Counselor Instructor - Disability Resources Center

Dec 14, 2020
Position Type
Tenured & Tenure-Track
Employment Type
Full Time
Institution Type
Community College

Counselor Instructor - Disability Resources Center

Kern Community College District

Position Number: 03180

Posting Date: 12/14/2020

Position Closing Date:

Initial Screening Date: 02/26/2021

Open Until Filled: Yes

Position Type: Contract Academic


Work Week: This is a ten-month (185-day) faculty position eligible for tenure after the fourth year of successful employment.

Minimum Salary: $76,272.38 per year

Maximum Salary: $141,408.19 per year (maximum entry $100,078.42 per year)

Kern Community College District provides a rich health and welfare benefits offering to our employees, including Health, Dental, Vision, Life Insurance, and Long-term Disability.
In addition to the above benefits, the District also offers a robust voluntary benefits selection:
  • Flex 125
  • Additional products and services through American Fidelity
  • Supplemental voluntary life insurance
  • Tax Shelter Annuities

The District participates in the State Teacher’s Retirement System (STRS) for faculty. Employees covered under the State Teacher’s Retirement System (STRS), are vested 100% after five years of full time service credit. All coverages begin on the first day of the month following the hire date.

Benefit Website Link:
Benefits Website

College/Site: Porterville College

Location: PC-Main Campus

Basic Function:
The Disability Resource Center (DRC) department provides a wide range of support services and instruction which are in addition to those offered to the general student population including, but not limited to: specialized counseling, adaptive testing, sign language interpreting, alternate media, registration assistance, adapted physical education, reader services, and specialized equipment. This assignment is to maintain and further develop counseling services for students with a wide variety of disabilities, including, but not limited to, physical, learning disabilities, speech and language impairments, acquired brain injury, hearing loss and psychiatric disorders.

The successful candidate will be expected to provide disability-related counseling and guidance to students with disabilities; liaison with the Department of Rehabilitation (DOR) program to link services to students with disabilities who are also involved in the DOR program; work closely with students to determine appropriate academic adjustments and support services; assist students in the selection of a course of study, major, or certificate program; be familiar with assistive technology and alternate media in order to make recommendations for student accommodations; provide consultation to other faculty and staff; maintain current and up-to-date anecdotal records of individual counseling sessions with disabled students; perform outreach services to local high schools and other agencies in the community, including DOR; when appropriate work with parents and advocates of students with disabilities; develop and/or implement Student Educational Contracts, including ongoing needs assessments and assistive
devices that are pertinent to students with disabilities; evaluate and document student progress; refer students to appropriate on- and off-campus services; and work closely with other campus representatives to maintain and improve campus accessibility in programs and facilities; and collegial participation in departmental, college and discipline-specific professional activities.

The candidate may be expected to provide teaching strategies for college success and career search related courses, depending on experience, background and institutional need. This assignment may include day or evening counseling, weekend outreach events, and using multiple counseling methodologies; developing and revising curriculum; and using computer and multimedia.

Under the Direction of the Dean of Student Success and Counseling or designee, the Counselor assists students to fulfill their maximum potential; assessing student learning outcomes; maintains a thorough and up-to-date knowledge in their professional responsibilities; utilizing current technology in the performance of job duties; maintaining standards of professional conduct and ethics appropriate to the professional position; assisting with curriculum review; serving on college committees and participating in faculty governance.

Education and Experience:

Possession of a master’s degree, or equivalent foreign degree, in rehabilitation counseling,


Possession of a master’s degree in counseling, guidance, 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, child counseling possession of a license as a Marriage and Family Therapist (MFT);


Either fifteen or more semester units in upper division or graduate level course work specifically related to people with disabilities, or completed of six semester units, or the equivalent of a graduate-level counseling practicum or counseling field work courses, in a post-secondary Disabled Students and Services (DSPS) Program or in a time experience, or the equivalent, in one or more of the following;
  • Counseling or guidance for students with disabilities; or
  • Counseling in industry, government, public agencies, military or private social welfare organizations in which the responsibilities of the position were predominately or exclusively for persons with disabilities or the equivalent.


A demonstrated sensitivity to and understanding of the diverse academic, socioeconomic, cultural, disability, and ethnic backgrounds of community college students

Note: Degrees and credits must be from accredited institutions (Title V Section 53406). Any degree from a country other than the United States, including Canada and Great Britain, must be evaluated by an evaluation service.

Note: The screening of candidates will be conducted by a screening committee. The screening committee reserves the right to limit the number of interviews granted. Meeting the minimum qualifications for a position does not assure the applicant of an interview.

Knowledge and Abilities:
Knowledge and Abilities:

Knowledge of Americans Disabilities Act and Title 5 regulations governing services to students with disabilities in California Community Colleges.
  • Provides academic, career oriented, and personal counseling
  • Develops plans for students seeking accessibility support and/or reasonable accommodation
  • Assist instructors and students in identifying academic adjustments that may aid in improving the learning environment
  • Knowledge of assistive technology and alternate media supporting students with disabilities in their education
  • Commitment to working effectively and harmoniously with colleagues in an environment that promotes teaching, learning, and service to students
  • Provide professional learning workshops for staff, faculty, and community
  • Provide services to meet students’ education goals such as degree or certificate, transfer, vocational, skills building, and/or professional development
  • Advises, assists and evaluates student performance and learning outcomes
  • Maintains and submits accurate student records in a timely manner as required
  • Participates in program activities, including program planning, new teaching and learning methods, and resource development
  • Knowledge of and skill in use of computer technologies of educational purposes, including computer-based learning;
  • Commitment to the counseling profession, its goals and ideals, and enthusiasm for the mission of Porterville College
  • Participates in college professional or shared governance committees and in departmental activities such as student success, student equity efforts, and guided pathways
  • Evidence of commitment to professional growth and service with may include, but is not limited to presenting workshops, attending conferences or training, development of curriculum and instructional materials, membership in school/college committees or production of classroom-based research, membership in professional organizations; curricular redesign and development, intervention and crises support teams, recruitment, orientation activities, etc.
  • Assist students with disability management, coping, and problem-solving techniques
  • Contributes to development of program policies and procedures
  • Ability to communicate and collaborate effectively and professionally with the campus
  • Studying the needs, interest abilities, achievements, and aptitudes of students with disabilities, and recommending appropriate learning strategies and academic adjustments for students
  • Actively engages in community outreach with K-12 districts, community organizations and partners, and prospective students, providing information on support services and educational opportunity available through the District
  • Maintains appropriate standards of professional conduct and ethics
  • Understanding as the recognition of historical and systematic disparities in opportunity and outcomes and providing the resources necessary to address those disparities
  • An equity-minded counseling approach focused on creating a welcoming and inclusive space that support student engagement and success
  • Working knowledge of Sections 504 and 508 of the Rehabilitation Act, Americans with Disabilities Act and other disability legislation at State and Federal levels affecting the provision of disability services at a California community college
  • Experience working with academic, learning, and career assessment instruments
  • Perform other duties as assigned

Salary Grade:

Special Instructions to Applicants:
First Review of Applications:
Complete application packets will be accepted until the position is filled, but those received by 5:00 p.m. (Pacific Standard Time) on February 26, 2021 are assured consideration. The College reserves the right to extend time limits or reinitiate the recruitment/selection process at any point.

Completed application packet must include:
  • Completed Online Application for Employment form
  • Current resume
  • Letter of interest (Cover Letter)
  • Statement of personal philosophy of teaching
  • Copies of legible transcripts
  • List of six (6) professional references - Listed on application form
  • Copy of sample syllabi

Applicants who require reasonable accommodation to participate in the selection process should contact Human Resources to make the necessary arrangements.
EEO Plan 2018-2021

The District does not provide sponsorship for authorization to work in the United States. Work authorization should be established at the time of application submission.

Note: The District is strongly committed to achieving staff diversity and the principles of equal employment opportunity. The District encourages a diverse pool of applicants and does not discriminate on the basis of national origin, religion, age, gender, gender identity, gender expression, race or ethnicity, color, medical condition, genetic information, ancestry, sexual orientation, marital status, physical or mental disability, pregnancy, or because he/she is perceived to have one or more of the foregoing characteristics, or based on association with a person or group with one or more of these actual or perceived characteristics or any other characteristic protected by federal, state or local law, in any of its policies, procedures or practices.
Discrimination Free Work Environment

All applicants must apply online at Emails will not be accepted.

As an Equal Employment Opportunity Employer, the Kern Community College District encourages candidates with diverse backgrounds to apply.

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