Counsellor (Supporting International Students)

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Columbia College is seeking a Counsellor to support our University Transfer and Associate Degree students. This full-time position regularly operates at the Main Campus. During COVID-19, the role is performed in a hybrid model, combining remote and on-campus work.

This position will start in March.


The Counsellor provides advice on most aspects of students’ academic lives, including program choice, course selection and general vocational choice. The Counsellor supports students on the road to college acceptance, matriculation and completion. The Counsellor also assists students with their mental health and wellbeing. The Counsellor works to develop partnerships with colleges and universities, other college advising professionals, and scholarship providers to drive Columbia College students’ success.

Responsibilities include, but not limited to:

Educational Counselling

  • Provide educational counselling for prospective, new and continuing students.
  • Assist in the articulation process, which assures smooth transfer of high school students into the University Transfer Program and appropriate transition of the Associate Degree students into university institutions.
  • Assist students in the development of their educational plans and goals.
  • Serve as liaison counsellor to universities.
  • Serve as liaison to college divisions/departments.
  • Participate in the implementation of Student Services Department policies and procedures.
  • Employ knowledge and skills necessary to counsel students about the different College programs and transfer requirements to university institutions.
  • Conduct group orientation sessions.
  • Provide counselling for students on academic probation.
  • Teach Personal Development classes following division needs. 
  • Participate in required and scheduled Professional Development activities each semester.
  • Assist in planning, developing, and implementing programs designed to encourage students’ success and retention. 
  • Attend and participate in department/division meetings. 
  • Participate in articulation activities and the coordination of inter-divisional and divisional learning activities. 
  • Participate in advisory committee meetings for divisional programs.
  • Participate in student orientation and registration.
  • Participate in “drop-in” counselling.
  • Cooperate with Faculty in identifying and working with students with special needs.
  • Participate in college information and career fairs.
  • Work with faculty members and administrators to determine whether or not students have a valid reason(s) to be withdrawn without penalty from individual classes or an entire semester; communicates these decisions to other offices in the College.
  • Receive and investigate reports from faculty members regarding students with excessive absences, poor academic performance and failure to attend class.

Personal Counselling 

  • Accept referrals from teaching Faculty and other college personnel.
  • Confer with teaching faculty regarding individual students when appropriate.
  • Identify when it is necessary to refer a student to external support services.
  • Maintain knowledge of community support services
  • Provide mental health information and counselling


  • Participate in the evaluation of counselling services and programs.
  • Participate in the evaluation of equipment, supplies, tests, and other materials used on the job.
  • Participate in the follow-up of students relative to educational goals.

Professional Development

  • Continue to develop professional skills and knowledge.
  • Attend/participate in professional skills and knowledge.
  • Participate in planning, developing and implementing staff development programs.

Professional Responsibilities

  • Attend commencement ceremonies and convocations.
  • Keep official records and collect data required by College policy and administrative procedure.
  • Provide recommendations for purchase of educational, instructional and counselling supplies and equipment.
  • Consult with management on division personnel needs; assist with preparing position descriptions and serving on interviewing committees as needed.
  • Adhere to the Counsellor’s work schedule as defined by the negotiated contract.

Qualifications and Requirements:

  • Master’s Degree in Counselling.
  • Registration in, or eligibility for enrollment in, a professional counselling association (BCACC or CCC certification, etc.)
  • Prior post-secondary teaching and/or counselling is considered a plus.
  • Excellent communication skills, ability to communicate effectively in written and spoken English
  • Ability to relate to diverse Faculty, staff, and student population
  • The incumbent should be conscientious, self-motivated and possess initiative
  • Excellent Customer service skills
  • Effective time management skills
  • Quick learner and adapts to change well
  • Must be able to work effectively independently and as team-player with a diverse group of staff and students
  • Marketing skills and experience a plus
  • Knowledge of Microsoft Office


Columbia College offers a competitive salary based on qualifications and experience. The starting salary range for this position is $58,914 – 68,956. Subject to experience. All Columbia College employees are covered by the Columbia College Employment Agreement, which includes full benefits, a generous RRSP plan and vacation once confirmed.

How to Apply:

Please submit a cover letter and your resume consolidated into one PDF or Word document. The cover letter should include your availability. Please forward your application to[email protected]

Application Deadline: May 3, 2021

We thank all applicants for their interest in the position; only those selected for an interview will be contacted.

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