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Job Posting Title:
Disability Services and Programs for Students (DSPS) Counselor (80%)/Learning Disabilities Specialist (20%)Location:
Los Rios Community College District (American River College)Department Location:
Disabled Student Programs and ServicesPosting Number:
Founded in 1955, American River College (ARC) is one of the largest institutions of higher education in the Sacramento region, serving about 30,000 diverse students each fall and spring at its main campus and centers.
The college has an outstanding record for academic quality and is among the top community colleges in the state for transferring students to the University of California and California State University systems. The College offers education and support for students to strengthen basic skills, earn associate degrees and certificates, transfer to other colleges and universities, and achieve career as well as other academic and personal goals. ARC also has a strong reputation for its wide array of career programs, in areas such as Healthcare, Hospitality, Human Services, Business & Computer Science, Public Safety, Applied Arts, Advanced Transportation and Manufacturing and Apprenticeship.
Our vision is to transform the future of all students and our community through inclusive, equitable education. The college seeks individuals who share our mission of placing students first by providing an academically rich, inclusive environment that inspires critical thinking, learning and achievement, and responsible participation in the community.
Our Commitment to Social Justice & Equity
American River College strives to uphold the dignity and humanity of every student and employee. We are committed to equity and social justice through equity-minded education, transformative leadership, and community engagement. We believe this commitment is essential to achieving our mission and enhancing our community. The college seeks candidates who are committed to culturally inclusive practices and serving ARC's student population. Faculty and staff are encouraged to engage in ongoing development of their professional skills. The college thus supports employee engagement in a broad range of trainings, workshops and activities such as the Equity Action Institute, the New Faculty Academy, and the Classified Leadership Academy. In addition, faculty and staff regularly participate in trainings offered through the college's Center for Teaching and Learning and its Instructional Technology Center.
The faculty member shall be responsible for the following: counseling services and/or teaching assigned classes under the supervision of the area dean; administering diagnostic testing to determine eligibility for learning disabilities services; helping students fulfill their maximum potential in mastering course content; assessing student learning outcomes; maintaining a thorough and up-to-date knowledge in their regular teaching field; continuing professional development; utilizing current technology in the performance of job duties; maintaining standards of professional conduct and ethics appropriate to the professional position; assisting with articulation and curriculum development and review; serving on college committees and participating in faculty governance including accreditation and student co-curricular activities; assuming other responsibilities as assigned by the area dean; fulfilling other duties and responsibilities of a full-time faculty member as outlined in the college faculty handbook.
The department maintains a focus on:
● Various types of disabilities, the functional limitations of those disabilities, disability law, and assistive technology● Knowledge of trends and challenges facing community college students with disabilities● Promoting maximum independence and integration of individuals with disabilities● Counseling of academically and/or economically disadvantaged students● Crisis intervention● Universal design● Student retention● Career exploration and decision making
American River College is committed to employees:
● Actively demonstrating a commitment to equity and inclusion
● Engaging in self-reflection and continuous improvement regarding individuals and their cultural competence
● Exercising responsibility and accountability for actions
● Viewing students, ALL students, as equally capable and worthy of our care, time and energy
● Demonstrating appreciation and respect for others' perspectives and lived experiences
Position Salary Information: Initial maximum salary placement is based on academic degree, upper/graduate level units earned, and/or related professional occupational experience per the Los Rios College Federation of Teachers (LRCFT) contract Article 2 (The initial maximum placement is Class V, Step 8).
The assignment may include, but is not limited to:
Academic/Career Counseling:● Assisting students in assessing aptitudes, abilities, and interests, including advisement on current and future employment trends for career decision making.● Conducting intake with students with disabilities who are applying for services to verify disability documentation and determine eligibility for services.● Developing an individualized Academic Accommodations Plan (AAP) for each eligible student to authorize specific services and reasonable accommodations.● Developing an individualized Integrated Student Educational Plan (iSEP) for each eligible student and monitoring students' academic progress.● Providing services to meet students' educational goals such as degree or certificate, transfer, vocational, skills building, and/or professional development.● Assisting students in assessing, planning, and implementing immediate and long- range goals.● Preparing and maintaining a cumulative counseling record for each counselee according to applicable reporting requirement, relaying pertinent information to college personnel as needed, and respecting the confidentiality of such records as required by law.● Working with four-year colleges and universities to assist students in a smooth transition to those institutions.● Studying the needs, interests, abilities, achievements, and aptitudes of students with disabilities, and recommending appropriate learning strategies and academic adjustments for students.● Providing counseling and academic advising to students with disabilities and assisting these students with establishing and implementing short-term and long-term goals.● Developing and maintaining close working relationships off campus, with outreach centers, high schools, neighboring colleges and universities, and community resource agencies, and on campus, with instructional areas, special programs, and administration regarding student success, retention, and recruitment.● May teach classes that include college success skills, personal development, career exploration and career decision-making skills. Personal Counseling:● Assisting students with life issues that interfere with academic success.● Assisting students with disability management, coping, and problem-solving techniques.
Crisis Intervention:● Providing students with campus and community services directly or through cooperative arrangement.
Multi-Cultural Counseling:● Maintaining an understanding of diverse and multi-cultural backgrounds and the appropriateness of counseling approaches. LD Specialist:● Administer diagnostic testing to determine eligibility for learning disabilities services in accordance with the California Community Colleges Learning Disabilities Eligibility and Services Model (LDESM). ● Meet individually with students to discuss their diagnostic results, learning styles, accommodations and academic concerns. ● Assess and diagnose specific learning disabilities using appropriate diagnostic instruments, e.g., the Woodcock-Johnson Psycho-Educational Battery (WJ-III) and Wecshler Adult Intelligence Scale III (WAIS-III). ● Recommend appropriate learning strategies and academic adjustments for students with specific learning disabilities.
The instructional assignment may include day, evening, online, hybrid, weekend, and/or off-campus classes.
174 daysMinimum Qualifications:
1. Have a master's degree from an accredited institution, completed by October 1, 2021, in Rehabilitation Counseling; OR, have a master's degree in Counseling, Guidance Counseling, Student Personnel, Clinical or Counseling Psychology, Education Counseling, Social Work, Career Development, Marriage and Family Therapy, Marriage, Family and Child Counseling; OR, have a bachelor's degree from an accredited institution, completed by October 1, 2021, 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 15 or more semester units in upper division or graduate level course work related to people with disabilities, or completion of six semester units, or the equivalent of a graduate-level counseling practicum or counseling field work courses, in post-secondary Disabled Services and Programs for Students program, or in a program dealing with people with disabilities, or two years of full-time experience, or the equivalent in one of the following:
(A) Counseling for students with disabilities; or (B) Counseling in industry, government, public agencies, military or private social welfare organizations in which the responsibilities are for persons with disabilities; OR, the equivalent.*
2. A master's degree from an accredited institution, completed by October 1, 2021, in learning disabilities, special education, education, psychology, speech language pathology, communication disorders, educational or school psychology, counseling, or rehabilitation counseling AND 15 semester units of upper division or graduate study in the area of learning disabilities, to include, adult cognitive and achievement assessment; OR the equivalent.
3. Knowledge of the fundamentals of non-visible disabilities and the psychological aspects of adults with learning disabilities. Plus, the completion and evidence of training on the California Community Colleges' Learning Disabilities Eligibility and Services Model (LDESM).
4. Have an equity-minded focus, responsiveness, and sensitivity to and understanding of the diverse academic, socioeconomic, cultural, disability, gender identity, sexual orientation, and ethnic backgrounds of community college students, including those with physical or learning disabilities as it relates to differences in learning styles; and successfully foster and support an inclusive educational and employment environment.
Applicants applying to this position are REQUIRED to complete fully and submit:
1. Los Rios Community College District Faculty Application
3. Letter of Interest
4. Unofficial transcripts of college/university work
$51,485 to $85,358 annually. Additional earnings may be available for summer, overload, and stipends. LRCCD Salary SchedulesAdditional Salary Information:
Entering annual salary within a given range varies, depending upon units/degrees completed at accredited colleges/universities and experience. Candidates not holding a master's degree may start at a salary lower than posted above.Posting Date:
NoBeginning and/or Ending Dates:
Full-Time, Tenure-Track Position Beginning on or about October 1, 2021.How and where to apply:
Please visit our Frequently Asked Questions for complete information on how to apply online with our District. If you need assistance with any phase of the application process, please call (916) 568-3112 during regular business hours Monday through Friday, 8:00 a.m. - 5:00 p.m.
After hours inquiries should be emailed to HR@losrios.edu. Submission of applications are by 11:59 p.m. of the posting closing date.
Offers of employment are contingent upon the successful clearance from a criminal background check, freedom from tuberculosis, and proof of identity and eligibility to work in the United States prior to the first day of work. The District may select additional qualified candidates should unexpected vacancies or needs occur during this recruitment/selection process. When education is a requirement for the position, official academic transcripts from the accredited college/university must be submitted within 60 days of hire.
Contingent on funding and eligibility, successful candidates selected for a face-to-face interview may be eligible to apply for partial reimbursement of travel expenses, up to a maximum of $450. Candidate Travel Reimbursement click here
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