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Counsellor
For Students who are Blind or Visually Impaired

Competition #2020-29

Required By: Atlantic Provinces Special Education Authority

Location: Province of Nova Scotia

Term: Term, starting as soon as possible until July 31, 2021

Salary: In accordance with the APSEA/NSTU Agreement

Position Scope:

The Counsellor provides personal and career counselling to students who are blind or visually impaired. The counsellor provides consultative support to students, school staff and parents, and liaises with community agencies. The Counsellor reports to the Provincial Supervisor of Programs for Students who are Blind or Visually Impaired.

Qualifications And Experience:

  • Ability to obtain a valid Nova Scotia Teacher Certification (minimum teaching certification ITC)
  • Masters of Education Degree in Counselling, Counselling Psychology or equivalent (Minimum 35 credit hours with courses related to counselling skills and practice completed in-class and not online)
  • Masters courses must include counselling theory and practice, group counselling theory and practice, practice issues and ethics, counselling strategies and interventions, principles of assessment for counselling, research design in education, career and transition counselling, theory of human development, diversity or culturally responsive pedagogy
  • Minimum 350-hour supervised practicum component (inclusive of 120 direct hours and 20 group hours), preferably in a school-based practicum setting
  • Masters degree in Education of Students who are Blind or Visually Impaired or equivalent combination of education and experience and enrollment in or commitment to enroll in and complete the Masters degree in Education of Students who are Blind or Visually Impaired
  • Minimum of three (3) years’ teaching experience, preferably teaching experience with students who are blind or visually impaired of all ability levels, including those with additional challenges

Key Competencies:

  • Knowledge of child and adolescent growth and development
  • Knowledge to support informed decision making regarding transitions
  • Knowledge and understanding of Provincial Regional Centre of Education policies, guidelines and procedures as they relate to services for students with disabilities
  • A broad understanding of issues relevant to vision loss and psycho-social development
  • Excellent interpersonal and communication skills
  • Strong organizational and time management skills
  • Ability to work with limited supervision
  • Demonstrated ability to work collaboratively with both internal and external stakeholders
  • Culturally responsive with the ability to apply knowledge, experience and commitment in the areas of race relations, cross cultural understanding, human rights and diversity
  • Regular travel: requires the use of personal vehicle; may require overnight stays

Offer of employment is conditional upon the successful completion of all applicable background checks and confirmation of credentials.

Please quote Competition Number 2020-29 and submit cover letter and current resume to:

Renée Pothier
Coordinator of Human Resources
Atlantic Provinces Special Education Authority
5940 South Street, Halifax, NS B3H 1S6
E-mail: Coordinator of Human Resources

We thank all applicants for their interest, however, only those selected for an interview will be contacted.