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Employment Opportunity

International Student Advisor/Counsellor

International Student Services
Competition Number: 17-4089
Appointment Type: Temporary Full-time
Start/End: As soon as possible; ideally no later than October 15, 2017 up to October 31, 2019
  Leave Replacement: Appointment may be extended or end early, dependent on return of incumbent.
Workload: 35 hours per week
50% Student Advisor (00211) and 50% Counsellor (00209).
Employment Group: VIUFA
Position: 00211
Location: Nanaimo Campus
Duties: Reporting to the Director, International Student Services, jointly offer individual student advising and clinical counselling sessions for international students at Vancouver Island University, including international students at The High School at VIU. Participate in identifying and analyzing the needs of international students, and designing research-informed tools, programs and documentation that allow for successful international student integration and retention. This role also works collaboratively with four other International Student Advisors and/or Advisor/Counsellors, along with other colleagues in International Education, central Counselling services, and across other units at VIU. All areas work together in providing support for international students in order to facilitate their transition, development, sense of belonging, well-being, and success at VIU and in the community.

Counselling Duties 50% (Position 00209):
Provides culturally sensitive individual counselling, assessment, and crisis intervention services to enrolled international students at VIU, including high school students, presenting with personal, emotional and mental health issues, adjustment and developmental issues and career exploration and study skills issues.
Assesses and responds appropriately to emergent situations.
Creates resources and delivers and/or coordinates the delivery of group sessions and workshops on a wide range of wellness and personal management topics that help international students adjust to student life and be successful.
Liaises with and refers students to other services and resources within VIU or to agencies/programs in the community as needed to coordinate treatment.
Acts as a resource on counselling and mental health issues to student groups, faculty, and staff within VIU.

Advising Duties 50% (Position 00211):
Provides individual, confidential advising and support for international students regarding academic, administrative, and personal matters.
Assists students to clarify career and academic goals and develop suitable educational plans. Provides accurate information to international students, including appropriate courses or programs to meet identified career/program objectives.
When needed, refers students to other VIU resources and professionals such as disability services, writing support, etc.

General Duties:
Maintains confidential counselling & advising records/databases and provides statistical reports on service delivery as required.
Keeps abreast of best practices in international student counselling, advising, and retention as well as best practices in academic advising.
Monitors global events that may have an impact on VIU international students and families.
Collaborates with the ISS team on the creation, development and evaluation of research-informed support programs and interventions to improve the personal and academic success of VIU International students, including collaborative initiatives with specific programs and/or faculties.
Develops and facilitates presentations and teaching activities.
Ensures that students are offered student-centered, culturally-sensitive and appropriate services during their life cycle at VIU.
Exemplifies professionalism and a high standard of ethical behavior.
  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 (Counselling or Clinical), or Social Work from an appropriately accredited institution.
Current certification with a degree-appropriate governing/legal body or association (e.g. BCACC or similar).
Excellent crisis management, intervention, and problem solving skills.
Demonstrated ability to communicate effectively, verbally and in writing with students, colleagues, referral sources, and the campus community.
Commitment to ongoing professional development.
At least two years of related experience working with international clients in Canada or in an international context.
Team player with excellent interpersonal and inter-cultural communication skills.
Experience presenting and facilitating educational workshops.
Autonomy, demonstrated collaboration skills and the ability to prioritize and manage multiple projects simultaneously.

Preferred Qualifications:
Experience working with international students.
Proficiency in a language other than English.
Experience and knowledge of programs and services in a post-secondary educational institution.
Three to five years relevant supervised clinical counselling experience at the graduate level.
Experience living and/or working overseas.
Preferred Qualifications: Experience working with international students.
Experience and knowledge of programs and services in a post-secondary educational institution.
Three to five years relevant supervised clinical counselling experience at the graduate level.
Proficiency in a language other than English.
Experience living and/or working overseas.

Please Submit: CV/Resume
Cover Letter
Copies of transcripts/credentials/qualifications identified on resume
Name and contact information for three people willing to provide a reference

Short-listed candidates must provide original transcripts, or applicable original certifications at time of interview.
Posting Period: September 14, 2017 - September 27, 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.