Job description


Date Posted: 08/28/2020
Req ID: 567
Faculty/Division: Faculty of Medicine
Department: MD Program
Campus: St. George (Downtown Toronto)


About us:

Home to over 40 departments and institutes, the University of Toronto's Faculty of Medicine lies at the heart of the Toronto Academic Health Science Network and is a global leader in ground-breaking research and education, spanning clinical medicine, basic science and the rehabilitation sciences sectors.

Your opportunity:

The MD Program trains the next generation of doctors by delivering a comprehensive learning experience to our students. We have been at the forefront of medical education, innovation and scholarship, as well as life-changing health research and innovation, since we were established in 1843. Thanks to the contributions made by our faculty and staff, we are consistently recognized as the top medical school in Canada, and among the best in the world.

As a personal counsellor for the Office of Health Professions Student Affairs (OHPSA), you will provide individual counselling and wellness-related workshops for a wide range of health profession students. Your excellent clinical skills based on evidence-based therapeutic modalities will assist students in developing the strategies they need to succeed both academically and personally in challenging academic programs. The ability to assess potential physical or emotional risk or harm reflects your expertise as a clinician.

Your responsibilities will include:

  • Providing clinical counselling and psychotherapy to students in distress and making referrals as appropriate
  • Liaising with health care professional to facilitate referrals for students in crisis
  • Screening students to determine suitability for short-term counselling
  • Developing components of treatment plans based on appropriate therapeutic approaches
  • Developing and leading workshops and seminars to promote student wellness
  • Advising groups on how to develop strategies and skills to address their emotional and behavioral concerns
  • Contributing to research initiatives by implementing and executing qualitative and/or quantitative research methods
  • Serving as an expert resource to other members of the counselling team

Essential Qualifications:

  • Master's of Social Work Degree with professional college registration or acceptable combination of equivalent experience
  • Minimum five years’ counselling experience with students in professional health-care related educational/training programs
  • Significant experience working in an anti-oppression/anti-racism framework with individuals and groups including Indigenous, Black, LGBTQI, persons with disabilities, religious minorities and other marginalized groups
  • Experience developing, leading and promoting programs, workshops and outreach activities
  • Excellent interpersonal, oral and written communication skills
  • Strong time management skills and ability to prioritize tasks and responsibilities
  • Tolerance for ambiguity and an ability to adapt to change
  • Proven ability to work collaboratively in a team setting
  • Demonstrated ability to exercise tact, judgment and discretion and maintain strict confidentiality in the execution of position responsibilities

Assets (Nonessential):

  • Demonstrated skill in trauma-informed counselling

To be successful in this role you will be:

  • Approachable
  • Articulate
  • Communicator
  • Insightful
  • Motivated self-learner
  • Resourceful
  • Team player

This is a part-time 6-month contract position located at the St. George campus. Hours per week are preferably Tuesday (10 am - 6 pm) and Wednesday (11 am - 7 pm).

Closing Date: 09/18/2020, 11:59PM EDT
Employee Group: USW
Appointment Type: Budget - Term
Schedule: Part-Time
Pay Scale Group & Hiring Zone: USW Pay Band 15 prorated pay scale group and hiring rate -- $33,392.40 with an annual step progression to a maximum of $42,703.20. Pay scale and job class assignment is subject to determination pursuant to the Job Evaluation/Pay Equity Maintenance Protocol.
Job Category: Health & Wellbeing
Recruiter: Dinuka Perera

All qualified candidates are encouraged to apply; however, Canadians and permanent residents will be given priority.

Diversity Statement
The University of Toronto is strongly committed to diversity within its community and especially welcomes applications from racialized persons / persons of colour, women, Indigenous / Aboriginal People of North America, persons with disabilities, LGBTQ persons, and others who may contribute to the further diversification of ideas.

As part of your application, you will be asked to complete a brief Diversity Survey. This survey is voluntary. Any information directly related to you is confidential and cannot be accessed by search committees or human resources staff. Results will be aggregated for institutional planning purposes. For more information, please see

Accessibility Statement
The University strives to be an equitable and inclusive community, and proactively seeks to increase diversity among its community members. Our values regarding equity and diversity are linked with our unwavering commitment to excellence in the pursuit of our academic mission.

The University is committed to the principles of the Accessibility for Ontarians with Disabilities Act (AODA). As such, we strive to make our recruitment, assessment and selection processes as accessible as possible and provide accommodations as required for applicants with disabilities.

If you require any accommodations at any point during the application and hiring process, please contact [email protected].
All qualified candidates are encouraged to apply; however, Canadians and permanent residents will be given priority.

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Posted: 8/29/2020
Application Due: 9/19/2020
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