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Career Counsellor & Projects Coordinator (International Students) - Full Time / À Temps Plein

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Queen's University

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Industry Sector: Social Services/Education / Services sociaux/ Éducation

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Queen’s University is the Canadian research intensive university with a transformative student learning experience.  Here the employment experience is as diverse as it is interesting.  We have opportunities in multiple areas of globally recognized research, faculty administration, engineering & construction, athletics & recreation, power generation, corporate shared services, and many more. 

We are committed to employment equity and diversity in the workplace and welcome applications from individuals from equity seeking groups such as women, racialized/visible minorities, Indigenous/Aboriginal peoples, persons with a disability, persons who identify in the LGBTQ+ community and others who reflect the diversity of Canadian society.

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Job Listing #6541

Career Counsellor & Projects Coordinator (International Students) • Full Time / À Temps Plein

Date Posted: 12 Jan 2021

Application Deadline: 28 Jan 2021

Location: Kingston and Surrounding Area

Category: Clerical/Administrative / Administration/Travail de bureau

Hours Per Week: 35

Pay Rate: Salary / Salaire 45,001 TO 55,000

Language Requirements: English / Anglais

Job Description:

With a dual reporting relationship to the Director of Career Services and Experiential Learning and the Director of the Queen’s University International Centre, the Career Counsellor & International Students Career Projects Coordinator will support students to manage their careers now and into the future, with a specific focus on international students. Using an intercultural approach the Counsellor will deliver career development services and will lead projects to build students’ confidence, skills and knowledge, find opportunities to help international students access experiential learning, and support international students’ in learning about the cultural expectations of the Canadian Labour Market. The incumbent will liaise with other units and external partners (eg employers) as needed and will receive day-to-day supervision from the Head Career Counsellor in Career Services.

Note: The schedule for this position requires the incumbent to work frequent evenings and weekends, according to department needs.


  • Develop and facilitate workshops and presentations to groups of students of various sizes. These may be tailored to specific academic programs, career areas, and/or other specific needs.
  • Research and develop resources (print and website), exercises and processes to support student career development.
  • Identify and build additional collaboration opportunities between QUIC and Career Services
  • Counsel students who have scheduled appointments or drop in to the Centre, advising on career self-management including self-assessment techniques, work search practices, labour market research and the evaluation of further education options.
  • Liaise with faculty, staff, and other partners to coordinate outreach activities in consultation with the Directors.
  • In collaboration with colleagues at Career Services and QUIC, coordinate a targeted career support programming suite for international students which may include activities such as workshops, advising, employer connection events and certificate programs. Research options and practices at other institutions. Develop and implement annual program plans. Develop and implement program evaluations and recommended program objectives
  • Develops and implements a system of continuous assessment of programming and services and compiles reports that facilitate future program planning.
  • Coordinate the design and development of tools for students that assist them with integrating career and academic decision making. This will involve creating project plans, coordinating meetings, and liaising with stakeholders across campus.
  • Fosters inclusivity by recognizing diversity of abilities and ensures content, tone, medium and style are adapted to audience.
  • Maintains current knowledge of student development and career development theory and issues broadly, and specific to international students in higher education.
  • Sits on relevant committees and working groups, as determined by the Directors.
  • Undertake other activities, as may be delegated from time to time, in support of the department’s aims and procedures.


  • Ability to integrate the principles of equity, diversity, inclusivity and Indigeneity into all aspects of planning, development, implementation, and evaluation of programs and services.
  • Excellent counselling skills including empathy, tact, patience, listening, diplomacy and being non-judgemental combined with the ability to provide verbal feedback that identifies key issues and raises options for students to choose in dealing with them.
  • Excellent presentation and group facilitation skills and ability to communicate with a diverse student population.
  • Workshop and project development skills.
  • Demonstrated commitment to multi-cultural issues. Skill in interacting with persons of diverse backgrounds.
  • Organization and time management skills; ability to work independently and in a collaborative team environment.
  • Strong interpersonal skills to build positive and productive working relationships with others.
  • Strong written communication skills in order to present information and concepts in a concise, understandable, and interesting way.
  • Ability to recognize diversity of abilities and adapt content, tone, medium and style to audience to be inclusive.
  • Proficient in the use of personal computers and the software applications normally associated with them (i.e., Microsoft Office, web browsers, etc).
  • Strong cultural competencies and commitment to intercultural development.


  • Determine (collaboratively with the client) the stage individuals have reached in their career management process for the purpose of suggesting strategies that match backgrounds, goals and needs.
  • Decide whether and when to refer a student to student counselling regarding mental health challenges, to student wellness services, to faculty regarding specific academic concerns, and to other university or community services as required.
  • Decide at what point a crisis or policy matter is referred to the Head Career Counsellor and/or
  • Determine what changes in workshop content, format and scheduling are to be brought to the attention of the Directors.
  • Determine what outreach projects or events would be valuable and recommending them to the Directors for approval.



  • University degree in an area relevant to counselling, education and/or business, combined with several years of experience providing counselling/advising, preferably with university students. Masters degree in a related field would be an asset.
  • Several years of experience developing and delivering workshops and presentations.
  • Several years of experience with project coordination.
    • Knowledge of career development theory, labour market conditions, as well as occupations and professions.
    • Knowledge of the unique barriers to employment faced by international students, newcomers to Canada, or non-native English speakers and strategies/techniques used to overcome these barriers. Knowledge of issues that international students may encounter in their work search.
  • Experience with issues related to cultural integration, academic acculturation, and intercultural communication in post-secondary education.
  • Training in intercultural awareness and/or diversity training is an asset.
  • Second language is an asset.
  • Satisfactory Criminal Records Check and Vulnerable Sector Screening required.
    • Consideration may be given to a combination of education and experience


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