Cuesta College

Disability Support Programs and Services (DSPS) Full-Time Tenure Track Counselor

Cuesta College

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Salary: $70,676.00 - $109,550.00 Annually

Job Type: Full Time

Job Number: FY2324-00131

Location: and DE, CA

Department: Student Success & Support Programs

Closing: 2/19/2024 11:59 PM Pacific


Job Description Summary


Under the direction of assigned educational administrator, Disability Support Programs and Services (DSPS) Counselor provides personal, career and academic counseling to a diverse student population with disabilities, both individually or in groups to achieve their educational goals. The DSPS Counselor is expected to provide support for students through their at the college. Interventions shall include activities such as supporting the matriculation process, orientation, retention and persistence, classroom presentations, outreach activities, and providing referrals for students to other services and agencies. The DSPS counselor will also provide leadership in areas of student intervention strategies, working with academically challenged students. This assignment also includes participation in department, division, and college committees. The assignment may be day, evening, weekend, on-line or off campus and is subject to change as needed.


Incumbents in this position support our Guided Pathways Framework, student learning outcomes and institutional effectiveness by encouraging and motivating students with disabilities with diverse backgrounds, learning abilities, and socioeconomic levels to attain the knowledge and skills necessary to work towards their optimal level to achieve their educational goals.



Where You Will Work

Serving all of San Luis Obispo County, Cuesta College has provided comprehensive associate degree offerings, certificates, and community programs to the region since 1964. The main campus is located along scenic highway 1, west of San Luis Obispo and east of the beaches of the Pacific Ocean. Cuesta College has a North County Campus in Paso Robles, and South County Center, in Arroyo Grande.


Who We Are

Equity, diversity, and inclusion are essential to our culture and the work we do. Cuesta College is proud to be a designated Hispanic-Serving Institution (HSI) committed to racial and socio-economic diversity as it reflects our communities and student populations. We actively seek to attract candidates who share this commitment to equity, diversity, and inclusion. As part of the Cuesta College team, you can expect to be part of a collaborative community of faculty, classified professionals, administrators, students, and community partners advancing educational excellence with intentional support services leading to student success and completion.

Additional information about the college can be found at

The college planning documents can be found at

Our Student Equity Action Plan can be found at

We offer comprehensive benefit options. Information about benefits can be found at


Essential Functions & Qualifications



• Apply DSPS policies and procedures, Americans with Disabilities Act (ADA) regulations, requirements pertaining to compliance with section 508 of the Rehabilitation Act for website accessibility and Electronic and Information (EIT), Title 5 and California Education Code Regulations and federal and state law as related to access issues in a community college setting;

• Provide innovative approaches and engage in the recruitment, orientation, registration, and retention of students with disabilities, informing them of Cuesta College's degree, certificate, vocational, and transfer opportunities;

• Provide students with disabilities with culturally competent academic, career and personal counseling that will stimulate them to grow in the understanding of self and others, preparing them to become participants;

• Assist with tracking, scheduling and follow-up of required student contacts, including but not limited to maintaining documentation of counseling-related activities;

• Support students to identify and clarify their educational goals and provide guided exploration and pathway maps to those goals;

• Utilize degree audit system, other appropriate technology, and websites when counseling students and developing Student Education Plans (SEP);

• Provide referrals to academic and student support services;

• Provide follow-up, support and intervention strategies to students with unsatisfactory academic progress for continued success;

• Participate in accreditation, program review, and processes for institutional planning, including but not limited to the support of Counseling Department Student Service Outcomes (SSO) development and assessment;

• Continually improve counseling skills, maintain currency with transfer articulation agreements, transfer policies, and technology tools;

• Establish and maintain a schedule of regular counseling opportunities for students (i.e.: individual, in-person, group, hybrid, and on-line);

• Demonstrate proficiency and assist students with counseling resources;

• Collaborate with college-wide departments across campus to stay current in specific information pertaining to the Area of Studies requirements;

• Develop working relationships with and communicate information to counseling personnel, academic departments, local area high schools, the community;

• Assume the responsibility as a faculty member for accomplishing the goals of Cuesta College in participating in outreach, in-reach and enrollment management activities;

• Participate in ongoing professional development activities related to the field of counseling;

• Support the mission, goals, and objectives of Cuesta College, using them as broad guidelines in counseling and assisting students;

• Adhere to the regularly established work week as established by the administration and in alignment with the Collective Bargaining Agreement;

• Assignments may include day, evening, weekend or online at all Cuesta College campus locations and modalities.


Knowledge, Skills, and Abilities:

• The Americans with Disabilities Act, Rehabilitation Acts 504 and 508, Title V Regulations for Disabled Students Programs & Services regulations and policies governing DSPS and other disability related programs;

• Recent/relevant experience providing academic counseling at the Community College level;

• Experience counseling underrepresented community college students during the last four years;

• An understanding of how historical patterns of exclusion impact disproportionately underrepresented groups within higher education.

• Integrate professional development and adapt one's counseling practices to more effectively engage and support community college students;

• Professional work experience in the field of counseling, including excellence in written an oral communication;

• Strong preparation in evaluation of transcripts, research and articulation;

• Sensitivity to and understanding of the diverse academic, socioeconomic, cultural, disability and ethnic backgrounds of community college students;

• Understanding of Guided Pathways framework for student success;

• Understanding and working knowledge of California Community College policies and regulations, collegiality and innovation to enhance counseling and promote student success and completion;

• Ability to cooperate and collaborate, that reflecting cultural sensitivity;?

• Demonstrate knowledge of ability to motivate students from a broad spectrum of cultural, academic, and socioeconomic backgrounds;?

• Commitment to actively participate in professional development opportunities in the field of counseling.



Cuesta College and the Student Success and Support Programs value the ability to serve students from a broad range of cultural heritages, socioeconomic backgrounds, genders, abilities and orientations. Cuesta College employees demonstrate the understanding the benefits diversity brings, the principles of equity-focused practice, the importance of inclusion to a professional educational community and equity minded individuals 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:

• Understand the importance of holding oneself accountable for closing equity gaps and engaging in equitable practices;

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

• Encourage positive race-consciousness and embrace human difference;

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

• Strategically build buy-in and participation among colleagues for equity-related initiatives; and

• Knowledge of the policies and regulations of California Community College counseling.



Education and Experience:


Title 5 - DSPS Counselor Qualifications 5 CCR § 53414:

The minimum qualifications for service as a community college counselor of students with disabilities shall be satisfied by meeting one of the following requirements:

- Master's degree in rehabilitation counseling from an accredited institution,


- Master's degree in guidance counseling, student personnel, clinical or counseling psychology, education counseling, social work, career development, marriage and family therapy, marriage, family and child counseling, from an accredited institution;


- 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) from an accredited institution; AND either:- Fifteen or more semester units in upper division or graduate level course work specifically 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 (DSPS) Program or in a program dealing predominantly or exclusively with people with disabilities or two years of full-time experience, or the equivalent, in one or more of the following; - Counseling for students with disabilities;

OR- Counseling in industry, government, public agencies, military or private social welfare organizations in which the responsibilities of the position were predominantly or exclusively for persons with disabilities, or the equivalent. OR

-The equivalent. (Candidates applying on the basis of equivalency must submit all materials requested for an equivalency judgment. For directions on what is an acceptable equivalency argument please review the requirements listed on the or see further information on Equivalency Petition Process Information below.).


-A valid Community College credential in the discipline (If received prior to 1990, as the credential is no longer being issued).



-Sensitivity to and understanding of the diverse academic, socioeconomic, cultural, disability, and ethnic backgrounds of community college students.



-Teaching experience in the discipline, community college level preferred;

-Awareness of the philosophy and objectives of California Community Colleges.

-At least two years of counseling experience (either full time or the equivalent to full time) at a higher education institution, within the last six years;

-Knowledge of counseling and guidance principles, techniques and procedures; academic requirements for community college and transfer to four-year institutions; community college onboarding processes, job market, career trends and requirements, electronic data entry and record keeping practices;

-Experience counseling underrepresented community college students during the last four years;

-Willingness to examine and revise one's counseling practices to more effectively engage and support racially minoritized and other disproportionately impacted students;

-Experience and skill with addressing inequity;

-Experience and expertise in culturally responsive counseling;

-Demonstrated ability to address equity gaps;

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

-Demonstrated ability to communicate effectively with individuals and in making presentations to groups;

-Knowledge of and ability to apply DSPS policies and procedures, Title 5 and California -Education Code Regulations, and federal and state laws related to access issues in a community college setting;

-Ability to direct many projects and tasks concurrently, within multiple locations and manage time wisely.


Additional Information


Candidates will be required to submit all documents listed below when applying for this position. When uploading documents, PDF documents are preferred.


Cover letter; See further instructions below.


Professional Reference List; See further instructions below.

Unofficial transcripts; and

Diversity statement. See further document instructions below.


Cover Letter Instructions:

• How do you plan to demonstrate an understanding of the diverse needs of disabled students, considering various disabilities and the unique challenges they may face in an academic setting?

• How is your counseling approach culturally-responsive to the students you serve?Diversity Statement Instructions:Cuesta College is committed to building and maintaining a workforce that reflects and honors the diversity of our students. It is important to us that our faculty, staff, and administrators demonstrate an understanding of, sensitivity to, and respect for the diverse academic, socioeconomic, ethnic, and religious backgrounds as well as sexual orientation and abilities of all constituents in the Cuesta College community.In 500 words or less, with consideration to our Mission Statement and our values expressed above, please explain how you will demonstrate your commitment to diversity, equity, and inclusion in this position.

Professional Reference List:Your reference list must include three professional references, their contact information, and their relationship to you.

Equivalency Petition Process Information: Faculty shall meet the minimum qualifications established by the Board of Governors, or shall possess qualifications that are at least equivalent to the minimum qualifications set out in the regulations of the Board of Governors. If a candidate does not directly meet minimum qualifications, they can submit a Petition for Equivalency form in order to apply for equivalency. For more information on the process, please review the links below for more information.

Completed online applications and all supporting documents must be submitted by the closing date for this position. LATE, INCOMPLETE, FAXED, MAILED OR EMAILED APPLICATIONS WILL NOT BE ACCEPTED.

Please contact HR to ensure all documents have been uploaded and your file is complete up until 72 hours before the closing date.

SALARY SCHEDULE Salary is determined by education and experience. More information regarding our current salary schedules can be found on the following link:


ADDITIONAL INFORMATION Cuesta College will not sponsor any visa applications. San Luis Obispo County Community College District ("Cuesta College") is an equal opportunity employer committed to nondiscrimination on the basis of race, ethnicity, color, religion, national origin, sexual orientation, gender, gender identity, gender expression, marital status, medical condition, pregnancy (including pregnancy, childbirth, and medical conditions related to pregnancy or childbirth), age, disability (physical and mental), genetic information, military and veteran status, or any other characteristic protected by applicable federal and state law in admission and access to, or treatment in employment, educational programs or activities at any of its campuses. Reasonable accommodations will be provided for applicants with disabilities who self-disclose. Cuesta College also prohibits harassment on any of these bases, including sexual harassment, as well as sexual assault, domestic violence, dating violence, and stalking. In compliance with California law, all prospective staff and students are entitled to read the Annual Security Report, published each October by the Cuesta College Department of Public Safety. This report contains information about our emergency and crime reporting procedures, as well as crime statistics for the past 3 years. You may request a copy of this report at one of our two Public Safety Offices: on SLO campus at Building 6600A or on North County Campus at building N1021, during campus business hours. You may also access the complete text of this report at the following website address:

Cuesta College uses E-Verify as part of the I-9 process to verify the work eligibility of all new hires. E-Verify is an Internet-based system that compares information from an employee's Form I-9 to data from U.S Department of Homeland Security and Social Security Administration records. For further information, visit:


Interview Process Information

Selected applicants will be asked to interview via Zoom on either Wednesday, March 20, 2024 or Thursday, March 21, 2024.

Second interviews will be held via Zoom on Friday, March 29, 2024.

The selected applicant will begin their full-time counseling assignment on Monday, July 1, 2024.


To be considered for this position please visit our web site and apply on line at the following link:


The San Luis Obispo County Community College District promotes inclusiveness, prohibits discrimination, and encourages all qualified persons to apply. As an Equal Employment Opportunity Employer, Cuesta College actively seeks candidates with diverse backgrounds to assist students, staff, and faculty. For ADA (Americans with Disabilities Act) assistance with the application and/or interview process, please contact the Human Resources Office: (805) 546-3129.


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