organize the annual Mock Interview Day
- Organize SISHK Internship Program and prepare students for the internship program
- Attend conferences and promote SISHK to the HE community.
- Coordinate the SAT administration.
- Support students on and after IB results day
Competitive remuneration and benefits will be offered to the suitable candidate.
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