Detailed Job Description
West Valley College is currently accepting applications from qualified persons interested in a full-time teaching, advising/counseling, and assessment position working with students with disabilities. This is a tenure track faculty position with assignment to the Disability and Educational Support Program (DESP).
Though just minutes from the heart of the Silicon Valley, West Valley College is in a beautiful park-like setting on 143 wooded acres. This physical environment enhances the existing warm and inviting collegiate learning environment.
Applicants who possess the knowledge, skills, and life experiences to address the cultural and educational needs of a culturally diverse student population are encouraged to apply.
This is a full-time, 10-month, tenure-track position that begins in Fall 2016. Instructional assignments may include day and/or evening classes, Monday thru Saturday, as needed and rotate among the Learning Disability faculty. It is expected that over several semesters all levels of Learning Disabilities offered at the college will be taught. This position is represented by the Association of College Educators and American Federation of Teachers (ACE AFT Local 6554).
Work location: West Valley College, Saratoga, 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.
1. Education – Possess either of the following:
- Master’s degree, or equivalent foreign degree, in the category of disability, special education, education, psychology, educational psychology, or rehabilitation counseling; AND
- Fifteen semester units of upper division or graduate study in the area of disability; OR
- The equivalent of the above.
2. Demonstrated ability to effectively work with persons of diverse socioeconomic, cultural, disability, and ethnic backgrounds.
- Experience teaching adults with learning disabilities and other disabilities in an academic setting.
- Sufficient competency in basic academic skills to be able to teach academic classes in pre-Algebra, basic Algebra, reading, writing and learning strategy skills.
- Skills and knowledge in the use of adaptive computer technology and computer assisted instruction for students with disabilities.
- Training and experience in the administration, scoring and interpretation of appropriate diagnostic assessments to include the Woodcock-Johnson Tests of Cognitive Abilities and Tests of Achievement (WJ-IV) and the Wechsler Adult Intelligence Scale (WAIS-IV).
- Completion of, or eligibility for, the California Community College Chancellor’s Office Training for determining eligibility for learning disability services and accommodations.
- Knowledge of the methods and principles of teaching students with learning disabilities and other disabilities.
- Experience advising or counseling students with learning disabilities or other cognitive or physical disabilities.
Strong organizational skills, excellent interpersonal skills including the ability to convey information clearly, solve problems and respond appropriately to student and staff needs.
- Knowledge of state and federal guidelines and academic accommodations as required by the Americans with Disabilities Act, and Section 504 of the Rehabilitation Act (1973).
- High level communication skills, both written and oral.
- Ability to establish and maintain collaborative working relationships with other college faculty, staff and administrators.
- Ability to provide liaison with high school special education programs and community agencies.
- Ability to develop curriculum for adults with disabilities.
- Ability to train and direct instructional assistants.
Examples of Duties and Responsibilities
Instructional duties and assignments may consist of one or more of the following:
- Provide instruction for assigned courses. This includes preparation, in class activities, evaluation of students’ work, consultation with students outside of class (scheduling time beyond normal office hours if necessary), maintenance of currency in the subjects taught and other efforts related to the teaching of the assigned classes.
- Maintain accurate class and other records conforming with state requirements and stated district and college needs.
- Submit, when due, all necessary reports, such as attendance, grade reports, rosters, classes and office hour schedules.
- Follow course outline for each course with the appropriate division offices.
- Post and maintain office hours each week in accordance with the collective bargaining agreement.
- Observe, support and enforce the regulations, policies and programs of the District and college.
- Provide each student with a written course syllabus as per instructions in the Faculty handbook at the beginning of the course.
- Refer students to appropriate college sources for information on counseling and other student services.
- Assist students by providing advice on requirements for successful achievement in the member’s area of expertise.
- Work cooperatively within the college community.
- 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 positive communication skills within the college community.
- 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
Salary and Benefits
West Valley-Mission Community College District is an Equal Opportunity Employer
- Anticipated Hiring Range: $53,557 to $83,349 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.
- 10 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.