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Counselor/Coordinator - Disabled Student Programs & Services (DSPS)

Mendocino College

Job Description

Mendocino College is seeking a full-time, tenure-track DSPS Counselor/Coordinator - to join our friendly, dynamic Counseling Department and Student Services Division.

Under general direction of the Dean of Counseling and Student Programs, and as a member of the Counseling Department, this position provides counseling and coordination for Disabled Student Programs & Services (DSPS).

This position also includes guidance and support to the following:

  • Guided Pathways Committee
  • Curriculum Committee
  • Counseling Department
  • Student Services Division
  • Faculty
  • Staff

Please review our District Mission, Goals, and Values at the following website: MLCCD - Mission, Vision, Goals
This is a full-time, tenure track, general funded, contract position. The work year consists of 211 days (200 days, over 12 months, 7/1-6/30, plus an additional 8 flex/professional development days (54 hours individually designed) and 3 District directed flex/professional development days. Specific work days and hours will be set at the time of employment and annually thereafter.

We recommend downloading this job announcement as you prepare your application materials for submission. Incomplete applications will not be forwarded to the screening committee.

Through this online portal submit the following documents:

  • Completed online application;
  • Cover Letter that succinctly addresses how your experience and professional qualifications prepare you for this position;
  • CV including education, experience, professional organizations, and accomplishments.
  • List three (3) professional or academic references who can speak to your qualifications for the position and their contact information (personal references will not be accepted);
  • Photocopies of all transcripts; a foreign transcript evaluation must be attached if applicable. Official copies of transcripts are required upon employment;
  • A written response to the following, please include specific examples of your experience in your answers (up to two pages total):
    • What is the role of the Disabled Student Program and Services in the California Community College system?
    • Describe your experience counseling community college students (17 and older) from a variety of backgrounds including those with intellectual, mental health, deaf and hard of hearing disabilities. Describe the formats, methods and tools you use to support students during your counseling sessions.
    • Please define equity and social justice in education and describe what role counseling faculty plays in fostering these efforts on a college campus.

If meeting the state mandated minimum qualifications based on equivalency, complete the MLCCD equivalency application and include all supporting documents.

Applications found at: MLCCD - Equivalency Form and Instructions

Mendocino College welcomes applications from all qualified candidates who demonstrate sensitivity to and understanding of the diverse academic, socioeconomic, cultural, disability, and ethnic backgrounds of our community college students.


Compensation is dependent on education and experience.

Annual salary offered at $78,941 - $113,254. Step seven (7) is the maximum step placement based on year for year teaching experience or two years of FTE work experience in the field per step.

Please see the current salary schedule at: MLCCD - Salary Schedule

Benefits: With NO monthly premium contribution from the faculty member, we offer a comprehensive benefits package that includes family medical, dental, vision, EAP benefits and employee life insurance. Additional voluntary life insurance is available for employee purchase. Benefits are effective the first of the month following hire date.

Paid Time Off: The successful candidate will earn twelve (12) days of sick leave per year.

Retirement: This position is eligible for CalSTRS Retirement. Additional, voluntary 403{b)programs are available.

The successful candidate will support success by providing instructional support and institutional collaboration. This includes the following duties and/or assignments:


  • Conducts DSPS student intakes and follow up counseling appointments.;
  • Determines student eligibility based on verification documents and interactive process; reviews information with student to determine educational limitations and creates accommodation letters; manages implementation of accommodation services;
  • Counsels students with disabilities considering Career and Technical programs, local degrees and/or transfers to other colleges; assists students in selecting an appropriate major and institution;
  • Assists students with disabilities and exploring and defining their personal college goal; assists faculty, administrators, staff, and advocates in supporting and understanding these needs; maintains regular contact with faculty members regarding student issues and concerns;
  • Helps students become more knowledgeable about their aptitudes, interests, values, and achievement levels; assists students in planning their selection of courses;
  • Stays current with transfer requirements of other colleges and vocational training institutions; acts as a resource for faculty concerning the transfer process to a four-year college;
  • Interviews students who are officially withdrawing from the College, on probation, on academic dismissal or petitioning to graduate;
  • Assists in developing an effective matriculation process for new students, to include a comprehensive student education plan;
  • Refers students who require more specialized counseling to appropriate agencies in the community;
  • Assists students in clarifying their educational and career goals, develop comprehensive educational plans and maintain currency as it relates to institutional and/or transfer requirements;
  • Teaches students how to view available course offerings and register for courses;
  • Assists students in planning their selection of courses;
  • Utilizes and stays abreast of advanced counseling methods and student development theories which include integrating technology to support student learning and career objectives;
  • Assists faculty, administrators, staff, in recognizing student needs, issues and concerns; Provides intervention services for students such as early alert;
  • Participates in shared governance committees;
  • Participates in regularly scheduled counseling department meetings Performs other counseling duties as assigned;
  • Prepares and maintains academic counseling notes, required forms, and/or paperwork needed to assist students;
  • Assists with catalog and class schedule review;
  • Plan and conduct workshops related to the matriculation process;
  • Assist in planning, developing, and implementing effective support for Transfer efforts to a four-year college/university;
  • Assists in planning, implementing, and evaluation the Counseling program through Program Review; Assist the Counseling department in developing Service Learning Outcomes;
  • Assist the departmental planning and implementing staff development activities; Assist with the curriculum development of College and Career Success Courses; Serve on a variety of college committees;
  • Evening or weekend work may be required on occasion, with schedule modified.


  • Develops, implements, and oversees department services; coordinates with assigned staff on DSPS program projects, resources, and activities;
  • Lead in planning, implementing, and evaluating the DSPS program through Program Review;
  • Lead the DSPS department in developing and assessing Service Learning Outcomes;
  • Oversees specialized services and contracts, such as Deaf and Hard of Hearing services;
  • Plan, organize, develop program activities, complete program reports, and maintain and monitor the program budget;
  • Serves as the College DSPS liaison for the respective geographic feeder schools and agencies;
  • Monitors District compliance with state and federal laws and policies related to the DSPS and Title 5 CCR;
  • Coordinates and supports DSPS staff in delivering appropriate services to college students who have verified disabilities;
  • Coordinates with other college staff who work to support accessibility such as Distance Education Coordinator and Web & Instructional Designer;
  • Provides information about professional resources and training for faculty in creating accessible materials in their classroom and online courses;
  • Facilitate access to training and other support measures with staff and faculty to specialized software and applicable technology;
  • Manages student files and documentation as mandated by the Chancellor's Office;
  • Oversees all aspects of special class instruction;
  • Facilitates public information and college communications concerning the DSPS;
  • Attends meetings, including local, state, and regional workshops and seminars, to stay current on relevant issues; serves on college committees;
  • Performs other duties as assigned.


Office environment; subject to interruptions and distractions. Physical demands include sitting, standing, reaching, bending, walking, and lifting actual weight of 25 pounds.


Must meet Human Resources guidelines for qualified hiring; including by not limited to a Live Scan background check and completion of TB test.

Posses an understanding of the diverse academic, socioeconomic, cultural, disability, gender/gender- identity, and ethnic backgrounds of community college students and willingness to create safe and inclusive learning environments for all students.

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, 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 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 a post-secondary Disabled Students Programs and Services program or in a program dealing with people with disabilities, or two years of fulltime experience, or the equivalent, in one or more o 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.

If meeting the state-mandated minimum qualifications based on equivalency, the link below will take you to Mendocino College's equivalency policy and form that must be filled out and submitted with your application packet. Please read the directions very closely and submit all supporting documentation with the equivalency upon application.

MLCCD - Equivalency Form and Instructions


  • Ability to address the needs of the community served by the college, including Spanish Language capabilities;
  • Bilingual and bicultural Spanish highly preferred.


  • Exemplary counseling and guidance principles, techniques, and procedures for students with disabilities;
  • Specific disabilities and implications for education and support services;
  • State and Federal requirements concerning programs for students with disabilities;
  • Building code regulations concerning architectural barriers;
  • Public agencies that support and serve students with disabilities;
  • Academic requirements for community colleges and transfer requirements to four-year institutions; Community college student services and academic policies and procedures;
  • Community college assessment procedures and techniques; Job market and career trends and requirements;
  • Use of computers and on-line strategies for counseling; Principles and theories of learning;
  • Community college mission;
  • Application and use of: Intersegmental General Education Transfer Curriculum (IGETC), the California State University General Education- Breadth (CSUGE), the University of California Transfer Course Agreements (UC TCA) and California statewide Course Identification Numbering System (C-ID) and ASSIST (official statewide database and online resource of articulation agreements and transferability lists).


  • Work with and assist students having a great range of skills, motivation, and academic or vocational goals; provide academic, vocational, and personal counseling;
  • Evaluate and provide appropriate counseling for students with disabilities;
  • Read, interpret, and apply policies, laws, rules, and regulations pertaining to students with disabilities;
  • Act as a liaison between college and community agencies on behalf of students with disabilities;
  • Develop procedures;
  • Work with minimum supervision; review and evaluate counseling needs and formulate recommendations as appropriate maintain confidentiality;
  • Evaluate faculty; maintain records;
  • Accurately compile data and prepare reports;
  • Operate a computer and related technology, including virtual and remote services platforms;
  • Deal effectively with a wide variety of personalities and situations using sound judgment;
  • Demonstrate professional interpersonal skills by working cooperatively and effectively with others;
  • Understand and carry out verbal and written directions;
  • Demonstrate exemplary attention to detail;
  • Create clear organizational systems for effective reporting;
  • Communicate effectively both verbally and in writing;
  • Make effective presentations;
  • Work variable locations and hours, including evenings and weekends.

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