Counselor, Mental Health (Full-Time Tenure Track Faculty)

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Ideal Candidate Statement:

Ohlone College seeks to employ faculty members who have a passion for teaching and learning and a strong commitment to the missions and ideals of the community college. We are looking for excellent counseling faculty who are student-oriented in their approach and dedicated to student success. An ideal candidate will be skilled in generating student engagement in learning and creating a welcoming and equity-based learning environment. Innovative counseling and teaching strategies are encouraged at Ohlone, including collaborative learning and the active use of technology. Continuous professional development is highly valued. We are looking for counseling faculty with enthusiastic interest in counseling students, specifically serving students from underrepresented backgrounds, and improvement through ongoing critical thinking about student learning outcomes in courses and programs.

The ideal Ohlone counseling faculty member will have strong leadership skills and an interest in active participation in college-wide activities. Excellent communication skills with students, staff, faculty and counseling peers are essential. We are looking for counseling faculty who are flexible in their work and adaptable to change. Ohlone prides itself as a Learning College with the motto “A World of Cultures United in Learning” and we are looking for counseling faculty who embrace diversity in serving students of varied backgrounds and learning styles. The College is committed to environmental sustainability and looks to all employees to support this important goal.


Under the general supervision of the Administrator, in collaboration with the Dean of Counseling, the Mental Health Counselor’s responsibilities include individual and group short term personal and crisis counseling and screenings; provide consultation for instructional and student services faculty and staff regarding concerns for student mental health issues; provide counseling services to assist students’ mental health management, problem resolution, crisis intervention, and assessing, planning, and implementing short-term and long-range goals; provide personal counseling for assistance with personal, family or other social concerns. The Mental Health Counselor will develop student, faculty, and staff trainings/workshops and develop student, faculty, and staff educational/resource materials. This position will work closely with the Student Health Center and is responsible for developing and supervising an internship program for graduate students pursuing degrees in mental health. This position will participate in research and review of effectiveness of counseling programs, policies and procedures; participate in college-wide, department and individual professional development activities including participation in governance of the college via committee assignments and/or club advisement. The position may require assignments in the evenings and/or weekends and/or at off-campus locations.

Duties and Responsibilities:

•Responsible for mental health counseling functions of the assigned program.
•Assist students with adjustments to college and personal development, as well as crisis counseling as needed.
•Provide students with information regarding resources, opportunities and assistance available to them on the college and in the community.
•Develop and supervise a graduate student internship or practicum training program for students pursing degrees in mental health; assist with the development and promotion of mental health awareness.
•Actively engage in technological tools designed to assist the students and institution in moving students toward goal completion.
•Develop curriculum, maintain appropriate records, and contribute to the Program Review process.
•Develop and implement a variety of effective counseling and assessment methods including the use of computers and information technology to engage student interest and support for a variety of learning styles.
•Continue in related professional career development throughout employment and remain current in the field through course work, conferences, workshops and other appropriate means including re-licensure as required by the Board of Behavioral Science Examiner (BBSE).
• Carry out collegial responsibilities including, but not limited to, institutional committee assignments, student recruitment and retention, and participation in shared governance and campus life activities.
• Communicate and work cooperatively with colleagues in the Counseling Department as well as college-wide on matters regarding programs and activities that would enhance the development of the department and college.
• Perform duties described in Board policy, the Faculty Handbook, the UFO (faculty bargaining unit) Contract, and as assigned at the Fremont and Newark campuses, and/or other designated locations.
•Participate in the College Behavioral Intervention Team (BIT) and respond to mental health emergencies on campus; collaborate with Campus Police Services as needed to address student behavior and safety issues.
•Serve as a resource for faculty in dealing with individual student problems; refer students to appropriate campus and community resources as needed relating to student mental health and collaborate with other institutions.
•Perform other duties as assigned.

Minimum Qualifications:

•Master’s degree 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
•Current license as a Marriage and Family Therapist (LMFT) or current license as a Clinical Social Worker (LCSW)
•Commitment to community college goals/objectives of being an equity-based and anti-racist institution, and providing quality programs and services for culturally, socio-economically, ethnically, and academically diverse students and students with disabilities; personal qualities to work effectively and with sensitivity in a multicultural environment; awareness of and commitment to the needs of non-traditional and/or re-entry students with diverse abilities and interests
•Must have evidence of responsiveness to and understanding of the diverse academic, socioeconomic, cultural, disability, gender identity, sexual orientation, and ethnic backgrounds of community college students, as these factors relate to the need for equity-minded practices.

Desirable Qualifications:

•Two years counseling experience in a higher education institution.
•Certification from the Board of Behavioral Sciences to supervise graduate level interns acquiring their clinical hours.
•Experience developing/coordinating workshops, programs, and events.
•Experience in the use of computer technology as a teaching tool, including experience with course management systems (i.e. Blackboard, Canvas, etc.)
•Experience in working with academically and culturally diverse student populations (teaching or other situations in a leadership role); familiarity with disability legislation desirable.
•Excellent verbal and written communications skills.
•Ability to work successfully in a team environment.

Starting Salary Range:

$70,711 – $108,224 (Annually)

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This is a regular probationary, tenure track, faculty position commencing Fall Semester 2021. The appointee would be expected to work 40 hours per week. The work year is 185 days. More information is available in the faculty contract at the following link:

Continuance in this position is dependent on satisfactory evaluations and performance.


If you do not possess the minimum qualifications as listed above and feel you have the equivalent education and/or experience, a completed equivalency portfolio with all related documents must accompany the application or the application will not be accepted. The equivalency form can be found at the following link:

Foreign Transcripts:

Transcripts issued outside the United States require a course-by-course analysis with an equivalency statement from a certified transcript evaluation service verifying the degree equivalency to that of an accredited institution within the USA. This report must be attached with the application and submitted by the filing deadline.

Benefits Statement:

Ohlone College is proud to rank top 3 in salary and benefits, for full time faculty, among the Bay 10 Community College in the Bay Area. The District participates in a group health plan and offers a variety of medical plans. Dental is offered through Delta Dental, Vision offered through Vision Service Plan (VSP), and Life insurance through UNUM.

Medical: Enrollment in medical coverage through the District is optional. For those faculty that choose to enroll in one of the offered medical plans, the District currently provides an allowance of $1,200 per month to offset the cost of the medical benefits premium.

Dental, Vision and Life Insurances: The District provides for and fully pays the premiums for you and your family for dental and vision, and the employee premium for life insurance. Enrollment in Dental, Vision and Life insurances are mandatory.

Long-term Disability (LTD) and Employee Assistance Program (EAP): The District provides for and fully pays the premiums for long-term disability for you and EAP for you and your family.

Other employee paid benefits (optional): Voluntary additional life insurance; IRC Section 125 Flexible Medical and Dependent Care spending plans; 403(b) and 457(b) Tax Shelter Annuity plans; 403(b) Roth IRA plan.

Retirement: Ohlone participates in the State Teachers’ Retirement System (STRS) and the Public Employees’ Retirement System (PERS). Candidates hired on or after January 1, 2013 are subject to restrictions imposed by PEPRA.

Sick Leave: One day per month, accumulating indefinitely, if unused. All other Education Code leave benefits apply.

Sabbatical Leave: After 6 consecutive years of employment with the district you will be eligible for sabbatical leave. You will receive 100% pay for one semester leave and 70% for an academic year.

Enrollment Fee Waiver: Employees and their qualified dependents receive enrollment fee waiver for courses taken at Ohlone College.

Certificated employees belong to the United Faculty of Ohlone (UFO).

Immigration Reform & Control Act of 1986:

Applicants selected for positions will be required to provide identification and employment eligibility as outlined in the federal “Immigration Reform & Control Act of 1986.”

District Statement:

A multi-campus single community college district, Ohlone College is located in the southern portion of the San Francisco Bay in California; serving 12,000 students per year. The District has a main campus in the City of Fremont and a center in the City of Newark. Ohlone College is an ethnically diverse institution that promotes innovation and continuous improvement in departments and divisions. The College is named for the native population living in the area when Mission San Jose was founded. The Fremont campus is located just south of the historical Mission. The Newark Campus is located near Interstate 880 and emphasizes programs in health, environment, and technology.

EEO Statement:

The District is strongly committed to the principles of equal opportunity and to hiring qualified staff who reflect the diversity of our community. The District encourages a diverse pool of applicants and does not discriminate on the basis of sex, race, religious creed, color, national origin, ancestry, age (40 or over), medical condition, genetic information, marital status, sexual orientation, gender, gender identity, gender expression, disability, military and veteran status, pregnancy/childbirth/breastfeeding or related medical condition or any other protected basis in any of its policies, practices, or procedures. The college encourages applications from all qualified applicants.

If you have a disability and are in need of special services, equipment, or facilities in order to apply or interview for this opening, please call the Human Resources office at: (510) 659-6088.

Conditions of Employment:

Offers of employment are contingent upon Governing Board approval. Employment with Ohlone Community College is not complete or official until applicants meet all pre-employment requirements. All new employees are required to submit official transcripts and proof of freedom from tuberculosis. In addition you will be required to provide identification and employment eligibility as outlined in the federal “Immigration Reform & Control Act of 1986.” Pre-employment tests and/or medical examinations may be required. Ohlone Community College does not sponsor H1B visas. Employees must sign the Oath or Affirmation of Allegiance and submit fingerprints for CA Department of Justice clearance.




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Posted: 4/1/2021
Application Due: 4/29/2021
Work Type: Full Time