General Counselor, Student Services

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Modesto Junior College


General Counselor, Student Services

Salary: Placement on the Yosemite Community College District salary schedule dependent upon education and experience. 2015-2016 Certificated Salary Schedule – $55,384 to $103,694 per year, plus an annual $2,374 stipend for an earned doctorate.


New personnel limited to a maximum tenth step initial placement based on previous experience – maximum equals $80,856.

Deadline: 03/08/2018


Complete job description and application available online at:


Required Quals Summary

Master’s in counseling, rehabilitation counseling, clinical psychology, counseling psychology, guidance counseling, educational counseling, social work, or career development (Note: A license as a Marriage, Family, and Child Counselor is an alternative qualification for this discipline, pursuant to Title 5 Section 53410.1) OR possess a California Community College Counselor credential appropriate to the subject OR the equivalent.


The District has adopted equivalency procedures which enables applications by individuals not possessing qualifications listed above. For more information on equivalency go to: Choose: Human Resources, Choose: HR Forms & Documents Choose: Equivalency Policy and Procedures. When requesting equivalency, attach an equivalency form to your letter of interest.


Knowledge of and ability to appraise the diverse academic, socioeconomic, cultural and ethnic backgrounds of community college students. Sensitivity to the needs, problems and challenges associated with the diversity of the community college student population.


Job Description Summary

Under the supervision of the Vice President of Student Services, to be responsible for providing comprehensive counseling services to a diverse, multicultural, multigenerational student population. Counseling services to include all aspects of academic, career and personal counseling. Duties may include individual student appointments, walk-in assignments, group guidance courses, workshops, evening and weekend assignments and other outreach activities. Participation in department and college-wide committees is expected. Must be able to use available technologies and apply current career theories and methods. In addition, counselors are to maintain effective relations with all areas of the college community, and promote – wherever appropriate – the counseling services and programs of the department.


Job Duties and Responsibilities:

• Conduct individual student counseling appointments, including drop-in meetings and group workshops. Assignment will include some weekend and evening duties. 

• Teach orientation sessions to new students to acquaint them with programs, services, procedures and policies.

• Help students understand the increasingly complex process of applying to college and registering for classes.

• Assist student with determining career goals, including administering and interpreting assessments, and linking those goals to a corresponding educational objective. 

• Advise students with making course selections and help them to create an Educational Plan. 

• Discuss university transfer options and help students to make positive and realistic transfer decisions. 

• Refer students to appropriate student support and educational services on campus. 

• Perform outreach to local high schools (college nights, career days, etc.).

• Monitor, support, and encourage struggling students during the academic and/or progress probation process.

• Serve as liaison with CSU and UC systems, and private and out-of-state institutions, to gather and disseminate ever-changing information to students.

• Teach a wide variety of Guidance classes.

• Help students cope with the stresses and strains of college and life in general.

• Refer students to ongoing mental health (therapeutic) counseling as needed.

• Work flexible schedule to include evenings hours and weekends and possible off campus sites.

• Participation in department and college-wide committees and participatory governance is expected.

• Perform other duties as assigned


Preferred Qualifications

• Understanding of the comprehensive nature of a general counselor at a community college.

• A commitment to supportive relations with students, which includes sensitivity to the needs and problems of a diverse multicultural student population.

• Highly developed counseling skills that enable one to comfortably deal with a variety of personal issues without reflecting personal bias.

• Ability to conduct and develop appropriate workshops, guidance courses, and seminars.

• Willingness to use available technologies and assessment instruments with the ability to provide effective interpretation to students.

• Knowledge of counseling; concepts, issues and resources.

• Awareness and commitment to the philosophy and objectives of the California Community College.

• Enthusiasm for the learning process.

• Commitment to supportive relationships with students.


Desirable Characteristics

• Ability to operate effectively in an environment of change and ambiguity.

• Vision and energy to plan and organize programs to enhance student success. 

• Willingness to participate effectively in shared governance.

• Personal qualifications such as: effective interpersonal communication skills, participation in community affairs, ability to conduct effective public presentations.

• Willingness and ability to be fully invested as a member of the Counseling Team.


YCCD is an Equal Employment Opportunity Employer.





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Job No: 3279
Posted: 2/9/2018
Application Due: 3/8/2018
Work Type:
Salary: $55,384 to $103,694 per year, plus an annual $2,374 stipend for an earned doctorate.