Counsellor, USC SouthBank

Brisbane, Australia
09 Feb 2018
End of advertisement period
25 Feb 2018
Contract Type
Part Time

Role Statement

Salary Level: Classification Level 7 (Salary range A$84,974 to A$92,890 gross per annum pro rata plus up to 9.5% employer superannuation contributions)

Appointment: Fractional (40%), fixed-term for two years

USC Vision

USC will be a university of international standing, a driver of capacity building in the Sunshine Coast and broader region, and an unsurpassed community asset.

University Strategic Goals

The University will be:

  1. A comprehensive university of 20,000 students by 2020;
  2. Positioned in the global tertiary education community as a top-100 university under 50 years of age; and
  3. A primary engine of capacity building in the broader Sunshine Coast region, from Brisbane to the Fraser Coast.

Overview of Student Services and Engagement

Student Services & Engagement (SSE) is part of the portfolio of the Pro Vice-Chancellor (Students) who is responsible for setting the vision and strategic direction for the student experience, student success and retention.  SSE strives to provide a positive, transformational experience for all USC students and has a broad brief to deliver key initiatives and services under the USC Student Success and Retention Blueprint.  

SSE services include USC-wide face-to-face, email and telephony to provide support and advice to students about administrative and academic matters; domestic admissions; credit application processing; course and program enrolment; examination and graduation services. SSE is also responsible for student finance services, administration of scholarships and the student information system.

SSE engagement activities include student communications; first year and academic program advice; orientation and student success programs for learning engagement; support for learning; and student health, wellbeing and disability support. Reflecting USC’s values, SSE manages USC’s comprehensive program of widening participation activities with communities and schools in its broader region. SSE strives to provide a best in sector approach for all USC students, and in doing so to develop opportunities for staff engagement and career development.

Overview of the Role

Under the broad direction of the Manager, Counselling Services and overseen by the Senior Counsellor, the position will provide clinical and non-clinical support within a brief solution focused model on matters affecting academic performance and personal wellbeing. The role requires the preparation and teaching of psycho-educational, psycho-social and psycho-therapeutic material using seminar and interactive workshop formats for students or staff in small and large group presentations as appropriate.  The Counsellor will also provide information, resources and support for students in relation to accommodation, financial literacy, budgeting and personal advocacy.

The Counsellor is expected to establish and maintain appropriate relationships that augment the support and welfare provided by Counselling Services, these include faculty staff and student groups together with outside agencies and services. The successful candidate will be informed regarding broader sector trends for regional university students with relevant experience in a Higher Education institution.

In addition to counselling services, the Student Counsellor may provide health, disability and career guidance services, tenancy and welfare assistance, and referral to specialised services as appropriate.

The incumbent will contribute to proactive strategic projects to enhance personal and social adjustment to university, and to promote students’ academic transition and engagement. In addition, the counsellor will contribute to University wide and Student Wellbeing planning processes, working parties and committees by providing expertise in student support matters and best practice.

The successful candidate will hold a university degree in psychology or social work and be eligible for full registration with the Australian Psychological Society or the Australian Association of Social Workers.  In addition, the successful candidate will also demonstrate competency in intake, assessment and case management as well as proven experience with a range of counselling styles with particular focus on crisis counselling, individual and group counselling, cross-cultural counselling and occupational counselling.

Contact for Further Information

Ms Alexandra Sharp

Manager, Counselling Services

Student Services and Engagement

Telephone: +61 7 5456 5301


Closing Date

Midnight, Sunday 25 February 2018

To Apply

All applicants MUST provide both a statement of claims and resume/curriculum vitae. 

Information regarding how to prepare your application and write an effective statement of claims is available on our website information for applicants

As part of your role, you may be required to travel to any one of USC's locations.

To apply please click the Apply button at top of screen.

USC values diversity, enables access and promotes inclusion.

USC strongly encourages applications from Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander people.

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