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Indigenous Student Counsellor

In order to alleviate the under-representation of Indigenous administrators, this opportunity is open only to qualified individuals who self-identify as Indigenous persons in the application process. This initiative is a special program under the Ontario Human Rights Code.

OCAD University (OCAD U) acknowledges the ancestral and traditional territories of the Mississaugas of the Credit, the Haudenosaunee, the Anishnaabe and the Huron-Wendat, who are the original owners and custodians of the land on which we stand and create.

Position Summary:
Reporting jointly to the Manager, Indigenous Student Centre (ISC) and Black Student Counsellor & Practice Lead, the Indigenous Student Counsellor provides counselling and support in both the ISC and Student Wellness Centre (SWC). Supported by OCAD University’s (OCAD U) Student Wellness Centre, the Indigenous Student Counsellor delivers culturally appropriate services to support Indigenous student wellness through one-to-one counselling, group activities and workshops focused on the well-being of Indigenous students. The Indigenous Student Counsellor supports the delivery of culturally relevant, experiential, and holistic learning opportunities through the Indigenous Student Centre focused on supporting the cultural, social and emotional success of Indigenous students.

Summary of Responsibilities:
• Implement client-centred, trauma-informed strategies for the purpose of supporting students’ wellness, reflective of the students self-determined goals
• Provide personal, crisis and/or short-term counselling and guidance to Indigenous students; based on an Indigenous holistic framework and other therapeutic or theoretical frameworks
• Aid clients in identifying and addressing socio-emotional, mental health, and interpersonal challenges that may be affecting their academic success and well-being
• Coordinate Visiting Elders program and work in collaboration with Elders to support Indigenous students as needed or as requested
• Participate in relevant internal and external consultation meetings that support the overall work of the ISC and SWC and benefit Indigenous OCAD U and the broader University community
Maintain current knowledge and comprehensive understanding of relevant University policies, procedures and practices; participate in policy review processes in collaboration with indigenous campus stakeholders
• Develop relationships with internal and external community partners and resources (e.g. Student Union, Student Advising, Safety Security & Campus Operations, Anishnawbe Health Toronto, Native Child & Family Services of Toronto) and provide referrals to other health professionals including general practitioners, psychiatrists, and other specialists as needed
• Respond as required to crises/emergencies under the supervision of the Practice Lead, SWC, Manager, SWC and Manager, Indigenous Student Centre
• Review, re-assess and modify support plans, including those in crisis and/or at risk of self-harm/suicide, as required, based on student needs and in collaboration with the SWC and ISC team and other community supports
• Complete timely documentation according to the Student Wellness Centre and regulatory policies
• Attend weekly SWC and ISC meetings and consultations; liaise with SWC staff and leadership with regards to counselling, case management, professional development, consultation, and crisis management
• Assess for, and when appropriate, recommend non-disability accommodations, and/or short-term academic accommodations, liaising with Student Accessibility Services (SAS)
• Participate in evening, or after-hours programming as required
• Collaborate on the development of resource materials and the delivery of Indigenous mental health outreach for students
• Support the Manager and Black Student Counsellor & Practice Lead in other duties that contribute to the successful operation of the Student Wellness Centre and Indigenous Student Centre

• Post-secondary degree, Masters level education is preferred, in Social Work, Psychology, Counselling or equivalent with a minimum of three (3) years of training/experience and registration (or eligible for registration) with a regulatory body in Ontario or equivalent combination of education and/or lived experience
• Minimum of three (3) years of training/experience in providing group and individual counselling in a community setting, health/mental health, advocacy, social justice, case management, and/or disability studies
• Demonstrated recent, direct experience engaging with Indigenous communities within a mental health capacity
• Understanding and respect of Indigenous cultural knowledge, including traditional teachings and protocols of the Indigenous Nations of the region with respect to engaging and utilization of Elders knowledge and wisdom
• Demonstrated respect for individual, cultural, community and organizational diversity, including the ability to identify and understand intersecting issues related to gender, age, sexual orientation, disability, race/ethnicity, immigration status, religion, Indigenous heritage and gender identity
• Demonstrated ability to recognize mental health challenges and onset of mental illness and make timely, appropriate referrals to physicians and out-patient crisis management services
• Understanding of Indigenous issues, including the effects of intergenerational and colonial trauma, through active engagement in the Indigenous community
• Sound understanding of barriers faced by Indigenous students in obtaining post-secondary education and ability to apply a structural/anti-oppression analysis to clinical work
• Proven cultural sensitivity and related experience in direct treatment service with high-needs individuals, crisis intervention, conflict resolution, and advocacy
• Current demonstrated experience practicing one-on-one and group counselling, including crisis intervention, conflict resolution, advocacy, and harm reduction
• Clinical competence and highly developed assessment, listening, observational, therapeutic counselling and motivational interviewing skills
• Proven judgement, discretion and boundaries in dealing with confidential and sensitive matters and the ability to respond appropriately with sound judgement to crisis situations, seeking consultation as required
• Ability to communicate clearly and professionally, both orally and in writing
• Demonstrated commitment to the principles of equity and diversity, and experience promoting a respectful work and learning environment for students, staff and faculty
• Team player, with a demonstrated ability to work collaboratively and independently, and display a high degree of initiative
• Excellent analytical, problem-solving skills; ability to respond to variety of needs of various stakeholders
• Strong computer skills with a working knowledge of Microsoft Office applications
• Familiarity with mental health and behavioural concerns that commonly present in post-secondary students (e.g., depressed/low mood, disordered eating, low self-esteem, anxiety, self-harm, substance use)
• Outreach, advocacy, and health promotion experience considered an asset

Compensation: Hiring Range – $63,051.73 to $72,283.51 per annum, commensurate with experience, plus benefits; Salary Range – $63,051.73 to $82,886.93 per annum.

Hours of Work: Total of 35 hours per week. The incumbent in this role will be expected to report to work on campus.

Please review the Return to Campus Plan for up-to-date information about OCAD U vaccination requirements.

All OCAD University employees are required to be fully vaccinated as a condition of hire in accordance with OCAD U’s vaccination requirement.

Application Details: Applicants are invited to share information in their cover letter relevant to their experience with Indigenous communities.

Application Deadline: Interested applicants are invited to submit an updated resume, with a cover letter by clicking “Apply Now“. The review of applications will begin on Friday, January 6, 2023 and continue until the position is filled.

As an institution committed to art, design, digital media and related scholarship, OCAD University recognizes the profound and essential value that diversity brings to the creation, reception and circulation of creative practices and discourse.

OCAD University understands that valuing diverse creative practices and forms of knowledge are essential to and enrich the institution’s core mission and vision as an art and design university with a local and global scope.

We encourage members of designated equity-seeking groups to self-identify within the voluntary Applicant Questionnaire

In order to alleviate the under-representation of Indigenous administrators, this opportunity is open only to qualified individuals who self-identify as Indigenous persons in the application process. This initiative is a special program under the Ontario Human Rights Code.

OCAD University is committed to providing an inclusive and barrier free experience to applicants with accessibility needs. Requests for accommodation can be made at any stage during the recruitment process. Please contact People & Culture for more information or refer to OCAD U’s Policy of Accommodation in Employment for Persons with Disabilities

All qualified persons are encouraged to apply; however, Canadians and permanent residents of Canada will be given priority. While we thank all candidates for their interest, only those short-listed will be contacted.