Career Counselor

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Department: Student and Enrolment Services Division, Student Employment and Career Centre

FTE: 1.0 FTE

Status:  Term, up to April 30, 2014, with the possibility of an extension and/or becoming permanent

Competition No.:  12557-M

Salary Information:  The salary range is $44,873 to $70,115 per annum (Specialist/Professional, Phase 1). .  The starting salary will be commensurate with education and experience.

Primary Purpose: Provide career development support to students and alumni from all backgrounds and disciplines to assist them in exploring, understanding, and achieving their career goals. Develop, implement and evaluate effective career education programming, services and resources. Serve as part of the Student Employment and Career Centre’s (SECC) Career Development Team and work collaboratively across boundaries to achieve defined outreach and student engagement goals. Adhere to the Canadian Standards and Guidelines for Career Development Practitioners.

Nature of Work: The position involves one-on-one and group interaction with students and alumni in varying levels of career exploration and readiness, presenting with a variety of complex issues that require high levels of concentration, focus, sensitivity, and professionalism.  Grounded in a client-centered, solution focused approach, this position requires the ongoing assessment and monitoring of client needs and progress along with the selection and implementation of appropriate interventions, assessments, resources, consultations, and referrals. This position also involves close collaboration with the SECC’s Career Development Team to determine appropriate interventions to meet the career development needs of students and alumni.

Accountabilities:

  • Provide one-on-one intake and follow-up career counselling to students and alumni using short-term, solution-oriented strategies that empower clients to leverage their strengths and experiences to generate, implement, and evaluate solutions and opportunities.
  • Collaborate with clients to develop and implement an appropriate action plan that takes into consideration their individual needs, developmental maturity, life roles, academic progress, attitudes, life experiences, health, and level of commitment.
  • Consult and make/accept referral(s) to/from Student Health and Counselling Services, Disability Services for Students, Academic Advising, University Learning Centre, International Student and Study Abroad Centre, chaplains, and other on campus or community based services.
  • Administer and interpret the Myers-Briggs Type Indicator and Strong Interest Inventory in both individual and group settings, and work with clients to appreciate and integrate career assessment results in the context of their career development.
  • Liaise and build relationships with campus stakeholders including student groups, alumni, faculty, and academic and non-academic units to achieve strategic outreach and engagement goals.
  • Undertake personal and professional development activities to increase ones knowledge of career and employment, and to advance ones career development and counselling skills.
  • Work collaboratively as a part of the SECC Team to innovate and strategize new initiatives, programs, services, and outreach opportunities to advance our goals and mission.
  • Abide by the Canadian Standards and Guidelines for Career Development Practioneers

Qualifications
Education: An undergraduate degree in social work, education, psychology, or a related human services field.  A graduate degree in counselling, education, social work, or a related field would be considered an asset. Qualified and trained to administer the Myers-Briggs Type Indicator and Strong Interest Inventory. Specialized coursework in career development, counselling, and/or solution focused approaches would be considered an asset.

Experience: A minimum of one to three years experience in a career counsellor, educator, or consultant role preferably in a post-secondary setting. Experience administering and interpreting the Myers-Briggs Type Indicator and Strong Interest Inventory in individual and group settings; developing and delivering presentations and workshops for large groups;  and working as part of a collaborative team and consulting with a diverse group of stakeholders to develop and implement innovative programs, services, and engagement strategies. Experience utilizing solution focused strategies in a counselling context would be considered an asset. A combination of education and experience may be acceptable.

Skills:
Knowledgeable about career development theories, models, and practices. Ability to demonstrate core career counselling competencies including: professionalism, a commitment to lifelong learning, a solution-focused orientation, collaborative working relationships, strong verbal and written communication skills, and sound case management and documentation practices. An understanding of psychological / mental health risk factors; comfortable in identifying and acting on client issues that require referral to other support services. Demonstrated ability to research and interpret labour market information with clients to assist them in making career decisions. Knowledgeable of the unique needs of a diverse student body including issues relevant to international students, aboriginal students, graduate students, first year students, students with disabilities, and students with different beliefs and orientations. Ability to work collaboratively as part of multidisciplinary team while demonstrating flexibility and creativity.  Ability to contribute to the Career Development Team’s vision by collaborating to support clear strategic plans, mutually beneficial partnerships, innovative programming, sound implementation plans, and strong assessment strategies. A sound knowledge of University of Saskatchewan programs and student support services is an asset.

This position is in scope of the Administrative and Supervisory Personnel Association.

Please apply no later than November 20, 2012.

Inquiries regarding this position can be directed to John Ault at 966-2788. 

Be sure to apply online as emailed applications will not be accepted.

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The University of Saskatchewan is strongly committed to a diverse and inclusive workplace that empowers all employees to reach their full potential. All members of the university community share a responsibility for developing and maintaining an environment in which differences are valued and inclusiveness is practiced. The university welcomes applications from those who will contribute to the diversity of our community. All qualified candidates are encouraged to apply; however, Canadian citizens and permanent residents will be given priority.

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