The Opportunity

Halifax, NS
Health & Wellness
Full-time - Permanent
$64,070 - $75,377 / year

The Student Counsellor is responsible to provide brief short-term counselling for a range of personal concerns associated with adjustment to and stressors resulting from student life at university. The Counsellor will provide timely care and support that is sensitive to the academic and learning culture of the student and the university. Where student counselling needs go beyond the mental health resources of the university, the Counsellor will guide and assist students in gaining access to additional resources. The Counsellor will assist in the development and promotion of mental health awareness campaigns and provide the institution information and advice regarding mental health. The Counsellor will play a critical role in advancing the goals of our academic plan titled: Opportunity & Belonging. The Counsellor will also provide strategic advice to the Director of Opportunity & Belonging. The Counsellor will collaborate with university staff, faculty, and the Student Union of NSCAD University (SUNSCAD) to instill further a positive and caring culture of respect for diversity, and mental health and wellness.

What you'll do


  • Conduct counselling sessions with NSCAD students.
  • Provide assessments of mental health and risk factors, and coordinate referrals with professionals at external agencies when necessary.
  • Demonstrate thorough knowledge and understanding of mental health concerns and issues in a variety of educational contexts.
  • Maintain up to date knowledge of the Municipal, Provincial, and Federal mental health systems and initiatives.
  • Provide training on diversity and inclusion, race, gender, and varying social issues.
  • Aid students in identifying and solving emotional and interpersonal problems that may be affecting their academic success, well-being, or social development.
  • Work in collaboration with University staff, faculty, students, and the Student Union of NSCAD University (SUNSCAD) and external stakeholders.
  • Encourage students to seek appropriate professional help and to attend appointments.
  • Write referral reports for review by other health care professionals.
  • Review, assess and recommend changes to enhance the effectiveness of the delivery service model.
  • As required, provide counselling services to employees.

  • Other duties as required.

What you'll need


A Graduate degree in a related field such as Social Work or Education plus a minimum of three (3) year of counselling experience, preferably in a post-secondary environment (or an equivalent combination of training and experience) is required. Strong writing skills are required. A recognized professional counselling designation such as Canadian Certified Counsellor is required, and Registered Counselling Therapist is preferred, crisis response training is an asset.

We're looking for

Core Skills

Diversity Mental Health Student Counseling

A little bit about us

NSCAD University

NSCAD University (Nova Scotia College of Art and Design) is one of Canada's oldest independent cultural institutions and regarded as a principal center for education and research in visual culture in North America. NSCAD University offers graduate and undergraduate degrees in fine and media arts, craft, design, art history, art education and critical studies, as well as an ambitious array of Extended Studies courses. NSCAD University alumni are among the world's most highly regarded artists, gallery directors, designers, curators and art educators.

Are you interested?

Work With Us

Applications should be sent via the CareerBeacon website. Applications should include a cover letter and detailed CV.

Deadline for applications: The University will begin considering applicants on December 8, 2020 and continue until the position is filled. We appreciate all applicants, however only those selected to move forward in the competition will be contacted. This is a provisional salary classification. A salary review is currently underway that includes this position.

All qualified candidates are encouraged to apply; however, Canadian citizens and permanent residents of Canada will be given priority in this search. NSCAD University is committed to employment equity and values a diverse and inclusive workplace.