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Counselor/Coordinator - Full Time Tenure Track - TRIO Student Support Services/Special Programs - Modesto Junior College


Yosemite Community College District/Central Services

Tenure Track:

Tenure Track Position

Salary Range / Other:

Placement on the Yosemite Community College District salary schedule dependent upon education and experience. 2023-2024 Salary Schedule – $68,264 to $127,430 per year, plus an annual $2,789 stipend for an earned doctorate. New personnel limited to a maximum tenth step initial placement based on previous experience – maximum equals $105,969.,

Benefits :

The District currently pays for a number of health options for the employee and dependents. Employees may elect to pay a premium for a higher health option. Vision care and dental insurance premiums for the employee and dependents is District paid. Income protection and life insurance premiums for the employee are also District paid.

Required Quals Summary:

Master’s 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)

Determined by California State Chancellor’s Office. Click link below for discipline applicable Minimum Qualifications:
Minimum Qualifications for Faculty and Administrators in California Community Colleges (

The District has adopted an equivalency procedure that enables consideration of applications by individuals who may not directly meet the qualifications listed above. For more information on equivalency, you may access the link below:

Knowledge of and ability to appraise the diverse academic, socioeconomic, cultural and ethnic backgrounds of community college students. Sensitivity to the needs, problems and challenges associated with the diversity of the community college student population.

Job Description Summary:

All full-time faculty are expected to participate actively in their disciplines, department activities, and the general intellectual life and governance of the college. Under the direction of the Dean of Special Programs, be responsible for supporting and encouraging the enrollment, retention and academic goal attainment of students handicapped by language, social, economic and educational disadvantages, and facilitating the successful completion of their goals and objectives in college through academic and support counseling, financial aid and other support services via in-person and on-line spaces. Part of the assignment may be online, in the evening, and/or on weekends. Duties and responsibilities include but are not limited to:

  • Conduct individual student counseling appointments, including drop-in meetings and group workshops. The assignment will include some weekend and evening duties.
  • Teach orientation sessions to new students to acquaint them with programs, services, procedures, and policies.
  • Help students understand the increasingly complex process of applying to college and registering for classes.
  • Assist students with determining career goals, including administering and interpreting assessments, and linking those goals to a corresponding educational objective.
  • Advise students with making course selections and help them to create an Educational Plan.
  • Discuss university transfer options and help students to make positive and realistic transfer decisions.
  • Refer students to appropriate student support and educational services on campus.
  • Monitor, support, and encourage struggling students during the academic and/or progress probation process.
  • Serve as liaison with CSU and UC systems, and private and out-of-state institutions, to gather and disseminate ever-changing information to students.
  • Teach a wide variety of Guidance classes.
  • Help students cope with the stresses and strains of college and life in general.
  • Refer students to ongoing mental health (therapeutic) counseling as needed.
  • Work flexible schedule to include evenings hours and weekends and possible off-campus sites.
  • Participation in department and college-wide committees and participatory governance is expected.
  • Collaborating with the college community on cross-disciplinary teamwork to recruit and prepare students to transfer to four-year institutions.
  • Coordinating and organizing program activities and events, such as collaborating with internal and external community partners.
  • Collecting program data to report to the Department of Education, to campus administrators, and to the District.
  • Maintaining contact with TRIO-SSS students through transfer and beyond.
  • Directs program planning, development and implementation of major components and objectives as delineated in the TRIO-SSS grant
  • Ensures program compliance with all regulations to ensure compliance with campus, federal policies and regulations which include monitoring participant’s academic progress and required data collection, and providing evaluations appropriate to the program’s goals and objectives
  • Develop and implement activities and programs to support the retention through graduation of TRIO-SSS participants
  • Coordinate the recruitment and selection of program participants
  • Plan, implement and maintain data collection and analysis systems to monitor and track retention and graduation of SSS participants
  • Develop, interpret, and administer project policy and procedures to ensure compliance with Higher Education Opportunity Act, Education Department General Administrative Regulations (EDGAR), Federal TRIO Regulations and institutional policies
  • Perform other duties as assigned

  • Mobility: ability to sit or stand for long periods, move about an office, and reach above and below desk level.
  • Dexterity: fine manipulation sufficient to operate a keyboard, handle individual papers, write and take notes.
  • Lifting: occasional lifting of papers, files, equipment and material weighing up to 25 pounds.
  • Visual Requirements: close vision sufficient to read files, documents, and computer screens and do close-up work; ability to adjust focus frequently.
  • Hearing/Talking: ability to hear normal speech, speak and hear on the telephone, and speak in person.
  • Emotional/Psychological Factors: ability to make decisions and concentrate; frequent contact with others including some public contact; frequent deadlines and time-limited assignments.

Reasonable accommodation may be made to enable individuals with disabilities to perform the essential functions of the position.

Preferred Qualifications:


  • Experience in community college-based federally grant-funded programs and/or categorical programs.
  • Competence in current professional principles, practices, and techniques for counseling.
  • Demonstrated knowledge of and sensitivity to issues and needs of students from low‐income, diverse ethnic, cultural and socio‐economic populations, have knowledge of campus and community resources.
  • Highly developed counseling skills enable one to comfortably deal with various personal issues without reflecting personal bias.
  • Ability to conduct and develop appropriate workshops, guidance courses, and seminars.
  • Willingness to use available technologies and assessment instruments with the ability to provide effective interpretation to students.
  • Knowledge of counseling, concepts, issues, and resources.
  • Awareness and commitment to the philosophy and objectives of the California Community College.
  • Enthusiasm for the learning process.
  • Commitment to supportive relationships with student
  • Current understanding of assessment processes for improving student success at the course, program, and degree level.
  • Competent in new pedagogies, such as accelerated learning, supplemental instruction, on-line or hybrid teaching, and other pedagogies directed at improving student success and student equity.
  • Recent experience working with Latino, African American/Black, Hispanic, Native American, and other minoritized students, and an understanding of how historical patterns of exclusion of these groups within higher education shape patterns of participation and outcomes;
  • Willingness to examine and remediate one’s instructional, relational, and counseling practices to more effectively engage and support minoritized students racially;
  • Experience and skill in addressing issues of equity in the counseling process;
  • Experience and expertise in culturally responsive delivery of service through the counseling process, especially as it relates to student academic retention, presentence, and completion.
  • Demonstrated ability to address equity gaps within coursework and the classroom; counseling process.
  • Demonstrated knowledge of the Hispanic-Serving designation for institutional, departmental, and instructional practices.
  • Excellent organizational skills, interpersonal skills, and commitment to diversity, equity, and inclusion.
  • Ability to articulate program objectives and advocate for program participants

Desirable Characteristics:


  • Ability to operate effectively in an environment of change and ambiguity.
  • Vision and energy to plan and organize programs to enhance student success.
  • Willingness to participate effectively in shared governance.
  • Personal qualifications such as effective interpersonal communication skills, participation in community affairs, and ability to conduct effective public presentations.
  • Willingness and ability to be fully invested as a member of the Counseling Team.
  • Ability to develop curriculum or services that stress innovation and improve student equity.
  • Enthusiasm for the learning process.
  • Commitment to supportive relationships with students and colleagues.
  • Capable of counseling using counseling methods that accommodate various student learning styles.
  • Participate in professional growth and remain current in the subject area and major state initiatives.
  • Ability to operate effectively in an environment of change and ambiguity.
  • Vision and energy to plan and organize programs to enhance student success.
  • Willingness to participate effectively in shared governance and to work collaboratively.
  • Personal qualifications such as effective interpersonal communication skills, participation in community affairs, and ability to conduct effective public presentations.

Special Instructions for this Posting:

Applications are accepted online only at:
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Please note: The District does not integrate with the third party service of Interfolio; therefore, reference letters must be submitted along with the application documents required.

Only online application packets will be accepted including:
• YCCD Administrative online application
• Resume
• Personal letter of interest
• Unofficial Transcripts

Those applicants selected for personal interview will be notified by email or phone. In accordance with Board policy official offers of employment will be made only by the Chancellor or Vice Chancellor/Human Resources, YCCD. Final appointment is subject to confirmation by the Board of Trustees.
Federal law requires the District employ only US citizens and aliens authorized to work in the United States. Written verification of employment eligibility is required.

TRANSCRIPTS: At the time an offer of assignment is made, proper salary placement is contingent upon receipt of OFFICIAL (sealed) transcripts. Instructors with advanced degrees and coursework shall be attached during the application process. An ORIGINAL of the evaluation(s) must be presented at the time of hire.

FOREIGN DEGREES: Applicants with foreign degrees from colleges or universities outside of the United States must have their coursework evaluated by a professional association. A copy of the evaluation must be attached during the application process. An ORIGINAL of the evaluation(s) must be presented at the time of hire.

Reasonable accommodation may be made to enable individuals with disabilities to perform the essential functions of the position.

BACKGROUND CHECK: A background investigation of new employees is required, including reference checks and a state criminal history report. Employment will not begin until the history check has been cleared by Human Resources. The cost for the criminal history report will be the responsibility of the successful candidate.

The District may hire more than one applicant from this applicant pool.
Reasonable accommodation may be made to enable individuals with disabilities to perform the essential functions of the position.

The Yosemite Community College District is an Equal Opportunity Employer.

It is the policy of Yosemite Community College District (Modesto Junior College and Columbia College) not to discriminate on the basis of race, color, national origin, sex or disability in its educational programs and its employment practices. YCCD BP 3410 Nondiscrimination can be found at:

Title IX Sexual Harassment regulations define Title IX Sexual Harassment to include four terms “as defined in” the Clery Act and the Violence Against Women Act (VAWA): Sexual Assault, Dating Violence, Domestic Violence, and Stalking.

In accordance with 34 C.F.R. §§ 100.6(d), 104.8, and 106.9; and 28 C.F.R. § 35.106, the following person has been designated to handle inquiries regarding Title IX, Section 504/Title II policies:

District Title IX/Civil Rights Compliance Coordinator
Yosemite Community College District
2201 Blue Gum Ave., Modesto, CA 95358

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On behalf of everyone at the Yosemite Community College District Office, Modesto Junior College and Columbia College, we welcome you to our District. All of our employees throughout the District are dedicated to excellence in serving our students. Even with all the fiscal issues that we are facing within the State of California, our staff has been working miracles with continuously reduced budgets. We continue to serve our students well, and provide them with great opportunities and a quality education. As the Chancellor, I am very proud of their efforts and dedication.

One of my greatest challenges is to ensure the educational quality and fiscal stability of our institutions. One way this is accomplished is through long-range planning. There are many exciting things on the horizon for the Colleges of the YCCD - especially with all the construction and completion of our Measure E building projects. We are very grateful to the community for your support of these efforts. Students will benefit for years to come; we extend to you heartfelt thanks.

The Mission of the Yosemite Community College District is: "The YCCD is committed to responding to the needs of our diverse community through excellence in teaching, learning and support programs contributing to social, cultural and economic development and wellness." We take this mission statement seriously; it is the one key element that we base all our efforts on - it is our charge to provide excellent, meaningful service to the community.

As educators, we always focus on offering life-changing opportunities for our students; that is our business. One of the most enjoyable experiences in my 30 year higher education career has been witnessing lives changing right before my eyes as students graduate or achieve their educational goals. When they go on to create successful lives for themselves, their families and their communities I know we have done our job! This is the reward of the work that we collectively do at the Yosemite Community College District. I most cordially invite you to become more involved in our dynamic educational community called the YCCD.

Most sincerely,

Joan E. Smith, Ed.D.


Columbia College is a dynamic institution of learners and creative thinkers dedicated to high standards of student success. We prepare students to be fully engaged in an evolving world by offering comprehensive and high quality programs and services. Columbia College is committed to a culture of improvement through measuring student learning across the institution. We strive for excellence, foster a spirit of professionalism and embrace diversity.

Modesto Junior College, one of the oldest community colleges in the state, was organized in 1921 to serve the first junior college district established under a State Legislature Enabling Act. Modesto Junior College was established to meet the needs of the community. Today the college strives to maintain the same objective—that of dedication and service to the community.

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