Position TitleVeterans Counselor
Special Instructions to Applicants
Please respond to the required Supplemental Questions addressing the minimum and desirable qualifications. These Supplemental Questions are a required part of the application. They are designed to give you the opportunity to provide information about how you meet the desirable qualifications for the position. ANSWER ALL QUESTIONS even if you repeat information provided elsewhere in the application. The information provided in these questions will be used to determine which individuals will be invited for an interview and teaching demonstration. Important Note: The disciplines listed in the minimum qualifications are determined by the statewide Academic Senate for California Community Colleges. If the title(s) of your degree major(s) listed on your unofficial transcripts or other documents from the degree-granting institutions are not an EXACT MATCH to the degrees listed below, please submit an equivalency form. Without it, your application will not be considered. You can copy and paste the following in your browser, www.dvc.edu/mastersequiv, to obtain the equivalency form. The completed form can be uploaded in the attachment section of the application.
Contra Costa Community College District is returning to some in-person activities in a gradual, responsive process following all relevant local, state, federal, and CDC guidance related to COVID-19. Job applicants are advised that the Contra Costa Community College District has mandated that District employees will need to be vaccinated or obtain a waiver for religious or medical reasons. Employees who receive a waiver will be required to wear a mask and test regularly. If this employment condition is unacceptable to a job applicant, they should not apply for consideration.
Description of Position
The position will require that the individual use a variety of counseling techniques and strategies in order to provide, academic, career and personal counseling services to all students. In addition, the individual will be delivering services through teaching courses, facilitating workshops and one on one appointments. This is a full-time position (100%) working with military connected students from various backgrounds.
Our Vision for Social Justice
We are seeking people who recognize the critical role community colleges play in social justice, who have ability in this space, enthusiasm for this work, ideas and vision to improve our approaches, and a commitment to achieving equitable academic success for the 50,000+ students attending our five beautiful colleges and centers. Our social justice work calls for employees who have a sense of social responsibility, interest in our community and world in which we live.
The intention of social justice work is to strengthen humanity by understanding that every person deserves the benefits of fully participating in our society and institutions.
Academic researchers have illustrated that crucial social justice principles are a compilation of equality, equity, diversity, inclusion, engagement, environmental sustainability and human rights. These complex principles are challenging to operationalize in higher education; yet, we are steadfast in our diligence to forge ahead to advance this vital mission.
Community colleges are uniquely positioned to lead higher education in the work of social justice. Many of our students come from historically underserved and underrepresented backgrounds; students of color, students with recent immigrant histories, students from cycles of low income if not poverty, students from indigenous communities, and students from first-generation families.
The idea of promoting social mobility through education is unconditionally and uncompromisingly embraced by community colleges. This is an exciting role, and it comes with a heavy responsibility. Simply put, we need to create environments where our students achieve greater academic success, so much so that we close our persistent equity/opportunity gaps.
If you are committed to social and racial justice and if you are interested in joining a community dedicated to solving these inequities through education, please apply.
LocationDiablo Valley College
# of Openings1
Yearly Salary Range / Hourly Range$65,088 - $99,876 per year
Position StatusTenure- Track
EEO Job CategoryFaculty & Other Instructional Staff
Employee GroupFull-Time Faculty
Duties and Responsibilities
In addition to contractual duties for this position which will include veteran counseling, teaching, and veteran program coordination, all faculty are expected to participate actively in their disciplines, in their departmental activities and in the general intellectual life and governance of the college. Part of the counseling assignment may include evening hours. Duties and responsibilities include but are not limited to:
1. Counseling of veteran/dependent students in their decision-making process, exploration of alternatives with regard to educational, career, and personal goals and concerns through individual and group counseling, as well as teaching counseling, career and/or orientation courses and conducting counseling-related workshops.
2. Counseling veterans/dependents on the regulations and process for certification for Veteran Education Benefits under the guidelines set by the U.S. and California Department of Veteran Affairs.
3. Provide counseling to veterans that are service-connected for combat, non-combat disabilities, and survivors of Military Sexual Trauma (M.S.T).
4. Provide guidance and resources that are veteran-specific including education planning, assistance, and the development of Veteran Education plans.
5. Collaborate with the Veteran Service Certifying Officials and evaluators, and act as a liaison with on and off campus partners who support student-veterans, active duty military personnel, and veterans’ dependents. Work with services including: Disabilities Support Services, Vocational Rehabilitation and Employment, Contra Costa Veteran Service Office, Concord Vet Center, and Cal VET.
6. Participate in DVC Veteran Stake Holders Meetings, DVC Veteran Services Meetings, and any districtwide task forces related to veterans.
7. Advance student learning through dedicated, exemplary counseling and instruction in accordance with established course outlines that are inclusive and equitable.
8. Participate in veteran program review and Credit for Prior Learning meetings, discussions, and evaluation process.
9. Participate in Western Association of Veterans Education Specialists and National Association of Student Personnel Administrator Military Symposium, every year to stay updated in VA policies, procedures, and any professional development activities to be an effective counselor working with veteran/dependent students.
10. Assist in the planning, coordination, and implementation of services, such as student recruitment, orientation, career search, mock interviews, special events, campus tours, individual and specialized programs, budget planning, and other support for current veteran/dependent students.
11. Participate in college and division assignments and other departmental responsibilities.
12. Maintain appropriate standards of professional conduct and ethics.
13. Coordination duties including: case management, follow up, evaluating academic progress, verifying student class enrollment each semester, referring veteran/dependent students to services and resources, helping the veteran programs improve student persistence and retention using data driven proactive measures and policies to maximize student success, in consultation with the CARE team for any interventions for the students that can include in connecting students to student support services such as EOPS/ CAL Works, DSS, MESA, FINAID, etc.
14. Research and compile statistical, narrative, financial, demographic and other data for regular and special reports to track program participation, recruitment effectiveness, student follow-up, retention and transfer rates, program evaluation criteria.
15. Document contacts with students and maintains student records in compliance with program regulation.
16. Provide training about veterans to different departments including the counseling department.
17. Provide crisis counseling to students when needed and coordinate with internal and external support services.
18. Assist Veteran Resource Center personnel with activities and operations.
19. Perform other duties as necessary or assigned working with veteran/dependent students.
Understanding of and sensitivity to the diverse academic, socioeconomic, cultural, sexual orientation and ethnic backgrounds of community college students, staff and faculty.
The applicant must possess one of the following qualifications (earned degrees must be from an accredited college/university):
1. 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 (please list degree); OR
2. Bachelor’s degree in one of the above listed degrees and a license as a Marriage and
Family Therapist (MFT) (please list degree); OR
3. A valid lifetime California Community College Instructor Credential authorizing full-time counseling; OR
4. The equivalent. If you do not possess the EXACT minimum qualifications (i.e. you do not possess the exact degree listed) and believe that you meet the minimum qualifications because of equivalent educational or professional background, please complete and upload the equivalency form.
You can copy and paste the following in your browser, www.dvc.edu/masters-equiv, to obtain the equivalency form. The completed form can be uploaded in the attachment section of the application.
1. Training and/or experience working with veterans/dependent students or worked with veterans and has worked with disproportionately impacted students in the classroom. An understanding and sensitivity to how historical patterns of barriers and challenges affect these groups within higher education.
2. Demonstrated commitment to student learning and promoting success of all community college students from diverse cultures, socioeconomic status, sexual orientation, and/or disabilities in an open access learning environment.
3. Demonstrated commitment to professional growth and development; innovation and improvement of counseling and teaching; and to assuming faculty responsibilities beyond the counseling department in a shared governance environment.
4. Experience in establishing proactive interventions to promote student persistence and retention in higher education. Has strong verbal, written, interpersonal, and facilitating skills, and experience working in committees, workgroups, or special projects that promote veteran/dependent student success.
5. Demonstrated sensitivity and ability to work with the educational planning needs of Veterans, active duty, and dependents.
6. Training and/or experience providing workshops and/or teaching counseling and career courses, or related disciplines, to orient student veterans to college, transfer, career, and student success.
7. Demonstrated knowledge of VA guidelines for educational benefits for veterans, active military personnel, and their families.
8. Training and/or experience working with student veterans/dependents with disabilities including: combat/non-combat related disabilities, Military Sexual Trauma (M.S.T) related including, but not limited to, Post-Traumatic Stress Disorder (P.T.S.D) and Traumatic Brain Injury (T.B.I.).
9. Knowledge of various community resources and support groups for student-veterans.
10. Demonstrated experience in with program development, case management, budget planning and coordination experience relevant to Veterans Services. Experience in establishing data driven practices and interventions.
11. Has training in or experience with military culture, structure, history, and awareness of challenges veterans face pursing higher education or career goals.
12. Familiarity of various community resources including available services of the Veteran’s Administration and local and national veteran-friendly support groups for student veterans.
13. Demonstrated experience and proficiency in computer and web applications such as Colleague, SARS, Canvas, Onbase, Starfish, Dynamic forms or other platforms.
Job Open Date:11/09/2021
Job Close Date:01/18/2022
Open Until FilledNo
Employment Begins:August 2022
# of Months10
Membership in State Teachers Retirement System (STRS)
District-paid benefits (employee contributes 6%) for employee and dependents/domestic partners include:
- Medical (Anthem Blue Cross or Kaiser) insurance including chiropractic services
- Dental and vision
- Flexible spending (125) plan
- Life and long-term disability insurance
- Employee Assistance Program
- Deferred compensation (403b and 457)
- Sabbatical Leave
Additional Benefits: The District also offers eligible faculty employees, travel assistance plan, retiree benefits, and employee discounts on health memberships.
Newly hired employees may notify the respective union (Local 1 or United Faculty) if they opt to join and/or authorize payment to the union. If the newly hired employee authorizes payment to the union then the following fees apply: Local 1 has a one-time initiation fee of $45.00 and monthly contribution of 1% of gross pay +$1. United Faculty has an agency fee of .55% of gross pay plus $2.50.
How to Apply
1. Interested applicants must submit all of the application materials online to be considered for this position. We do not accept hand-delivered, e-mailed, faxed or postal mailed application packets.
2. It is your responsibility to ensure that all application materials are received on or before the closing date. Our application deadline time is 11:59pm on the specified closing date.
3. You should submit an unofficial transcript for screening purposes. If you do not have electronic version of the transcript required for the position, you can have it scanned by a Staples, Office Max or Office Depot, etc. All applicants will have an opportunity to upload transcripts when completing our online application process. You should be prepared to provide an official transcripts prior to employment start date should the position be offered.
4. If you do not possess the required educational degrees and are applying under the equivalency process, you bear the responsibility of submitting the District’s Equivalency Application. Equivalency applications with supporting documentation should be submitted when 1) degrees are not in exact discipline required; 2) degree is in progress; 3) degrees were earned at a college or university outside of the United States. All applicants will have an opportunity to upload an equivalency form for evaluation by a college equivalency committee when completing our online application process.
5. Applicants with foreign degrees must provide official certification of equivalency to United States degrees. An approved National Association of Credential Evaluation Services (NACES) agency must evaluate your course work. All applicants will have an opportunity to upload a foreign degree evaluation for review of by a college equivalency committee when completing our online application process. Please read more details in the Foreign Degree and Credit Statement section of the job announcement.
6. Documents uploaded online must be the actual documents to be considered for review. Do not upload a “placeholder” document. Applications with placeholder documents are considered incomplete and will be rejected. Only upload the required documents, other materials can be presented if you are selected for an interview.
7. All application materials become the property of the district and will not be returned or duplicated.
Applications will be screened to ensure the applicant meets the minimum qualifications as stated in the job announcement.
1. The applications, cover letters, answers to required supplemental questions, resumes, unofficial college transcripts, and other supporting materials submitted by all qualified applicants will be reviewed by a screening committee. Those who are deemed to possess the highest degree of desirable qualifications will be invited to the college at their own expense.
2. During the campus visit, each applicant will be interviewed and may be asked to conduct a demonstration appropriate to the discipline. Selected interviewees may be invited to present an entire lecture in front of a class. Responses to the interview questions and demonstration will be rated by the interview committee.
3. Based upon the overall rating, a small number of applicants will be invited at their own expense to the campus for an interview with the college president and vice president of instruction.
4. After consultation with the interview committee, the college president will make the final recommendation for employment to the chancellor and the governing board of the Contra Costa Community College District.
5. Upon hire, the successful candidate must meet the conditions of employment. Finalists must provide verification of transcripts. TB test, physical examination, fingerprinting/conviction clearance and proof of identity and eligibility to work in the United States.
Foreign Degree and Credit Statement
In accordance with the United Faculty Contract, Article 184.108.40.206.2, all foreign degrees and credits used to meet the minimum qualifications must be evaluated by an approved National Association of Credential Evaluation Services (NACES) agency www.naces.org prior to the implementation of the equivalency process. Please upload your evaluation with your application when you apply for this position. We cannot accept foreign degree evaluations after the closing date
Request For Reasonable Accommodation Medical Verification
Candidates with legally defined disabilities may request reasonable accommodations by notifying the Human Resources Department by the deadline date. Candidates will be required to supply documentation supporting the need for the accommodation when the request is made. Please complete the forms provided in the links above and email to
About the District
The mission of the Contra Costa Community College District is to transform lives by providing outstanding learning opportunities that nurture and empower all students to achieve their educational goals. The dedicated faculty, classified professionals and administrators in the District are committed to core values and action that promote excellence in learning and equitable student success. The District is committed to hiring and developing a diverse staff that understands that cultural diversity in the academic environment promotes academic excellence; fosters cultural, racial and human understanding; provides positive role models for all students; and creates an inclusive and supportive educational work environment for its students, employees, and the community it serves.
Located in Contra Costa County, in the beautiful and diverse San Francisco East Bay area, the District serves the 1 million residents of the County through education, business partnerships and service in the community. The District first opened its doors in 1949 and is the second oldest and eighth largest multi-college community college district in California. The District consists of three colleges and two centers; Contra Costa College in San Pablo; Diablo Valley College in Pleasant Hill; Los Medanos College in Pittsburg; and the centers in Brentwood and San Ramon. The District Office located in downtown Martinez, supports the mission and functions of the colleges.
As evidenced by the rich diversity in Contra Costa County, the District enrolls a highly diverse student population. Serving over 50,354 students a year, in 2019-20 fiscal year the demographic make-up of the students was 9% Black/African American; 17% Asian/Pacific Islander; 35% Hispanic/Latino; 26% White/Caucasian; and 13% Other.
The District actively encourages a diverse pool of applicants to serve the dynamic student population and work collaboratively with existing colleagues that are equally dynamic and diverse.
Contra Costa College
Contra Costa College is a dynamic, comprehensive community college with a diverse student population. The institution has served the communities of West Contra Costa County for more than 69 years. Most of the 10,500-plus students who attend the college come from local communities, but many also come from neighboring communities and from countries throughout the world. The college offers certificates and degree programs in 70 areas. It prepares students for immediate employment and for transfer to four-year colleges and universities. Faculty and staff are proud to be affiliated with an institution that has a tradition of excellence and a reputation for educating students to live and work in a diverse global environment.
Diablo Valley College
DVC is committed to increasing student success. The college has distinguished itself as one of the nation’s most successful community colleges by offering incomparable transfer opportunities and exceptional career-technical programs. In both Pleasant Hill and San Ramon, a diverse student body engages with high-quality instruction and support services designed for excellence and equity in student learning. DVC’s career-technical programs keep pace with emerging technologies and skill requirements, while unparalleled transfer programs prepare students to be successful in four-year colleges and universities. DVC continuously ranks among the top transfer pathways to UC Berkeley.
Los Medanos College
Los Medanos College, opened in 1974, is the newest campus of the Contra Costa Community College District. The college prepares students to excel and succeed economically, socially and intellectually in an innovative, engaging and supportive learning environment. LMC provides quality programs and state-of-the-art facilities to serve the needs of a rapidly-growing and changing East County while enhancing the quality of life of the diverse communities it serves. Los Medanos College is known for its transferable general education program and career technical programs strongly connected with local business and industry. The college serves approximately 10,000 students.
It is the District’s policy to ensure that all qualified applicants for employment and employees have full and equal access to employment opportunity, and are not subjected to discrimination in any program or activity of the District on the basis of ethnic group identity, race, color, ancestry, religion, marital status, sex, national origin, gender, gender identity, gender expression, age, sexual orientation, physical or mental disability, medical condition, genetic information, veteran status, parental status, citizenship or because an individual is perceived to have one or more of these characteristics or based on association with a person or group with one or more of these actual or perceived characteristics.