Wellbeing Counsellor

Job description

UWC Dilijan College is looking for an experienced and committed candidate to fill in the position of Wellbeing Counsellor to join in March 2023 or August 2023. 

As part of our commitment to the wellbeing of our students, this role is key to continue to build a pro-active structure giving our students the tools and skills they need to manage their mental health. We want to continue to build positive strategies to develop resilient and strong young people rather than just responding to those in need.

UWC Dilijan – one of the 18 United World Colleges – is an intentionally diverse international boarding school in Armenia. It first opened its doors in August 2014 and now has more around 220 students (16 to 18 years old) from 80 countries, studying for the International Baccalaureate (IB) Diploma. 

We believe that education is “a force to unite people, nations and cultures for peace and a sustainable future” (UWC Mission Statement). We are a caring learning community that aims to support the intellectual, moral, emotional, social, spiritual and physical development of our members following the UWC educational principles and values

UWC Dilijan is also part of a wider network of organizations that work to transform Armenia, such as the IDeA Foundation, the Aurora Prize for Awakening Humanity,the Foundation for Armenian Science and Technology

Educators at UWC Dilijan have a wide and varied role: beyond the classroom, they also take part in our outdoor education program, CAS program, act as mentors and participate in our residential life programme. There are ample opportunities to get involved in the UWCD community in Dilijan and beyond. We encourage you to browse our website and social media feeds to learn more about us.

Main responsibilities

  • Work with the Deputy Head and Head of Residential Life to further develop and deliver our Learning Programme aiming at building resilience, supporting students through their time at UWCD and preparing them for the next steps in their lives.
  • Work with, support and train UWCD staff on issues to do with teenage mental and emotional health, and any particular issues with students in our care at any particular time.
  • Counsel staff and other responsible adults to assist them in understanding, dealing with and/or supporting students.
  • Support and train a small group of students as Peer Listeners and and run regular training once a week as a part of the CAS programme.
  • Offer confidential individual counselling for students.  Guide students in the development of skills or strategies for dealing with their problems.
  • Offer small groups (for example students sharing a room) mediation help as needed.
  • Liaise with our residential and medical staff and families to ensure holistic support.
  • Refer students to and liaise with external psychological and psychiatric services as necessary.
  • Maintain confidential records.
  • Liaise with the Admissions team about vetting and interviewing prospective and admitted candidates for enrolment.
  • Maintain knowledge of developments in counselling by reading professional literature, attending courses and seminars etc.
  • Maintain professional and transparent relationships with all stakeholders.
  • Report any safeguarding issues directly to the Designated Safeguarding Lead and complete all required safeguarding training as assigned by the college.
  • Be involved in UWC-wide initiatives and an active member of the relevant UWC groups.

Personal and professional specifications

The list below is offered as an indication of our expectations. We are aware that we all follow our own personal paths and have our own strengths and weaknesses. Please do contact us at careers@uwcdilijan.am if you have any questions about these:

  • Proven successful experience of working with children and adolescents (other relevant experience outside schools will also be considered). 
  • Previous safeguarding training would be an advantage, otherwise appointed candidates will be expected to undergo initial training before joining UWCD and further training while with us. 
  • Proven experience as a Wellbeing Counsellor in a diverse educational setting.
  • Undergraduate studies in the relevant field; postgraduate studies in education, counseling, or similar areas would be an advantage. 
  • Understanding of and/or readiness to join a residential school. 
  • Open-mindedness and ability to work in an international, intercultural environment.
  • Registration with associations such as the BACP or equivalent.
  • Full professional proficiency in English. Proficiency in other languages as well as intercultural experience is desirable. 
  • Previous involvement or being familiar with either/+both the International Baccalaureate and the Council of International Schools would be an advantage.


  • An opportunity to work with a truly diverse community, academically and socially motivated and talented students. 
  • A two-year contract renewable by mutual consent. 
  • A competitive salary fixed in USD and paid in Armenian Dram. 
  • Rent-free accommodation on or off-campus including utility bills and free meals in our canteen (also for dependents). 
  • An annual travel allowance and relocation allowance at the beginning and end of contract. 
  • Usage of the school’s excellent facilities, including an indoor swimming-pool, gym, theatre, workshop and art studios. 
  • Professional development opportunities. 
  • Private medical and travel insurance. 
  • Armenia has much to offer whether you are interested in nature, history, culture... Located in the Caucasus, the region is developing and there are myriad opportunities to explore it. Learn more about Armenia and UWC Dilijan.

Application Procedure

Being an intentionally diverse community, we welcome applications from qualified candidates from all cultural and educational backgrounds. If interested in different positions, you are encouraged to make joint applications. All applications have to be submitted electronically via careers@uwcdilijan.am before midnight on February 6th (UTC +4). Please specify the title of job in the subject line. 
UWC Dilijan is committed to safeguarding our students and visitors. An application for a position implies explicit consent to undergo thorough background checks and screening. Successful candidates will be subject to background checks, including reference requests from previous employees as well as a security check.