Secondary Counselling (Social Emotional) Head of Department - Shanghai, China - August 2022

School - Far East / East Asia
Bilingual, IB- Diploma, Other, United Kingdom
Secondary/ Middle(12-15), Secondary/High(16-18)
Start Date:
01 August 2022
Initial Contract Length:
2 year, renewable
Curriculum Experience Required:
Yes - not flexible
This school in Shanghai is looking for a well-qualified, caring and experienced social and emotional counsellor to lead the department. There are currently two full-time emotional and social counsellors who work alongside four college counsellors and wider pastoral team to provide expert support for students and staff. There is a well-designed and attractive set of offices for the counsellors to use.
The counsellors offer both individual and group counselling sessions and provide regular training for staff. Candidates need to have a recognized qualification in counselling with experience of working with teenagers preferably but not essentially within a school setting.

The Head of Social and Emotional Counselling would oversee the work of the other counsellor and be expected to offer counselling support to students in this thriving coeducational boarding school.
The ideal candidate would also be willing to become involved in the wider life of the school including in the very full co-curricular programme of over 100 different activities which are offered each week.

Applicants must have a Bachelor’s degree in a related field (advanced degree(s) preferred), evidence of on-going counselling experience and regular supervision, expertise in and a passion for adolescent mental health and well-being and a genuine interest in working with teenagers, the ability and desire to work collaboratively with other pastoral staff whilst retaining professional confidentiality, excellent communication skills, the ability to take the initiative and the flexibility to deal with change, and enthusiasm, energy, empathy and resilience. They should also ideally have experience of working in an International School or a multi‐cultural setting and experience with second language learners. Bi‐lingual ability (English and Mandarin Chinese) would be an advantage.

With over 1500 students from both within China and overseas, the School offers a unique Year 1-12 educational programme that integrates elements of Shanghai and international curricula, culminating with the IGCSE and IB Diploma Programme, complemented by core components from the Shanghai curriculum. The school brings together the best elements of Eastern and Western cultures and is known for it's Chinese language and cultural programmes and co-Teacher/co-Principal team teaching structure.

They pay competitive salaries and benefits that include airfare allowance, housing allowance and medical insurance.

With a lively expat community and bars, restaurants, night-life, shopping and culture to rival any large cosmopolitan city, Shanghai truly does offer something for everyone!

Please speak with your Edvectus consultant today about this amazing opportunity.

For more information on China, please see
Number Of Students:
650 (1500 across all campuses)
Student Make Up:
90% Chinese nationals
Regional Info:
Shanghai is an international metropolis that is thriving and growing. Situated on the Yangtze River, it serves as the most influential economic, financial, international trade, cultural, science and technology center in East China. This is a modernised city and its multicultural flair attracts expatriates from far and wide enjoying the blend of cultures, the modern and the traditional , and the western and the eastern. Western customs and Chinese traditions intertwined and formed Shanghai's culture making it an excellent place to live and work.
Tax Rate:
Taxes typically 16-25%
Flights - allowance, Housing - provided, Housing- allowance, Medical or Health insurance, Tuition - allowance
Suited To:
Activity-typical land sporting types, Climate -moderate, Dependent children - Not very suitable, Holiday destination - yes typical, Women - not restrictive
Minimum Years Experience:
Curriculum Experience Required:
Yes - not flexible
Will Accept Newly Qualified Teachers:
Visa Restriction:
2 years post qualification teaching exp requd, Younger than 60
Login to Apply