General Counselor, Puente

Mar 13, 2017
Institution Type
Community College

General Counselor, Puente
College of the Sequoias Community College District

Position: 5423–f–02–17
Opening Date: March 9, 2017
Closing Date: April 26, 2017

Full–time, Tenure-Track Position
Beginning August 1, 2017

College of Sequoias Community College District serves a diverse community of learners and is a designated Hispanic Serving Institution. COS provides a wide range of opportunities in transfer, general education, career and technical programs for our students. We are dedicated to recruiting faculty who are committed to helping a diverse population of students achieve their educational goals. We seek candidates who exhibit an understanding and commitment to the community college mission, and who have a passion for student success.

Description of Position
College of the Sequoias Community College District is seeking a candidate to fill a full-time, tenure-track counseling position. The counselor's primary responsibility will be to serve as the Puente Counselor. Under the direction of the Dean of Student Services, the counselor may provide general counseling services for up to 50% of the workload. Duties and responsibilities include, but are not limited to:
• Conducting educational, vocational, and personal counseling appointments for a diverse community college population.
• Planning, organizing and coordinating program activities (both locally and statewide) for the Puente Program.
• Assess, implement, and develop SLO's for Puente courses.
• Teaching a Human Development guidance course (extended orientation, career and planning, and personal development) linked to the Puente English course.
• Providing following-up counseling services to students as stipulated by state and college matriculation guidelines.
• Referring students to public service agencies.
• Identifying and mitigating circumstances which may limit access and success of students in college.
• Interpreting standardized tests for course placement recommendations.
• Track and monitor students in the Puente pipeline through graduation and transfer.
• Attending state meetings (both locally and statewide). • Developing and maintaining cooperative relationships
with various county agencies.
• Participating in appropriate counseling and faculty/ staff meetings.
• Participating in college-wide student retention efforts.
• Work collaboratively with other instructional faculty members and classified staff to maintain, coordinate and recruit for the Puente program.
• Assist general counseling, district wide during peak counseling seasons.
• Recruit professionals from the community for mentorship opportunities with students.
• Performing other duties as assigned.

Participation in the governance of the College by way of committee assignments is encouraged. Other responsibilities include maintenance of a required number of office hours to meet student needs, full participation in departmental responsibilities and the willingness to create and/or participate in and sustain an atmosphere of equality, justice, and appreciation for diversity throughout our College.

Minimum Qualifications
The candidate must meet one of the following criteria. The degree must be from an institution accredited by the Western Association of Schools and Colleges or the equivalent.
• Master's in counseling, rehabilitation counseling, clinical psychology, counseling psychology, guidance counseling, educational counseling, social work, or career development OR
• the equivalent AND
• Demonstrated sensitivity to, and understanding of, the
diverse academic, social, economic, cultural, disability, and ethnic backgrounds of community college students.

Candidates claiming equivalency must demonstrate a combination of education and other accomplishments that are equivalent to the MQ's. If claiming equivalency, you will need to read the Board Policy 7211 on equivalency and prepare a statement documenting how you feel you meet the equivalent qualifications.

Note: Candidates claiming equivalency must receive a judge- ment of equivalency from the COS Equivalency Committee prior to the interview.

Desirable Qualifications
• Bilingual in Spanish and English.
• Recent counseling experience in a community college or adult educational setting.
• Knowledge of requirements for transfer, vocational and remediation programs.
• Ability to work closely with faculty in other disciplines.
• Ability to communicate effectively.
• Ability to organize, plan, develop, implement and evaluate a program.
• Knowledge of computer programs for teaching and counseling.
• Ability to exercise a considerable degree of independent judgment, discretion and decisiveness.
• Recent experience in teaching student success courses. • Experience in working with mentor programs or
community outreach programs.
• Counseling and related experiences.
• Recent experience in community college or secondary counseling/guidance.
• Demonstrated commitment to working with students from diverse cultural, ethnic, socioeconomic, academic and disabled backgrounds. (Diversity response will be completed as part of the application.)
• Knowledge of Puente program and related activities to help promote success for Puente students.

Conditions of Employment
Salary is commensurate with education and experience. Initial placement with Master's degree ranges from $57,943 to $76,393.

Medical/dental/vision insurance program for employee and dependents and $100,000 employee life insurance is provided.

Retirement Plan provided.

Contract period is for ten (10) months during the regular academic year beginning August 2017 through May 2018.

Pre-service orientation and/or inservice meetings will be offered in August 2017.

A collective bargaining agreement exists, and member- ship in the College of the Sequoias Teachers Association (COSTA) or payment of a service fee is required.

Screening Procedure
Only complete application packages will be evaluated by the screening committee as soon as possible after the closing date. Application materials will be evaluated to determine how fully the applicant meets the Qualifications. This evaluation process will determine which applicants will be invited for an interview including a teaching demonstration. The most successful interviewees will be invited to a second interview with the College Superintendent/President.
All costs incurred as a result of the application/selection process shall be borne by the candidate.

To Apply:,%20Puente%205423.pdf

Application Procedure
Applicants must submit the following materials which must be received by Human Resource Services on or before the application deadline, April 26, 2017 / 4:30 p.m.
• Completed COS academic/administrative application form
• Diversity Statement (included in the application packet)
• Cover letter describing interest in the position and teaching philosophy
• Resume
• Unofficial copies of transcripts of all college/ university work (If transcripts are not in English, include a summary of courses and grades). Official transcripts required upon employment.

Notice to all candidates for employment
"College of the Sequoias Community College District is an equal opportunity employer. Prospective employees will receive consideration without discrimination because of race, creed, color, national origin, sex, gender, sexual orientation, age, religion, mental or physical disability, medical condition, genetic information, marital status, military service, or any other basis protected by law."
"College of the Sequoias Community College District provides reasonable accommodations to qualified applicants with disabilities. If you need a reasonable accommodation for any part of the job application and hiring process, please contact a representative from Human Resources at (559) 730-3867 to request a reasonable accommodation."
• Equivalency document (if necessary)
• Two (2) recent letters of recommendation addressing pertinent experience or equivalent competencies.


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