Bella Bella Community School

Elementary Counsellor

Job Title:

Elementary Counsellor

Reports To:


Direct Reports:

Student Services Coordinator


As a key member of the school’s Student Services Team, the elementary school counsellor provides support services to elementary students experiencing behavioural, emotional, and social difficulties. The counsellor assesses and creates individual plans to strengthen self-esteem and to support successful relationships in the classroom and community. The elementary counsellor supports the implementation of school priorities and collaborates with the school board and the FNSA to ensure the educational and social emotional wellbeing of our students.

Required Education, Experience, Certifications and Licences:

Master’s degree, recognized by the BC Teachers Regulatory Branch, in counselling psychology or a related discipline with a focus on behaviour intervention and counselling.

Satisfactory Criminal Record Check.

Certification in clinical counselling, art therapy, expressive therapy, and/or play therapy is an asset.

BCTRB Membership is an asset.

Knowledge of the BC Ministry of Education current philosophy, teaching practices, and evaluation/assessment/reporting procedures.

Experience with the IEP process and data collection for individual student goals.

Knowledge and understanding of the counselling role.

Experience working with behaviour intervention in children and adolescents.

Knowledge and experience in administration of suicide risk assessments and crisis intervention.

Experience working in a First Nations setting, and an understanding and appreciation of First Nations culture and history is preferred.

Duties and Responsibilities:

Commitment to working collaboratively in a team setting with students, staff, administration, parents, and community partners to provide the best possible services for students’ needs.

Provision of effective student, family, and group counselling services.

Collaboration with development and monitoring of Individual Education Plans.

Provision and facilitation of presentations on topics such as personal safety and conflict resolution.

Instruction in social skills programs to students with a wide range of abilities.

Response to critical incidents at the school.

Completion of other duties within the same scope and job level, as assigned.

Required Skills and Abilities:

Excellent organizational and time management skills.

Sensitivity and empathy.

Creativity, flexibility, and reliability.

Demonstrated ability to listen well and communicate effectively both orally and in writing with discretion, tact, courtesy, and professionalism.

Ability to build strong relationships with students, staff, parents, and the community.

Ability to work effectively as part of a team and get along well with others.

Ability to work independently with demonstrated initiative.

Proficiency with Microsoft Office (Word, Excel, Power Point, etc.)

"Our mission is to develop in a just, caring, and respectful environment, students who are independent and life-long learners, incorporating our community traditions and culture with the acquisition of skills needed to succeed in both the traditional and modern worlds".

Other Requirements:

All employees must comply with all Personnel Policies outlined within the Bella Bella Community School Board Policies.

Adherence to the Code of Ethics and Governing Values of the Bella Bella Community School Board.

We offer:

* Competitive salary and benefits package

* Subsidized furnished accommodation

* Relocation allowance

* Signing bonus

* Two round trip airfares to Vancouver per school year

* Bonus sick day package

The Application Process

Please email your cover letter, resume, copy of current BC College of Teacher's certificate, a copy of official transcripts indicating degree(s) earned, recent criminal record (venerable sector) and three supervisory references to:

For further information regarding this opportunity please contact Brenda Humchitt : 250 957 7078 Applications will be received until the position is filled.

Thank you to all that apply, only those applicants short-listed for an interview will be contacted.

Job Category:
Teachers, Principals & Superintendents
Posting Date:
1/21/2023 7:00:00 PM
Bella Bella, British Columbia