Counselor (Bilingual/Spanish)

Madison, Dane County
Mar 14, 2014
Administrative Jobs
Student Affairs, Counseling
Madison Area Technical College

Counselor (Bilingual/Spanish)

Posting Date: 03/14/2014
Application Deadline: 05/02/2014
Salary $53,322 - $88,936
Location: Madison-Truax
Department: Learner Development

Employment Conditions:
This is a full time position beginning with the Spring 2014 semester. Starting salary $53,322 – $88,936 depending on qualifications and experience. Salary is based on a nine-month teaching contract and will be pro-rated accordingly. Newly hired Counselors serve a three-year probationary period.

Counselors also work an additional 6 weeks in the summer.

Madison College provides a generous benefit package. This position is covered by a collective bargaining agreement, including a fair share provision.
Start date: August 2014.

Organizational Function and Responsibilities:
This position provides culturally competent individual and group counseling directed at retaining and successfully transitioning students through the college experience. Counselors work at identifying and alleviating barriers that impede academic success and personal achievement for both prospective and currently enrolled Madison College students. In addition, this position provides instruction of College Success courses. Counselors work in collaboration with internal and external communities relevant to the college mission. This position requires an ability to maintain strict confidentiality and handle information with tact and diplomacy.

This position reports to the Associate Dean of Student Development – Counseling, College Success and Student Conduct.

Essential Duties:
The following are duties typically expected of this position. These are not to be construed as exclusive or all-inclusive. Other duties may be required and assigned.
1. Provides personal, solution-focused counseling and crisis intervention to address a wide range of personal-social-psychological developmental needs of Madison College’s diverse student population.
2. Provides academic counseling to address a wide range of academic developmental needs of Madison College’s diverse student population.
3. Provides career counseling to address a wide range of career developmental needs of Madison College’s diversity student population, especially the returning adult student populations.
4. Provides comprehensive assessments, case planning, and management of an array of student presenting needs and concerns.
5. Conducts intake interviews with students who request counseling services and completes the required clinical documentation via our electronic recordkeeping system within the same day.
6. Assists with the planning, development, implementation and coordination of outreach and programming related to the prevention of alcohol and other substance abuse and college student mental health.
7. Provides instruction and develops curriculum for credit and non-credit courses (e.g., College Success, Career Development, Educational Effectiveness, Interpersonal Effectiveness-Relationships, Conflict Resolution, etc.).
8. Provides consultation to faculty and staff regarding student development and success strategies and concerns.
9. Observes professional, ethical codes of conduct and legal requirements relevant to the counseling profession.
10. Counsels students regarding student code of conduct issues, formal and informal conflict resolution strategies, and judiciary affairs.
11. Designs retention programs focused on the developmental needs of college students.
12. Designs and implements appropriate program assessment processes to support continuous program improvement strategies.
13. Completes activity reports, case notes, and maintains files in a timely fashion to demonstrate accountability.
14. Completes and implements Professional Growth Review Plan.
15. Participates in and provides staff development programs and training, serves on Madison College committees, and attends advisory committee/staff meetings of various program areas.
16. Maintains Wisconsin Technical College System certification as a Counselor.
17. Develops relationships with external agency representatives to support students in attaining community based services such as additional mental health and psychiatric care, medical resources, financial assistance and legal advocacy.
18. Complies with all aspects of Board policies, work rules, and the appropriate collective bargaining agreement.
19. Demonstrates a commitment to the college values of excellence, respect and integrity.

Knowledge, Skills, and Abilities
1. Demonstrated knowledge of individual and group counseling techniques grounded in counseling theory, practice and student development philosophy.
2. Demonstrated skill and experience counseling post high school adults with diverse backgrounds.
3. Demonstrated skill and experience working with students who have mental health and/or alcohol and/or other drug challenges.
4. Demonstrated skill and experience in working with nontraditional students.
5. Demonstrated skill in working with military services veterans.
6. Demonstrated skill in working with AODA programs.
7. Knowledge of organizations which serve minorities, disadvantages individuals, the mentally/physically disabled and other special populations.
8. Ability to teach student development curriculum.
9. Ability to collaborate effectively.
10. Ability to utilize computer technology and web-based resources.
11. Ability to communicate effectively, both orally and in writing.
12. Ability to effectively manage student crisis and conflict situations.
13. Demonstrated skill in team development.
14. Demonstrated skill in providing culturally competent counseling services and course instruction.
15. Demonstrated skill in conducting student risk assessments.
16. Demonstrated skill in student development program planning.
17. Bilingual with the ability to read, write and speak Spanish proficiently.

1. Master’s Degree in guidance and counseling or Master’s Degree in Education with an emphasis in mental health and counseling (20 credits in counseling).
2. Two years (4,000 hours) of occupational work experience outside the field of education.
3. Two years (4,000 hours) of counseling experience.
4. Bilingual Spanish/English
5. Licensed or license eligible as professional counselor or related field in the state of Wisconsin.

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Special Instructions to Applicants:
Please attach a typewritten Word document that responds to the following questions in 1200 characters or less on the application. Failure to respond and attach questions WILL RESULT IN THE DISQUALIFICATION OF YOUR APPLICATION.


When applying for this position, the system will prompt you to respond to the following four (4) supplemental questions in 1200 works or less:
1. Provide a list of guidance and counseling classes you have taught and include the course name/title and number of credits.
2. Describe your general work experience and level of expertise in providing culturally competent mental health counseling, programs and services. Specifically, share your experience, and clinical competency providing mental health and career counseling to the Spanish speaking population.
3. Describe your experience and expertise providing crisis counseling and conducting risk assessments as it relates to harm towards self and others.
4. Describe your teaching experiences in the student development subject area including the type of institution, learning format (classroom, workshop, online…) as well as other subject areas

Position Type: Faculty
Recruitment Strategy: External
Posting Number 20130601622
FLSA: Exempt

Minorities are encouraged to apply. AA/EEO Employer