Guidance and University Counsellor (Grade 11/12)
Ridley College St. Catharines, ON

Position Title: Guidance and University Counsellor (Grade 11/12)


Founded in 1889, Ridley College is a co-educational boarding and day school with over 700 students in JK to grade 12 from more than 50 countries worldwide.  The Ridley experience integrates a traditional liberal arts education with individual learning enhanced by the principles of positive psychology, the International Baccalaureate continuum program, a learner-driven culture and campus community, exceptional athletics and dynamic arts programs, and a commitment of service to others.  This unique combination prepares meaningful and flourishing lives by teaching the habits of mind, body, and spirit, and the values needed to lead in a global society. 

Ridley College is located on 90 acres in St. Catharines, Ontario in the heart of the Niagara Peninsula and is comprised of a stunning blend of century-old buildings housing modernized technology.


Ridley offers the prospect of being part of a high-performance team in a nourishing workplace community that encourages collaboration, innovation, inclusivity, and curious minds, and where grit and perseverance are assets.  Joining the team at Ridley means you are committed to life-long learning and development, have integrity, and value being of service in a richly diverse community.  We cultivate the full potential in each of our students by having a caring, committed and world-class team.  Attracting, developing and retaining people who thrive in Ridley’s positive education culture that recognizes and celebrates individual strengths is critical to our success.


The Guidance Counsellor works closely with teachers, Residential Life Staff, and Student Support team to deliver a comprehensive and holistic program to support grade 11 and 12 students, guiding them as they make choices regarding their post-secondary future. Over the course of 2 years, students will be engaged in a personalized process designed to align their strengths and interests with potential career pathways and intentional course selections. The Guidance Counsellor partners with students and families as they journey through grades 11 and 12.


  • Work closely with the Student Support Team, advisors and Residential Life staff on academic, social and emotional issues for Grade 11 and 12 students in order to establish protocols and guidelines for a team approach to supporting students;
  • Develop and deliver course selection information to parents and students;
  • Counsel graduating students and parents on post-secondary admission requirements and the application process;
  • Assist students with the preparation of post-secondary applications and scholarship applications, including program and school selection;
  • Advise and support students and their parents with course selections and changes;
  • Advise and support students and their parents with summer/extracurricular opportunities;
  • Work in conjunction with Admissions and Advancement for special events;
  • Participate in the wider school programme through coaching, residential life, and community service activities;
  • Participate in professional development opportunities related to the job description;


  • Counseling and teaching experience in a secondary school;
  • Understanding of the Ontario Secondary School Diploma;
  • Proficiency and understanding in various University application systems is an asset e.g. UCAS, OUAC, Common App, etc;
  • Understanding the International Baccalaureate Middle Years Program (MYP) and the Diploma Program (DP);
  • Experience working in a diverse, multicultural school setting (in Canada or abroad) is an asset;
  • Experience working in a boarding school environment is an asset;
  • Experience using naviance and other career planning tools;


  • Ontario Certified Teacher with Guidance Specialist or equivalent. OR
  • Master’s degree in school counseling.


Ridley College offers a positive and inclusive workplace community with a competitive compensation package including the Ontario Teacher’s Pension Plan where applicable; innovative, challenging and rewarding opportunities; a learning environment that promotes professional development and personal growth; active community involvement; and, a beautiful campus setting in the heart of Niagara that engages and inspires our employees to flourish. 

As a condition of employment, a satisfactory Vulnerable Persons Screening Report must be provided. While all applicants are thanked for their interest, only those chosen for interviews will be contacted.

Ridley College is committed to fostering an inclusive, accessible and equitable environment where everyone feels respected, valued and supported.  Accommodations are available for applicants with disabilities throughout the recruitment process.  If you are selected to participate in the recruitment process, please inform Human Resources of the nature of any accommodation(s) that you may require in respect of any materials or processes used in order to ensure your equal participation.



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