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Associate Career Counselor (P/T) - Academic and Career Pathways (ACP) Success Teams

MiraCosta College
$56.37 to $68.59 per hour. Compensation is based on education. To view the current Associate (part-time) Faculty Salary Schedule, go to the website and select "Salary Schedules" to the left on the navigation bar.Employees must m

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Associate Career Counselor (P/T) - Academic and Career Pathways (ACP) Success Teams - opening for Fall 2023
MiraCosta College

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Type of Assignment:
Assignment Category: Temporary Assignment
Position Details:
This position offers a total of 23.5 hours maximum per week, which may be split and offered to more than one associate career counselor.

NOTE: This is a new recruitment. If you applied for the previous associate career counselor job opening for Spring 2022 and remain interested, you must re-apply to this posting as the previous posting has closed. Although the applicant pool will remain open until the position is filled, this is a competitive pool and the department will begin screening applications starting October 12, 2023, at noon.

The MiraCosta College Career Studies Department seeks an experienced associate career counselor to provide career counseling to students participating in the District's Academic and Career Pathways (ACP) Success Teams and to provide resources, guidance, and support to the members of ACP Success Teams. The ACP Success Teams are the primary mechanism through which the District's Redesigning the Student Experience work is being achieved as it seeks to institutionalize the researched best practices of CCCCO's Guided Pathways (CCCCO is the California Community Colleges Chancellor's Office). This posting is being left open to build a pool of qualified career development instructors and career counselors.

MiraCosta's ACP Success Teams were developed to provide support to the college's disproportionately impacted students. Data from the college's Office of Research, Planning, and Institutional Effectiveness demonstrate that first-time to college students who are Latinx, African-American/Black, and over 25 years of age can benefit from outreach, interventions, and a holistic team approach.

The associate career counselor will work closely with the members of six cross-divisional Academic and Career Pathways (ACP) Success Teams. The associate career counselor will plan and coordinate support services, events, speakers, etc., that promote student career exploration, in alignment with the San Diego and Imperial Valley Region's Integrated Career Planning and Education Planning brief. The associate career counselor will also provide career counseling to ACP students, including assessment, major exploration, occupational exploration, and career clarity, and may be assigned to teach career and life planning (CRLP) classes.

The associate career counselor will be housed in the Career Center, located within the Instructional Services Division under the Associate Career Education Dean, and will receive guidance and support from the career and life planning discipline specialist and chair of the career studies department.

MiraCosta College Board Policy 7800: Employee Residency requires all associate faculty employees to maintain and permanently reside in a principal place of residence in the state of California that is within two-hundred (200) road miles from the employee's regularly assigned district worksite. The purpose of the policy is to promote efficiency and continuity throughout all campus administrative functions, provide students with high quality assistance and accessibility to all academic and campus services, ensure that students receive an engaging education, and respond to emerging student needs.

Associate faculty who have a fully online assignment with the District must reside within the state of California, but may live beyond two-hundred (200) road miles from their designated District worksite without requiring the exception detailed below.

The District may consider an individual request to temporarily reside outside of the State of California or outside the 200-mile limit on a case-by-case basis, not to exceed twelve consecutive months.

Compensation: $56.37 to $68.59 per hour. Compensation is based on education. To view the current Associate (part-time) Faculty Salary Schedule, go to the website and select “Salary Schedules” to the left on the navigation bar.

Employees must make arrangements for the direct deposit of paychecks into the financial institution of their choice, via electronic fund transfer.

Application Procedure: In order to be considered for this position, you must submit the following:

1. An application.

2. A cover letter discussing your:
a. career counseling expertise;
b. strong leadership and collaboration skills;
c. knowledge of Guided Pathways;
d. commitment to equity for disproportionately impacted (DI) student populations; and
e. experience implementing programs and services for students who are members of DI populations.

3. A resume/CV summarizing your educational background and experience.

4. Transcripts

a. Transcripts of ALL college degrees/coursework needed to qualify for this position; unofficial or legible copies are acceptable but must indicate that the degree(s) has been conferred, if applicable.

If you do not possess the EXACT degree major(s) listed in the Minimum Qualifications section, you will need to submit an equivalency narrative and supporting documentation if and when the department decides to hire you. At that point, Human Resources will work with you to submit the request. If you would like to submit a brief statement outlining how you are equivalent at the time of application, please feel free to do so, but the full request and supporting documents are not required for application purposes. (View the instructions for equivalency requests at

All degrees and units used to satisfy the minimum qualifications must be from postsecondary institutions accredited by an accreditation agency recognized by either the U.S. Department of Education or the Council on Postsecondary Accreditation. If your degree/coursework is from a college or university anywhere outside of the United States, you must submit a detailed evaluation from a professional evaluation agency.

A partial list of agencies can be found at Transcripts or translations in English still require the evaluation to show the U.S. equivalence of your degree.

b. If needed to meet the minimum qualifications, a copy (front and back) of your fully satisfied, lifetime California Community College credential authorizing service in the appropriate discipline.

Applicants will not be contacted unless selected for interview. Offer of employment to the person selected for this position is contingent upon: 1) submission of a current TB test clearance; 2) proof of eligibility to work in the United States; 3) fingerprint clearance; and 4) submission of official transcripts indicating appropriate degree(s) awarded or submission of a valid appropriate California Community College credential.

Minimum Qualifications:
The transcripts you are attaching to provide evidence that you meet the minimum qualifications below must state the degree title, major, and date awarded.

(1) Master’s degree in counseling, career development, educational counseling, guidance counseling, counseling psychology, rehabilitation counseling, clinical psychology, social work, marriage and family therapy, or marriage, family and child counseling;
(2) a Master’s degree in Education, Concentration: Counseling; Education: Counseling Option; Education: Counseling and Guidance Concentration; Education: Educational and Clinical Counseling; Education: Educational Counseling; Education: School Counseling; Social Welfare; Guidance and Counseling; or Marriage & Family Counseling (approved comparable degree majors at MiraCosta College);
(3)a Bachelor’s degree in any of the majors listed in (1) above AND a Marriage and Family Therapist (MFT) license valid in California;
(4) a valid appropriate California Community College Credential in the discipline area.
(5) the equivalent*.
have sensitivity to and understanding of the diverse academic, socioeconomic, cultural, disability and ethnic backgrounds of community college students.

*Applicants wishing to claim equivalence to the minimum qualifications should follow the instructions and guidelines at

Desirable Qualifications:
1. Knowledge and application of culturally relevant teaching and counseling theories and practices.

2. Expertise regarding the unique needs of disproportionately impacted students.

3. Familiarity with California community colleges Guided Pathways.

4. Ability to generate cross-divisional support for the career development process among stakeholders.

5. Experience working within a case management model.

Basic Function:
Under direction, provide career assessment, exploration, and counseling services to students who have a wide variety of backgrounds and needs, particularly students who are disproportionately impacted and participating in ACP Success Teams; and perform related duties as assigned.

Principal responsibilities of the associate career counselor for ACP Success Teams include providing career assessment, exploration, and counseling to students and exploring how CRLP classes could best meet the needs of ACP students; serving in a leadership capacity as a career counselor and representative of the career and life planning discipline to ACP Success Teams; collaborating with ACP leads, instructional and counseling faculty, and librarians to incorporate career exploration activities throughout the curriculum; assisting with coordinating career exploration events, such as the district’s MajorFest, and assisting with Career Center events, such as panel presentations and the Job & Internship Fair; representing the career and life planning discipline and the Career Center at district and regional meetings and events, as appropriate.

Essential Duties & Responsibilities:
The duties listed below are intended only as illustrations of the various types of work that may be performed. The omission of specific statements of duties does not exclude them from the position if the work is similar, related or a logical assignment to this class.

1. Provide career counseling (face to face and/or distance/online) using culturally-responsive techniques and equitable practices for engaging students who are racially and ethnically diverse, particularly to students participating in ACP Success Teams. Meet with students on an appointment and drop-in basis to assess their academic and career goals and personal situations and needs.

2. Counsel students in exploring ACPs, majors, careers, and current and future employment trends to help them to make informed, intentional education and career decisions. Assist students in exploring and evaluating career options based on individual skills and interests; provide student counseling with regard to personal needs and situations; provide referrals to student support services and other departments to assist students in meeting their needs.

3. Keep abreast of changing degree, certificate, and transfer options in order to counsel students as part of the career decision-making process.

4. Develop and lead workshops related to major exploration, decision-making, occupational exploration, and career and life planning.

5. Create appropriate and customized multimedia workshops, presentations, resources, handouts, and materials.

6. Develop and lead group presentations including classroom presentations, student-interest and career exploration workshops, Career Center orientations, group assessment interpretations, and others.

7. Assist with developing and coordinating career-related activities and presentations for each of the six ACP Success Teams and college-wide for club events, professional panels, presentations; assist with recruiting participants for and coordinating MajorFest and the Job & Internship Fair.

8. Maintain accurate and complete course records as required by law, regulations and district policies and procedures; record student attendance and other data using course management software; submit attendance and other records by required deadlines.

9. Maintain the confidentiality of student information.

10. Contribute to maintaining a collegial environment and collaborate with department chairs and other faculty to participate in developing policies, standards, curricula changes and other matters; demonstrate willingness to substitute for other faculty when needed to meet college or student needs.

11. Play an active role in campus life; attend faculty and staff meetings; participate in activities that contribute to the educational goals of the college and its constituents; serve on campus committees or task forces.

12. Meet professional responsibilities in accordance with contractual obligations.

Other Duties:
1. Exhibit proven cultural humility/proficiency skills when working with students from diverse backgrounds (e.g., first-generation, disproportionately impacted students, low income, non-traditional college students).
2. Collaborate withCARE, Health Services, Financial Aid, ASE Programs, SAS, EOPS and other programs to ensure cross-referral of students for comprehensive support services.

3. Represent the importance of integrating career counseling and exploration to the members of the ACP Success Teams and to the college community, the region, and statewide at conferences as appropriate. Attend all required trainings, Success Team meetings for the 6 ACPs, Career Liaison meetings, all ACP Success Team events, panels, etc., and others as they relate to the position.

4. Stay current in academic or program discipline, including maintaining licensure, certification or continuing education requirements where appropriate.

5. Assist with a variety of special projects as assigned.

6. Perform related duties as assigned.

Knowledge To:
1. Career development theory, concepts, principles, techniques and conventions applicable to student counseling, advising and educational planning at an advanced level.

2. Teaching and instructional techniques and strategies applicable to student learning at varying levels of subject matter and language proficiency.

3. Trends, developments and uses of educational technologies including online learning and course management systems such as Canvas and Artificial Intelligence and their application to the career development, employment readiness, and job search processes.

4. State education code, Title 5 and other applicable laws related to curriculum requirements and approval and reporting processes.

5. Instructional and tutorial techniques and methods applicable to a diverse range of students including those with physical, emotional and learning disabilities.

6. District organization, operations, policies and objectives, and resources available to support student success.

7. Safety policies and safe work practices applicable to the work.

Ability To:
1. Evaluate student goals, interests and needs and provide student and educational counseling services to students from diverse educational and personal backgrounds with compassion and sensitivity.

2. Clearly convey, interpret and explain theories, concepts, principles, course content and detailed strategies and plans to a diverse student population.

3. Employ available instructional technologies in ways that maximize student learning.

4. Encourage the development of critical thinking, problem-solving and communication skills through the use of appropriate teaching strategies.

5. Maintain accurate records of student progress and submit grade and attendance records according to established deadlines.

6. Maintain the confidentiality of student information.

7. Meet all scheduled responsibilities such as meetings at the designated times, while keeping a flexible schedule to facilitate student access and learning.

8. Stay abreast of current scholarship and other developments in assigned academic fields through professional development activities.

9. Communicate effectively, both orally and in writing.

10. Operate a computer and standard business software.

11. Demonstrate sensitivity to and understanding of diverse academic, socioeconomic, cultural, ethnic and disability issues.

12. Establish and maintain effective working relationships with all those encountered in the course of work.

Physical Effort:
The physical efforts described here are representative of those that must be met by employees to successfully perform the essential functions of this class. Reasonable accommodations may be made to enable individuals with disabilities to perform the essential functions.

Primarily sedentary with intermittent standing, walking, bending and stooping; occasional light lifting and carrying of objects weighing up to 25 pounds; ability to work at a computer, including repetitive use of a computer keyboard, mouse and other control devices; ability to travel to a variety of locations on and off campus as needed to conduct district business.

Emotional Effort:
Ability to develop and maintain effective working relationships involving interactions and communications personally, by phone and in writing with a variety of individuals and/or groups from diverse backgrounds on a regular, ongoing basis; ability to work effectively under pressure on a variety of tasks concurrently while meeting established deadlines and changing priorities.

Working Conditions:
Primarily classroom and business office environments; subject to frequent public contact and interruption; intermittent exposure to individuals acting in a disagreeable fashion; may work at any district location or authorized facility with occasional evenings and/or weekends on an as-needed basis. Occasional local travel may be requested.

Posting Number: AF23/24002P
Human Resources Contact Information: or 760.795.6854
Job Close Date:
Open Until Filled: Yes
First Screening Date: Although the applicant pool will remain open until the position is filled, this is a competitive pool and applications will be screened beginning October 12, 2023, at noon.

About MiraCosta College
MiraCosta College is one of California's 115 public community colleges. The district operates two campus sites and two centers, and offers a robust online education program. Situated between San Diego and Los Angeles, MiraCosta College benefits from multicultural influences and cultural opportunities. Both students and staff enjoy a friendly atmosphere and the feeling that we are all here to help one another. MiraCosta College is an Equal Opportunity Employer with a commitment to diversity, equity, and inclusion. For more details, please visit our website at

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Working at MiraCosta College

The MiraCosta Community College District Mission is to provide educational opportunities and student-support services to a diverse population of learners with a focus on their success. MiraCosta College offers associate degrees, university-transfer courses, career-and-technical education, certificate programs, basic-skills education, and lifelong-learning opportunities that strengthen the economic, cultural, social, and educational well-being of the communities it serves.

Both students and staff enjoy a friendly atmosphere, and the feeling that we are all here to help one another. Our diverse student body includes people from a variety of ages, ethnicities and cultural backgrounds.

  • Credit Enrollment: 14,773
  • Noncredit Enrollment: 2,479
  • Credit Enrollment by Gender: Female: 57% Male: 43%
  • Average Age: 26
  • Credit Enrollment by Ethnicity:
    • African American: 4%
    • White: 45%
    • Hispanic: 34%
    • Asian, Pacific Islander: 8%
    • Multiple: 7%
    • Other: 2%
  • Active Duty Military/Veterans/Dependents: 1,396

The MiraCosta Community College District is one of California's 114 public community colleges. MiraCosta offers undergraduate degrees, university-transfer courses, career-and-technical education, certificate programs, basic-skills education, and lifelong-learning opportunities. The college’s fee-based Community Education program provides a wide variety of classes, workshops, and excursions. Tuition-free, noncredit classes also present a variety of learning opportunities at the Community Learning Center and throughout the community.

Students who plan to transfer to a four-year university get on the right track through TAG, IGETC, UniversityLink, and other transfer programs. MiraCosta College also has one of the highest transfer rates to the University of California out of all of the community colleges in San Diego County. Our students also typically earn higher GPA's than non-transfer students. Learn more about the transfer process here:

Situated between San Diego and Los Angeles, MiraCosta College benefits from multicultural influences and cultural opportunities. Interstate 5, Amtrak, and Carlsbad regional airport provide easy access to either metropolis and to Mexico. The district, which extends 25 miles along the Pacific Ocean from Camp Pendleton Marine Corps Base to the city of San Diego, attracts diverse ethnic and socioeconomic populations who live in urban and suburban communities. The intellectual environment is enhanced by the college’s proximity to the University of California San Diego, California State University San Marcos, and other institutions of higher education. Along with numerous theaters, galleries, and museums, residents enjoy a moderate, year-round climate, which provides many opportunities for outdoor activities.

The San Diego Tourism Authority website describes San Diego's North County as a vast, expansive region known for its pristine beaches, natural preserves and miles of open spaces. From Del Mar to Oceanside, the North County coastline is a string of unique picturesque seaside villages that have a small-town feel.

If you're looking for opportunities for outdoor activities in San Diego, the north region has plenty. From hiking and horseback riding in Los Peñasquitos Canyon Preserve, stand-up paddle boarding and kayaking in Carlsbad Lagoon, to biking along historic Highway 101, or sport fishing, whale watching or surfing the coastline from La Jolla through Oceanside, outdoor enthusiasts are sure to be entertained. San Diego's north coastal town of Encinitas was recently named among the best surf towns in the world by National Geographic.

The North County Coastal region is home to some of San Diego's top attractions, including LEGOLAND California, Sea Life Aquarium and Legoland Water Park, the Flower Fields at Carlsbad, and the Del Mar Fairgrounds, host to the Del Mar Fair from mid-June to early July, followed by the Del Mar Thoroughbred Races until early September. There's also the San Diego Botanic Garden for a look at San Diego native flora and fauna, and at the Eastern border of North County, you'll also find the San Diego Zoo Safari Park, Las Vegas-style Indian casino gaming and a handful of great wineries and local breweries. Art enthusiasts will love the Oceanside Museum of Art and the LUX Art Institute.

San Diego's North County coastal and inland regions are also a paradise for golfers, with over 40 diverse courses to choose from. Graced by cooling breezes from the Pacific Ocean, the Arnold Palmer-designed Park Hyatt Aviara and Tom Fazio-designed Grand Del Mar golf courses are uniquely sculpted around the natural landscapes and native vegetation. San Diego's North region puts you just an hour from Disneyland yet still close to downtown San Diego where the museums of Balboa Park, the San Diego Zoo, the Gaslamp Quarter and SeaWorld San Diego are nearby.

North San Diego County is home to eight of the county’s fastest growing cities, businesses and families are drawn to North County’s sunny inland valleys and scenic coastal communities. Additional information about the business environment can be found on the San Diego North Economic Development Council website or on the Oceanside, Carlsbad, Encinitas, or San Diego Coastal Chamber of Commerce websites.

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