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Career Counsellor

Education, Social Sciences

Saint Mary\'s University

Halifax City, Nova Scotia

Position:                      Career Counsellor (3 Year Contract)

Department:               Career Services, Student Services

Salary:                         $61,346 per annum + 4% in lieu of vacation

Founded in 1802, Saint Mary’s University is one of Canada’s oldest and leading institutions of higher learning and has evolved into a vibrant and engaged community of students, faculty, staff, and alumni from more than 100 countries around the world.  Saint Mary’s University is home to one of Canada’s leading business schools, a science Faculty widely known for its cutting-edge research, a comprehensive and innovative Arts Faculty and a vibrant Faculty of Graduate Studies and Research.

Under the direction and supervision of the Counsellor / Manager of Career Services, Student Services, the Career Counsellor provides individual and group career counselling to prospective, current and graduating students and alumni at the University. In addition the Career Counsellor works closely with, and focuses on students with disabilities and international students. Provides counselling in the areas of career development and employability readiness. Conducts and interprets various career assessments as part of the career counselling process. Responsible for keeping abreast of current literature, advancing counselling skills and tools for career development. The Career Counsellor also promotes Career Services and the Career Development Centre.

Duties as the Career Counsellor include, but are not limited to:

  • Counselling students with career related concerns on an individual basis following a short-term therapy model.
  • Assessing the individual’s personal issues (cognitively, emotionally, linguistically, etc.) which may impact career planning and makes referrals to the Counselling Centre.
  • Counselling students regarding career issues including self-assessment, self-development issues as related to career, major selection as related to career, employment readiness and job search strategies, occupational and labour market issues and individual career concerns.
  • Designing tailored homework/activities and makes available a wide range of educational and occupational information.
  • Ensuring own professional development and research/consultation associated with individual counselling.
  • Administering and interpreting specific career assessments.
  • Conducting career related research.
  • Keeping up to date and maintaining knowledge of career information and resources, labour market trends and career theory.
  • Designing and facilitating career counselling groups for current students, alumni, various departments and for faculty within the campus community, including researching topics and evaluation.
  • Consulting with various groups on campus to design groups and/or workshops that meet the students’ needs/requests. Conducting formal/informal needs assessments as required.
  • Creating promotional material for groups and/or workshops.
  • Maintaining accurate client notes (on a daily basis), updating forms, files and developing handouts/materials for students.
  • Attending weekly staff meetings and monthly peer consults.
  • Participating in yearly departmental planning activities.
  • Completing quarterly and/or yearly reports as required.
  • Supervising volunteers or student staff.
  • Consulting with Counsellors in Counselling Services and the Fred Smithers Centre of Support for Students with Disabilities and other professionals regarding various issues, concerns, and/or referrals.
  • Providing career information and education to Student Services (Fred Smithers Centre of Support for Students with Disabilities, International Centre) and across campus to Faculty, Enrolment Services, Alumni, Athletics and Academic advisors.
  • Attending and representing Students Services team at both on and off campus events, including recruitment.
  • Attending in-house training as requested and/or required.
  • Promoting Career Services and the Career Development Centre.

To be the successful Career Counsellor you will possess a Master’s degree in counselling, psychology or a related discipline and two (2) years of directly related experience and practicum.  You demonstrate current knowledge in the field of counselling gained through study, work and association with others in the field; knowledge of labour market information and career trends; knowledge of career development theory and online technology; and knowledgeable and experienced in group therapy processes.  Your strong assessment skills and experience along with strong oral and written presentation skills will round out your qualifications in this position.

Apply for this opportunity online by visiting and use our online application system through CareerBeacon. Select the position you are interested in and apply by clicking the "Apply Online Now" button. Please include the names of three professional references. No telephone calls please.

The search committee will begin to consider applications on April 9, 2018 and continue until the position is filled.

Saint Mary’s University hires on the basis of merit and is committed to the principles of employment equity.  Saint Mary’s University encourages applications from qualified women, visible minorities, Aboriginal people, and people with disabilities. Preference will be given to Canadian citizens and permanent residents of Canada.

Saint Mary's University thanks all applicants for applying. Only those selected for interviews will be contacted.

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