Counselor, Veterans Services
Initial Closing Date: 10/20/21*, but open until
*For full-consideration, all application packets must be received
by 11:59 pm on the closing date. Any complete applications received
after the review date will only be forwarded to the hiring
committee at their request.
Foothill College is currently accepting applications for the
faculty position of Counselor, Veterans Resource Center,
ABOUT THE DISTRICT
Foothill - De Anza Community College District, composed of two
colleges and an education center, is one of the top performing
districts in both California and the United States, and one of the
largest, ranking seventh in size among the state's 72 districts,
serving more than 58,500 students per year and with an operating
budget of $180M unrestricted general fund. Consistent with its
mission, the District has a strong commitment to equity and
inclusion and incorporates those values in its policies,
procedures, and operations, and in its leadership and service to
students and the community. Publicly supported and locally
oriented, the District fills an essential role in workforce
development, continuing education, and skills preparation to meet
the changing demands of the highly diverse surrounding population
and business communities. The District's students and more than
2,000 faculty and staff enjoy an unparalleled quality of life in an
ideal climate, with physically pristine and fiscally sound campuses
that have earned their reputation for academic excellence.
Foothill - De Anza Community College District Mission
The mission of the Foothill-De Anza Community College District is
student success. We are driven by an equity agenda and guided by
core values of excellence, inclusion, and sustainability. Every
member of our district contributes to a dynamic learning
environment that fosters student engagement, equal opportunity, and
innovation in meeting the various educational and career goals of
our diverse students. We are committed to providing an accessible,
quality undergraduate education dedicated to developing a broadly
educated and socially responsible community that supports an
equitable and just future for California.
ABOUT FOOTHILL COLLEGE
The ideal candidate will share Foothill College's commitment to
educating its racially and socioeconomically diverse student
population. Foothill College serves approximately 13,000 students
per term, of which 29.7% are Asian, 27.3% Latinx, 25.5% White, 5.0%
Filipinx, 4.9% African American, 1.2% Pacific Islander, and 0.50%
Native American as of Fall 2019. At Foothill, 68.6% of students are
students of color and 29% apply for financial aid. Foothill College
is deeply committed to equity-minded leadership, reflecting the
great responsibility of the district to serve historically
underserved students. We seek to recruit and retain a diverse
workforce as a reflection of our commitment to equity, inclusion,
and maintaining the excellence of our faculty.
Foothill College Mission Statement:
Believing a well-educated population is essential to sustaining and
enhancing a democratic society, Foothill College offers programs
and services that empower students to achieve their goals as
members of the workforce, as future students, and as global
citizens. We work to obtain equity in achievement of student
outcomes for all California student populations, and are guided by
our core values of honesty, integrity, trust, openness,
transparency, forgiveness, and sustainability. Foothill College
offers associate degrees and certificates in multiple disciplines,
and a baccalaureate degree in dental hygiene.
DUTIES AND RESPONSIBILITIES OF THE POSITION
Under the direction of the Dean, Disability Resource Center and
Veteran Services, the Counselor, Veterans Resource
- Provide academic, personal, transfer and career counseling and
instruction to a diverse student veteran and military student
population with an emphasis on student veterans and military
students with disabilities.
- Assist students in clarifying academic goals and selecting a
- Accurately assess students' learning abilities, needs, and
- Assess and authorizes disability accommodations.
- Provide educational planning for students. Be responsible for
the development of educational plans, monitoring student progress
and conduct any follow-up activities.
- Serve as a resource regarding associate degree and certificate
programs as well as career planning and development.
- Provide workshops on counseling related topics and serve as a
campus resource to faculty and staff regarding strategies for
working with students with disabilities.
- Participate in college and division assignments and other
- Develop liaisons and networks with on and off campus programs,
agencies and community stakeholders.
- Teach counseling courses as part of workload.
- Performs other duties as assigned.
- This position may be assigned to work with retention counseling
Furthermore, the ideal candidate will be knowledgeable about how to
best support the academic and holistic success of student veterans,
with an emphasis on student veterans with disabilities. Strong
communication skills are essential as is the ability to advocate on
behalf of the needs and educational goal attainment of student
veterans and student veterans with disabilities. The ideal
candidate will be an equity-minded, motivated, innovative
self-starter with the ability to build rapport with students,
faculty, staff, administration, and point people serving within
nearby community/social service agencies.
Standard duties expected of all faculty include development and
evaluation of curricula, maintaining scheduled office hours,
attending department and division meetings, pursuing professional
growth activities, and performing other duties consistent with the
role of an instructor. Instructors also have the opportunity to
serve on district and college committees and participate in campus
Master's degree, or equivalent foreign degree, in
rehabilitation counseling, OR Master's degree, or equivalent
foreign degree, in special education, AND twenty-four (24) or more
semester units in upper division or graduate level coursework in
counseling, guidance, student personnel, psychology or social work,
Master's degree in counseling, guidance, student personnel,
psychology, career development, or social welfare; AND either
twelve (12) or more semester units in upper division or graduate
level coursework specifically in counseling or rehabilitation of
individuals with disabilities, OR two (2) years of full-time
experience, or the equivalent, in one or more of the following: (A)
Counseling or guidance for students with disabilities; or (B)
Counseling and/or guidance 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.
- Understanding of, sensitivity to, and respect for the diverse
academic, socio-economic, ethnic, religious, and cultural
backgrounds, disability, and sexual orientation of community
college students, faculty and staff.
- The minimum qualifications for service as a community college
counselor of student veterans with disabilities and military
students with disabilities shall be satisfied by meeting one of the
- Demonstrated knowledge of the role of a community college
counselor in providing academic, transfer, career, and personal
counseling to a diverse student population.
- Experience providing counseling services to student veteran
populations, including experience supporting veterans in
transitioning from military life to a community college
- Experience counseling adults with psychological
- Demonstrated commitment to racial equity, inclusion, diversity,
social justice, and multicultural education.
- Knowledge and experience related to community organizations,
social services and resources serving student veterans and students
- Knowledge of various statutes under which students are
certified for VA benefits.
- Knowledge and awareness of challenges and obstacles faced by
military veterans, service members, and students with disabilities
in pursuing their educational goals
- Knowledge of military history, culture and structure.
- Knowledge of disability culture, identity, justice, and
accommodations in higher education.
- Knowledge of and experience with computers, software, and
technology related to counseling.
- Knowledge of and experience in consensus building within a
diverse educational environment.
- Knowledge of factors that promote student persistence and
retention in college.
- Experience in establishing and maintaining linkages with
instructional divisions and special programs.
- Excellent verbal, written, interpersonal, and facilitation
- Indoor, office environment.
- Endurance within an educational setting; engaging with students
while standing, sitting, or walking throughout the department and
- Use aids such as chalkboards, posters, bulletin boards,
overhead projector, television, recorder, computer, and
- Retrieval, use, storage, and light lifting of educational
materials, including books, equipment, assignments, etc.
- Personally, model subject-matter knowledge in written and oral
- Address stressful events by (a) maintaining emotional control,
(b) listening without judgment or retaliation, (c) reasoning
objectively and consistently, (d) keeping at the forefront the best
interests of the student, and (e) maintaining professionalism and
(Applicants should perform these physical abilities with or without
- Hearing and speaking to exchange information.
- Seeing to read various materials.
- Vision sufficient to read various materials.
- Dexterity of hands and fingers to perform the tasks required of
- Regularly stand, walk, and sit for extended periods of
- Bending at waist, kneeling, or crouching.
- Reaching overhead, above the shoulders, and horizontally.
- Lifting and carrying objects up to 20 lbs.
To apply for this position, complete all online requirements on the
District's Employment website.
- A cover letter detailing your qualifications, skills, and
abilities as they relate to the position.
- A current resume of all work experience, formal education and
Please be sure your application includes all of the above materials
before you submit it. Incomplete applications will not be forwarded
to the hiring committee for review. For full-consideration, all
application packets must be received by 11:59 pm on the closing
If you wish to request equivalency for this position (if you
believe you do not otherwise meet minimum qualifications via
educational degree attainment as specified), you must submit the
Request for Equivalency form and supporting documentation. This
form must be submitted with your application packet. You may either
scan a hard copy of this form with your application packet or
submit it as a Word document with your application packet. http://hr.fhda.edu/_downloads/Equivalency.pdf
Please allow yourself ample time to complete your application and
resolve any technical difficulties that may arise with your
submission. We do not guarantee a response to application questions
within 48 hours of the closing date. You may also visit our
“Applicant Information” webpage to assist with technical
difficulties at: http://hr.fhda.edu/careers/a-applicant-instructions.html
Annually plus benefits; actual
placement is based on applicant's verified education and
experience. For the complete Faculty Salary Schedule, go to:
Excellent benefits package which includes medical coverage for
employee and eligible dependents, dental, vision care, employee
assistance program, long term disability, retirement benefits and
basic life insurance. Other voluntary benefits are also available
such as legal assistance, pet insurance, and long-term care.
Faculty are also eligible for paid professional development leaves
and stipends for educational and professional development. For
information on our benefits package that includes medical for
employees and dependents, visit our web site: http://hr.fhda.edu/benefits/index.html
In addition, the District is a participating member of the
California State Teachers Retirement System (CalSTRS) and the
successful applicant would be a member of the Faculty Association
(FA). The current Faculty/District Agreement can be found online
TERMS OF EMPLOYMENT:
11-months per year
Persons with disabilities who require reasonable accommodation to
complete the employment process must notify Employment Services no
later than the closing date of the announcement. The successful
applicant will be required to provide proof of authorization to
work in the U.S. The Foothill-De Anza Community College District
does not reimburse applicants for travel, lodging or any other
costs incurred by applicant to attend interviews. All interviewing
costs incurred will be the responsibility of the applicant.
For more information about our application process
Foothill-De Anza Community College District
12345 El Monte Road
Los Altos Hills, California 94022
To apply, visit https://fhda.csod.com/ux/ats/careersite/4/home/requisition/355?c=fhda