Counselor Instructor - Student Services
Kern Community College District
Position Closing Date:
Initial Screening Date:
Open Until Filled:
This is a ten-month (185-day) faculty position eligible for tenure after the fourth year of successful employment.
$76,272.38 per year
$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
The Counseling and Advising department provide a wide range of support services and instruction to the general student population. The mission of the Advising and Counseling department is to foster and promote the academic, personal, and social development of students by providing a wide range of services to help them resolve personal difficulties and acquire the skills, attitudes, and knowledge that will enable them to be successful. The College seeks a full-time, tenure track faculty member in Counseling. The ideal candidate will share the College's commitment to educating a racially and socioeconomic diverse student population. The Porterville College Counseling and Advising department consists of experienced and professionally trained faculty who work with students concerning educational goals, career planning, student success strategies, transfer to four-year institutions, and other academic and personal issues affecting student success. The department includes Counselors who work as General Counselors and those who work in specialized services to targeted groups of students.
This position will provide leadership to targeted student cohorts, general student populations, participate on committee assignments and other academic and institute support activities. Counselors participate in 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. 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. The Counselor provides expertise, initiative and leadership to design solutions and help students to overcome and/or remove whatever factors exist as barriers to their possible success in the areas of academic, vocational, or personal achievements and successfully plans for educational or career goals.
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. 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 position may include a combination of day and evening assignments, weekend outreach events and is being offered by a college strongly committed to the “open door” concept serving diverse student population. Essential Duties and Responsibilities:
The duties below are representative of the duties of the classification and are not intended to cover all of the duties performed by the incumbent(s) of any particular position. The omission of specific statements of duties does not exclude them from the position if the scope of work is similar, related, or a logical assignment to this classification. Provide academic, career oriented, and personal counseling following the student journey
Provide comprehensive education advisement to enrolled students; including regular meetings with students to establish and maintain on-going relationships
Develop and conduct workshops relevant to student success
Meet with prospective students to develop comprehensive student education plans
Assist students with time management, study skills, and other success strategies
Provide support for general and cohort student populations through a case management model
Knowledge of the California Community College's state-mandated matriculation policies, procedures, regulations, and articulation agreements
Commitment to working effectively and harmoniously with colleagues in an environment that promotes teaching, learning, and service to students
Provide students with the highest level of customer service through effective phone, virtual, and video communications
Ability to use computer databases to retrieve student, college, and career information
Provide professional learning workshops for staff, faculty, and community
Provide support for students for issues impacting retention, persistence, and academic success and referring students to resources as appropriate and necessary
Provide services to meet students' education goals such as degree or certificate, transfer, vocational, skills building, and/or professional development
Identify barriers to student success, develop action plans to focus on completion, track and communicate opportunities to increase a student's awareness of self-efficacy and agency
Provide personal counseling to students, as appropriate, regarding assistance with interpersonal relationship issues and problems, development of interpersonal communications skills, clarification of values and goals, psychological and/or behavioral difficulties, development of decision-making skills, chemical dependency problems, gender/sexuality issues and concerns, health problems and concerns, and/or other problems and concerns
Serve as liaison and lead for the Veteran Resource Center and Tule River Indian Tribe to address student success initiatives
Work directly with Veteran and Tule River Indian Tribe student populations to support them in achieving academic goals and provide counseling and advising services
Participate in recruiting and articulation activities with local schools, other community college, four-year colleges, community agencies and employers
Demonstrate versatility in instructional methodology and technology and the ability to serve diverse student populations
Participate in participatory governance on Porterville College committees, ad hoc panels, constituency groups, and/or work groups
Advise, assist and evaluate student performance and learning outcomes
Maintain and submit accurate student records in a timely manner as required
Provide educational guidance to assist students in making decisions regarding program pathways and occupations/career goals along the student journey and guided pathways framework
Participate in program activities, including program planning, new teaching and learning methods, and resource development
Provide support for students for issues impacting retention, persistence, and academic success and referring students to resources as appropriate and necessary
Demonstrate a strong commitment to professional development and continued innovation and
improvement of successful academic counseling and support by continuously advancing current knowledge in academic counseling best practices
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
Fulfill the professional responsibilities of a full-time faculty member including, but not limited to the following: meet all scheduled appointments unless excused under provisions of Board Policy;
follow department course outlines; keep accurate records of students' enrollment; attendance and progress, post and maintain office hours; participate in departmental meetings and college
wide activities and committees as assigned
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.
Contributes to development of program policies and procedures
Ability to communicate and collaborate effectively and professionally with the campus
Maintains appropriate standards of professional conduct and ethics
Participate in college professional or shared governance committees and in departmental activities such as student success, student equity efforts, and guided pathways
An equity-minded counseling approach focused on creating a welcoming and inclusive space that support student engagement and success
Experience working with academic, learning, and career assessment instruments
Perform other duties as assigned
Education and Experience:
Possession of a 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 (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.)
OR - The equivalent. Certain combinations of education, experience, and other accomplishments in the field may be judged as equal to the stated minimum qualifications for these positions. Candidates who feel they possess such equivalent qualifications must request and submit an APPLICATION FOR EQUIVALENCE form. Supporting documents must be included with the completed form.
A demonstrated sensitivity to and understanding of the diverse academic, socioeconomic, cultural, disability, and ethnic backgrounds of community college students
• Higher education college counseling experience and developing student educational plans
• An understanding of the advantages and challenges of developing a quality counseling program in a rural community college
• Ability to work with students having a wide range of skills, motivation and academic or occupational goals
• Demonstrated excellence in teaching personal development, counseling and other related areas
• Ability and experience in using computer technology as a counseling/advising tool
• Knowledge and understanding of various counseling, student development theories and intervention strategies
• Experience working with racially minoritized and other disproportionately-impacted students and an understanding of how historical patterns of exclusion of these groups within higher education and particular fields shape patterns of participation and outcomes
• Experience and expertise in culturally relevant/responsive counseling approaches as well as teaching in college success, career and personal development courses
• Demonstrated ability to address equity gaps within college success and career and personal development courses
• Ability to work collaboratively with diverse faculty, staff and administration across the college to meet the needs of students
• Experience working, participating, and supporting Guided Pathways efforts
• Demonstrated knowledge of the implications of the Hispanic Serving Institution designation for institutional, departmental and instructional practices
• Experience with outreach to K-12, community and business partners
• Experience with online and other distance learning student services
• Experience with curriculum development
• Proficiency in the use of a variety of computer software and technology related to students and other educational services
• Ability to synthesize, analyze, and explain the organizational and student ecosystem as well as the student journey
• Ability and willingness to work effectively with community support groups, college committees, and other campus organizations and to be involved in co-curricular and extra-curricular activities
• Ability to communicate effectively and work cooperatively with others in a team environment
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
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 June 16, 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 https://careers.kccd.edu/postings/15640. 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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