Counselor - SSSP (Student Success and Support Program) - Mira Costa College in Oceanside California

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Mira Costa College

Oceanside, California

United States

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Detailed Job Description

Counselor - SSSP (Student Success and Support Program)

MiraCosta College

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Position Type

Full-time Faculty

Working Hours

One full-time, tenure-track, categorically-funded Counselor position beginning in late May 2015, reporting to the Dean of Counseling and Student Development. Annual on-duty days will be 195 days spread over 12 months. Salary placement will be on the academic salary schedule, plus a 1.108 time factor (reflecting the number of days beyond the standard 176-day faculty contract). The standard work week for counselors is forty (40) hours, including twenty‚Äźfive (25) hours of direct student contact, ten (10) hours used for professional preparation, and five (5) hours of departmental activities and collegial governance (i.e., institutional service). The twenty-five (25) hours of student contact is defined as any counseling activity in which counseling service is provided to a student or students, including instruction, workshops, individual or group counseling. The ten (10) hours of professional preparation include course work preparation and counseling preparation (of which 5 hours must be on campus). The expectation is that (30) hours will be on campus. Counselors assigned to teach classes are designated as classroom faculty for that portion of their workload, which is computed accordingly as classroom Lecture Hour Equivalents (LHE). The person selected for this position may be assigned to any district facility during any hours of operation. To view the Counseling Department website go to 

Representative Duties

(E = essential job function) 

Duties and responsibilities may include, but are not limited to, the following: 

1. Provide academic, career, and personal counseling (face to face and/or online) to help students make effective decisions in pursuit of their academic, career, and personal goals. (E) 

2. Keep abreast of changing degree, certificate, and transfer information in order to advise students about the most current requirements. (E) 

3. Participate in the district's and academic senate's participatory governance processes and committees, including the SSSP advisory committee and the Math and English Assessment Committees. (E) 

4. Provide counseling services for probationary and disqualified students. (E) 

5. Lead group presentations including student-interest workshops and seminars, orientations, group advising, and other matriculation functions. (E) 

6. Teach credit classes in college success and career/life planning. (E) 

7. Coordinate SSSP and other student success initiatives. (E) 

8. Serve as liaison with academic and career technical education departments. 

9. Participate in curriculum development, program review, and development and assessment of student learning outcomes. (E) 

10. Participate in ongoing professional development activities in the field of counseling. 

11. Provide presentations that inform the community about educational opportunities and programs available at the District. 

12. Engage in other activities as requested by the Dean. 

Adherence to all District policies and procedures is expected. 

Type of Benefits


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MiraCosta College offers a comprehensive package of benefits, which includes employer-paid medical, dental, and vision plans for employee and dependents; $100,000 employee life insurance; other optional coverages. Faculty members are also covered under the California State Teachers' Retirement System (CalSTRS). 

Minimum Qualifications

IMPORTANT: If you do not follow the instructions below, your application may not be forwarded to the committee. 

To provide evidence that you meet the minimum qualifications listed below, the transcripts you are attaching must state the degree title, major, and date awarded. 

If your degree major EXACTLY matches the degree major(s) listed below, you do not need to request equivalency. For example, the transcripts you are attaching state: "Degree title: Master of Arts; Major: Counseling; Confer Date: 6/10/12." The minimum qualifications listed below state: Master's in Counseling. 

If your degree major DOES NOT EXACTLY match the degree major(s) listed below, you must REQUEST EQUIVALENCY. For example, the transcripts you are attaching state: "Degree title: Master of Arts; Major: Counseling and Guidance; Confer Date: 5/9/12." This exact degree major is not listed below, so does not directly meet minimum qualifications. You MUST REQUEST EQUIVALENCY. 

To be eligible for this position, you must meet and provide evidence of the following minimum qualifications: 

1. a Master's degree in counseling, career development, educational counseling, guidance counseling, counseling psychology, rehabilitation counseling, clinical psychology, social work, marriage and family therapy, or marriage, family and child counseling; OR 

2. a Bachelor's degree in any of the above majors AND a Marriage and Family Therapist (MFT) license valid in California; OR 

3. a valid California Community College Counselor credential; OR 

4. the equivalent. View the equivalency instructions and guidelines at; AND 

5. sensitivity to and understanding of the diverse academic, socioeconomic, cultural, disability, and ethnic backgrounds of community college students. 

All degrees and units used to satisfy the minimum qualifications must be from postsecondary institutions accredited by an accreditation agency recognized by either the U.S. Department of Education or the Council on Postsecondary Accreditation. Or if your degree/coursework is from a college or university outside of the United States, you must submit a detailed evaluation from a professional evaluation agency. A list of agencies can be found at 

Desirable Qualifications

1. At least two years of counseling experience (either full time or the equivalent to full time) at the community college level, within the last six years. 

2. Demonstrated ability to teach counseling courses and facilitate workshops and seminars in topics including college orientation, advisement, and probationary/disqualified status. 

3. Evidence of experience and ability to assume a leadership role in planning and coordinating community college counseling programs and evaluating program outcomes. 

4. Sensitivity to issues (career, personal, social) faced by first-generation, underrepresented, non-traditional, basic skills, and former foster youth college students, as well as military affiliated students. 

5. Knowledge of and/or skill in implementing technology-enhanced services. 

6. Coursework and/or experience in career development. 

7. Demonstrated knowledge and ability to identify students experiencing academic difficulties including monitoring, evaluating progress, and increasing retention. 

8. Bilingual (English and Spanish). 

Closing Date


Human Resources Contact Information or 760.795.6854

Special Instructions to Applicants

In order to be considered for this position, you must submit the following: 

1. Application for academic employment. 

2. A cover letter addressed to the "Screening and Interview Committee" addressing the minimum and desirable qualifications (not to exceed 2 pages). 

3. A current resume or curriculum vitae summarizing your educational background and professional experience. 

4. Three recent letters of professional recommendation. Letters need not be confidential and should be submitted directly by you. 

5a. Transcripts of ALL college degrees/coursework needed to qualify for this position; unofficial or legible copies are acceptable but must indicate that the degree(s) has been conferred, if applicable. A diploma will not be accepted in lieu of transcripts. An equivalency narrative and supporting documentation must be submitted at the time of application if (i) you do not possess the EXACT degree title(s) listed in the Minimum Qualifications section above or (ii) your qualifying degree will not be awarded before the position begins. (View the instructions for equivalency requests at 

If your qualifying degree is in progress but will be conferred BEFORE the position begins in late May 2015, you must also include a written statement from your adviser indicating the anticipated degree CONFERRAL date. 

If your degree(s) is from a college or university outside of the United States, you must submit a detailed evaluation from a professional evaluation agency. A list of agencies can be found at 

5b. If needed to meet the minimum qualifications, a copy (front and back) of your California Community College Counselor credential. 

5c. If needed to meet the minimum qualifications, a copy of your Marriage and Family Therapist (MFT) license valid in California. 

NOTE: With the exception of documents needed to support an equivalency request, do not submit materials other than those requested above as they will be removed. 

Special Instructions to Applicants Continued

Individuals with qualified disabilities who need accommodation with any aspect of the application and/or interview process should contact Human Resources at 760.795.6854 at least five days prior to the closing date. 

The screening and interview committee will review application materials two to five weeks following the closing date. Applicants selected for interview will be contacted by phone; those not selected will be notified by e-mail. For interviewees, the selection process will include a panel interview, as well as possible teaching demonstration and written exercise. Interviewees will cover expenses for their first trip to the campus.

About MiraCosta College

The MiraCosta Community College District is one of California's 112 public community colleges. The district includes the communities of Oceanside, Carlsbad, Encinitas, Cardiff, Olivenhain, Leucadia, Solana Beach, Rancho Santa Fe, Del Mar, and parts of Carmel Valley.

MiraCosta offers associate degrees, university-transfer courses, career-and-technical education, certificate programs, basic-skills education, and lifelong-learning opportunities that strengthen the economic, cultural, social, and educational well-being of the communities it serves.


Keyword Phrases

  • Counselor - SSSP (Student Success and Support Prog
  • Counseling
Employment Type:Administrative Staff
Degree Required: Masters
Experience: See Job Description
Level of Job: Other
Salary: Commensurate with Experience
Type of School:2 - Year Institution / Technical
Application Requirements: CV/Resume