Academic Counselor

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Position:Academic Counselor Department:Counseling All applications to be received by noon on:04/01/2019 Details:Lake Tahoe Community College (LTCC) announces an opportunity to work as a full-time, tenure-track Academic Counselor in LTCC's One-Stop and Counseling department.

LTCC has several new programs that affect the counseling department in positive, forward-thinking ways; these include the implementation of Guided Pathways, the Lake Tahoe College Promise, continued expansion of the Incarcerated Students Program, combined registration for Summer and Fall quarters resulting in an increased need for summer counseling, and extended evening hours in the One-Stop. Research shows that academic counseling support services are critical to assisting students to achieve their personal, academic, and career goals. Along with recent increased enrollments from year to year, the expected expansion of LTCC’s learning community programs and activities require that counselors be available to meet the needs of a wide demographic of student populations.

The Vision for Success is a five-year strategic plan recently implemented by the California Community College Chancellor’s Office under the direction of Chancellor Eloy Ortiz Oakley. Increasing success rates in alignment with the Vision for Success will hinge on the synergistic framework of Guided Pathways. This innovative new model will place a stronger emphasis on utilizing the expertise of counselors to provide core student support services to newly enrolled and continuing students. The Vision for Success highlights six goals that the California Community College system should aim to reach within the next five years. The successful implementation of Guided Pathways will be dependent on the harmonious collaboration of all departments working together to streamline and deliver all of the available services needed to make students academically successful.

The goals for student outcomes in the Vision for Success are amplified by a change in the state funding model for community colleges. The Student Centered Funding Formula, a performance based funding model, will provide colleges annual apportionment funding based on factors tied to student completion and success rates, as well as retention, transfer, and job success rates. The counselors at LTCC will play a leading role in achieving the goals in the Vision for Success as well as earning apportionment funding as students achieve their goals.

This position is a 177-day contract over the period of 12 months, including summer and winter hours with evening and weekend responsibility. The work calendar may need to be adjusted as the position and programs grow and change.


LTCC reserves the right to reopen the position or extend the deadline if an adequate applicant pool is not received. After reviewing applications, those applicants judged most suitable for the position will be invited to initial interviews. These applicants will be notified by phone on or about Wednesday, April 10, 2019. First-round interviews are tentatively scheduled for April 24 and 25, 2019. Meeting the minimum requirements does not guarantee an interview.


LTCC offers a competitive compensation package that includes a starting placement salary of $51,013 to $79,995 annually dependent upon education and experience, see the faculty salary schedule for further information regarding education and salary placement. Health and Welfare benefits include medical, dental, vision, life insurance, and long term disability.

Preferred start date:07/01/2019 Representative Duties:
  • Provide academic counseling services to general and special program student populations.
  • Assist students with problems related to academic progress.
  • Participate in full-time faculty responsibilities including faculty and departmental meetings, departmental planning, community liaison, curriculum development, and committee assignments.
  • Participate in all faculty training days.
  • Coordinate special events as assigned.
  • Consult with appropriate college faculty.
  • Coordinate with instruction on initiatives such as Guided Pathways, Lake Tahoe Community College Promise, Strategic Enrollment Management, and others.
  • Ability to develop working relationships with college faculty, staff, and community groups.



    Master's 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,OR the equivalent.(NOTE: A bachelor's degree in one of the listed degrees and a license as a Marriage and Family Therapist (MFT) is an alternative qualification for this discipline.)
(Minimum qualifications may be completed within the successful candidate's first year of employment.)

NOTE: Applicants who claim equivalent qualifications shall provide conclusive evidence that they possess qualifications that are at least equivalent to those required by the minimum qualifications of the area for which they are applying. It is the responsibility of the applicant to supply all evidence and documentation for the claim of equivalency at the time of application.

    Demonstrated ability to perform all of the responsibilities listed above.Demonstrated sensitivity to and understanding of the diverse academic, socioeconomic, cultural, disability, and ethnic backgrounds of community college students.

    Bilingual - Spanish speakingUnderstanding of counseling in an educational settingFamiliarity with characteristics of community college students and the quarter systemAbility to work independentlyFamiliarity with counseling diverse populationsAbility to develop departmental budget as assignedAbility to coordinate programsUnderstanding of small college environmentAssist with the selection and coordination of adjunct faculty in the department as neededAbility to teach in another discipline
Supplemental Questions:Please answer the following questions on a separate page, limiting your responses to about 500 words for each question; do not refer to resume. Every effort should be made to demonstrate your qualifications for this position.

1. Describe how your academic background and experience relate to this position.

2. Describe your understanding of the role of a faculty member in a small community college.

3. Please tell us how student success, graduation transfer rates, and on-time completion rates each relate to an academic counselor position, what role would you take in each?

4. What steps have you taken or would you take to remove barriers typically experienced by the wide-range of students who attend community colleges? Is there an experience you can share that demonstrates your sensitivity to diversity and those from culturally or economically diverse backgrounds? Retirement Option:California State Teachers’ Retirement System (CalSTRS) membership Required Documents:Cover Letter, Resume/CV, Supplemental Questions, Unofficial Transcripts Job Category:Full-Time, Tenure Track Faculty




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Job No:
Posted: 2/20/2019
Application Due: 4/1/2019
Work Type:
Salary: $51,013 to $79,995