Assistant Professor/Counselor
Palomar College - San Marcos, CA

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Position Title
Assistant Professor/Counselor

Counseling Department

Full or Part Time


Hours per week

Number of Months
11 month

Work Schedule

Counseling assignment work hours will vary and will include day, evening, and/or weekend hours at the San Marcos campus and/or off-campus locations as part of contract responsibilities. Full-time faculty are expected to participate fully in departmental activities and college governance and hold regular office hours.



Starting salary range: $58,754.32 – $91,918.38 annually. An annual stipend of $1,306 shall be paid to any faculty member who has an earned Doctorate from an accredited institution.

Academic training and teaching experience will form the basis for salary computation as determined by placement on the regular salary schedule of the College. A maximum of step 8 at the appropriate salary grade will be awarded to new faculty. For a salary estimate, visit and use the links in the Full-time Faculty section.

Salary/Wage Frequency

Primary Function

The Assistant Professor/Counselor will be primarily responsible for providing academic, personal, and career counseling services and assisting students in designing educational plans including electronic entry and maintenance.

Students are the major focus and first priority of the Counseling Department at Palomar College. We seek to encourage students to reach their potential and achieve their academic, career, and personal goals. We strive to provide knowledgeable and competent academic, career, and personal counseling services. We utilize student and staff evaluations to improve our services. Our core values include respect, professionalism and diversity. We consider these values and our commitment to students to be the strength of our department.

The Counseling Department at Palomar typically sees over 24,000 students by appointment every academic year and offers a wide range of counseling classes. Numerous other counseling related activities include: group counseling; vocational and counseling assessments and interpretation; outreach and new student orientations; Transfer Center and Career Center events; Learning Community participation; and workshops on strategies for student success.

Palomar College’s Counseling Department is composed of a dynamic and diverse blend of counselors who strive to empower students to achieve their greatest potential and individual goals. Currently, there are 18 full-time general counselors. Palomar counselors may elect to teach counseling classes in conjunction with meeting students by appointment. Counselors are encouraged to take advantage of a variety of opportunities to participate in department committees, district high school and on-campus liaison activities, professional development, campus-wide committees and leadership, as well as rotating counseling leadership as Transfer Center Director, Career Center Director, and Department Chairperson.

Supervision Received and Exercised

Complete details may be viewed at

Duties and Responsibilities

Duties and responsibilities will include:
  • Meeting students by appointment
  • Conducting group counseling and orientation sessions
  • Utilizing multiple computer applications and resources
  • Keeping current with the Palomar College curricula as well as articulation and transfer requirements to other colleges and universities
Additional duties may include:
  • Teaching counseling classes
  • Administering and interpreting appropriate interest inventories and vocational assessments
  • Developing and conducting workshops relevant to student success
  • Assisting in Career Center and Transfer Center activities
  • Participating in retention and outreach efforts
  • Serving in department leadership positions as Counseling Department Chairperson, Articulation Officer, Transfer Center Director, or Career Center Director
In addition to counseling responsibilities, other duties include maintaining regular office hours, program development, development and assessment of student learning outcomes, full participation in department activities, and participation in college governance.

Knowledge, Skills, Abilities


Minimum Qualifications

Must meet one of the sets of qualifications listed under a) through c):

a) A 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.

b) A Bachelor’s degree in one of the degrees listed under a) above with a license as a Marriage and Family Therapist ( MFT ) is an alternative qualification for this discipline pursuant to section 53410.1 of Title 5 of the California Code of Regulations.

c) A combination of education and experience that is at least the equivalent of the qualifications in either a) or b) above.

Candidates who do not possess the specific minimum qualifications as stated above, which includes degrees that have not been awarded at the time of submitting the application, must complete and attach the Equivalency Qualifications Form ( ).

Only coursework completed at, and degrees awarded by, accredited institutions recognized by the U.S. Department of Education will be considered as satisfying the minimum qualifications. Candidates who have earned degrees from foreign institutions are required to submit both official translations and course-by-course evaluations of their transcripts that have been prepared by a certified U.S. credential review service that is a member of the National Association of Credentials Evaluation Services ( NACES ). Visit for a list of current members.

Diversity Statement

Position requires sensitivity to and understanding of the diverse academic, socioeconomic, cultural, disability, sexual orientation, and ethnic backgrounds in a community college.

Preferred Qualifications

  • A minimum of two years of experience within the last five years of college-level academic, personal, and career counseling, preferably at a community college
  • A background in innovative and collaborative delivery of counseling services or counseling instruction
  • Experience working with multiculturally, biculturally, ethnically, economically, socially, and/or linguistically diverse students or clients
  • Experience conducting counseling-related classes, workshops, and orientations
  • Proficiency in computer applications related to counseling, including use of the Internet and presentation software
  • Depth and breadth of experience in counseling students regarding transfer requirements to four-year universities
  • Recent training or experience in crisis counseling and/or specialized experience providing personal counseling
  • Leadership activities
  • Commitment to the development of a learning-centered college
  • Evidence of a commitment to remain current in counseling and its instructional program
  • Possession of professional licenses or certificates related to the position
  • Additional formal, related education beyond the minimum qualifications
  • Fluency in a language other than English
Licenses and/or Certificates

See Minimum Qualifications section above

Working Conditions

Complete working conditions may be viewed at

Terms of Employment

This is a full-time, 11-month-per-year tenure-track position. Counseling assignment work hours will vary and will include day, evening, and/or weekend hours at the San Marcos campus and/or off-campus locations as part of contract responsibilities. Full-time faculty are expected to participate fully in departmental activities and college governance and hold regular office hours.

Complete terms of employment may be viewed at


Fully-paid employee benefits include medical, dental, and vision insurance for employees and dependents; and life, disability, and long-term care insurance. All full-time faculty are enrolled in STRS (State Teachers Retirement System).

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