Purpose of this Position:

NCI is seeking a professionally qualified and experienced Psychologist/Psychotherapist to join the Student Counselling and Wellness Service.

This team provides short-term solution focused Counselling and Mental Health supports to the NCI student population. This role is suitable for an experienced mental health professional who has the competence to provide high quality one to one counselling, group-work and additional student-specific supports in a third level educational institution. 

Reporting to:     

Manager, Student Counselling and Wellness Service

Key Relationships:  

  • Director of Learning and Teaching
  • Manager of the Student Counselling and Wellness Service 
  • Learning and Teaching Team
  • Registrar
  • College Support Services and Staff
  • Faculty and Staff
  • Students

Key Responsibilities:  

The successful candidate will be required to work within the Student Counselling and Wellness Service using NCI policies and procedures to fulfil a range of duties and responsibilities including the following:

  • Act as a referral point of contact for student counselling and mental health services
  • Provide individual counselling to students with emotional, psychological, social, personal and/or academic needs; 
  • Manage a full clinical caseload as determined by the Student Counselling Manager; 
  • Provide emergency interventions and drop-in appointments as required; 
  • Liaise and refer students to the college’s support services: academic staff, academic supports, and administrative staff as appropriate; 
  • Liaise and refer students to external services and supports as appropriate; 
  • Maintain accurate clinical records and statistical data, and complete service documentation in a professional manner as required by the Student Counselling Manager; 
  • Attend and participate in team meetings, case discussions, in-service consultation as required; 
  • Engage in regular Supervision deemed appropriate by the Student Counselling Manager 
  • Prepare, develop and implement a number of Psych-Ed Initiatives to support Student Mental Health and Wellness e.g.: self-care, stress management, resilience  
  • Adhere to professional guidelines and code of ethics as outlined by Student Counselling and Wellness Service Manager and own professional association 
  • Perform other relevant and related duties as required by the Service

Candidate Profile: 

The successful candidate will have a proven track record: 

  • A Masters/Doctoral Level Qualification in Counselling Psychology or Psychotherapy (Level 9) (Please state date of graduation)
  • Be a member of a professional regulating body with a code of ethics (PSI, IACP, IAHIP)
  • A minimum of 3/4 years’ experience post Masters/Doctoral Qualification
  • Experience of working in a Student Counselling/Mental Health Service with young adults 
  • Experience and knowledge of short-term counselling approaches
  • Have own current professional indemnity insurance cover; 
  • Have own current clinical supervision arrangements
  • Have experience of working in higher education or third level Universities or Colleges

Other Attributes: 

  • Ability to work effectively with diverse internal and external groups
  • Excellent interpersonal, communication and organisational skills
  • Ability to maintain student confidentiality, professional and ethical standards
  • Excellent time management and IT skills; Outlook, Microsoft Teams, Excel, Titanium
  • Ability to work under pressure and respond to multiple demands

Contract: 4 days per week (Fixed term contract)

Hours: 10 – 6pm / 11 – 7pm

Salary: €50,000 - €60,000 (pro rata) 

Pension: Defined Contribution Scheme

Annual Leave: 24 Days AL pro-rated

Application Process: 

To apply, please e-mail your cover letter and CV in PDF format only, quoting reference number: NCI 0913 to: recruitment-cdolan@ncirl.ie by 5pm, 28th April 2021.

The Importance of Confidentiality

We would like to assure you that protecting confidentiality is our number one priority. You can expect that all enquires, applications and all aspects of the proceedings are treated as strictly confidential and are not disclosed to anyone, outside those directly involved in that aspect of the process.

Candidates' Obligations

In submitting a completed Curriculum Vitae and supporting documentation, candidates are declaring:

  • That all the particulars furnished in their application are true and correct without omission and that they are aware of the qualifications and particulars for this position.
  • That to the best of their knowledge that there is nothing in relation to their conduct, character or personal background of any nature that would adversely affect the position of trust in which they would be placed by virtue of this appointment.
  • Their irrevocable consent to NCI making such enquiries as deemed necessary in respect of their suitability for the post in respect of which their application is made.
  • Their acceptance and confirmation of the entitlement of NCI, as appropriate to, reject their application, or to terminate their employment (in the event of a contract of employment having been entered into on foot of this competition) if they have omitted to furnish NCI with any information relevant to their application or their continued employment or where they have made any false statement or misrepresentation relevant to this application or their continuing employment with the College.

Candidates should note that they may be required to submit documentary evidence in support of any particulars given by them in their application for the post.

Data Protection Acts 1988 to 2018 and the Freedom of Information Acts 1997 to 2014 as amended 

Data collected for the purposes of recruitment activities

NCI conducts recruitment processes to fill vacancies within the college. When applying for these competitions applicants are asked to submit a range of documents, e.g., a completed application form, CV and/or a personal statement or cover letter. For the purposes of recruitment activities, we will not collect any personal data that we do not need to assess your candidature for a role with us.

Legal Basis for Processing

NCI ’s legal basis for the processing of this data is a combination of individual consent, contractual necessity and legal obligations.

Withdrawal of Consent

Applicants can withdraw their consent for the processing of their personal data at any time by notifying the College. It is important to note that withdrawal of consent prior to the completion of the process will be considered as a withdrawal of the application.

What we do with your data

People who are directly employed by NCI and are based in Ireland process all the personal data collected for both recruitment and HR purposes.


HR draft up the shortlisting documents and provide the initial screening to determine if a person meets the essential criteria of the competition. A shortlisting panel is generally made up of two senior grade staff members from the relevant department for which the role is being recruited.

Sharing of your data

Where you have been successfully shortlisted for a post, each interview panel member will be furnished with a copy of the relevant information of those who will be attending interview in order that they can review applications in advance of the interview process. All such information will be returned to NCI and shredded following the competition process. Some of the interview panel will be external interviewers, who are not employees of NCI but are engaged for the purpose and are strictly subject to the rules and policies of the College. 


Applicants can request and receive access to their data at any time and can request and receive a copy of this data, in electronic/transferable format.


Applicants can request the data held be erased. In this case, the application for a position is considered withdrawn. **


Applicants can have any incorrect information corrected.

Objection / Withdraw

Applications can object to this information being processed and/or can request to withdraw from the application process


Applicants can make a complaint to our internal Information Governance and Data Protection Officer

NCI Information Governance and Data Protection Officer

National College of Ireland, Mayor Street, IFSC, Dublin 1

Tel (Direct): + 353 1 4498 523 ; Tel (Reception): + 353 1 4498 500

And/or make a complaint to the relevant authority

Data Protection Commission, 21 Fitzwilliam Square South, Dublin 2, D02 RD28

Tel: +353 (0) 761 104 800

National College of Ireland is an equal opportunities employer and is a Member of the Athena SWAN Charter. NCI is committed to serving our diverse community and welcomes applications from underrepresented groups.