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Promise Scholars Counselor (Full-time Tenure-Track Faculty Position) (5 Positions Available)
San Mateo County Community College District

Date Posted Mar. 26, 2021
Title Promise Scholars Counselor (Full-time Tenure-Track Faculty Position) (5 Positions Available)
University San Mateo County Community College District
San Mateo, CA, United States
Department Counseling
Application Deadline Open until filled
Position Start Date Available immediately
  • Assistant Professor
  • Administration - Counseling Services
    Social Sciences - Psychology

Promise Scholars Counselor (Full-time Tenure-Track Faculty Position) (5 Positions Available)

San Mateo County Community College District

Posting Number:

Department: Counseling CSM (DEPT)

Location: College of San Mateo

Position Number: 4F0094, 4F0144, 4F0168, 4F0217, and 4F0247

Percentage of Full Time: The work year is 175 days (10 months of service).

FLSA: Exempt (does not accrue overtime)

Months per Year: 10

If other, please specify:

Salary Range: Initial placement with a Masters degree can range from $77,964 up to $ 97,836 per year; and a Ph.D. can range from $89,340 to $104,448 per year.


Min Salary:

Max Salary:

Position Type: Faculty Positions

Who We Are:

The San Mateo County Community College District is committed to achieving educational equity for all students. As outlined in the Districts Strategic Plan, success, equity, and social justice for our students are longstanding goals. The Districts Students First Strategic Plan is focused on Student Success, Equity and Social Justice. We provide students with a rich and dynamic learning experience that embraces differences emphasizing collaboration and engaging students in and out of the classroom, encouraging them to realize their goals, and to become global citizens and socially responsible leaders. When you join our team at San Mateo County Community College District, you can expect to be part of an inclusive, innovative and equity-focused community that approaches higher education as a matter of social justice that requires broad collaboration among faculty, classified staff, administration, students and community partners.

The College and the District:

College of San Mateo is part of the San Mateo County Community College District and is designated as a Hispanic Serving Institution (HSI), enrolling approximately 15,000 students each academic year. College of San Mateo has a diverse student population that is a reflection of the communities that it serves. Detailed information about the student population, including data related to student success, can be found on College of San Mateos Office of Planning, Research and Institutional Effectiveness (PRIE) website.

Who We Want:

We value the ability to serve students from a broad range of cultural heritages, socioeconomic backgrounds, genders, abilities and orientations. Therefore, we prioritize applicants who demonstrate they understand the benefits diversity brings to a professional educational community. The successful candidate will be an equity-minded individual committed to collaborating with faculty, classified staff, administration, students and community partners who are also committed to closing equity gaps. An equity-minded individual is a person who already does or has demonstrated the desire to:

1) Understand the importance of holding ourselves accountable as educators for closing equity gaps and engaging in equitable practices;

2) Reframe inequities as a problem of practice and view the elimination of inequities as an individual and collective responsibility;

3) Encourage positive race-consciousness and embrace human difference;

4) Reflect on institutional and teaching practices and aim to make them more culturally responsive; and

5) Strategically build buy-in and participation among colleagues for equity-related initiatives.

The San Mateo County Community College District seeks employees who value mentorship and working in a collegial, collaborative environment, guided by a commitment to helping all students achieve their educational goals. All departments strongly encourage collaboration across disciplines to create inclusive, integrated, and interdisciplinary learning experiences. College faculty are expected to be knowledgeable about, and willing to use, different learning and teaching methods appropriate to the students they serve.

The Position:

The Promise Scholars Counselor is a full-time, tenure track faculty member in Counseling and a member of an intergraded Promise Scholars Program team. The ideal candidate will share the College's commitment to educating a racially and socioeconomically diverse student population and seeking candidates who have a demonstrated record of success in research, teaching, and/or services with Black populations. As a Guided Pathways college, our Academic & Career Communities offer students opportunities to explore various transfer and career pathways and focus on creating a sense of belonging and community for students in each area. This position reports to the Dean of Counseling, Advising, & Matriculation. The duties of this counselor will cover the full range of general counseling responsibilities including academic, career and personal counseling for Promise Scholars students.
The anticipated start date for these positions is Fall 2021.

Duties and Responsibilities:

The duties below are representative of the duties of the classification and are not intended to cover all of the duties performed by the incumbent(s) of any particular position. The omission of specific statements of duties does not exclude them from the position if the scope of work is similar, related, or a logical assignment to this classification.

1. Participate in the development of the program and commitment to the replication of the CUNY ASAP program

2. Provide comprehensive counseling services to Promise Scholars students, including academic, career, and personal counseling on a drop-in and appointment basis both day and evening

3. Provide group counseling sessions, orientations, workshops, and other activities to support students getting information and support related to college success

4. Assist students to understand educational options, clarify educational goals, engage in educational and career planning, participate in the development of Student Educational Plans (SEPs) and course selection

5. Utilize and support students access to and knowledge of Academic & Career Communities

6. Collaborate with Academic & Career Community Support teams to help students navigate programs of study

7. Support students with case management based on levels of need

8. Work closely with Promise Scholars staff to ensure students are meeting program goals

9. Collaborate with both instructional and counseling faculty and staff, including Academic & Career Community support teams, to assist students to understand and use counseling, college success services, and resources

10. Develop, implement, or collaborate with initiatives related to student success and collaborate with programs, such as Basic Skills Initiatives, Learning Communities, CalWORKS, EOPS/CARE, DRC, and Veterans in order to maximize student success

11. Participate in the implementation of transfer and matriculation activities at the college

12. Participate in outreach activities and events in classrooms both on and off campus, at local high schools, adult schools, and community agencies

13. Provide follow-up services to Promise Scholars students in need of additional support

14. Teach courses, such as college success and career and personal development in day or evening

15. Utilize and keep abreast of advanced counseling methods and student development theories which include equitable practices and integrating technology to support student learning and career objectives

16. Participate in meetings, conferences, trainings, and other professional development activities to maintain the expertise required to provide accurate and reliable information and support to students seeking to complete a certificate, associate degree, or transfer

17. Participate in shared governance committees

18. Perform other duties as required by contract, collective bargaining agreement, and general institutional needs

Minimum Qualifications:

Masters or above 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 the equivalent (see below)

NOTE: A Bachelors degree in one of the listed degrees and a license as a Marriage and Family Therapist (MFT) is an alternative qualification for this discipline.

College counseling experience

Demonstrated cultural competence, sensitivity to and understanding of the diverse academic, socioeconomic, cultural, disability, gender identity, sexual orientation, and ethnic backgrounds of community college students, faculty, and staff as these factors relate to the need for equity minded-practice both within and outside of the classroom

Physical Requirements:

Equivalence to Minimum Qualifications:

For persons applying for this position based on Equivalence, please answer the supplemental question on the online application indicating one or more of the following:
Degree Equivalence
The applicant possesses a degree(s) with similar content to those listed for the relevant discipline. The name of the degree is close to that specified on the Disciplines List but the degree either has a different title or area of expertise or the coursework is slightly different.
Academic Background Equivalence
Related to disciplines in which a Masters Degree is not generally expected or available. The applicant must have completed at least 24 semester units of coursework in the academic field and must possess at least the equivalent level of achievement and the equivalent in breadth, depth of understanding, and rigor in each of the following:

i) a broad cultural education usually met by the general education requirements for any Bachelors or Associates Degree, and

ii) a detailed study of the discipline in breadth, depth, and rigor, usually met by course work required for the degree major.
Professional Achievement Equivalence
The applicant must have completed the General Education requirements for that degree and show evidence of outstanding professional achievement and/or substantial training in the requested field. The applicant must submit substantial evidence, which demonstrates that his/her preparation, teaching experience, work experience, and ability are equivalent to those expected from a person who meets the minimum qualifications.

Knowledge, Skills and Abilities:

The screening committee will select for interview candidates from among those applicants who, in addition to meeting the minimum requirements, give evidence of any or all of the following:

1. Counseling experience at the community college level

2. Experience teaching courses, such as college success and career and personal development

3. Knowledge of the matriculation process as it applies to California Community Colleges

4. Knowledge of counseling and student development theories and relevant applications to program development

5. Preparation for or experience in designing and preparing Student Educational Plans (SEPs) for community college students

6. Experience in providing short-term personal counseling to students from diverse backgrounds

7. Ability to develop and maintain student counseling notes in Student Success or similar electronic record-keeping software, in a timely and effective manner

8. Ability to demonstrate strength in interpersonal communication

9. Experience with intervention programs that support student success

10. Experience developing innovative programs that strengthen the quality of counseling services for students

11. Knowledge of and experience using university articulation agreements and transfer requirements for counseling community college students

12. Ability to use computer databases to retrieve student, college, and career information

13. Experience in using a variety of career assessments

14. Knowledge of and experience making appropriate college and community referrals

15. Experience in developing counseling-related workshops and orientation sessions

16. Experience supporting students in crisis situations
Evidence of effectiveness as a colleague:
17. The ability and desire to work collaboratively with faculty and staff to enhance student success

18. Commitment to professional responsibilities outside of the classroom through enthusiastic contributions to department, division and college activities

Preferred Qualifications:

Recent experience working with racially minoritized and other disproportionately-impacted students in the classroom and an understanding of how historical patterns of exclusion of these groups within higher education and particular fields shape patterns of participation and outcome

Willingness to examine and remediate ones instructional, relational, and classroom practices to more effectively engage and support racially minoritized and other disproportionately impacted students

Experience and skill with addressing inequity in the classroom and on campus

Experience and expertise in culturally-responsive teaching in college success and career and personal development

Demonstrated ability to address equity gaps within college success and career and personal development courses and classrooms

Demonstrated knowledge of the implications of the Hispanic-Serving Institution designation for institutional, departmental and instructional practices


Benefits include paid holidays, vacation and sick leave. The District pays all or a portion of monthly medical plan premiums (depending on the coverage) and pays all of the monthly dental and vision plan premiums for employees and eligible dependents. Additional paid benefits include life insurance, salary continuance insurance, and an Employee Assistance Program. Academic employees participate in the State Teachers Retirement System, a defined-benefit retirement plan through the State of California (no contributions to Social Security). Optional tax-deferred 403(b) and 457 retirement plans are also available.

Open Date: 03/25/2021

First Review Date: 04/29/2021

Close Date:

Open Until Filled: Yes

Special Instructions Summary:

Required Application Materials
All applicants are required to submit:

1. A completed online District application form (go to to complete the application and to apply for this position)

2. A resume that details all relevant education, training, and teaching experience (including courses taught), and other work experience

3. Undergraduate and graduate academic transcripts (copies accepted)

Unofficial copies of all undergraduate and graduate academic transcripts may be submitted with the application; official copies will be required at the time of the interview.

4. A cover letter that includes discussion of the following questions:

What do you feel are the best strategies for supporting students who have been historically marginalized?

Think of the most successful class you have taught. What were the key factors in creating that success for racially-minoritized and other underserved disproportionately disadvantaged students?

How is your teaching approach culturally-responsive to the students you serve?

If you have any questions regarding your application, please contact:

SMCCCD Office of Human Resources
3401 CSM Drive, San Mateo, CA 94402
Tel.: (650) 574-6555 Fax (650) 574-6574
Web Page:

Conditions of Employment:

Prior to employment, the selected candidate will be required to complete the following:

1. Submit official transcripts (applies to all faculty or educational administrative positions)
Foreign Education completed outside of the United States must be deemed equivalent to that gained in conventional/accredited U.S. education programs in order for it to be considered for the satisfaction of minimum qualifications. Foreign transcripts must be translated and evaluated by a U.S.-based credentials evaluation service. The District currently accepts evaluations from agencies approved by the California Commission on Teacher Credentialing.
2. Submit verifications of prior employment
3. Satisfactory references
4. Successfully being cleared for employment through the background checking process
In addition to background checks, the District may review publicly available information about a candidate on the Internet. If a candidate is aware of incorrect or inaccurate information that is available on the Internet, the candidate is welcome to address such an issue with the Office of Human Resources.
5. Present original documents for proof of eligibility to work in the United States
6. Approval of your employment by the SMCCCD Board of Trustees
7. Provide a certificate of Tuberculosis exam for initial employment.
8. Have fingerprints taken by a Live Scan computer (Clearance must be received prior to first day of employment). Please note that the California Education Code requires, in part, that community college districts shall not employ or retain in employment persons in public school service who have been convicted of certain felonies, a misdemeanor drug charge (including alcohol offenses) or misdemeanor moral turpitude (sexual offense) crime. However, consideration may be given to those whose drug convictions occurred more than five years ago. A conviction for other crimes may not necessarily disqualify you from the job for which you may be applying.

EEO Statement:

The San Mateo County Community College District is an Equal Opportunity Employer that seeks to employ individuals who represent the rich diversity of cultures, language groups, and abilities of its surrounding communities.


Applicants who have disabilities may request that special accommodations be made in order to complete the selection process. Accommodation requests and a copy of the Americans with Disabilities Act applicant procedures can be made by completing our: Applicant Reasonable Accommodation Request Form

Annual Security Report:

San Mateo County Community College Districts (SMCCCD) 2020 Annual Security Report (ASR), required by the Clery Act, includes statistics for the previous three years concerning reported crimes that occurred on campus; in certain off-campus buildings owned or controlled by SMCCCD; and on public property within, or immediately adjacent to and accessible from SMCCCD. Our 2020 Annual Security Report also outlines various campus safety and security policies, such as those concerning crime reporting, prevention and response to sexual and gender violence, alcohol and drug use, crime prevention, emergency response and evacuation procedures, and other matters. The 2020 Annual Security Report also includes important tips to help every member of the community remain safe and avoid becoming a victim of crime. The 2020 Annual Security Report is now available. You can also obtain a copy of this report by contacting the Department of Public Safety at the District Office or any of the three Campuses (650) 738-7000.

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