Kern Community College District - Ridgecrest, CA

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Counselor Kern Community College District

Full-time, 175 day tenure-track position as a community college counselor. This person will provide counseling assistance, career assessment, and educational planning to students. In addition, the individual will teach personal development and counseling classes. Tasks will include counseling/advising/teaching via traditional office/classroom environment, and/or via integrated television, and/or online, primarily at the Indian Wells Valley campus in Ridgecrest.


Medical, dental and employee assistance plans are provided for the employee and dependents. The District also provides life insurance plans for the employee, as well as an 8.25% contribution to the State Teacher’s Retirement plan. Additional types of insurance may be purchased with pre-tax dollars through an IRS 125 flexible benefit program.

Knowledge and Abilities

Duties and Responsibilities:

• Provide educational counseling and advisement, career counseling, and testing services to students on site and online.
• Assist in Career and Transfer Center activities.
• Maintain individual records on counselees.
• Develop and conduct workshops relevant to student success.
• Provide matriculation services for students and track potential graduates.
• Participate in retention and outreach efforts.
• Complete unofficial transcript evaluation.
• Identify special student needs
• Participate in recruiting and articulation activities with local schools, other community college, four-year colleges, community agencies and employers.
• Teach counseling or personal development classes.
• Serve on college-wide committees.
• Serve as liaison to community agencies and local employers.
• Communicate effectively and work cooperatively with others in a team environment.
• Demonstrate versatility in instructional methodology and technology and the ability to serve diverse student populations.
• Plan, develop, and implement course curricula including curricula to be delivered via distance learning.
• Update course materials and course outlines of record.
• Develop, maintain, and assess student learning outcomes.
• Maintain a current syllabus and provide current course orientation materials for each assigned course.
• Post and maintain scheduled office hours.
• Attend and actively contribute to meetings or activities pertinent to faculty responsibilities or assignments including but not limited to department meetings, advisory committee meetings, and academic senate.
• Use media aids, the library, and other resources as appropriate.
• Maintain currency in subject matter and developments in the field.
• Be familiar with and observe KCCD CCA Collective Bargaining Agreement, applicable KCCD Board Policies and Cerro Coso Community College Policies and Procedures.


• Community college counseling experience.
• Experience in a leadership capacity.
• An Understanding of the advantages and challenges of developing a quality counseling program in a rural community college with multiple sites.
• Experience working with CTE Programs and students and with the development of Career Pathways.
• Ability to work with students having a wide range of skills, motivation, and academic or occupational goals.
• Experience with outreach to K-12, community and business partners.
• Ability and experience in using computer technology as a counseling/advising tool.
• Experience with or interest in online and other distance learning student services.
• Ability to assist students in establishing goals and appropriate educational plans.
• Experience in curriculum development.
• Demonstrated excellence in teaching personal development, counseling and other related areas.
• Be or become certified to develop and teach courses online using Moodle.
• Experience in developing new courses.
• Commitment to maintain currency in the discipline, including use of advanced technologies like instructional television.
• Ability and willingness to work effectively with community support groups, college committees, and other campus organizations and to be involved in co-curricular and extra-curricular activities.
• An understanding of the advantages and challenges for developing a quality program in the humanities and social sciences at a rural community college.
• Ability to communicate effectively and work cooperatively with others in a team environment.
• Ability to deliver instruction using strategies designed for diverse learning styles.
• Demonstrated ability to design goals and assess learning outcomes.

Education and Experience


Master’s 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,

OR – The equivalent. Certain combinations of education, experience, and other accomplishments in the field may be judged as equal to the stated minimum qualifications for these positions. Candidates who feel they possess such equivalent qualifications must request and submit an APPLICATION FOR EQUIVALENCE form. Supporting documents must be included with the completed form.

(NOTE: A license as a Marriage and Family Therapist (MFT) is an alternative qualification for this discipline, pursuant to title 5, section 53410.1.)

AND – A sensitivity to and understanding of the diverse academic, socioeconomic, cultural, disability, and ethnic backgrounds of community college students.

Note: Degrees and credits must be from accredited institutions (Title V Section 53406). Any degree from a country other than the United States, including Canada and Great Britain, must be evaluated by an evaluation service.

Note: The screening of candidates will be conducted by a screening committee. The screening committee reserves the right to limit the number of interviews granted. Meeting the minimum qualifications for a position does not assure the applicant of an interview.

Posting Date: 01/16/2013

Open Until Filled: Yes

Position Type: Contract Academic

Work Week: This is a ten-month (175-day) faculty position eligible for tenure after
the fourth year of successful employment.

Minimum Salary: $47,693.88 per year

Maximum Salary: $76,928.28 per year

College/Site: Cerro Coso College

Location: CC-Main Campus, Ridgecrest

Requested Start Date: 08/22/2013

First Review of Applications:
Complete application packets will be accepted until the position is filled, but those received by Monday, February 4, 2013, 5:00 p.m. (Pacific Standard Time) are assured consideration. The College reserves the right to extend time limits or reinitiate the recruitment/selection process at any point.

Completed application packet must include:

• Completed Online Application for Employment form
• Current resume
• Letter of interest (Cover Letter)
• Copies of legible transcripts
• List of six (6) professional references – Listed on application form

Applicants who require reasonable accommodation to participate in the selection process should contact Human Resources to make the necessary arrangements.

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