Counselor (Academic Counselor - Guided Pathways)
Southwestern Community College District
900 Otay Lakes Road, Chula Vista, CA 91910
Counseling & Student Support Programs
Incumbents in District positions are expected to exhibit an
equity-minded focus, responsiveness, and sensitivity to and
understanding of the diverse academic, socioeconomic, cultural,
gender identity, sexual orientation, and ethnic backgrounds of
community college students, and employees, including those with
physical or learning disabilities, and successfully foster and
support an inclusive educational and employment environment.
This position may include a combination of day, evening,
weekend and extension site assignments.
Community College District (SCCD) is seeking a full-time, tenure
track, equity-focused faculty member committed to serving its'
culturally diverse student population. Southwestern Community
College District seeks counseling faculty who will foster an
inclusive learning environment through equity-minded counseling,
teaching, leadership, and service to students working toward goals
of university transfer, associate degree and certificate
completion, employment advancement, and personal growth.
Southwestern Community College District
is a single college district providing higher education in Chula
Vista, San Ysidro, Otay Mesa, National City and Coronado. SCCD's
strategic south San Diego County locations position the College to
provide exceptional service to a binational community on the
U.S.-Mexico International Border. SCCD is one of 20 initial
California Guided Pathways colleges and is known for its excellent
learning communities. As a designated Hispanic Serving Institution,
the College values equity, inclusion, and culturally responsive
andragogy for all students. The College is dedicated to providing
quality academic programs, comprehensive student support services
that ensure equitable access, and clear pathways to student
success. These efforts include professional development
opportunities, employee-led affinity groups, proud commitment to
DACA students, and supportive employee onboarding practices.
Southwestern Community College
District currently enrolls approximately 28,000 students annually.
SCCD is comprised of 69% Hispanic students, 10% Caucasian students,
9% Filipino students, 4% African American students, and 3% Asian
students. Approximately 63% of the College's students are under the
age of 24 with 23% between the ages 25-39. Our students' gender
demographics are represented by 55% female and 44% male.
We value the ability to serve students
from a broad range of cultural heritages, academic backgrounds,
genders, abilities, and orientations. We seek applicants who
demonstrate they understand the benefits diversity brings to a
professional educational community. Successful candidates will be
expected to exhibit responsiveness and sensitivity to and
understanding of the diverse academic, cultural, gender identity,
gender expression, sexual orientation, disability, religious, and
ethnic and racial backgrounds of community college students and
employees, and successfully foster and support an inclusive
educational and employment environment. An equity-minded individual
is a person who already does or has demonstrated the desire to:
- Critically self-assess their individual impact, through
counseling practices and student engagement, on closing equity gaps
and holds themselves accountable to upholding and delivering
- Reframe deficit language and take individual and collective
responsibility to look at their own practices as a vehicle to
- Encourage positive race-consciousness and embrace human
- Strategically encourage and build buy-in and participation
among colleagues for equity efforts.
- Understand the use of data in decision-making and counseling
processes as it relates to the Vision for Success and Student
Southwestern Community College District seeks faculty who value
mentorship and working in a collegial, collaborative environment,
guided by a commitment to helping all students achieve their
educational goals. RESPONSIBILITIES:
direction of the Dean, Counseling and Student Support Programs the
Counselor will be responsible for providing equity minded academic,
career and personal counseling to a diverse student population. The
Counselor will provide services including: serving as the Guided
Pathways counselor for the Health and Medical Occupations Field of
Study, interpretation of assessment results; development of
individual academic/educational plans; orientation presentations to
large groups of new students; small group advisement prior to
registration; follow-up on student progress; and participate in
District shared governance and/or other committees. In addition to
counseling duties, the Counselor will assist in the development of
programs and services to promote student retention; participate in
developing curriculum for Personal Development programs; instruct
Personal Development classes; participate in joint projects with
instruction; serve as liaison to instructional schools; and
participate in partnership activities with feeder school districts,
other colleges/universities, and community colleges. Please note,
this position is not a mental health therapist position at
Southwestern Community College District. It is focused on academic
counseling and not associated with behavioral health or located
within our personal wellness department.
Knowledge and Abilities:
Education and Experience:
Minimum Qualifications: (Faculty and Academic Administrator
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
Bachelor’s degree in one of the above
listed degrees and a license as a Marriage and Family Therapist
Possession of a valid California
Community College Credential in Counseling
- Community college counseling experience.
- Knowledge of the Student Equity & Achievement Program for
- Understanding of Guided Pathways and student services redesign
to deliver equitable outcomes.
- Experience with computerized student information systems.
- Experience with instruction and curriculum development,
understanding of developmental education.
- Experience with student educational planning, transfer
planning, and career-technical counseling strategies.
- Application of career counseling and assessment strategies,
crisis counseling, and community based organizations
- Also, an understanding of Title V, Categorical programs and
changes impacting Student Services.
- Specialized experience with online counseling, First Year
Experience, Foster Youth, Restorative Justice or Veteran Students
- Bilingual skills in English and other languages.
Candidates must exhibit an appreciation of, a sensitivity to, and
respect for a rich and diverse academic environment, inclusive of
students, faculty, and staff of varying social, economic, cultural,
ideological and ethnic backgrounds, and those with disabilities.
Experience working in a community with a similar diversity pattern
as is found in the service area for Southwestern College is
Upon initial employment, full-time faculty members are placed on
the salary schedule based upon years of experience and
education. Initial salary placement for experience can range
from $60,576.00-$91,147.00 per year. Faculty members are encouraged
to continue their professional development through additional study
qualifying them for advancement on the salary schedule. For
the current salary schedule and information on salary placement
visit our website at
include a choice of medical plans, dental coverage, vision, sick
leave and an optional tax deferred flexible benefit plan.
Coverage is offered for employees and all eligible dependents.
Academic employees participate in the State Teachers’
Retirement System, a defined-benefit retirement plan through the
State of California.
July 1, 2022
All application materials must be received on-line at https://jobs.swccd.edu
. Position is
open until filled. Applications received by the first screening
deadline of 11:59 p.m. on Friday, February 11, 2022 are
guaranteed to be reviewed by the selection committee. Any
application received after the deadline is not guaranteed a
Successful candidate may be assigned to any of the campus sites
(Chula Vista, National City, Otay Mesa, and/or San Ysidro).
We regret we are unable to accept faxed, e-mailed, mailed, or hand
delivered application materials. Only complete application
materials submitted through SWC online system will be accepted. To
complete and submit your application for this position, please
visit our online employment website at https://jobs.swccd.edu
. All required
information must be submitted online before the review date and
time indicated on the job posting.
A confirmation number will be assigned if your application packet
has been successfully submitted. Assistance with the online
application process is available through the Human Resources Office
at 900 Otay Lakes Road, Chula Vista, CA 91910; telephone: (619)
482-6395 or e-mail to email@example.com.
It is the sole responsibility of the applicant to ensure that all
application materials are received by the review deadline date. A
separate, complete application packet is required for each position
for which you are applying for. All materials included in your
application packet become District property, will not be returned,
will not be copied, and will be considered for this opening
Candidates selected for employment with Southwestern Community
College District must be fingerprinted by an electronic
fingerprinting service (i.e. LiveScan) within 10 days of
employment; provide clearance of tuberculosis (dated within the
past 4 years and renewed every four years as a condition of
continued employment) within 60 days of employment; provide proof
of eligibility to work in the United States.
In addition to the above, for Faculty/Administrator positions
(only), successful candidate must submit official (sealed) college
transcripts confirming date degree conferred and/or a valid CA
Community College Credential.
Reasonable accommodations will be provided to candidates with
verified disabilities. Accommodation requests should be made at the
time the interview appointment is scheduled.
As an Equal Opportunity Employer and in compliance with the
Americans with Disabilities Act, Southwestern Community College
District will make reasonable accommodations for individuals with
The Southwestern Community College District shall not discriminate
against any person in employment or in any program affiliated with
the District on the basis of age, ancestry, color, ethnic group
identification, national origin, religion, race, sex, sexual
orientation, physical or mental disability, veteran status, or on
the basis of these perceived characteristics, or based on
association with a person or group with one or more of these actual
or perceived characteristics.
Notice of Availability of the Annual Security Report - Southwestern
College is committed to assisting all members of the community in
providing for their own safety and security. The Annual Security
Report is available on the SWCPD website at https://www.swccd.edu/student-support/safety-and-security/jeanne-clery-act/
If you would like to receive a hard copy of the Annual Security
Report, which contains this information, you can stop by the SWC
College Police Department or you can request that a copy be mailed
to you by calling (619) 482-6390.
The report contains information regarding campus security and
personal safety including topics such as: crime prevention; public
safety authority; crime reporting policies; programs to prevent
dating violence, domestic violence, sexual assault, and stalking;
the procedures the College will follow when one of these crimes is
reported; and other matters of importance related to security on
campus. The report also contains information about crime statistics
for the three most recent calendar years concerning reported crimes
that occurred on campus; in certain off-campus buildings or
property owned or controlled by the College or a recognized student
organization; and on public property within, or immediately
adjacent to and accessible from the campus.
This information is required by law and is provided by the SWC
College Police Department.
Drug and Alcohol Abuse Prevention Plan (DAAPP) - More information
about the DAAPP, including the Drug Free Environment and Drug
Prevention Program Policy and Procedure and Biennial report can be
found in the Health and Safety Section of the campus Consumer
Information page ( http://www.swccd.edu/index.aspx?page=1084
To apply, visit: https://jobs.swccd.edu/postings/3655