Black Student Success Counselor

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Black Student Success Counselor

Pasadena City College



Pasadena City College is hiring a full-time, tenure-track Counselor - Black Student Success Center commencing on July 1, 2021.

We are looking for candidates who have the desire and ability to create a welcoming classroom culture that positively engages and impacts our diverse student population.  At Pasadena City College (PCC) we celebrate and respect diversity in all forms that includes every race, religion, gender, ethnicity, veterans, people with varied abilities, and members of the LGBTQ+ community. PCC is seeking applications from candidates who can demonstrate experience in teaching and working with individuals from diverse backgrounds and contribute to the College's mission, vision, and core values.


We are committed to achieving equally high outcomes for all students.  Successful candidates will share our vision and will work with us to help all students, regardless of background and level of preparation, achieve their educational goals. Pasadena City College prides itself on faculty contributions through active participation in college-wide governance and the decision-making process.


Counseling is rich in cultural and linguistic diversity.Faculty are highly collaborative leading to multiple opportunities for interdisciplinary teaching and student researchFaculty are involved in outreach to the community and local high schools as well as collaboration with area four-year colleges and universitiesPasadena City College supports ongoing professional developmentPasadena City College is respected and supported by its communityPasadena City College is a world-class institution.   We are ranked first among all community colleges in California in the awarding of associate degrees and ranked first in the awarding of associate degrees to multicultural studentsThe Academic Senate, Classified Senate, and Management Association are active in the effective shared governance process of the college THE ASSIGNMENT:
Eleven Months, 100% - The assignment will require some evening coverage as part of load.
Thirty-five (35) hours per week, plus five (5) hours for professional growth and development activities, college governance, and other professional responsibilities.
 Anticipated salary range for this position will be between $7110.77 - $10,561.62

We are excited to announce a meet and greet opportunity with Armando Duran, Dean of Counseling. During this meeting, you will have the opportunity to ask questions about the position, our campus, our programs and the diverse student population we serve.  Please mark your calendars for Tuesday, April 6, 2021 at 10:30am -12:30pm via zoom, please see meeting ID and link below to attend. Password: PCC 

Examples Of Duties


Conducts face-to-face and online academic, career, and personal counselingCounsels students by assisting them in choosing and planning immediate and long-range educational goals, including developing abbreviated and comprehensive student education plans; assisting with students' career exploration and program selection; recommending adjustments to college and personal developmentEvaluates student aptitudes, abilities, and interests to advise them regarding career interests, career uncertainty, current and future employment trendsInterprets certificate, associate degree, and transfer related requirementsEvaluates transcripts to develop educational plans and provide academic counselingParticipates in the development and implementation of special programs and services that focus on student equity and promote student retentionDevelops college orientations, workshops related to educational and career planning, probation, study skills, and other topics to support student successConducts orientations, workshops, and presentations for new and continuing studentsProvide students with information regarding resources, opportunities and assistance available to them on the college and in the community including procedures for enrollment, placement, financial aid and academic progressConducts follow-up services to students experiencing academic difficulties such as students on academic probation, academic dismissal, and students with excessive unitsEnter counseling notes into the District's electronic record keeping softwareTeaches personal development courses, as assigned, in accordance with established course outlines. 13. Participates in the development, implementation, evaluation, and revision of curriculum; assesses student learning outcomes at the course and program review levelsEngages in activities that enhance rapport with local high school, industry partners, and/or four-year institutionsConducts collegial responsibilities by participating in institutional committee assignments, student recruitment and retention, shared governance, and campus life activitiesPerform other duties as assigned

Typical Qualifications



Historically Black Colleges and Universities (HBCU) transfer and admissions processStudent equity, inclusion, and black excellenceCurrent statewide initiatives and best practices in student services High impact practicesApproaches, theories, and strategies related to supporting historically marginalized students Methods and strategies used in counselingCareer development methods, techniques, and instrumentsProgram review and student learning outcomes (SLOs)Appointment scheduling software, telecommuting software, and chat servicesGeneral office software and equipmentSKILL TO: 

Apply knowledge of the transfer and admission processes to Historically Black Colleges and Universities (HBCU) to promote transfer into these institutionsApply knowledge of student equity, inclusion, and black excellence to develop equity minded solutions that support student success amongst black studentsApply knowledge of high impact practices to design student servicesApply knowledge of the approaches, theories, and strategies to address disparities in student access and success for disproportionately impacted groupsUse counseling and instructional methods and strategies to increase the persistence, success and retention of college studentsUse knowledge of career development methods, techniques, and instruments to provide career counseling servicesApply knowledge of program review and SLOs to conduct assessments, measure student success factors and disproportionate impactsUse telecommuting software and chat services to conduct counseling sessionsUse appointment scheduling software to schedule counseling appointments and enter counseling notesApply knowledge of counseling methods and strategies to increase the persistence, success and retention of college studentsUse general office software and equipment to develop reports, presentations, counseling materials, aggregate data, and communicate with District staff and studentsABILITY TO: 

Maintain up to date on issues regarding equity, inclusion and other issues impacting our Black student populationDevelop a welcoming, equitable, and inclusive environment for our Black student populationAdapt varying pedagogical approaches to meet the needs of Black college students with differing learning modalities and abilitiesFacilitate groups and workshops that engage and motivate Black college studentsMaintain subject matter currency relevant to Black college studentsEffectively ensure the accuracy of notes enteredParticipate in appropriate professional organizations, attend conferences and workshops regarding equity, inclusion, and other issues impacting our Black student populationEffectively engage with technological tools designed to assist the students and institution in moving students toward goal completionCommunicate effective orally and in writingDevelop and maintain effective working relationships with District staff, faculty, and studentsMINIMUM 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 equivalentDegree must be shown as conferred on transcript. Some degrees may require equivalency.  When equivalency is requested, the file will be reviewed by PCC's Equivalency Committee. It is the applicant's responsibility to provide ample documentation to support equivalent qualifications. DESIRABLE  QUALIFICATIONS:
Demonstrate commitment and skills in issues related to equity and excellenceKnowledge and training on how to effectively work with foster care youth that have experienced trauma and lossDemonstrate knowledge and experience working with marginalized communities such as, current and former foster youth, LGBTQ student population, and formerly incarcerated or system impacted studentsCase management experience in supporting foster youth in pursuing their desired life outcomes by facilitating access to support servicesDemonstrated leadership skills (e.g. coordinating programs or activities, initiating new services, leading workgroups)Outstanding interpersonal skills and a desire and ability to work collaboratively with colleagues, students, and other members of the campus communityDemonstrated experience teaching at the community college level or equivalent Experience and proficiency in current counseling, teaching and learning technologiesDemonstrated passion for, and experience with, counseling and teaching a diverse student body with a broad spectrum of socioeconomic means and academic preparation   Excellent interpersonal skillsA dynamic personality and a strong desire to transform and improve student servicesUp-to-date experience and/or training in online instruction and knowledge of best practices in distance educationCONDITIONS OF EMPLOYMENT:The college president will conduct a final interview and recommend a candidate to the Board of TrusteesSuccessful completion of a physical examination is required Successful applicants must provide proof of eligibility to work in the United States.Successful completion of background check including Live Scan and Tuberculosis (TB) assessment/screening

Supplemental Information

APPLICATION AND SELECTION PROCESS Pasadena City College utilizes an online application process. Hard copy, e-mailed, or faxed resumes are not accepted. You can apply for a position from any computer with Internet access. All materials are submitted electronically through PCC's Applicant Tracking System (ATS) at Please keep in mind the following:

  • If you do not follow the process or your application/resume is incomplete, your information will not be processed.
  • The hiring committee will review, evaluate, and consider applications and supporting materials received by the deadline. Meeting the minimum qualifications for a particular position does not assure the applicant an interview. After a review of applications received, the District may require the completion and submission of supplemental documents prior to the interview process. A teaching demonstration may be required at the interview stage. It is, therefore, important that the application be thorough and detailed.
  • While the acceptance of the application packet is done through PCC's Applicant Tracking System (ATS), all hiring decisions are made by a hiring committee.
  • Once applications are submitted they are final. Please carefully review your application and the documents which you are attaching to make sure that they are free from errors and complete. If you require assistance, please contact the Human Resources office at [email protected].
  • All materials listed below are required for your application packet to be considered complete:

  • Curriculum Vitae
  • Cover Letter
  • Transcripts (unofficial copies are acceptable). Copies of transcripts for all degrees/units needed to meet the minimum qualifications must be submitted. Official transcripts are required upon offer of employment.  Foreign transcripts and degrees require official certification of equivalency to U.S. transcripts and degrees by a certified U.S. review service at the time of application. Information can be found on our webpage.

  • After a review of applications received, the District may require the completion and submission of supplemental documents prior to the interview process. ABOUT USEstablished in 1924, Pasadena City College, (PCC), has been serving the West San Gabriel Valley for 96 years. PCC enrolls more than 29,500 students each semester and offers 107 academic degree programs and 72 Career and Technical Education (CTE) programs to its students. PCC serves one of the most culturally diverse student populations in the nation. The College sets the stage for preparing students to meet the demands of a changing world. Building relationships with community partners provides opportunities for PCC faculty and its students to engage in opportunities not often available to students in other areas.The main college campus occupies a 53-acre site, while the Foothill Community Education Center and Child Development Center are located in separate nearby off-campus facilities. Due to the geographic size of the District, PCC has two additional satellite sites - the Rosemead Center and its newest site, PCC Northwest at John Muir High School. For more information, go to STRENGTHSPCC has many institutional strengths that distinguish it among its peers, both in the state and across the nation.  Among them are:A highly multicultural student body:47% Latino/a/x 4% Black/African American27% Asian 4% Two of More Races15% White 3% Unknown/OtherAnnually, at 49%, the College achieves recognition for one of the highest rates for transfer degrees to baccalaureate level institutions, both in California and across the nation. Additionally, PCC boasts a 52% bachelor's degree attainment rate for Pasadena graduates who transfer to a four-year university, compared to 42% nationally. The College is well known for national mathematics and forensic honors, as well as its extensive study abroad opportunities.PCC was once again named one of ten national finalists for the 2019 Aspen Prize for Community College Excellence, widely recognized as the nation's premier honor for two-year colleges. The Aspen Prize recognizes institutions for their outstanding outcomes in four areas: student learning; certificate and degree completion; employment and earnings; and high levels of access and success for minority and low-income students.PCC is ranked by the Military Times as the top community college in California for military veterans, and the College is similarly ranked among the top community colleges in the nation. The PCC Courier, the student newspaper, is a perennial award winnerTwelve students are elected annually by the PCC Associated Students to represent and advocate on behalf of the student body. There are 80 student clubs and organizations representing the interests of a culturally diverse student population.In February 2017, the Accrediting Commission for Community and Junior Colleges of the Western Association of School and Colleges reaffirmed PCC's status as a fully accredited institution. For more information, go to www.pasadena.eduOUR MISSION Pasadena City College is an equity-minded learning community dedicated to enriching students' academic, personal, and professional lives through an array of degree and certificate programs, campus engagement, and customized student support.

  • A Passion for Learning — We recognize that each one of us will always be a member of the community of learners.
  • A Commitment to Integrity — We recognize that ethical behavior is a personal, institutional and societal responsibility.
  • An Appreciation for Diversity — We recognize that a diverse community of learners enriches our educational environment.
  • A Respect for Collegiality — We recognize that it takes the talents, skills and efforts of the entire campus community, as well as the participation of the broader community, to support our students in their pursuit of learning.
  • A Recognition of Our Heritage — We recognize that we draw upon the College's long-standing tradition of excellence to offer innovative services to our students and communities.
  • Successful applicants must provide proof of eligibility to work in the United States.
  • Successful completion of background check including Live Scan and Tuberculosis (TB) assessment/screening.
  • Pasadena Area Community College District will not sponsor any visa applications.
  • Applicants must be available for interviews at Pasadena City College at no cost to the District.
  • Applicants who have disabilities may request that accommodations be made in order to complete the selection process by contacting the Office of Human Resources directly at (626) 585-7388.
  • The Pasadena Area Community College District does not discriminate in the educational programs and activities operated by the District or in employment procedures and practices of the District. The Policies of Title IX as developed to date are available for inspection during normal business hours at the District office at 1570 E. Colorado Blvd., Pasadena, CA 91106.
  • Crime awareness and campus security information are available from Campus Police. (Public Law 101-542).
  • The Pasadena Area Community College District is an equal opportunity employer. The District encourages applications from underrepresented minorities and the disabled.
  • An applicant, who attempts to contact individual Board members or members of the screening committee with the intent of influencing the decision of the committee or the Board, will be disqualified. General inquiries regarding the position and/or District employment should be directed to the Office of Human Resources.

  • PASADENA AREA COMMUNITY COLLEGE DISTRICT Equal Opportunity, Title IX, Section 504 Employer

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    Job No:
    Posted: 4/7/2021
    Application Due: 4/7/2033
    Work Type: Full Time