Career Counsellor - Office of Skills Development and Learning

Competition Number: 
Position Type: 
Staff Position
Closing Date: 
Monday, April 13, 2015
Date of Posting: 
March 31, 2015
Office of Skills Development and Learning
Career Counsellor
One-year term
Hours of Work: 

37.5 hours per week

Commensurate with qualifications

May 11, 2015 - May 20, 2016  (Term may be reduced or extended depending on performance, available funding and departmental requirements.) 

The Office of Skills Development and Learning at the University of Prince Edward Island invites applications to fill a Career Counsellor Position.


Core responsibilities for the position will include the provision of short term individual and group career counselling to prospective, current and graduating students and alumni at the University. The position also provides counselling in the areas of career and education development, as well as,  employment readiness; academic advising services to students in various stages of their educational planning; conducting and interpreting various career assessments as part of the career counselling process; responsible for keeping abreast of current literature, advancing counselling skills and tools for career development. 

Additional duties and information:
• Counsel students with career related concerns on an individual basis following a short term therapy model.
• Counsel students regarding career issues including self-assessment, self-development as related to career, employment readiness and job search strategies, occupational and labour market knowledge and individual career concerns.
• Collaborate with staff, faculty and co-op to develop, implement, and evaluate customized events and programs for students.
• Assist with the student’s personal issues which may impact career planning and making necessary referrals to Student Affairs (personal counsellors and Health Centre).
• Design and deliver various career development and employment initiatives resulting in outreach activities for the student population.
• Coordinate and assist with career related events such career fairs, panels, information sessions, workshops, etc.
• Support students in the areas such as resume and cover letter development, networking, and job search strategies.
• Assist in marketing and promoting Career Services programs to students, staff, faculty, university partners, and workplace community.
• Establish and maintain networks with employers, professional associations and community organizations that support the career development process.
• Maintain and update career resource materials which would include maintaining the career services website and Moodle.
• Other duties as required.


• A degree at the Masters level in Educational Counselling, or related discipline, with specific expertise in career counseling.
• At least three years of experience in an appropriate post secondary environment is required.
• A Canadian Certified Counsellor (CCC) designation and/or a Master of Social Work would be considered an asset.

The ideal candidate will possess:
• A background working with university students in career and educational development and planning.
• Knowledge of the labour market and career trends;  knowledge of career development theory and online technology.
• Experience working with various software and resources designed to assist students through the career planning process.
• Experience developing and delivering public presentations.
• Experience working with a diverse student population reflecting the reality of today’s campus, including issues of culture, gender, orientation, and equity would be a definite asset.
• Experience using web-based platforms and instructional technology to teach and engage students in career development issues.
• Experience with social media software and networking applications such as blogs, podcasts, LinkedIn and Twitter.
• Excellent interpersonal and communication skills. Strong computer skills including MS Office tools, Google Applications and Moodle.
• Ability to collaborate in a team environment and to work effectively with all levels of University personnel.

Application Instructions: 

Please submit electronically a cover letter, quoting the competition number, a resume and reference list, to be received no later than the closing date, via the link below. You can also apply in person to the Human Resources Department, Kelley Building, University of Prince Edward Island, 550 University Avenue, Charlottetown, PEI C1A 4P3, Fax Number (902) 894-2895.

In accordance with Canadian immigration requirements, all qualified candidates are encouraged to apply; however, Canadian citizens and permanent residents will be given priority.

The University of Prince Edward Island is committed to gender equity in employment. Only those applicants who are invited to an interview will be acknowledged.

Successful Candidate(s): 

J. Cullen

UPEI encourages all qualified applicants to apply for job openings; however, in keeping with the terms and provisions of the university’s various employment and collective agreements, first priority will be given to internal candidates.
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