Counselor - General

Coast Community College District

Orange Coast College


Counselor - General

Job# 16-O-18

Salary: $54,993.00 - $122,772.00 Annually

Deadline: 2/6/2017


Complete job description and application available online at:



Orange Coast College is currently seeking ­­ ­a full-time tenure track ­­­ Counselor- General commencing with the 2017 fall semester.  The primary assignment involves providing a wide range of educational, career and personal counseling to current and prospective college students and instruction in student success, career planning and/or other personal growth courses. This assignment also includes curriculum and program development, participation in department, division, college committees, and participatory governance activities assuming leadership roles both within the department and in the institution as a whole; collaboration across disciplines and the leveraging of student support resources; and participation in ongoing professional development.

The assignment may be day, evening, weekend, online or off campus and is subject to change as needed.  The ideal candidate for this position embraces the overall mission of Orange Coast College and the Coast Community College District, with a clear, focused commitment to supporting teaching and academic excellence and student learning and success through the work of Counseling.


Examples of Duties: Duties may include, but are not limited to, the following:

1. Provide instruction in Counseling in accordance with established course outlines.

2. Provide leadership in the development and revision of Counseling curriculum.

3. Participate in curriculum development, implementation, and evaluation; participate in and develop programs to measure student performance.

4. Maintain current knowledge in the subject matter areas.

5. Maintain appropriate standards of professional conduct and ethics.

6. Fulfill the professional responsibilities of a full-time faculty member including, but not limited to the following: teach all scheduled classes unless excused under provisions of Board Policy; follow the department course outlines; keep accurate records of student enrollment, attendance, and progress; submit student grades according to established deadlines; post and maintain scheduled office hours; participate in departmental meetings and college and/or district-wide activities and committees as assigned. 

7. Assignment may include day, evening, weekend, and online sections.

8. Provide comprehensive educational, career, and personal counseling to current and prospective students.

9. Assist students in making decisions relative to career choice and educational planning, including appropriate assessment, vocational counseling, and transfer to a four-year college/ university.

10. Provide general education planning orientation, program advisement and follow-up counseling for new students in individual and group settings.

11. Provide appropriate counseling and guidance services as may be appropriate to general and special student populations including veterans, disadvantaged, first-generation, international, equity groups, academically at-risk students, disabled students and re-entry students

12. Participate, as appropriate, in college's outreach program with local high schools and the community.

13. Develop effective working relationships with faculty members in other instructional disciplines and perform liaison activities as required.

14. Assist in the preparation of counseling related publications and in the presentation of workshops.

15. Assist students in seeking referral to appropriate community agencies or services in response to educational, vocational, or personal concerns.

16. Administer and interpret a variety of assessment instruments, to both groups and individuals.

17. Participate in professional growth activities on and off campus.



Minimum Qualifications:  

• Master's degree 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 from an accredited institution OR

• Bachelor's in any of the above from an accredited institution AND

• A license as a Marriage and Family Therapist (MFT) AND

• Demonstrated cultural competency, sensitivity to and understanding of the diverse academic, socioeconomic, cultural, disability, gender identity, sexual orientation and ethnic backgrounds of community college students.

• Ability to contribute to campus and district-wide professional responsibilities and activities.

• Ability to complement existing staff, student and community demographics in terms of professional and personal skills.


Desirable Qualifications: 

• A minimum of two years of recent experience counseling and teaching at the post-secondary level.

• Demonstrated knowledge of community college curricula and the higher education system.

• Demonstrated knowledge of matriculation requirements with competencies in general academic counseling, educational planning, career and personal counseling.

• Experience in blending student success strategies such as: goal setting, time-management, problem solving, study methods, and research skills into counseling sessions and curriculum.

• Evidence of a strong commitment to professional growth and development, and to the continued innovation and improvement of successful counseling and teaching.

• Demonstrated ability to establish and maintain positive and effective working relationships with on-campus groups (including students, faculty, administrators and staff) as well as off-campus community and education partners.

• Evidence of participation in student success initiatives in post-secondary setting.

• Evidence of an ability to address the instructional needs of a diverse and frequently underprepared student population.

• Evidence of an ability to effectively engage with and facilitate authentic learning for students of diverse backgrounds, cultures, and experiences.

• Evidence of an ability to adapt teaching pedagogy to the knowledge level (developmental through transfer) and personality of each individual, group, and class.

• Evidence of an ability to self-reflect and respond to an evidenced-based assessment of student learning.

• Evidence of innovation, scholarship, or leadership in counseling.

• Desire and demonstrated ability to participate actively in department, division, and college committees and in the shared governance of Coast Community College District.

• Desire and evidence of an ability to take on leadership roles both within the department and in the institution as a whole.

• Ability to work with computers, and use the Internet and interactive technologies to engage students in on-campus and online courses (where academically appropriate); and intrinsic motivation and ability to develop and teach online courses.

• Ability to work with student record management, scheduling, and educational planning software.

• Evidence of ability to plan, coordinate and implement counseling projects and special events.

• Evidence of an ability to communicate effectively both orally and in writing.


Conditions of Employment

For a full-time, two-semester position a maximum starting range of $54,993.00 to $122,772.00 is offered, based on the 2016-2017 salary schedule of $54,993.00 to $122,772.00. In addition, an annual stipend of $2,781 is offered for possession of an earned doctorate from an accredited institution.  The District provides medical, dental, and vision insurance for the employee and eligible dependents and life insurance for the employee.


Regular attendance is considered an essential job function; the inability to meet attendance requirements may preclude the employee from retaining employment.

The person holding this position is considered a mandated reporter under the California Child Abuse and Neglect Reporting Act and is required to comply with the requirements set forth in Coast Community College District policies, procedures, and Title IX. (Reference: BP/AP 5910 )

The Coast Community College District celebrates all forms of diversity and is deeply committed to fostering an inclusive environment within which students, staff, administrators, and faculty thrive. Individual's interested in advancing the District's strategic diversity goals are strongly encouraged to apply. Reasonable accommodations will be provided for qualified applicants with disabilities who self-disclose.

The deadline to apply is 11:59 p.m., February 6, 2017.  Application materials must be electronically submitted on-line at ; Incomplete applications and application materials submitted by mail will not be considered.


Additional Information


Reference AP 7120C – A complete application may include, but not be limited to, the following:


District Application Form

Responses to Supplemental Questions (please provide clear, thorough responses as they will be carefully evaluated to determine the most qualified candidate(s) to be invited for an interview; please do not paste your resume, put "see resume" or "N/A").

Cover letter addressing the applicant's qualifications, including desirable qualifications


Two letters of recommendation highlighting personal and professional strengths written in the last six months

Equivalency Request Form and supporting documentation (if applicable)

Documents not requested in the job announcement will not be considered


Submit application on-line at

Coast Community College District – Human Resources

1370 Adams Avenue, Costa Mesa, CA 92626


Individuals who need reasonable accommodations in accordance with ADA should notify the Human Resources Office for assistance or call 714.438.4714.