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DSPS Counselor

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Position Description

Ideal Candidate Statement

Ohlone College seeks to employ faculty members who have a passion for teaching and learning and a strong commitment to the missions and ideals of the community college. We are looking for excellent counseling faculty who are student-oriented in their approach and dedicated to student success. An ideal candidate will be skilled in generating student engagement in learning. Innovative counseling and teaching strategies are encouraged at Ohlone, including collaborative learning and the active use of technology. Continuous professional development is highly valued. We are looking for counseling faculty with enthusiastic interest in curriculum and instructional improvement through ongoing critical thinking about student learning outcomes in courses and programs.

The ideal Ohlone counseling faculty member will have strong leadership skills and an interest in active participation in college-wide activities. Excellent communication skills with students, staff, faculty and counseling peers are essential. We are looking for counseling faculty who are flexible in their work and adaptable to change. Ohlone prides itself as a Learning College with the motto “A World of Cultures United in Learning” and we are looking for counseling faculty who embrace diversity in serving students of varied backgrounds and learning styles. The College is committed to environmental sustainability and looks to all employees to support this important goal.


Under the general supervision of the DSPS Director, in collaboration with the Dean of Counseling, the DSPS Counselor’s responsibilities include individual and group counseling; instruction of personal development courses; plan educational activities designed to enhance personal/social/emotional well-being of DSPS students; evaluation of assessments; orientation of new students; collaboration and liaison to Department of Rehabilitation Counselors; recruitment and liaison to local High Schools and Resource Teachers; collaboration with various units on campus such as general counseling, student health center, tutoring center to ensure efficiency of services provided to DSPS students and implementation of innovative approaches to better serve DSPS students. The DSPS Counselor will also be assigned to work in the Veteran Resources Center with a small veteran student population to provide specialized academic, vocational/career and personal counseling services. This position may require assignments in the evenings and/or weekends and/or at off campus locations.

Desirable Qualifications

1. Two years’ experience in counseling DSPS students in higher education.
2. Experience counseling students about community college options, including certificates, associates degrees and/or transferring to four-year institutions.
3. Demonstrated knowledge of counseling approaches for students to compensate for educational limitations posed by specific disabilities.
4. Evidence of knowledge of state and federal guidelines regarding academic accommodations as required by the Americans with Disabilities Act and Section 504 of the Rehabilitation Act of 1973.
5. Demonstrated experience and ability to interpret, articulate and implement a variety of regulations, policies and procedures, concerning community college Disabled Students Program and Services (DSPS).
6. Knowledge and experience of interpreting IEP’s, medical, psychological and rehabilitation reports.
7. Experience developing/coordinating workshops and events.
8. Experience in the use of computer technology as a teaching tool, including experience with course management systems (i.e. Blackboard, Canvas, etc.)
9. Experience in working with culturally diverse student populations (teaching or other situations in a leadership role).
10. Excellent verbal and written communications skills.
11. Ability to work successfully in a team environment.

Duties and Responsibilities

1. Responsible for guidance and counseling functions of the DSPS program. Assist with students’ career exploration and program selection, adjustments to college and personal development.
2. Provide DSPS students with information regarding resources, opportunities and assistance available to them on the college and in the community including procedures for enrollment, assessment, financial aid and academic progress.
3. Teach Personal Development courses in accordance with post-secondary level established course outlines.
4. Develop curriculum and contribute to the DSPS Program Review process.
5. Evaluate student work using clear criteria relevant to the course content and student learning outcomes and provide feedback to students in a timely manner.
6. Develop and implement a variety of effective teaching and assessment methods including the use of computers and information technology to engage student interest and support for a variety of learning styles.
7. Serve as a resource for faculty in dealing with individual student problems; refer students to appropriate campus and community resources as needed.
8. Engage in activities that enhance DSPS rapport with local high school, Department of Rehabilitation, industry partners, and/or four-year institutions.
9. Organize New Student Orientation, Time Management, Organizational Skills, and Stress Management workshops
10. Maintain and submit accurate records according to published deadlines (i.e., grades, syllabi, attendance reports), including DSPS mandated reports focusing on Title 5 regulations
11. Participate in the development, implementation, evaluation, and revision of curriculum as well as assess student learning outcomes at the course and program levels.
12. Continue in related professional career development throughout employment and remain current in the field through course work, conferences, workshops and other appropriate means
13. Carry out collegial responsibilities including, but not limited to, institutional committee assignments, student recruitment and retention, and participation in shared governance and campus life activities.
14. Communicate and work cooperatively with colleagues (within discipline and college-wide) on matters regarding course offerings, programs, and activities that would enhance the development of the department and college.
15. Perform duties described in Board policy, the Faculty Handbook, the UFO (faculty bargaining unit) Contract, and as assigned at the Fremont and Newark campuses, and/or other designated locations.
16. Perform other duties as assigned

Minimum Qualifications

Master’s degree in rehabilitation counseling or 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 bachelor’s degree in marriage and family therapy or in marriage, family and child counseling and possession of a license in a Marriage and Family Therapist (MFT)
Commitment to community college goals/objectives of providing quality programs and services for culturally, socio-economically, ethnically, and academically diverse students and students with disabilities; personal qualities to work effectively and with sensitivity in a multicultural environment; awareness of and commitment to the needs of non-traditional and/or re-entry students with diverse abilities and interests.

Other Information
Physical Characteristics
Starting Salary Range $66,656 - $102,002 Per Year

Posting Detail Information

Posting Number
Number of Vacancies 1
Desired Start Date
Position End Date (if temporary)
Open Date 02/21/2018
Close Date 03/28/2018
Open Until Filled No

If you do not meet minimum qualifications as stated, a completed equivalency portfolio with all related documents must accompany the application or your packet will not be considered. The equivalency form could be found on our website at:

Foreign Transcripts

Transcripts issued outside the United States require a course-by-course analysis with an equivalency statement from a certified transcript evaluation service verifying the degree equivalency to that of an accredited institution within the USA. This report must be attached with the application and submitted by the filing deadline.

FOREIGN DEGREES: If you have a degree from a college or university outside the United States you must have your coursework evaluated by the American Association of Collegiate Registrars and Admissions Officers ( A copy (original will be required at the time of hire) of the professional evaluation letter must be submitted with the application packet

Benefits Statement

Ohlone College is proud to rank top 3 in salary and benefits, for full time faculty, amongst the Bay 10 Community College in the Bay Area. The district participates in a group health plan and offers a variety of medical plans. Dental is offered through Delta Dental, Vision offered through Vision Service Plan (VSP), and Life insurance through UNUM.

Medical*: Enrollment in medical coverage through the district is optional. For those faculty that choose to enroll in one of the offered medical plans, the district currently provides an allowance of $1,200 per month to offset the cost of the medical benefits premium.

Dental, Vision and Life Insurances: The district provides for and fully pays the premiums for you and your family for dental and vision, and for the employee only premium for life insurance. Enrollment in Dental, Vision and Life insurances are mandatory.

Long-term Disability (LTD) and Employee Assistance Program (EAP): The district provides for and fully pays the premiums for long-term disability for you and EAP for you and your family.

Other employee paid benefits (optional): voluntary additional life insurance; IRC Section 125 Flexible Medical and Dependent Care spending plans; 403(B) and 457(b) Tax Shelter Annuity plans; 403(b) Roth IRA plan.

Retirement: Membership in the State Teachers’ Retirement System (STRS) or the Public Employees’ Retirement System (PERS). Candidates hired on or after January 1, 2013 are subject to restrictions imposed by PEPRA.

Sick Leave: One day per month, accumulating indefinitely, if unused. All other Education Code leave benefits apply.

Sabbatical Leave: After 6 consecutive years of employment with the district you will be eligible for sabbatical leave. You will receive 100% pay for one semester leave and 70% for an academic year.

Enrollment Fee Waiver: Employees and their qualified dependents receive enrollment fee waiver for courses taken at Ohlone College.

Certificated employees belong to the United Faculty of Ohlone (UFO) and are required to pay union dues.

Immigration Reform & Control Act of 1986

Applicants selected for positions will be required to provide identification and employment eligibility as outlined in the federal “Immigration Reform & Control Act of 1986.”

District Statement

A multi-campus single community college district, Ohlone College is located in the southern portion of the San Francisco Bay in California; serving 12,000 students per year. The District has a main campus in the City of Fremont and a newly constructed campus in the City of Newark. Ohlone College is an ethnically diverse institution that promotes innovation and continuous improvement in departments and divisions. The College is named for the native population living in the area when Mission San Jose was founded. The Fremont campus is located just south of the historic Mission. The Newark Campus is located near Interstate 880 and emphasizes programs in health, environment, and technology.

EEO Statement

The District is strongly committed to the principles of equal opportunity and to hiring qualified staff who reflect the diversity of our community. The District encourages a diverse pool of applicants and does not discriminate on the basis of sex, race, religious creed, color, national origin, ancestry, age (40 or over), medical condition, genetic information, marital status, sexual orientation, gender, gender identity, gender expression, disability, military and veteran status, pregnancy/childbirth/breastfeeding or related medical condition or any other protected basis in any of its policies, practices, or procedures. The college encourages applications from all qualified applicants.

If you have a disability and are in need of special services, equipment, or facilities in order to apply or interview for this opening, please call the Human Resources office at: (510) 659-6088.

Conditions of Employment

Offers of employment are contingent upon Governing Board approval. Employment with Ohlone Community College is not complete or official until applicants meet all pre-employment requirements. All new employees are required to submit official transcripts and proof of freedom from tuberculosis. In addition you will be required to provide identification and employment eligibility as outlined in the federal “Immigration Reform & Control Act of 1986.” Pre-employment tests and/or medical examinations may be required. Ohlone Community College does not sponsor H1B visas. Employees must sign the Oath or Affirmation of Allegiance and submit fingerprints for CA Department of Justice clearance.

Supplemental Questions

Required fields are indicated with an asterisk (*).

  1. * DIVERSITY QUESTION: Please respond to the following: Ohlone College comprises a very diverse student, faculty and staff population, and we believe diversity should be reflected in the curricula for all courses. How would you incorporate the topics of race, socio-economic, and multiculturalism in working with community college students? Your response should not exceed an equivalent of two pages.

    (Open Ended Question)

  2. * How did you hear about this employment opportunity?
    • Public Job Posting
    • Internal Job Posting
    • Agency Referral
    • Advertisement/Publication
    • Personal Referral
    • Website
    • Other

Applicant Documents

Required Documents
  1. Current Resume
  2. A cover letter addressing the listed desirable qualifications, personal and professional qualities.
  3. A summary of courses that you are teaching or have recently taught.
  4. Statement Of Commitment To Quality Counseling
  5. Utilization of Technology
  6. List of at least three Professional References including name, position, organization, phone number, email and their relationship to you. Please DO NOT SUBMIT letters of references at this time.
Optional Documents
  1. Equivalency Portfolio
  2. Licenses/Certificates/Credentials
  3. Bachelor's Degree Transcript - official or unofficial
  4. Master's Degree Transcript - official or unofficial
  5. Foreign Degree Evaluation
  6. Doctorate Degree Transcript - official or unofficial
  7. Additional Transcript(s) - official or unofficial