Career Counsellor/Career Practitioner

Position: Career Counsellor/Career Practitioner

Organization: TEAM Work Cooperative/

Women’s Employment Outreach (WEO)

Location: Halifax, NS

Career Counsellor/Career Practitioner – Full-time position (37.5 hours/week)

TEAM Work Cooperative/Women’s Employment Outreach (WEO) is seeking a full-time Career Counsellor/Career Practitioner to work mainly within their women’s services section. WEO as a part of TEAM Work Cooperative provides a range of free services to women who are unemployed, nearing unemployment, on medical leave, or needing a career change. TEAM Work Cooperative/WEO is funded through the Canada-Nova Scotia Labour Market Development Agreement under the direction of Employment Nova Scotia and is governed by a community based Board of Directors.

Please note: This is a designated position. This opportunity is open only to qualified women who self-identify as one or more of the following: African Canadian, African Nova Scotian, Racially Visible.

Responsibilities/Job Description

Individual Counselling

  • Demonstrate a feminist approach to employment counselling and career development

  • Assess clients’ skills and job readiness, identify mutually agreed upon goals, and make appropriate referrals as necessary

  • Provide supportive feedback and instruction on resumes, cover letters, job search strategies, job interview preparation

  • Assist and support clients as they engage in career exploration

  • Provide information on labour market conditions, occupational outlooks, and upgrading/training options

  • Determine eligibility for EI-related funding programs and coordinate application process

Group Workshop Facilitation

  • Plan, develop, facilitate, and evaluate workshops for women using an adult education perspective


  • Engage in a high volume of administrative work pertaining to documentation and record-keeping

  • Use office computer technology effectively & manage information using internal database (LaMPSS)

  • Engage in project planning, goal setting, and documentation of project activities

  • Write reports, funding proposals, and grant applications and/or participate in activities as identified by Management and/or the Board

Working Collectively

  • Take an active role in consensus decision-making, self-management, sharing ideas, showing initiative, and contributing unique knowledge and skills

  • Be able to accept responsibility for joint undertakings

Community Liaison

  • Take an active role with community groups and agencies to develop partnerships and advocate on behalf of clients

  • Represent TEAM Work Cooperative/WEO at community meetings and career fairs

Position Requirements

  • Master’s Degree in Social Work, Women's Studies, Social Sciences, or other relevant degree

  • Two (2) years of experience providing counselling to women, preferably in the area of careers/employment

  • Two (2) years of adult education experience, preferably in the areas of personal development and careers/employment

  • Demonstrated commitment to an ethical framework of practice

  • Ability to assess client needs, develop action plans, and case manage

  • Strong administrative skills; ability to maintain a workload that includes extensive record-keeping and documentation

  • Knowledge of community agencies and services throughout HRM

  • High degree of computer competency with Windows, MS Word, Internet, and email

  • Experience or interest working with women from diverse backgrounds

  • Training in career and work/life exploration and portfolio development an asset

Interested applicants are invited to submit a cover letter and resume, in confidence, quoting position title “Career Counsellor/Career Practitioner” to:, by fax: (902) 425-7449, or in person at 807-1888 Brunswick Street, Halifax. No phone calls, please.

The deadline for application is Friday, September 2nd, 2016 at 12:00 noon. Applications submitted after the deadline will not be considered. TEAM Work Cooperative/WEO would like to thank all candidates for their interest in the position, but only those chosen for an interview will be contacted.

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