Part-time Personal Counselor (Pool)

San Mateo County Community College District

Date: Nov 25, 2022
City: San Mateo, CA
Salary: $98 / hour
Contract type: Full time
San Mateo County Community College District
Part-time Personal Counselor (Pool)

San Mateo County Community College District

Posting Number: 2014322F

Department: Student Services CSM (DEPT)

Location: College of San Mateo

Position Number: PTF121

Percentage of Full Time: Varies

FLSA: Exempt (does not accrue overtime)

Months per Year: other

If other, please specify: Semester assignments as needed

Salary Range: Placement on the adjunct faculty salary schedule is based upon education and credited experience. Initial placement can range from $71.80 up to $98.02 per hour


Min Salary:

Max Salary:

Position Type: Part-Time Faculty, Temporary

Who We Are:

The San Mateo County Community College District is committed to achieving educational equity for all students. As outlined in the Districts Strategic Plan, "success, equity, and social justice for our students are longstanding goals." The Districts
"Students First" Strategic Plan is focused on "Student Success, Equity and Social Justice." We provide students with a rich and dynamic learning experience that embraces differences - emphasizing collaboration and engaging students in and out of the classroom, encouraging them to realize their goals, and to become global citizens and socially responsible leaders. When you join our team at San Mateo County Community College District, you can expect to be part of an inclusive, innovative and equity-focused community that approaches higher education as a matter of social justice that requires broad collaboration among faculty, classified staff, administration, students and community partners

The College and the District:

The San Mateo County Community College District is home to Caada College, College of San Mateo, and Skyline College. All three of our colleges are designated as Hispanic Serving Institutions enrolling approximately 20,000 students each academic year. San Mateo County Community College District has a diverse student population that is a reflection of the communities that it serves. Detailed information about the student population, including data related to student success, can be found on the
San Mateo County Community College Districts Educational Services & Planning website.

Who We Want:

We value the ability to serve students from a broad range of cultural heritages, socioeconomic backgrounds, genders, abilities and orientations. Therefore, we prioritize applicants who demonstrate they understand the benefits diversity brings to a professional educational community. The successful candidate will be an equity-minded individual committed to collaborating with faculty, classified staff, administration, students and community partners who are also committed to closing equity gaps. An equity-minded individual is a person who already does or has demonstrated the desire to:

(1) Understand the importance of holding ourselves accountable as educators for closing equity gaps and engaging in equitable practices;

(2) Reframe inequities as a problem of practice and view the elimination of inequities as an individual and collective responsibility;

(3) Encourage positive race-consciousness and embrace human difference;

(4) Reflect on institutional and teaching practices and aim to make them more culturally responsive; and

(5) Strategically build buy-in and participation among colleagues for equity-related initiatives

The San Mateo County Community College District seeks employees who value mentorship and working in a collegial, collaborative environment, guided by a commitment to helping all students achieve their educational goals. All departments strongly encourage collaboration across disciplines to create inclusive, integrated, and interdisciplinary learning experiences. College faculty are expected to be knowledgeable about, and willing to use, different learning and teaching methods appropriate to the students they serve

Your cover letter must include discussion of the following questions:

  • What do you feel are the best strategies for supporting students who have been historically marginalized?

  • Think of the most successful outreach experience you have had. What were the key factors in creating that success for undocumented students and other underserved disproportionately disadvantaged students?

  • How do you ensure that your counseling approach is culturally responsive/sustaining, antiracist, and equity-advancing?

The Position:

College of San Mateo seeks a part-time faculty member in Personal Counseling & Wellness Services. The ideal candidate will share the college's commitment to supporting a racially and socioeconomically diverse student population

This position is a "pool" position meaning that openings may or may not be currently available. The District maintains a "pool" of applications for positions which are needed on an ongoing basis at Canada College, College of San Mateo, and Skyline College. The advantage of "pool" positions is when a position becomes available, the Dean may immediately begin screening applications from the available pool of applicants without having to post a position and wait while the position is being advertised. Your application for this position will be kept current for a period of two years

Duties and Responsibilities:

The duties below are representative of the position and are not intended to cover all the duties performed. 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. All assignments and work schedules can include day and evening hours and are created by the Dean of Counseling or Enrollment Services

  • Provides individual personal counseling to College of San Mateo students; sets and maintains regularly scheduled hours of operation under the guidance of the Director of the Wellness Center.

  • Provides coordination and support with the Personal Counseling program, for example, possible co-facilitation of workshops and events in partnership with the Mental Health Peer Educator Program.

  • Assesses the personal counseling needs of students and provides appropriate support and services.

  • Provides crisis intervention services to students and consults with faculty and staff as needed.

  • Develops and maintains confidential client records in accordance with applicable standards of practice and federal and state laws and regulations.

  • Provides referrals to community mental health services as needed.

  • Collaborates closely with the Wellness Center in the delivery of programs and services.

  • Consults with students and staff about mental health, and may advise faculty and staff on best practices for supporting students.

  • Attends relevant meetings, such as individual and group clinical supervision if working towards licensure.

  • Provides relevant outreach about personal counseling services to the campus community and establishes relationships with campus partners.

Minimum Qualifications:

  • Masters degree or above 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 the equivalent (see below) Note: A Bachelors degree in one of the listed degrees above and a license as a Marriage and Family Therapist (MFT) is an alternative qualification for this discipline

  • Clinical experience with individuals and groups, preferably in a college setting

  • 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

  • Demonstrated effectiveness in providing crisis intervention

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 Masters 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 Bachelors or Associates 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:

  • Ability to maintain student personal counseling notes in the colleges Electronic Medical Record (EMR) system, in a timely and effective manner.

  • Demonstrated experience coordinating in-reach and outreach activities and promoting mental health services.

  • Experience in providing short-term equity-minded and culturally responsive personal counseling services to students from diverse backgrounds.

  • Experience developing innovative programs that strengthen the quality of personal counseling services to students.

  • Knowledge of and experience making appropriate internal and external referrals.

  • Experience in personal counseling in a California community college or similar setting.

Preferred Qualifications:

  • Recent experience working with racially minoritized and other disproportionately impacted students and an understanding of how historical patterns of exclusion of these groups within higher education and particular fields shape patterns of participation and outcomes

  • Bilingual preferred

  • Mental health workshop facilitation and campus event planning experience preferred

  • Mental Health Clinician License or Associate Therapist (such as Licensed Clinical Psychologist, LMFT, LPCC, LCSW, AMFT, and APCC)


Academic employees participate in the State Teachers Retirement System (STRS), a defined-benefit retirement plan through the State of California or they may choose to participate in the STRS Cash Balance program or Social Security

Open Date: 11/22/2022

First Review Date: 11/29/2022

Close Date:

Open Until Filled: Yes

Special Instructions Summary:

Required application materials will be screened on the basis of Requirements and Desirable Skills and Abilities listed in this announcement. Candidates for interview will be selected from among those who most closely meet the requirements and desirable skills and abilities. Meeting the minimum qualifications does not guarantee an interview. As part of the interview process, candidates may be asked to provide a teaching demonstration or demonstrate other job-related skills

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.

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