Counselor - SUCCESS Program (African American Learning Community) - West Valley-Mission Community College District in Saratoga California

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West Valley-Mission Community College District

Saratoga, California

United States

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Detailed Job Description

Nestled in the majestic foothills of the Santa Cruz Mountains and overlooking Silicon Valley, West Valley College is now accepting applications from enthusiastic, qualified persons interested in a full-time counseling position. The counselor works in collaboration with student services programs, instructional programs, and campus-wide committees in the implementation, coordination, and overall operation of all aspects of counseling related functions for the college. The counseling responsibilities of this position include teaching and providing, as a general counselor, academic, career, and personal counseling. This position also includes an initial assignment to co-coordinate the SUCCESS program. Applicants who possess the knowledge, skills, abilities, and life experiences to address the cultural and educational needs of a linguistically and culturally diverse student population are encouraged to apply.


This is a full-time, 11-month, tenure-track position that begins August 1, 2014. The assignment consists of counseling/teaching and the coordination of assigned activities. The initial assignment will involve coordination of the Success Program, an African-American Learning Community, working closely with participating students, faculty, mentors and the statewide affiliations. In addition, the position may include working with other special support programs such as the campus-wide Men’s Support group, and Athletics department. The position will include other duties as assigned in the Counseling department and participation in the professional and academic work of the college. In addition the counselor is expected to participate in specialized training and travel to state and regional meetings and conferences. This position is represented by the Association of College Educators (ACE).

Work location: West Valley College, Saratoga, CA

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
  • A bachelor’s degree in one of the above listed degrees AND a license as a Marriage and Family Therapist (MFT); OR
  • A valid California Community College Counseling Credential; OR
  • The equivalent of the above.


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

Desired Qualifications

  • Knowledge of California community college transfer, associate degree, and career programs.
  • Experience in counseling students with academic, career, transfer, and personal issues.
  • Significant experience and passion in working with under-represented students, particularly African American students.
  • Experience in developing, coordinating, and supervising a program, including budget management, grant writing and fund raising.
  • Knowledge of effective mentoring programs.
  • Knowledge and experience related to community organizations, social agencies, services and resources serving under-represented communities.
  • Knowledge and skills in current access, retention and student success strategies.
  • Strong written and oral communication skills.
  • Ability to work individually and as a team member.
  • Experience managing various job duties and activities simultaneously while staying organized and flexible.
  • Ability to adjust to changing job responsibilities as required by the cycle of the academic year and departmental activities.
  • Ability/experience to work effectively with computers, the Internet, e-mail, and other advanced technology.
  • Experience in teaching at the community college level.
  • Knowledge of assessment instruments and interpretation, including academic placement, personality, and interest inventories.
  • Willingness to work on departmental and college committees and with a wide range of constituents, including management, faculty and classified staff.

Examples of Duties and Responsibilities

Instructional duties and assignments may consist of one or more of the following:

  • Counsel and advise students in scheduled, drop-in, individual, and group formats to provide academic, personal and career guidance.
  • Teach counseling courses, such as college success, personal growth, study skills, orientation, and career decision-making.
  • Counselors who teach courses must comply with the same duties required of the instructors as outlined in their job description, in accordance with Article 100.7.
  • Monitor students’ academic progress and stay abreast of all transfer, AA/AS, and certificate requirements.
  • Lead and/or organize a variety of special topic workshops.
  • Attend district, college, division, and department meetings.
  • Perform other collegial responsibilities by participating in the governance activities of the college and in other special projects as needed and other assigned duties.
  • Recruit students through high school coordination with the Outreach Specialist and on campus activities.

Knowledge and Abilities

Not Applicable

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.

Application Information


  • Interested applicants must submit online all materials requested, including: (1) A completed online West Valley-Mission Community College District application; (2) Resume; (3) 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. (4) District Equivalency Application, if applicable; and (5) 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.


  • If a minimum requirement is possession of a degree, then a copy of transcripts is required to be included with your application to verify the degree being awarded. If no transcripts are included, the application may be screened as not meeting minimum requirements.
  • 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.

Applicants applying under equivalency bear the responsibility of submitting the District’s Equivalency Application form with details and evidence of the factors (academic preparation and/or experience) that they believe to be equivalent of the required qualifications for this position. Application(s) for equivalency are required if degrees are not in exact discipline required.

The Equivalency Application is included in the online application as an OPTIONAL form to complete.

  • ONLY complete the Request for Equivalency application if degree does not match discipline(s) stated in the Minimum Qualifications.
  • List accurately and completely the courses taken that match requirements of the required degree.
  • Do NOT attach documents such as course evaluations.

For assistance, contact:
Office of Human Resources, Attn: Recruitment
14000 Fruitvale Ave, Saratoga, CA 95070
Phone: (408) 741-2174 Fax: (408) 867-9059

West Valley-Mission Community College District is an Equal Opportunity Employer

Keyword Phrases

  • 2 Silicon Valley locations
  • student-centered learning environment
  • empowering diverse human capital
  • 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