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DSPS Counselor
Merced College in Merced, California
Date Posted 06/06/2022
Admin-Counseling and Psychological Services
Employment Type Fulltime
Application Deadline Open until filled

DSPS Counselor

Salary : $55,018.00 - $75,137.00 Annually

Location : Merced, CA

Job Type : Faculty

Department : Disabled Students Program & Services

Job Number : 20220601

Closing : 6/29/2022 11:59 PM Pacific

Interviews are to be determined
Final Interviews are to be determined
This is a categorically funded assignment contingent upon year-to-year funding.

Merced College is a midsized community college located in California’s Central Valley. Founded in 1962, the College serves more than 16,000 students annually with room to expand on its 267-acre main Merced campus and 120 acre Los Banos campus site. The City of Merced, incorporated in 1889, offers historical sites, affordable housing, access to the Bay Area and Sacramento, and it is the Gateway to Yosemite National Park and the Sierra mountains as well as home to the University of California Merced campus. Our tree-shaded, growing community of just over 80,000 includes multiple biking and walking trails as well as access to several lakes – large and small – throughout the county. As a Hispanic Serving Institution (HSI), Merced College celebrates and champions the diverse perspective and experiences of our student and seeks to develop programs and curriculum to exemplify and amplify the student voice.

Merced College celebrates and champions the diverse perspectives and experiences of our students, and seeks to develop programs and curriculum to exemplify and amplify the student voice. The College is seeking a full-time DSPS Counselor to support this mission, commencing with the Fall 2022 semester. The DSPS Counselor will be part of a team of professionals who develop and implement comprehensive disability support services designed to meet legal mandates and student success.

Merced College Vision

Merced College will provide transformative and empowering educational experiences to meet student and community needs.

Merced College Mission

Growing our community through education and workforce training:

  • lifelong learning
  • basic skills
  • career technical education
  • transfer
  • degree/certificate programs

Ensuring student success through equitable access, continuous quality improvement, institutional effectiveness, and student achievement.

General Description:

This is a full-time, tenure track assignment in the DSPS Department at Merced College under the direction of the Director of DSPS. The incumbent will be responsible for the provision of counseling and support services to students with disabilities enrolled in Merced Community College District, and in maintaining legal compliance with all district policies, as well as all State and Federal mandates. Provides supportive services for students with learning, physical and/or psychological disabilities. DSPS offers services beyond those provided to the mainstream Merced College programs and "enables" students with disabilities to successfully pursue their educational, vocational and personal goals. Counseling, support services, and academic accommodations are provided to students who are eligible for the program.

Examples of Duties

Essential Functions:

  • Provide specialized academic counseling services including disability management, career and personal counseling to students with disabilities.
  • Assist students in the development of comprehensive education plans.
  • May teach career guidance classes and/or DSPS courses.
  • Evaluate reports and other documentation for the purpose of determining program eligibility and appropriate support services.
  • Evaluate and interpret psychometric assessment information to identify educational limitations and necessary support services.
  • Serve as an advocate for students with disabilities while maintaining effective relationships with faculty, staff and administration.
  • Provide information on college major and certificate programs as they relate to educational and career development; participate in student and campus activities.
  • Participate in the development and facilitation of DSPS workshops, orientations, and other programs for students with disabilities.
  • Contribute to the development, assessment of, and completion of student learning outcomes and service area outcomes and program review.
  • Participate in departmental, area and campus professional activities/committees.
  • Participate in the college's learning outcomes assessment program, including course, program, and institutional assessments.

Typical Qualifications



  • Master’s degree in rehabilitation counseling


  • Master’s degree in counseling, guidance counseling, student personnel, clinical or counseling psychology, education counseling, social work, career development, marriage and family therapy, marriage, family and child counseling, or a Bachelor’s degree in marriage and family therapy or in marriage, family and child counseling and possession of a license as a Marriage and Family Therapist (MFT); and either 15 or more semester units in upper division or graduate level course work related to people with disabilities, or completion of six semester units, or the equivalent of a graduate-level counseling practicum or counseling field work courses, in a post-secondary Disabled Students Programs and Services program or in a program dealing with people with disabilities, or two years of fulltime experience, or the equivalent, in one or more of the following:

(A) Counseling for students with disabilities; or

(B) Counseling in industry, government, public agencies, military or private social welfare organizations in which the responsibilities are for persons with disabilities, or the equivalent.


  • Candidate must have sensitivity to and understanding of the diverse academic, socioeconomic, cultural, disability, and ethnic backgrounds of community college students.


  • Must have the ability to understand the implications of and deal effectively with the behaviors resulting from specific disabilities.
  • Demonstrated leadership working in postsecondary educational settings with students with Intellectual Disabilities and Autism.
  • Knowledge and experience in developing collaborations with community resources including but not limited to Regional Center; and the California Department of Rehabilitation.
  • Experience in developing disability awareness activities.
  • Experience working with learning communities, cooperative programs, and/or inter-agency partnerships.
  • Knowledge and experience of typical college governance systems.
  • Extensive experience working with college students with a broad range of disability related educational limitations.
  • General knowledge of tests and measurements commonly used for diagnostic assessment of students with disabilities.
  • Knowledge of current Student Success and Support Program requirements and processes.
  • Current technology skills related to the discipline and a willingness to pursue future technological developments.

Supplemental Information

How to Apply:

  1. Submit a complete application by the closing date/time on the Merced College career pages at https://www.governmentjobs.com/careers/mccd/promotionaljobs.

Required Documentation:

  1. Letter of interest addressing your qualifications for the position (cover letter)
  2. Resume
  3. List of three professional references (no reference letters permitted)
  4. Legible unofficial college transcripts (undergraduate and graduate); transcripts must include the degree major and date the institution granted the degree; official copies are not required unless applicant is hired
  5. Diversity Statement: The Merced College District has a diverse staff and student population. As such, applicants must demonstrate sensitivity to the needs of a diverse academic, socioeconomic, cultural, disability and ethnic backgrounds of community college students and the community at large. Please describe how your professional experience would contribute to a culture of diversity, equity, and inclusion. Please do not include any personally identifying information. Limit your response to one (1) page.

If Applicable:

  1. Foreign transcripts must include a U.S. evaluation and translation completed by an approved organization per the State of California Commission on Teacher Credentialing

http://www.ctc.ca.gov/credentials/leaflets/cl635.pdf (Download PDF reader)

  1. Equivalency Review Form (Required for applicants who do not possess the stated minimum educational qualifications and are seeking consideration on the basis of equivalency) http://www.mccd.edu/offices/hr/jobs/eqforms.html

Only the required documentation as listed above will be accepted for this recruitment. Any additional documentation will be removed from your application profile.

Interview Information: Those applicants deemed highly qualified for the position will be invited to appear for oral interviews before a screening committee, which includes a teaching demonstration on a selected topic. Interviews may be held onsite or via Zoom. Applicants are required to ensure access to the necessary technology to participate in a Zoom interview and will be responsible for any incurred travel expenses, if necessary.

Employee Benefits: The District pays (with small contribution from employee) health, prescription, vision and dental insurance premiums for the employee and dependents; life and income protection insurance premiums are provided for the employee only; sick leave and retirement benefits are also provided.

Condition of Employment: The selected candidate must be fingerprinted and tested for tuberculosis at his/her own expense prior to the start of employment. In compliance with the Immigration Reform Act of 1986, all new employees are required to verify their identity and the right to work in the United States. Merced College does not sponsor visas. All offers of employment are subject to approval by the Board of Trustees. The applicant must be able to perform the essential functions of the position with or without reasonable accommodations.

Individuals with disabilities may request any needed accommodation to participate in the application process. Please submit your request with your application to the Human Resources Office.

Merced Community College District is an Equal Opportunity Employer

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