The Opportunity

Springhill, NS
Education and Training
Competition Number: 2425-160

Student Services Counsellor Personal and Career (PS5)


Cumberland Campus

Springhill, Nova Scotia

Department of Student Services

Continuing Full time position: Commencing approximately August 12, 2024
Application deadline is 11:59PM, July 16, 2024

Competition No. 2425-160

The salary scale for Professional Support 5 is based on twelve steps that range from $73,256.33 - $100,404.59 ). New Professional Support may receive up to a maximum of seven steps for relevant occupational experience which is $87,945.21 annually

What you'll do


What you will be doing…

This position reports to the Manager, Student Services with functional reporting to the Manager, Counselling and Wellness. It is a role with dual responsibilities: 60% of your time is dedicated to counselling and related campus tasks. 40% of your time will be dedicated to college wide initiatives and projects that are identified under the Mental Health Strategy.

As an integral part of the Student Services Team, you will:

  • Provide support for all students at the Campus who are experiencing personal, social, or academic difficulties. Counsellors take a holistic approach to student well-being and serve as a source of information and support related to career development and mental health and well-being. You will also refer students to other services and resources within the College or in the community, as appropriate.
  • Create resources and deliver and/or coordinate group sessions and workshops on a wide range of wellness and personal management topics, to aid students in adjusting to college life and becoming successful learners. You will work collaboratively with the Student Services team and will be a part of the NSCC Counsellor Community of Practice.
  • Demonstrate a commitment to the principles of human rights, equity, and diversity, providing culturally sensitive, dignified, and trauma-informed counselling support.
  • Maintain current knowledge and comprehensive understanding of relevant College policies, procedures, and practices, providing accurate information about the Student Services Team to students and the broader College community, including faculty and staff.
  • Review and modify counselling support plans, including for those students in crisis and/or at risk of self-harm/suicide, as required, based on student needs and in collaboration with the Student Services team and other community supports.
  • Complete timely documentation according to NSCC policies and regulatory requirements.
  • Attend campus Student Services and counsellor Community of Practice meetings, supervision, and consultations; liaise with staff and leadership regarding case management, professional development, consultation, and crisis management.
  • Assess, and when appropriate, recommend accommodations related to mental health issues, liaising with other NSCC staff as required.
  • Collaborate on the development of resource materials and lead or support the delivery of cultural, wellness and health promotion activities.
  • Develop relationships with various campus partners and community resources to foster support and engagement.
  • Engage in continual professional development and relevant learning to remain current and responsive in practice.
  • Assist with Campus events such as Wellness Week, Orientation, Get Started and Open House.

Travel between Amherst and Springhill will be required. Must be willing to work flexible hours to meet operational needs as required.

Work closely with the Manger of Counselling and Wellness to support implementation of the Mental Health Strategy. This may include, but is not limited to, coordination of the Student Wellness Champion Program, writing Wellness notices for the Student Stay Connected Bulletin, ongoing review and enhancement of the Student Wellness Hub.

What you'll need


Qualifications and Occupational Experience:

  • The minimum educational qualification for this position is a Master's degree in Clinical Social Work, Psychology or Counselling or other Master's degree enabling registration with one of the provincial regulatory bodies.
  • Registered with, or undergoing candidacy process with the respective regulatory body, Nova Scotia College of Counselling Therapists (NSCCT), Nova Scotia College of Social Workers (NSCSW); Nova Scotia Board of Examiners in Psychology (NSBEP).
  • You have a minimum of five years post-counselling credential relevant occupational experience counselling adults in a variety of specialties, (e.g., academic, career and personal)
  • Competency in relation to the unique needs of equity deserving students, understanding the systemic barriers and challenges faced by equity deserving students in a post-secondary institution and the ability to apply a structural/anti-oppressive, dignified and trauma informed analysis to service delivery.
  • Demonstrated respect for individual, cultural, community and organizational diversity, including the ability to identify and understand intersecting issues related to gender, age, sexual orientation, disability, race/ethnicity, immigration status, religion, heritage and gender identity.
  • Awareness of the impacts of historical and ongoing colonialism and demonstrated commitment to decolonialization and equity.
  • Outreach, advocacy, and health promotion experience would be considered an asset.
  • Familiar with and comfortable using various computer applications including Microsoft Office Suite of software, Office 360, digital communication, social media, education technology and learning platforms.
  • Familiarity with using an electronic database for case management considered an asset.
  • You are comfortable working in a digital environment; you take responsibility for acquiring knowledge about advancing technology; and you are committed to using technology to create an exceptional student experience

Relevant Skills and Knowledge

  • You demonstrate a commitment to the principles of human rights equity and diversity, and experience promoting a respectful work and learning environment for students, staff and faculty.
  • You possess excellent interpersonal skills that enable you to interact with people and support resolution of issues.
  • Your superb team working skills enable you to contribute positively to a team environment.
  • You are known for your problem solving and critical thinking skills.
  • You are a strong communicator both written and oral.
  • You possess excellent coordination skills specifically related to coordinating services, work, events, logistics, etc. and managing priorities and time management.
  • Demonstrated ability to work collaboratively and independently and display a high degree of initiative.
  • Excellent analytical and problem-solving skills with the ability to respond to a variety of needs of various stakeholders.
  • Ability to foster and maintain partnerships with providers, internally and externally, for purposes of liaising, referrals, health promotion, support planning and system navigation.
  • Highly developed assessment, listening, observational, therapeutic counselling and motivational interviewing skills.
  • Proven judgement and discretion in dealing with confidential and sensitive matters and the ability to respond tactfully, calmly and with sound judgement to crisis situations and seek consultation as appropriate.
  • Demonstrated ability to recognize mental health challenges and onset of mental health concerns and make timely, appropriate referrals to appropriate community providers.
  • Clinical competence and comfort working independently to manage crises and provide ongoing counselling to student in an academic setting.
  • You are dedicated to life-long learning and a willingness to look at decolonized solutions that work to the self-determined wellness of students.
  • You possess a valid NS Driver's License.

A little bit about us

Nova Scotia Community College

We value Diversity and Inclusion

The College values diversity and inclusion and is committed to employment equity. We encourage applications from all qualified candidates including Aboriginal/Indigenous Persons, Black/African Nova Scotians, members of racially visible communities, persons with disabilities, persons of a minority sexual orientation, gender identity and/or expression, and women. Applicants from these communities wishing to self-identify may do so by completing the online questionnaire within the application.

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Are you interested?

Work With Us

As a condition of employment, Professional Support employees at NSCC must complete a (part-time) adult education program delivered by NSCC. This adult education program is a significant investment on the part of NSCC in the learning and development of new employees. To achieve regular status, all probationary, full or part-time Professional Support of the College must successfully complete the program within their probationary period. Term full-time Professional Support whose term appointment is twelve or more months are also required to participate in this program.
NSCC offers competitive compensation and a comprehensive benefits package. As a learning-centred organization, we provide opportunities for every NSCC employee to be a life-long learner. Candidates selected for interviews will be expected to provide at least three recent occupational references. The successful candidate will be expected to provide official transcripts to show proof of academic achievements.

NSCC is committed to the full inclusion of all applicants. As part of this commitment, NSCC will ensure that applicants are provided reasonable accommodation, as required. If accommodation is needed to participate in the job application process, please contact Nikki Berrigan, HR Generalist at [email protected]. Our Employee Workplace Accommodation Policy can be found here:

Unfortunately, we cannot accept late or paper applications.