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Disability Services and Programs for Students Counselor/Learning Disabilities Specialist
Santa Barbara City College

Date Posted Apr. 25, 2022
Title Disability Services and Programs for Students Counselor/Learning Disabilities Specialist
University Santa Barbara City College
Santa Barbara, CA, United States
Department Disability Services and Programs for Students (DSPS)
Application Deadline Open until filled
Position Start Date Available immediately
  • Assistant Professor
    Professional Staff
  • Educational Psychology/Behavior Analysis
    Counseling/Human Services
    Audiology/Speech Pathology
    Rehabilitation Counseling/Psychology
    Special Education

Disability Services and Programs for Students
Counselor/Learning Disabilities Specialist
Full Time Tenure Track Eligible Faculty Position
*Categorically Funded*

Please apply at

A message from Dr. Kindred Murillo, Superintendent/President, Santa Barbara City College

Congratulations on the choice you made to explore employment opportunities at Santa Barbara City College (College). As one of the top community colleges in the country we seek exceptional individuals who will contribute to the College's vision and mission. With our commitment to the success of every student Santa Barbara City College has created a unique academic culture, which has been recognized with numerous accolades and awards. This includes the 2013 Aspen Award for Community College Excellence in, among other things, increased levels of access and success for marginalized and low-income students.

We are committed to academic excellence, diversity, equity, and inclusion among our faculty, staff, and students. As a community, we believe that diversity comes in many forms. We understand that individuals are multidimensional, shaped by the intersections of a variety of life experiences and factors. We recognize and challenge the inequities that stem from the complex world in which we live and embrace the many facets of people that make up our wonderful College. And as a leader among community colleges we take pride in our ability to solve problems for the benefit of our students and the community.

Consequently, we seek College employees who will take responsibility for equitable outcomes and successful pathways for our students. And, in return, we make every effort to make this a great place to work. If this appeals to you and you are ready to make the commitment we invite you to join our community and embrace our commitments and values.Vision Statement:
Santa Barbara City College strives to build a socially conscious community where knowledge and respect empower individuals to transform our world.

Mission Statement:
Santa Barbara City College welcomes all students. The College provides a diverse learning environment and opportunities for students to enrich their lives, advance their careers, complete certificates, earn associate degrees, and transfer to four-year institutions.

The College is committed to fostering an equitable, inclusive, respectful, participatory, and supportive community dedicated to the success of every student.

College Facts (as of Fall 2021)
Instruction, administrative, and support services are provided by 205 full-time faculty, 368 adjunct faculty, and 313 full-time staff and management.

Santa Barbara City College currently enrolls approximately 13,781 students, the majority of whom are from racially diverse populations as follows: African American/Black - 2.5%; American Indian/Alaskan Native: 0.3%; Asian/Filipino/Pacific Islander- 5.8%; Hispanic/Latinx - 39.5%; two or more races - 5.9.%; Unknown - 3.5%; and White: 42.4%.

45.2% of SBCC's students are under age 19, 29.5% are between the ages 20 and 24, 17.1% are between the ages of 25 and 39, and 8.1% are 40 or older.

34.4% of SBCC's students attend full time (12 units or more), and 65.6% of SBCC students attend part- time.

Most recently, we were honored by philanthropist MacKenzie Scott with a gift of $20 million in recognition of the excellent work that we do involving diversity, equity and inclusion initiatives.

In 2018, Santa Barbara City College celebrated 100 years of Adult Education in the Santa Barbara community.

The College recently adopted the Umoja program, a transfer success program geared toward African-American and other black students.

In 2009, SBCC gained the status of Hispanic Serving Institution, which among many other benefits, made the college eligible to apply for federal grants geared toward strengthening institutional capacity and building programs to increase the success of Hispanic and other underrepresented students.

April 14, 2022
Job requisition# 03-2022-R4/R5

Completed online applications must be submitted by Friday, May 13, 2022 @11:59 PM PST..

The current salary schedule range for an entering tenure-track faculty member is $60,856 - $95,406 plus an earned doctoral bonus of $3,042.80. Depending on the entry step, the faculty member advances one-step each year and has the potential to reach the current maximum step of $121,454, depending on the educational level attained. Starting salary is commensurate with academic preparation and full-time related, paid experience. In addition to salary, each full-time employee participates in a "cafeteria style" health and welfare benefits program.

Santa Barbara City College is seeking two full-time, tenure track faculty members positions in Disability Services and Programs for Students (DSPS) to start in Fall 2022. In 2009, SBCC was designated as an Hispanic-Serving Institution, reflecting our responsibility to support and serve the needs of our Latina/o/x students. Moreover, given our overall student population, the ideal candidate will demonstrate a commitment to join a department that is dedicated to the use of curriculum and pedagogy that shares SBCC's commitment to educating its racially and socioeconomically diverse post-traditional student population.

A full-time, tenure track, 10-month faculty position will be available in the Disability Services and Programs for Students (DSPS) department effective Fall 2022. The Specialist will provide disability related counseling to SBCC students; facilitate the interactive process to identify functional limitations, fundamental requirements and reasonable accommodations to ensure equal educational access; provide and document appropriate services and maintain accurate records; refer students to other appropriate campus and community services; provide curriculum development and instruction that focuses on access and retention; implement the California Community Colleges' Learning Disabilities Eligibility & Services Model by assessing students to determine eligibility for disability-related accommodations and services; provide expertise to the college as a Learning Disabilities Specialist by advocating for students, consulting with colleagues, and collaborating with instructors; develop disability awareness training for the campus and community; consult with DSPS colleagues, faculty and administration regarding access to facilities, technology, instructional programs, college information, and student services; provide expertise for college personnel in meeting the guidelines of federal and state disability laws; participate in the governance of the college via committee assignments; engage in professional development activities that include diversity, equity, accessibility, inclusion and social justice; participate fully in department responsibilities.

*Note: this position will work a distributed work calendar that begins on July 1, 2022 - June 30, 2023 along with an additional 20 days beyond the 10-month faculty contract. Schedule to be approved by the department chair and Dean.

Candidates must possess the minimum qualifications for the discipline as approved by the California Community Colleges Board of Governors and defined in the Minimum Qualifications for Faculty and Administrators in California Community Colleges handbook.

To be qualified for the Learning Disability Specialist/Counselor position, applicants must meet the state minimum qualifications required in the following disciplines: Counselor of Students with Disabilities AND Learning Disabilities Specialist as listed below.

1. Counselor of Student with Disabilities:
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 or 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 Therapist (MFT); AND either fifteen (15) or more semester units in upper division or graduate-level coursework specifically related to people with disabilities, OR
Completion of six (6) semester units, or the equivalent of graduate-level counseling practicum or counseling field-work courses, in a post-secondary Disabled Students Programs and Services (DSPS) program or in a program dealing with people with disabilities OR
Two (2) years of full-time experience, or the equivalent, in one or more of the following:
Counseling students with disabilities OR
Counseling in industry, government, public agencies, military or private social welfare organizationsin which the responsibilities are for persons with disabilities disabilities
A lifetime California Community College Disabled Students Programs and Service (DSPS) Instructor Credential authorizing service to teach courses in college for students with disabilities.

2. Learning Disabilities Specialist:
Master's degree in learning disabilities, special education, education, psychology, speech language pathology, communication disorders, educational or school psychology, counseling, or rehabilitation counseling AND fifteen (15) semester units of upper division or graduate study in the area learning disabilities to include, but not limited to adult cognitive and achievement assessment OR
The Equivalent OR
A lifetime California Community College Disabled Students Programs and Service(DSPS) Instructor Credential authorizing service to teach courses in college for students with disabilities.
3. Possess a combination of education and experience that is at least the equivalent to all of the above.Candidates making an application on the basis of equivalency must submit an Application for Equivalency in addition to all other required material.
4. Evidence of a sensitivity to and understanding of the diverse academic, socioeconomic, culture, disability, gender identity, sexual orientation, and ethnic backgrounds of community college students, faculty and staff.
If the title of your degree as stated on your transcripts DOES NOT EXACTLY MATCH one of the degree titles listed in the minimum qualifications listed above, you must request an equivalency review and submit conclusive supporting documents at the time of application. Those documents include a completed SBCC Equivalency Crosswalk and a narrative synopsis of your educational background justifying equivalency.

Commitment to the community college mission.
An understanding of the implications a Hispanic-Serving designation suggests for institutional, departmental, and instructional practices.
An understanding of how historical patterns of exclusion of racially and/or ethnically minoritized students within Higher Education shape patterns of participation and outcomes within the classroom.
Evidence of working effectively with racially and/or ethnically diverse populations.
Evidence of responsiveness to and understanding of students with different ability statuses (e.g. physical and/or learning).
An understanding of anti-racist and culturally-responsive pedagogical practices which honor and respect what students bring to the classroom and uses students' prior knowledge and/or lived experiences to inform instruction.
Evidence of working effectively with post-traditional students
Completion of, or eligibility for, training in the current CCC Chancellor's Office Learning Disabilities Eligibility & Services Model Psycho-Educational Battery, the Wechsler Adult Intelligence Scale, the Wide Range Achievement Test, The Wechsler Individual Achievement Test, and the Nelson-Denny Reading Test.
Experience evaluating disability documentation and determining reasonable accommodations based on functional limitations.Understanding equity as the recognition of historical and systemic disparities in opportunity and outcomes and providing the resources necessary to address those disparities.
Understanding universal design as a framework for achieving equity, so students have options for how they learn, have accessible materials and flexibility in how they demonstrate their learning.
An equity-minded, culturally responsive counseling approach focused on creating a welcoming and inclusive space that supports student engagement and success.
Working knowledge of Sections 504 and 508 of the Rehabilitation Act, Americans with Disabilities Act, and other Federal and State legislation affecting the provision of disability services in the college setting.
Ability to communicate and collaborate effectively and professionally with the campus community.
Experience in interpreting and administering learning disabilities assessments, especially with the Woodcock Johnson
Experience advising or counseling college students with a range of disabilities in higher education.
Experience teaching college students with disabilities, and supporting students with strategies in the areas of transfer level math and English.
Experience working with students from diverse cultural, ethnic, socioeconomic, academic and disability backgrounds including intervention, retention and success strategies.
Experience giving presentations on disabilities and educational equity to the public.
Familiar with the K-12 legal landscape as well as evaluating IEPs and 504 Plans for the purpose of developing an appropriate Academic Accommodation Plan for the college setting.
Knowledge of computer technology, assistive technology, and online instruction along with access barriers for students with disabilities.
Experience advising or instructing students with disabilities taking classes online.
Experience in developing and assessing Student Learning Outcomes and Services Area Outcomes.
Ability to communicate in American Sign Language (ASL).
Ability to communicate in Spanish.

Completed online applications must be submitted by Friday, May 13, 2022 @11:59 PM PST.

(The following required documents must be submitted electronically via the online application system.)

1. Online District Application form at

2. Cover letter addressing the applicant's experience and the desirable qualifications listed in this announcement.

3. CV or Resume.

4. Within the online application is a required supplemental question on diversity. The committee will be reviewing your answer as part of the screening process. Please take your time and answer the question thoroughly

5. Copy of an unofficial college/university transcript, which verifies minimum qualifications.
Transcripts must show the degree title and the date the degree was conferred or the degree will not be considered for the purpose of determining if you meet minimum qualifications. If the qualifying degree has yet to be conferred and you expect to have the degree before you begin employment, you must submit transcripts that state the title of the degree you are working toward obtaining and indicate the anticipated completion date in your response to the associated supplemental question provided during the application process. Diplomas will not be accepted in lieu of transcripts. An official copy of your transcripts will be required upon being hired. Instructors will not be allowed to start working until official transcripts have been received.

6. If claiming equivalency, attach a separate statement in the "Documents Needed To Apply" section entitled "Equivalency" in the online application. The statement presents the basis for this claim and submit supporting evidence, e.g. transcripts, publications, other documents.
Instructions for Completing Equivalency Documentation

7. Foreign Transcript: Transcripts issued outside the United States require a course-by-course analysis with an equivalency statement from an officialUSAcertified transcript evaluation service verifying the degree equivalency to that of an accredited institution within theUSA. This report must be attached to the online application.NOTE: If you have completed coursework at a foreign institution that is not recognized as accredited by the Council for Higher Education Accreditation (CHEA) or the U.S. Department of Education, you must include a full evaluation of the foreign transcript with your application materials if you wish for us to consider the coursework. To search for institutions that are recognized as accredited byCHEAor the U.S. Department of Education, visit or For a list of recognized organizations providing transcript evaluation services, visit

8. Letters of reference are not required for this recruitment. Please do not submit reference letters within your online application.

9. Within the online application, there is a required section to list three professional references; a maximum of six references may be submitted.These references will be contacted if you are selected as a finalist for the position.These references should be able to critically assess your work qualifications and job performance

Additional Instructions: If you experience technical difficulties attaching any of your documents electronically, please contact Human Resources for instructions. If you do not have a scanner, there are commercial facilities available to assist you with this process. All required documents must be submitted with your electronic application by the application deadline or your application will be considered incomplete and will not be considered.

Application Procedure:To be considered for this position, a complete online application including all required application documents (listed above) must be submitted via by the application deadline (please see instructions to applicants). It is important that the online District Application form (Item #1) be complete and specific to fully indicate the education, experience and other qualifications of the applicant. "See Resume" is not acceptable.
If you apply for more than one position, copies of all the required documents must be attached separately for each position. Applications and all documents submitted become the property of SBCC and are retained electronically.

Please Note: You will receive a confirmation number when your complete application has been successfully submitted online.

Selection Procedure:
The selection committee, who will recommend candidates for personal interviews at SBCC, will initially review online applications. A learning demonstration will be required for selected applicants to share their assessment results. After the initial interviews have been conducted, the committee will recommend the top candidates to the Superintendent/President for a final interview. The successful candidate's name will then be presented to the Board of Trustees for final approval and authorization to hire. Candidates will participate primarily in remote interviews and in some instances final interviews may be conducted in person while observing all health and safety protocols as approved by the Santa Barbara County Health Department.

Please Note: Santa Barbara City College regrets that applicants cannot be reimbursed for expenses related to the application or interview process, including travel expenses.

Accommodation for Applicants with Disabilities:
If you are selected for an interview and need special services or facilities to participate in the interview, please contact Human Resources. Reasonable accommodation will be provided for applicants with disabilities who self-disclose.

General Requirements to be submitted Upon Offer of Employment:
Satisfactory fingerprint report and a completed tuberculosis risk assessment.
Documentation verifying identity and United States citizenship or authorization that you have the right to work in the United States permanently and do not now or in the future require sponsorship by Santa Barbara City College or other hiring institutions.
Official transcripts conferring college degrees indicated on the employment application.

The work environment and physical demands described here are representative of those required by an employee to perform the essential functions of this job successfully.Reasonable accommodations may be made to enable individuals with disabilities to perform the essential functions.

Indoor and outdoor instructional classroom work environment
Subject to variable work hours
Driving a vehicle to conduct work
Constant interruptions

PHYSICAL DEMANDS: (with or without provision of reasonable accommodation)
Hearing and speaking to exchange information.
Ability to remain in a stationary position (sitting or standing) for an extended period of time.
Communicating and expressing oneself clearly on a variety of topics in conversations with, and presentations to, staff, students, and members of the community.
Reaching overhead, above the shoulders and horizontally.
Reaching, bending and stooping to retrieve materials.
Lifting, carrying materials to and from teaching locations.
Pushing, pullingassistivetools for transporting materials.
Regular operation of a computer keyboard, calculator, and other normal office equipment.
Reading a variety of complex materials.
Mobility as required on campus and between locations to monitor student activities.

For all Full Time Faculty openings, deadlines, and link to online application, please visit our website at:

Santa Barbara City College,
721 Cliff Drive, Santa Barbara, CA 93109-2394
(805) 965-0581Ext. 2258
Interviews by Invitation Only

SBCC is an equal opportunity employer committed to nondiscrimination on the basis of national origin, religion, age, gender, gender identity, gender expression, race, ethnicity, color, medical condition, genetic information, ancestry, sexual orientation, marital status, physical or mental disability, pregnancy, military and veteran status, 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, consistent with applicable federal and state laws. Reasonable accommodation will be provided for applicants with disabilities who self-disclose.

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