Counsellor/Guidance Counsellor

Job Description

Holy Spirit College is a Catholic co-educational Years 7-12 college within the Diocese of Rockhampton, with an enrolment in 2023 of nearly 1200 students. At the heart of all that we do, is a commitment to Catholic values and the provision of a high quality education within an environment that is supportive and caring.

With a vibrant working environment, we provide excellent benefits for staff including professional and career development opportunities that build personal and organisational capability. We celebrate diversity in our workforce and value the knowledge and skills that a diverse range of employees bring to the workplace. Our staff are recognised as being central to achieving our mission and we have an emphasis on caring and supporting teachers in both their vocation in working with students and other aspects of their lives.

Catholic Education in the Diocese of Rockhampton invites applications from suitably qualified applicants for the position of College Counsellor, who will provide counselling services to the students at Holy Spirit College, Mackay. 

About the role
The College Counsellor has a focus on fostering the development and mental health of all students.  This is achieved by applying counselling skills and engaging in individual and group interventions. The College Counsellor is a certified professional who works in partnership with the schools by contributing specialised knowledge and skills in a collaborative manner.

In this role you will be working with the counselling team at Holy Spirit College and supported by the Counselling Services Coordinator.

About You
The successful applicant will have relevant experience and an understanding of, and a commitment to, the ethos of Catholic Education. In addition, you will have excellent time management skills, well developed interpersonal skills and a high proficiency of computer skills. Relevant tertiary qualifications at degree level are required.

Mandatory requirements

  • Have a commitment to the ethos and values of Catholic Education
  • Minimum required qualifications are a relevant 4 year undergraduate degree eg: B. Social Work, B. Psychology (Hons), B. Psychological Science (Hons), B. Behavioural Science (Hons), B. Social Science (Psych Hons), B. Science (Psych Hons). Other relevant 3-year degree + Masters SW (professional qualifying).  B Education + Masters Guidance & Counselling.
  • Maintain registration with relevant governing body (e.g., AHPRA, QCT)
  • Have highly developed counselling skills.
  • Hold current blue card registration under the Working with Children (Risk Management and Screening) Act 2000 (WWC Act) and valid Suitability Notice OR hold current registration with the Australian Health Practitioner Regulation Agency (AHPRA)

What we offer

  • Competitive salary of $80,939 - $119,299 (pending qualifications and experience) + up to 12.75% superannuation *
  • Salary packaging options
  • Superannuation options up to maximum of 12.75% 
  • Modern facilities and resources
  • Access to long service leave after 7 years of continuous service (portability of LSL may also be applicable)
  • Deferred Salary Scheme
  • Corporate health insurance
  • Induction, professional development and learning opportunities
  • Access to a free Employee Assistant Program (24 hour counselling service)

How to Apply

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Further information

  • For a confidential conversation please contact Sandy McLellan, Assistant Principal, Holy Spirit College, Mackay on 07 4994 8600
  • For further information regarding the remuneration package, please contact Employee Support Services  
  • Applications during the shortlisting phase will be kept confidential.

Catholic Education is committed to best practice in student protection policies and procedures and is an equal opportunity employer. Aboriginal and/or Torres Strait Islander people are encouraged to apply.