Student Counsellor (Student Services) Three-Year Term

Published: Tuesday, May 21, 2013

St. Thomas University offers a dynamic and challenging work environment and invites applications for the full-time, three-year term position of Student Counsellor (Student Services), Student Services & Residence Life. It is anticipated that this three-year term position will start on July 2, 2013 with an end date of June 30, 2016.

St. Thomas University is an undergraduate, liberal arts institution whose roots are in the faith and tradition of the Roman Catholic Church. With a full-time enrolment of 2,400, its students graduate with Bachelor of Arts, Applied Arts, Education, and Social Work degrees. The faculty members are distinguished teachers, researchers and scholars, and the university holds four Canada Research Chairs.

Reporting to the Director of Student Services and Residence Life, the Student Counsellor (Student Services) will:

  • Provide culturally sensitive individual and group counselling, assessment, and crisis intervention services to students presenting with personal and emotional issues, adjustment and developmental issues, mental health, human rights/diversity, and relationship issues; the key focus of the position will be to provide support and services to Aboriginal students.
  • Liaise with and refer students to other services and resources within the university or to agencies/programs in the community as needed to coordinate treatment.
  • Maintain confidential counselling records/databases and provide statistical reports on service delivery as required.
  • Create resources and deliver and/or coordinate the delivery of group sessions and workshops on a wide range of wellness and personal management topics that help students adjust to University life and be successful.
  • Act as a resource on counselling and mental health issues to student groups, faculty, and staff within the university.

The knowledge, skills, and experience required for this position include: 

  • A minimum of a Master’s degree in Counselling, Psychology (Counselling or Clinical), or Social Work supplemented by five years relevant clinical experience, working with Aboriginal and other students/young adults in an adult education or community development environment, or recognized equivalencies.
  • An understanding of the needs of Aboriginal students in accessing and being successful in post-secondary education.
  • Excellent crisis management, intervention, and problem solving skills. 
  • Ability to recognize the sensitivity of issues and maintain strict confidentiality.
  • An understanding of the principles of human rights and diversity.
  • Dynamic, innovative and proven organizer with proven skills in counseling and outreach.
  • Excellent communication, interpersonal and attention to detail skills. 
  • Lived experience within a First Nations community and fluency in the Mi’kmaq and/or Wolastoq language will be considered assets.
  • Experience and knowledge of programs and services in an educational institution will be considered an asset.

Salary range: C1, $44,304 - $61,074
Union/Exempt: Union
Term: 3-Year Term (July 2, 2013 – June 30, 2016)
Hours of work: Monday to Friday; 8:30 a.m. – 4:30 p.m. (Evening and weekend work may be required on occasion).

The closing date for receipt of applications is June 7, 2013, or until the position is filled. Applicants are responsible for ensuring that their completed applications are received by this date. Please forward your cover letter, resume, and the names of three references to: Jason Scarbro, Director of Human Resources, St. Thomas University, Fredericton NB E3B 5G3 or by email to Each applicant is asked to provide his/her contact information (preferably an email address) as it is normal practice for all applicants to be contacted when the hiring process is complete.

An equal opportunity employer, St. Thomas University is committed to employment equity for women, Aboriginal peoples, members of visible minority groups, and persons with disabilities. The university welcomes applications from all faiths and backgrounds. All qualified candidates are encouraged to apply; however, Canadians and permanent residents will be given priority.