Top job! Head of Counselling

  • Part time
  • £36,000 – £37,500 pro-rata
  • Edinburgh
  • Closing 30th April 2024

  • Advertised from 13th March 2024
  • (21-28 hours per week) to be discussed with the successful candidate. Permanent.


We are looking for an experienced and passionate Head of Counselling to lead and develop this highly-regarded Service. You will lead a team, oversee around 15 committed volunteers and ensure we deliver a safe, professional and effective service to a range of clients. The role is an excellent opportunity for the right person.

Full details can be found in the job description below however a summarised list of some of the main responsibilities can be found below.

The Head of Counselling has a key role:

  • Managing and delivering counselling service.
  • Ensuring robust governance of the service.
  • Working with the church leadership team to ensure there is strong interface with other church ministries and that the counselling service is integral part of its vision and strategy

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.
  • With the Support of the Counselling Advisory group, ensure a pattern of review for governance, best practice, guidance and procedures.

Application notes

The closing date for this post is at 12 noon on Tuesday 30 April 2024.

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

Interviews will take place on Wednesday 15 May 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.