DSPS Counselor

Saddleback College

Saddleback College


DSPS Counselor

Job Category:Full-Time Faculty

Job Close Date:02/21/2017


PLEASE NOTE: In order to be considered for this opening, you must apply through the District website at


Minimum Qualifications:

The successful candidate must meet one of the following criteria:

1. Master’s degree or higher in rehabilitation counseling from an accredited college or university, or the equivalent; OR

2. Master’s degree or higher in special education from an accredited college or university, or the equivalent, AND a minimum of 24 upper division or graduate semester units in counseling, guidance, student personnel, psychology, or social work; OR

3. Master’s degree or higher in counseling, educational counseling, guidance, student personnel, psychology, career development, or social welfare from an accredited college or university, or the equivalent, AND a minimum of 12 upper division or graduate semester units in the counseling or rehabilitation of individuals with disabilities, OR two (2) years accumulated fulltime experience, or the equivalent, in one or more of the following: A) Counseling or guidance for students with disabilities, or 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; OR

4. Valid California Community College instructor credential appropriate to the subject per Education Code 87355 (issued prior to July 1, 1990); OR

5. A combination of education and experience that is at least the equivalent of items 1,2 or 3 above (Applicants applying on the basis of equivalency must submit the Supplemental Application for Equivalency Determination form in addition to all other required materials).


Experience Required:

• Minimum of two (2) years (or equivalent) of post-secondary experience in counseling, including personal career, academic, and group counseling with disabled student population. 

• Evidence of sensitivity to and understanding of the diverse academic, socioeconomic, cultural, disability, and ethnic backgrounds of community college students.


Desired Qualifications:

Preference will be given to those candidates demonstrating a high level of professional expertise on the basis of: 

• In-depth knowledge of and experience dealing with the educational, psychological, social, physical and financial aspects of a wide variety of disabilities in adolescents and adults. 

• Experience in community college personal, academic, career and group counseling of students with disabilities. 

• Experience using computers in counseling, related activities and as a tracking and communication system. 

• Knowledge of and ability to integrate computer technology in the classroom and be able to use such technology to offer curriculum and instruction through distance delivery modes, as appropriate. 

• Knowledge of 504/ADA, Title 5 and State and Federal compliance regulations as they relate to services and accommodations to eligible students with disabilities.

• Experience in the use of computer technology as a teaching tool, to access student information, and to accommodate disabilities.


Summary of Duties and Responsibilities:

Provide academic, career and personal counseling for students with disabilities in individual and group situations. Assist students to identify, examine, evaluate and select personal and educational goals. Assist students in psychological and social adjustments to disability-related issues. Create an environment in which students can develop their capacities for self-direction and self advocacy. Advocate for students and act as a liaison with college faculty, staff and administration, and community resources. Assist faculty and staff in understanding how to implement appropriate accommodations for students with disabilities. Determine student eligibility for disability accommodations and make professional recommendations as to appropriate accommodations on a case-by-case basis. Interact with local high school transition teams and make presentations at student/parent transition meetings. Liaison with community agencies serving individuals with disabilities. Awareness of accessibility issues on campus as well as those of transfer institutions. Assignment may include evening or weekend duties.


To Apply:

Please visit the District’s Employment Opportunities website at for a detailed job description, to learn more about the District and to complete an on-line application.  


NOTICE TO ALL CANDIDATES FOR EMPLOYMENT: The Immigration Reform and Control Act of 1986, Public Law 99-603, requires that employers obtain documentation from every new employee which authorizes that individual to accept employment in this country.