Access and Ability Center (DSPS) Counselor
$67,386.00 - $88,844.00 Annually
5/11/2021 11:59 PM Pacific
Access and Ability Center
College of the Sequoias Community College District is seeking a
candidate to fill a full-time, tenure track position in the Access
and Ability (DSPS) 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
The faculty and staff of the Access and Ability Center is committed
to providing students with disabilities the opportunity to
effectively matriculate into the mainstream of college and
community life. We do this by providing services and instruction
that promotes equal access to educational programs, self-advocacy,
and personal growth opportunities that foster individual student
success. Initial assignment may include evening or weekend
Other responsibilities include participation in the governance of
the college via committee assignments, maintenance of a required
number of office hours to meet student needs, 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 college.
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.
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 veri?cation of speci?c disabilities including, but not
limited to, learning disabilities, physical disabilities,
communication disabilities, acquired brain impairments and
Identify educational limitations and prescribe appropriate
accommodations/adjustments for students with various
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 certi?cates for eligible
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
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
Maintain compliance, proper documentation, and con?dentiality
of student ?les.
Attend workshops/conferences to remain current on
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 ef?cient, 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 while
maintaining effective relationships with faculty, staff and
Provide information on college major and certi?cate 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.
Participation in the governance of the District by way of committee
assignments is expected. Other responsibilities include maintenance
of a number of office hours, full participation in departmental
responsibilities and the willingness to create and/or participate
in and sustain an atmosphere of equity which is respectful of
diversity campus wide.
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
Master's degree in rehabilitation counseling,
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 a 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
either fifteen or more semester units in upper division or graduate
level course work specifically related to people with
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,
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.
Demonstrated sensitivity to, and understanding of, the diverse
academic, social, economic, cultural, disability, and ethnic
backgrounds of community college students.
Experience providing accommodations to students with a wide
range of disabilities in post-secondary, degree-granting
Knowledge of assistive technologies for individuals with
Working knowledge of Title 5, Section 504, the ADAAA and other
disability-related mandates. AND
Experience providing specialized, disability-related academic
Candidates claiming equivalency must demonstrate a combination of
education and other accomplishments that are equivalent to the
If claiming equivalency, please complete and
submit the appropriate Equivalency paperwork found at:
. Your equivalency paperwork must be
submitted with your application, by the recruitment
Please submit as a "supplemental attachment"
within the "Attachment" section of this application.
The Access and Ability Center is looking for evidence of the
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
Ability to use computer databases to retrieve student, college,
and career information, as well as knowledge of essential computer
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.
Experience with or interest in alternative instructional modes,
such as web-based or on-line instruction, multi-media systems,
cooperative learning, or integrated curricula.
To be considered applicants must submit ALL of the
following required material before or by the filing
Online COS application
Diversity Statement (included in the Supplemental
Letter of interest (Cover Letter), which addresses the
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
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 firstname.lastname@example.org.
Please do not submit a reference list in lieu of letters of
For questions regarding this position, please contact email@example.com
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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