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UMOJA Counselor 2018 at MiraCosta College in Oceanside , CA

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UMOJA Counselor 2018


MiraCosta College


To view the full job posting and apply for this position, go to: http://apptrkr.com/1144782


Discipline or Department: Counseling


Position Type: Full-time Faculty


Hourly Rate or Monthly Salary:


Closing Date: 2-6-2018


First Screening Date:


Basic Function and Other Details:




MiraCosta College invites applications for one full-time, tenure-track faculty UMOJA Counselor position, beginning in July 2018, assigned to work in the General Counseling Department and reporting to the Dean of Counseling and Student Development. The UMOJA Counselor assists African American and other student populations in transitioning into and connecting with the campus community, enhancing cultural and educational experiences, and increasing persistence and retention rates to ultimately achieve their educational goals. The successful candidate will be responsible for teaching counseling courses; leading workshops including weekly Porch Talks, orientations, and seminars; and assisting in developing and implementing necessary retention programs to meet program participant needs in support of the advancement of the vision, mission, and values of the MiraCosta Community College District.




The General Counseling Department strives to empower students through a holistic counseling practice to make wise-choices, learn from mistakes, believe in themselves, and create success stories. We engage in equity-minded practices to provide a welcoming environment for all students and support each student uniquely. We believe in providing accurate and timely information. We prioritize students first in all of our professional interactions, decisions, and considerations. Our department currently consists of thirteen full-time faculty members committed to diversity, equity, and inclusion when providing services and teaching. To view the MiraCosta College counseling website, go to http://www.miracosta.edu/studentservices/counseling/index.html.


MiraCosta students are diverse in age and represent all of California's major racial/ethnic groups. The credit student population in 2017 is approximately 44% White, 37% Latinx, 8% Asian/Pacific Islander, 3% Black/African American, 1% American Indian/Alaska Native, and 7% multiracial. Diversity is also evidenced by student-veterans, re-entry students, students with disabilities, international students, and LGBTQIA+. The college was designated as a Hispanic Serving Institution (HSI) in 2013 and is also a military-friendly organization. This designation reflects the great responsibility that MiraCosta has to the educational attainment and economic well-being of the surrounding community. The successful candidate will join a campus that exhibits its dedication to its students and faculty through offering robust, culturally responsive events, including speaker series dedicated to heritage month events through the Social Justice and Equity Center.


MiraCosta College is an Equal Opportunity Employer and is committed to providing an educational environment that affirms and supports diversity in its faculty, staff, and administration, and promoting an environment of inclusion. The college's commitment to diversity, equity and inclusion is expressed in the policy found at http://www.miracosta.edu/officeofthepresident/board/downloads/3400BP-Diversity-Equity-Inclusion-Adopted4-6-16.pdf.


Representative Duties:


(E = essential job function)


Duties and responsibilities may include, but are not limited to, the following:


1. Provide academic, career, and personal counseling (face to face and/or online) using culturally-responsive techniques and equitable practices for engaging students who are racially and ethnically diverse, specifically African American. (E)


2. Participate actively in departmental committees, subcommittees, and projects.


3. Keep abreast of changing degree, certificate, and transfer information in order to counsel students about the most current requirements. (E)


4. Lead group presentations including student-interest workshops, seminars, and weekly Porch Talks, orientations, group counseling, and other matriculation functions. (E)


5. Teach credit classes in college success and career/life planning and transfer success. (E)


6. Conduct counseling in non-traditional settings.


7. Exhibit proven cultural humility/proficiency skills when working with students from diverse backgrounds (e.g., first-generation, disproportionately impacted students, low-income, non-traditional college students).


8. Serve as a counseling faculty liaison for academic and career education departments.


9. Collaborate with colleagues, community partners, and local high schools in programs or initiatives that serve racially and ethnically diverse students.


10. Participate in ongoing professional development activities in the field of counseling and cultural humility/proficiency.


11. Participate in the district's and academic senate's participatory governance processes and committees.


12. Coordinate recruitment of Umoja students and development of programmatic activities in collaboration with the Student Equity Department. (E)


13. Engage in regional and statewide Umoja consortium Umoja activities. (E)


14. Work in collaboration with other full-time and associate faculty in coordinating and maintaining currency of curriculum that is culturally responsive to students' needs. (E)


15. Assist in the creation, review, development and evaluation of courses both online and on-ground, certificates, and programs in collaboration with other instructors as appropriate that is culturally responsive to students' needs. (E)


16. Participate in the development, assessment and evaluation of student learning outcomes (SLOs). (E)


17. Participate in the tenure review process as described in the "Criteria for Evaluation" at http://www.miracosta.edu/administrative/hr/downloads/CriteriaForEvaluation.pdf.


Minimum Qualifications:


To be eligible for this position, you must meet and provide evidence of the following minimum qualifications:


1. a Master's degree in counseling, career development, educational counseling, guidance counseling, counseling psychology, rehabilitation counseling, clinical psychology, social work, marriage and family therapy, or marriage, family and child counseling; OR


2. a Master's degree in Education, Concentration: Counseling; Education: Counseling Option; Education: Counseling and Guidance Concentration; Education: Educational and Clinical Counseling; Education: Educational Counseling; Education: School Counseling; or Social Welfare (approved comparable degree majors at MiraCosta College); OR


3. a Bachelor's degree in any of the majors listed in (1) above AND a Marriage and Family Therapist (MFT) license valid in California; OR


4. the equivalent. Applicants who do not possess the EXACT degree major(s) listed above must attach an equivalency narrative and supporting documentation at the time of application. Instructions can be found at http://www.miracosta.edu/administrative/hr/downloads/Equivalency_009.pdf; OR


5. a fully satisfied, lifetime California Community College Counselor Credential; AND


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


Desirable Qualifications:


1. At least two years of counseling experience (either full time or the equivalent to full time) in a counseling department at the community college level, within the last six years.


2. An understanding of the interconnectedness of socio-economic, cultural, environmental, and personal factors contributing to both the achievement of and the barriers to success for African American students and other populations.


3. Demonstrated experience in creating and implementing programs and services that serve racially and ethnically diverse students.


4. Experience developing and maintaining professional relationships between campus programs and community agencies.


5. Commitment to examine, reflect, and modify instructional, relational, classroom and counseling practices to more effectively engage and support disproportionately impacted student populations with a goal of closing equity gaps (see Student Equity website at http://www.miracosta.edu/studentservices/studentequity/index.html).


6. Ability to contribute to the mission of the college.


Licenses and Other Requirements:



Annual on-duty days will be 195, spread over 12 months. The standard contractual work week is forty (40) hours, including twenty-five (25) contact hours, ten (10) preparation hours, and five (5) institutional service hours. The twenty-five (25) contact hours is defined to include any counseling activity in which counseling service is provided to a student or students, including instruction, workshops, individual or group counseling. The ten (10) preparation hours include course work preparation and counseling preparation (of which 5 hours must be on campus). The expectation is that thirty (30) hours will be on campus. Counselors assigned to teach classes are designated as classroom faculty for that portion of their workload, which is computed accordingly as classroom LHE and comes with a "flex" obligation of two (2.0) hours of preapproved professional development activities per one (1.0) classroom LHE (fall and spring). The person selected for this position will be assigned a Faculty Service Area (FSA) in General Counseling (Non-Classroom) and General Counseling (Classroom) and will be subject to assignment to any district facility during any hours of operation. Adherence to all District policies and procedures is expected.


Type of Benefits: SALARY AND BENEFITS:

For current salary schedule and salary class descriptions, go to http://www.miracosta.edu/administrative/hr/downloads/SalaryScheduleAndSalaryClassDescrip2017-18.pdf. Because counselors have 195 on-duty days per year, their salary placement will be on the full-time faculty salary schedule plus a 1.108 time factor, reflecting the number of days beyond the standard 176-day faculty contract.


MiraCosta College offers a comprehensive package of benefits, which includes employer-paid medical, dental, and vision plans for employee and dependents; $100,000 employee life insurance; and other optional coverages. Faculty members are also covered under the California State Teachers' Retirement System (CalSTRS).


Special Instructions to Applicants:




Apply and submit application materials online at https://jobs.miracosta.edu. Once you are in the online application system, we strongly advise you to read the information on "How to Apply" and the FAQs (Frequently Asked Questions) before starting the application process.


Submit the following documents directly in the online system and finish applying and receive a confirmation number by 11:59 PM on the closing date:


1. Application for Academic Employment.


2. A cover letter specifically describing how you meet the representative duties and desirable qualifications.


3. A current resume or curriculum vitae summarizing your educational background, counseling, and teaching experience.


4. Interview candidates will be required to bring two recent letters of professional recommendation to their interview. The letters need not be confidential.


5. Transcripts.


a. Transcripts of ALL college degrees/coursework needed to qualify for this position; unofficial or legible copies are acceptable but must indicate that the degree(s) has been conferred, if applicable. A diploma will not be accepted in lieu of transcripts. An equivalency narrative and supporting documentation must be submitted at the time of application if (i) you do not possess the EXACT degree major(s) listed in the Minimum Qualifications section or (ii) your qualifying degree will not be awarded before the position begins. (View the instructions for equivalency requests at http://www.miracosta.edu/administrative/hr/downloads/Equivalency_009.pdf.)


If your qualifying degree is in progress but will be conferred BEFORE the position begins in July 2018, then you must also include a written statement from your adviser indicating the anticipated degree CONFERRAL date.


All degrees and units used to satisfy the minimum qualifications must be from postsecondary institutions accredited by an accreditation agency recognized by either the U.S. Department of Education or the Council on Postsecondary Accreditation. If your degree/coursework is from a college or university anywhere outside of the United States, you must submit a detailed evaluation from a professional evaluation agency. A partial list of agencies can be found at http://www.ctc.ca.gov/credentials/leaflets/cl635.pdf. Transcripts or translations in English still require the evaluation to show the U.S. equivalence of your degree.


b. If needed to meet the minimum qualifications, a copy of your Marriage and Family Therapist (MFT) license valid in California.


c. If needed to meet the minimum qualifications, a copy (front and back) of your fully satisfied, lifetime California Community College Counselor Credential.


NOTE: When you "APPLY FOR THIS POSTING," you will eventually be asked to answer the additional question(s) listed below. Your answers will appear toward the bottom of the application form.


-- MiraCosta College is an Equal Opportunity Employer with a commitment to diversity. We strive to be a model for equity and inclusion, effectively supporting students from diverse socioeconomic and cultural backgrounds who possess a range of abilities, academic preparation, and life experiences. Please describe what qualifications and/or experiences have prepared you to contribute to the fulfillment of the College's goals for equity and inclusion.


Individuals with qualified disabilities who need accommodation with any aspect of the application and/or interview process should contact Human Resources at 760.795.6854 at least five days prior to the closing date.


The screening and interview committee will review application materials two to five weeks following the closing date. Applicants selected for interview will be contacted by phone; those not selected will be notified by e-mail. For interviewees, the selection process will include a panel interview, as well as possible teaching demonstration and written exercise. Interview candidates coming from out of state or over 300 miles away will be reimbursed for travel expenses up to $500 for both initial and final interviews.




An offer of employment to the person selected for this position is contingent upon 1) successful completion of a pre-placement physical exam at district expense, 2) submission of a current tuberculosis clearance certificate, 3) proof of eligibility to work in the United States, 4) fingerprint clearance, and 5) approval by the Board of Trustees.


Human Resources Contact Information:


jobs@miracosta.edu or 760.795.6854


About MiraCosta College


The MiraCosta Community College District is one of California's 112 public community colleges. The district includes the communities of Oceanside, Carlsbad, Encinitas, Cardiff, Olivenhain, Leucadia, Solana Beach, Rancho Santa Fe, Del Mar, and parts of Carmel Valley.


MiraCosta offers associate degrees, university-transfer courses, career-and-technical education, certificate programs, basic-skills education, and lifelong-learning opportunities that strengthen the economic, cultural, social, and educational well-being of the communities it serves.


The district consists of three campus sites and a robust online education program. The Oceanside Campus, serving about 12,000 credit students, has been located since 1964 on a panoramic 121-acre hilltop site with views of the ocean and mountains. The San Elijo Campus is located in Cardiff, 17 miles south of Oceanside, on 48 acres below the bluffs overlooking the San Elijo Lagoon Reserve. The San Elijo Campus opened in September 1988, and now attracts about 3,000 credit students. The Community Learning Center in downtown Oceanside hosts about 4,000 students in the college's noncredit classes including English as a Second Language, the Adult High School Diploma Program, and other tuition-free, noncredit classes as well as some college credit classes.


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