Counselor (Puente Project) - 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

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Detailed Job Description

Mission College is accepting applications from enthusiastic, qualified persons interested in a full-time, tenure tract instructional counseling position. The instructional counselor works in collaboration with student services programs, instructional programs and campus-wide committees for implementation, coordination and overall operation of instructional counseling related functions for the college. Primary responsibilities entail use of instructional methodology for providing academic, career and personal counseling services to students in order to assist them in achieving their educational goals, and to assist with college outreach activities.

This position includes a 25% assignment to coordinate the Puente Project, and a 25% assignment to counsel and teach Puente Project students. The counselor is also required to participate in the professional and academic work within the department and college. 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.

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 teaching 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 that begins in Spring 2015. 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. The work assignment consists of classroom instruction, counseling, and other responsibilities and activities necessary for the effective and efficient operation of the department, college, and district.

The Puente Project coordination assignment involves recruitment/selection of students, monitoring student progress for graduation/transfer into a four year college/university, recruitment/training of project mentors, monitor student-mentor relationship and progress, design and teach Personal Development classes each term, co-planning and attending Puente activities, and working collaboratively with the Puente state office, including participation in report requirements and on-going training.

This position is represented by the Association of College Educators (ACE).

Work location: Mission College, Santa Clara, CA

Minimum Qualifications

1. Education – Possess any 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 one of the above listed degrees AND a license as a Marriage and Family Therapist (MFT); OR
  • 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 in outreach, especially to high school students.
  • Experience with service delivery for underrepresented, underserved populations, especially Latino students.
  • Bilingual and/or bi-literate ability (Spanish/English).
  • Experience in developing, coordinating, and supervising a program, including budget management, grants writing and fundraising.
  • Experiences in teaching/counseling, preferably at a community college level.
  • Demonstrated skills in academic, career, personal, and motivational counseling, and instructional delivery.
  • Skills in group facilitation and leadership development.

Examples of Duties and Responsibilities

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

  • Instruction and counseling/advising students including academic, career, and personal counseling and development of Education Plans.
  • Perform activities such as orientation, advisement, and follow-up.
  • Work with campus departments and programs to implement outreach activities for identified populations, schools, industry and community. Primary emphasis will be on high schools.
  • Articulate with the community-at-large, college staff, students and administration regarding the goals and objectives of Mission College.
  • Specialized work as necessary during registration periods.
  • Formal in-service training.
  • Program/service development activities.
  • General counseling course instruction and scheduled appointments.
  • Other duties as assigned by the Vice President (or designee) as required for the department and/or college.
  • Attend department, division, college, and district meetings.
  • Perform other collegial responsibilities by participating in the participatory governance activities of the college and the district and in other special projects as needed.
  • 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.

Knowledge and Abilities

Knowledge of:

  • Assessment and test interpretation including: academic, career, personality and aptitude instruments.
  • California community college matriculation process.
  • Articulation and transfer processes, as relates to community college students.
  • Effective mentoring programs.
  • Community organizations, social service agencies, and other resources.
  • Use of technology as a counseling tool.

Ability to:

  • Demonstrate excellent oral and written communication skills.
  • Work effectively as a team member.
  • Take an active role in working with faculty, student groups, and college support services.

Salary and Benefits

  • Anticipated Hiring Range: $54,624 to $85,010 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.
  • 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.

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

  • Counselor (Puente Project)
  • 2 Silicon Valley locations
  • student-centered learning environment
  • empowering diverse human capital
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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