General Counselor - SparkPoint Program (Full-time Tenure-Track Faculty Position)

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San Mateo County Community College District

General Counselor - SparkPoint Program (Full-time Tenure-Track Faculty Position)

Posting Number: 2014165F

Department: SparkPointCenter SKY (DEPT)

Location: Skyline College

Position Number: 2F0078

Percentage of Full Time: The work year is 175 days (10 month of service).

Months per Year: 10

Salary Range: -

Position Type: Faculty

General Statement:

The San Mateo County Community College District seeks employees who value working in a collegial, collaborative environment, guided by a commitment to helping all students achieve success. All departments strongly encourage collaboration across disciplines to create integrated, interdisciplinary learning experiences. SMCCCD faculty members are expected to be knowledgeable about, and willing to use, different learning and teaching methods as appropriate to the discipline.

This is a full-time, 10 month (30 hours per week) faculty counseling position reporting to the Dean of Counseling, Advising, & Matriculation. The duties of this counselor will cover the full range of general counseling responsibilities, including academic, career and personal counseling with both individuals and groups and teaching discipline specific courses. Specific emphasis of the assignment will include coordinating support for students participating in the SparkPoint program. Assignments may rotate based on student and division needs.

SparkPoint at Skyline College (SPSC) provides students and community members with financial coaching and education that lead towards financial stability. By serving as a resource center that supports college connections and completion, SPSC is part of the comprehensive student services available at Skyline College and provides individuals with the opportunity to achieve financial self-sufficiency by increasing income, building credit, reducing debt and growing savings. Committed to social justice and equity, SPSC targets financially and academically underrepresented students and actively collaborates across departments within the college and within a comprehensive network of service providers at the regional, state, and national levels.

The General Counselor - SparkPoint program assists in the planning, coordination, and implementation of SparkPoint services such as, but not limited to, special events and activities that support financial literacy and education, student employment and college success; data collection; maintaining a library of materials and online resources related to financial literacy, employment and education; working with individuals one-on-one by providing academic and career counseling and in groups by leading workshops, informational activities, and class presentations; connecting students to financial coaching, employment services, and public benefits; supporting the food pantry and other resources; providing other services and activities that support student retention and success; and providing support for SparkPoint services as needed.

Public contact is extensive and can include students, staff, other educational institutions, community and business representatives, governmental agencies and the general public, for the purpose of exchanging program information and services. A high degree of judgment and the ability to work both independently and as a member of a team is required to adequately represent the college, division, and program. Consequences of errors in judgment can be costly in public relations and in employee time; however, management controls limit the risk of more serious consequences.

Start date of this assignment: Fall 2018

Minimum Qualifications:

• Master’s degree or above in counseling, rehabilitation counseling, clinical psychology, counseling psychology, guidance counseling, educational counseling, social work or career development, marriage and family therapy, or marriage, family and child counseling OR the equivalent (see below) OR possession of a California Community College Credential authorizing service as a counselor
• Demonstrated cultural competence, sensitivity to and understanding of the diverse academic, socioeconomic, cultural, disability, gender identity, sexual orientation, and ethnic backgrounds of community college students, faculty, and staff
• Experience providing counseling to college or college-bound students
• Knowledge and experience in enhancing retention of students from diverse racial, ethnic and linguistic backgrounds

Knowledge, Skills, and Abilities:

The screening committee will select for interview candidates from among those applicants who, in addition to meeting the minimum requirements, give evidence of any or all of the following:
1. Preparation for or experience in designing and preparing Student Educational Plans (SEPs) for community college students
2. Preparation for or experience in individual and group career counseling utilizing career development theories, counseling processes, career decision making, learning styles, job search techniques, assessment methodologies, and instruments
3. Experience teaching college success courses and career and personal development
4. Experience in developing and implementing effective career oriented projects and programs with colleagues, college departments and classes, and other secondary educational institutions, community agencies, and employers
5. Knowledge of and experience using university articulation agreements and transfer requirements for counseling community college students
6. Knowledge of counseling and student development theories and relevant applications to program development
7. Knowledge of SparkPoint services, financial coaching, financial aid, and related college services available to underrepresented student populations on community college campuses
8. Knowledge of applicable and available community, business, governmental, and educational resources, including public benefits and financial resources
9. Knowledge of current employer recruiting strategies, job market trends, occupational, career, and employment information sources, statewide higher education issues and policies that impact community college students
10. Experience with intervention programs that support student success
11. Experience developing innovative programs that strengthen the quality of counseling services for students
12. Familiarity with student and program performance evaluation
13. Ability to implement and maintain SparkPoint data collection using electronic database
14. Ability to work effectively as part of a customer-service team
15. Experience with developing counseling-related workshops and orientation sessions
16. Experience with facilitating culturally based activities and events
17. Experience supporting students in crisis situations
18. Skill and experience in sensitive, respectful and effective communication with people from diverse academic, socioeconomic, cultural, disability, gender identity, sexual orientation, and ethnic backgrounds

Preferred Qualifications: • Fluency in Spanish, Mandarin or Tagalog • Master’s degree concentration in career counseling


First Review Date: 01/30/2018

Open Until Filled: Yes

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The San Mateo County Community College District is an Equal Opportunity Employer that seeks to employ individuals who represent the rich diversity of cultures, language groups, and abilities of its surrounding communities.





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Posted: 12/20/2017
Application Due: 3/15/2018
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