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Counselor Instructor, Career Education (COF)

Kern Community College District
California, United States
Salary Not specified
Date posted
Nov 28, 2023

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Position Type
Faculty Positions, Education, Counsellor Education
Employment Level
Non-Tenured Track
Employment Type
Full Time

Counselor Instructor, Career Education (COF)

Kern Community College District

Salary: $84,601.50 - $156,850.28 Annually

Job Type:

Job Number: FY22-2300581

Location: Porterville, CA


Basic Function

Porterville College is seeking a faculty member for a Career Education (CE) Counselor Instructor, contingent upon funding (COF) for Porterville College location. If you are highly motivated, eager to engage a diverse student body, and passionate about teaching and learning, we encourage you to submit an application.

Who We Are:

Porterville College is very proud of its reputation of being both academically-focused and student- centered. We are committed to our six core values: Collaboration, Respect, Innovation, Accountability, Equity, and Participation. These values frame our work as we provide opportunities for our students who come to us from diverse economic, cultural, geographical, and educational backgrounds.

The College offers non-credit and credit educational programs that include transfer, career and technical education, and basic skills. With students as our focus, Porterville College provides our local and diverse communities quality education that promotes intellectual curiosity, personal growth, and lifelong learning, while preparing students for career and academic success.

History of Porterville College:

Porterville College was established in 1927 as a part of the Porterville Union High School and College District and has been a unit of the Kern Community College District since July 1, 1967. Porterville College is the northernmost college in the Kern Community College District, which serves an area of some 24,000 square miles in all or portions of Kern, Tulare, Inyo, and San Bernardino Counties.

Porterville College is a federally designated Hispanic-Serving Institution (HSI), providing educational opportunities for approximately 4,500 full and part time students each year. Our College has been serving the community and providing quality education since its founding.

Porterville College was recently the recipient of the MacKenzie Scott Foundation award and recognized as one of the “Teams Empowering Voices the World Needs to Hear”

On Diversity, Equity and Inclusion:

Diversity and equity are prominent among the goals of the strategic plan. Multiple programs and services address the needs of our diverse student population to ensure that each of its students has the opportunity to succeed, no matter what their backgrounds and goals may be. Student Equity is integrated into all aspects of the activities and governance processes at Porterville College.

Further, the Kern Community College District (KCCD) is committed to providing an educational environment that fosters diversity, equity, and inclusion in all aspects of our organization that benefits the global community.

About the Porterville Community:

Porterville lies against the foothills of the Sierra Nevada Mountains in southeast Tulare County. It is the gateway to a vast mountain wonderland and recreational area. Residents enjoy magnificent views of snowcapped mountains in the mild winter while basking in the sun during the hot summer months. There are recreation activities at Lake Success, plenty of outdoor activities in the mountains, and ample family activities year-round and

Porterville is centrally located between southern and northern California metropolitans, with a three-hour drive to Los Angeles and a four-hour drive to San Francisco. It is within three hours commuting time to the seashores of the Pacific. With the lower cost of living and central location in California Porterville is a great area to live.

Representative Duties

The Counseling and Advising department provides a wide range of support services and instruction to the general student population. The mission of the Counseling and Advising department is to foster and promote the academic, personal, and social development of students by providing a wide range of services to help them resolve personal difficulties and acquire the skills, attitudes, and knowledge that will enable them to be successful. The College seeks a full-time faculty member in Counseling. The ideal candidate will share the College's commitment to educating a racially and socioeconomic diverse student population. The Porterville College Counseling and Advising department consists of experienced and professionally trained faculty who work with students concerning educational goals, career planning, student success strategies, transfer to four-year institutions, and other academic and personal issues affecting student success. The department includes Counselors who work as General Counselors and those who work in specialized services to targeted groups of students.

This position will provide leadership to targeted student cohorts, general student populations, participate on committee assignments and other academic and institute support activities. Counselors participate in planning, implementation, and evaluation of educational programs, courses, and other experiences that will directly result in the educational growth of the students and support advancement of the visions, missions and values of the college and District. Counseling is an integral position to help students establish academic, personal, and career goals, which provides motivation to establish and stay on clear pathways to success. The Counselor provides expertise, initiative and leadership to design solutions and help students to overcome and/or remove whatever factors exist as barriers to their possible success in the areas of academic, vocational, or personal achievements and successfully plans for educational or career goals.

Under the Direction of the Dean of Student Success and Counseling or designee and the Dean of Instruction, the Counselor assists students to fulfill their maximum potential; assessing student learning outcomes; maintains a thorough and up-to-date knowledge in their professional responsibilities; utilizing current technology in the performance of job duties; maintaining standards of professional conduct and ethics appropriate to the professional position; assisting with curriculum review; serving on college committees and participating in faculty governance. The candidate may be expected to provide teaching strategies for college success and career search related courses, depending on experience, background and institutional need. This position may include a combination of day and evening assignments, weekend outreach events and is being offered by a college strongly committed to the “open door” concept serving diverse student population.

Essential 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.

  • Provide academic, career oriented, and personal counseling following the student journey.
  • Provide comprehensive education advisement to enrolled students; including regular meetings with students to establish and maintain on-going relationships.
  • Develop and conduct workshops relevant to student success and completion.
  • Meet with prospective and continuing students to develop comprehensive student education plans.
  • Assist students with time management, study skills, and other success strategies.
  • Provide support for general and cohort student populations through a case management model.
  • Knowledge of the California Community College's state-mandated matriculation policies, procedures, regulations, and articulation agreements.
  • Commitment to working effectively and harmoniously with colleagues in an environment that promotes teaching, learning, and service to students.
  • Provide students with the highest level of customer service through effective phone, virtual, and video communications.
  • Ability to use computer databases to retrieve student, college, and career information.
  • Provide professional learning workshops for staff, faculty, and community.
  • Provide support for students for issues impacting retention, persistence, and academic success and referring students to resources as appropriate and necessary.
  • Provide services to meet students' education goals such as degree or certificate, transfer, vocational, skills building, and/or professional development.
  • Identify barriers to student success, develop action plans to focus on completion, track and communicate opportunities to increase a student's awareness of self-efficacy and agency.
  • Provide personal counseling to students, as appropriate, regarding assistance with interpersonal relationship issues and problems, development of interpersonal communications skills, clarification of values and goals, psychological and/or behavioral difficulties, development of decision-making skills, chemical dependency problems, gender/sexuality issues and concerns, health problems and concerns, and/or other problems and concerns.
  • Serve as liaison and lead for Career Education (CE) student success initiatives.
  • Work directly with CE student populations to support them in achieving academic goals and provide counseling and advising services.
  • Participate in recruiting and articulation activities with local schools, other community college, four-year colleges, community agencies and employers.
  • Demonstrate versatility in instructional methodology and technology and the ability to serve diverse student populations.
  • Participate in participatory governance on Porterville College committees, ad hoc panels, constituency groups, and/or work groups.
  • Advise, assist and evaluate student performance and learning outcomes.
  • Maintain and submit accurate student records in a timely manner as required.
  • Provide educational guidance to assist students in making decisions regarding program pathways and occupations/career goals along the student journey and guided pathways framework.
  • Participate in program activities, including program planning, new teaching and learning methods, and resource development.
  • Provide support for students for issues impacting retention, persistence, and academic success and referring students to resources as appropriate and necessary.
  • Demonstrate a strong commitment to professional development and continued innovation and improvement of successful academic counseling and support by continuously advancing current knowledge in academic counseling best practices.
  • Knowledge of and skill in use of computer technologies of educational purposes, including computer-based learning.
  • Commitment to the counseling profession, its goals and ideals, and enthusiasm for the mission of Porterville College.
  • Demonstrate the understanding of the community needs for student success in career education.
  • Provide students with access to industry needs and be proactively engaged with industry partners.
  • Work with underrepresented populations addressing achievement gaps and retention.
  • Fulfill the professional responsibilities of a full-time faculty member including, but not limited to the following: meet all scheduled appointments unless excused under provisions of Board Policy; follow department course outlines; keep accurate records of students' enrollment; attendance and progress, post and maintain office hours; participate in departmental meetings and college wide activities and committees as assigned.
  • Update course materials and course outlines of record. Develop, maintain, and assess student learning outcomes.
  • Maintain a current syllabus and provide current course orientation materials for each assigned course.
  • Post and maintain scheduled office hours.
  • Evidence of commitment to professional growth and service with may include, but is not limited to presenting workshops, attending conferences or training, development of curriculum and instructional materials, membership in school/college committees or production of classroom-based research, membership in professional organizations; curricular redesign and development, intervention and crises support teams, recruitment, orientation activities, etc.
  • Contributes to development of program policies and procedures.
  • Ability to communicate and collaborate effectively and professionally with the campus.
  • Maintains appropriate standards of professional conduct and ethics.
  • Participate in college professional or shared governance committees and in departmental activities such as student success, student equity efforts, and guided pathways.
  • An equity-minded counseling approach focused on creating a welcoming and inclusive space that support student engagement and success.
  • Outreach to Career Education (CE) courses each semester to discuss CE related programs and activity opportunities.
  • Experience working with academic, learning, and career assessment instruments.
  • Perform other duties as assigned.

Minimum Qualifications

Possession of a master's degree 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 (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.)


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

OR - The equivalent. Certain combinations of education, experience, and other accomplishments in the field may be judged as equal to the stated minimum qualifications for these positions. Candidates who feel they possess such equivalent qualifications must request and submit an APPLICATION FOR EQUIVALENCE (Download PDF reader) form. Supporting documents must be included with the completed form.

Minimum Qualifications Handbook Faculty and Administration in California Community Colleges


A demonstrated sensitivity to students with diverse academic, socio-economic, cultural and ethnic backgrounds and students with disabilities
  • Higher education community college counseling experience and developing student educational plans. Experience in a leadership capacity.
  • An Understanding of the advantages and challenges of developing a quality counseling program in a rural community college with multiple sites.
  • Knowledge and understanding of various counseling, student development theories and intervention strategies.
  • Experience working with Career Education (CE) Programs, students and with the development of Career Pathways.
  • Ability to work with students having a wide range of skills, motivation, and academic or occupational goals.
  • Experience with outreach to K-12, community and business partners.
  • 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.
  • Experience and expertise in culturally relevant/responsive counseling approaches as well as teaching in college success, career and personal development courses.
  • Demonstrated ability to address equity gaps within college success and career and personal development courses.
  • Ability and experience in using computer technology as a counseling/advising tool. Experience with or interest in online and other distance learning student services. Ability to assist students in establishing goals and appropriate educational plans. Experience in curriculum development.
  • Demonstrated excellence in teaching personal development, counseling and other related areas.
  • Expert in Career Education (CE) and knowledge in other academic areas.
  • Experience working, participating, and supporting Guided Pathways efforts.
  • Demonstrated knowledge of the implications of the Hispanic Serving Institution designation for institutional, departmental and instructional practices.
  • Experience in developing new courses.
  • Ability and willingness to work effectively with community support groups, college committees, and other campus organizations and to be involved in co-curricular and extra- curricular activities.
  • An understanding of the advantages and challenges for developing a quality academic program at a rural community college. Ability to communicate effectively and work cooperatively with others in a team environment.
  • Ability to deliver instruction using strategies designed for diverse learning styles. Demonstrated ability to design goals and assess learning outcomes.

Note: Degrees and credits must be from accredited institutions (Title V Section 53406). Any degree from a country other than the United States, including Canada and Great Britain, must be evaluated by an evaluation service.

Note: The screening of candidates will be conducted by a screening committee. The screening committee reserves the right to limit the number of interviews granted. Meeting the minimum qualifications for a position does not assure the applicant of an interview.

Knowledge and Abilities

The successful applicant will be able to demonstrate that they are broadly prepared and have a depth of knowledge in the discipline. In addition, the successful applicant will be able to demonstrate the following knowledge and abilities:

  • Ability to work effectively and harmoniously with colleagues in an environment that promotes innovation, teaching, learning and service to diverse student population;
  • Ability to effectively work with students with a wide range of skills, motivations, academic and vocational goals;
  • Ability to develop curriculum, including curriculum delivered via different modalities; -Ability to participate in recruitment and articulation activities with local schools, colleges and universities;
  • Ability to communicate effectively, both orally and in writing;
  • Ability to maintain subject matter currency;
  • Ability to assess student, program, and institutional learning outcomes;
  • Knowledge of computers and willingness to adopt new technologies that support student success. Knowledge of and commitment to the California Community College mission.
SALARY RANGE$ 84,601.50 - $ 156,850.28 annuallyMaximum Entry Level Salary:$ 111,007.21 annually
SPECIAL INSTRUCTIONSFirst Review of Applications: Complete application packets will be accepted until the position is filled; but those received by October 18, 2023 are assured consideration. The College reserves the right to extend time limits or reinitiate the recruitment/selection process at any point.

Completed application packet must include:
  • Completed Online Application for Employment form
  • Current resume
  • Letter of interest (Cover Letter)
  • Statement of personal philosophy of teaching
  • Copy of legible transcripts
  • Copy of sample syllabi
  • List of five (5) professional references - Listed on application form

It is the applicant's responsibility to redact (or remove) any personal information from all documents prior to uploading. This includes Social Security Numbers, Date of Birth, and any photos of the applicant.

Foreign Degree: Applicants with foreign degrees from colleges or universities outside of the United States must have their coursework evaluated by a professional association that is a member of the National Association of Credential Evaluation Services (NACES) or Academic Credentials Evaluation Institute, INC. (ACEI). A copy of the evaluation must be submitted with your on-line application.

Applicants who require reasonable accommodation to participate in the selection process should contact Human Resources to make the necessary arrangements.
EEO Plan 2021-2024

Note: The District is strongly committed to achieving staff diversity and the principles of equal employment opportunity. The District encourages a diverse pool of applicants and does not discriminate on the basis of national origin, religion, age, gender, gender identity, gender expression, race or ethnicity, color, medical condition, genetic information, ancestry, sexual orientation, marital status, physical or mental disability, pregnancy, or because he/she is perceived to have one or more of the foregoing characteristics, or based on association with a person or group with one or more of these actual or perceived characteristics or any other characteristic protected by federal, state or local law, in any of its policies, procedures or practices. Discrimination Free Work Environment

The District does not provide sponsorship for authorization to work in the United States. Work authorization should be established at the time of application submission

All applicants must apply online at Emails will not be accepted.


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