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DSPS Counselor Mesa College
San Diego, CA
Posted Jul 09, 2013 by San Diego Community College District
Category: Counseling


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DSPS Counselor [Mesa College]

Pay Information

11-Month Contract Position

The salary range for this Assistant Professor level position is $4,592 – $6,188 per month. Note that all new faculty hired by the SDCCD start at the Assistant Professor level. The highest monthly base starting salary would be $6,188 with a PhD and six or more years of full-time teaching experience. This position / assignment is FLSA Exempt (does not accrue overtime). Overload assignments are paid at an hourly rate above this amount. Salary placement is based solely upon education and experience as outlined in the AFT handbook, and it is non-negotiable. Annual Salaries will be recalculated for service less than a full academic year based on Education Code §87815, any adjustment will be made on the first pay period. Assistant Professors may earn tenure after 4 years and promote to Associate Professor.

With promotions through Associate and Professor levels based upon mastery in the field, teaching of that knowledge, a PhD or equivalent, successful evaluations and tenure track experience, the top range would be $10,596. For further information, please contact the Human Resources Employment Office for a copy of the comprehensive rules for salary placement and advancement. The SDCCD Employment Web Page provides a link to employee collective bargaining agreements/handbooks, and more information about terms and conditions of employment to include salary and benefits.

Position Equivalent FTE: 100%
Job Duration: 11
FLSA Status: Exempt (does not accrue overtime)
Bargaining Unit: AFT/College Faculty
Position Type: Academic
Location: Mesa College
Department: DSPS

The Position

Applications are now being accepted for an 11-month Assistant Professor/DSPS Counselor position at San Diego Mesa College beginning Fall 2013. Mesa College is the largest of the three colleges in the San Diego Community College District with a student population of approximately 24,000.

Major Responsibilities

• Provide academic, career, personal, and disability management counseling to students with disabilities. This includes but is not limited to the initial intake interview, collection and analysis of verification of disability documentations to determine eligibility for services.
• Develop student educational contract, individual and group counseling, presentation, and instruction.
• Recommendation and provision of academic accommodations as required by the ADA and Section 504 of the Rehabilitation Act.
• Prepare written reports and maintain confidential student records in compliance with state and federal requirements.
• Collaborate with college faculty, community agencies, and educational institutions.

The individual must effectively utilize a personal computer in a professional office environment, utilize effective written and oral communication skills; establish and maintain collegial working relationships with faculty, staff, administration, community agencies and educational institutions; and demonstrate sensitivity to a diverse student population.


In compliance with policies adopted by the Board of Trustees, applicants for this position must show evidence of the following minimum qualifications:

1. Master’s degree from a regionally accredited institution in Rehabilitation Counseling; OR,
2. Master’s degree from a regionally accredited institution in Special Education, AND twenty-four (24) or more semester units in upper division or graduate level course work in counseling, guidance, student personnel, psychology, or social work; OR,
3. Master’s degree from a regionally accredited institution in Counseling, Guidance, Student Personnel, Psychology, Career Development, or Social Welfare; AND, either twelve or more semester units in upper division or graduate level coursework 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; OR, (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; OR,
4. Possession of a California Community College Credential as a Disability Support Programs and Services Counselor (valid for life).


If you do not possess the exact degrees listed above or if you anticipate receiving the required degree prior to the start of the assignment, please complete a “Request for Equivalency Form” (link available on home page of SDCCD Employment Opportunities) and upload it during the application process.

Desired Qualifications

Preference will be given to those candidates demonstrating a high level of professional expertise on the basis of:
• Completion of 9 units or upper division or graduate level coursework in Learning Disabilities.
• Ability to communicate in American Sign Language.
• Thorough knowledge of issues and appropriate accommodations related to a wide variety of disabilities.
• Effective written and interpersonal communication skills.
• Evidence of ability to synthesize diverse information, make timely decisions and implement chosen course of action.

• Ability to problem-solve and serve as an advocate for adults with disabilities.
• Experience in the use of adaptive computer technology as a teaching tool, student tracking system, communications network, and for counseling and articulation activity.
• Experience in community college counseling; including personal, career, transfer, academic, and disability management.

Foreign Degree:

Applicants with foreign degrees from colleges or universities outside of the United States must have their coursework evaluated by a professional association that is a member of the National Association of Credential Evaluation Services (NACES). A copy of the evaluation must be attached during the application process. If you need to obtain one, please open the “Foreign Degree Evaluation Information” link to the left. An ORIGINAL of the evaluation(s) must be presented at the time of hire.


[If possess] California Community College Credential as a Disability Support Programs and Services Counselor (valid for life)

Commitment to Diversity:
All applicants must have demonstrated cultural competency, sensitivity to and understanding of the diverse academic, socioeconomic and ethnic backgrounds of community college students and staff.

Working Conditions
Variable, depending on assignment.

Special Instructions to Applicants:
To ensure full consideration, qualified candidates must submit a complete on-line application (references to résumés or other uploaded documents within the on-line application will be considered an “incomplete” application; if any section does not apply, please enter “N/A”). The following document(s) should be assembled prior to completing the on-line SDCCD Academic / Vocational Application (these will need to be uploaded with your application):

1. LETTER OF APPLICATION (not to exceed 1,000 words) addressing the Desired Qualifications specified in this posting
3. UNOFFICIAL TRANSCRIPTS: Please submit a copy of all college-level transcripts that verify completion of the minimum qualifications and preferred coursework. Note: Transcripts from multiple colleges/universities may need to be scanned as one document, then uploaded.

To ensure consistency and fairness to all candidates, please do not submit materials other than those requested (i.e., personal photo, articles you’ve written, etc). Please only upload requested documents using respective document name labels. Uploading extraneous materials, unless specifically requested within this posting, may result in your application not being reviewed.

Application materials sent via mail, fax, or e-mail will not be accepted.

Note that correspondence, including interview invitations, will be sent to you via e-mail.

Conditions of Employment:

• Submit “official” transcripts
• Pass a pre-employment physical exam at the candidate’s expense
• Provide a Certificate of Tuberculosis Exam for initial appointment (Note: The certificate must be renewed every 4 years as a condition of continuing employment)
• Have fingerprints taken by a Live Scan computer at the candidate’s expense (Clearance must be received prior to first day of employment)
• Present original documents for proof of eligibility to work in the United States
• Attend a new hire processing appointment in Human Resources located at the District Administrative Offices

Additional Information:


SDCCD provides a comprehensive fringe benefit package for its full-time academic employees. The District contributes toward the cost of the premium (including dependent coverage) for the medical insurance plan options. Additional benefits include dental, vision, sick leave, vacation and opportunities for professional development. Contract employees become members of the State Teachers’ Retirement System (STRS) upon appointment.

Please note that an employee may be transferred to any site at the option of the Chancellor.

For more information and to apply, visit: http://www.sdccdjobs.com





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