Counselor - Student Success and Support Program - West Valley-Mission Community College District in Santa Clara California

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West Valley-Mission Community College District

Santa Clara, California

United States


Detailed Job Description

Mission College is now accepting applications for a full-time, tenure-track general counselor position with a student success emphasis. Two openings are available.

We are looking for someone with a willingness to help our department grow and who will enjoy working with our diverse student body. Applicants who possess the knowledge, skills, ability, and life experiences to address the cultural and educational needs of a linguistically and culturally diverse student population are encouraged to apply.

Mission College serves a region of the San Francisco Bay Area that includes urban neighborhoods, business centers and residential communities. Nestled in the heart of the Silicon Valley, Mission College enjoys an entrepreneurial and innovative energy supplied by its closest technology and business neighbors, while continuing to maintain its quality curriculum offerings for transfer and under-prepared students.

Applicants interested in counseling and working within an energetic, student centered culture that looks to the future would find Mission College a perfect fit.


This is a full time, 11-month, tenure-track position effective August 1, 2016. The counseling responsibilities of this position include teaching and providing academic, career, and personal counseling. Assignment may include a varied time of the day or evening, and a varied Monday through Saturday schedule, and event, field trip, tour or other travel. This position is represented by the Association of College Educators and American Federation of Teachers (ACE AFT Local 6554).

Work location: Mission College, Santa Clara, CA

We have begun a district-wide classification and compensation study. The compensation study will provide information on what other employers pay employees who are performing similar duties. The District will use this information to ensure that our employees are adequately compensated.

The classification & compensation study started in November 2014 and is expected to take approximately 12-18 months to complete. As a result of this study, it is possible for the compensation to change in this position opening.

Minimum Qualifications

1. Education – Possess one of the following:

  • Master’s degree in counseling, rehabilitation counseling, clinical psychology, counseling psychology, guidance counseling, educational counseling, social work, career development, marriage and family therapy, or marriage, family and child counseling; OR
  • Bachelor’s degree in one of the above listed degrees AND a license as a Marriage and Family Therapist (MFT); OR
  • Possess a valid California Community College Instructor’s Credential in Counseling; OR
  • The equivalent of the above.


2. Demonstrated ability to effectively work with persons of diverse socioeconomic, cultural, disability, and ethnic backgrounds.

Desired Qualifications

  • Experience providing academic, career, and personal counseling.
  • Understanding of the community college system.
  • Experience with personal/crisis counseling.
  • Experience working with low-income, educationally under-prepared, historically underrepresented, and/or limited English-speaking populations.
  • Strong written and verbal communication skills.
  • Knowledge of effective teamwork principles and demonstrated application.
  • Effective organization and coordination skills.
  • Computer skills commensurate with the functions of the position.

Examples of Duties and Responsibilities

Counseling duties and responsibilities may consist of one or more of the following.

  • Counsel and advise students, on both an appointment and a drop-in basis.
  • Perform specialized work duties as necessary during registration periods.
  • Provide formal in-service training.
  • Participate in program/service development activities.
  • Coordinate efforts of counseling faculty to complete Program Review and participate in the process of SLO assessment and evaluation and use the results of these assessments in the process of continuously improving student learning.
  • Perform other duties as required for the department and/or college.
  • Counselors may also be assigned to teach one or more counseling courses during a semester.
  • Foster an environment that protects academic freedom within the college community.
  • Foster a positive working environment that is free from harassment, prejudice and/or bias.
  • Demonstrate a respect for the dignity of each individual.
  • Assume institutional responsibilities, which are of value to the department, division, college and/or District such as: actively participate in the spirit of shared governance in department, division, college and district institutional responsibilities. Such responsibilities may include recruitment and hiring, class schedule preparation, budget development, performance appraisals, mentorship, supervision of support staff, student recruitment and retention, curriculum and program development and evaluation, program review, club advising, committees, accreditation, articulation, and other duties as assigned.

Knowledge and Abilities

  • Ability to provide effective academic, career and personal counseling.
  • Knowledge of effective teaching and/or instructional delivery strategies.
  • Knowledge of the California community college Student Success and Support Program (3SP).
  • Knowledge of the articulation and transfer processes, as they relate to community college students.
  • Teaching, training, and/or cultural life experiences which enable one to teach, tutor, and mentor students from diverse language, cultural, ethnic, socioeconomic, or educational backgrounds.
  • Excellent oral and written communication skills.

Salary and Benefits

  • Anticipated Hiring Range: $58,912 to $91,683 annually, based upon academic achievement, teaching and related experience (Academic Salary Schedule, Steps 1-9).
  • Employer-contributed medical, dental and vision for employee, spouse and dependents.
  • Employer paid long term disability for employee.
  • Voluntary life insurance.
  • Sabbatical, Rejuvenation and Retraining Leaves.
  • Banked leave provisions.
  • Professional Growth and Development activities.
  • 11 days sick leave accrued annually; personal necessity and catastrophic leave.
  • Conference leaves.
  • Opportunity for overload assignments.
  • Cal STRS Retirement.
  • Position is union affiliated with required dues.
West Valley-Mission Community College District is an Equal Opportunity Employer

Keyword Phrases

  • Counselor - Student Success and Support Program
  • 2 Silicon Valley locations
  • student-centered learning environment
  • empowering diverse human capital
  • Student Affairs and Services
  • Counseling
Employment Type:Administrative Staff
Degree Required: See Job Description
Experience: See Job Description
Level of Job: Analyst / Staff
Salary: See Job Description
Type of School:2 - Year Institution / Technical
Application Requirements: CV/Resume