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Title Counsellor, Aboriginal Students and Services
Division Preparatory & Liberal Studies
Category Academic Staff
Type Sessional
Incumbent Vacant
Salary Faculty – Teaching Scale
Campus Casa Loma/St. James/Waterfront
Effective Date Sept. 2/14 – Jan. 31/15


  • Provides personal and academic counselling, guidance and support to Aboriginal students in programs across the college.
  • Meets with students individually and in groups, as well as designs and organizes activities that support Aboriginal students.
  • Helps students to access services and assists them in succeeding in their programs of study.
  • Works closely with the college’s Elders-in-Residence and non-full-time staff in our Aboriginal Services unit, as well as with the division management team.
  • Maintains student information, intake forms, and ensures distribution lists are up to date.
  • Participates in preparing Ministry funding requests and reports. 
  • Liaises with the Student Awards and Bursaries office and with organizations that give bursaries designated for Aboriginal students to ensure fair and appropriate distribution.
  • Undertakes a key role in raising awareness of Aboriginal students, history, culture and current issues through events, special initiatives, invited speakers, and consultation about curriculum and resources.
  • Maintains ongoing links with the local Aboriginal community and makes referrals to services within the local community.
  • Advocates with the College and community on behalf of Aboriginal people to build awareness and respect of Aboriginal learning styles, culture, values and issues and employs traditional Aboriginal cultural values in the counseling process as appropriate.
  • Participates in internal and external committees and Aboriginal Council Meetings on behalf of the college.


  • Relevant education in Psychology, Counselling, Social Work or a related discipline, or equivalent combination of education and experience.
  • Additional training and/or extensive experience in counselling is required.
  • Demonstrated knowledge of Aboriginal culture, language and protocols for working with elders, gained through education in Aboriginal or Indigenous Studies and experience working with Aboriginal people and communities, or equivalent.
  •    Direct work experience providing services or working with Aboriginal people in an educational or training capacity.
  • Prior teaching experience, including ability to design, develop, and deliver curriculum centred on Aboriginal history and culture.
  • Experience designing outcomes-based curriculum is desirable.
  • Strong communication, teamwork and computer skills are required.
  •  Exercise initiative and work well independently.
  • Ability to relate to students of varying ages and life circumstances is crucial.
  • Demonstrated ability to communicate effectively and work collaboratively with Aboriginal and non-Aboriginal colleagues across the college and in other organizations.  
  • Given this position focuses on working with Aboriginal students and community both internal and external to George Brown College, priority will be given to those candidates who identify as being of Aboriginal descent.
To Apply
Please submit the following: Letter of application, a detailed resume, and statement of teaching philosophy combined in one (1) document.
Preference will be given to qualified internal candidates in accordance with the applicable collective agreement. Should a suitable candidate not be found, external candidates will be considered. George Brown College is dedicated to employment equity and encourages applications from women, persons with disabilities, racial/visible minorities and aboriginal peoples.  George Brown College is committed to accommodating applicants with disabilities throughout the hiring process, in accordance with the Accessibility for Ontarians with Disabilities Act (AODA).  The Human Resources representative responsible for the recruitment for this position will work with applicants requesting accommodation at any stage of the hiring process.
Competition # 14-116
Posting Internal
Closing Date August 25, 2014