Assistant Professor/Disability Resource Center Counselor
Palomar College - San Marcos, CA

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Position Title
Assistant Professor/Disability Resource Center Counselor

Department
Disability Resource Center

Full or Part Time
Full-Time

Category
Academic

Hours per week
40

Number of Months
11 month

Work Schedule
Counseling assignments will include day, evening, and/or weekend counseling assignments and classes at the San Marcos campus and/or off-campus locations as part of contract responsibilities, as well as distance education classes. Full-time faculty are expected to participate fully in departmental activities and college governance and hold regular office hours.

Grade

Salary/Wage
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 www.palomar.edu/hr/salaryinfo and use the links in the Full-time Faculty section.

Salary/Wage Frequency
Monthly

Primary Function
The Assistant Professor/Disability Resource Center ( DRC ) Counselor will be primarily responsible for counseling students with disabilities. DRC Counselors provide academic, career, personal, and disability management counseling.

Supervision Received and Exercised
Complete details may be viewed at www.palomar.edu/hr/forms/PFF2009-11Contract.pdf.

Duties and Responsibilities
DRC Counselors’ primary duties include:

• Designing education plans.

• Administering and interpreting appropriate interest inventories and vocational testing.

• Conducting college orientations.

• Teaching counseling classes.

• Providing advocacy and liaison services for students with disabilities to staff and campus and community resources.

• Evaluating disability verification documentation from outside sources and from internal learning disability assessments.

• Determining educational limitations, establishing the need for, and facilitating provision of disability-related accommodations and services.

DRC Counselors are required to keep current with the Palomar College curricula as well as articulation and transfer requirements for other colleges and universities. DRC Counselors participate in retention and outreach efforts by conducting workshops and seminars in topics that relate to student retention and student outreach.

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
N/A

Minimum Qualifications
Must meet one of the sets of qualifications listed under 1-3:

1. A Master’s degree in rehabilitation counseling.

2. A Master’s degree in special education, and 24 or more semester units in upper division or graduate level coursework in counseling, guidance, student personnel, psychology, or social work.

3. A Master’s degree in counseling, guidance, student personnel, psychology, career development, or social welfare, with either 12 or more semester units in upper division or graduate level coursework specifically in counseling or rehabilitation of individuals with disabilities or two years of full-time equivalent experience in one or more of the following under a)-b):

a) Counseling or guidance for students with disabilities.
b) Counseling and/or guidance in industry, government, public agencies, military or private social welfare organizations in which the responsibilities of the position were predominantly or exclusively for persons with disabilities.

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 www.naces.org for a list of current members.

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

Preferred Qualifications
• Proficiency in American Sign Language ( ASL ) and/or another language other than English.

• Commitment to a student learning-centered college.

• Evidence of a strong commitment to remain current in laws related to persons/students with disabilities, including Sections 504 and 508 of the Rehabilitation Act, the Americans with Disabilities Act, and Title 5 of the California Education Code.

• Evidence of a strong commitment to remain current in the Disability Resource Center and its instructional program.

• Experience working with students with disabilities in a post-secondary environment.

Licenses and/or Certificates
N/A

Working Conditions
Complete working conditions may be viewed at www.palomar.edu/hr/forms/PFF2009-11Contract.pdf.

Terms of Employment
This is a full-time, 11-month-per-year tenure-track position. Counseling assignments will include day, evening, and/or weekend counseling assignments and classes at the San Marcos campus and/or off-campus locations as part of contract responsibilities, as well as distance education classes. 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 www.palomar.edu/hr/forms/PFF2009-11Contract.pdf.

Benefits
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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