Ubuntu School Social Worker Coach in South Africa


Candidates must have experience working in primary/elementary school setting as a school counselor or school social worker.

The Ubuntu School requires all employees to be fully vaccinated against COVID-19 as a condition of employment. Accordingly, successful candidates must be fully vaccinated against COVID-19 and submit proof of vaccination prior to commencement of employment.

Location: Gqeberha, South Africa
Full-Time Staff Member (Contracted)
Salary Range:
Market related and commensurate with qualifications and experience

Who We Are: Ubuntu Pathways

Ubuntu provides world-class health and educational support to orphaned and vulnerable children living in the townships of Gqeberha (formerly Port Elizabeth), South Africa. Nuancing traditional development models, we have redefined the theory of “going to scale;” instead of expanding geographically, we focus on the depth rather than breadth of our impact within a community of 400,000 people. Ubuntu's programs form an integrated system of health, educational, and social services, ensuring that disadvantaged children succeed in the world of higher education and employment.

Ubuntu School Overview

The Ubuntu School offers students an exceptional education and a transformational pathway out of poverty. Our team instills confidence, creative expression, character growth, and social skills through a flexible, evolving, and child-driven learning model. Through a nurturing environment, high-quality instruction, and world-class wraparound support, we provide everything South Africa's most vulnerable children need to thrive.

Position Overview

The School Social Worker Coach will provide support and coaching to teachers as they work to ensure that each student is able to reach his or her potential. We are looking for an experienced social worker, psychologist or guidance counselor that has run in-school counseling programs for school communities. This person will work collaboratively with school leadership, teachers and parents to help our students achieve their highest academic, emotional and behavioral potential. This person should be culturally competent, promote investigation, curiosity, and play within a safe and supportive setting. This person will help launch the school counseling program and train 2-3 counselors as well as provide training for teaching staff and administrators. This is a one year position based in Gqeberha, South Africa.

Location and Contract

The position is located at the Ubuntu Campus in Gqeberha (formerly Port Elizabeth), South Africa. Depending on the candidate, we will consider a 6-12 month contract with the potential to renew. Applicants not based in Gceberha must be willing to relocate for the duration of their contract.

Key Responsibilities Include:

  • Builds a positive, supportive school culture among students, staff, and parents through the coordinating of community circles, staff, school and family events;

  • Collaborates with instructional leadership on developing social emotional programs and curriculum

  • Provide professional development and 1:1 supports around social emotional intelligence, skills, etc.; trains teachers in their role as mandated reports of suspected child abuse and neglect; acts as school liaison with Administration for Children’s Services

  • Provides individual and small group counseling for students referred by staff or self-referred for students whose behavior, school progress, or mental or physical impairment indicates a need for support;

  • Conducts frequent and consistent classroom observations in order to best support students and staff;

  • Proactively coordinates events that support and train families with students identified as at-risk;

  • Coordinates and conducts psycho-educational evaluations, including cognitive and academic achievement testing, and provide high-quality counseling sessions for students with behaviour plans and at-risk scholars;

  • Provides mandated counseling services pursuant to students behaviour plans;

  • Conducts student observations and/or Functional Behavior Analyses for students who have persistent behavioral issues;

  • Collaborates with teacher(s) and other relevant staff in developing behavior plans for identified/referred students;

  • Plays an integral role in supporting the instructional team in the Response to Intervention (RtI) process;

  • Collaborates with the leadership team in overall parent communication in regards to all students, not limited to: at-risk students, students receiving counseling services;

  • Maintains case history records and prepares reports;

  • Lead crisis management for students in need of this support; and

  • Engage in school-based support team to ensure student progress through the right supports and interventions.


  • Masters in Social Work or School Counseling or relevant experience

  • Appropriate certification

  • A minimum of 2 years of professional experience in primary school education, serving as a counselor or social worker

  • Has implemented Responsive Classroom strategies, restorative practices and social and emotional curriculums

  • Demonstrated ability in holding successful individual and group sessions with students;

  • Experience in social emotional learning curriculum, preferably restorative justice practices; and

  • Alignment to Ubuntu Pathways mission, core beliefs, and educational philosophy;

  • Be a person of high moral character; and

  • Be passionate about learning.

To Apply:

Please submit your cover letter and resume to apply@ubuntupathways.org with the name of the position you are applying for, and your name in the subject. No telephone inquiries or recruiters please. Replies will only be sent to qualified applicants.

Ubuntu offers competitive salaries and a low student-teacher ratio. Compensation will be commensurate with experience.

Ubuntu Pathways practices a diverse and inclusive recruitment process that ensures equal opportunity for all we work with, irrespective of race, sexual orientation, mental or physical ability, age or gender. As an organization, we encourage applications from all backgrounds and will ensure measures are met when required, to allow a fair process throughout.