Counsellor, Student Resource Centre

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Counsellor, Student Resource Centre

Do you believe in the power of ideas, possibility, and in building community?

The Alberta University of the Arts (AUArts) is looking for an inclusive and compassionate counsellor to join the student services team.

This is a full-time, limited term appointment until May 31, 2023.

Why AUArts?

Alberta University of the Arts rests on the traditional Treaty 7 Territories of the Blackfoot people and in the spirit of our collective effort to promote reconciliation, we acknowledge the traditional territories and oral practices of the Blackfoot Confederacy, which includes Siksika, Piikani and Kainai, the Tsuut’ina, the Stoney Nakoda First Nations (Bearspaw, Chiniki and Wesley), Metis Nation Region III, and all those who make their homes in the Treaty 7 Region of Southern Alberta.

AUArts is a community of thinkers, shapers, makers and risk takers. We are students, faculty, staff and alumni rich in diversity of culture and thought, challenged to fearlessly explore what moves us, drives us, and implores us to see the world differently.

The Alberta University of the Arts offers its 1,100 students studio-based programming that leads to a Bachelor of Fine Arts in one of nine disciplines, a Bachelor of Design in one of two, and an MFA in Craft Media. It has deep roots in Calgary’s creative community and will soon be celebrating its centennial.

The Opportunity

Reporting to the dean of students, the counsellor provides individual counselling to AUArts undergraduate and graduate students to support their personal, career, and academic goals, within a brief therapy model in accordance with professional codes of ethics. The Counsellor will effectively build relationships within a community of students, faculty, staff, and external parties to support student mental health throughout the organization.

Key Responsibilities:

  • Conduct intake/screening appointments and determines support plans for students using multiple sources of information (screening interview, referral information, standardized questionnaire, etc.).
  • Provide individual counselling for undergraduate and graduate students within a brief therapy model for issues including personal, interpersonal, social, vocational, and educational concerns.
  • Respond to mental health emergencies and other crises, as appropriate.
  • Triage ad hoc, urgent, and regular bookings, scheduling and coordinating appointments.
  • Create and maintain client records in accordance with professional standards.
  • Advise on utilization of additional on/off campus resources.
  • Consult with other members of the AUArts community (faculty, staff, students) in support of student mental health.

The successful candidate will have:

  • Graduate degree in counselling/clinical psychology or social work.
  • Professional designation as a Registered Psychologist, Licensed Counsellor, or Registered Social Worker in Alberta.
  • 3-5 years related counselling experience.
  • Demonstrated experience managing client files and records.

Preferred attributes include:

  • Experience providing counselling services in a post-secondary setting.
  • Experience providing counselling to international students.
  • Experience providing counselling to indigenous people, and/or LGBTQ2S+ communities.
  • Knowledge of post-secondary legislation, policies, and procedures.

Compensation: Salary will be commensurate with qualifications and experience in accordance with the AUArts Faculty Agreement under Salary Schedule A.

How to Apply

Applications must include the following in a single document (pdf recommended):

  • Cover Letter
  • Curriculum Vitae / Resume

Please upload your single document to the “Resume” section – do not upload any documents to the “Cover Letter” section. You will be required to create an account in order to submit your application. Please visit our How to Apply page to ensure your application is complete prior to submission.

Review of applications will continue until the position is filled or the search is closed. While we thank all candidates for their interest, only applicants selected for an interview will be contacted.

Further information about AUArts is available on our website at

AUArts is an equal opportunity employer and is strongly committed to fostering diversity within our community. We welcome those who would contribute to the further diversity of the university. We encourage expressions of interest from all qualified applicants for consideration for this or other suitable vacancies although applications from Canadian citizens and permanent residents will be given priority.

The collection of personal information is for the purpose of determining eligibility and suitability for employment as authorized by the Freedom of Information and Protection of Privacy (FOIP) Act, section 33(c). If you have any questions about the collection of your information, please contact our FOIP Coordinator at

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