At the intersection of mind and action, Ryerson is on a transformative path to become Canada’s leading comprehensive innovation university. Integral to this path is the placement of equity, diversity and inclusion as fundamental to our institutional culture. Our current academic plan outlines each as core values and we work to embed them in all that we do.

Ryerson University welcomes those who have demonstrated a commitment to upholding the values of equity, diversity, and inclusion and will assist us to expand our capacity for diversity in the broadest sense. In addition, to correct the conditions of disadvantage in employment in Canada, we encourage applications from members of groups that have been historically disadvantaged and marginalized, including First Nations, Metis and Inuit peoples, Indigenous peoples of North America, racialized persons, persons with disabilities, and those who identify as women and/or 2SLGBTQ+. Please note that all qualified candidates are encouraged to apply; however, applications from Canadians and permanent residents will be given priority.

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About The Team:

Student Wellbeing includes the Medical Centre, Centre for Student Development and Counselling (CSDC), Health Promotions, and Academic Accommodations. In Student Wellbeing, a comprehensive, holistic model of health is engaged to support students’ health and wellbeing. The Medical Centre provides health care services on campus including assessments, immunizations, physicals, and more. The CSDC offers free, confidential counselling services provided by a team of counsellors and counselling interns. Using a personalized care model, the team works with students to develop a personal wellbeing plan, and services offered include group and one-on-one care. Finally, Health Promotion shares health tips and strategies to students at Ryerson and runs the peer-to-peer Student Health and Resilience Program (SHARP), because healthy students make better learners.

The Counsellor position enhances the student experience at Ryerson, and embodies Ryerson’s commitment to a Whole Campus Whole Health approach to student development, health, and wellness. 


Counsellors engage in responsive program development and delivery aimed at fostering wellness and well-being in our diverse student population.  This includes, but is not limited to working within a personalized and equitable care model of service delivery with a focus on providing single-session, brief therapy, and ongoing psychotherapy, crisis intervention, and community referrals.


Ryerson’s CSDC is seeking a Black-identified candidate, who demonstrates a deep understanding of the lived experiences of Black communities. This Counsellor will provide counselling services for all student populations with a specific focus on supporting Black-identified students in accordance with an anti-racist, anti-oppressive, and trauma-informed framework. cover letters.


Position Description:

  • Providing single-session appointments and brief therapy, with a focus on serving Black-identified student populations
  • Providing individual and group counselling and psychotherapy to Black-identified students living with the impacts of racial trauma and mental health issues, including but not limited to depression, anxiety, social relationships, eating disorders, trauma, difficult family dynamics.
  • Engaging in community building, program development, and campus-wide initiatives to support Black student wellness on campus.
  • Providing consultative support to university faculty and staff around student mental health needs.

Relevant Experience

- Experience supporting equity-seeking clients and communities using an intersectional lens

- Practice that demonstrates sensitivity to the life experiences and needs of Black-identified and racialized students

- Lived experience of oppression, racism, homophobia, transphobia and/or ableism will be an asset


  • Successful completion of a Master’s degree in a counselling-related field with a minimum of 1 year training/experience in individual and group counselling, crisis intervention and program development.
  • Registration with a Professional College governing the practice of psychotherapy in the province of Ontario.
  • Client-centred, trauma-informed, and culturally sensitive approach to counselling
  • Strong generalist counselling skills and ability to work with a diverse client population in a time-limited practice model.
  • Excellent clinical judgment and decision-making skills to deliver counselling and crisis intervention services for students, including risk-assessment, crisis management, complex case management, outreach and referrals.
  • Excellent interpersonal skills including demonstrable understanding of professional boundaries, roles and responsibilities; and strong collaboration and conflict resolution skills
  • Excellent written and verbal communication skills.
  • Functions independently and as part of multiple teams, working with other student services staff who deliver programs to Ryerson students.
  • The counsellor will be required to effectively prioritize and ensure the completion of assigned work, to change priorities as the need arises, and to work efficiently.

Experience in the following areas would be considered an asset:

  • Post-secondary setting counselling experience
  • Experience in brief, single session and short-term counselling models

Thank you for your interest with the counselling team. Please apply directly online and upload your application as one PDF document. Applications cannot be accepted through email.

Position Number(s) 20003633

Reports To  Executive Director, Student Wellbeing

Vacancy Type  TERM

Employee Group  MAC 

Start Date ASAP

End Date 1 year from the start date 

Hours of Work  36.25

Grade and Step  C42

Salary Scale  Target hiring range $65,391-$84,923
Full Salary Scale; $65,391 - 104,455

HR Advisor  Alanna Neshevich

Application Close Date  December 4, 2020

We encourage all First Nations, Metis and Inuit peoples or Indigenous peoples of North America, to self-identify in their applications and also reach out to Tracey King, Indigenous Human Resources Lead  for support during the selection process.Qualified MAC employees will be interviewed before members of other employee groups

As part of the selection process, candidates may be required to complete an occupational assessment.  
Applications will only be accepted online through Ryerson's careersite.