DSPS Counselor/Learning Disability Specialist* - Full-Time

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Modesto Junior College


DSPS Counselor/Learning Disability Specialist* - Full-Time

Salary: Placement on the Yosemite Community College District salary schedule dependent upon education and experience. 2015-2016 Salary Schedule – $55,384 to $106,068 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 $83,230.


*This is a categorically funded position. (Continued employment in this position is dependent upon funding).

Deadline: 04/20/2018


Complete job description and application available online at: http://yosemite.peopleadmin.com/postings/3339     


Minimum Qualifications: 

(1) Possession of a master’s degree, or equivalent foreign degree, in rehabilitation counseling, or 

(2) Possession of a master’s degree, or equivalent foreign degree, in special education, and twenty four or more semester units in upper division or graduate level course work in counseling, guidance, student personnel, psychology, or social work; or 

(3) A master’s degree in counseling, guidance, student personnel, psychology, career development, or social welfare; and either twelve or more semester units in upper division or graduate level course work specifically in counseling or rehabilitation of individuals with disabilities, or two years of full-time experience, or the equivalent, 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.


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




Job Description Summary    

Job Duties and Responsibilities:

Under the direction of the Dean of Special Programs, the DSPS Counselor/ Learning Disabilities Specialist will provide academic, personal, career/vocational and transfer counseling and instruction to students with disabilities. Assist disabled students in clarifying their academic goals, selecting a major and developing and implementing their individual education plans. Assist with the coordination of Deaf/Hard of Hearing (DHH) services. Analyze learning disabilities documentation for eligibility as needed. Serve as a campus resource to faculty and staff regarding strategies for working with students with disabilities. Provide educational presentations for the campus community about commonly experienced issues, relevant laws and solutions for serving the needs of students with disabilities. Participate in college and division assignments and other department responsibilities. Develop and maintain liaisons and networks with off campus programs, schools, and agencies serving the disabled population. Teach counseling courses as needed. Advocate when appropriate on behalf of students with disabilities.


DSPS Counselor/LD Specialist

• Demonstrated knowledge of the role of the community college counselor in providing transfer and career information.

• Develop, implement, and maintain innovative program support services in compliance with Title 5 for DSPS student outreach recruitment, orientation, assessment, counseling, advisement, accommodations and financial aid.

• Work cooperatively with academic divisions and student services to provide special instruction and services for DSPS students; coordinate with, support and promote support services of basic skills, tutoring, library skills, study skills, transfer and career employment, and assure reasonable accommodations and support services. 

• Oversee and monitor the academic and personal growth of DSPS students and take appropriate action.

• Implement the Learning Disabilities Program, consistent with the mission of the California Community Colleges and in coordination with the Disability Resource Center (DRC). 

• Provide assessment and verification of learning disabilities with assessment procedures described in the Guideline for Identifying California Community College Students with Learning Disabilities. 

• Participate in the development and implementations of intensive services focusing on DSPS students; assist with the data collection and preparation of evaluation reports on the status of the DSPS program.

• Refer students with special needs to college services or appropriate social services.

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

• Perform other duties and responsibilities as assigned.


Academic Counselor

• 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 Modesto Junior College programs, services, procedures and policies.

• Help students understand the increasingly complex 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 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.


Preferred Qualifications    

• Two years’ experience working with adult students with learning disabilities in the college setting.

• Experience administering and interpreting the current appropriate achievement and cognitive assessment instruments.

• The ability to understand the implications of behavior elicited by a specific disability.

• Knowledge of other disabilities including acquired brain injuries, psychological and developmental disabilities.

• Ability to design and implement intervention strategies and academic accommodation strategies.

• Knowledge and experience with assistive computer technology (both hardware and software) for students with learning disabilities. 

• Competence in current professional principles, practices and techniques for counseling. 

• Experience in counseling students from traditionally disadvantaged backgrounds, students with disabilities, Veterans, and/or single parents.

• Experience with reporting to an outside governing agency.

• Ability to conduct and develop educational workshops.

• Willingness to use available technologies and classroom assessment instruments/techniques and the ability to provide effective interpretation to faculty and administrators.

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

• Proficiency in the use of word processing, data collection and spreadsheet software. Ability to use the Internet as an information resource.

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

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

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

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

• Sensitivity to the needs, problems and challenges associated with the diversity of the 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.





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Posted: 4/11/2018
Application Due: 4/20/2018
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Salary: $55,384 to $106,068 per year, plus an annual $2,374 stipend for an earned doctorate.