University and Careers Guidance Counsellor. (Ref: SEC003)

Based in Lusaka, Zambia, Lusaka International Community School (LICS) is a co-educational, secular, fee-paying, non-profit school, which provides an internationally recognised education to a culturally diverse, globally-minded student body in a caring and supportive learning environment. LICS holds in high esteem its vision statement which is to “maximise the potential of future world citizens”.

LICS is a leading independent Pre-Primary, Primary, and Secondary School based in the leafy suburb of Roma in Lusaka, Zambia, and is a member of CIS, AISA, and ISAZ.

The school is in an exciting phase of facility and curriculum development and will offer the incumbent an enriching and enjoyable sense of professional fulfillment. For more information about Zambia, please visit, https://www.zambiatourism.com/

We seek to appoint a Specialist University and Careers Guidance Counsellor with effect 1 August 2021.

Requirements:

  • Expertise with the university admissions process; previous success with admission to top US and UK Universities is preferred.
  • Previous school experience in university guidance counseling and/or university admissions
  • Proven familiarity with college and university networks.
  • Working knowledge of university admissions online platforms.
  • Lead Careers Guidance for Years 6-13.
  • Proven track record of Pastoral care within a school setting.
  • Registration with a Teachers’ Accreditation / Registration Body.
  • Be a dynamic, driven person with a desire for educational excellence.
  • Be willing to be part of a successful team at a school with a well-established academic record.
  • This is a non-teaching role and as such carries no regular teaching commitment.

Qualifications and Skills:

  • BEd (QTS), /PGCE or equivalent
  • Good communication skills
  • Excellent organisational and time-management skills
  • Ability to work both independently & collaboratively
  • Ability to plan engaging lessons that challenge all students
  • Excellent communication, writing, and editing skills
  • A genuine passion for and a belief in the potential of every pupil
  • Solution-focused with a can-do attitude and a growth mind-set

Key Responsibilities/Accountabilities

Ensure students secure university and college places by:

  • Developing and maintaining a system for ensuring student applications are correctly timed and tracked.
  • Creating systems that ensure students are aware of and meet deadlines
  • Creating and overseeing systems and processes that ensure that students are well prepared for the completion of applications
  • Ensure that students are prepared for relevant university interviews.
  • Ensure that students complete a high-quality personal statement

References:

  • Develop and maintain a system to ensure timely writing and delivery of teacher references
  • Taking responsibility for developing and ensuring the quality of teacher references; providing the necessary guidance and PD.
  • Writing and checking UCAS and other references before final check by Secondary Principal.

Follow up:

  • To be available on results release day and to give support and advice on results day and days after as needed.
  • To ensure that all students’ transcripts and documentation are sent to the applicant’s universities and that these are true and accurate documentation of the students’ progress within the school
  • To be the main point of contact for applicants during the summer holidays.
  • To maintain contact with students who are applying to schools outside the UCAS/US window and maintain support when they have left.
  • Assisting students who do not achieve the required points to secure places
  • Maintaining records of student destinations and develop a system for keeping track of degree outcomes.
  • Provide the Secondary Principal and SLT with a list of all student offers and conditions for place and produce a document once results are published to include for each student the university accepted and course details.
  • To maintain contact with students
  • Encourage students to return and share their university experiences

Visits, liaison, communication:

  • Attending Zambian and African university fairs when appropriate
  • Maintaining and developing contact with university admissions and liaison officers
  • Maintaining and developing relations with the British Council and various consulate staff responsible for university promotions for their countries
  • Where possible, organising and publicising university mini-fairs for students and parents;
  • Giving talks to parents at options evenings, parent forums, and other school events as required
  • Develop and nurture positive working relationships with HE providers, and potential future employers in order to maximise opportunities for students.
  • Keep abreast of CAIE A-Level curriculum changes and how these impact university admission requirements

Careers:

  • Taking responsibility for the maintenance and development of the Careers relevant sections of the Library
  • Maintaining up to date prospectuses, on-line resources, and books relating to further education and careers
  • Establish and develop a LICS Careers and University Guidance booklet
  • Being available for consultation by students and parents
  • Advising Key Stage Leaders and other staff on career, job, and university entrance trends
  • Develop online resources allowing students to search up to date career information.
  • To encourage guest speakers into school and ensure these are in the school calendar.
  • Develop partnerships with local businesses in order to set up, manage and deliver a work experience program in Lusaka for students in Year 11 (alongside KS Leader)

Relations with Parents and Wider Community:

  • Demonstrate a consistent record of positive parent relationships.
  • Ensure reporting is of an informative and consistently good standard.
  • Meet assessment and reporting deadlines set by the Head of Department, SLT, and the Head of Secondary School.
  • Managing Own Performance and Development
  • Keep up-to-date in their subject(s) and/or specialism(s).
  • Improve teaching through evaluating own practice in relation to students’ progress, school targets, and inspection evidence.

Managing resources

  • Know how to plan and prioritise their own time and activity effectively.

Strategic leadership

  • Act as a role model for pupils and other staff through their personal and professional conduct.
  • Be highly respected and able to motivate others.
  • Support the broad aims of the school and the senior leadership team

Safeguarding

  • Ensure that pupils feel safe and secure within the school environment.
  • Undertake child protection and safeguarding training relevant to the role.

Remuneration

  • Competitive package

Safeguarding Lusaka International Community School is committed to safeguarding and promoting the welfare of our children and young people and expects all staff and volunteers to share this commitment. The successful candidate’s appointment will be subject to full security vetting.

Method of Application

Please visit our website and fill in the online application form and upload a detailed CV with a covering letter along with three referees, one of whom should be your current supervisor. Kindly note that only shortlisted applicants will be contacted.

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