DSPS Counselor/Coordinator

Columbia College
Sonora, California
$55,384 to $103,694 per year, plus an annual $2,374 stipend for an earned doctorate.
Feb 23, 2018
Administrative Jobs
Student Affairs, Counseling
Institution Type
Community College

Columbia College


DSPS Counselor/Coordinator

Full-Time Tenure Track

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: 03/23/2018


Complete job description and application available online at: https://yosemite.peopleadmin.com/postings/3303


Minimum Qualifications:

A Master’s degree in counseling, rehabilitation counseling, clinical psychology, counseling psychology, guidance counseling, educational counseling, social work, career development, marriage and family therapy, or marriage, family and child counseling (Note: A license as a Marriage and Family Therapist (MFT), is an alternative qualification for this discipline, pursuant to Title 5 Section 53410.1), OR the equivalent; AND


• 15 or more semester units in upper division or graduate level course work specifically related to people with disabilities; OR

• Completion of six semester units, or the equivalent of a graduate-level counseling practicum or counseling field-work courses in a post-secondary DSPS program or in a program dealing predominantly or exclusively with people with disabilities; OR

• Two years of full-time experience, or the equivalent, in one or more of the following:

    o    Counseling student with disabilities; OR

    o    Counseling 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.


The District has adopted equivalency procedures which enables applications by individuals not possessing qualifications listed above. For more information on equivalencies go to:




Job Duties and Responsibilities:

Under the direction of the Dean of Student Services, provide coordination and counseling for the Disabled Student Programs & Services (DSPS).


DSPS Coordinator:

• Provide overall coordination and day-to-day leadership for DSPS.

• Determine eligibility for support services and provide specialized advisement to students with a disability.

• Develop Academic Accommodation Plans (AAP) specifying academic accommodations and recommended support services for all students with certified disabilities. 

• Evaluate student progress in meeting learning outcomes and goals of their AAP.

• Develop, implement, evaluate and revise specialized instructional curriculum for students with disabilities.

• Provide support and training for college faculty and staff in disability awareness, referral processes and appropriate accommodations.

• Assist faculty in providing appropriate accommodations for DSPS students in the context of the classroom.

• Provide leadership and coordination of the DSPS program in the development of categorical budgets; analyze and evaluate data for specific use; interpret and apply rules, regulations, policies and procedures; ability to prioritize workload and conflicting demands.

• Assist in the monitoring of MIS reporting of student data to the State Chancellor’s Office (for categorical funding purposes).

• Participate in college-wide planning meetings and act as a resource and advocate for DSPS students.

• Assignment may include some weekend and evening duties.

• Perform other duties and responsibilities as assigned.


DSPS Counselor:

• Provide academic, career, and personal counseling to DSPS students.

• Conduct individual student counseling appointments, including drop-in meetings and group workshops. 

• Lead orientation sessions to new DSPS students to acquaint them with Columbia College programs, services, procedures and policies.

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

• Assist students 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 informed transfer decisions. 

• Support students with personal concerns regarding college. 

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

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

• May teach a variety of Guidance and/or Skills Development classes.


Preferred Qualifications: Minimum qualifications for Learning Disabilities Specialist or ability to attain appropriate training.


Desirable Qualifications:

• Knowledge of state and federal guidelines and academic accommodations as required by the Americans with Disabilities Act and Section 504 of the Rehabilitation Act of 1973.

• Experience in recommending educational accommodations and teaching students with a disability in higher education.

• Experience in interpreting local, state and federal regulations and preparing annual reports.

• Willingness to work flexible hours, including evenings and weekends.

• Commitment to shared governance culture, consensus building, and a team approach to serving students.

• Sensitivity to the needs, problems and challenges associated with the diversity of the rural community college student population, especially those with different levels of academic preparation and varying physical and learning abilities.


YCCD is an Equal Employment Opportunity Employer.