Job Posting

Counsellor, Student Wellness Services, Student and Enrolment Services


Institution: University of Calgary


Calgary, AB, Canada

Deadline: February 4, 2022

Posted: January 11, 2022

Position Description
The University of Calgary Student Wellness Services, Student and Enrolment Services, is seeking to fill a Limited Term Counsellor (Instructor) position to provide individual and group counselling to UCalgary’s Indigenous students.

Student Wellness Services is the collaboration of Student Health, Mental Health Services and Health Promotion. We support UCalgary by providing integrated and expanded health and wellness services promoting the physical, mental, and spiritual well-being of students within a supportive community. Mental Health Services’ (MHS) mission is to support student mental health by providing culturally inclusive direct care and support that is responsive to the needs of students. Counselling Services uses a brief counselling model, with an emphasis on single session counselling.

This Academic position reports to the Associate Director (Counselling). The Counsellor provides individual and group counselling to undergraduate and graduate students, with a specific focus on Indigenous students, of UCalgary to support their emotional, spiritual and physical well being. To enhance both the effectiveness and impact of this position, the ideal candidate will have a strong commitment to Indigenous knowledges, approaches and histories, and understanding of the needs of Indigenous students. They must be able to work effectively with a diverse inter-professional Wellness Services team and must work closely with our Indigenous student centre, Writing Symbols Lodge, and build Indigenous community relationships. The counsellor position is an academic position and there is a requirement to contribute scholarly professional knowledge through publication and presentations/community engagement and maintain competency through research and professional development.

• Graduate Degree in Counselling Psychology, Clinical Psychology or Social Work (Clinical).
• Professional designation as a Registered Psychologist or Registered Social Worker in Alberta is a requirement.
• Minimum of 3-5 years related counselling experience.
• Demonstrated ability to work with diverse groups of people using an intersectional lens.
• Highly developed oral, written and presentation skills.
• Experience in providing single session counselling and/or working with a post-secondary population would be an asset.
• Knowledgeable about Indigenous Ways of knowing, doing, being and connecting.
• Knowledgeable about the residual effects of colonization and the history of the residential school system.
• Record of engagement with, or connections to, Indigenous community.

Duties and Responsibilities:
The Counsellor provides services in the areas of personal counselling, career development and academic success.

• Provide individual and group counselling for undergraduate and graduate students, with a primary focus on Indigenous students. Demonstrate range, depth and flexibility in responding to client needs for preventative, developmental or therapeutic counselling. Issues might include educational, vocational, personal, interpersonal and social concerns.
• Provide supports reflective of Indigenous practices and knowledge systems.
• Function as an independent, responsible professional in accordance with professional codes of ethics and consult and collaborate with Student Wellness Services staff and faculty/staff on campus within an inter-professional model.
• Respond to urgent mental health situations, as appropriate.
• Provide information to students to facilitate the appropriate use of on-campus and off-campus resources.
• Show diplomacy and good judgment in interpreting various aspects of university policy and procedures to clients, members of the campus community and the general public.
• Respond to requests by members of the campus community for participation in specialized educational activities (e.g. workshops, seminars).
• Potential opportunity to provide clinical supervision for graduate trainees in practicum and internship experiences within Student Wellness Services (Counselling).

• Participate in continuing professional education, as required by the scientist/practitioner model and professional code of ethics.
• Engage in program development such as workshops to support student well-being.
• Collaborate (e.g., with Writing Symbols Lodge, Indigenous Strategy) on evaluating effectiveness and appropriateness of services and supports for Indigenous students.
• Contribute to the profession through dissemination of learning, such as through publication and conference presentations.

• Contribute to Student Wellness Services, Student Enrolment Services, the University and community at large as an active member of committees/task forces or other service-related activities, including support of ii' taa'poh'to'p, our Indigenous Strategy.
• Engagement with the Indigenous Strategy to develop relationships with elders and advisors as supports for Indigenous students.

The emphasis/weightings of duties and responsibilities of individual Counsellors (Instructor) are typically set at 80% Teaching/Counselling, 10% Scholarship, 10% Service.

Start Date of Appointment:
Appointment will start at a mutually agreed upon date.

Salary and Benefits:
Commensurate with qualifications and experience, at the Counsellor (Instructor) level.

For salary and benefits information, please refer to Schedule A of the Collective Agreement at:

Application Procedure:
Interested individuals are encouraged to submit an application online via UCalgary Careers ( and must include: 1) curriculum vitae, 2) a statement of counselling and scholarly interests, along with 3) the names of three referees through the online Careers portal.

Review of applications will begin immediately and will continue until suitable candidates are selected.

The University of Calgary has launched an institution-wide Indigenous Strategy in line with the foundational goals of Eyes High, committing to creating a rich, vibrant, and culturally competent campus that welcomes and supports Indigenous Peoples, encourages Indigenous community partnerships, is inclusive of Indigenous perspectives in all that we do.

The University of Calgary recognizes that a diverse staff/faculty benefits and enriches the work, learning and research experiences of the entire campus and greater community. We are committed to removing barriers that have been historically encountered by some people in our society. We strive to recruit individuals who will further enhance our diversity and will support their academic and professional success while they are here. All qualified candidates are encouraged to apply; however Canadians and permanent residents will be given priority. In this connection, at the time of your application, please answer the following question: Are you a Canadian citizen or a permanent resident of Canada? (Yes/No)

Additional Information
To view a listing of all available academic opportunities and to find out more about what the University of Calgary has to offer, please visit our Academic Careers website.

COVIDSafe Campus Strategy
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About the University of Calgary
The University of Calgary is Canada’s leading next-generation university – a living, growing and youthful institution that embraces change and opportunity with a can-do attitude. Located in the nation’s most enterprising city, the university is making tremendous progress on its Eyes High journey to be recognized as one of Canada’s top five research universities, grounded in innovative learning and teaching and fully integrated with the community it both serves and leads. The University of Calgary inspires and supports discovery, creativity and innovation across all disciplines. For more information, visit

About Calgary, Alberta
Calgary is one of the world's cleanest cities and has been named one of the world's most livable cities for years. Calgary is a city of leaders - in business, community, philanthropy and volunteerism. Calgarians benefit from a growing number of world-class dining and cultural events and enjoy more days of sunshine per year than any other major Canadian city. Calgary is less than an hour's drive from the majestic Rocky Mountains and boasts the most extensive urban pathway and bikeway network in North America.