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Educational Advisor: Counselling and Academic Advising

Contract Type: 

Student Affairs Cowichan
Competition Number:     17-4058
Appointment Type:     Temporary Part-time
Start/End:     June 26, 2017 - Or as soon as possible up to March 29, 2018
     Leave Replacement: Appointment may be extended or end early, depending on return of incumbent.
Workload:     21 hours per week
Wednesday-Friday, 8am-4pm
Employment Group:     VIUFA
Position:     00211

     The VIU Cowichan Campus plays a special role in Duncan and the Cowichan Valley, providing a practical and innovative array of educational programming and services created and sustained to meet the unique needs of the local community. Cowichan Campus training and educational programming facilitates learner transition to meaningful careers and further education, and includes Trades Training, Adult Basic Education, Literacy and Employability Skills, Health and Human Services, University Programming, and Contract Services and Professional Development and Training. Recent Cowichan Campus initiatives include a 5-year Bachelor of Education Degree and the creation of an Innovation Lab. Each and every Cowichan Campus employee is a valued team-player ready and able to represent VIU educational and other activities in an informed, accessible, and welcoming manner.
Duties:    As part of Student Affairs at the Cowichan Campus, the Educational Advisor: Counselling and Academic Advising, will work collaboratively with and be accountable to the department, Campus Administration and the broader institution and work to support student success and enhance the quality of the learning experience. Supports VIU's commitment to addressing the Truth and Reconciliation Commission of Canada Calls to Action.

Reporting to the Campus Academic Administrator the Educational Advisor will:

Counselling (50% Position 00209)
- Provide culturally sensitive individual counselling, assessment, and crisis intervention services to enrolled students presenting with emotional, developmental, and mental health issues.
- Assess and respond appropriately to emergent situations.
- Facilitate workshops for faculty and staff on supporting students in distress and suicide awareness.
- Liaise with and refer students to other services and resources within the university and the community as needed to coordinate treatment.
- Act as a resource on counselling and mental health issues to students, faculty, and staff within the university.
- Maintain confidential counselling records/databases and provide statistical reports on service delivery as required.

Academic Advising (50% Position 00211)
- Assist students to clarify career and academic goals and develop suitable educational plans.
- Provide accurate information about VIU to prospective and current students, including appropriate courses or programs to meet identified career/program objectives.
- Identify students at academic risk and evaluate individual student progress toward established goals, assist in the development of academic skills, compensatory learning strategies and success plans, and follow up with timely and purposeful intervention with the goal of supporting student success and retention.
- Provide career assessment and interpretation.
- Advise students on employment and labour market issues.
- Evaluate individual student progress towards goals, and consult with and make recommendations to administrators on issues that affect student success.

Interact effectively and with sensitivity to students across VIU student population, including Aboriginal, international, traditional, mature students, students with disabilities and students from all demographics. Support students in accessing Disability Services and accommodations. Enhance quality of student life on and off campus by collaborating in the planning, development and implementation of services and supports to foster student wellness, success and retention. Develop, deliver and/or coordinate the delivery of group sessions, workshops, and other initiatives for students on a wide range of wellness, career planning, learning, and personal management topics. Analyze current practices, research new valid methods and strategies to assist students in their education and self-monitoring.

Create, deliver, and evaluate research-informed support programs and interventions to improve academic success and retention of VIU students, including collaborative initiatives with specific programs and/or faculties. Develop and facilitate presentations and teaching activities. Exemplify professionalism and a high standard of ethical behaviour. Develop and maintain effective working relationships and contribute to the effective functioning of the Student Affairs team.
     Successful candidates will participate in a wide range of activities, including, student support; institutional, faculty and departmental committee meetings and other initiatives; and professional activities in keeping with their disciplines in and outside the institution.

Required Qualifications:     Master's degree in Counselling Psychology; Clinical Psychology; or Social Work from an appropriately accredited institution. Minimum five years relevant supervised clinical counselling experience post Master's. Certification with an appropriate governing/legal body or association.

Experience and training in brief psychotherapy models. Awareness and understanding of trauma-informed approaches. Knowledge of career development theory and counselling practices including suicide prevention, generational trauma, residential school legacy, addictions, family issues and poverty.
Experience in career counselling and developmental advising.

Experience working with Aboriginal students/clients, diverse and multicultural populations, and adults in transition. Demonstrated excellence in crisis management, intervention, and problem solving. Demonstrated understanding of group processes and experience facilitating groups and workshops.

Demonstrated program development and evaluation skills. Demonstrated ability to communicate effectively, both verbally and in writing with students, colleagues, external agencies, and the campus community. Demonstrated relationship-building and teamwork skills. Demonstrated technology skills appropriate to the position.
Demonstrated proficiency with technology relevant to the position.
Preferred Qualifications:     Experience with and knowledge of programs, services, policies and procedures in a post-secondary educational institution. Experience with and knowledge of developmental academic/program advising.

Strong knowledge base of psychiatric disorders. Knowledge of local agencies and services for referral.
Please Submit:     CV/Resume
Cover Letter
Degree documentation
Name and contact information for three people willing to provide a reference
Certification with appropriate governing/legal body or association

Short-listed candidates must provide original transcripts, or applicable original certifications at time of interview.
Posting Period:     June 08, 2017 - June 15, 2017
Note:     Vancouver Island University regrets that only candidates selected for an interview will be contacted.

All qualified candidates are encouraged to apply; however, Canadians and permanent residents will be given priority.

Vancouver Island University embraces the principle of employment equity and encourages applications from women, persons with disabilities, visible minorities, and people of Aboriginal descent.

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