Job ID: #SCHII-24-30

Job Title: Counsellor 

Department: Student Health & Wellness

Campus: Thunder Bay, ON 

Status: Full Time, Permanent

Job Category: Schedule II


Date Posted: May 6, 2024

Closing Date: May 24, 2024


Why Lakehead University?

Thunder Bay is one of Canada’s top emerging cities. Here you will find a mix of modern city living and the best of nature – all on your doorstep. Thunder Bay provides small city affordability, big city opportunities and the bonus of a superior lifestyle. When it comes to location, nature and cost of living, Thunder Bay is one of the best places to live in Canada. For more on the vibrant city of Thunder Bay, visit

At Lakehead University we challenge the conventional to provide a university experience that’s far from ordinary.  Your unique ideas will be respected and encouraged.  Join our thriving academic community where you can make a real difference through innovation and collaboration. 

Lakehead is a comprehensive University with a reputation for innovative programs and cutting-edge research. In 2022, for the third year in a row, Lakehead University was included in the top 100 of the Times Higher Education Impact Rankings. Lakehead is the highest ranked university in the world with under 10,000 students. Maclean’s has once again included Lakehead University among Canada’s top 10 primarily undergraduate universities in the magazine’s 2023 University Rankings.

About this Job

Lakehead University has the opportunity for a full time Counsellor in Student Health and Wellness.  As a member of the Counselling team, you will provide professional mental health services, including drop-in counselling, on-going short-term treatment, and groups, in order to support student wellness and academic success. You will assess student needs (including risk assessments) in order to inform provision of care and/or referral, as well as provide mental health services within your regulatory body's scope of practice.


You will collaborate with internal and external health professionals, as well as the university community maintaining compliance with your regulatory body's code of conduct, college standards and practices, and relevant legislation (PHIPA, Regulated Health Professions Act, Health Promotion and Protection Act).




The successful candidate will have a Master’s Degree in Social Work or related discipline and be registered with a regulatory body. The incumbent must have extensive experience with individual counselling (especially single session/solution focused/brief therapy and walk-in counselling), experience developing and facilitating group sessions (psycho-educational and therapeutic), and a working knowledge of relevant legislation (Personal Health Information and Privacy Act, Family and Children's Services Act, etc.).  Preference will be given to applicants with additional Counselling certifications (e.g. Crisis Intervention, Addictions).  Additional qualifications include the ability to practice independently using excellent clinical judgment and knowledge of mental health issues affecting young adults. 


The ideal candidate would have lived experience as a member of an equity deserving group.  Experience working in a cross-cultural setting with diverse populations such as international students and refugees, along with an awareness of, and/or training in anti-oppressive practices is preferred.  The ability to work in a second language would be considered an asset.


Working Conditions


What do We Offer?

This position offers a competitive remuneration package including salary, comprehensive benefits package, life insurance, pension plan, and tuition waiver.



How to Apply

Interested applicants may apply by clicking on this link to this Google Form and attaching your cover

letter and resume in word or PDF format.


If you are experiencing any issues with the Google Form, please email for assistance. 



We appreciate your interest; however, only those selected for an interview will be notified.  Lakehead University is committed to creating a diverse and inclusive environment and welcomes applications from all qualified individuals including women, racialized persons, Indigenous people, persons with disabilities and other equity-seeking groups. All qualified candidates are encouraged to apply; however, Canadian citizens and permanent residents will be given priority.  This is in accordance with Canadian immigration requirements. 

Lakehead University is committed to supporting an accessible environment. Applicants requiring accommodation during the interview process should contact the Office of Human Resources at (807) 343.8334 or to make appropriate arrangements