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Student Counsellor, Faculty of Qatar

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Job ID#: 15089

Updated: April 23, 2018

Position Overview

The University of Calgary in Qatar (UCQ) is a Canadian-based educational institution whose mandate is to enrich the health and wellness in Qatar and the Gulf region through world-class education of nursing leaders and practitioners.  Under the generous financial support from the State of Qatar, the University began delivering undergraduate nursing programs in 2007.  Student enrolment has steadily increased during the years, and now the University offers several nursing education streams, including a Master’s degree program.

The University of Calgary in Qatar is currently seeking a Student Counsellor.

This full-time position reports to the Director of Student Services.  Its primary focus is to provide personal, academic and career counselling to individual students or groups of students and to develop & deliver student wellness, leadership & student success programs.  This job is driven by deadlines, interruptions and shifting priorities.  The incumbent should be able to work well in a team-based environment and with minimal direct supervision.

The ability to interact with university colleagues at all levels, community members and stakeholders in Calgary and in Doha, faculty members, staff and students is essential. The ability to work in a complex and international environment with an open and effective communication style, to act decisively, and to exercise a high degree of initiative and judgment are required.

Position Description

Qualifications/Expertise Required:

  • Qatari preferred. Alternately, Local Hire with family sponsorship.
  • Graduation from a recognized university with a Master’s degree in Psychology, Education with focus on counselling, Social Work or a related degree.
  • Previous experience in a post-secondary student counselling role is strongly recommended
  • Cultural sensitivity and awareness of the needs of diverse (cultural, ethnic and age) population in the transnational post-secondary setting
  • A student-centered approach, a strong degree of compassion and empathy
  • Well-developed presentation skills
  • Exemplary communication skills
  • Excellent interpersonal/ intrapersonal skills
  • A demonstrated ability to develop effective working relationships in a team environment
  • A strong commitment to promoting student success
  • Ability to work in a fast-paced, team-based environment
  • Ability to work in a confidential setting and demonstrate good judgment in dealing with sensitive situations
  • Flexibility, adaptability and the maturity to work in an ever changing environment
  • A high degree of professionalism
  • Ability to speak Arabic would be an asset
  • Ability to work productively in a framework of operations that fully respects the laws, practices, culture and religion of Qatar.


  • Provides professional and appropriate personal and academic counselling to students
  • Fosters cooperative and trusting relationships with students, faculty and staff to help develop a student centered, caring environment
  • Acts as a resource to other units in the areas of student wellness
  • Makes referrals to other UCQ offices as appropriate
  • Stays current with developments related to student wellness, campus life and student counselling
  • Provide counselling services for individual students, groups and in the classroom
  • Function as independent, responsible professionals in accordance with professional codes of ethics and the traditional duties and responsibilities of scholars, consulting and collaborating with academic and administrative leaders
  • Demonstrate range, depth, and flexibility in responding professionally to student needs for preventive, developmental or academic counselling in order to facilitate the students taking full advantage of educational and other opportunities presented by the university. Issues might include educational, vocational, personal, interpersonal and social concerns. Services may be direct, involving immediate contact with the student, or indirect, involving consultation with third parties.
  • Provide and support psychological testing as appropriate to the clients concerned, for example in career counselling
  • Provide information to students and faculty and staff to facilitate the appropriate use of on-campus and off-campus resources, e.g. Quite Zone
  • Respond to mental health emergencies and other crises, as appropriate and upon request
  • Demonstrate specialized expertise in particular areas of counselling
  • Act as a consultant to:
    • administrators and faculty members in their dealings with students and with respect to policy issues which affect students
    • parents of students with respect to issues involving student functioning
    • public and private agencies which bear some responsibility for students
  • Show diplomacy and good judgment in interpreting various aspects of university policy and procedures to clients, members of the campus community and the general public
  • Respond, when possible, to requests by members of the campus community for participation in specialized educational activities (e.g., workshops, seminars)
  • Facilitate the provision of in-service and other training programs for faculty members, student advisors, and others with respect to matters affecting student welfare e.g. NSSQ Committee, Lactation Lounge
  • Engage in self-evaluation of effectiveness in counselling/teaching and take necessary measures to enhance his/her skills, in consultation with colleagues and clients, as appropriate.

Application Deadline:  

If you are qualified and interested in applying, please immediately submit your application as soon as possible for evaluation.  This job advertisement will close on April 21, 2018.

Please note:

  • Applications submitted through the general inquiries e-mail address will not be considered;
  • Priority will be given to Qatari Nationals and candidates who have valid Qatar Residence Permit and are under family or spouse sponsorship; and,
  • Preference will be given to candidates who are currently in Qatar and can start as soon as possible.

Due to the anticipated volume of applications, we can only respond to applicants who meet the qualifications and experience requirement.

Visit our website to know more about the University of Calgary in Qatarhttp://www.qatar.ucalgary.ca


Additional Information

The University of Calgary recognizes that a diverse staff/faculty benefits and enriches the work, learning and research experiences of the entire campus and greater community. We are committed to removing barriers that have been historically encountered by some people in our society. We strive to recruit individuals who will further enhance our diversity and will support their professional success while they are here.