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Counselling Development Coordinator

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This position is included in the Nunavut Employees Union
Northern Allowance: 
Subsidized staff housing available
Closing Date: 
25 August 2017


This is a Highly Sensitive Position and a satisfactory Criminal Record Check, along with a clear Vulnerable Sector Check is required.

Reporting to the Manager of Student Support, the Counselling Development Coordinator (Coordinator) is responsible for providing support to the Ilinniarvimmi Inuusilirijiit (School Community Counsellors) and Guidance Counsellors in Nunavut schools as a way of enabling them to better respond to the needs of students and contributing to make schools welcoming environments. Through the Coordinator, the Department demonstrates its accountability to the Public for its responsiveness to students’ socio-emotional support needs and its commitment to positioning students to become successful, well-adjusted, and self-reliant individuals. The position ensures that the Department adheres to the requirements outlined in the Education Act, the Inuit Language Protection Act, the Programming for Student Achievement Manual, the Ilinniarvimmi Inuusilirijiit Handbook, and any other applicable legislations, policies, directives, handbooks, manuals, etc.

The ideal candidate will be: familiar with evidence-based counselling and guidance approaches and their practical application within school settings; an efficient communicator; adept at managing projects with a high degree of personal initiative; a competent team leader with experience in building and maintaining effective, harmonious, respectful working relationships in cross-cultural settings; able to work under tight deadlines; and knowledgeable in, or willing to learn, the computer systems/software used by the Department.

The ideal candidate will have a Bachelor’s degree in Social Work or Psychology with a minimum of five (5) years’ work experience within a school system or setting and/or with children and youth. A Master’s degree in counselling psychology, clinical psychology, school psychology, educational psychology, guidance, or social work would be considered an asset.

To be successful in this position you are expected to: be current with evidence-based counselling theories, practices, and relevant legislations; have a sound knowledge of various community-based counselling practices; have sound, practical knowledge of the principles of inclusive education; understand students’ challenges in Nunavut; Proven experience with developing counselling related resources for use with children/youth; and have an awareness of Inuit Qaujimajatuqangit and how to efficiently apply this knowledge in your daily work.

The Official Languages of Nunavut are Inuktitut, English and French. Knowledge of Inuit Qaujimajatuqangit, communities, culture, and language will be highly regarded.

Equivalencies that consist of an acceptable combination of education, experience, knowledge, skills and abilities may be considered.

  • The Government of Nunavut is committed to creating a more representative workforce so it can better understand and serve the needs of Nunavummiut. Priority will be given to Nunavut Land Claims Beneficiaries. 
  • Candidates must clearly identify their eligibility in order to receive priority consideration under the Nunavut Priority Hiring Policy. 
  • Employment in some positions requires an acceptable criminal record check. Possession of a criminal record will not necessarily disqualify candidates from further consideration. 
  • Job descriptions may be obtained by fax, email or on the website. 
  • Only those candidates selected for an interview will be contacted.
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Government of Nunavut
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