Counselor - PUENTE Program (Full-time Tenure-Track Faculty Position)

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Position Information

Posting Number 2014169F
Position Title Counselor - PUENTE Program (Full-time Tenure-Track Faculty Position)
Department Counseling CSM (DEPT)
Location College of San Mateo
Position Number 4F0070
Percentage of Full Time The work year is 175 days (10 month of service).
FLSA Exempt (does not accrue overtime)
Months per Year 10
If other, please specify
Salary Range Initial placement with a Master’s degree can range from $68,568 up to $86,040 per year; and a Ph.D. can range from $78,576 to $91,848 per year.
Note: The District will make every attempt to at least match the salary at your current employer.
Min Salary
Max Salary
Position Type Faculty Positions

Posting Text

General Statement

San Mateo County Community College District (SMCCCD) values the principles of diversity and equity. We provide our students with a rich and dynamic learning community that embraces differences, emphasizing collaboration and engaging students in and out of the classroom, encouraging them to realize their goals, and to become critical thinkers and socially responsible leaders.

SMCCCD seeks employees who value working in a collegial, collaborative environment, guided by a commitment to helping all students achieve success. All departments strongly encourage collaboration across disciplines to create integrated, interdisciplinary learning experiences. SMCCCD faculty members are expected to be knowledgeable about, and willing to use, different learning and teaching methods as appropriate to the discipline.

Under the supervision of the Dean of Counseling, this position includes assignments 50% in general counseling and 50% as the PUENTE Program counselor/co-coordinator. This position includes assignments supporting matriculation requirements and college and department student success initiatives. The position provides counseling and instructional support to students. As the PUENTE counselor/co-coordinator, this position is responsible for implementing PUENTE, a model transfer program, as part of the English faculty/counselor team.

The PUENTE Program is a University of California affiliated transfer and support program, the goal of which is to increase the number of educationally underrepresented students transferring to four-year colleges and universities. Three components of the PUENTE Program work together to prepare PUENTE students for transfer: counseling, English instruction, and mentoring. The PUENTE Program’s curriculum focuses on the Chicano/Latino experience. PUENTE is open to all students.

Anticipated start date of this assignment: May 2018
Duties and Responsibilities

The duties below are representative of the duties of the classification and are not intended to cover all of the duties performed by the incumbent(s)of any particular position. The omission of specific statements of duties does not exclude them from the position if the scope of work is similar, related, or a logical assignment to this classification.

1. Provide comprehensive counseling services to students individually and in groups (academic, transfer, career, student success, and personal counseling) to assist them to achieve their personal potential and educational goals

2. Assist students to understand and develop educational and career goals and objectives

3. Assist students to build comprehensive student educational plans that include appropriate course selections and service referrals. Monitor student progress toward established goals

4. Determine students’ academic needs and facilitate use of student success resources

5. Facilitate matriculation regulations and college student success initiatives as directed

6. Use career assessments and other counseling tools to assist students to clarify values, interests, and goals

7. Teach counseling curriculum

8. Maintain an information base that includes university transfer information, college curriculum and programs, certificate and degree requirements, college and district policy and procedures, California State University and University of California transfer issues, student development information, student success resources, and initiatives

9. Develop/implement activities and strategies that contribute to the college’s efforts to support success of students from under-represented groups and those who lack college readiness

10. Establish and maintain a network of instructional faculty from a range of departments and maintain counselor and instruction liaisons

11. Act as the counselor and co-coordinator of the PUENTE Program

12. Provide PUENTE Program event coordination, field trips, and PUENTE reporting. Collaborate with other students, staff and faculty to ensure the success of PUENTE students and the PUENTE program

13. Recruit and train mentors for PUENTE program students. Monitor the progress of the mentor-student relationship

14. Act as an advisor for the PUENTE Student Club

15. Engage in open, honest, bilingual Spanish communication with students and families

16. Develop creative curriculum that embraces pride in Latino culture and focuses on topics of social justice

17. Serve as a reliable and trustworthy advocate for PUENTE students on campus and in the community

18. Participate in college and counseling program outreach activities and efforts. Promote the PUENTE Program within the college and surrounding community

19. Attend PUENTE training programs, professional development, and workshops with the PUENTE team (English and counseling faculty)

20. Participate in student service division and counseling department activities

21. Cover the assigned work schedule that may include some evening hours

Minimum Qualifications

• Master’s degree or above 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 (see below)

NOTE: A Bachelor’s degree in one of the listed degrees and a license as a Marriage and Family Therapist (MFT) is an alternative qualification for this discipline.

• College counseling experience

• Bilingual Spanish/English

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

Physical Requirements
Equivalence to Minimum Qualifications

For persons applying for this position based on Equivalence, please answer the supplemental question on the online application indicating one or more of the following:

Degree Equivalence

The applicant possesses a degree(s) with similar content to those listed for the relevant discipline. The name of the degree is close to that specified on the Disciplines List but the degree either has a different title or area of expertise or the coursework is slightly different.

Academic Background Equivalence

Related to disciplines in which a Master’s Degree is not generally expected or available. The applicant must have completed at least 24 semester units of coursework in the academic field and must possess at least the equivalent level of achievement and the equivalent in breadth, depth of understanding, and rigor in each of the following:

i) a broad cultural education usually met by the general education requirements for any Bachelor’s or Associate’s Degree, and

ii) a detailed study of the discipline in breadth, depth, and rigor, usually met by course work required for the degree major.

Professional Achievement Equivalence

The applicant must have completed the General Education requirements for that degree and show evidence of outstanding professional achievement and/or substantial training in the requested field. The applicant must submit substantial evidence, which demonstrates that his/her preparation, teaching experience, work experience, and ability are equivalent to those expected from a person who meets the minimum qualifications.

Knowledge, Skills and Abilities

The screening committee will select for interview candidates from among those applicants who, in addition to meeting the minimum requirements, give evidence of any or all of the following:

1. Experience in counseling students of diverse academic, socioeconomic, cultural, disability, gender identity, sexual orientation, and ethnic backgrounds in a community college setting

2. Demonstrated ability to collaboratively develop innovative counseling programs and services

3. Knowledge of university transfer requirements and opportunities for students from under-represented groups

4. Experience teaching college and career success courses and workshops

5. Experience facilitating community college matriculation regulations and processes

6. Graduate-level coursework or field work in a program which addresses persons from cultures that are traditionally under-represented in higher education, and/or persons who are challenged by language, social, or economic disadvantages

7. Familiarity with Latino/Latina social, political, and cultural issues

8. Experience as a mentor or with mentor training

9. Experience developing, coordinating, and implementing culturally based events and activities

10. Experience developing comprehensive student educational plans

11. Experience using career assessments with students to develop college and career plans

12. Experience with counseling service accountability and student learning outcomes

13. Experience providing college orientations or workshop activities to support student success

Preferred Qualifications
Faculty Benefits

Benefits include a choice of medical plans, dental coverage, vision care, sick leave, salary continuance insurance, and an optional tax-deferred flexible benefit plan. Coverage is offered for employees and all eligible dependents. Academic employees participate in the State Teachers’ Retirement System, a defined-benefit retirement plan through the State of California. Employees may also be eligible for various first-time homebuyer programs.

Posting Detail Information

Open Date 02/14/2018
First Review Date 03/27/2018
Close Date
Open Until Filled Yes
Special Instructions Summary

Required Application Materials
All applicants are required to submit:

1. A completed online District application form (go to to complete the application and to apply for this position)

2. A resume that details all relevant education, training, and teaching experience (including courses taught), and other work experience.

3. Undergraduate and graduate academic transcripts (copies accepted)

Unofficial copies of all undergraduate and graduate academic transcripts may be submitted with the application; official copies will be required at the time of the interview.

4. A cover letter of no more than 3 pages addressing the Requirements and the Knowledge, Skills and Abilities listed in the job announcement.

The cover letter should address the applicant’s qualifications as they directly relate to the Requirements and Knowledge, Skills and Abilities listed in this announcement.

If you have questions regarding your application, please contact:

SMCCCD Office of Human Resources
3401 CSM Drive, San Mateo, CA 94402
Tel.: (650) 574-6555 Fax (650) 574-6574
Web Page:

Conditions of Employment

Prior to employment, the selected candidate will be required to complete the following:

1. Submit official transcripts (applies to all faculty or educational administrative positions)

Foreign Education completed outside of the United States must be deemed equivalent to that gained in conventional/accredited U.S. education programs in order for it to be considered for the satisfaction of minimum qualifications. Foreign transcripts must be translated and evaluated by a U.S.-based credentials evaluation service. The District currently accepts evaluations from agencies approved by the California Commission on Teacher Credentialing.

2. Submit verifications of prior employment
3. Satisfactory references
4. Successfully being cleared for employment through the background checking process

In addition to background checks, the District may review publicly available information about a candidate on the Internet. If a candidate is aware of incorrect or inaccurate information that is available on the Internet, the candidate is welcome to address such an issue with the Office of Human Resources.

5. Present original documents for proof of eligibility to work in the United States
6. Approval of your employment by the SMCCCD Board of Trustees
7. Provide a certificate of Tuberculosis exam for initial employment.
8. Have fingerprints taken by a Live Scan computer (Clearance must be received prior to first day of employment). Please note that the California Education Code requires, in part, that community college districts shall not employ or retain in employment persons in public school service who have been convicted of certain felonies, a misdemeanor drug charge (including alcohol offenses) or misdemeanor moral turpitude (sexual offense) crime. However, consideration may be given to those whose drug convictions occurred more than five years ago. A conviction for other crimes may not necessarily disqualify you from the job for which you may be applying.

EEO Statement

The San Mateo County Community College District is an Equal Opportunity Employer that seeks to employ individuals who represent the rich diversity of cultures, language groups, and abilities of its surrounding communities.


Applicants who have disabilities may request that special accommodations be made in order to complete the selection process. Accommodation request forms and a copy of the Americans with Disabilities Act applicant procedures are available in the Office of Human Resources.

Annual Security Report

San Mateo County Community College District’s (SMCCCD) 2017 Annual Security Report (ASR), required by the Clery Act, includes statistics for the previous three years concerning reported crimes that occurred on campus; in certain off-campus buildings owned or controlled by SMCCCD; and on public property within, or immediately adjacent to and accessible from SMCCCD. Our 2017 Annual Security Report also outlines various campus safety and security policies, such as those concerning crime reporting, prevention and response to sexual and gender violence, alcohol and drug use, crime prevention, emergency response and evacuation procedures, and other matters. The 2017 Annual Security Report also includes important tips to help every member of the community remain safe and avoid becoming a victim of crime. The 2017 Annual Security Report is now available at You can also obtain a copy of this report by contacting the Department of Public Safety at the District Office or any of the three Campuses (650) 738-7000.

Supplemental Questions

Required fields are indicated with an asterisk (*).

  1. * How did you hear about this employment opportunity?
    • District Employee
    • District Employment Site
    • CCC Registry
    • Chronicle of Higher Education
    • ACCCA
    • HERC
    • Other
    • LinkedIn
    • Facebook or Twitter
  2. * Do you possess a Master's degree or above in in counseling, rehabilitation counseling, clinical psychology, counseling psychology, guidance counseling, educational counseling, social work, career development, marriage and family therapy, or marriage, family and child counseling OR do you posses a Bachelor's degree in one of the subject areas listed above and a license as a Marriage and Family Therapist (MFT) OR the equivalent?
    • Yes, I have a Master's degree or above in one of the subject areas listed above
    • Yes, I have a Bachelor's degree in one of the subject areas listed above and a license as a Marriage and Family Therapist (MFT)
    • I am applying for equivalence and my Equivalency Application is attached
    • No
  3. If you are applying for equivalence to meet the minimum requirements for this position, please identify which equivalence from the following options. (Applicant is encouraged to attach appropriate validation, such as transcripts, evaluations, portfolios, certificates, licenses, employer attestation, publications or other relevant materials which support this application.) DEGREE EQUIVALENCE: Description ACADEMIC BACKGROUND EQUIVALENCE: Description PROFESSIONAL ACHIEVEMENT EQUIVALENCE: Description

    (Open Ended Question)

  4. * Can you demonstrate college counseling experience?
    • Yes
    • No
  5. * Are you bilingual in Spanish/English?
    • Yes
    • No
  6. * Can you demonstrate cultural competence, a sensitivity to and an understanding of the diverse academic, socioeconomic, cultural, disability, gender identity, sexual orientation, and ethnic backgrounds of community college students, faculty, and staff?
    • Yes
    • No

Applicant Documents

Required Documents
  1. Cover Letter
  2. Resume/Curriculum Vitae
  3. College Transcripts
Optional Documents
  1. Equivalency Application
  2. Foreign Degree Evaluation
  3. Licenses/Certificates/Credentials
  4. Other Document 1
  5. Other Document 2
  6. Other Document 3