Career and Education Advisor

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Closing date: Aug 31, 2018

Location: Yellowknife

Department: ECE Adult & Advanced Education

Job Code: 15899

Wage: See "Salary Information" below.

Job: Full-Time

Term: Temporary

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About the Job

Job Information

The Career and Education Advisor is responsible to lead, manage and coordinate the design, development, implementation and delivery of specialized career and education services and supports as well as promote NWT employment opportunities and careers that are in high demand, to ensure NWT students and youth are supported to make informed and positive education and career choices.

NWT labour market forecasts and needs assessments indicate that there will be between 28,500 and 36,700 job openings in the NWT, with 78% of those jobs requiring some form of postsecondary education, training and/or work experience.  NWT youth represent approximately one third of the Territory's future labour supply, making it essential to prepare them for these employment opportunities in order to attract, develop and retain an educated, productive and thriving northern labour force that meets the needs of the NWT economy.

The Government of the Northwest Territories (GNWT) has a mandate to increase the number of 18 to 24 year old youth in the labour market by removing barriers to employment using a better mix of improved educational attainment, skill development, and matching skills with employer needs through improved career development supports.  This focus will help to build and expand the NWT's workforce, close skill gaps for in-demand jobs, and more effectively respond to employer, industry and community needs.

The Career and Education Advisor will develop and deliver the supports and guide NWT students and youth in selecting the appropriate high school pathway and experiences that best align their aspirations with postsecondary education, training and work experience.  The goal is to lead to employment success in a range of occupations across the Territory, with a focus on those jobs that are in demand as identified in the 2016 Skills 4 Success: NWT Jobs in Demand 15-Year Forecast.

This work will include: design, development and implementation of career and education advising strategies, products, tools and supports, including research and analysis on best practices applicable to the NWT; establishment and maintenance of networks and strategic outreach with key stakeholders and partners to advance NWT career exploration and successful student transition; performance management and evaluation including development of a performance measurement system, administering student case files, and tracking and reporting on system results in tandem with the Skills 4 Success Performance Measurement Plan; and delivery of specialized career and education advising services to students in grades 9 to 12 and to youth aged 18 to 24.

The Career and Education Advisor will report to the Director of Advanced Education and Student Transition in the Department of Education, Culture and Employment in Yellowknife, NWT.  This position forms part of the Skills 4 Success Career and Education Advising Team, which is mobile and provides services in NWT communities to grade 9 to 12 students and to 18 to 24-year-old youth.

The Career and Education Advisor will provide services through a combination of in-person and distance video and teleconference advising sessions both individually and in group settings, in accordance with student and youth specific abilities, interests and goals, while also promoting and raising awareness of occupations in demand in the NWT.

The Career and Education Advisor will have the knowledge, skills and abilities obtained through the completion of:

  • A Bachelor's Degree in Education with a specialization in Career Development, or Economics or relevant Social Sciences or related discipline; or
  • A Master's Degree in Education with a specialization in Career Development, or Economics or relevant Social Sciences or related discipline; and
  • Five (5) years of relevant experience.

Equivalencies will be considered.

Experience designing, developing and delivering academic and career guidance services and supports within a Northern context will be considered assets.

Membership within the Canadian Council for Career Development or any other associated professional organization will also be considered an asset.

Fluency in English and any other official language of the NWT will be considered an asset.

Department Information

The Department of Education, Culture and Employment (ECE) provides the residents of the Northwest Territories with access to quality programs, services and support to assist them in making informed and productive choices for themselves and their families with regard to education, training, careers, employment and labour, child development, languages, culture and heritage.

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Diversity and Inclusion

The Government of the Northwest Territories is an inclusive workplace.  If you have a disability and you require support during the hiring process, you are encouraged to identify your needs if you are contacted for an assignment or interview so that you may be accommodated during the hiring process.


Affirmative Action

Candidates must clearly identify their eligibility in order to receive priority consideration under the Affirmative Action Policy.


Criminal Records Check

Candidates must provide a satisfactory criminal record check. Failure to provide a satisfactory check may deem you disqualified from the competition.



Eligibility lists will be created from this competition to fill future term and indeterminate positions.


Salary Information

Salary for this position is currently Under Review.


Equivalent combinations of education and experience will be considered.


Job Opening Information

Job Opening ID # 15899

Closing Date: August 31, 2018 - 23:59, Mountain Standard Time


GNWT Inquiries

Inquiries Only:

Management and Recruitment Services
Department of Finance
Government of the Northwest Territories
Yellowknife Centre 5th Floor  
P.O. Box 1320, Yellowknife NT X1A 2L9
Fax: (867) 873-0445

Term Position

This job opening is for a two (2) year term. Eligibility lists will be created from this competition to fill future term and indeterminate Career and Education Advisor positions in various regional centers within the NWT.


The incumbent in this position will be required to travel extensively to NWT communities which will include transportation by small aircraft to more remote communities as well as motor vehicle, sometimes utilizing winter roads.