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Counselor - 2022

MiraCosta College

Last Updated: 9/04/22

Job Description

Job Title Counselor - 2022

Type of Assignment Full-Time Faculty

Assignment Category Tenure Track

Position Available MiraCosta College's Counseling Department invites applications for one equity-minded, full-time, 195-day-per-year, tenure-track faculty position beginning in July 2022. Principal responsibilities include providing academic, career, and personal counseling services to students at MiraCosta College; leading group counseling sessions and workshops; and providing educational planning services for both new and continuing students. The person selected will also share leadership roles with other full-time faculty.

MiraCosta College requires that all employees be fully vaccinated against COVID-19 in order to promote a safe and healthful workplace for employees and to promote the health and safety of our campus community. Unvaccinated employees are at greater risk of contracting and spreading COVID-19 within the workplace and to the college community that depends on college programs and services. As of August 23, 2021, all employees must submit proof of vaccination or request and receive approval for a medical or religious exemption prior to their start date. For more information, please visit

Student Demographics
MiraCosta College serves a diverse student population. The credit student population in Fall 2021 is as follows: by ethnicity, 38% Latinx, 8% Asian/Pacific Islander, 3% Black/African American, 0% American Indian/Alaska Native, 39% White, 8% two or more races, and 3% unknown; by gender, 59% female, 39% male, 0% nonbinary, and 2% unknown; and by age category, 61% ages under 17-24, 29% ages 25-39, and 11% age 40 and over. Diversity is also evidenced by student-veterans, re-entry students, students with disabilities, international students, and students who identify as LGBTQIA+.

MiraCosta College serves a diverse student population. The noncredit student population in Fall 2021 is as follows: by ethnicity, 48% Latinx, 11% Asian/Pacific Islander, 2% Black/African American, 0% American Indian/Alaska Native, 31% White, 2% two or more races, and 5% unknown; by gender, 72% female, 25% male, 0% nonbinary, and 4% unknown; and by age category, 15% ages under 17-24, 27% ages 25-39, and 58% age 40 and over. Diversity is also evidenced by student-veterans, re-entry students, students with disabilities, international students, and students who identify as LGBTQIA+.

Diversity, Equity & Inclusion
MiraCosta College is an Equal Opportunity Employer and is committed to providing an educational environment that affirms and supports diversity in its faculty, staff, and administration, and promoting an environment of inclusion. The college's commitment to diversity, equity and inclusion is expressed in the policy found at, and in MiraCosta College's Institutional Values found at

The college was designated as a Hispanic Serving Institution (HSI) in 2013. This designation reflects the great responsibility that MiraCosta has to the educational attainment and economic well-being of the surrounding community. We are a veteran and military supportive institution and an Achieving the Dream Leader College. The successful candidate will join a campus that exhibits its dedication to all students and faculty through offering robust, culturally-responsive events, including speaker series dedicated to heritage month events through the Social Justice and Equity Center.

About the Department
The Counseling Department strives to empower students through holistic counseling practice to make wise choices, believe in themselves, and create success stories. We engage in equity-minded practices to provide a welcoming environment for all students and support each student uniquely. We believe in providing accurate and timely information and prioritize students first in all of our professional interactions, decisions, and considerations. The department is engaged in campus-wide efforts around "Redesigning the Student Experience" and focused on infusing career exploration and planning as a foundation for counseling services. We serve both credit and noncredit students at all three MiraCosta College sites and currently consist of 17 full-time faculty members committed to diversity, equity, and inclusion. To view the MiraCosta College Counseling website, go to

Initial salary placement is based on education and experience and ranges from $88,183.50 (class I, step 1 × 1.1080 time factor for 195 on-duty days per year) to $147,627.70 (class VI-doctorate, step 10 × 1.1080 time factor) on the 2022-2023 Annual Salary Schedule. To view the Full-Time Faculty Salary Schedule, please go to

Employees must make arrangements for the direct deposit of paychecks into the financial institution of their choice, via electronic fund transfer.

MiraCosta College offers a comprehensive package of benefits, which includes employer-paid medical, dental, and vision plans for employee and dependents; $100,000 employee life insurance; and other optional coverages. Faculty members are also covered under the California State Teachers' Retirement System (CalSTRS).

Minimum Qualifications
To be eligible for this position, you must meet and provide evidence of the following minimum qualifications:

1. Master's degree 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

2. Master's degree in "Education, Concentration: Counseling"; "Education: Counseling Option"; "Education: Counseling and Guidance Concentration"; "Education: Educational and Clinical Counseling"; "Education: Educational Counseling"; "Education: School Counseling"; "Guidance and Counseling"; "Marriage & Family Counseling"; or "Social Welfare" (approved comparable degrees at MiraCosta College); OR

3. Bachelor's degree in any of the majors listed in (1) above AND a Marriage and Family Therapist (MFT) license valid in California; OR

4. the equivalent. Applicants who do not possess the EXACT degree major(s) required to meet the minimum qualifications must attach an equivalency narrative and supporting documentation at the time of application. Instructions can be found at; OR

5. a fully satisfied, lifetime California Community College credential authorizing instruction/service in the appropriate subject matter; AND

6. demonstrated 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.

Representative Duties (E = essential job function)

Duties and responsibilities may include, but are not limited to, the following:

1. Provide academic, career, and personal counseling (face-to-face and/or online) using culturally-responsive techniques and equitable practices for engaging diverse populations of students. (E)

2. Counsel students with making course selections and help them to develop abbreviated and comprehensive education plans using the college's online education planning system.

3. Participate actively in departmental committees, subcommittees, projects, and program review.

4. Keep abreast of changing degree, certificate, and transfer information in order to counsel students about the most current requirements. (E)

5. Lead group presentations including student-interest workshops and seminars, orientations, group counseling, and other matriculation functions. (E)

6. Teach credit classes in college success and career/life planning. (E)

7. Conduct counseling in non-traditional settings. (E)

8. Exhibit proven cultural humility/proficiency skills when working with students from diverse backgrounds (e.g., disproportionately impacted populations that include Black/African American, Latinx, Native Hawaiian/Pacific Islander, Foster Youth, LGBTQIA+, and adult students age 25 and older). (E)

9. Collaborate with colleagues, community partners, and local high schools in programs or initiatives that serve racially and ethnically diverse students. (E)

10. Participate in ongoing professional development activities in the field of counseling and cultural humility/proficiency. (E)

11. Participate in the district's and academic senate's participatory governance processes and committees. (E)

12. Assist in the creation, review, development and evaluation of courses both online and on-ground, certificates, and programs that are culturally responsive to students' needs, and in collaboration with other faculty/instructors as appropriate. (E)

13. Work in collaboration with other full-time and associate faculty in coordinating and maintaining currency of curriculum that is culturally responsive to students' needs. (E)

14. Participate in the development, assessment and evaluation of student learning outcomes (SLOs). (E)

15. Participate in the tenure review process as described in the "Criteria for Evaluation" (section H.1.4) at

Desirable Qualifications We are most interested in finding the best candidate and encourage you to apply even if you don't meet every one of the desirable qualifications listed below.

1. Previous experience providing counseling services at a California community college within the last six years.

2. Knowledge and use of technology in counseling.

3. Previous experience providing academic counseling services that serve disproportionately impacted students.

4. Commitment to examine, reflect, and modify instructional, relational, classroom and counseling practices to more effectively engage and support disproportionately impacted student populations with a goal of closing equity gaps (see Student Equity website at

5. Ability to contribute to the mission of the college.

Application Procedure
In order to be considered for this position, you must submit the following documents directly in the online system and finish applying and receive a confirmation number by 11:59 PM on the closing date.

1. Application.

2. A cover letter addressed to the "Screening and Interview Committee" discussing your strengths and weaknesses as they apply to the qualifications and representative duties stated in the job posting and specifically addressing the desirable qualifications.

3. A curriculum vitae or resume summarizing your educational background and experience.

4. Transcripts

a. Transcripts of all college degrees/coursework which provide evidence of meeting the minimum qualifications for this position. Unofficial transcripts or legible photocopies are acceptable. If a degree(s) was earned, the transcripts must state that the degree was awarded. A diploma will not be accepted in lieu of transcripts. An equivalency narrative and supporting documentation must be submitted at the time of application if (i) you do not possess the EXACT degree major(s) listed in the Minimum Qualifications section or (ii) your qualifying degree will not be awarded before the position begins in July 2022. (View the instructions for equivalency requests at

If your qualifying degree is in progress but will be conferred BEFORE the position begins in July 2022, then you must also include a written statement from your adviser indicating the anticipated degree CONFERRAL date.

All degrees and units used to satisfy the minimum qualifications must be from postsecondary institutions accredited by an accreditation agency recognized by either the U.S. Department of Education or the Council on Postsecondary Accreditation. If your degree/coursework is from a college or university anywhere outside of the United States, you must submit a detailed evaluation from a professional evaluation agency. A partial list of agencies can be found at Transcripts or translations in English still require the evaluation to show the U.S. equivalence of your degree.

b. If needed to meet the minimum qualifications, a copy (front and back) of your fully satisfied, lifetime California Community College credential authorizing service in the appropriate area.

c. If needed to meet the minimum qualifications, a copy of your Marriage and Family Therapist (MFT) license valid in California.

The screening and interview committee will review application materials two to five weeks following the closing/first screening date. Applicants selected for interview will be contacted by phone; those not selected will be notified by e-mail. For interviewees, the selection process will include a panel interview, as well as possible presentation and written exercise. All first-round interviews will be conducted via Zoom. Final interviews may be conducted via Zoom or in person. If in person, interview candidates coming from out of state or over 300 miles away will be reimbursed for travel expenses up to $500.

Offer of Employment
An offer of employment to the person selected for this position is contingent upon 1) proof of being fully vaccinated* for COVID-19 or requesting and receiving approval for a medical or religious exemption; 2) successful completion of a pre-placement physical exam at district expense; 3) submission of a current tuberculosis clearance certificate; 4) proof of eligibility to work in the United States; 5) fingerprint clearance; and 6) approval by the Board of Trustees.

*Individuals are considered fully vaccinated against COVID-19 two weeks or more after they have received the second dose in a 2-dose series (e.g. Pfizer-BioNTech or Moderna), or two weeks or more after they have received a single-dose vaccine (e.g., Johnson and Johnson [J&J/Janssen]).

Workload and Other Employment Information Annual on-duty days will be 195, spread over 12 months. The standard contractual work week for counselors is forty (40) hours, including twenty-five (25) contact hours, ten (10) preparation hours, and five (5) institutional service hours. The twenty-five (25) contact hours is defined to include any counseling activity in which counseling service is provided to a student or students, including instruction, workshops, individual or group counseling. The ten (10) preparation hours include course work preparation and counseling preparation (of which 5 hours must be on campus). The expectation is that thirty (30) hours will be on campus. Counselors assigned to teach classes are designated as classroom faculty for that portion of their workload, which is computed accordingly as classroom LHE. Counselor assignments to teach classes require a "flex" obligation of two (2.0) hours of documented professional development activities per one (1.0) classroom LHE (fall and spring). These hours shall be translated into non-classroom LHE according to the formulas and tables in the Faculty Assembly Agreement.

In fall 2021, the district and the Faculty Assembly established a Pilot Program via an MOU for the spring 2022 and fall 2022 semesters. The Pilot Program will include a group of ten (10) counselors. Those selected for the Pilot Program shall be from a variety of departments with counseling services (e.g., EOPS, DSPS/SAS, Transfer, General, etc.) to review the feasibility of expanding remote counseling opportunities and the potential reduction of the thirty (30) hour on-ground requirements. The dean may authorize up to 15 of the on-ground 30 hours to be conducted remotely, including student contact and preparation. The results of the Pilot Program will be available for discussions of a subsequent MOU for 2023-2024.

The person selected for this position will be assigned a Faculty Service Area (FSA) in General Counseling (Non-Classroom) and General Counseling (Classroom) will be subject to assignment to any district facility during any hours of operation. Adherence to all District policies and procedures is expected.

Physical Effort
The physical efforts described here are representative of those that must be met by employees to successfully perform the essential functions of this class. Reasonable accommodations may be made to enable individuals with disabilities to perform the essential functions.

Primarily sedentary with intermittent standing, walking, bending and stooping; occasional light lifting and carrying of objects weighing 25 pounds or less; ability to work at a computer, including repetitive use of computer keyboard, mouse or other control devices; ability to travel to a variety of locations on and off campus as needed to conduct district business.

Emotional Effort
Ability to develop and maintain effective working relationships involving interactions and communications personally, by phone and in writing with a variety of individuals and/or groups of individuals from diverse backgrounds on a regular, on-going basis; ability to concentrate on detailed tasks for extended periods of time and/or intermittently while attending to other responsibilities; ability to work effectively under pressure on multiple tasks concurrently while meeting established deadlines and changing priorities.

Working Conditions Primarily works in an office or classroom environment. Subject to frequent interruptions by individuals in person or by telephone; intermittent exposure to individuals acting in a disagreeable fashion. May work at any district location or authorized facility during day and/or evening hours with occasional evenings, and/or weekends on an as-needed basis. Occasional local travel may be requested.

Posting Detail Information

Posting Number F_21/22_009_P
Human Resources Contact Information or [Register to View]
Job Close Date 03/31/2022
Open Until Filled
First Screening Date
Direct Link to Posting
Supplemental Questions
Required fields are indicated with an asterisk (*).
1 * Are you legally authorized to work in the United States?
◦ No
◦ Yes
2 * MiraCosta College is an Equal Opportunity Employer with a commitment to diversity. We strive to be a model for equity and inclusion, effectively supporting students and employees from diverse socioeconomic and cultural backgrounds who possess a range of abilities, academic preparation, and life experiences. Please reflect on two or three examples of how you have or would create, modify, and/or perform one or more of the following to meet the needs of a diverse student population: (1) curricula; (2) learning activities; (3) teaching/counseling practices; (4) library reference services or collection development; (5) literary efforts (e.g., original scholarly works); or (6) budgetary or planning processes. (Open Ended Question)
Documents Needed to Apply
Required Documents
1 Cover Letter
2 Resume/Curriculum Vitae
3 Transcript 1
Optional Documents
1 Transcript 2
2 Transcript 3
3 Transcript 4
4 Formal Agency Evaluation - Non-U.S. Transcripts
5 Equivalency Narrative
6 Marriage & Family Therapist (MFT) License
7 Credential

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Oceanside, California, United States
MiraCosta College is one of California's 115 public community colleges. The district operates two campus sites and two centers, and offers a robust online education program. Situated between San Diego and Los Angeles, MiraCosta College benefits from multicultural influences and cultural opportunities. Both students and staff enjoy a friendly atmosphere and the feeling that we are all here to help...