Employment Opportunities

Faculty Position – Chair of the Department of Psychotherapy and Spirituality
Full-time (37.5 hours week); initial 3-year term

St Stephen’s College invites applications for the position of Chair, Department of Psychotherapy and Spirituality. The anticipated start-date is 1 February 2017 (overlapping with the current Chair for two months), for an initial appointment of three years. The annual salary range is currently: $52,821-57,758 for candidates with a master’s degree, or $69,641-82,035 for candidates with a doctoral degree.

Position Overview
In collaboration with the Principal and Dean, the Chair of the Department of Psychotherapy and Spirituality (“the Chair”) is responsible for resources, curricula, and student and faculty support for the Master of Psychotherapy and Spirituality (MPS) degree, including its Specialization in Art Therapy, and the Post-Master’s Art Therapy Certificate (PMATC) program. The Chair oversees the administration, growth and development of the programs. This is a full-time position, academic rank and salary as negotiated, and with other benefits in accordance with the Faculty Personnel Policies of the College.

Qualifications and Skills
Educational Qualifications and Professional Competencies:
• Academic training in psychotherapy/counselling/art therapy required; background in theology is recommended
• Earned doctoral degree or its equivalent is preferred
• Experience in clinical counselling practice, active clinical membership and registration in a professional association, preferably with a supervisory qualification (eg Canadian Art Therapy Association, Canadian Counselling and Psychotherapy Association). Eligibility for registration as a CCC with CCPA. Registration as an Art Therapist is preferred.
• Experience in program management and development, curriculum planning, teaching, and clinical supervision
• Ability to multi-task, and to work to close deadlines
• Excellent written and oral communications skills, and conversance with social media tools
• Ability to liaise with stakeholder groups in the community, eg professional and academic associations (CCPA, CATA), practicum partners, examiners, supervisors, committee members
• Awareness of, and essential agreement with, the College’s Mission and Values Statement.

Primary Functions
Primary Responsibilities
• Advise and mentor current and potential students, and Associate Faculty related to the Department, including attending to disciplinary issues that might arise
• Oversee the overall policy and program development for the MPS and PMATC programs, including general administration, budgeting, and implementation
• Oversee planning, development and staffing of projects, courses, workshops and seminars required by the curriculum standards of the MPS and PMATC programs
• Manage and coordinate Practicum, Capstone and Thesis processes
• Ensure that resources required are available to students, instructors, and Associate Faculty
• Oversee the planning of Continuing Education events related to Department disciplines
• Manage advertising and promotion of the Department, including recruitment of students
• Ensure that planning for the MPS and PMATC programs are coordinated with wider program needs of the College
• Collaborate with other agencies and institutions as may be appropriate, including remaining knowledgeable about regulatory trends and issues affecting the Department
• Support and manage the Program Committee, including facilitating ongoing transformation to keep members apprised of trends and opportunities in the professional community
• Share with other members of the Faculty and Staff in the collegial life of the College, which may include serving on committees and being involved in constituency liaison
• Work closely with the Principal and Dean, Faculty Council, Senate, and the Registrar’s Office in matters relating to approvals, student progress, and instructional procedures
• Oversee the admissions, orientation, and graduation processes for the Department
• Manage the art studio and supervise the studio Teaching Assistants
• Attend to her/his need for ongoing professional development through reading, research and publication, and attendance at meetings of appropriate professional societies
• Teach at least one course annually—or its negotiated equivalent—in the College curriculum
• Carry out other responsibilities and duties as assigned

Working Relationships
The Chair:
• is a full member of the Faculty of the College, and is expected to attend regular meetings of Faculty Council, as well as emergent meetings as possible
• is accountable to Faculty colleagues in matters of Faculty responsibility
• is a full voting member, ex officio, of the Psychotherapy and Spirituality Program Committee and works with the Committee to help set program direction, policy and promotion
• is a full voting member, ex officio, of the Academic Senate, and attends Senate meetings
• is a member of the St Stephen’s staff and expected to attend periodic meetings of the staff
• may be asked to represent the College on other committees or working groups, internal or external, in rotation with other Staff and Faculty and in consultation with the Dean
• works closely with the Dean’s Office, the Director of Academic and Administrative Services (Registrar), and the Executive Assistant to the Department

The Chair:
• is accountable to the Principal and Dean in matters of teaching, academic policy and personnel matters, according to the Faculty Personnel Policies of the College
• will participate in annual and other performance reviews with the Principal and Dean as needed and specified in the Faculty Personnel Policies of the College
• will be supported by an Executive Assistant, and the provision of technical and communication resources as required

The Department of Psychotherapy and Spirituality offers professional degrees and certificates in counselling, psychotherapy, and art therapy within a holistic health framework integrated with spirituality. Students are invited into their own process of creative exploration, healing and transformational learning. The quality of presence that is nurtured at the College prepares future clinicians, researchers and community leaders to better serve those in need. Students are trained and develop clinical and professional competencies through course and studio work, independent study, practicum placements, clinical supervision, personal therapy and thesis requirements. Graduates become professional, certified and registered members of many professional bodies (eg CCPA and CATA), and are prepared to qualify for the emerging regulatory Colleges (eg the College of Registered Psychotherapists of Ontario).

St Stephen’s College is a theological college located in Edmonton, Alberta, on the main campus of The University of Alberta. The College is primarily oriented toward graduate theological education, but also offers undergraduate University of Alberta credit courses. The College has a reputation for innovation in theological education, and values flexibility, non-traditional modes of learning, an action-reflection model of education, the testing of new methodologies, collegiality, inclusive imagery, self-directed learning, and the integration of theology with the arts.

St Stephen’s College hires on the basis of merit. We are committed to the principle of equity and inclusiveness in employment. We welcome diversity and encourage applications from all qualified persons, regardless of race, creed, age, sexual orientation or gender identity. Benefits include participation in the United Church of Canada pension and group insurance (health/dental) plan.

Application Procedure
By or before November 15, 2016, submit a cover letter, resume or curriculum vitae, and letters or names of three professional referees (including email addresses and phone numbers). Candidates will be informed if references are being called. Submit applications by email only.

Psychotherapy and Spirituality Search Committee
c/o Dr. Earle Sharam, Principal and Dean
St Stephen’s College
8810 – 112 Street NW
Edmonton, Alberta
Canada T6G 2J6
Fax: 780-433-8875
E-mail: st.stephens@ualberta.ca

We thank all applicants for their interest; however, only those who are selected for an interview will be contacted. In accordance with Canadian Immigration requirements, this advertisement is directed in the first instance to Canadian Citizens and Permanent Residents.

This position will remain open until filled.