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San Diego County - Cuyamaca 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: Monday, June 7, 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: Counseling

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 1, 2021

Job Description

Cuyamaca College is hiring a Career Counselor to assist students in their pursuit of personal, educational and career goals by providing career counseling, academic advising, and career development services. The primary focus of this position is to deliver career counseling and job search services that help students and alumni make informed career decisions, gain career-related experience, prepare for an effective job search and obtain professional employment upon graduation. This position also requires the ability to teach career-related courses. Create and conduct career related workshops per the needs of students, staff, and faculty. Serve as liaison to faculty colleagues, develop presentations, and present in their classrooms.

The Career Counselor will identify, administer, and interpret appropriate assessment instruments and counseling techniques for individual students/alumni. Preferred qualifications are: Knowledge of career counseling theory and job search methodology; ability to develop strategic alliances with the academic and employment community; an understanding of labor market trends and the legal and ethical issues regarding counseling, student records and employment are critical to success in the position. The counselor will assist with event planning, promotion, coordination, and delivery of Career Services recruitment services such as an on-line job listing service, career fairs, on campus interviews, resume referrals and special career events. Collaborate with colleagues across all divisions, local employers, and other potential partners. Serve as a liaison to district high schools, local community, businesses, other community college Career Centers, and any related workforce development associations.

This position will provide leadership for special services and programs for targeted student groups, participate in committee assignments and other academic and institutional support activities. Career counseling is an integral position to help students establish academic, personal, and career goals, which provides motivation to establish and stay on clear pathways to success. Written and verbal communication skills, active listening, ability to multi-task and work in a team setting are also required to perform the various duties of the position.

Under administrative leadership, the position will be responsible for providing counseling services for the general student population. Regular/contract counselors participate in the planning, implementation, and evaluation of educational programs, courses and other experiences that will directly result in the educational growth of the students and support advancement of the visions, missions and values of the college and District. This position may include a combination of day and evening assignments, and is being offered by a college strongly committed to the "open door" concept serving diverse student population. Counselors will be expected to perform other duties consistent with their faculty job description as stated in the faculty contract.

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 and evening assignments. Cuyamaca 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 AFT contract available at:



Master's 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. 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


(NOTE: A bachelor's degree in one of the listed degrees and a license as a Marriage and Family Therapist (MFT) is an alternative qualification for this discipline.)

Demonstrate a sensitivity to, and understanding of community college students with diverse academic, socioeconomic, cultural, and ethnic backgrounds as well as students with disabilities.

NECESSARY QUALIFICATIONS: Applicants must demonstrate:

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

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

3. Experience advising students.

4. Demonstrate ability to use technology in providing counseling services.

5. Ability to communicate effectively, both orally and in writing.

6. Experience teaching career planning, college success and other personal development courses at the post-secondary level.

7. Experience working with special populations, including students from diverse backgrounds.


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

Additional Information


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1) Resume/CV

2) Cover Letter no more than 2 pages addressing how you meet the qualifications of the position. INCLUDE RESPONSES in your cover letter to the following:

a) Please describe your education, training, and prior experience in career counseling within an educational setting.

b) Please describe an equity minded approach to career counseling and how you have implemented it into your counseling sessions..

3) Official or Unofficial Transcripts from an accredited university.

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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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Posted: 5/4/2021
Application Due: 6/8/2021
Work Type: Full Time