Chair, Counselling - Slave Lake, AB
Northern Lakes College

Northern Lakes College is a publicly governed Comprehensive Community Institution (CCI) with 23 campuses and 5 community access point sites, located in 50 communities across northern Alberta. Diploma and certificate programs include academic upgrading, business administration, office administration, health sciences and human services, trades and technology, university studies, and a variety of continuing education and corporate training certificates and courses. We support and promote professional development and wellness opportunities, and provide our employees with an attractive benefits plan and competitive salaries. The college’s service region offers numerous recreational activities for the entire family to enjoy!

Northern Lakes College has the following full time project position available at our * Slave Lake Campus: *

Chair, Counselling

Reference #NLC-1742R

Salary Range: $91,743 to $118,343 per year

Location: Slave Lake

May 1, 2019 to April 30, 2020


  • Related Master’s Degree;
  • Considerable supervisory and counseling experience with adult students in post-secondary settings.

Licenses / Certificates:

  • Valid driver license;
  • Criminal record check with vulnerable sector;
  • Membership in Psychological Association of Alberta (asset).

For complete details on this employment opportunity, visit us online at: click on Careers at NLC

Please submit a resume quoting the reference number NLC-1742R to:

Northern Lakes College, Human Resources, 1201 Main Street SE, Slave Lake, AB T0G 2A3

Fax: 780-849-5881

Closing Date: April 18, 2019

Note: Northern Lakes College thanks all applicants for their interest in employment; however, only those candidates selected for interviews will be contacted.

Job Description – Chair, Counselling

Reporting to the Dean of Student Services:

The incumbent is responsible for the overall management and supervision of the Counseling Unit. This position is responsible for the provision of crisis, educational, career and personal (non-clinical) counseling that meets the needs of the students. Broad knowledge of the group and individual counselling process, and strategies relevant to personal and educational counselling with adults in a post-secondary setting is priority.

Excellent knowledge of cultural and community factors relevant to social programming in Indigenous communities.

Knowledge of principles of adult education and professional ethics in relation to group and individual counselling of adult students and community members.

Budget Management

The chair is responsible for forecast, submission and review of a balanced budget and approval of expenditures for the unit.


The chair will forecast staffing needs and recruit and hire staff as required and assign counselor workloads. They will ensure that counseling staff are mentored and a professional staff development plan is implemented along with regular performance appraisals.

Unit Management

The chair is responsible for developing, implementing and monitoring the department’s strategic plan in accordance with the College’s institutional, academic and student wellness plans. They will help encourage cooperation between counselling and program staff to ensure collaboration and communications.

External Relations

The chair will develop rapport with Ministry departments, external agencies, other colleges and monitor the relationship of counselors’ with CEC’s and other external services provided to students (i.e. sponsoring agencies and organizations) as part of local, regional and provincial initiatives.

Student Relations Management.

The chair will ensure timely resolution for student issues through appeals and complaint resolution.

Leadership for the strategic development of the team and processes, including crisis response protocols.

Student centered problem-solving skills.

Operations Management

The chair will recommend revisions and implement and follow college policies and procedures. This includes those related to agreements with government agencies and student award providers. They will also participate in college committees as assigned, attend meetings. And prepare and submit proposals and reports.

Skills Sets

  • Excellent leadership organizational and communication skills;
  • Familiar with and sensitive to cultural and social factors affecting counselling processes in rural and remote communities.
  • Strong leadership and interpersonal skills using consultative and participatory management style;
  • High level of expertise and knowledge of counseling techniques and assessments;
  • Knowledge of Career skills inventories, and academic and achievement testing tools;
  • Knowledge and application if Alberta Learning curriculum, Alberta Works and Student Finance Board policies and procedures;
  • Knowledge of our service region and needs of our communities and our various client groups;
  • Working knowledge of Microsoft environment (MS Office, MS Outlook).

Education and Experience

  • Related Master’s Degree;
  • Considerable supervisory and counseling experience with adult students in post-secondary settings.

Licenses / Certificates

  • Valid driver license;
  • Criminal record check with vulnerable sector;
  • Membership in Psychological Association of Alberta (asset).

Job Types: Full-time, Temporary

Salary: $91,743.00 to $118,343.00 /year


  • Counselling & supervisory: 5 years (Required)


  • Master's Degree (Required)


  • MSW (Required)