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Counselor (Native American Studies)

Company: Southwestern College
Location: Chula Vista
Posted on: November 16, 2023

Job Description:

Posting Number: Open Date: 10/30/2023 Position Title: Counselor (Native American Studies) Working Title: Academic Counselor/Coordinator - Native American and Indigenous Learning Community Department: Counseling & Student Support Programs Work Site: Main Campus: 900 Otay Lakes Road, Chula Vista, CA 91910 FLSA: Exempt Position Type: Contract Faculty (Non-Tenure Track) Months of Service: 11 months FTE: 1.0 (full-time)
Hours Per Week: Funding Source: Categorical/Project-Funded
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.
Job Description
Responsibilities: This position may include a combination of day, evening, and weekend assignments.
This is a temporary, non-tenure track position that is categorically funded by the Native American Student Support and Success Program Grant ( NASSSP ) and is funded for five years. The position may be extended, based upon renewal of funding beyond the fifth year.
Southwestern Community College District ( SCCD ) is seeking one full-time, tenure track, equity-focused counselor who is committed to serving its culturally diverse student population with a particular focus on the recruitment, retention, and completion of Native American/American Indian/Indigenous student populations.
Southwestern Community College District seeks a faculty member who will foster an inclusive learning environment through equity-minded counseling, teaching, leadership, and service to students working toward goals of language acquisition, non-credit to credit pathway, short term programs, university transfer, associate degree and certificate completion, employment advancement, and personal growth.
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 provides quality academic programs and 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.
Southwestern Community College District currently enrolls approximately 28,000 students annually that includes a noncredit population of approximately 1,500 students. SCCD is comprised of 69% Hispanic students, 10% Caucasian students, 9% Filipino students, 4% African American students, 3% Asian students and less than 1% Native American/American Indian 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.
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:

  • 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.
  • Reframe deficit language and take individual and collective responsibility to look at their own practices as a vehicle to eliminate inequities.
  • Encourage positive race-consciousness and embrace human differences.
  • Strategically encourage and build buy-in and participation among colleagues for equity efforts.
  • 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.
    Knowledge & Abilities: RESPONSIBILITIES :
    Under the direction of the Dean, Counseling and Student Support Programs or designee, the Counselor will be responsible for developing and establishing a Native American Student Success pathway by providing equity-minded program coordination/development, collaboration with local Tribal leaders, Tribal councils, and Tribal programs, academic, career and personal counseling to a diverse student population. The Counselor will provide services including serving as Field of Study/Guided Pathways counselor, interpretation of placement results; development of individual academic/career/educational plans; orientation presentations to large groups of students and local Tribal communities; small group advisement prior to registration; make referral to other appropriate services, follow-up on student progress; and participate in District shared governance and/or other committees.
    The Native American and Indigenous Learning Community Counselor assists American Indian, Indigenous, 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 and facilitate a variety of workshops utilizing Native American and Indigenous identity affirming practices for new and continuing students, classroom presentations, outreach activities, evening, and Saturday assignments. The Counselor will also provide referrals for students to other services and agencies. The Native American and Indigenous Learning Community 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 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 Tribal representatives and schools serving American Indian and Indigenous students in K-12, South Bay, and surrounding Native American reservations.
    Education & Experience: Minimum Qualifications (Faculty and Academic Administrator Positions Only) Master s 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 Bachelor s 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.
    Desired Qualifications:
    • Experience with developing/implementing Native American, American Indian, Indigenous student success programs.
    • Experience counseling/supporting/advising Native American, American Indian, Indigenous students, including Native American LGBTQIA+ community members.
    • Undergraduate or Graduate Work in Native American Studies
    • Community college counseling experience.
    • Knowledge of anti-racism strategies, specifically regarding supporting Native American students.
    • Knowledge of traditional values of the local tribal community. . click apply for full job details

Keywords: Southwestern College, Chula Vista , Counselor (Native American Studies), Other , Chula Vista, California

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