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Counselor (Academic Counselor-Learning Community Coordinator: Puente)
Southwestern Community College District

Date Posted Aug. 7, 2023
Title Counselor (Academic Counselor-Learning Community Coordinator: Puente)
University Southwestern Community College District
Chula Vista, CA, United States
Department Counseling
Application Deadline Open until filled
Position Start Date Available immediately
  • Assistant Professor
    Professional Staff
  • Rehabilitation Counseling/Psychology
    Educational Psychology/Behavior Analysis
    Counseling/Human Services

Counselor (Academic Counselor-Learning Community Coordinator: Puente)

Southwestern Community College District

Work Site:

Department: Counseling & Student Support Programs

District Values
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. Successful candidate may be assigned to any of the campus sites (Chula Vista, National City, Otay Mesa, and/or San Ysidro).
Southwestern Community College District (SCCD) is seeking one full-time, tenure track, equity-focused counseling 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.

THE COLLEGE 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.

OUR STUDENTS 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.

OUR VALUES 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:

    1. Critically self-assess their individual impact, through counseling practices and student engagement, on closing equity gaps and holds themselves accountable to upholding and delivering equitable services.
    2. Reframe deficit language and take individual and collective responsibility to look at their own practices as a vehicle to eliminate inequities.
    3. Encourage positive race-consciousness and embrace human differences.
    4. Strategically encourage and build buy-in and participation among colleagues for equity efforts.
    5. Understand the use of data in decision-making and counseling processes as it relates to the Vision for Success and Student Equity goals.

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:Under the 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.

Knowledge and Abilities:
The Puente Learning Community Coordinator assists Mexican, Mexican American, Latin American, Chicano/a, Latino/a and other student populations in transitioning into and connecting with the campus community, enhancing cultural and educational experiences, and increasing persistence and retention rates to achieve their educational goals. The assignment also involves providing educational, career, and personal counseling to students. The Counselor/Coordinator is expected to coordinate multiple cohorts of Puente and facilitate a variety of workshops utilizing the Puente Project statewide practices for new and continuing Puente students, classroom presentations, outreach activities, evening, and Saturday assignments. The Counselor will also provide referrals for students to other services and agencies. The Puente coordinator/counselor will also provide leadership in areas of student intervention strategies, enhancing student completions, teaching, career, and orientation to college courses. This assignment also includes instructing personal development courses, curriculum development, participation in the shared governance process through work in normal professional activities, committee work, and student activities.

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.

Education and Experience:

Minimum Qualifications: (Faculty and Academic Administrator Positions Only)
Masters 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 Bachelors degree in one of the above listed degrees and a license as a Marriage and Family Therapist (MFT) OR Possession of a valid California Community College Credential in Counseling OR the equivalent.
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.
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 preferable.

Desirable Qualifications:

  • Prior experience in coordinating community college Puente programs, and/or support services which worked directly with Mexican, Mexican American, Latin American, Chicano/a, Latino/a student populations.
  • Community college counseling experience.
  • Evidence of program coordination and implementation.
  • Evidence of previous teaching experience, especially at the community college level.
  • Evidence of an ability to use and to interpret various career assessments.
  • Evidence of knowledge in the use of various academic and career-related resources to assist students in researching important information about their academic goal, selecting a major and determining a career of their choice.
  • Evidence of an ability to develop a comprehensive student education plan leading to the completion of an education goal.
  • Evidence of an ability to work with students from diverse backgrounds with a wide range of academic skills.
  • Evidence of an ability to conduct various academic, career and job-related workshops and presentations.
  • Evidence of an ability to provide interventions for students on academic/progress probation,
  • Evidence of an ability to work with computers, multimedia, and other technologies utilized in providing high-quality instruction.
  • Evidence of an ability to communicate effectively both orally and in writing.
  • Desire and demonstrated ability to participate actively in the department, division, and college committees and in the shared governance of Southwestern College.
  • Desire and evidence of an ability to take on leadership roles both within the department and in the institution as a whole.
  • Commitment to the Mission and Strategic Objectives of the two-year college.
  • An understanding of the interconnectedness of socio-economic, cultural, environmental, and personal factors contributing to both the achievement of as well as barriers to success for Mexican American, Latin American, Chicano/a, Latino/a students and other populations.
  • Commitment to examine, reflect, and modify instructional, relational, classroom and counseling practices to effectively engage and support disproportionately impacted populations with a goal of closing the equity gaps.
  • 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 is desired.
  • Bilingual skills in English and other languages.

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 $68,468.00-$103,022.00 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 Benefits 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.

Start Date

January 2, 2024

Screening Deadline
All application materials must be received on-line at Position is open until filled. Applications received by the first screening deadline of 11:59 p.m. on Friday, September 15, 2023 are guaranteed to be reviewed by the selection committee. Any application received after the deadline is not guaranteed a review.

Work Schedule:
Successful candidate may be assigned to any of the campus sites (Chula Vista, National City, Otay Mesa, and/or San Ysidro).

Additional Information:
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 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

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 only.

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 disabilities.

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

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 (

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