Director of University and College Counselling at Canadian International School of Hong Kong in China/Hong Kong
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Director of University and College Counselling
Canadian International School of Hong Kong (China/Hong Kong)

Nov 24, 21
Jan 2, 22



Canadian International School of Hong Kong

seeks a

Director of University and College Counselling

Effective August 2022

The School

Founded in 1991, CDNIS is an independent international school. It is now widely recognised as one of the world’s most innovative and cutting-edge institutions.

The School’s future-ready programmes promote academic excellence, the development of character, and strong engagement both locally and globally. It is fully committed to the integration of Chinese language and culture with the Ontario curriculum and International Baccalaureate (IB) programmes. It is the only school outside of Canada where students graduate with both the Ontario Secondary School Diploma (OSSD) and the IB Diploma. Postsecondary institutions around the world recognise these two distinct diplomas for their rigorous assessment, and CDNIS students graduate with both.

Along with the focus on academics, CDNIS places a high degree of importance on the development of the whole child, which is supported by an exceptionally rich extra-curricular programme. Students are encouraged to maintain a balance between academics and extracurricular opportunities, preparing them to thrive at the top post-secondary institutions they are admitted to around the world.

CDNIS faculty and staff are recruited from around the world and are part of a highly supportive educational community deeply committed to producing great scholars who are also compassionate, informed and open-minded global citizens.

CDNIS is a school where all students can find their passion, be it in academics, the arts, athletics, community service, leadership, or wherever their passion lies. The School currently has more than 1,800 students united by the joy of learning, excellence in achievement, and shared values. Its student body represents more than 40 nationalities from Early Years 1 (3 years old) through to Grade 12. With all 15 grade levels coexisting on one campus, members of the School community are able to form strong bonds and long-lasting relationships.


The Position

Reporting to the Head of School, as a key member of the senior management team, the Director of University and College Counselling is tasked with leading, enhancing, and transforming college counselling.

The Director of University and College Counselling embraces the mission and values of the School and represents CDNIS locally, regionally and internationally in college admission. The Director will create a robust, innovative and expansive system matched with professional acclaim and student success. The Director will lead and inspire the Guidance Team to work closely and diligently with students and families through the education journey. This includes the college admission process from self-assessment to research to college/university selection, application, and admission.

The Director of University and College Counselling should have excellent network and working relationships with top tier colleges/universities, maintain familiarity with important programs, developments and issues in the admissions and college counselling fields, and stay current with career trends.

Primary Role and Responsibilities

Planning and Development

  • Plan, design and implement a comprehensive college counselling program, complemented by various events and activities to develop each student’s highest potential, thereby enhancing college placements
  • Develop proactive college counselling strategies and programs to facilitate a successful and smooth transition from CDNIS into college/university

Guidance and Assistance

  • Lead the team to guide the students in discovery of themselves and the best and top college/university matches, based on honest, sustainable and expert education and engagement with the community
  • Lead a collaborative team, assisting the faculty in providing proactive and quality support in the application process, particularly with respect to preparing personal statements /essays, writing recommendation letters, highlighting individual’s talents
  • Make strategic changes where necessary to optimize CDNIS students’ opportunities to gain admission to top tier colleges/universities

Partnership and Participation

  • Ensure professional access to top college/university admission officers by investing in regular international dialogues around college admission practices that impact the students and best practices and philosophy of college counselling
  •  Represent CDNIS and its students through active participation in college counselling professional organisations. This includes participation in meetings, workshops, seminars, conferences, and committees, along with building, fostering and maintaining strong relationships with selective college/university admission offices

Reporting and Communications

  • Maintain regular dialogues with top college/universities to ensure the recognition of CDNIS’ quality education system and the students’ competitive edge
  • Communicate regularly and frequently with Head of School, Principals, and Board Committees, students and parents regarding the college/university admission process, including the use of data analytics for regular updates on the admission process, placements, trends and developments

The Candidate

The ideal candidate should posses the following attributes:

  • Strong academic qualifications including a Master's degree and certifications relative to the College Counselling process
  • A minimum of eight years’ experience in college counselling, preferably with an international school, and/or in a college/university’s admission office
  • Current knowledge of and experience in college/university application and admission process
  • Strong leadership experience to manage and motivate the college counselling team and to have a visible presence in the School community, forging relationships with faculty, students, parents, alumni, and the community
  • Excellent network with top tier colleges/universities, including US Ivy League universities
  • Diverse experience in an international context
  • Excellent stakeholders management skills, including ability to connect with families to instill confidence and care
  • Excellent communicator; accessible and approachable


How to Apply

Please include a covering letter, a detailed résumé, the names and contact information of three references and send by email to:

Dr. Jane Camblin, Head of School:

Application deadline: January 2, 2022

CDNIS reserves the right to make an appointment at any time, even before the deadline mentioned if an exceptional candidate is identified early in the process. For this reason, interested candidates are encouraged to apply at the earliest possible time.

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Mission: to inspire excellence, cultivate character, and empower engagement locally and globally

Did You Know…?

Senior Associate Harry Deelman was at various times headmaster of schools in a fascinating foursome of global cities: Buenos Aires, Rome, Dubai, and Bangkok.