Counselor (EOPS) - 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 currently accepting applications for a full-time, tenure track Counselor with the Extended Opportunity Program and Services. Areas of responsibility include: providing academic, career, and personal counseling services to EOPS-eligible students; and conducting workshops, orientations, and/or outreach activities, as needed. Applicants who possess the knowledge, skills, abilities and life experiences to address the educational needs of linguistically and culturally diverse student populations are encouraged to apply.


This is a full-time, 11-month, tenure track position, which begins in Spring 2015. The work assignment consists of counseling, teaching, and other responsibilities necessary for the effective operation of the Extended Opportunity Program and Services (EOPS) at Mission College. Flexibility to work days, evenings, and/or weekends as needed is required.

Minimum Qualifications

  • 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
  • The equivalent of the above.
  • Degrees must be earned from an accredited institution.
  • 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. This form must be completed for employment consideration.
  • Candidates with foreign degrees must provide official certification of equivalency to U.S. degrees, by a certified U.S. credential review service. Simple translation of the language on foreign diplomas, transcripts, coursework, or similar will NOT suffice, thus will cause the application packet to be judged as incomplete.
  • Demonstrated ability to effectively teach, counsel or work with persons of diverse socioeconomic, cultural, disability, and ethnic backgrounds.
  • Have completed a minimum of nine semester units of college course work predominantly relating to ethnic minorities or persons handicapped by language, social or economic disadvantages or
  • Six semester units or equivalent of a college-level counseling practicum or counseling field work courses in a community college EOPS program, or in a program dealing predominantly with ethnic minorities or persons handicapped by language, social or economic disadvantages and,
  • Shall have two years of occupational experience in work relating to ethnic minorities or persons handicapped by language, social or economic disadvantages

Desired Qualifications

  • Experience in counseling students with academic, career, transfer, and personal issues.
  • Knowledge, skills, and ability to work with students distinguished by ethnicity, culture, language, economic barriers, sexual orientation, and/or other underrepresented groups.
  • Knowledge and skills in current retention and student success strategies.
  • Knowledge and experience in matriculation (student support pathway) processes.
  • Strong oral and written 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.
  • Knowledge of transfer and articulation resources.
  • Experience in teaching counseling courses.
  • Understanding of and the ability to work effectively with educational support programs aimed at assisting underrepresented students such as EOPS, Disabled Student Services, Puente, Success, Athletics, International, etc.
  • Knowledge of assessment, including placement and career instruments and test interpretation.
  • Knowledge, skills, and ability to stay updated with the use of technology in counseling and teaching.

Examples of Duties and Responsibilities


  • Counseling and advising students, by appointment or on a drop-in basis.
  • Maintain accountable records and data on EOPS students.
    *Conduct workshops and new student orientations.
  • Perform specialized work as necessary during registration periods.
  • Participate in program, department, committee and college meetings, and staff development activities.
  • Perform outreach, retention and transition duties.
  • Monitor students’ academic progress.
  • Attend formal in-service training.
  • Organize, coordinate, and facilitate program activities, including university tours.
  • Articulate with community at large, college staff, students, and administration regarding the goals and objectives of EOPS.
  • Upon consultation with the counselor, counselors may also be assigned by the dean to teach one or more counseling courses during a semester.
    *Counselors have the option of teaching outside their primary area on an overload basis.
  • To be eligible for an assignment outside their area of primary responsibility, they must qualify through the established guidelines.
  • Counselors who teach courses must comply with the same duties required of the academics as outlined in their job description, including ½ hour of office hours for each section taught.
  • In addition to the counseling related duties outlined above, members of the counseling faculty are expected to assume institutional responsibilities which are of value to their department, division, college and/or District as delineated in Article 22.

Knowledge and Abilities


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

  • To be considered an applicant for a position at West Valley-Mission Community College District, all materials requested in the job announcement must be received no later than the deadline. Incomplete and/or late applications will not receive committee consideration.
  • If transcripts are required, include copies of ALL college transcripts with your application to verify all degrees earned and college coursework taken. Certified copies are only required at time of hire.
  • Copies of diplomas, grade reports, graduation petitions, transcript evaluations requests, or similar documents WILL NOT be accepted in lieu of transcripts.
  • Foreign transcripts and degrees require official certification of equivalency to U.S. transcripts and degrees by a certified U.S. review service at the time of application.
  • 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.
West Valley-Mission Community College District is an Equal Opportunity Employer

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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