Learning Disabilities (LD) Specialist/DSPS Counselor and LD Specialist/DSPS Counselor/Instructor

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Learning Disabilities (LD) Specialist/DSPS Counselor and LD Specialist/DSPS Counselor/Instructor

MiraCosta College

To view the full job posting and apply for this position, go to: https://jobs.miracosta.edu

Discipline or Department: Disabled Students Program & Services

Position Type: Full-time Faculty

Hourly Rate or Monthly Salary:

Working Hours: WORKLOAD AND OTHER EMPLOYMENT INFORMATION: Annual on-duty days may range from 195 to 203, spread over 12 months. The standard contractual work week for counselors and learning disabilities specialists is forty (40) hours, including twenty-five (25) contact hours, ten (10) preparation hours, and five (5) institutional service hours. The twenty-five (25) contact hours is defined to include any counseling activity in which counseling service is provided to a student or students, including instruction, workshops, individual or group counseling. The ten (10) preparation hours include course work preparation and counseling preparation (of which 5 hours must be on campus). The expectation is that thirty (30) hours will be on campus. Counselors assigned to teach classes are designated as classroom faculty for that portion of their workload, which is computed accordingly as classroom LHE and comes with a "flex" obligation of two (2.0) hours of documented professional development activities per one (1.0) classroom LHE (fall and spring). These hours shall be translated into non-classroom LHE. The individuals selected for these positions will be assigned a Faculty Service Area (FSA) in Learning Disabilities Specialist and DSPS Counseling, with an additional FSA of Special Education for the instructor, and will be subject to assignment to any district facility during any hours of operation. Adherence to all District policies and procedures is expected.

Special Instructions to Applicants:
Apply and submit application materials online at https://jobs.miracosta.edu. Once you're in the online system, we strongly advise you to read the information on "How to Apply" and the FAQs (Frequently Asked Questions) before starting the application process.

Submit the following documents directly in the online system and finish applying and receive a confirmation number by 11:59 PM on the closing date:

1. Application for Academic Employment.

2. A cover letter specifically describing how you meet the representative duties and desirable qualifications.

3. A current resume or curriculum vitae summarizing your educational background, counseling and teaching experience.

4. Copy of LDESM certification or proof of enrollment in the January 2019 LDESM training. Attach this to the "Certificate/License 1" link.

5. Verification of training in cognitive assessment (WAIS IV and/or WJ IV Tests of Cognitive Abilities).

6. Verification of training in assessing achievement (WIAT III and/or WJ IV Tests of Achievements).

For #5 and #6 above -- submit one of the following: (a) copy of your college transcripts highlighting assessment course(s) and course outlines, or catalog descriptions, or course syllabi; or (b) letter from the instructor specifying the instruments in which you have been trained; or (c) copy of certification of training through a professional organization, or California Community Colleges Chancellor's Office sponsored training. Attach cognitive assessment verification to the "Other Document 1" link and assessment achievement verification to the "Other Document 2" link.

7. Two (2) recent, dated letters of recommendation, preferably written within the last two years, including one from a counselor and/or learning disabilities specialist colleague. Letters need not be confidential. If you already have letters of recommendation in your possession, you may attach them yourself when attaching the other required documents in the online application system. If you would prefer, or if your letter writers would prefer to submit a confidential letter, you can enter their names and e-mail addresses in the online system, and the system will send an e-mail requesting them to submit a letter of recommendation via our online system. IMPORTANT: The system will NOT e-mail your letter writers until you have completely finished applying and receive a confirmation number from the system. Therefore, if you use this option, it is recommended that you finish applying at least 7 days prior to the closing date so that your letter writers have enough time to submit their letters. NOTE: Entering your letter writers' names and email addresses in order for them to receive an email generated by the system is a separate step from just listing them in the "References" section of the Application for Academic Employment.

8. Transcripts
a. Transcripts of ALL college degrees/coursework needed to qualify for this position; unofficial or legible copies are acceptable but must indicate that the degree(s) has been conferred, if applicable. A diploma will not be accepted in lieu of transcripts. An equivalency narrative and supporting documentation must be submitted at the time of application if (i) you do not possess the EXACT degree major(s) listed in the Minimum Qualifications section or (ii) your qualifying degree will not be awarded before the position begins. (View the instructions for equivalency requests at http://www.miracosta.edu/hr/downloads/Equivalency_009.pdf.) If your qualifying degree is in progress but will be conferred BEFORE the position begins in July 2019, then you must also include a written statement from your adviser indicating the anticipated degree CONFERRAL date.

All degrees/units used to satisfy the minimum qualifications must be from postsecondary institutions accredited by an accreditation agency recognized by either the U.S. Dept. of Education or Council on Postsecondary Accreditation. If your degree/coursework is from a college anywhere outside of the U.S., you must submit a detailed evaluation from a professional evaluation agency. A list of agencies can be found at http://www.ctc.ca.gov/credentials/leaflets/cl635.pdf.

b. If needed to meet the minimum qualifications, a copy of your Calif. Marriage and Family Therapist (MFT) license.

c. If needed to meet the minimum qualifications, a copy of your lifetime Calif. Community College DSPS Instructor/Service Credential for Learning Disabilities.

NOTE: When you "APPLY FOR THIS POSTING," you will be asked to answer the additional questions listed below. Your answers will appear toward the bottom of the application form.

-- MiraCosta College is an Equal Opportunity Employer with a commitment to diversity. We strive to be a model for equity and inclusion, effectively supporting students and employees from diverse socioeconomic and cultural backgrounds who possess a range of abilities, academic preparation, and life experiences. Please reflect on two or three examples of how you have or would create, modify, and/or perform one or more of the following to meet the needs of a diverse student population: (1) curricula; (2) learning activities; (3) teaching/counseling practices; (4) library reference services or collection development; (5) literary efforts (e.g., original scholarly works); or (6) budgetary or planning processes.

ATTENTION: As of December 2018, the above question is a revised version of the diversity question. If you previously completed the Application for Academic Employment for MiraCosta College, review your previous response to the diversity question and update it as needed before you finish applying for this posting. For instructions on how to update your response, go to http://www.miracosta.edu/diversityresponse.

-- Are you currently certified in the LDESM of the Calif. Community Colleges Chancellor's Office, or are you enrolled in the January 2019 LDESM training?

-- Have you completed training in the WAIS-IV and/or WJ IV Tests of Cognitive Abilities?

-- Have you completed training in the WIAT-III and/or WJ IV Tests of Achievement?

Individuals with qualified disabilities who need accommodation with any aspect of the application and/or interview process should contact Human Resources at 760.795.6854 at least 5 days prior to the closing date.

The screening and interview committee will review application materials 2 to 5 weeks following the closing date. Applicants selected for interview will be contacted by phone; those not selected will be notified by e-mail. For interviewees, the selection process will include a panel interview, as well as possible teaching demonstration/presentation and written exercise. Interview candidates coming from out of state or over 300 miles away will be reimbursed for travel expenses up to $500 for both initial and final interviews.

An offer of employment to the person selected for this position is contingent upon successful completion of a pre-placement physical exam at district expense; submission of a current tuberculosis clearance certificate; proof of eligibility to work in the United States; fingerprint clearance; and approval by the Board of Trustees.

Basic Function and Other Details:
MiraCosta College invites applications for two full-time, tenure-track faculty positions -- Learning Disabilities Specialist/DSPS Counselor and Learning Disabilities Specialist/DSPS Counselor/Instructor -- beginning in July 2019, assigned to work in the DSPS (Disabled Students Programs and Services) Department and reporting to the DSPS Faculty Director. The successful candidates will provide specialized counseling for students with disabilities, conduct assessments for learning disabilities eligibility, and work as integral members of a team that facilitates and delivers services to students with a variety of disabilities. The instructor will also teach credit learning skills courses.

The DSPS department engages in equity-minded practices to provide a welcoming environment for all students and support each student uniquely. We believe in providing accurate and timely information. We prioritize students first in all of our professional interactions, decisions, and considerations. Our department consists of faculty members committed to diversity, equity, and inclusion when providing services and teaching. To view the MiraCosta College DSPS website, go to http://www.miracosta.edu/studentservices/dsps.

MiraCosta students are diverse in age and represent all of California's major racial/ethnic groups. The credit student population in Spring 2018 was approximately 37% Latinx, 8% Asian/Pacific Islander, 3% Black/African American, 1% American Indian/Alaska Native, and 8% multiracial. Diversity is also evidenced by student-veterans, re-entry students, students with disabilities, international students, and LGBTQIA+. The college was designated as a Hispanic Serving Institution (HSI) in 2013. This designation reflects the great responsibility that MiraCosta has to the educational attainment and economic well-being of the surrounding community. The successful candidate will join a campus that exhibits its dedication to its students and faculty through offering robust, culturally responsive events, including speaker series dedicated to heritage month events through the Social Justice and Equity Center.

MiraCosta College is an Equal Opportunity Employer and is committed to providing an educational environment that affirms and supports diversity in its faculty, staff, and administration, and promoting an environment of inclusion. The college's commitment to diversity, equity and inclusion is expressed in the policy found at http://www.miracosta.edu/officeofthepresident/board/downloads/3400BP-Diversity-Equity-Inclusion-Adopted4-6-16.pdf.

Representative Duties:
(E = essential job function)

Duties and responsibilities may include, but are not limited to, the following:

1. Provide academic, career, and disability related counseling (face to face and/or online) to students with a variety of disabilities. Counseling activities include initial interviews, registration assistance, collection of verification documentation, and maintenance of student files. (E)

2. Provide assessment for students seeking eligibility for the Learning Disabilities Program, including administering, scoring, and interpreting mandated assessment batteries (i.e., Woodcock-Johnson-IV, WAIS-IV). Meet individually with students to discuss their learning disability assessment results, learning styles, and academic concerns. (E)

3. Develop and/or monitor Academic Accommodation Plans. Facilitate the provision of academic support services and reasonable accommodations. (E)

4. Counsel students in making course selections and help them to develop abbreviated and comprehensive education plans using the college's online education planning system. (E)

5. Maintain accurate records for each student utilizing program services in compliance with State and Federal regulations. (E)

6. Keep abreast of changing degree, certificate, and transfer information in order to counsel students about the most current requirements. (E)

7. Participate actively in college and departmental committees, subcommittees, projects, and program review.

8. Provide consultation and support to faculty and staff regarding student educational issues. (E)

9. Lead group presentations including student-interest workshops and seminars, DSPS orientations, and group counseling. (E)

10. Provide advocacy for students as appropriate. (E)

11. Collaborate with colleagues, community partners, and local high schools in programs or initiatives that serve racially and ethnically diverse students.

12. Participate in, and/or provide, ongoing professional development activities in the field of counseling and disabilities, including learning disabilities.

13. Exhibit proven cultural humility/proficiency skills when working with students from diverse backgrounds (e.g., first-generation, disproportionately impacted students, low-income, non-traditional college students).

14. Participate in the district's and academic senate's participatory governance processes and committees.

15. Travel to various district sites and programs to meet students as necessary.

16. Work in collaboration with other full-time and associate faculty in DSPS and other departments to coordinate and maintain currency of curriculum that is culturally responsive to students' needs. (E)

17. Assist in the creation, review, development and evaluation of courses both online and on-ground, certificates, and programs in collaboration with other instructors as appropriate that are culturally responsive to students' needs. (E)

18. Participate in the development, assessment and evaluation of student learning outcomes (SLOs). (E)

19. Participate in the tenure review process as described in the "Criteria for Evaluation" at http://www.miracosta.edu/hr/downloads/CriteriaForEvaluation.pdf.

Applicable to Instructor Assignment:

20. Teach credit learning skills courses (math, English) designed for students with learning disabilities and students who would benefit from acquiring learning strategies to facilitate and improve academic performance. (E)

21. Maintain currency in the teaching profession and in applicable technologies.

Type of Benefits:
SALARY AND BENEFITS: Salary placement will be on the full-time faculty salary schedule, plus a time factor ranging from 1.1080 to 1.1534 depending on the number of on-duty days. For current salary schedule, go to http://www.miracosta.edu/hr/downloads/FacultyAssemblySalarySchedule2018-2019.pdf. MiraCosta College offers a comprehensive package of benefits, which includes employer-paid medical, dental, and vision plans for employee and dependents; $100,000 employee life insurance; and other optional coverages. Faculty members are also covered under the California State Teachers' Retirement System (CalSTRS).

Minimum Qualifications:
To be eligible for this position, you must meet and provide evidence of the following minimum qualifications:

1. Current certification in the Learning Disabilities Eligibility and Services Model (LDESM) of the California Community Colleges Chancellor's Office. Or if not currently certified, you must already be enrolled in and successfully complete the LDESM training to be held January 18-20, 2019. IMPORTANT: If you do not have current LDESM certification and are not already enrolled in the January 2019 training, you will not be considered for this position.


2. Appropriate training in cognitive assessment -- Wechsler Adult Intelligence Scale-IV (WAIS-IV) and/or Woodcock-Johnson IV (WJ IV) Tests of Cognitive Abilities.


3. Appropriate training in assessing achievement -- Wechsler Individual Achievement Test-III (WIAT-III) and/or the Woodcock-Johnson IV (WJ IV) Tests of Achievement.


4. Minimum qualifications for community college Learning Disabilities Specialist:

a. Master's degree in Learning Disabilities, Special Education, Education, Psychology, Speech Language Pathology, Communication Disorders, Educational or School Psychology, Counseling, or Rehabilitation Counseling; and fifteen (15) semester units of upper division or graduate study in the area of learning disabilities, to include, but not limited to adult cognitive and achievement assessment or the equivalent; OR

b. a fully satisfied, lifetime California Community College DSPS Instructor/Service Credential for Learning Disabilities.

5. Minimum qualifications for community college counselor of students with disabilities:

a. Master's degree in rehabilitation counseling; OR

b. - Master's degree in counseling, guidance counseling, student personnel, clinical or counseling psychology, education counseling, social work, career development, marriage and family therapy, marriage, family and child counseling, or a Bachelor's degree in marriage and family therapy or in marriage, family and child counseling and possession of a California license as a Marriage and Family Therapist (MFT);
- Fifteen (15) or more semester units in upper division or graduate level course work specifically related to people with disabilities; OR completion of six (6) 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 (2) years of full-time experience, or the equivalent, in one or more of the following: (i) counseling for students with disabilities; and/or (ii) 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. AND

6. Sensitivity to and understanding of the diverse academic, socioeconomic, cultural, disability, and ethnic backgrounds of community college students.

If your qualifying degree(s) doesn't match a degree(s) listed above, you must attach an equivalency narrative and supporting documentation at the time of application. Instructions can be found at http://www.miracosta.edu/hr/downloads/Equivalency_009.pdf. Questions? Contact HR technician Sandy Muryasz at [email protected] or (760) 795-6860.

Desirable Qualifications:
1. Licensed educational or clinical psychologist. 2. Knowledge and use of technology-enhanced services. 3. Demonstrated success in providing culturally responsive services and/or instruction to students of diverse abilities, interests, and cultural backgrounds. 4. Commitment to examine, reflect, and modify relational, counseling, instructional, and classroom practices to more effectively engage and support disproportionately impacted student populations with a goal of closing equity gaps (see Student Equity website at http://www.miracosta.edu/studentservices/studentequity/index.htm). 5. Ability to contribute to the mission of the college. 6. For the instructor assignment, experience teaching and developing curriculum for learning skills classes at the community college level.

Licenses and Other Requirements:

Closing Date: 2-5-2019

First Screening Date:

Human Resources Contact Information:
[email protected] or 760.795.6854

About MiraCosta College
The MiraCosta Community College District is one of California's 114 public community colleges. The district includes the communities of Oceanside, Carlsbad, Encinitas, Cardiff, Olivenhain, Leucadia, Solana Beach, Rancho Santa Fe, Del Mar, Carmel Valley, and parts of Camp Pendleton.

MiraCosta offers undergraduate degrees, university-transfer courses, career-and-technical education, certificate programs, basic-skills education, and lifelong-learning opportunities, as well as a Bachelor of Science degree in Biomanufacturing.

The district operates two campus sites and two centers, and offers a robust online education program. The Oceanside Campus, serving approximately 10,500 students, is located on a panoramic 121-acre hilltop site with views of the ocean and mountains. The San Elijo Campus is located in Cardiff, 17 miles south of Oceanside, and attracts more than 3,000 students. The Community Learning Center in downtown Oceanside hosts about 2,500 students in the college's noncredit programs including English as a Second Language, the Adult High School Diploma Program, and other tuition-free, noncredit classes. The Technology Career Institute (TCI) in Carlsbad is part of the college’s Career Education Department. It offers our local community members the opportunity to enhance their lives and their careers with low-cost, hassle-free classes, workshops, and programs, as well as certificate programs to train skilled workers in industries such as high-tech manufacturing, maritime technology, and emerging technologies. The Small Business Development Center (SBDC) located at the TCI provides resources, workshops, and leadership programs for small businesses and serves all of North San Diego and Imperial Counties. The Veterans Business Outreach Center (VBOC), also located at the TCI, provides entrepreneurial development services such as business training, counseling, and mentoring, as well as referrals for eligible veterans and military spouses owning or considering starting a small business enterprise in Santa Barbara, Ventura, Los Angeles, Orange, Riverside, San Bernardino, San Diego and Imperial Counties.

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Posted: 12/26/2018
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