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Counselor/Coordinator, Guardian Scholars/Foster Youth
Foothill-De Anza Community College District

Date Posted Jul. 5, 2022
Title Counselor/Coordinator, Guardian Scholars/Foster Youth
University Foothill-De Anza Community College District
Los Altos Hills, CA, United States
Department Management
Application Deadline Open until filled
Position Start Date Available immediately
  • Professional Staff
  • Administration - Counseling Services

Counselor/Coordinator, Guardian Scholars/Foster Youth

Initial Review Date: 5/26/22*

*Any complete applications received after the review date will only be forwarded to the hiring committee at their request.

The Foothill-De Anza Community College District is currently accepting applications for the faculty position of Counselor/Coordinator, Guardian Scholars/Foster Youth, De Anza College.

Foothill - De Anza Community College District Mission Statement:

The mission of the Foothill-De Anza Community College District is student success. We are driven by an equity agenda and guided by core values of excellence, inclusion, and sustainability. Every member of our district contributes to a dynamic learning environment that fosters student engagement, equal opportunity, and innovation in meeting the various educational and career goals of our diverse students. We are committed to providing an accessible, quality undergraduate education dedicated to developing a broadly educated and socially responsible community that supports an equitable and just future for California.

De Anza College Mission Statement:

De Anza College provides an academically rich, multicultural learning environment that challenges students of every background to develop their intellect, character and abilities; to realize their goals; and to be socially responsible leaders in their communities, the nation and the world.

De Anza College fulfills its mission by engaging students in creative work that demonstrates the knowledge, skills and attitudes contained within the college's Institutional Core Competencies:
  • Communication and expression
  • Information literacy
  • Physical/mental wellness and personal responsibility
  • Civic capacity for global, cultural, social and environmental awareness
  • Critical thinking


Under the direction and supervision of the Dean of Student Development and EOPS, the Guardian Scholars Counselor/Coordinator will provide a wide range of program coordination, counseling, and retention services to support foster youth, and other at-risk student populations. Develop and implement student success strategies that achieve equity for Foster Youth also referred to as Youth in Care. Perform core counseling functions: academic, career, and personal counseling as well as crisis intervention, outreach, college governance participation, program review and research, research counseling program and services best practices, training and professional development and other duties as assigned. May work a flexible schedule that may include summer, evening, weekend, on- and off-campus assignments.


The Guardian Scholars Counselor/Coordinator is responsible for providing and coordinating delivery of core services which will occur both on-campus and off-campus in multiple ways: in-person, on-line/virtual, individual and group meetings, workshops, and other innovative ways. Duties include, but are not limited to:
  • Conduct recruitment activities and assist foster youth with matriculating into the college.
  • Assist students in clarifying academic goals and selecting a major and establishing/maintaining enrollment priority.
  • Establish a rapport with students; monitor and track students' academic progress to ensure attainment of educational goal.
  • maintain contact with students throughout their enrollment; and use an early alert system to ensure student persistence and success.
  • Take students to career, leadership and enrichment events and conferences and
  • invite speakers to discuss career and transfer options with students.
  • In collaboration with the college administration, EOPS and other counselors, develop effective retention interventions to reduce the achievement gap for Foster Youth.
  • Address the counseling and advising needs of academically underprepared students; Prepare multi-year academic plans for graduation and transfer.
  • Serve as a liaison with other areas i.e., Disabled Student Services, Psychological Services and General Counseling.
  • Provide orientation, career, transfer, discipline-related, student success (study skills, time management, academic probation) workshops.
  • Provide staff development and in-service training for teaching, coaching, and counseling faculty to educate the campus community about foster youth.
  • Participate in college and division assignments and other departmental responsibilities.
  • May teach certain counseling related courses (Introduction to College, Career Life Planning, Life Skills in Higher Education) designed specifically for Foster Youth.
  • Serve as a liaison and network with on-campus and off-campus programs, social services agencies, and community-based organizations to address students' educational, mental/physical health, and basic needs.
  • Other duties as assigned.

Standard duties expected of all faculty include development and evaluation of curricula, maintaining scheduled office hours, attending department and division meetings, pursuing professional growth activities, service on district and/or college committees, and performing other duties consistent with the role of an instructor. Instructors also have the opportunity to participate in campus extra-curricular activities.


Ability to:
  • Coordinate a comprehensive student support services program for underserved students, who have experiences barriers to pursuing a college degree.
  • Serve as a liaison and network with on and off campus programs and agencies that provide services to Foster Youth.
  • Develop and provide trainings for faculty and staff.
  • Demonstrate excellent verbal, written, interpersonal, and facilitation skills both in-person and online/virtually.
  • Complete data and complete reports on the status of students served by the Guardian Scholars Program.
  • Manage multiple projects and deadlines, simultaneously.
  • Work with students who have been impacted by trauma and abuse.

Experience/Knowledge of:
  • Knowledge of Trauma Informed Care (TIC) practices and experience providing counseling services and conducting follow-up for and Foster Youth and at-risk student populations utilizing TIC Skills.
  • Experiencing developing and conducting academic and personal development opportunities and activities specific to the needs of foster youth.
  • Knowledge of foster care policies and regulations.
  • Knowledge of the various on and off campus programs and services from which Foster Youth students can receive assistance.
  • Knowledge of the challenges and obstacles faced by Foster Youth in pursuing their educational goals.
  • Experience assisting Foster Youth in transitioning from the foster care system to a college setting.
  • Knowledge of and the skills to provide services to multiethnic, and underrepresented students.
  • Knowledge of and experience with computers, software, and technology related to counseling.
  • Knowledge of and experience in establishing and maintaining linkages with instructional divisions and special programs.
  • Knowledge of and experience in consensus building within a diverse educational environment.

  • Understanding of, sensitivity to, and respect for the diverse academic, socio-economic, ethnic, cultural, disability, religious background and sexual orientation of community college students.
  • Master's degree in counseling, rehabilitation counseling, clinical psychology, counseling psychology, guidance counseling, educational counseling, social work, or career development, marriage and family therapy, or marriage, family and child counseling from an accredited college or university OR Bachelor's degree in one of the above listed degrees AND a California license as a Marriage and Family Therapist (MFT).

  • Experience coordinating student support programs serving ethnically diverse and low-income student populations
  • Community college experience.
  • Experience counseling Foster Youth and other underserved, at-risk student populations.
  • Experience with State/Federal reporting guidelines.
  • Knowledge of available career resources focused on foster youth in the bay area.
  • Effective interpersonal skills.
  • Experience working with public agencies and community-based organizations.
  • Understanding of Trauma Informed Care (TIC) strategies for working with students.
  • Coursework or training related to cross-cultural perspectives, equity-mindedness, and social justice.
  • Ability and willingness to work with underrepresented student groups, students who place into Basic Skills courses, students interested in career and technical education courses and careers.


  • Indoor, office environment. Occasionally in the environment where students' meet and congregate.

Physical Abilities:
  • Hearing and speaking to exchange information.
  • Vision sufficient to read various materials.
  • Dexterity of hands and fingers to perform the tasks required of the position.
  • Regularly stand, walk, and sit for extended periods of time.
  • Bending at waist, kneeling, or crouching.
  • Reaching overhead, above the shoulders, and horizontally.
  • Lifting and carrying objects up to 20 lbs.

  • A District on-line application to be completed at *In the application, you will provide information, which demonstrates your understanding of, sensitivity to, and respect for the diverse academic, socio-economic, ethnic, religious, and cultural backgrounds, disability, and sexual orientation of community college students, faculty and staff. Additionally, you will be asked to explain how your life experiences, studies or work have influenced your commitment to diversity, equity and inclusion.
  • A cover letter detailing your background and experience, skills, and abilities as they relate to the minimum and preferred qualifications of this position.
  • A current resume of all work experience, formal education and training.

If you wish to request equivalency for this position (if you believe you do not otherwise meet minimum qualifications via educational degree attainment as specified), you may submit the Request for Equivalency form. This form will need to be submitted with your application packet. You may either scan a hard copy of this form with your application packet or submit it as a Word document with your application packet.

If any required application materials are omitted, the committee will not review your application packet. Application materials not required (including reference letters) for this position will not be accepted. For full-consideration, all application packets must be received by 11:59 pm on the closing date.

Please allow yourself ample time to complete your application and resolve any technical difficulties that may arise with your submission. We do not guarantee a response to application questions within 48 hours of the closing date. You may also visit our "Applicant Information" webpage to assist with technical difficulties at:

HIRING RANGE: $66,539.00 - $109,280.00 annually plus benefits; actual placement is based on applicant's verified education and experience.

For the complete Faculty Salary Schedule, go to:

Excellent benefits package which includes medical coverage for employee and eligible dependents, dental, vision care, employee assistance program, long term disability, retirement benefits and basic life insurance. Other voluntary benefits are also available such as legal assistance, pet insurance, and long-term care. Faculty are also eligible for paid professional development leaves and stipends for educational and professional development.

For information on our benefits package that includes medical for employees and dependents, visit our web site:

TERMS OF EMPLOYMENT: Full-time, Tenure-track, 11-months per year


Persons with disabilities who require reasonable accommodation to complete the employment process must notify Employment Services no later than the closing date of the announcement.

The successful applicant will be required to provide proof of authorization to work in the U.S.

The Foothill-De Anza Community College District does not reimburse applicants for travel, lodging or any other costs incurred by applicant to attend interviews. All interviewing costs incurred will be the responsibility of the applicant.

For more information about our application process contact:

Employment Services

Foothill-De Anza Community College District

12345 El Monte Road

Los Altos Hills, California 94022

(650) 949-6217


This position will become Open Until Filled after the initial Closing Date. Any complete applications received while the position is Open Until Filled will be reviewed by the hiring committee only upon committee request.

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