Counselor (Disability Support Programs & Services) - 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


Detailed Job Description

The Disability Support Programs and Services (DSPS) Department at Mission College is now accepting applications for a full-time, tenure-track counselor who shares our excitement for counseling and our commitment to excellence in education. We are looking for someone with a willingness to help our department grow and who will enjoy working with our diverse student body. Applicants who possess the knowledge, skills, ability, and life experiences to address the cultural and educational needs of students with disabilities 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 Fall 2015. Instructional assignments may include day and/or evening classes, Monday thru Saturday, as needed. This position is represented by the Association of College Educators (ACE).

Work location: Mission College, Santa Clara, CA

We have begun a district-wide classification and compensation study. The compensation study will provide information on what other employers pay employees who are performing similar duties. The District will use this information to ensure that our employees are adequately compensated.

The classification & compensation study started in November 2014 and is expected to take approximately 9-12 months to complete. As a result of this study, it is possible for the compensation to change in this position opening.

Minimum Qualifications

1.Education – Possess one of the following:

  • Master’s degree in Rehabilitation Counseling; OR
  • Master’s degree in Special Education AND twenty-four (24) or more semester units in upper division or graduate level course work in Counseling, Guidance, Student Personnel, Psychology or Social Work;
  • Master’s degree in Counseling, Guidance, Student Personnel, Psychology, Career Development or Social Welfare AND twelve (12) or more semester units in upper division or graduate level work specifically in Counseling or Rehabilitation of individuals with disabilities; OR
  • Master’s degree in Counseling, Guidance, Student Personnel, Psychology, Career Development or Social Welfare AND two (2) years of full-time experience in one or more of the following:
    (a) Counseling or guidance for students with disabilities; or
    (b) 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 persons with disabilities; 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 working with and providing Academic, Disability, Personal and Crisis Counseling for adults with disabilities.
  • Experience working with and providing Academic, Disability, Personal and Crisis Counseling for Veterans.
  • Skill in Academic, Disability, Career, Personal and Crisis Counseling.
  • Skill in group facilitation and process.

Examples of Duties and Responsibilities

Instructional duties and assignments may consist of one or more of the following:

  • Provide Specialized Academic, Career, Disability Counseling to students with disabilities and veteran students.
  • Provide instruction for assigned courses. This includes preparation, in-class and online activities, evaluation of student work, consultation with students outside of class, maintenance of professional development in counseling fields and subjects taught and other efforts, including technology, related to this assignment.
  • Maintain accurate counseling, class and other records, both written and digital, conforming with the federal, state, district and college needs and legislation in accordance with FERPA, HIPAA.
  • Submit, when due, all necessary reports for counseling, attendance, grades, rosters and schedules.
  • Follow course outlines as submit syllabi as filed.
  • Follow, update and submit service area and student learning outcomes, as requested.
  • Maintain office hours, as required, for counseling and courses taught.
  • Observe, support and enforce the regulations, policies and programs of the District, college and state.
  • Provide each student at beginning of course, with either a written or digital copy, or both, of course syllabus, depending on student need.
  • Refer students to appropriate college sources for information on other student services and courses.
  • Work cooperatively within the college community, serving on college and/or district committees, as needed.
  • Foster an environment that protects student information as well as academic freedom within the college community.
  • Foster a positive working environment that is free from harassment, bullying, prejudice and/or bias.
  • Demonstrate respect for the dignity of each individual.

Knowledge and Abilities

  • Ability to teach Counseling courses and workshops to diverse groups with varying levels of ability
  • Ability to work in a Counseling and Teaching relationship with students of various backgrounds, diversity, abilities and program needs.
  • Ability to be flexible in accommodating student and program needs.
  • Ability to communicate effectively, both orally and written.
  • Ability to quickly learn new information and procedures.
  • Ability to creatively solve problems and see the “big picture”.
  • Ability to interact effectively as a member of an experienced inter-disciplinary team.
  • Ability to interact effectively and work collaboratively and cooperatively with Community College Administration, Faculty, Staff and Students.
  • Knowledge of Community College programs and services.
  • Knowledge of Title 5, 504, 508, ADA, ADAA, regulations and legislation that impact the provision of services to students with disabilities.
  • Knowledge of Veteran Affairs, VA regulations and legislation the impact the provision of services to veterans preferred.
  • Knowledge of assessment measures (academic, vocational).
  • Knowledge of assessment measures (psycho-social and cognitive) preferred but not required.
  • Knowledge of community social agencies, local, state and federal services and resources desired.
  • Knowledge of career development concepts and resources desired.

Salary and Benefits

  • Anticipated Hiring Range: $49,659 to $77,282 annually, based upon academic achievement, teaching and related experience (Academic Salary Schedule, Steps 1-9).
  • Employer-contributed medical, dental and vision for employee, spouse and dependents.
  • 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.
West Valley-Mission Community College District is an Equal Opportunity Employer

Keyword Phrases

  • Counselor (Disability Support Programs & Services)
  • 2 Silicon Valley locations
  • student-centered learning environment
  • empowering diverse human capital
  • Disabled Student Services
  • Counseling
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