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San Diego County - Grossmont College

Transforming lives through learning isn't just the vision of the Grossmont-Cuyamaca Community College District. It happens every day with our 30,000 students who take the first step in their higher education, become trained for a new career, or learn knowledge that transforms their world perspective.

The Grossmont-Cuyamaca Community College District honors a diverse academic community and fosters equity mindedness across our institutions. As such, the District is committed to eliminating achievement gaps among different student groups by promoting a culture of appreciation for diversity, equity, inclusivity, and social justice, and continuously examining our processes and practices through an equity lens.

The District provides an excellent health and welfare benefits package to its employees. We take care of our employees and have continued to offer medical, dental and vision coverage to eligible employees and their dependents at no charge for any of the plans we offer.

Become a part of this dedicated team in beautiful San Diego County!

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Job Summary
Application Deadline: Thursday, May 13, 2021, at 11:59 p.m.

NOTE: Application materials that are submitted on the last day of application and are timed out will not be accepted.

Department: Student Services/First Year Services

Months worked out of the year: 11 months

FTE: 1.00

Starting Salary Range:
$61,852 (Class I, Step 6) - $93,933 (VII, Step 10) Annually
Based on education and experience

Anticipated Start Date: July 2021

Job Description

The First Year Experience (FYE) Counselor serves as a generalist and regular member of the counseling faculty with an assignment to coordinate and implement First Year Experience counseling services.

Under administrative leadership, it is the responsibility of the FYE Counselor to coordinate the planning, development, implementation and evaluation of the First Year Experience (FYE) as it relates to the services of orientation, assessment, counseling/advising, educational planning and follow-up services; and general counseling that will result in the educational, personal and vocational development of first-year students.

As a generalist, the FYE Counselor provides academic, vocational, career and personal counseling. The counselor teaches counseling courses, leads workshops, orientations and seminars; assists in developing and implementing necessary retention programs for at promise students to meet the needs and support the advancement of the vision, mission and values of the Grossmont-Cuyamaca Community College District.

The counselor assumes responsibility for maintaining currency in the field and for assisting in the development and assessment of student learning outcomes: program review and planning and participating in department activities.

Contract counselors participate in the planning, implementation, and evaluation of educational programs, courses and other experiences that result in the educational growth of the students. The counselor will be expected to actively participate on campus and the broader community by serving on departmental and college committees and taking a leadership role in campus, community, and professional organizations. This position may include a combination of day, weekend and evening assignments. Grossmont College is strongly committed to providing open access and serving a diverse student population.
Counselors will be expected to perform other duties consistent with their faculty job description as stated in the faculty contract. Counselor:


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; OR

Bachelor's degree in any of the above and a license as a Marriage and Family Therapist (MFT); OR Current California Community College Credential that permits full-time service as a Counselor; OR The equivalent. If you are applying based on "the equivalent", you must complete a Full-Time Academic Equivalency Form as part of the application procedures . Click here for

Experience working with and ability to counsel students from diverse cultural, ethnic, socioeconomic, academic, sexual orientation and disability backgrounds.

NECESSARY QUALIFICATIONS: Applicants must demonstrate:

  • Experience in educational and career counseling at a community college or university.

  • Training and experience working with individuals and groups in providing personal and crisis counseling.

  • Experience counseling at-promise students about certificates, associate degrees and transfer requirements.

  • Experience and vision in the use, design and/or integration of technology in the delivery of counseling systems and services.

  • Strong public speaking skills, including the ability to communicate clearly and concisely, both orally and written.

  • Evident teaching experience, particularly in courses with content related to student success, personal development, adult development and/or career development.


  • Two years' experience in general counseling at a California Community College.

  • Bi-lingual skills preferred.

  • Familiarity with the California Education Code and Community College programs and policies/duties, particularly Student Support and Success requirements.

  • Ability to provide leadership and support for college-wide and department-based student success efforts and initiatives.

    Additional Information


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    Having the following materials prepared and ready to attach BEFORE beginning the application may make the application experience more seamless.


    Application Materials:

    1) Complete and current resume

    2) 1-3 page cover letter addressing how you meet the required qualifications of the position. Address in your cover letter the following three (3) questions:

    a. The FYE Counselor is part of a team dedicated to meeting the needs of first-year students. Please tell us why you would be an excellent addition to this team?

    b. What does it mean for you to have a commitment to diversity, equity, and inclusion? How have you demonstrated that commitment, and how would you see yourself demonstrating it at Grossmont College?

    c. Describe how you would work collaboratively across campus with multiple departments, programs, staff, and faculty as well as within the greater community.

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    Under Federal Law, employers are required to verify that all new employees are eligible for employment in the United States. Prior to appointment to a position, you must present acceptable proof of your identity and authorization to work in the United States.

    GCCCD is an Equal Employment Opportunity and Title IX employer.

    Applicants who are protected under the Americans with Disabilities Act and who require accommodations for completing the application process or interviewing should notify the Human Resources Department by calling (619) 644-7679.

    Offers of employment are contingent upon successful fingerprint clearance. A processing fee plus Live Scan fee will be required.

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    The Grossmont-Cuyamaca Community College District, a two-college district in eastern San Diego County, has been providing a high-quality education to the region since Grossmont College opened its doors in 1961 and Cuyamaca College began operating in 1978. The district is tied closely to the suburban and rural communities that it serves, providing a $1 billion economic impact to the region through its payroll, purchasing, and spending by students and alumni.

    The district has a strong commitment to diversity and equity with a student population representing a broad variety of backgrounds, ethnicities, socioeconomic levels, cultures and abilities. The district strives to provide an educational environment that fosters cultural awareness, mutual understanding, and respect that ultimately also benefits the global community.

    The colleges offer more than 150 degrees and certificates in a wide range of programs. Both colleges have signature programs that have become well-renowned. Grossmont College is recognized for its top-notch Administration of Justice, Culinary Arts, Nursing and Allied Health and Theatre Arts programs, while Cuyamaca is known for its Automotive Technology, Ornamental Horticulture, Environmental Health and Safety and Water/Wastewater Technology programs.

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    Job No:
    Posted: 4/26/2021
    Application Due: 4/26/2033
    Work Type: Full Time