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Top job! Head of Counselling

  • Part time
  • £33,516 pro-rata
  • Edinburgh
  • Closing 9th October 2023

  • Advertised from 14th September 2023
  • £23,940 - 25 hours per week. Permanent.


We are looking for an experienced and passionate Head of Counselling to lead and develop this highly-regarded Service. Come and be part of the team!

Ps & Gs Counselling Service has been established for 30 years and is a generic service with specific expertise in individual and couples counselling.

It is a small team of four part time employees: Head of Counselling (this vacancy), Counsellor and two part time administrators together with a team of around 20 volunteer counsellors and trainees.

It exists to:

  • provide support for anyone in the congregation, from the wider church, and from the local community. Referrals also come from local GP practices.
  • encourage counsellors in training by offering practice placement opportunities.
  • proactively liaise with other agencies, particularly those with a Christian ethos.
  • raise the profile of the church as a place where people can bring their difficulties and receive a professional service.

The Counselling Service is a member of the Association of Christian Counsellors and adheres to their statement of faith and code of conduct.

Main duties and responsibilities

  • Lead and manage Ps & Gs Counselling Service.
  • Manage Counselling Staff team.
  • Oversee a team of volunteer counsellors.
  • Provide support and guidance to both qualified and student counsellors.
  • Ensure all qualified and student counsellors receive required level of supervision.
  • Offer supervision as appropriate.
  • Hold a personal caseload.
  • Plan a programme of CPD for the team.
  • Take the professional lead in reviewing/updating counselling policies and practices.
  • Lead and supervise the development and implementation of all operational business plans and service improvement.
  • Lead on the recruitment and induction of volunteer trainee and qualified counsellors and volunteer receptionists.
  • Attend staff prayers and other staff meetings each week and establish working relationships with the wider staff team.
  • Report annually to Vestry.
  • You will be responsible for the budgets for the counselling service, under the direction of the Finance Team.
  • Ensure team have regular safeguarding training and all safeguarding guidelines are followed.
  • Follow GDPR guidelines and ensure IT is used responsibly, including safe storage and appropriate retention of client information.
  • Work with Counselling Advisory Group on implementation of its recommendations.

Application notes

The closing date for this post is at 12 noon on Monday 9 October 2023.

Please complete an application form (available at and return to David Shanks;

Interviews will take place on Tuesday 17 October at Ps & Gs Church. This will be a presentation and panel interview, more details will be given if you are invited to interview.

This post carries an Occupational Requirement, in line with the Equality Act 2010, that the successful candidate is a Christian. We can only accept applications at this time from people who have a right to live and work in the UK.