Coordinator of Counseling/Student Success/Counselor

Taft, Kern County
May 05, 2014

is currently accepting applications for:


Full-Time, Tenure-Track Position
Commencing July 1, 2014

Open until filled, priority consideration date of Monday, June 2, 2014

The West Kern Community College District (“District”) believes in a close relationship among students, faculty, staff and the community. The District is strongly committed to achieving staff diversity and has made a commitment to the principles of equal opportunity. A diverse pool of applicants is encouraged and the District does not discriminate on the basis of race, color, national origin, ancestry, sex, age, religion, marital status, disability, sexual orientation or any other status or characteristic protected by applicable state or federal law in its employment practices or in any of its policies or procedures. The policy of affording equal employment opportunities to all persons is in keeping with the provisions of the state and federal regulations which protect persons against discrimination. The District encourages applications from all qualified applicants.


Coordinator’s Duties 50%
• Plan, coordinate, and supervise the delivery of Student Success and Support Program services for all students in compliance with state guidelines and college policies and procedures.
• Provide program leadership for counseling services; develop strategies and activities to encourage and foster innovation that will increase the number of students completing their academic goals in a timely manner.
• Assist in the preparation, coordination, and implementation of the college’s Student Success and Support Program plan; submit state Student Success and Support Program reports as necessary.
• Assist in the development of the college catalog, class schedule, and other publications.
• Provide leadership in areas of student intervention strategies; provide interventions for probationary and disqualified students.
• Maintain liaison with education and community-based organizations.
• Work closely with the Institutional Research Office in developing student reports.
• Complete Annual Program Review Reports for Student Services; develop and assess student learning and program level outcomes.
• Assist in the development, preparation, and monitoring of the annual budget for Counseling/Student Success.
• Responsible for maintaining the college’s Counseling Services webpage and related pages.
• Lead or participate in committees, initiatives, or teams as assigned; be responsible and accountable for completion of assigned tasks.
• Train and supervise staff, coordinate staff work assignments, facilitate staff meetings, and evaluate the performance of assigned personnel in accordance with district policies.
• Maintain active participation in statewide organizations as appropriate.

Counseling Duties 50%

• Provide comprehensive counseling services to community college students from diverse backgrounds regarding degree, certificate, transfer and vocational education program planning, career planning, career decisions, goal clarification, and personal life management.
• Develop and monitor electronic Student Educational Plans and utilize information to assist students in meeting their goals.
• Provide academic, career, and personal counseling to students in all educational programs.
• Assist undecided students with clarifying or establishing appropriate educational and career goals.
• Demonstrate sensitivity to and understanding of the disabilities and diverse academic, socioeconomic, cultural and ethnic background of students.
• Serve as liaison with academic divisions, departments, or special areas.
• Maintain and update individual records on all counselees.
• Conduct group counseling and guidance sessions and/or workshops.
• Make appropriate referrals to on-campus and community resources.
• Provide departmental participation in the Student Success and Support Program such as orientation, counseling, educational planning, and follow-up services.
• Perform other duties as assigned.


Master’s degree in counseling, rehabilitation counseling, clinical psychology, counseling psychology, guidance counseling, educational counseling, social work, or career development, marriage and family therapy, or marriage, family and child counseling OR the equivalent. NOTE: A bachelor’s degree in one of the above listed degrees and a license as a Marriage and Family Therapist (MFT) is an alternative qualification for this discipline. Demonstrate sensitivity to and understanding of the diverse academic, socioeconomic, cultural, disability and ethnic backgrounds of community college students. NOTE: Applicants who claim equivalent qualifications shall provide conclusive evidence that they possess qualifications that are at least equivalent to those required by the minimum qualifications of the area for which they are applying. It is the responsibility of the applicant to supply all evidence and documentation for the claim of equivalency at the time of the application.


If you do not meet the specific degree requirements for this position, you may request equivalency by the final filing date. There is one (1) form that you will need to download from the website; it is titled Equivalency Determination – the information requested is required of all candidates not holding the stated minimum qualifications who are seeking consideration on the basis of equivalency. Candidates making application under equivalency shall submit this supplement as well as other materials specified in Application Procedures.


Candidates with foreign degrees must provide official certification of equivalency to U.S degrees by a recognized U.S. credential evaluation service.


Based upon the 2013-14 12 month salary schedule, the salary range is $64,241.00 to $124,253.00. An annual doctoral stipend of $3,500.31 is included in addition to the salary when appropriate.


The assigned work year is 225 days per academic year. The anticipated start date is July 1, 2014.


To be assured full consideration, completed application packets should be in the Human Resources Department by 4:00 p.m. on Monday, June 2, 2014. Application materials must be mailed, hand delivered, or e-mailed. E-mails must be followed by original documents. No facsimiles will be accepted All application packets that are complete at that time will be forwarded to the screening committee. Incomplete applications may not be reviewed.


The District reserves the right to close, continue, cancel, postpone or re-start the recruitment at any time.

To be considered for review, applicants must submit the following application materials:

• Completed District Academic Application (and, if needed, an equivalency form).
• Complete all sections; stating “See letter and/or resume” is not acceptable.
• A letter of application that describes why you are interested in the position and how your breadth of experience has prepared you for this position.
• A current resume.
• A written statement of your counseling philosophy and their role in student success.
• Copies of transcripts (unofficial are acceptable).
• Three (3) current letters of recommendation that address your professional and interpersonal skills.

Only items listed above will be reviewed by the screening committee. Please submit your materials in the above order, each component clearly labeled.

Application forms may be obtained from or from the Human Resources Department by calling 661-763-7805.

Send all application materials to:

Taft College Human Resources Department
29 Cougar Court
Taft, CA 93268
Telephone: (661) 763-7805

Current employees must provide documentation and materials in the same manner and degree of detail as any other applicant.


Employment with the District is not complete or official until applicants meet all pre-employment requirements. Candidates with foreign degrees must provide official certification of equivalency to U.S. degrees by a recognized U.S. credential evaluation service. Offers of employment are contingent upon Board of Trustees approval. All new employees are required to submit official transcripts, proof of freedom from tuberculosis, and proof of eligibility to work in the United States. The District does not sponsor H1B visas. Employees must sign an Oath of Office and submit fingerprints for CA Department of Justice clearance. The District reserves the right to modify or rescind this job announcement at any time.


The District is a tobacco free campus.


A candidate selected for an interview will be required to visit the District at his/her own expense upon a date selected by the District. Meeting the minimum qualifications does not guarantee an interview.


The District provides health, dental, vision and life insurance for the employee, spouse and dependents. The District and the employee contribute to the State Teachers Retirement System or the California Public Employees Retirement System.


Taft is located in the foothills at the southwestern edge of the San Joaquin Valley, just 35 minutes west of Bakersfield, two hours north of Los Angeles and two hours from California’s central coast. The Taft area is home to 18,000 residents and numerous companies who enjoy friendly neighbors, temperate climates and bustling economy. Cultural and recreational opportunities include the West Kern Oil Museum, Carrizo Plain National Monument, Tule Elk State Reserve and the Buena Vista Aquatic Recreation area. Residents enjoy a reasonable cost of living along with affordable housing and good schools.


The District is committed to student learning in transfer and vocational programs supported by pre-collegiate basic skills and a wide range of student services. All programs and services are focused on the education needs of the District learners.

Applicants who are protected under the Americans with Disabilities Act and who, due to a Disability, require accommodations for completing the application process, testing (if required for the position), or the interview, should notify the Human Resources Department 10 working days before the accommodation is required.