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Kern Community College District
  • Position Number: 1460159
  • Location: Ridgecrest, CA
  • Position Type: Counseling

Counselor - IWV (Includes Inmate Education)

Kern Community College District

Position Number: 02809

Posting Date: 05/14/2019

Initial Screening Date: 06/06/2019

Open Until Filled: Yes

Position Type: Contract Academic


Work Week:

Minimum Salary: $68,871.28 annually

Maximum Salary: $127,686.62 annually ($90,367.30 maximum entry level)

The Kern Community College District provides a maximum contribution to an excellent health and welfare benefits plan. The District also provides life insurance plans for the employee, as well as an 8.25% contribution to the State Teachers Retirement plan. Additional types of insurance may be purchased with pre-tax dollars through an IRS 125 flexible benefit program.

College/Site: Cerro Coso College

Location: CC-Main Campus, Ridgecrest

Basic Function:
This position will be located at the Cerro Coso Community College, Ridgecrest Campus, in partnership with the California Department of Corrections and Rehabilitation, the two correctional facilities at California City and Tehachapi.

This is a full-time, tenure-track, 185-day position as a community college Counselor.

Under the direction of the Director of Counseling and SSSP, the Counselor provides academic, vocational and career counseling to all students in all educational programs and assists with coordination and implementation of the college's Student Success, Equity and Guided Pathway goal. This position may include a combination of day or evening assignments and will require providing counseling/advising to the incarcerated student population. Tasks will include counseling/advising/teaching via traditional office/classroom environment and/or via integrated television, and/or online, primarily at the Indian Wells Valley campus in Ridgecrest and the California Department of Corrections and Rehabilitation correctional facility at California City.

The Counselor will participate in orientation/counseling sessions, classroom presentations, workshops, assessment interpretations, outreach activities, and liaison duties with academic departments, assist in developing and implementing necessary retention programs for at risk students to meet the needs and support the advancement of the vision, mission and values of Cerro Coso Community College. This assignment may include teaching and/or counseling at other campus sites, day, evening or weekend assignments, teaching large classes or offering workshops and the ability to use multiple teaching methodologies.

Below is a link to a video providing a look into the inmate education program:
Inmate Education Program

Education and Experience:
Masters 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,
OR The equivalent. Certain combinations of education, experience, and other accomplishments in the field may be judged as equal to the stated minimum qualifications for these positions. Candidates who feel they possess such equivalent qualifications must request and submit an APPLICATION FOR EQUIVALENCE form. Supporting documents must be included with the completed form.
AND A sensitivity to and understanding of the diverse academic, socioeconomic, cultural, disability, and ethnic backgrounds of community college students.
Note: Degrees and credits must be from accredited institutions (Title V Section 53406). Any degree from a country other than the United States, including Canada and Great Britain, must be evaluated by an evaluation service.
Note: The screening of candidates will be conducted by a screening committee. The screening committee reserves the right to limit the number of interviews granted. Meeting the minimum qualifications for a position does not assure the applicant of an interview.

Knowledge and Abilities:
Commitment to student learning.
Awareness of the College mission, vision, and values.
Sensitivity to students with a wide range of skills, motivations, barriers and academic goals.
Ability to communicate effectively, both orally and in writing.
Knowledge of computers and willingness to experiment using multimedia instructional materials.
Commitment to working effectively and harmoniously with colleagues in an environment that promotes teaching, learning and service students.
Ability to counsel students in education planning, maintaining eligibility and transfer for participation at the four-year level.
Provide educational counseling and advisement, career counseling, and testing services to students on site and online.
Assist in Career and Transfer Center activities.
Maintain individual records on counselees.
Develop and conduct workshops relevant to student success.
Provide matriculation services for students and track potential graduates.
Participate in retention and outreach efforts.
Complete unofficial transcript evaluation.
Identify special student needs.
Participate in recruiting and articulation activities with local schools, other community colleges, four-year colleges, community agencies and employers.
Teach counseling or personal development classes.
Serve on college-wide committees.
Serve as liaison to community agencies and local employers.
Communicate effectively and work cooperatively with others in a team environment.
Demonstrate versatility in instructional methodology and technology and the ability to serve diverse student populations.
Plan, develop, and implement course curricula including curricula to be delivered via distance learning.
Update course materials and course outlines of record.
Develop, maintain, and assess student learning outcomes.
Maintain a current syllabus and provide current course orientation materials for each assigned course.
Post and maintain scheduled office hours.
Attend and actively contribute to meetings or activities pertinent to faculty responsibilities or assignments including but not limited to department meetings, advisory committee meetings, and academic senate.
Use media aids, the library, and other resources as appropriate.
Maintain currency in subject matter and developments in the field.

Salary Grade: Initial placement for all new faculty hires shall be Step 1, Class will range from 1-5 depending on earned degree.

Special Instructions to Applicants:
First Review of Applications:
_Complete application packets will be accepted until the position is filled, but those received by 5:00 p.m. (Pacific Standard Time) on Thursday, June 6, 2019 are assured consideration. The College reserves the right to extend time limits or reinitiate the recruitment/selection process at any point.

Completed application packet must include:
  • Completed Online Application for Employment form
  • Current resume
  • Letter of interest (Cover Letter)
  • Statement of personal philosophy of teaching
  • Copies of legible transcripts
  • List of six (6) professional references Listed on application form

Applicants who require reasonable accommodation to participate in the selection process should contact Human Resources to make the necessary arrangements.

The District does not provide sponsorship for authorization to work in the United States. Work authorization should be established at the time of application submission.

All applicants must apply online at Emails will not be accepted.

As an Equal Employment Opportunity Employer, the Kern Community College District encourages candidates with diverse backgrounds to apply.

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