Counselor, English Performance Success

  • Foothill-De Anza Community College District
  • Cupertino, CA, USA
  • Jul 13, 2021

Job Description

Counselor, English Performance Success



Initial Closing Date: 7/19/21*, but open until filled.


*For full-consideration, all application packets must be received by 11:59 pm on the closing date. 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 TWO (2) faculty positions of Counselor, English Performance Success, De Anza College.



Foothill - De Anza Community College District, composed of two colleges and an education center, is one of the top performing districts in both California and the United States, and one of the largest, ranking seventh in size among the state's 72 districts, serving more than 58,500 students per year and with an operating budget of $180M unrestricted general fund. Consistent with its mission, the District has a strong commitment to equity and inclusion and incorporates those values in its policies, procedures, and operations, and in its leadership and service to students and the community. Publicly supported and locally oriented, the District fills an essential role in workforce development, continuing education, and skills preparation to meet the changing demands of the highly diverse surrounding population and business communities. The District's students and more than 2,000 faculty and staff enjoy an unparalleled quality of life in an ideal climate, with physically pristine and fiscally sound campuses that have earned their reputation for academic excellence.


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 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


De Anza College is a fast-paced, student centered, innovative environment that strategically supports student success and achievement. The college seeks to employ counselors who are willing and able to implement the “Six Factors that Support Student Achievement” as outlined by the California Community College Research and Planning Group.


Six Factors that Support Student Achievement:


• Directed—students have a goal and know how to achieve it

• Focused—students stay on track, keeping their eyes on the prize

• Nurtured—students feel somebody wants and helps them to succeed

• Engaged—students actively participate in class and extra-curricular activities

• Connected—students feel like they are part of the college community

• Valued—students skills, talents, abilities and experiences are recognized; they have opportunities to contribute on campus and feel their contributions are appreciated.


Candidates who want to join an inclusive and innovative community of counselors, faculty, and staff dedicated to helping disproportionately impacted students successfully complete ESL or English Performance Success pathways through transfer, degree, or certificate are encouraged to apply.



Under the direction and supervision of the Dean of Language Arts, provide a wide range of counseling and retention services to our diverse student population in English Performance Success courses and programs. Perform core counseling functions: academic, career, and personal counseling as well 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.



In accordance with the Student Success and Support Program (SSSP), Student Equity Initiative, and Basic Skills Initiative, counselors will deliver core services as their primary duties and responsibilities.


• Orientation

• Assessment (evaluation of placement scores, course placement, transcripts, prerequisite clearance)

• Counseling/Advising and other education planning services

• Follow-up for disproportionately impacted students


The delivery of core services should occur both on- and off-campus in multiple ways: in-person, on-line, individual and group meetings, workshops and other innovative ways.


In collaboration with the Dean of Language Arts, department chairs and faculty in English and ESL, develop effective retention interventions to reduce the achievement gap for disproportionately impacted student populations (Latino/a, African Ancestry, Filipino students) and groups identified in the College Student Equity Plan: Veterans, Foster Youth, Disabled Students, First-Generation Students, LGBTQ+, and low-income students. Address the counseling and advising needs of students who place into courses supported by English Performance Success and students transitioning from Adult Education schools.


Provide orientation, career, transfer, discipline-related, student success (study skills, time management, academic probation) workshops. Provide staff development and in-service training for faculty and staff who teach EPS courses and the Language Arts Division. 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). Establish and maintain contact with K-12 and Adult Education partners. Serve as a liaison and develop other relevant networks with on- and off-campus programs and agencies.


The successful candidate will utilize intervention and retention strategies to ensure student success. Establish an effective 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. Serve as liaison with other student services and instructional divisions and programs on campus such as Learning in Communities (LinC), Student Success and Retention Services, MPS, EOPS, and DSPS. Refer students as appropriate to campus and community resources and services. Maintain assigned caseload of students. Collect retention, priority registration activities, course completion, and/or transfer data to report to program and campus administrators and the State Chancellor's Office.


Standard duties expected of all faculty include development and evaluation of curricula, maintaining scheduled office hours, attendance at instructional department and division meetings, pursuing professional growth activities, and performing other duties consistent with the role of a Counselor. Counselors also have the opportunity to serve on District and college committees and participate in campus extra-curricular activities.






• Knowledge of and the skills to provide services to multiethnic, international and disproportionately impacted students.

• Knowledge of or willingness to learn about the needs of disproportionately impacted students in reading and writing courses, English language learners, and students transitioning from adult education programs.

• Knowledge of and experience with computers, software, online education, and technology related to counseling.

• Knowledge of and experience in establishing and maintaining connections with instructional divisions and special programs.

• Knowledge of and experience in consensus building within a diverse educational environment.

Skills and Abilities:


• Ability to serve as a liaison and network with on and off campus programs and agencies.

• Ability to develop and provide trainings for faculty and staff.

• Ability to demonstrate excellent verbal, written, interpersonal, and facilitation skills both in-person and on-line.



• 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.

• 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).



• Demonstrated ability and willingness to work with disproportionately impacted student groups, students who place into English Performance Success courses, and students interested in transfer or career and technical education courses and careers.

• Coursework or training related to cross-cultural perspectives.

• Knowledge of or training related to English and ESL reading and writing instruction.

• Knowledge of or training related to Adult Education programs.

• Demonstrated interest in or knowledge of social media platforms or other applications used for communicating with students.





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

• Willingness to work a flexible schedule that may include summer, evening, weekend, on- and off-campus assignments.

• Counselors may be required to participate in workshops, high school visits, field trips and other activities, both on and off campus, requiring physical capabilities beyond a stand office environment.

Physical Abilities*:

(*Applicants should perform these physical abilities with or without reasonable accommodations)


• 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 relevant 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 must submit the Request for Equivalency form and supporting documentation. This form must 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.


Please be sure your application includes all of the above materials before you submit it. Incomplete applications will not be forwarded to the hiring committee for review. 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: 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: In addition, the District is a participating member of the California State Teachers Retirement System (CalSTRS) and the successful applicant would be a member of the Faculty Association (FA). The current Faculty/District Agreement can be found online at:



Position: Full-time, Tenure-track, 11-months per year

Starting Date: September 1, 2021


We are happy to assist individuals with disabilities who require reasonable accommodation to complete the employment process, provided that you 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



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