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University of Victoria

Organizational Unit: University of Victoria -> Student Affairs -> Student Services

Posting Close Date: 13 June 2017 (Please note that positions will close at 4 p.m. on the closing date.)

FTE: 0.6 FTE

Salary Grade: $70,871.00 – $79,766.00

Salary posted reflects full FTE (will be prorated for part time)

Classification: SG 15

Employee Group: PEA – Regular

# of Hires Needed: 1

Additional Posting Information
Please note that while the university encourages and accepts external applications, a strong pool of internal candidates has been identified for this opportunity.

Consulting Services, Education, Training, and Library, Legal, Other

About this Opportunity
The University of Victoria is one of Victoria’s largest employers and one of Canada’s best diversity employers. Together we are more than 5,000 dedicated faculty, librarians and staff supporting the University of Victoria’s diverse academic programs, world-class research and commitment to civic engagement.

Job Summary

Student Affairs at the University of Victoria helps to transforms students’ lives by supporting and inspiring the highest standards of student learning and success, community engagement and staff development. The Division is comprised of over 30 reporting units in six departments: Athletics and Recreation, Campus Services, Office of Indigenous Affairs, Office of the Registrar, Student Recruitment and Global Engagement, and Student Services. The comprehensive and integrated range of services we provide make Student Affairs one of the most dynamic and diverse divisions on campus. Together, we support UVic’s vision “to be a university of choice for outstanding students, faculty, and staff from BC, Canada, and around the world.”

To achieve this vision, the department of Student Services places the student at the centre of all efforts by supporting their academic endeavours and enhancing their personal, social, cultural and cognitive development. Specifically, the diverse range of services includes Academic Advising Centre, Counselling Services, Health Services, International Student Services, Multi-Faith Services, Residence Services, Resource Centre for Students with a Disability, and Office of Student Life. Student Services is held accountable for the delivery of a wide range of programs and services in support of the quality of the overall campus and community experience for all students, staff, and faculty and collaborates with a number of constituencies beyond Student Services to achieve key institutional goals. Student Services is also responsible for the oversight and execution of institutional policies, procedures, strategies and practices that have a significant impact on the health & well-being of students and risk management for the University.

Counselling Services, as a unit within Student Services, is committed to foster student success, engagement, and well-being through direct clinical services, training and mentorship, consultative services, crisis and emergency response, and programming and program evaluation. While being a team member to the counselling staff at the Counselling Services, the counsellor for this position is a crucial member of the Amicus program of the Faculty of Law at UVic. The Amicus program is a unique UVic Law student support initiative that plays an active role in engaging, advising and supporting law students during their law school journey. There are four overlapping components in the program: academic success, cultural support, personal support and accommodation support. These components work in conjunction and collaboration with each other to ensure a law student’s overall success in law school.

The counsellor embedded in Faculty of Law as one aspect of the Amicus program’s personal support component will provide individual and group counselling to UVic Law students with concerns in the personal domain (e.g., mental health; relationship), career domain (e.g., balance between demanding Law curriculum and personal well-being), and learning domain (e.g., academic concession considerations; trauma-informed law curriculum delivery and law professional practice). The counsellor works with individual student clients using a brief intervention model, which attends to developmental challenges and is delivered in a culturally responsive way in order to meet the needs of a diverse post-secondary student population.

In addition to direct clinical services to students, the counsellor will provide consultative and outreach services to staff and faculty within the Faculty of Law and, if needed, the larger UVic campus community. As a part of Amicus program, the counsellor will participate in Faculty wide initiatives (e.g., Orientation), deliver wellness sessions in classroom, and provide input to wellness programming for the Faculty. Depending on experience, the counsellor may contribute to clinical supervision of graduate students in our Advanced Counselling/ Psychotherapy Practicum program who are deemed appropriate to specialize in embedded counselling service delivery to Faculty of Law.

It is very important that the counsellor works collaboratively with administrative and clinical teams of Counselling Services, and also with administrative and other support staff of the Amicus program of the Faculty of Law. The counsellor strives to develop effective working relationships with staff and faculty with the Faculty of Law and other university members. The counsellor will report to the Dean or Dean’s delegate at the Faculty of Law and the Associate Director and Director of Counselling Services, and will receive clinical supervision from Counselling Services. Note that the Associate Dean of Faculty of Law oversees the operation of the Amicus program.


Job Requirements

  • Has earned from a recognizable institution a graduate degree in Counselling, Psychology, Social Work, or a related discipline that is appropriate to postsecondary counselling centres.
  • After receiving the aforementioned graduate degree, has worked professionally for approximately three years providing short-term based counselling to young adults with mental health challenges.
  • Has affiliated with a professional association and/or has registered in good standing with a professional regulatory body.
  • Exceptional skills in effective presentation and group facilitation; demonstrated commitment to working collaboratively as part of a team to achieve goals and objectives.
  • Has earned degree/credential in Law or a related discipline, or demonstrated familiarity with legal culture; professional experiences with law students in contemporary post-secondary student population.

The University of Victoria is an equity employer and encourages applications from women, persons with disabilities, members of visible minorities, Aboriginal Peoples, people of all sexual orientations and genders, and others who may contribute to the further diversification of the university.

Persons with disabilities who anticipate needing accommodations for any part of the application and hiring process may contact Grace Wong Sneddon, Director, Academic Leadership Initiatives and Advisor to the Provost on Equity and Diversity at Any personal information provided will be maintained in confidence.


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