2024 Pathways Coordinator and Careers Counsellor Portside Christian College


We are seeking a Pathways Coordinator & Careers Counsellor (0.5 – 0.6 FTE). The positions are open to either teaching or non-teaching applicants.

This position will be directly responsible to the College Principal through the Deputy Principal (Secondary), Head of Secondary, and Director of Teaching and Learning. The position will be supported by an Administrative Assistant.

Preferred candidates will have prior experience or qualifications in Career Counselling, an understanding of VET and SACE and experience in VET and University enrolment processes. 

At Portside Christian College, we deliver:

  • Teaching and Learning programs developed using the Understanding By Design curriculum framework from a biblical perspective
  • Professional, rewarding, and supportive environment
  • Outstanding opportunities for professional development and career progression

If you are committed to high quality education, enjoy a challenge, and want to work alongside other professionals dedicated to quality outcomes for learners, then please apply.


The successful applicant will:

  • Provide quality counselling to students about potential career pathways, by:
  1. Identifying their interests, strengths, and skill sets
  2. Matching this data with relevant industry areas, university courses, VET courses or apprenticeship opportunities
  3. Providing up-to-date advice about careers, university, TAFE, trade, traineeships, and apprenticeships pathways
  4. Coaching students on developing relevant skills to improve their employment opportunities


  • Deliver and continue to develop the VET program from Years 10-12:
  1. Identifying suitable VET courses
  2. Foster strong working relationships and collaborate with Pathways/VET Coordinators, Businesses, Registered Training Organizations (RTOs) and other VET course providers to provide best learning opportunities and experiences for students
  3. Understand current trends and information in relation to careers and VET by attending appropriate VET Coordinator workshops and expos
  4. Undertake visits to places of training and work placements to ensure they meet safety and legal requirements prior to students attending
  5. Monitor the progress of VET students during their courses and provide advice and/or intervention as required


  • Work collaboratively with the Deputy Principal of Secondary, Head of Secondary, SACE Coordinator and Director of Teaching and Learning to:
  1. Ensure ongoing quality delivery of subject/course counselling for students completing the SACE
  2. Communicate current information about changes in industry and university courses and relevant entry requirements
  3. Guide Year 12 students through the SATAC application process
  4. Support teachers of Stage 1 Exploring Identities and Futures (formerly PLP) and Stages 1 and 2 Workplace Practice subjects. Applying teachers may also be involved in teaching these SACE subjects.
  5. Assist students to identify and secure work placement opportunities and complete relevant documentation related to compulsory Work Experience at Year 10, and/or VET courses in line with Workplace Learning procedures
  6. Ensure potential workplace sites meet appropriate safety and legal requirements prior to students attending
  7. Assist in the implementation and delivery of the WHS induction program before students attend Workplace Learning sites
  8. Organise Career and Industry College events for students and families, by liaising with University, RTOs, Training Providers and Businesses
  9. Oversee support provided by an Administrative Assistant


  •  Market and promote Careers in the College community by:
  1. Communicating up-to-date information to the community
  2. Identifying and continuing to develop links with industry and local business
  3. Completing administrative requirements related to VET and Work Placement processes including data collection and reporting


Required skills and attributes of the successful candidate include:

  • Applying teachers will have South Australian Teacher Registration, or be   eligible to obtain registration
  • Strong interpersonal skills that promote confidence and trust with colleagues, students, families and other professionals
  • Demonstrated experience in coordinating VET and providing career counselling to age students
  • Ability to consult with, work and communicate collaboratively with key internal and external stakeholders
  • Respond promptly to relevant enquiries and provide timely information
  • Demonstrated ability to prioritise tasks and manage time effectively
  • A high level of administrative skill and experience including use of Microsoft Office suite, digital technologies, policy compliance and records management practices
  • Ability to manage the demands of the position including administration and professional responsibilities
  • Actively contribute to the Christian life of the College community


Desired skills and attributes of the successful candidate may include:

  • Qualifications that are relevant to career counselling and education
  • Understanding of the SACE, Apprentice and Traineeship pathways
  • Experience with VET Readiness Orientation (VETRO) enrolment procedures
  • Experience with graphics software, for example Adobe Illustrator to create promotional posters and brochures


Selection Criteria

Pathways Coordinator/Careers Counsellor

  • Demonstrated understanding and implementation of the Workplace Learning Procedures 2020
  • Provide a brief analysis of current and emerging career pathways and their implications in Vocational Education and Training
  • Describe an effective approach to counselling students about subject/course options, particularly from a Christian worldview

Applications are to include the following:

  • Cover letter, maximum 1 page
  • Curriculum Vitae outlining details of qualifications and areas of study, educational history, previous employment and relevant personal information
  • Completion of the Non-Teaching Application Form or Teaching Application Form available on our website at www.portside.sa.edu.au/careers
  • Written response to the above selection criteria, maximum 1500 words

Applications are to be received by 9am Monday 15 January 2024. Interviews may be held prior to this date.


Applications should be addressed to:

Mrs Belinda Elsegood

Human Resources

Portside Christian College

Email: [email protected]




Portside Christian College

Job Salary

Part time