Access and Ability Center (AAC) Counselor

California, United States
Salary Not specified
Mar 04, 2021
Employment Level
Employment Type
Full Time

Access and Ability Center (AAC) Counselor

Salary: $67,386.00 - $88,844.00 Annually
Job Type: Full Time
Job Number: 5947-f-02/21
Closing: 4/14/2021 11:59 PM Pacific
Location: Visalia/Tulare/Hanford, CA
Department: Access and Ability Center
Division: Student Services

General Description

College of the Sequoias Community College District is seeking a candidate to fill a full-time, tenure track position in the Access and Ability Center beginning August 2021. Under the direction of the Access and Ability Center Director, the Access and Ability Counselor will perform a variety of counseling duties, which may include evening and weekend counseling, as well as counseling for all three campus locations: Visalia, Hanford and Tulare Centers.

The faculty and staff of the Access and Ability Center is committed to providing students with disabilities the opportunity to successfully matriculate into the mainstream of college and community life. The Access and Ability Center provides services and instruction that promotes equal access to educational programs, self-advocacy, and personal growth opportunities which fosters individual student success. Initial assignment may include evening or weekend counseling.

Other responsibilities include participation in the District's Participatory Governance via committee assignments, full participation in departmental responsibilities and the willingness to create and/or participate in and sustain an atmosphere of equality, justice, and appreciation for diversity throughout our district.

Commitment to Equity:

College of the Sequoias Community College District values the ability to serve students from a broad range of cultural heritages, socioeconomic backgrounds, abilities, genders, gender identities, and orientations. The District prioritizes applicants who demonstrate they understand the benefits a diverse student population brings to a community college and seeks faculty members who are equity-minded, collegial, committed to helping all students achieve their educational goals, and value mentorship. Ideal candidates will share the Sequoias Community College District's commitment to student-centered pedagogy and to creating inclusive learning experiences that will benefit our racially and socioeconomically diverse student population.

Job Duties

  • Provide specialized academic counseling services including disability management, academic, career, and personal counseling to students with disabilities.
  • Determine student eligibility for support services and secure professional verification of specific disabilities including, but not limited to, learning disabilities, physical disabilities, communication disabilities, acquired brain impairments and psychological disabilities.
  • Identify educational limitations and prescribe appropriate accommodations/adjustments for students with various disabilities.
  • Evaluate student progress by developing, reviewing, and updating Academic Accommodation Plans (AAPs) and student educational plans. Provide specialized academic and vocational counseling related to degrees and certificates for eligible students.
  • Collaborate with campus faculty/staff, public agencies and medical professionals regarding accommodations for students with disabilities; attend various meetings as required.
  • Recommend and authorize educational accommodations/adjustments.
  • Complete learning assessments.
  • Work cooperatively with staff and students.
  • Serve as a liaison with agencies, community, and with feeder high schools to assist students with disabilities transitioning into COS.
  • Maintain compliance, proper documentation, and confidentiality of student ?les.
  • Attend workshops/conferences to remain current on laws/issues.
  • Support Student/Staff needs at various locations.
  • Maintain current knowledge of instructional methods and new technologies pertinent to areas of assignment; learn and apply emerging technologies and advances as necessary to perform duties in an efficient, organized and timely manner.
  • Facilitate workshops and assist in the growth and success of a diverse population of students through careful preparation of course materials and the utilization of effective teaching methodologies and counseling technique.
  • Serve as an advocate for students with disabilities (including addressing institutional barriers and equitable inclusion to support the district's student equity plan) while maintaining effective relationships with faculty, staff and administration.
  • Provide information on college major and certificate programs as they relate to educational and career development; participate in student and campus activities.
  • Contribute to the development, assessment of, and completion of student area outcomes.
  • Serve on campus committees.
  • Teach scheduled classes and perform related duties as assigned, including timely compliance with clerical and administrative responsibilities; comply with district, college and division policies in the performance of duties.

  • Qualifications

  • The candidate must meet the following criteria. Required Education from a U.S. Department of Education recognized accredited organization and licensure qualifications. In accordance with Ed Code Title V for DSP&S, the following requirements are required:
  • Master's degree in rehabilitation counseling, OR
  • Master's degree in counseling, guidance counseling, student personnel, clinical or counseling psychology, education counseling, social work, career development, marriage and family therapy, marriage, family and child counseling, OR
  • Bachelor's degree in marriage and family therapy or in marriage, family and child counseling and possession of a license as a Marriage and Family Therapist (MFT); and either fifteen or more semester units in upper division or graduate level course work specifically related to people with disabilities, or completion of six semester units, or the equivalent of a graduate-level counseling practicum or counseling field work courses, in a postsecondary Disabled Students Programs and Services (DSPS) Program or in a program dealing predominantly or exclusively with people with disabilities, or two years of fulltime experience, or the equivalent, in one or more of the following;

  • A. Counseling for students with disabilities; or

    B. Counseling 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, or the equivalent. AND

  • Demonstrated sensitivity to, and understanding of, the diverse academic, social, economic, cultural, disability, and ethnic backgrounds of community college students. AND
  • Experience providing accommodations to students with a wide range of disabilities in post-secondary, degree-granting institutions. AND
  • Knowledge of assistive technologies for individuals with disabilities. AND
  • Working knowledge of Title 5, Section 504, the ADAAA and other disability-related mandates. AND
  • Experience providing specialized, disability-related academic counseling.

  • Candidates claiming equivalency must demonstrate a combination of education and other accomplishments that are equivalent to the MQ's.

    Note: If claiming equivalency, please complete and submit the appropriate Equivalency paperwork found at: (Download PDF reader). Your equivalency paperwork must be submitted with your application, by the recruitment deadline. Please submit as a "supplemental attachment" within the "Attachment" section of this application.


    The Access and Ability Center is looking for evidence of the following:
  • Successful certification/completion of the California Community College Chancellor's Office LDESM Training, or eligibility to apply for the training: formal assessment training, which includes administration, scoring, and interpretation of cognitive (WAIS-IV and WJ-III) and achievement (WJ-III and WIAT-III) tests used to verify learning disabilities. The cognitive training should be completed at a college or university or through formal instruction taught by a trainer approved by the test publisher, sponsored by an association on postsecondary education and disability (e.g. CAPED, AHEAD), or the California Community College System Office.
  • Administer and interpret assessments for learning disabilities (LD) eligibility using the California Community College LD Eligibility and Services Model (LDESM).
  • Extensive experience creating specialized education plans for students with disabilities in a community college setting that lead to completion, graduation, and/or transfer.
  • Knowledge and experience counseling a broad range of students with disabilities including but not limited to veterans with disabilities, deaf and hard of hearing, students with psychological disability, learning disabilities, Autism Spectrum Disorders, and students with physical disabilities.
  • Experience developing innovative programs that strengthen the quality of services provided to students with disabilities.
  • Knowledge of and experience using university articulation agreements and transfer requirements for counseling community college students.
  • Ability to use computer databases to retrieve student, college, and career information, as well as knowledge of essential computer applications.
  • Experience in developing counseling-related workshops and orientation sessions for students with disabilities.
  • Awareness of assistive technology and alternate media services for students with disabilities.
  • Ability to communicate effectively with students from diverse socio-economic and disability backgrounds including but not limited to communication in sign language.
  • Extensive experience counseling college students with a broad range of disability related educational limitations, determining appropriate accommodations based on those limitations and assisting students in obtaining needed accommodations.
  • Ability to incorporate student learning outcome objectives within course and programs and willingness to use and develop stated objectives and measures.
  • Ability to make a positive contribution to the instructional program at College of the Sequoias by developing instructional activities, course syllabi, and other necessary materials using an equity framework.
  • Experience with or interest in alternative instructional modes, such as web-based or on-line instruction, multi-media systems, cooperative learning, or integrated curricula.

  • Application Procedure

    To be considered applicants must submit ALL of the following required material before or by the filing deadline:
  • Online COS application
  • Diversity Statement (included in the Supplemental Questions)
  • Letter of interest (Cover Letter), which addresses the Desirable Qualifications.
  • Resume
  • Unofficial copies of transcripts of college/university work. (If transcripts are not in English, include a summary of courses and grades). Official transcripts are required upon employment.
  • Equivalency documents (if necessary)
  • Two (2) recent letters of recommendation addressing pertinent experience or equivalent competencies. If submitting confidential recommendation letters from a third party, please have letters emailed to Please do not submit a reference list in lieu of letters of recommendations.

  • For questions regarding this position, please contact Keila Reynoso at

    *Partial reimbursement for travel costs may be available for applicants traveling more than 200 miles for an interview.

    To apply, visit

    COLLEGE OF THE SEQUOIAS COMMUNITY COLLEGE DISTRICT IS AN EQUAL OPPORTUNITY EMPLOYER: The College of the Sequoias Community College District is committed to the principles of equal employment opportunity. It is the District's policy to ensure that all qualified applicants for employment and employees have full and equal access to employment opportunity and are not subject to discrimination in any program or activity of the District on the basis of ethnic group identification, race, gender, color, language, accent, citizenship status, ancestry national origin, age, sex, religion, sexual orientation, transgender, parental status, marital status, veteran status, physical or mental disability or medical condition, or on the basis of these perceived characteristics.