Counselor, Adult Education Transitions, ESL and Basic Skills (Temporary)

Job description

Initial Review Date: 5/3/19*
*Any complete applications received after the review date will only be forwarded to the hiring committee at their request.

The Foothill-De Anza Community College District is currently accepting applications for the temporary full-time, non-tenure track faculty position of Counselor, Adult Education Transitions, ESL and Basic Skills, De Anza College.

De Anza College Mission Statement:
De Anza College provides an academically rich, multicultural learning environment that challenges students of every background to develop their intellect, character and abilities; to realize their goals; and to be socially responsible leaders in their communities, the nation and the world.

De Anza College fulfills its mission by engaging students in creative work that demonstrates the knowledge, skills and attitudes contained within the college’s Institutional Core Competencies:

  • Communication and expression
  • Information literacy
  • Physical/mental wellness and personal responsibility
  • Civic capacity for global, cultural, social and environmental awareness
  • Critical thinking

De Anza College is a fast-paced, student centered, innovative environment that strategically supports student success and achievement. The college seeks to employ counselors who are willing and able to implement the “Six Factors that Support Student Achievement” as outlined by the California Community College Research and Planning Group.

Six Factors that Support Student Achievement

  • Directed—students have a goal and know how to achieve it
  • Focused—students stay on track, keeping their eyes on the prize
  • Nurtured—students feel somebody wants and helps them to succeed
  • Engaged—students actively participate in class and extra-curricular activities
  • Connected—students feel like they are part of the college community
  • Valued—students skills, talents, abilities and experiences are recognized; they have opportunities to contribute on campus and feel their contributions are appreciated.

Counselors who want to help students transition from Adult Education, Basic Skills, and ESL into transfer-level coursework are encouraged to apply.

General Responsibilities:
Under the direction and supervision of the Dean of Language Arts, provide a wide range of counseling and retention services to our diverse student population, including students transitioning from Adult Education and students who place into basic skills writing and ESL courses. Perform core counseling functions: academic, career, and personal counseling as well crisis intervention, outreach, college governance participation, program review and research, research counseling program and services best practices, training and professional development and other duties as assigned.

Duties and Responsibilities:
In accordance with the Student Success and Support Program (SSSP), Student Equity Initiative, and Basic Skills Initiative, counselors will deliver core services as their primary duties and responsibilities.

  • Orientation
  • Assessment (evaluation of placement scores, course placement, transcripts, prerequisite clearance)
  • Counseling/Advising and other education planning services
  • Follow-up for at-risk students

The delivery of core services should occur both on- and off-campus in multiple ways: in-person, on-line, individual and group meetings, workshops and other innovative ways.

Assist students in clarifying academic goals and selecting a major and establishing/maintaining enrollment priority. Establish a rapport with students; monitor and track students’ academic progress to ensure attainment of educational goal; maintain contact with students throughout their enrollment; and use an early alert system to ensure student persistence and success. Take students to career, leadership and enrichment events and conferences; invite speakers to discuss career and transfer options with students.

In collaboration with the Dean of Language Arts, department chairs and faculty in English, Reading, ESL and Math, develop effective retention interventions to reduce the achievement gap for target student populations (Latino/a, African Ancestry, Filipino students) and groups identified in the College Student Equity Plan: Veterans, Foster Youth, Disabled Students, and low-income students. Address the counseling and advising needs of students who place into Basic Skills and ESL courses and students transitioning from Adult Education schools. Serve as the Language Arts Division liaison with the Counseling Division and other campus programs such as Physical Science, Math, and Engineering, Learning in Communities (LinC), Student Success and Retention Services, MPS, EOPS, and DSPS.

Provide orientation, career, transfer, discipline-related, student success (study skills, time management, academic probation) workshops. Provide staff development and in-service training for faculty and staff who teach basic skills courses and the Language Arts Division. Participate in college and division assignments and other departmental responsibilities. May teach certain counseling related courses (Introduction to College, Career Life Planning, Life Skills in Higher Education). Establish and maintain contact with K-12 and Adult Education partners. Develop other relevant liaisons and networks with on- and off-campus programs and agencies.

Standard duties expected of all faculty include development and evaluation of curricula, maintaining scheduled office hours, attending department and division meetings, pursuing professional growth activities, service on district and/or college committees, and performing other duties consistent with the role of an instructor. Instructors also have the opportunity to participate in campus extra-curricular activities.

Ability to:

  1. Ability to serve as a liaison and network with on and off campus programs and agencies.
  2. Ability to develop and provide trainings for faculty and staff.
  3. Ability to demonstrate excellent verbal, written, interpersonal, and facilitation skills both in-person and on-line.

Knowledge of:

  1. Knowledge of and the skills to provide services to multiethnic, international and underrepresented students.
  2. Knowledge of or willingness to learn about the needs of students in basic skills reading, writing, and math courses, English language learners, and students transitioning from adult education programs.
  3. Knowledge of and experience with computers, software, and technology related to counseling.
  4. Knowledge of and experience in establishing and maintaining linkages with instructional divisions and special programs.
  5. Knowledge of and experience in consensus building within a diverse educational environment.


  1. Indoor, office environment. Occasionally in the environment where students’ meet and congregate.
  2. Willingness to work a flexible schedule that may include summer, evening, weekend, on- and off-campus assignments.
  3. Counselors may be required to participate in workshops, high school visits, field rips and other activities, both on and off campus, requiring physical capabilities beyond a stand office environment.

Physical Abilities*:
(*Applicants should perform these physical abilities with or without reasonable accommodations)

  1. Hearing and speaking to exchange information.
  2. Vision sufficient to read various materials.
  3. Dexterity of hands and fingers to perform the tasks required of the position.
  4. Regularly stand, walk, and sit for extended periods of time.
  5. Bending at waist, kneeling, or crouching.
  6. Reaching overhead, above the shoulders, and horizontally.
  7. Lifting and carrying objects up to 20 lbs.


  1. Understanding of, sensitivity to, and respect for the diverse academic, socio-economic, ethnic, religious, and cultural backgrounds, disability, and sexual orientation of community college students, faculty and staff.
  2. Master's degree in counseling, rehabilitation counseling, clinical psychology, counseling psychology, guidance counseling, educational counseling, social work, or career development, marriage and family therapy, or marriage, family and child counseling from an accredited college or university OR Bachelor’s degree in one of the above listed degrees AND a California license as a Marriage and Family Therapist (MFT).

NOTE: Official Transcripts verifying qualifications will be REQUIRED prior to an offer of employment. Applicants who have international transcripts must obtain transcripts that are evaluated by an independent educational-equivalency evaluation company and obtain an English translation (if necessary). These services are to be done at the applicant’s expense. Both Foothill De Anza CCD employees and external candidates must submit transcripts.


  1. Demonstrated ability and willingness to work with underrepresented student groups, students who place into Basic Skills courses, students interested in career and technical education courses and careers.
  2. Coursework or training related to cross-cultural perspectives.
  3. Coursework or training related to basic skills education, English reading and writing instruction, and/or TESOL.
  4. Knowledge of or training related to Adult Education programs.


  1. A District on-line application to be completed at *In the application, you will provide information, which demonstrates your understanding of, sensitivity to, and respect for the diverse academic, socio-economic, ethnic, religious, and cultural backgrounds, disability, and sexual orientation of community college students, faculty and staff. Additionally, you will be asked to explain how your life experiences, studies or work have influenced your commitment to diversity, equity and inclusion.
  2. A cover letter detailing your background and experience, skills, and abilities as they relate to the minimum and preferred qualifications of this position.
  3. A current resume of all work experience, formal education and training.

If you wish to request equivalency for this position (if you believe you do not otherwise meet minimum qualifications via educational degree attainment as specified), you may submit the Request for Equivalency form. This form will need to be submitted with your application packet. You may either scan a hard copy of this form with your application packet or submit it as a Word document with your application packet.

If any required application materials are omitted, the committee will not review your application packet. Application materials not required (including reference letters) for this position will not be accepted. For full-consideration, all application packets must be received by 11:59 pm on the closing date.

Please allow yourself ample time to complete your application and resolve any technical difficulties that may arise with your submission. We do not guarantee a response to application questions within 48 hours of the closing date. You may also visit our “Applicant Information” webpage to assist with technical difficulties at:

HIRING RANGE: $62,772.00 - $103,094.00 annually plus benefits; actual placement is based on applicant’s verified education and experience. NOTE: The salary advertised with this position is based on the 2017-2018 salary schedule. Effective July 1,2018 through June 30, 2019, the position will receive an additional temporary 5% increase. On July 1, 2019 salaries will revert to the 2017-2018 salary schedule unless another agreement is reached.

For the complete Faculty Salary Schedule, go to:

Excellent benefits package which includes medical coverage for employee and eligible dependents, dental, vision care, employee assistance program, long term disability, retirement benefits and basic life insurance. Other voluntary benefits are also available such as legal assistance, pet insurance, and long-term care. Faculty are also eligible for paid professional development leaves and stipends for educational and professional development.

For information on our benefits package that includes medical for employees and dependents, visit our web site:

TERMS OF EMPLOYMENT: Temporary Full-time, Non-Tenure Track, 11-months per year

STARTING DATE: Spring 2019

Persons with disabilities who require reasonable accommodation to complete the employment process must notify Employment Services no later than the closing date of the announcement.

The successful applicant will be required to provide proof of authorization to work in the U.S.

The Foothill-De Anza Community College District does not reimburse applicants for travel, lodging or any other costs incurred by applicant to attend interviews. All interviewing costs incurred will be the responsibility of the applicant.

For more information about our application process contact:
Employment Services
Foothill-De Anza Community College District
12345 El Monte Road
Los Altos Hills, California 94022
Email: [email protected]




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Posted: 3/20/2019
Application Due: 6/25/2019
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