Association of British Orchestras


Royal College of Music £40,879 - £46,758 per annum, pro rata. Closing date 28 April 2021
Founded in 1882, the Royal College of Music (RCM) is a world-leading music conservatoire with a prestigious history and contemporary outlook. Our 800 undergraduate and postgraduate students come from over 60 countries and are taught in a dynamic environment, leaving the RCM to become the outstanding performers, conductors and composers of the future. The RCM was named top institution for Performing Arts in the UK for sixth consecutive year in the 2021 QS World University Rankings.

Based within RCM’s Student Services the postholder will be one of a team of three Counsellors providing a counselling service for students, working within the boundaries and code of ethics compatible with the British Association of Counsellors, UK Council for Psychotherapy, National Counselling Society or equivalent professional body. The postholder will provide support to vulnerable students and those who may be at risk of withdrawing from study; contribute to providing drop–in appointments and psycho-educational workshops; carry out intake assessments for new students presenting to the counselling service; and, as appropriate, make medical, psychological and psychiatric referrals to the Imperial College Health Centre and other agencies.

Applicants should have a recognised postgraduate counselling qualification and significant post-qualification experience. Ideally, the successful candidate will work within a person-centered or integrative modality, as well as having experience of working with students and empathy for the needs of student performers.
Subject to working conditions affected by the pandemic, it is expected that provision will be delivered remotely initially, but face to face sessions will be offered when normal working patterns resume.

In addition to the Counselling Service, Student Services is available to all RCM students and the team offer informal advice, useful information resources, welfare advice, support for disabled students, and accommodation services. The Student Services team are happy to talk to students about any matter that is affecting their studies or personal life. They offer drop-in and appointment services, both of which are fully confidential.

We are particularly interested to receive applications from Counsellors from Black, Asian and Ethnically Diverse backgrounds as these groups are underrepresented in this area.

This post is offered on a permanent, part time basis for 1 day / 7 hours per week, Monday to Friday, in term time only (36 weeks of the year) and is available immediately.

The appointment will be subject to satisfactory Disclosure & Barring Services clearance at the Enhanced level (adult workforce).

For full details of this position please read the Applicant Information Pack, available to download from the RCM website.

To apply, please complete our 1) Application form and 2) Equal Opportunities form (available to download from the RCM website) and submit in Word or PDF format by email to the below address.

CVs without an application form will not be accepted. Please ensure that you include the Job Reference Number when submitting your application.

The RCM is committed to being an equal opportunities employer and to promoting a diverse and inclusive environment for all our staff, students and visitors.

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Annual Conference

The next ABO conference will take place in Glasgow from 9 – 11 February 2022.