Position TitlePersonal Counselor (Full-time Tenure-Track Faculty Position)
DepartmentStudent Services CAÑ (DEPT)
Percentage of Full TimeThe work year is 175 days (10 months of service).
FLSAExempt (does not accrue overtime)
Months per Year10
Salary RangeInitial placement with a Master’s degree can range from $71,328 up to $89,496 per year; and a Ph.D. can range from $81,732 to $95,544 per year.
Position TypeFaculty Positions
Who We Are
The San Mateo County Community College District is committed to achieving educational equity for all students. As outlined in the District’s Strategic Plan, “success, equity, and social justice for our students are longstanding goals.” The District’s “Students First” Strategic Plan is focused on “Student Success, Equity and Social Justice.” We provide students with a rich and dynamic learning experience that embraces differences — emphasizing collaboration and engaging students in and out of the classroom, encouraging them to realize their goals, and to become global citizens and socially responsible leaders. When you join our team at San Mateo County Community College District, you can expect to be part of an inclusive, innovative and equity-focused community that approaches higher education as a matter of social justice that requires broad collaboration among faculty, classified staff, administration, students and community partners.
The College and the District
Cañada College is part of the San Mateo County Community College District and is designated as a Hispanic Serving Institution (HSI), enrolling approximately 11,000 students each academic year. Cañada College has a diverse student population that is a reflection of the communities that it serves. Detailed information about the student population, including data related to student success, can be found on Cañada College’s Office of Planning, Research and Institutional Effectiveness (PRIE) website.
Who We Want
We value the ability to serve students from a broad range of cultural heritages, socioeconomic backgrounds, genders, abilities and orientations. Therefore, we prioritize applicants who demonstrate they understand the benefits diversity brings to a professional educational community. The successful candidate will be an equity-minded individual committed to collaborating with faculty, classified staff, administration, students and community partners who are also committed to closing equity gaps. An equity-minded individual is a person who already does or has demonstrated the desire to:
(1) Understand the importance of holding ourselves accountable as educators for closing equity gaps and engaging in equitable practices;
(2) Reframe inequities as a problem of practice and view the elimination of inequities as an individual and collective responsibility;
(3) Encourage positive race-consciousness and embrace human difference;
(4) Reflect on institutional and teaching practices and aim to make them more culturally responsive; and
(5) Strategically build buy-in and participation among colleagues for equity-related initiatives.
The San Mateo County Community College District seeks employees who value mentorship and working in a collegial, collaborative environment, guided by a commitment to helping all students achieve their educational goals. All departments strongly encourage collaboration across disciplines to create inclusive, integrated, and interdisciplinary learning experiences. College faculty are expected to be knowledgeable about, and willing to use, different learning and teaching methods appropriate to the students they serve.
The College seeks a full-time, tenure track faculty member in Personal Counseling. The ideal candidate will share the College’s commitment to educating a racially and socioeconomically diverse student population.
Duties and Responsibilities
The duties below are representative of the duties of the classification and are not intended to cover all of the duties performed by the incumbent(s) of any particular position. The omission of specific statements of duties does not exclude them from the position if the scope of work is similar, related, or a logical assignment to this classification.
1. Maintain all required client records and reports in a timely manner
2. Coordinate and provide training for Mental Health Peer Educator program and serve as Active Minds Club Advisor
3. Coordinate MFT/LPCC internship program, including recruiting, training and supervision of trainees and interns, and attend weekly individual and group supervision and training sessions
4. Be a member of the CARES committee, including attending weekly meetings and providing consulting as needed
5. Work closely with Wellness Center faculty and staff to provide outreach to the campus community regarding the availability of services and attend team meetings
6. Provide crisis intervention and emergency response for students and the campus community
7. Provide referral services as needed to students, faculty, and staff in need of psychological or counseling resources beyond those offered on campus. Maintain collaborative relationships with college faculty, staff, and administrators, and with community mental health agencies, and coordinate services with referral resources
8. Consult with faculty, administrators, and staff and provide support for students with serious personal, family, or psychological issues, including but not limited to domestic violence, risk of suicide, and mental illness
9. Develop and implement in-service workshops, such as suicide prevention training for students, faculty, staff, and administrators
10. Collaborate with all other student service areas and programs on campus, including participating in the design of innovative programs to enhance student retention and success and attend student services meeting as appropriate
11. Participate in outreach activities and events in classrooms on campus and community agencies
12. Participate in meetings, conferences, trainings, and other professional development activities to maintain the expertise required to maintain professional licensure and to perform job duties
13. Other duties as assigned
• Possession of a Master’s or above in counseling, rehabilitation counseling, clinical psychology, counseling psychology, guidance counseling, educational counseling, social work, career development, marriage and family therapy, or marriage, family and child counseling OR the equivalent (see below)
NOTE: A Bachelor’s degree in one of the listed degrees and a license as a Marriage and Family Therapist (MFT) is an alternative qualification for this discipline.
• Possession of a Mental Health Clinician License (such as Licensed Clinical Psychologist, LMFT, LPCC, and LCSW)
• Demonstrated cultural competence, sensitivity to and understanding of the diverse academic, socioeconomic, cultural, disability, gender identity, sexual orientation, and ethnic backgrounds of community college students, faculty, and staff as these factors relate to the need for equity minded-practice
Equivalence to Minimum Qualifications
For persons applying for this position based on Equivalence, please answer the supplemental question on the online application indicating one or more of the following:
The applicant possesses a degree(s) with similar content to those listed for the relevant discipline. The name of the degree is close to that specified on the Disciplines List but the degree either has a different title or area of expertise or the coursework is slightly different.
Academic Background Equivalence
Related to disciplines in which a Master’s Degree is not generally expected or available. The applicant must have completed at least 24 semester units of coursework in the academic field and must possess at least the equivalent level of achievement and the equivalent in breadth, depth of understanding, and rigor in each of the following:
i) a broad cultural education usually met by the general education requirements for any Bachelor’s or Associate’s Degree, and
ii) a detailed study of the discipline in breadth, depth, and rigor, usually met by course work required for the degree major.
Professional Achievement Equivalence
The applicant must have completed the General Education requirements for that degree and show evidence of outstanding professional achievement and/or substantial training in the requested field. The applicant must submit substantial evidence, which demonstrates that his/her preparation, teaching experience, work experience, and ability are equivalent to those expected from a person who meets the minimum qualifications.
Knowledge, Skills and Abilities
The screening committee will select for interview candidates from among those applicants who, in addition to meeting the minimum requirements, give evidence of any or all of the following:
1. Ability to demonstrate crisis management and consultation skills
2. Ability to develop and maintain student personal counseling notes in the College’s Electronic Medical Record system, such as PyraMED, in a timely and effective manner
3. Skill in respectful, tactful and sensitive interaction with people who are diverse in their academic, socioeconomic, cultural, disability, gender identity, sexual orientation, and ethnic backgrounds
4. Ability to develop outreach, such as workshops and in-service trainings, and prevention services that promote psychological wellness
5. Ability to initiate innovative service delivery strategies
6. Ability to demonstrate planning and organization skills
7. Knowledge of community health and social service resources and ability to make appropriate community and on campus referrals
8. Knowledge and ability to consult effectively with faculty and staff regarding students with serious personal, family, or psychological issues as well as incidents of disruptive behavior on campus
9. Ability to work collaboratively with other student services professionals to develop innovative programs or service delivery models
10. Ability to demonstrate strength in interpersonal communication
11. Experience developing innovative programs that strengthen the quality of personal counseling services provided to students
Evidence of effectiveness as a colleague:
12. The ability and desire to work collaboratively with faculty and staff to enhance student success
13. Commitment to professional responsibilities outside of Personal Counseling through enthusiastic contributions to department, division and college activities
• College personal counseling experience
• Bilingual, Spanish preferred
• Recent experience working with racially minoritized and other disproportionately-impacted students and an understanding of how historical patterns of exclusion of these groups within higher education and particular fields shape patterns of participation and outcomes
Benefits include paid holidays, vacation and sick leave. The District pays all or a portion of monthly medical plan premiums (depending on the coverage) and pays all of the monthly dental and vision plan premiums for employees and eligible dependents. Additional paid benefits include life insurance, salary continuance insurance, and an Employee Assistance Program. Academic employees participate in the State Teachers’ Retirement System, a defined-benefit retirement plan through the State of California (no contributions to Social Security). Optional tax-deferred 403(b) and 457 retirement plans are also available.
First Review Date04/12/2021
Open Until FilledYes
Special Instructions Summary
Required Application Materials
All applicants are required to submit:
1. A completed online District application form (go to https://jobs.smccd.edu to complete the application and to apply for this position)
2. A resume that details all relevant education, training, and teaching experience (including courses taught), and other work experience
3. Undergraduate and graduate academic transcripts (copies accepted)
Unofficial copies of all undergraduate and graduate academic transcripts may be submitted with the application; official copies will be required at the time of the interview.
4. A cover letter that includes discussion of the following questions:
• What do you feel are the best strategies for supporting students who have been historically marginalized?
• Explain your interest in providing personal counseling services to college students.
• Explain how you will collaborate with the campus community at large.
• How is your counseling approach culturally-responsive?
If you have any questions regarding your application, please contact:
SMCCCD Office of Human Resources
3401 CSM Drive, San Mateo, CA 94402
Tel.: (650) 574-6555 Fax (650) 574-6574
Web Page: www.smccd.edu/hr
Conditions of Employment
Prior to employment, the selected candidate will be required to complete the following:
1. Submit official transcripts (applies to all faculty or educational administrative positions)
Foreign Education completed outside of the United States must be deemed equivalent to that gained in conventional/accredited U.S. education programs in order for it to be considered for the satisfaction of minimum qualifications. Foreign transcripts must be translated and evaluated by a U.S.-based credentials evaluation service. The District currently accepts evaluations from agencies approved by the California Commission on Teacher Credentialing.
2. Submit verifications of prior employment
In addition to background checks, the District may review publicly available information about a candidate on the Internet. If a candidate is aware of incorrect or inaccurate information that is available on the Internet, the candidate is welcome to address such an issue with the Office of Human Resources.
3. Satisfactory references
4. Successfully being cleared for employment through the background checking process
5. Present original documents for proof of eligibility to work in the United States
6. Approval of your employment by the SMCCCD Board of Trustees
7. Provide a certificate of Tuberculosis exam for initial employment.
8. Have fingerprints taken by a Live Scan computer (Clearance must be received prior to first day of employment). Please note that the California Education Code requires, in part, that community college districts shall not employ or retain in employment persons in public school service who have been convicted of certain felonies, a misdemeanor drug charge (including alcohol offenses) or misdemeanor moral turpitude (sexual offense) crime. However, consideration may be given to those whose drug convictions occurred more than five years ago. A conviction for other crimes may not necessarily disqualify you from the job for which you may be applying.
The San Mateo County Community College District is an Equal Opportunity Employer that seeks to employ individuals who represent the rich diversity of cultures, language groups, and abilities of its surrounding communities.
Applicants who have disabilities may request that special accommodations be made in order to complete the selection process. Accommodation request forms and a copy of the Americans with Disabilities Act applicant procedures are available in the Office of Human Resources.
Annual Security Report
San Mateo County Community College District’s (SMCCCD) 2020 Annual Security Report (ASR), required by the Clery Act, includes statistics for the previous three years concerning reported crimes that occurred on campus; in certain off-campus buildings owned or controlled by SMCCCD; and on public property within, or immediately adjacent to and accessible from SMCCCD. Our 2020 Annual Security Report also outlines various campus safety and security policies, such as those concerning crime reporting, prevention and response to sexual and gender violence, alcohol and drug use, crime prevention, emergency response and evacuation procedures, and other matters. The 2020 Annual Security Report also includes important tips to help every member of the community remain safe and avoid becoming a victim of crime. The 2020 Annual Security Report is now available. You can also obtain a copy of this report by contacting the Department of Public Safety at the District Office or any of the three Campuses (650) 738-7000.