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Faculty Counselor - Tenure Track - Spokane Community College

Spokane Falls Community College
Spokane, WA

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Community College
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Community Colleges of Spokane (CCS) District Equity Statement

CCS believes that access to high-quality education in a safe and inclusive environment is the right of all individuals and imperative for the continued advancement of a strong democracy and workforce. We also believe higher education institutions have an obligation to work toward and demonstrate progress in ensuring equity amongst their students, faculty, and staff. Equity is grounded in the principle of fairness. In higher education, equity refers to ensuring that each student receives what they need to be successful through the intentional design of the college experience.

Spokane Community College (SCC) is a beautiful campus set along the Spokane River and near the urban city center of Spokane. Spokane is a mid-sized city in the inland Pacific Northwest with a high quality of life and quick access to the outdoors. In addition to the 148-acre main campus in Spokane, SCC serves over 10,000 square miles in eastern Washington including educational centers in Colville, Newport, Inchelium, and Republic. More information about relocating to/living in Spokane is available here:

SCC is one of two accredited community colleges that comprise the Community Colleges of Spokane. Serving about 22,000 students, SCC is an educational leader and responsive partner with the community and region to provide access to relevant programs of the highest quality. Offering state-of-the-art career technical programs (approximately 50% of total enrollment) as well as liberal arts/transfer programs (about 25%) and basic education for adults (about 25%), SCC’s comprehensive opportunities transform lives and enrich our communities. As a college we are collectively committed to the work that embraces diversity, promotes equity, and fosters inclusion and global awareness at every level of our college.

SCC seeks qualified candidates for consideration of employment in this annually contracted, tenure track position located on the college's main campus.

This counselor will join a dynamic and committed team of professionals with varying levels of experience at SCC who have long been counted on to contribute to the college's plans around student success and retention. Projects have included mental health counseling, new student "first-year" courses, working with four-year colleges on transfer initiatives, and developing proactive academic advising approaches.


  • Provides personal, academic and career counseling for individual students from a variety of social and cultural backgrounds.
  • Develops and instructs courses in college orientation/success and career planning utilizing appropriate pedagogy and technology that facilitates student learning and success.
  • Supports student academic success as a generalist counselor through academic advising, educational planning, clarification of educational, career and life goals.
  • Supports student retention and success through relationship building, study skills, test-taking, problem solving, etc.
  • Support students transitioning from Adult Education to academic/career programs.
  • Provides crisis intervention counseling when appropriate and/or refers to outside resources when needed. May provide short-term mental health and personal counseling as needed.
  • Serves as liaison between the counseling department and instructional faculty. Also, liaisons with program Advisory Committees and transfer institutions when appropriate.
  • Attends division, department, general faculty meetings district meetings, and in-service training; serves on district or college councils or committees and performs other activities within the scope of the position.
  • Complies with state and federal law applicable to professional duties and responsibilities.
  • Model professional decorum and mutual respect in all personal interactions.
  • Complies with district policy, procedures and directives, state and federal regulations, orders and statute and collective bargaining agreements.
  • Support and advance the CCS strategic plan, and perform other duties as assigned.
  • In addition, counselors may:
  • Supervise graduate-level counseling interns
  • Direct the work of work-study students.
  • Advise student clubs or associations. Participate in student recruitment activities.

    REQUIRED COMPETENCIES (Minimum Qualifications)

  • Master's degree in Counseling, Social Work or related field from an accredited institution that includes a Counseling practicum and should have included appropriate coursework in assessment, career counseling, crisis intervention, legal and ethical issues in counseling, lifespan development, multicultural counseling, theories of counseling, and treatment planning.
  • Excellent communication and interpersonal skills with an ability to establish and maintain strong relationships and build trust.
  • Acceptance of the responsibility to promote the welfare and best interests of students at all times.
  • A demonstrable understanding and acceptance of the mission, values, goals, objectives and strategic plan of CCS.
  • The ability to perform assigned duties in a manner consistent with applicable laws, regulations and goals of the institution, and community and technical college system.
  • Demonstrated commitment to fostering and supporting a teaching, learning and working environment that honors diversity, equity and inclusion.
  • Must have valid driver’s license.
  • PREFERRED COMPETENCIES (Desirable Qualifications)

  • Experience in academic advising, counseling, career guidance and/or vocational counseling.
  • Teaching ability within the classroom, or training facilitation, or success workshops.
  • Experience working with individuals in crisis situations.
  • Currently hold or have the ability to obtain the appropriate licensure to supervise mental health interns.
  • Understanding of utilizing data-informed best practices.
  • Experience working in higher education.
  • Experience working with diverse individuals to include: underrepresented, nontraditional, economically disadvantaged, refugees, and/or people with disabilities.
  • Knowledge of Family Educational Rights and Privacy Act (FERPA).
  • Experience in collaborating with outside agencies and organizational colleagues.
  • Ability to use/learn technology and computer software programs like PeopleSoft, Microsoft Office, Learning Management Systems etc.


    This is a full-time, tenure track position with an entry level base salary (for a 175-day academic year contract) of $55,916 - 59,069/year. Future advancement in base salary is based upon a combination of years of service accrued at our college and professional development activity.

    Annual salary is comprised of base salary plus any combination of academic year overload contracts, summer effort contracts, project stipends, student club advising stipends, and/or department chair /program lead faculty stipends consistent with the provisions of the current collective bargaining agreement between CCS and the Association for Higher Education (AHE).

    More information regarding faculty earning potential and the Faculty Salary Scale can be found here:

    TOTAL COMPENSATION: $71,901 - $75,336.

    Total compensation is an estimate based upon adding the following amounts together:

  • Base compensation, plus
  • Current employer-paid health and related benefit contribution rates, plus
  • Median retirement fund contributions.
  • The actual total will vary depending upon each employee's enrollment choices.

    CCS reserves the right to cancel this recruitment without notice. Union membership is no longer a condition of employment although this position is covered by a collective bargaining agreement. Anticipated date of employment is September 16, 2022.


    Person hired must be able to provide acceptable documentation of U.S. Citizenship or lawful authorization to work in the United States. This is an absolute condition of employment. An offer of employment will not carry with it any responsibility or obligation on the part of the District to sponsor an H1-B visa. In addition, the Community Colleges of Spokane maintains a drug-free work environment and prohibits all smoking in the college buildings and state-owned vehicles. Must be able to successfully work in and promote a multicultural work and education environment.

    Prior to a new hire, a background check including criminal record history will be conducted. Information from the background check will not necessarily preclude employment but will be considered in determining the applicant’s suitability and competence to perform in the position. Once an applicant is chosen for an interview, they are required to complete and submit a declaration regarding sexual misconduct and investigation per state law.

    Per Governor Inslee’s Proclamation 21-14 (Download PDF reader) (Download PDF reader) (Download PDF reader), state employees must be fully vaccinated and your vaccine status will be verified at New Hire Intake. Please reach out to [email protected] if you need information on a medical accommodation or [email protected] if you need information on a religious exemption.



    Applications will be accepted until 4:00 p.m. PST on May 20, 2022. The application process will not be available after this time. To ensure consideration make sure your application is completed and submitted as soon as possible. Applications will only be accepted prior to 4:00 p.m. on the closing date.


    To qualify for consideration, applicants must meet required competencies and submit a complete application packet, which includes the following:

  • CCS online application including supplemental questions.
  • Cover letter addressing your qualifications as applied to the responsibilities of this position. *
  • Comprehensive resume. *
  • Names, addresses, and telephone numbers of three professional references. *
  • College transcript(s) - unofficial/copies of transcripts are acceptable for initial application, official copies must be submitted upon acceptance of job offer. *

  • NOTE: All of the above are required to ensure your consideration for this position. The item(s) marked with an asterisk are required attachments to your application prior to submission. If you require an accommodation during the application or interview process, please contact HR at [email protected]

    Community Colleges of Spokane does not discriminate in its programs, activities and employment on the basis of race, creed, color, religion, national or ethnic origin, age, sex, marital status, pregnancy, parental status or families with children, status as a mother breastfeeding her child, AIDS/HIV or hepatitis C, honorably discharged veteran status, sexual orientation, gender identity or expression, disability, use of trained guide dog or service animal by a person with disability, genetic information or any other legally protected category. Please direct all inquiries regarding compliance with access, equal opportunity and/or grievances to the Chief Administration Officer, Community Colleges of Spokane, 501 N. Riverpoint Blvd., PO Box 6000, MS 1004, Spokane WA 99217-6000 or call 509-434-5037; WA Telecommunication Relay Services (TRS) 1-800-833-6384 or 7-1-1.

    Native Land Acknowledgement

    We are honored to acknowledge that the Community Colleges of Spokane, and our main campuses for Spokane Falls and Spokane Community College, are located on the traditional and sacred homelands of the Spokane Tribe. We also provide services in a region that includes the traditional and sacred homelands of the Confederated Tribes of the Colville Reservation and the Kalispel Tribe. The CCS Pullman Center operates on the WSU campus and is located on the ancestral homelands of the Palus people and on the ceded lands of the Nimíipuu (Nez Perce) Tribe.

    We pay our respect to tribal elders both past and present as well as to all indigenous people today. This land holds their cultural DNA and we are honored and grateful to be here on their traditional lands. We give thanks to the legacy of the original people and their descendants and pledge to honor their stewardship and values.

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