Counselor, Financial Aid/General

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Golden West College


Counselor, Financial Aid/General

Job# 2-G-20

Salary: $54,993.00 - $131,114.00 Annually

Deadline: 02/08/19


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Golden West College is currently seeking a full-time tenure track Counselor- Financial Aid/General commencing on July 1, 2019. The primary assignment involves providing educational, career, and personal counseling to current and prospective GWC financial aid students.  The counselor provides guidance to financial aid students related to career planning, Satisfactory Academic Progress (SAP), the financial aid appeal process, degrees, transfer and certificate planning and other personal growth courses as needed.  Hours and days may vary including during intercession and summer session; duty days may vary depending on the needs of the program, and some evening hours might be required.


The assignment may be day, evening, weekend, online or off campus and is subject to change as needed. The ideal candidate for this position embraces the overall mission of Golden West College  and the Coast Community College District, with a clear, focused commitment to supporting teaching, academic excellence, student learning and success through the work of Counseling.


Examples of Duties: Duties may include, but are not limited to, the following:

• Provide comprehensive educational, career, and personal counseling to current and prospective students.

• Assist students in making decisions relative to career choice, major selection, and educational planning, including appropriate assessment, career counseling, and transfer to a four-year college/university.

• Provide general orientation, program advisement, and follow-up counseling for new and continuing students.  

• Provide special counseling and guidance services as may be appropriate to special student audiences, including veterans, members of underrepresented groups, academically marginal students, disabled persons, re-entry students, and other special populations.  

• Participate, as appropriate, in college outreach programs to local high schools and the community.  

• Develop effective working relationships with faculty members in instructional areas, and perform division liaison activities as required.  

• Assist students seeking referral to appropriate community agencies or services in response to educational, career, and/or personal concerns.  

• Assist, where appropriate, in the articulation of courses and programs with four-year colleges and universities.  

• Participate in professional growth activities.  

• Assist in the development and implementation of special programs focusing on access and retention , assist in the development of counseling related publications, and in the presentation of workshops for special student audiences.  

• Serve on division and college-wide committees and/or task forces.  

• Assist in carrying out the College Student Equity and Achievement Program Plan. 

• Develop Student Educational Plans (SEP) for new and continuing students.  

• Teach counseling and guidance classes and provide workshops to staff and students as appropriate.  

• Administer and interpret a variety of assessment instruments (including, but not limited to, career assessments) to both groups and individuals.  

• Maintain appropriate standards of professional conduct and ethics.

• Assignment may include day, evening, weekend, and online sections.

• Assume other counseling and guidance responsibilities as assigned 

• Fulfill the professional responsibilities of a full-time faculty member including, but not limited to the following: teach all scheduled classes unless excused under provisions of Board Policy; follow the department course outlines; keep accurate records of student enrollment, attendance, and progress; submit student grades according to established deadlines; post and maintain scheduled office hours; participate in departmental meetings and college and/or district-wide activities and committees as assigned.


Qualifications and Physical Demands

Minimum Qualifications: 

1. Must meet one of the following qualifications under (a) through (d): 

Possess the California Community College Teaching Credential for this subject area. 

Possess a Master's degree from an accredited institution 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. 

Possess a Bachelor's degree in one of the above listed degrees and a license as a Marriage and Family Therapist (MFT) is an alternative qualification for this discipline, pursuant to Title 5 Section 53410.1. 

Or, possess a combination of education and experience that is at least the equivalent to the above.  Candidates making an application on the basis of equivalency must submit an Application for Equivalency in addition to all other required materials. 

2. Demonstrated cultural competency, sensitivity to and understanding of the diverse academic, socioeconomic, cultural, disability, gender identity, sexual orientation and ethnic backgrounds of community college students.

3. Ability to contribute to campus and district-wide professional responsibilities and activities.

4. Ability to complement existing staff, student and community demographics in terms of professional and personal skills.



• A minimum of two years of recent experience counseling and teaching at the post-secondary level preferably working with low-income students.

• Demonstrated knowledge of community college curricula and the higher education system.

• Evidence of understanding of and commitment to maintaining knowledge of local, state, and federal financial aid guidelines.

• Evidence of ability to understand, analyze and apply multi-layered regulations along with understanding of other issues and requirements unique to students who receive financial aid.

• Demonstrated knowledge of matriculation requirements with competencies in general academic counseling, educational planning, career and personal counseling.

• Experience in blending student success strategies such as: goal setting, time-management, problem solving, study methods, and research skills into counseling sessions and curriculum.

• Evidence of a strong commitment to professional growth and development, and to the continued innovation and improvement of successful counseling and teaching.

• Demonstrated ability to establish and maintain positive and effective working relationships with on-campus groups (including students, parents, faculty, administrators  and staff) as well as off-campus community and education partners.

• Evidence of participation in student success initiatives in a post-secondary setting.

• Evidence of an ability to address the instructional needs of a diverse and frequently underprepared student population.

• Evidence of an ability to effectively engage with and facilitate authentic learning for students of diverse backgrounds, cultures, and experiences.

• Evidence of an ability to adapt teaching pedagogy to the knowledge level (developmental through transfer) and personality of each individual, group, and class.

• Evidence of an ability to self-reflect and respond to an evidenced-based assessment of student learning.

• Evidence of innovation, scholarship, or leadership in counseling.

• Desire and demonstrated ability to participate actively in department, division, and college committees and in the shared governance of Coast Community College District.

• Desire and evidence of an ability to take on leadership roles both within the department and in the institution as a whole.

• Ability to work with computers, and use the Internet and interactive technologies to engage students in on-campus and online courses (where academically appropriate); and intrinsic motivation and ability to develop and teach online courses.

• Ability to work with student record management, scheduling, and educational planning software.

• Evidence of ability to plan, coordinate and implement counseling projects and special events.

• Evidence of an ability to communicate effectively both orally and in writing.






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Posted: 12/14/2018
Application Due: 2/8/2019
Work Type:
Salary: $54,993.00 - $131,114.00 Annually