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Counselor, Access Programs (COF)

Kern Community College District

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Counselor, Access Programs (COF)

Kern Community College District

Salary: $78,560.56 - $145,650.44 Annually

Job Type: Full Time

Job Number: FY21-22-00584

Location: Ridgecrest, CA

Department: Counseling (COUN)

Basic Function
Cerro Coso Community College is seeking a full-time, tenure-track, Counselor, Access Programs located at the Indian Wells Valley (IWV) Campus in Ridgecrest, California.

We are seeking dedicated, experienced, and motivated individuals to provide leadership, engagement, and discipline expertise in continuing to move the program forward in innovative ways. As a full time faculty member at Cerro Coso Community College, successful candidates will demonstrate commitment to student success and equity through teaching and learning excellence.

About Cerro Coso Community College
Established in 1973 as a separate college within the Kern Community College District (KCCD), Cerro Coso Community College is one of three colleges in the District which also includes Bakersfield College in Bakersfield and Porterville College in Porterville.

Cerro Coso Community College provides educational services to a population of about 85,000 distributed over a service area of over 18,500 square miles - the largest community college service area in California. Such a large area requires multiple physical sites in order to provide quality learning. Cerro Coso Community College has met this requirement by offering instruction and services to an approximate FTES of 2,850 students at six campus locations and through distance education.

The 320 acre IWV Campus at Ridgecrest, California is located in the upper Mojave Desert, 160 miles northeast of Los Angeles and 120 east of the District Office in Bakersfield, and serves a population of about 28,000. This campus serves about half of the student population of the college and houses most of the college administration. The Eastern Sierra College Center is north of the IWV campus and serves the communities of Inyo and Mono counties. The center operates two campuses, one in Bishop 120 miles north of Ridgecrest, and another in Mammoth Lakes which is an additional forty miles north. Forty-five miles west of the IWV campus, the Kern River Valley campus serves communities near Lake Isabella. The East Kern campus is seventy miles south of the IWV campus and is housed on Edwards Air Force Base. This center provides educational services to military and civilian personnel on the base and to the residents of nearby communities. The college's most recent campus location, Tehachapi, was established in 2014 and received official status with ACCJC in 2016. Finally, the college serves inmates in two correctional facilities within its service area: California City Correctional Facility (CAC) and the California Correctional Institution (CCI) in Tehachapi.

In an effort to respond to the needs of individuals who cannot attend classes at one of the College's six physical locations, the College established CC Online. This program has been fully reviewed by the regional accrediting agency. It currently provides 46 online degree and certificate programs and over 160 courses distributed over 350 sections each year with complete online support services, including matriculation, textbook purchasing, and library support.

Cerro Coso Community College is committed to improving processes to increase retention, persistence, course success, program completion and transfer while closing equity gaps.

The college has been focusing on improving student achievement and success for many years using models and initiatives such as Basic Skills Transformation, Student Success and Support Program (SSSP), Achieving the Dream, Strong Workforce Program, and California Promise. Guided Pathways offers a framework that integrates the best of these initiatives with a clear directive to improve the student experience through the lens of equity.

The Kern Community College District (KCCD) is committed to providing an educational environment that fosters diversity, equity, and inclusion in all aspects of our organization that benefits the global community.

Representative Duties
This is a full-time, tenure-track, 185-day position as a community college Access Programs Counselor. The successful candidate will be a critical member of the Extended Opportunity Program and Services (EOPS), Cooperative Agencies Resources for Education Program (CARE), Disabled Student Programs and Services (DSPS) and California Work Opportunity and Responsibility to Kids Program (CalWORKs) team that provides for the development, facilitation, implementation, and assessment of a comprehensive array of supportive services designed to ensure meaningful College access, success, retention and opportunity for low-income, underrepresented, first generation students. Other duties include: participation in student recruitment and articulation maintaining subject matter currency; developing and revising curriculum; using innovative learning technology; assessing learning outcomes; participating collegially in departmental, college and discipline-specific professional activities; and others.This assignment may include teaching courses in various locations at different times and with different modalities. Cerro Coso Community College offers college courses in the greater Ridgecrest area, rural communities, and local-area high schools using face-to-face, online, and real-time interactive modalities. Faculty may also teach in the college's nationally-recognized incarcerated student education program if they choose to do so.

Minimum Qualifications
Must meet minimum qualifications for both Extended Opportunity Program and Services (EOPS) & Disabled Students Programs and Services (DSPS) as defined below:

Counseling: EOPS
Master's degree in counseling, rehabilitation counseling, clinical psychology, counseling
psychology, guidance counseling, educational counseling, social work, or career development, or the equivalent.
EOPS counselors hired after October 24, 1987, shall: (1) Have completed a minimum of nine
semester units of college course work predominantly relating to ethnic minorities or persons
handicapped by language, social, or economic disadvantages;
(2) Have completed six semester units or the equivalent of a college-level counseling practicum or counseling field-work courses in a community college EOPS program, or in a program dealing predominantly with ethnic minorities or persons handicapped by language, social or economic disadvantages;
In addition, an EOPS counselor hired after October 24, 1987, shall have two years of
occupational experience in work relating to ethnic minorities or persons handicapped by
language, social, or economic disadvantages.

Counseling: DSPS
Master's degree in rehabilitation counseling; OR counseling, guidance counseling,
clinical or counseling psychology, education counseling, social work, career
development, *marriage and family therapy or *marriage, family and child
  • 15 or more semester units in upper division or graduate level course work
    specifically related to people with disabilities:
  • OR completion of six semester units, or the equivalent of a graduate-level
    counseling practicum or counseling field-work courses in a post-secondary
    DSPS program or in a program dealing predominantly or exclusively with
    people with disabilities;
  • OR two years of full-time experience, or the equivalent, in one or more of the
  • Counseling students with disabilities;
  • OR counseling in industry, government, public agencies, military or private social welfare organizations in which the responsibilities of the position were predominantly or exclusively for persons with disabilities; or the equivalent.
    *NOTE: A bachelor's degree in one of the above listed degrees and a license as a
    Marriage and Family Therapist is an alternative to this discipline.
    - A demonstrated sensitivity to students with diverse academic, socio-economic, cultural and
    ethnic backgrounds and students with disabilities.

    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.

    2020 Minimum Qualifications Handbook Faculty and Administration in California Community Colleges

    AND - A demonstrated sensitivity to and understanding of the diverse academic, socioeconomic, cultural, disability, and ethnic backgrounds of community college students.
    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

  • Ability to work effectively and harmoniously with colleagues in an environment that promotes innovation, teaching, learning and service to diverse student population;
  • Ability to effectively work with students with a wide range of skills, motivations, academic and vocational goals;
  • Ability to develop curriculum, including curriculum delivered via different modalities;
  • Ability to participate in recruitment and articulation activities with local schools, colleges and universities;
  • Ability to communicate effectively, both orally and in writing;
  • Ability to maintain subject matter currency;
  • Ability to assess student, program, and institutional learning outcomes;
  • Knowledge of computers and willingness to adopt new technologies that support student success.
  • Knowledge of and commitment to the California Community College mission.
  • SALARY RANGE $78,560.56 - $145,650.44 annuallyMaximum Entry Level Salary: $ 103,080.77 annually
    SPECIAL INSTRUCTIONSFirst Review of Applications:
    Complete application packets will be accepted until the position is filled; but those received by March 30, 2022 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
  • Copy of legible transcripts
  • Copy of sample syllabi
  • List of five (5) professional references - Listed on application form

  • It is the applicant's responsibility to redact (or remove) any personal information from all documents prior to uploading. This includes Social Security Numbers, Date of Birth, and any photos of the applicant.

    Foreign Degree: Applicants with foreign degrees from colleges or universities outside of the United States must have their coursework evaluated by a professional association that is a member of the National Association of Credential Evaluation Services (NACES) or Academic Credentials Evaluation Institute, INC. (ACEI). A copy of the evaluation must be submitted with your on-line application.

    Applicants who require reasonable accommodation to participate in the selection process should contact Human Resources to make the necessary arrangements.
    EEO Plan 2021-2024

    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

    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.

    All applicants must apply online at Emails will not be accepted.


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    Kern Community College District (KCCD) serves communities over 24,800 square miles in parts of Kern, Tulare, Inyo, Mono, and San Bernardino counties through the programs of Bakersfield CollegeCerro Coso College and Porterville College. Governed by a locally elected Board of Trustees, the district’s colleges offer programs and services that develop student potential and create opportunities for our citizens.

    KCCD is geographically one of the largest community college districts in the United States, serving 26,000 students. Our students represent a diversity of religions, economic backgrounds, sexual orientations, abilities, and ethnicities.

    While the Kern Community College District was established as a separate entity in 1968 to respond to the changing needs of our communities, educational services have been provided to residents for many years: at Bakersfield College since 1913; at Porterville College since 1927; and in the Ridgecrest area since 1951 by what is now Cerro Coso College. All three colleges are proud members of the California Community College System and are accredited by the Western Association of Schools and Colleges.

    Today, education centers and sites in Delano, downtown Bakersfield, the Mammoth/ Bishop area, Edwards Air Force, and the Kern River Valley offer additional convenient, localized instruction for thousands of residents. KCCD’s commitment to distance learning and other technological advances is creating increasing opportunities for education through the internet, satellite, and cable television to individuals across our broad service area and beyond.

    Mission Statement

    The mission of the Kern Community College District is to provide outstanding educational programs and services that are responsive to our diverse students and communities.



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