Learning Specialist/Counselor - Orange Coast College in Costa Mesa California

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Orange Coast College

Costa Mesa, California

United States

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Detailed Job Description

Orange Coast College

Learning Specialist/Counselor


$ 81,366.00 - $107,171.00 Annually

Apply by: 12/11/2014

Complete job description and application available online at: http://www.cccd.edu/employment/open_positions/Pages/ft_faculty.aspx

The Disabled Students Programs and Services (DSPS) LD Specialist/Counselor will design, implement and execute individual and group remedial instruction for adults identified as having learning disabilities; will be responsible for the evaluation and certification of new learning disabled students.  In addition, the DSPS LD Specialist/Counselor will provide comprehensive academic, vocational and disability management counseling services to students with disabilities in a diverse environment.  The DSPS LD Specialist/Counselor will be part of a team of professionals who will develop, coordinate, and implement comprehensive disability support services designed to meet legal mandates and student success in collaboration with campus faculty, community agencies, and students with disabilities.


Must meet one of the following qualifications in Group A (a-d) and one in Group B (a or b) to serve as a community college learning specialist/counselor of students with disabilities:


a.    Possess a master’s degree, or equivalent foreign degree, in rehabilitation counseling, OR

b.    Possess a master’s degree, or equivalent foreign degree, in special education, and twenty four or more semester units in upper division or graduate level course work in counseling, guidance, student personnel, psychology, or social work; AND

c.    A master’s degree in counseling, guidance, student personnel, psychology, career development, or social welfare; and either twelve or more semester units in upper division or graduate level course work specifically in counseling or rehabilitation of individuals with disabilities, or two years of full-time experience,, or the equivalent, in one or more of the following:

1)    Counseling and/or guidance for students with disabilities; OR

2)    Counseling and/or guidance in industry, government, public agencies, military or private social welfare organizations in which the responsibilities of the position were predominantly or exclusively for person with disabilities.

d.    Possess a combination of education and experience that is at least the equivalent to the above.  Candidates making an application on the basis of equivalency must submit the Application for Equivalency in addition to all other required materials.


a.    Fifteen semester units of graduate study in Learning Disabilities; OR

b.    Certificate with the Chancellor’s Office on the California Community College Model of Assessment of Learning Disabilities.  If not already certified, certification by the Chancellor’s Office is required by January 26, 2015.


1.    Certificate of completion from State Chancellor’s Learning Disabilities Eligibility Model Training.

2.    Experience teaching credit instruction for students with disabilities at the community college

3.    Experience developing curriculum for credit instruction at the community college

4.    Experience working with adults with disabilities.

5.    Skills in academic, career and personal counseling.

6.    Ability to teach learning skills/counseling courses and workshops.

7.    Ability to work in a counseling and teaching relationship with students of various backgrounds and disabilities.

8.    Ability to be flexible in accommodating student and program needs.

9.    Ability to interact effectively and work cooperatively with community college administration, faculty, staff, and students.

10.    Knowledge of assessment measures (academic, vocational, psycho-social, and cognitive) to include interpretation and utilization in the counseling process.

11.    Ability to communicate effectively, both orally and in writing.

12.    Knowledge of career development concepts and resources.

13.    Knowledge of community social agencies, services, and resources.

14.    Skill in group facilitation and process.

15.    Knowledge of community college programs and services.

16.    Ability to interact effectively as a member of an experienced inter-disciplinary team.

17.    Ability to quickly learn new information and procedures.

18.    Knowledge of Title 5, 504 and ADA regulations that impact the provision of services to students with disabilities.

 Conditions of Employment:

Contract (tenure track), full-time, two-semester per year position (195 days)

Start Date:  Spring Semester - February 2015.

Assignment may include day, evening, weekend and summer hours.

Salary Range:  Full-time, two-semester position with a maximum starting range of $52,548.00 - $89,590.00 is offered, based on the 2013-2014 Salary Schedule of $52,548.00 to $125,284.00. In addition, an annual stipend of $2,849.00 is offered for possession of an earned doctorate from an accredited institution.

Pay Philosophy:  Starting salaries for academic positions are based on a combination of education and experience. Initial placement is within the starting salary range. Further advancements are based on longevity and professional development. An additional annual stipend is offered for possession of an earned doctorate from an accredited institution.


Applications must be received no later than the posted closing date. There are NO EXCEPTIONS.  Electronic applications may be completed by visiting www.cccd.edu/employment.  Once you have completed an electronic application, you may apply to open positions within the Coast Community College District by submitting the application and all other required materials. Required materials differ for each open position and must be complete when submitted for a specific posting. Instructions for completing applications and applying to posted positions are available online or by calling Applicant Processing at (714) 438-4714.

All application materials become the property of the Coast Community College District and will NOT be copied or returned. Information for TDD users is available by calling (714) 438-4755.

Application Requirements:  To be considered for employment you must submit a complete application packet. A complete application packet includes:

1.A completed District application form.

2.A current resume of professional experience, educational background, counseling experience, assessment of learning disabled students, publications, include letters of recommendation. (Attached as a separate document.)

3.A letter of application (not to exceed two (2) pages) addressing the candidate’s philosophy in counseling disabled students at the college level, teaching students with learning disabilities, and addressing how the candidate meets the desirable qualifications as listed above. 

(Attached as a separate document.)

4.Transcript highlighting upper division or graduate level course work specifically related to rehabilitation of individuals with disabilities or in special education as it relates to the Required Qualifications above.

5.Answers to supplemental questions.

6.Application for Equivalency (if applicable). (Attached as a separate document.)

To ensure consistency and fairness to all applicants, please do not submit materials in addition to those requested.  Additional materials will not be considered or returned.  Be sure to complete all questions and sections of the application. For questions which may not apply, indicate "n/a" (not applicable). If you do not know an answer, please indicate so, but do not leave any space blank.

All applications will be screened under a process of utmost confidentiality by a committee of representatives from the college community. Please note: Possession of the minimum qualifications does not ensure an interview.

Any documents that you are unable to attach can be faxed to (714) 782-6065. Faxes must clearly indicate the job you are applying to and your name.

Disability Accommodations:  If you require accommodations in the Application or Examination Process, please notify Human Resources by calling (714) 438-4714 OR (714) 438-4713.


The physical demands are representative of those that must be  met by an employee to successfully perform the essential  functions of this job.

The work environment characteristics are representative

Keyword Phrases

  • counselor
  • Disabled Student Services
  • Counseling
Employment Type:Administrative Staff
Degree Required: Masters
Experience: 0-0 years
Level of Job: Other
Salary: $81,366 - $107,171
Type of School:2 - Year Institution / Technical
Application Requirements: CV/Resume
Best if Apply By 12/11/2014