Detailed Job Description
West Valley College is currently accepting applications for a full-time, tenure track Counselor with the Extended Opportunity Programs and Services (EOPS). 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.
Though just minutes from the heart of the Silicon Valley, West Valley College is in a beautiful park-like setting on 143 wooded acres. This physical environment enhances the existing warm and inviting collegiate learning environment. 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, and life experiences to address the cultural and educational needs of a culturally diverse student population are encouraged to apply.
This is a full-time, 11-month, tenure-track position that begins in Spring 2015. The work assignment consists of counseling, teaching, and other responsibilities necessary for the effective operation of the Extended Opportunity Programs & Services (EOPS) at West Valley College. Flexibility to work days, evenings, and/or weekends as needed is required. This position is represented by the Association of College Educators (ACE).
Work location: West Valley College, Saratoga, 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, 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 Instructor’s Credential in Counseling; OR
- The equivalent of the above.
2. Two years of occupational experience in work relating to ethnic minorities or persons handicapped by language, social or economic disadvantages.
3. Demonstrated completion of either of the following:
- 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.
4. Demonstrated ability to effectively work with persons of diverse socioeconomic, cultural, disability, and ethnic backgrounds.
- 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.
- Assume institutional responsibilities, which are of value to the department, division, college and/or District such as: actively participate in the spirit of shared governance in department, division, college and district institutional responsibilities. Such responsibilities may include recruitment and hiring, class schedule preparation, budget development, performance appraisals, mentorship, supervision of support staff, student recruitment and retention, curriculum and program development and evaluation, program review, club advising, committees, accreditation, articulation, and other duties as assigned.
Knowledge and Abilities
Salary and Benefits
- Anticipated Hiring Range: $49,659 to $77,282 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) 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: 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