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Assistant Professor/Counselor, DSPS

Rancho Santiago Community College District
Santa Ana
$75,790.33 - $128,186.08/11-month academic year, depending upon education and experience.

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Assistant Professor/Counselor, DSPS

Rancho Santiago Community College District

Salary Range: $75,790.33 - $128,186.08/11-month academic year, depending upon education and experience.

Job Type: Full Time

Job Number: AC23-00541

Location: Santa Ana, CA

Division: Counseling Division

Closing: Continuous

Job Description


Rancho Santiago Community College District (RSCCD) is one of the most established districts in the state and has been in operation for nearly 50 years. Located in the heart of Orange County, it is one of the largest of California's 72 community college districts, based on the number of credit and non-credit students. RSCCD encompasses 25 percent of Orange County's total area and serves a population of more than 700,000 residents in the communities of Anaheim Hills, Orange, Santa Ana, Villa Park, and portions of Anaheim, Costa Mesa, Irvine, Fountain Valley, Garden Grove, Tustin, and Yorba Linda. The District includes Santiago Canyon College and Santa Ana College, as well as the Centennial and Orange Continuing Education Centers, the Digital Media Center, Joint Powers Fire Training Center, the Orange County Sheriff's Regional Training Academy, the College and Workforce Preparation Center, and the District Operations Center. RSCCD's three (3) auxiliary Foundations are actively involved in supporting both community and campus programs.


Under the overseeing administrator, DSPS Counselors perform the following duties:
  • Provide specialized academic, career and personal counseling to students with disabilities by assisting them with course and program information, career exploration, educational planning, career selection, and disability-related concerns.
  • Provide placement and career assessment opportunities designed to help students with course and program selection.
  • Assist students in the development of abbreviated and comprehensive education plans.
  • Conduct new student orientations and workshops for students as appropriate.
  • Provide intervention and retention support to students on academic probation and assist in the monitoring of student progress.
  • Coordinate the DSPS high school transition program and participate in other outreach activities as required.
  • Ability to evaluate documentation for the purpose of determining program eligibility and authorizing accommodations.
  • Provide consultation and support to faculty, staff and administration on DSPS student issues.
  • Teach selected special courses designed for students with disabilities.
  • Act as a liaison, advocate and referral source for students seeking to access other student services programs or community resources.
  • Participate in professional development and in-service training activities and serve on department, college-wide and district-wide committees in support of shared governance.
  • Contribute to the development, assessment and reporting of Student Learning and Service Area Outcomes.
  • Maintain a flexible work schedule, including evenings and weekends as needed.
  • Complete other duties as assigned.

  • Job Qualifications



    Minimum Qualifications (Applicants must meet one of the following):
  • Possess from an accredited institution: a master's degree in rehabilitation counseling OR master's degree in counseling, guidance counseling, student personnel, clinical or counseling psychology, education counseling, social work, career development, marriage and family therapy, marriage, family and child counseling, or a bachelor's degree in marriage and family therapy or in marriage, family and child counseling and possession of a license as a Marriage and Family Therapist (MFT); and either 15 or more semester units in upper division or graduate level course work 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 Disabled Students Programs and Services program or in a program dealing with people with disabilities, or two years of fulltime experience, or the equivalent, in one or more of the following:
  • Counseling for students with disabilities; or
  • Counseling in industry, government, public agencies, military or private social welfare organizations in which the responsibilities are for persons with disabilities, or the equivalent, OR
  • Possess a valid California Community College credential authorizing service in the discipline, OR
  • The equivalent (applicants who do not meet the above minimum qualifications must complete the Equivalencies Section in the application form and provide conclusive evidence of such).

  • Desirable Qualifications
  • Experience in teaching students from diverse ethnic and cultural backgrounds and widely varying levels of proficiency preferred.
  • A working knowledge of and experience with student learning outcomes and assessment.
  • Community College experience providing comprehensive counseling to a wide variety of students with disabilities including learning, psychological, sensory, physical, attentional, intellectual, and autism spectrum related.
  • Certification in the California Community College Learning Disabilities Eligibility Model.
  • Experience counseling students from diverse ethnic and cultural backgrounds with widely varying levels of academic proficiency.
  • Experience planning and implementing various counseling related projects and special events.
  • A working knowledge of the Americans with Disabilities Act, Rehabilitation Acts 504 and 508, Title 5 Regulations for Disabled Students Programs and Services.
  • A working knowledge of and experience with student learning outcomes/service area outcomes and assessment.
  • A working knowledge of and experience with providing Student Success and Support Program core services to students.
  • Ability to create and maintain collegial relationships with students and college constituents.


    The Rancho Santiago Community College District (RSCCD) is committed to the concept and principles of staff diversity and equal employment opportunity by prohibiting discrimination based on ethnic group identification, national origin, religion, age, sex, race, color, ancestry, sexual orientation, physical or mental disability, gender identity, medical condition (cancer-related or genetic characteristics), marital status, citizenship, or service in the uniformed services, or on the basis of these perceived characteristics or based on association with a person or group with one or more of these actual or perceived characteristics. Applications from all persons interested in the position are encouraged.


    Application Screening

    In addition to the requirements and responsibilities listed, the following criteria will be considered in selecting candidates for interviews:
  • Educational experience - breadth and depth
  • Work experience - breadth and depth
  • Demonstrated leadership capabilities
  • Curriculum development
  • Program development
  • Community involvement
  • Demonstrated experience in working with a diverse socioeconomic community
  • Credentials or minimum qualifications authorizing service in other areas of need
  • Demonstrated ability to work cooperatively with others

  • Based on the information presented in the application materials, a limited number of candidates with qualifications most pertinent to the position will be invited to participate in the selection process, which may include a written test and an oral interview.

    Meeting the position's minimum requirements does not guarantee advancement in the selection process. Candidate qualifications will be assessed to determine those who meet and exceed requirements and are deemed the most competitive in the applicant pool.


    Applicants selected for an interview may be required to take additional tests or assessments and will be notified of such prior to the interview date. During the oral session, those selected for interviews will, in addition to the above, also be evaluated on the following factors:
  • Oral communication skills
  • Presentation
  • Problem-solving skills
  • Successful teaching, problem-solving, or performance demonstration
  • Writing skills/demonstration

  • A predetermined set of questions will be asked of all applicants interviewed. Applicants are requested to provide thorough yet concise information on their related experience to ensure the correct evaluation of their qualifications. Evaluation criteria will be applied consistently to all applicants. The District will make reasonable accommodations for applicants with disabilities. Applicants should contact Recruitment in the Human Resources Office for assistance.

    Application Procedure

    The position will remain open until filled. The first review of applications will begin on Monday, January 30, 2023. To ensure full consideration, all applicants must submit a complete online Rancho Santiago Community College District Online application that includes the items listed below no later than January 29, 2023. People & Culture will review all applications for completeness, and only complete application packets will be forwarded to the screening committee for further review.

    A Complete Application Packet Must Include the Following:
    1. RSCCD Online Application
    2. Cover Letter
    3. Curriculum Vitae (CV) or Resume - details all relevant education, training, and teaching experience (including courses taught), and other work experience
    4. Academic Transcripts (unofficial copies are accepted)

    Travel reimbursement is available to those meeting the established district criteria.

    Foreign Transcripts: Education completed outside of the United States must be equivalent to that gained in the conventional/accredited United States education programs to be considered for the satisfaction of minimum qualifications. The National Association of Credential Evaluation Services (NACES), a United States-based credentials evaluation service, must translate and evaluate Foreign transcripts.

    Conditions of Employment

    Selected candidate(s) is required to complete the following prior to employment as part of the onboarding process:
  • Submit official transcripts - Based on Minimum Qualifications
  • Present original documents for proof of eligibility to work in the United States (by in-person appointment in People & Culture)
  • Provide a certificate of Tuberculosis Exam
  • Fingerprints (by a Live Scan Agency at the candidate's expense, and clearance must be received before the first day of employment)

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    Working at Rancho Santiago Community College District

    In the heart of Orange County lies Rancho Santiago Community College District, home of one of the state’s oldest community colleges, Santa Ana College, and also one of its newest, Santiago Canyon College. Centered in a growing and dynamic area, the district serves a population of more than 700,000 residents in the communities of Anaheim Hills, Garden Grove, Irvine, Orange, Santa Ana, Tustin and Villa Park.

    Encompassing 24 percent of Orange County’s total area (193 square miles), the district maintains eight facilities. Rancho Santiago Community College District is home to two colleges and four continuing education centers throughout the Central Orange County area. In addition, the college district presents convenient community education courses in many other locations in cooperation with its education and community partners.

    Santa Ana College founded in 1915, is a comprehensive community college preparing students for the workplace as well as to transfer to four-year higher learning institutions. Students may earn an associate degree certificate. For those willing to commit to high academic achievement, honors courses are offered. The college also assists students in gaining basic skills and technology proficiency so they can pursue other goals. It is located at the corner of West 17th Street and Bristol in Santa Ana on about 58 acres.

    Santiago Canyon College, one of the state’s newest community colleges, offers a comprehensive curriculum that includes university transfer as well as associate degree programs. Honors courses are offered to those with high academic achievement goals. In addition, the college provides community services, technical certificate programs, non-credit courses and basic skills instruction. Situated on 82 acres, the college is located in Orange at the corner of Chapman Avenue and Newport Drive.


    We are always seeking qualified, energetic and committed people to join the RSCCD team. Our goal is to provide the highest quality educational opportunities for all students. Each job in this district is important to the learning process for all our students. Because we serve a diverse student body, we seek employees who possess a genuine interest in serving others. If you share this student-centered philosophy, we invite you to submit an application.

    RSCCD has a reputation as an excellent employer. Whether employees work at one of our college campuses, the district headquarters, or one of our off-campus education centers, employees feel a sense of connection to each other and work to achieve common goals as part of the "Rancho family."

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