Business Counsellor

Immigrant Settlement Association of Nova Scotia (ISANS) |
Halifax, NS | Full Time, Contract


ISANS is seeking a full-time Business Counsellor to provide self-employment counselling, coaching and ongoing support to immigrants who want to start or grow a business in Nova Scotia. Reporting to the Manager, Business & Workforce Integration, the Business Counsellor is responsible for:

  • meeting one-on-one with start-up clients and/or business owners to provide business counseling
  • conducting needs assessment, goal setting, creating an action plan and providing guidance to clients about business start-up, and/or follow-up guidance at each stage of business growth
  • providing information, coaching, and assistance with idea generation, specific business issues, research and challenges
  • keeping up-to-date on trends in the business community and labour market
  • advising clients about networking opportunities to promote their products/services including coordination of and participation in ISANS Business Networking events and other networking events; recruiting guest speakers for events as required; promoting events to the media and business community at large
  • producing and distributing timely promotional material
  • referring clients to ISANS Business Training Programs
  • informing clients of external training and networking opportunities
  • connecting with other business service providers, government agencies and professionals, including private and public sector for the benefit of clients
  • maintaining a professional relationship with clients including using their expertise in supporting/advising new entrepreneurs
  • recognizing opportunities for partnering on projects
  • practicing advocacy activities by attending or occasionally speaking at events, representing clients and the BWI team
  • Keeping up-to-date on latest technologies and business trends in order to pass the knowledge to clients
  • Assisting with workshop preparation and workshop facilitation when appropriate
  • Identifying with other colleagues the most updated strategies and tactics that will allow clients to save time and money
  • Providing business plan resources, tools and support
  • attracting immigrant entrepreneurs to join the Online Business Directory
  • referring clients to appropriate resources and organizations
  • Providing business counseling pre-landing, distance, or face-to-face

The ideal candidate for this position will have the following:


  • Bachelors Degree or
  • Equivalent combination of education and experience will be accepted
  • Adult Education/training certificate/diploma an asset
  • Counselling Certificate an asset


  • 2 years experience in a similar position
  • Experience working in a cross-cultural environment; experience delivering direct service to immigrants preferred
  • Experience and understanding of the local business community
  • Experience with networking and outreach
  • Experience in group facilitation
  • Experience delivering presentations


  • Understanding and knowledge of adult education principles


  • Strong written and verbal English communication skills
  • Ability to work independently and as part of a team
  • Strong time management and organization skills
  • Proficient with MS Office applications
  • Additional languages an asset

Terms of Employment:

  • Annual contract, renewable pending funding.
  • Full-time, 35 hours per week
  • Commencement Date: April, 2017

How to Apply

E-mail your resume and cover letter merged into one document to, stating in subject line the position you are applying for. Please quote competition number BC0331-CB when applying.

Closing Date: April 7th, 2017– noon

We wish to thank all applicants for their interest and effort in applying for this position.

However, only candidates selected for interviews will be contacted.