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Join our Student-Centered College!

Are you interested in applying your counseling skills in a college setting? Are you passionate about increasing student success and using counseling skills and strategies to close achievement gaps? Can you envision yourself assisting students in removing barriers to their success? Do you want to work side by side with colleagues who are leading the national conversation on increasing retention and completion? If these questions resonate with you, then we invite you to consider joining the team at Pierce College, an innovative and equity-focused community college dedicated to helping all students achieve their academic and professional goals.

About the Program:

The successful candidate for this full-time tenure track position is a member of the Student Success team providing counseling services to students. The Faculty Counselor supports and enhances student's mental and behavioral health through development of counseling and outreach services. The Counselor provides short-term therapeutic and crisis interventions and develops referral plans to community treatment resources for students. The Faculty Counselor is a key member of the Behavioral Intervention and Threat Assessment Team, and also collaborates on a variety of college projects that foster student success

About Pierce College:

Pierce College is an innovative community college committed to student engagement and learning. We value student learning experiences that foster equity and diversity in the classroom and expand into our local and global communities. From closing achievement gaps for all students to building directed career pathways, faculty, staff, and administrators work collaboratively to lead initiatives that advance student success. The college serves over 15,000 students in basic skills, transfer, and professional technical programs. Through continuous efforts, we have improved retention rates by 17% and graduation rates by 89%. This year, Pierce was named a top community college in several national polls.

Pierce College employees and students live and work in various communities that offer the diverse cultural and environmental benefits of rural, suburban, and urban lifestyles in the Pacific Northwest. As part of the community and technical college system in Washington State, the District includes Pierce College Fort Steilacoom, Pierce College Puyallup, Pierce College at Joint Base Lewis-McChord, as well as other extended learning sites.

Essential Functions

The successful candidate's responsibilities include:

  • Providing short-term therapeutic and crisis interventions and developing referral plans to community treatment resources for students in crisis;
  • Acting as a primary liaison between the college and community resources;
  • Designing, implementing, and evaluating workshops and programs for a diverse student population that reflect an academic and physical and emotional wellness emphasis;
  • Demonstrating multicultural competence, including an awareness and understanding of historically disadvantaged populations and creating an educational environment that affirms commitment to equity, diversity, and inclusion;
  • Providing consultation to staff, faculty, and the campus community regarding how to assist students with behavioral issues, personal/mental health concerns, and other elements impacting student success;
  • Collaborating with and staying informed about local and area community resources and referrals; Engaging in active outreach opportunities to educate staff, faculty, and the campus community about crisis intervention responses and available services;
  • Collaborating with instruction, learning support, student services departments, and other district units to further student success;
  • Attending and participating in regular department and division meetings;
  • Working effectively and collegially with faculty and staff across disciplines/programs and the district; Engaging in ongoing professional development as a process of continuous improvement; Participating in shared governance and contributing to a positive learning environment;
  • Serving as a member of the Behavioral Intervention and Threat Assessment Team; Participating in First Year Faculty Cohort.


  • Master's degree in Education, Counseling, Vocational Rehabilitation, Psychology or a related field, which includes a supervised graduate school internship as a mental health counselor.
  • Three years professional work experience as a counselor using short-term therapeutic techniques, interventions, crisis response, and referrals with diverse populations.
  • Demonstrated commitment to multiculturalism, diversity, as well as experience working with under- represented populations.
Special Requirements:
  • Licensed or ability to obtain licensure as a Washington State Mental Health Counselor by the first day of employment. Please click here for additional information on meeting state requirements.
Application Process

Application Requirements:

To be considered for this position, applicants must include the following items in their application package:

  1. Letter of formal application that addresses how your experience and education qualifies you to perform the assigned responsibilities (Cover Letter).
  2. Responses to the following: What personal and professional work have you done in order to broaden your understanding of equity, diversity and inclusion? AND How have you infused equity, diversity and inclusion into your classroom to equip/motivate/inspire to effectively engage in a multicultural society? AND Pierce College has set a goal of closing gaps in degree/certificate completion for all student populations by 2020. How will you contribute to this effort? (Supplemental Question).
  3. Detailed curriculum vitae of all educational and professional experience, which includes a list of courses taught (Curriculum Vitae).
  4. Unofficial copies of all college and university transcripts that include degree received and confer date. International transcripts must include a foreign transcript evaluation. For a list of approved credential evaluation services visit: http://naces.org/members.htm. (Unofficial transcripts acceptable for application process; official transcripts required prior to hire) (Transcripts).
  5. A list of four current professional references with name, relationship to candidate, address, email address, and telephone number. Letters of recommendation will not be accepted in lieu of a list of professional references (References).

Terms of Employment:

This position, which is contingent upon funding, is a full-time, tenure-track assignment of 173 contracted days per year with the tenure process starting in September 2019, and with the opportunity to start working an earlier quarter. Assignment may include district discipline/program coordination, as well as evening, hybrid, and/or online teaching. This is a District position. Candidates will be working for a District Dean and will be required to attend district meetings as well as collaborate with colleagues across the district and across departments.

Initial salary placement is based on the current full-time faculty salary schedule and is dependent upon education and experience. Salary placement for newly hired full-time faculty will be at one of five levels based upon qualifications including teaching experience and credentials. The five levels range from $53,377 to $57,825 per 173-day academic year. Opportunities for summer employment and other assignments are in addition to the base salary.

Reasonable Accommodation:

Applicants with disabilities who require assistance with the application and employment process will be accommodated to the extent reasonably possible. Requests should be made to the District Human Resources Office by calling 253-964-7342. Persons who are deaf or hard of hearing may dial 711 to place a call through Washington Relay, the state's free telecommunication access service

Screening & Interview Process:

Only those candidates who have complied with the application process and have met the required qualifications will be considered. The most desirable candidates will be contacted for an interview. Application materials submitted to Pierce College are the property of the College and will not be returned.

Conditions of Employment:

  • An offer of employment will not carry with it any responsibility or obligation on the part of the District to sponsor an H-1B visa. In compliance with the Immigration Reform and Control Act of 1986, proof of authorization to work in the United States will be required at the time of hire.
  • Pierce College has adopted a Drug Free Workplace policy. As a condition of employment, employees must agree to abide by the requirements established in this policy.
Bargaining Unit:

  • This position has been designated as a bargaining unit position represented by the Pierce College Federation of Teachers.

The Pierce College District is an equal opportunity employer. The Board of Trustees and Pierce College District are committed to providing equal opportunity and will not discriminate in terms and conditions of employment and personnel practices for all persons without regard to race, color, national origin, age, perceived or actual physical or mental disability, pregnancy, genetic information, sex, sexual orientation, gender identity, marital status, creed, religion, honorably discharged veteran or military status, or use of a trained guide dog or service animal.

For more information or assistance regarding your application, contact Human Resources at: [email protected].

Questions regarding equal employment opportunities or discrimination may be directed to the following:

Holly Gorski, Vice President of Human Resources/Title IX Coordinator

9401 Farwest Drive SW

Lakewood, Washington 98498

(253) 964-6519

Paula Henson-Williams, District Affirmative Action Officer

(253) 864-3229




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Posted: 1/23/2019
Application Due: 3/17/2019
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