Career Practitioner/Career Counsellor

TEAM Work Cooperative |
Halifax, NS | Full Time


TEAM Work Cooperative with Women’s Employment Services is seeking a full-time Career Counsellor/Career Practitioner to work mainly within their women’s services section. Women’s Employment Services as a part of TEAM Work Cooperative provides a range of free services to women who are unemployed, nearing unemployment, on medical leave, or needing a career change. TEAM Work Cooperative with Women’s Employment Services is funded through the Canada-Nova Scotia Labour Market Development Agreement under the direction of Employment Nova Scotia and is governed by a community based Board of Directors.

Please note: This is a designated position. This opportunity is open only to qualified women who self-identify as one or more of the following: African Nova Scotian, African Canadian, Racially Visible.

Responsibilities/Job Description

Individual Counselling

  • Demonstrate a feminist approach to employment counselling and career development
  • Assess clients’ skills and job readiness, identify mutually agreed upon goals, and make appropriate referrals as necessary
  • Provide supportive feedback and instruction on resumes, cover letters, job search strategies, job interview preparation
  • Assist and support clients as they engage in career exploration
  • Provide information on labour market conditions, occupational outlooks, and upgrading/training options
  • Determine eligibility for EI-related funding programs and coordinate application process

Group Workshop Facilitation

  • Plan, develop, facilitate, and evaluate workshops for women using an adult education perspective


  • Engage in a high volume of administrative work pertaining to documentation and record-keeping
  • Use office computer technology effectively & manage information using internal database (LaMPSS)
  • Engage in project planning, goal setting, and documentation of project activities
  • Write reports, funding proposals, and grant applications and/or participate in activities as identified by Management and/or the Board


  • Take an active role in self-management, decision-making, sharing ideas, showing initiative, and contributing unique knowledge and skills
  • Be able to accept responsibility for joint undertakings

Community Liaison

  • Take an active role with community groups and agencies to develop partnerships and advocate on behalf of clients
  • Represent TEAM Work Cooperative with Women’s Employment Services at community meetings and career fairs

Position Requirements

  • Degree in Social Work, Women’s Studies, Social Sciences, or other relevant degree; preference will be given to women with a Master’s degree attached to a regulatory body
  • Two (2) years of experience providing counselling to women, preferably in the area of careers/employment
  • Two (2) years of adult education experience, preferably in the areas of personal development and careers/employment
  • Demonstrated commitment to an ethical framework of practice
  • Ability to assess client needs, develop action plans, and case manage
  • Strong administrative skills; ability to maintain a workload that includes extensive record-keeping and documentation
  • Knowledge of community agencies and services throughout HRM
  • High degree of computer competency with Windows, MS Word, Internet, and email
  • Experience or interest working with women from diverse backgrounds
  • Training in career and work/life exploration and portfolio development an asset

How to Apply

Interested applicants are invited to submit a cover letter and resume, in confidence, quoting position title “Career Practitioner/Career Counsellor” to:, by fax: (902) 422-3992, or in person at 7051 Bayer’s Road, Suite 501. No phone calls, please.

The deadline for application is Friday, June 16, 2017 at 12:00 noon. Applications submitted after the deadline will not be considered. TEAM Work Cooperative with Women’s Employment Services would like to thank all candidates for their interest in the position, but only those chosen for an interview will be contacted.