Counselor - Special Populations Emphasis – NCC 1819-54
FULL-TIME, TENURE -TRACK POSITION (190 Day Contract)
STUDENT SERVICES DIVISION
Sierra College is seeking a full-time, tenure-track Counselor to serve our Nevada County Campus with an emphasis on special populations and the unique federal, state and local programs that support them. The Nevada County Campus primarily serves students who reside in the Western Nevada County communities of Grass Valley, Nevada City, Penn Valley, and its nearby smaller communities. Under the general direction of an educational administrator, this position will provide counseling services to a diverse student population in the areas of personal, educational, career development/vocational choice, psychological testing, and other matters, utilizing various assessment techniques. This position will also provide support to orientation and outreach efforts, crisis intervention and emergency counseling; function as a liaison between students and District faculty members, secondary schools, other post-secondary educational institutions, and the community; and do related work, as required. The ideal candidate will join a campus staff who understand they have a great responsibility to the educational attainment and economic well-being of residents from these rural communities. As such, the ideal candidate will share the college’s commitment to educating its racially and socioeconomically diverse student population. This includes understanding the socioeconomic challenges that students may face specific to living in this region.
Sierra College has a strong commitment to the achievement of equity and inclusion among its faculty, staff, and students and values the rich, diverse backgrounds that make up the campus community. A strong candidate for this position must demonstrate a profound understanding of and experience with successfully supporting individuals with varying backgrounds. This includes persons with disabilities, various gender identities, and sexual orientations, as well as individuals from historically underrepresented communities and other groups. Our District is committed to providing strategies for success and proactive student-centered practices and policies focused on eliminating equity gaps.
As an institution, Sierra College is committed to eliminating the equity gap in all student populations with dynamic, learner-centered practices and policies that fully engage the college community. The ideal candidate will share the College’s commitment to helping its racially and socioeconomically diverse students develop the critical skills necessary to succeed in their degree and career objectives. Currently, Sierra College enrolls 18,300 students per term: 26% of Sierra College’s students are Latinx, 3% are African-American, 2% are Filipino, 5% are Asian-American, 1% are Native American, 6% are multiracial and 57% are White. As an emerging Hispanic Serving Institution (HSI), Sierra College understands that it has a great responsibility to the educational attainment and economic well-being of our students.
The successful candidate will join a Student Services department dedicated to the use of culturally responsive counseling techniques, outreach and onboarding strategies, and methods that meet the varying needs of our students and ensure a successful learning environment. Sierra College demonstrates its commitment to equity by supporting ongoing professional development for students, faculty, and staff. These opportunities include trainings and workshops on equity and inclusion, SC4 (Sierra College Community, Creativity, Culture, and Collaboration Training), active Academic Senate standing committees concerned with student success and equity, a Presidential Equity Advisory Committee (PEAC), culturally responsive student engagement centers, support for our undocumented and AB540 students, campus-wide equity summits, a robust set of programs, events, and conferences related to equity-mindedness and supporting the success of our diverse students.
AcademicAdvising/EducationalPlanning - ESSENTIAL: Assist students with the process of course selection and other educational processes/experiences; provide information regarding District degree/certification requirements; provide direction regarding selection of educational major(s); provide information regarding transfer requirements to other post-secondary educational institutions; develop Student Educational Plans (SEPs) with individual students, updating as necessary; evaluate student progress toward established goals. PERIPHERAL: Refer students to other District and/or external support services for assistance, as appropriate to meet student needs.
Career/VocationalCounselingandDevelopment - ESSENTIAL: Assist students to clarify life and career goals; provide assistance to students to develop greater self-knowledge and self-awareness to enhance self-esteem; provide "world of work" vocational information to students; obtain current labor market information for students; maintain information regarding occupational trends; utilize a variety of occupational resources and systems to serve student needs; administer to students and interpret various career assessment tools. PERIPHERAL: Provide students with job-seeking skills and strategies, as appropriate.
PersonalCounseling - ESSENTIAL: Provide personal counseling to students, as appropriate, regarding assistance with interpersonal relationship issues and problems, development of interpersonal communications skills, clarification of values and goals, psychological and/or behavioral difficulties, development of decision-making skills, chemical dependency problems, gender/sexuality issues and concerns, health problems and concerns, and/or other problems and concerns; provide referrals to students to external community mental health and/or professional counseling and/or other assistance agencies, as appropriate to meet student needs; provide crisis intervention and/or emergency counseling for students experiencing serious problems, as necessary to meet student needs.
AssessmentandInterpretation - ESSENTIAL: Provide counseling to students to assure that assessment/matriculation regulations and guidelines are followed; administer to students and interpret various career assessment instruments; provide advisement to students based upon results of basic skills assessment.
Instruction - ESSENTIAL: Instruct Personal Development courses, including developing and providing curriculum for student enhancement, maintaining current occupational information and professional resources, reviewing current texts, presenting lectures and lessons, maintaining records of student grades and attendance, and participating in conferences and professional workshops, as authorized.
Outreach/Liaison - ESSENTIAL: Participate in visits to local area high schools to provide outreach information; function as a liaison between the District, local area high schools, and other post-secondary educational institutions regarding Counseling Center programs and services. PERIPHERAL: Attend community events as District representative, as authorized; provide bi-lingual translational assistance to students and prospective students regarding information on District and/or Counseling Center programs and services, as assigned and authorized.
StudentAdvocacy/Development - ESSENTIAL: Facilitate support groups for students, as feasible and appropriate; provide workshops for students on topics of interest, as appropriate; refer students to District and/or external resources and support services, as appropriate to meet student needs; participate in new student orientation. PERIPHERAL: Participate as a member of the student government and/or District shared governance and/or other committees with regard to student affairs, as feasible and appropriate.
DistrictPrograms - ESSENTIAL: Participate as a member of District shared governance and/or other committees regarding District affairs, as feasible and appropriate; function as a liaison between Counseling and other District organizational units and/or individual faculty or other staff members, as necessary; participate in District institutional planning, as requested.
SpecializedPrograms - ESSENTIAL: Participate in program development for specific student and/or prospective student populations, as requested; coordinate activities of specialized programs, as requested; evaluate activities of specialized programs, as applicable.
Degrees/Experience- ESSENTIAL: Master’s degree in counseling, rehabilitation counseling, clinical psychology, counseling psychology, guidance counseling, educational counseling, social work or career development or the equivalent,
AND EOPS counselors hired after October 24, 1987, shall: (1) have completed a minimum of nine-semester units of college course work predominantly relating to ethnic minorities or persons handicapped by language, social or economic disadvantages
OR (2) Have completed six-semester units or the equivalent of a college-level counseling practicum or counseling field-work courses in a community college EOPS program, or in a program dealing predominantly with ethnic minorities or persons handicapped by language, social or economic disadvantages
AND In addition to the above, an EOPS counselor hired after October 24, 1987, shall have two years of occupational experience in work relating to ethnic minorities or persons handicapped by language, social or economic disadvantages.
ESSENTIAL: General counseling theories and practices, working with special populations. PERIPHERAL: Community resources; microcomputer operation.
ESSENTIAL: Communicate effectively with and maintain effective and cooperative working relationships with students, staff, and managers; provide diverse counseling services to a diverse student population in areas of academic, career, and personal counseling, work independently, identify and solve problems; communicate effectively orally and in writing, listen effectively; follow oral and written directions; develop curriculum; instruct assigned classes; supervise student and/or other temporary help and/or classified employees; function well under pressure from deadlines, timetables, etc. PERIPHERAL: Bilingualism is a plus; Maintain empathy, friendliness, and a sincere desire to help others; maintain flexibility with regard to responding to situations requiring tact, discretion, sensitivity, and creativity with respect to providing services to students on an individual basis; process large amounts of information and disseminate information accurately and clearly; operate a microcomputer.
Salary& Benefits: Placement on the District’s Faculty Salary Schedule is dependent upon years of experience and level of education. Entry level is from $57,766.16 to $77,412.18 at the time of employment. Highest salary level attainable after employment is $103,739.73 The District offers a very competitive benefits package, which includes health & welfare as well as income protection. Employees also will be members of the State Teachers Retirement System. Sick leave, sabbatical, and other leaves are available according to the provisions of the collective bargaining agreement.
There are five (5) required documents to apply for this position:
Resume or Curriculum Vitae
Cover Letter that addresses the responsibilities and qualifications listed above, including:
The transferable experience, knowledge, skills, and abilities to serve as the Counselor (Special Populations Emphasis) at our Nevada County Center.
Experience and expertise in culturally responsive counseling methods, particularly as it relates to career, personal, and academic counseling.
Evidence of responsiveness to and understanding of the racial, socioeconomic, academic, and cultural diversity within the community college student population, including students with different ability statuses (e.g., physical and/or learning) as these factors relate to the need for equity-minded practice in enrollment services and in the campus community.
Counseling Philosophy Statement that must include discussion of the following questions (2 pg. max; Arial 12, one inch margins):
What do you feel are the best strategies for supporting historically underrepresented and underserved students? Specifically, what are the key factors that contribute to the closing of equity gaps in college goal completion?
What role should faculty play in student success?
Think of the most successful counseling experience or a similar experience, you have had with a student. What were the key factors in creating that success, particularly for African-American, Latinx, and Native American students?
Describe how your counseling approach has changed/evolved since you began counseling. Provide examples of what motivated the change(s).
Candidatesmustsubmita Sierra College Online Faculty Application & Copies of OFFICIAL Transcripts available at: https://sierracollege.hiretouch.com/
DEADLINE:ApplicationsmustbereceivedbytheSierraCollegeHumanResourcesDepartmentnolaterthanFRIDAY, APRIL 5, 2019. Late or incomplete applications will not be considered.
COPIES OF OFFICIAL TRANSCRIPTS MUST BE ATTACHED BY THE CLOSING DATE. CANDIDATES MAY SCAN ORIGINAL, PAPER TRANSCRIPTS & ATTACH THEM TO THEIR APPLICATION.
Do not mail or email transcripts to the Sierra College Human Resources Department. You may open sealed transcripts, scan & attach the transcripts to your application in a Word/JPG/PDF file. The degree, major and awarded date must be visible on the transcripts.
TRAVEL EXPENSES BORNE BY THE CANDIDATE
NOTE:Employmentfora qualified candidate in this position is dependent on the EOPS (Extended Opportunities & ProgramServices),CAFYES(CooperatingAgenciesFosterYouthEducationServices)& CARE (Cooperating Agencies for Education)programfundinglevelsandDistrictfinancialpositionat thetimeofappointment.
Personswith questions regarding reasonable accommodation of physical and other disabilities should contact the Sierra College Human Resources Department at (916) 660-7105.
Other terms and conditions of employment are specified in the applicable collective bargaining agreements on file in the District Human Resources Department. Position description of record on file in the Human Resources Department.
*SierraCommunityCollegeDistrictcurrentlyoperatescampusesinRocklin,Roseville,Truckee,andGrassValley.Initsmanagementofa multi-campus environment, the District reserves right of assignment including the right to change assignment locations and shift assignments based on District need. Although this position may currently reside at the Rocklin campus, the assignment location may be subject to change as needed. Additionally, the district reserves the right to cancel, revise or re-announce this position as well as any and all positions at any time.
Sierra College is an equal employment opportunity employer with a strong commitment to the achievement of diversity among its faculty, staff, and students. In that spirit, we are particularly interested in receiving applications to develop a workforce that is welcoming to men, women, persons with disabilities and individuals from all ethnic and other groups to ensure the district provides an inclusive educational and employment environment.
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About Sierra College
Since its founding in 1936, Sierra College has focused on quality instruction and meeting the needs of the communities that it serves.With approximately 125 degree and certificate programs, Sierra College is ranked first in Northern California (Sacramento north) for transfers to 4 year Universities, offers career/technical training, and classes for upgrading job skills. Sierra graduates can be found in businesses and industries throughout the region.Our award-winning faculty members enhance their teaching with research, authorship and industry expertise. We are also recognized nationally for excellence in our athletic programs.