DSPS Counselor (Categorical)

Irvine Valley College

Irvine Valley College


DSPS Counselor (Categorical) 

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:

For this position, employees must have at least one of the following:

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 full-time 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.

4. Please note: Candidates making application on the basis of equivalency must answer all the Equivalency questions on their application in addition to all other required materials.


Experience Required:

• Minimum of two (2) years (full-time or part-time equivalent) of recent experience in community college counseling, assessing and teaching, for programs for adults with disabilities in a higher education setting.

• Previous experience counseling adults with disabilities.

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

• Evidence of working knowledge of Title V DSP&S guidelines and regulations, and pertinent Federal statutes, including Sections 504 & 508 of the Rehabilitation Act and the Americans with Disabilities Act.


Desired Qualifications:

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

• Thorough knowledge of issues and appropriate accommodations related to a wide variety of disabilities.

• Effective written and interpersonal communication skills.

• Evidence of ability to synthesize diverse information, make timely decisions and implement chosen course of action.

• Ability to problem-solve and serve as an advocate for adults with disabilities.

• Experience in the use of computer technology as a teaching tool, student tracking system, communications network, and for counseling and articulation activity.

• Experience in community college counseling; including personal, career, transfer, academic, and disability management.

• Availability to work additional duty days in June and July.

• Understanding of the California Community College Learning Disabilities Eligibility Model.


Summary of Duties and Responsibilities:

Provide comprehensive academic, career, and personal counseling to eligible disabled students. Provide transfer information and develop Student Education plans to assist students in achieving their education objective. Conduct student orientation and advisement sessions. Create an environment in which students can develop their capabilities for self-direction. Develop proficiency and maintain competency in the use of computer applications used in counseling, teaching, and articulation-related activities. May teach counseling courses and other courses and workshops specifically designed to meet the needs of students in the DSP&S program. Participate in outreach functions with high schools, community agencies, and community based organizations throughout the college’s service area. Act as liaison with other college programs, faculty, staff, and administration. Organize and conduct student orientations, registrations, advisement student sessions, and staff in-service training. Assignment may include evening and/or weekend counseling at other locations. Maintain knowledge of and ability to integrate computer technology in the classroom, and counseling. Participate in general faculty functions related to the educational program and in-service programs. Perform other duties as contractually required.


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.