Counselor, Disabled Students Program & Services

United States, North America
Mar 14, 2014

Counselor, Disabled Students Program & Services  
San Jose/Evergreen Community College District

Posting Date: 03-12-2014    
Closing Date: 04-27-2014
Posting Number: 0010444  
Work Location San Jose City College  
Division: Counseling and Matriculation  
Position status: Full-time
Academic Position Type: Faculty Full-Time Tenure Track Position  
Academic Position Term: Regular 100% FTE 10-Months per year  
Salary Range: $61,377 to $78,727 Entry Level Annual Salary (Academic Salary Schedule 2013-2014); Maximum Salary Potential $106,806. Note: Actual Salary placement is based on candidate's verified education and experience.

Benefits Available:
Excellent benefits package which include cost of medical, dental, and vision for employee and qualified dependents, and life insurance and income protection for employee (Faculty/District collective bargaining agreement).  

Employment Start Date:
Fall 2014  

Message from the Chancellor

Join a team steeped in the 21st Century. Our District is undergoing tremendous transformation fueled by the visionary actions of a Board of Trustees and the contributions of faculty and staff that share common values centered in equity, opportunity and social justice. We clearly acknowledge our responsibility to create a setting supported by a culture of civility and mutual respect. We believe that student success is not a destination but a journey to which we all contribute, and we accept fully the importance of creating a culture that provides academic and student support services that "wrap around" the student. We embrace the social and economic development mission of community colleges as we meet the education and workforce needs of the greater Silicon Valley. If the Silicon Valley is synonymous with the future, the San Jose/Evergreen Community College District is synonymous with access to that future through educational opportunity. Consider making a difference in the future.

Rita M. Cepeda, Ed.D.
Position Summary
This faculty position is a full-time 100% FTE position as Counselor in the Disabled Students Program located at San Jose City College.

Some workdays may be assigned outside of the ten-month academic calendar. The assignment may include day, evening and weekend responsibilities.

This position is represented by the Faculty Association Unit, AFT 6157.  

Position Purpose:
This is a Counselor Position. This assignment is to maintain and further develop counseling services for students with a wide variety of disabilities, including physical, learning disabilities, speech and language impairments, acquired brain injury, hearing loss and psychiatric disorders.

Duties and Responsibilities:
1. Attend Regional DSP&S Meetings.

2. Develop corrective action plans for students on probation and readmitted students that have been academically disqualified.

3. Be familiar with procedures associated with matriculation and computerized prerequisite checking.

4. Provide disabled students with academic and career counseling, assisting them in preparing for vocational competence and/or establishing an educational foundation that will enable them to continue their education.

5. Assist in the recruitment, orientation and registration of disabled students, informing them of the educational and vocational opportunities available at San Jose City College.

6. Maintain current and up-to-date anecdotal records of individual counseling session with disabled students.

7. Maintain liaison with other agencies providing support services to disabled students including the California Department of Rehabilitation, the Regional Center for Developmentally Disabled, Veterans Administration, and other community based social service agencies.

8. Work closely with other campus representative to maintain and improve campus accessibility in programs and facilities.

9. Use computers in data collection and record keeping.

10. Assist students in seeking financial assistance and other support services.

11. Participate in counseling meetings for general counselors and represent the interests and needs of students with disabilities at these meetings.

12. Ability to analyze reports containing medical and psychological data and to interpret the relationship of such data to the educational needs of students with disabilities.

13. Perform other duties as may be assigned in order to meet the needs of students with disabilities.  
Minimum Qualifications:

1. Master's degree, or equivalent foreign degree in rehabilitation counseling;
Master's degree, or equivalent foreign degree in special education and twenty four or more semester units in upper division or graduate level course work in counseling, guidance counseling, student personnel, psychology, or social work;
Master's degree in counseling, guidance, student personnel, psychology, career development, or social welfare; and either twelve or more semester units in upper division or graduate level course work specifically in counseling or rehabilitation of individuals with disabilities, or two years of full-time experience, or the equivalent, in one or more of the following:
A. Counseling or guidance for students with disabilities;
B. Counseling and/or guidance 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.
*The equivalent

2. Demonstrated sensitivity, knowledge, and understanding of the diverse academic, socioeconomic, gender, cultural, disability, and ethnic backgrounds of the students we serve; and sensitivity to and knowledge and understanding of groups historically underrepresented, and groups who may have experienced discrimination.

3. Success integrating diversity as appropriate into the major duties outlined in the job description and in the duties listed in the District's hiring policy; or demonstrated equivalent transferable skills to do so.   
Desired Qualifications:
1. Two years of full-time experience within the last four years in an institution of higher education, or counseling and/or guidance for secondary school students with disabilities.

2. Knowledge of assessment measures (academic, vocational, psycho-social) to include interpretation and utilization in the counseling process.

3. Ability to communicate effectively, both orally and in writing.

4. Knowledge of community social agencies, services and resources.

5. Skill in group facilitation and process.

6. Experience at the community college level.

7. Demonstrated competency in American Sign Language/manual communications with the deaf.  

Equivalency Information:
*Equivalency: Applicants (including current or former employees) applying under equivalency bear the full responsibility of submitting by the closing date the District's Equivalency Application in addition to the Faculty Position Application with details and evidence of the factors (academic preparation and/or experience) they believe to be equivalent of the required qualifications for this positions.

Application(s) for equivalency are required for any of the following reasons:
1. degrees are not in exact discipline required;
2. degree is in progress;
3. degrees were earned at a college/university not accredited by an accrediting body recognized by the U. S. Council on Post-Secondary Accreditation and/or the U. S. Department of Education; and/or
4. degrees were earned at a college/university outside of the U.S.

Candidates with foreign degrees must provide official certification of equivalency to U. S. degrees by a certified U. S. credential review service. Simple translation of the language on foreign diplomas, transcripts, coursework, or similar will NOT suffice; thus will cause the application packet to be judged as incomplete.

More equivalency information, along with the form, can be obtained at  

Application Procedures, Notes and Contact Information
nterested applicants (including external applicants, current or former employees) MUST SUBMIT ONLINE ALL of the following materials by the closing date to be considered for the position (Posting at: MUST click "Apply for this Posting" to apply):

1. A completed online San Jose/Evergreen Community College District FACULTY POSITION APPLICATION
(Must state how you meet ALL the minimum qualifications in EDUCATION and EXPERIENCE as described in the job announcement Minimum Qualifications section. Also, state how you meet other qualifications)
4. TRANSCRIPT(S) (unofficial or official copies) for stated degrees having the DEGREE CONFER/AWARD dates. Official transcripts will be required prior to employment start date should the position be offered.
5. District Application for Equivalency, if applicable, and supporting documents. Current or former employees who were previously approved by the District colleges for equivalency MUST by the closing date submit proof of the dated District's written equivalency approval.

If you do not have an electronic version of the transcript, you can get it scanned at Office Max, Office Depot, Staples, etc.; then attach the electronic version of your transcript to this online application at the later part of the application process.


1. Only complete application materials will be considered (No exception for external applicants, current or former employees). Application materials must include: a. FACULTY POSITION APPLICATION, b. COVER LETTER, c. RESUME,
d. TRANSCRIPT(S) of degrees stated and/or required (The criminal history explanation if any will NOT be forwarded to the screening committee), and e. DISTRICT EQUIVALENCY APPLICATION with supporting documents, if applicable.
2. Incomplete application packet and/or documents received by Human Resources after the closing date will not be considered (No exception for employees or non-employees).
3. Applications not having all required minimum qualifications in education and experience as stated in the Minimum Qualifications section will not receive further considerations.
4. Letters of Recommendation are not required and will not be included in the application packet. Additional documents that are not requested may not be included.
5. DEGREES must have been awarded by a college or university ACCREDITED by an accrediting body recognized by the U.S. Council on Post-Secondary Accreditation and/or the U.S. Department of Education.
6. FOREIGN DEGREES: Candidates with DEGREES and CREDITS earned outside of the United States must provide official certification of equivalency to U. S. degrees by a certified U. S. credential review service, must have a U.S. evaluation (course by course of the transcripts) and must be submitted with the application. Simple translation of the language on foreign transcripts, coursework, or similar will NOT suffice; thus will cause the application packet to be judged as incomplete.
7. Upon hire the successful candidate must provide the required documents of identity and authorization to work and attest he/she is authorized to work in the United States.
8. Application materials become the property of the district and will not be returned or duplicated.
9. Travel expenses to attend the interview are the responsibility of the candidate.
10. Meeting the minimum qualifications DOES NOT assure an interview.
11. The District may re-advertise, delay, choose not to fill the position, or choose to fill more than one position.

For assistance, contact:
Office of Human Resources, Employment Services
4750 San Felipe Road, San Jose, CA 95135
Phone: (408) 270-6414 Fax: (408) 223-6341
Web site @ or

Equal Opportunity Employer Statement:
San Jose/Evergreen Community College District is an Equal Opportunity Employer committed to nondiscrimination on the basis of ethnic group identification, race, color, language, accent, immigration status, ancestry, national origin, age, gender, religion, sexual orientation, transgender, marital status, veteran status, medical condition, and physical or mental disability consistent with applicable federal and state laws.

Title IX Officer: Lamel Harris (408) 288-3736,
Section 504 /ADA Officer: Roland Montemayor (408) 288-3183

Reasonable accommodations will be provided for applicants with disabilities who self-disclose.  

About San Jose/Evergreen Community College District
The San Jose/Evergreen Community College District consists of two colleges. The metropolitan San Jose City College located just minutes from downtown San Jose, established in 1921, and the park-like Evergreen Valley College located in southeast San Jose at the foot of the Diablo Mountain range, which opened in 1975.

The District is represented by dedicated and talented employees who are passionate about providing our student population with the best educational experience possible. The District recognizes that cultural diversity in the academic environment promotes academic excellence; fosters cultural, racial and human understanding; provides positive roles models for all students, and creates an inclusive and supportive educational and work environment for its employees, students, and the community it serves.

As of fall 2012, with enrollment of approximately 19,000 per semester, and an extremely diverse student population (Hispanic/Latino 36%, Black/African-American 7%, Asian/Pacific Islander 35%, American Indian/Native American 1%, White/Caucasian 13%) attaining educational goals reflecting 31% - AA Degree and Transfer to a 4-Year College/ University, the District's emphasis on student success makes it a recognized educational leader in the State.

The District encourages a diverse pool of applicants to serve as colleagues to an existing diverse faculty consisting of 25% Hispanic/Latino, 21% Asian/Pacific Islander, 10% Black/African American, 1% American Indian/Native American, 43% White/Caucasian, and as well as encouraging applications from all qualified, outstanding applicants.