Detailed Job Description
Mission College is currently accepting applications for a temporary, full-time Counselor with the Title III Asian American Native American Pacific Islander Serving Institution (AANAPISI) Programs. We are currently seeking applicants who have successful experience and a genuine interest in working with under-represented groups.
Mission College is located in the heart of Silicon Valley. Our staff and faculty are among the most qualified in the state and our students appreciate the college for its friendly staff and supportive atmosphere.
Applicants who possess the knowledge, skills, abilities and life experiences to address the educational needs of Asian American Pacific Islander student populations are encouraged to apply.
This is a full-time, 11-month, temporary position that has an anticipated start date of June 18, 2014, and remains grant-funded until at least January 2015. Areas of responsibility include: providing academic, career, and personal counseling services to Asian American Pacific Islander students; conducting workshops, orientations, and/or outreach activities, and teaching as needed. This position is represented by the Association of College Educators (ACE).
Work location: Mission College, Santa Clara, CA
1. Education – Possess one of the following:
- Master’s degree in counseling, rehabilitation counseling, clinical psychology, counseling psychology, guidance counseling, educational counseling, social work, or career development, marriage and family therapy, or marriage, family and child counseling; OR
- Bachelor’s degree in any of the above AND a license as a Marriage and Family Therapist (MFT); OR
- A valid California Community College Counselor’s Credential; OR
- The equivalent of the above.
2. Demonstrated ability to effectively work with persons of diverse socioeconomic, cultural, disability, and ethnic backgrounds.
- Experience in counseling students with personal, career and academic counseling and in teaching counseling courses, preferably at the community college level;
- Significant training or experience in working with students distinguished by ethnicity, culture, language, economic barriers, and sexual orientation;
- Training or experience in working with students limited by language, social or economic disadvantages and/or under-represented students;
- Skills in educational, career, personal, and motivational counseling;
- Ability to work effectively as a team member;
- Good oral and written communication skills;
- Knowledge of career development concepts and sources of occupational information;
- Understanding of educational support programs (EOPS, CalWorks, Disabled Student Services, Tutorials) aimed at assisting underrepresented students;
- Knowledge of the California community college matriculation process;
- Knowledge of assessment including placement, career, personality and aptitude instruments and test interpretation;
- Knowledge and skills in the use of technology in counseling;
- Ability to speak a foreign language such as Vietnamese or Tagalog.
Examples of Duties and Responsibilities
- Under administrative supervision, provide advisory and informational services to Asian American Pacific Islander (AAPI) students currently enrolled in ESL, Science, Technology, Engineering, and Math (STEM) courses; and students enrolled in the Honors Transfer Project;
- Meet with and assist AAPI STEM, and Honors Transfer Project students in meeting their course requirements towards progress in their respective course sequences and transfer to a four-year institution;
- Meet with and assist ESL students in meeting their course requirements towards progress into regular track English and transfer to a four-year institution;
- Develop Student Educational Plans;
- Develop and conduct workshops on topics such as ESL transition, effective goal setting, stress/time management, transferring to STEM institutions, careers in STEM, encouraging students to pursue a STEM major, transfer application workshops, etc.;
- Teach Counseling courses as part of a pilot Asian American Pacific Islander Learning Community;
- Coordinate student recruitment efforts and implementation of a pilot Asian American Pacific Islander Learning Community;
- Assist in piloting career assessment activities (i.e. Myers-Briggs Type Inventory & Strong Interest Inventory assessments);
- Work collaboratively with AANAPISI staff such as the Director of Federal Student Services Grants, STEM/Transfer Program Coordinator, Program Coordinator –ESL Transitions, Institutional Business/Technology Analyst, and Senior Administrative Assistant;
- Maintain relationship with the Counseling Dept. and other units of the college to ensure students are given proper academic and student services support;
- Maintain student logs and records for reporting to the U.S. Department of Education;
- Conduct outreach in appropriate ESL and STEM classes to promote AANAPISI services;
- Perform related duties as assigned.
Knowledge and Abilities
- General education, major, degree and transfer requirements such as assist.org, UC TAG agreements, etc.;
- STEM majors and course sequences;
- Working with low-income students who are first in their families to attend college;
- An understanding of issues facing underserved communities in higher education;
- Willingness to learn or a basic understanding of federal regulations and requirements as stipulated in the AANAPISI Part A and F grants;
- Computer databases and spreadsheets such as MS Excel;
- Oral and written communication skills;
- Interpersonal skills using tact, patience and courtesy;
- WVMCCD organization, operations, policies and objectives;
- Communicate effectively both orally and in writing;
- Demonstrate cultural sensitivity to the needs of Asian American Pacific Islander student populations;
- Read, interpret, apply and explain rules, regulations, policies and procedures;
- Maintain records and prepare statistical and narrative reports;
- Perform a variety of promotional activities;
- Perform clerical duties as required;
- Meet schedules and timelines;
- Demonstrate completion of work tasks with many interruptions;
- Establish and maintain cooperative and effective working relationships with others including: AANAPISI staff, students, categorical programs, Counseling department, STEM departments, etc.;
- Report to supervisor and update supervisor on a regular basis;
- Maintain confidentiality.
Salary and Benefits
- Anticipated hiring range: $48,891 to $76,087 annually, is based on academic achievement, teaching and related experience.
- Employer-contributed medical, dental and vision for employee and dependents, to include domestic partner.
- 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.
- Interested applicants must submit online all materials requested, including:
(1) A completed online West Valley-Mission Community College District application; (2) Resume; (3) Cover letter; (4) Transcripts – (unofficial or official copies) for stated degrees having the degree confer/award dates circled. Official transcripts will be required prior to employment start date should the position be offered. (5) District Equivalency Application, if applicable; and (6) Any requested licenses or certificates, if applicable.
- All sections of the online application, including Education and Educational Work History, must be completed thoroughly.
- Supervisor(s) name(s) and telephone numbers must be included in the application.
- Incomplete applications will not be considered.
- Do NOT send unrequested materials. Unrequested materials will not be used for consideration of employment.
- The employment application and supporting documents represent you; it is to your advantage to fill out the application form carefully and completely.
- Degrees must have been awarded by a college or university accredited by an accrediting body recognized by the U.S. Council on Post-Secondary Accreditation and/or the U.S. Department of Education.
- Candidates with degrees not identical to the required state or local qualifications must apply for equivalency by completing the equivalency form, which is part of the application package. See Equivalency Information below.
- Candidates with degrees earned outside of the United States must provide official certification of equivalency to U. S. degrees by a certified U. S. credential review service, must have a U.S. evaluation (course by course of the transcripts) and must be submitted with this online application.
- If you do not have an electronic version of the transcript, you can get it scanned at an office supply or copy store; then attach the electronic version of your transcript to this online application.
- Copies of diplomas, grade reports, graduation petitions, transcript evaluations requests, or similar documents WILL NOT be accepted in lieu of transcripts.
For assistance, contact: West Valley-Mission Community College District is an Equal Opportunity Employer
Office of Human Resources, Attn: Recruitment
14000 Fruitvale Ave, Saratoga, CA 95070
Phone: (408) 741-2174 Fax: (408) 867-9059