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Cabrillo College
  • Position Number: 5319296
  • Location: Aptos, CA
  • Position Type: Counseling

Counselor, Academic (Umoja & Athletics) - Tenure Track

Cabrillo College

Salary: See Position Description
Job Type: Full-time (100%)
Job Number: 2024-01812
Closing: 6/27/2024 11:59 PM Pacific
Location: Aptos, CA
Department: Counseling & Guidance

Employment Opportunity

We need YOU! Cabrillo College is looking for faculty to provide quality programs and services for a diverse student population promoting ever-evolving needs as our students grow toward their individual aspirational goals. Cabrillo is an Hispanic Serving Institution (HSI) with a special focus on enhancing the Latinx student experience. Come join our team, valuing high-level and innovative instruction, support services, a welcoming environment, and helping to change the world one student at a time!

Starting Salary Range: $68,768 to $105,559 per year, salary placement determined by documented education and experience; maximum initial salary step placement on the faculty salary schedule is step 9. An annual doctoral stipend of $4,591 is granted to eligible faculty.

Excellent benefits, including quality health insurance at a *LOW COST for you and your family! Our comprehensive benefits package includes medical, dental, life, short and long term, and vision (optional) insurance provided at a share of cost on a pretax basis, CalSTRS Retirement and an Employee Assistance Program. Benefits begin the first day of the second month of employment. *Depending on health plan selections, in many cases full-time employee net out-of-pocket for benefit premiums may be as low as $0. Please see the Benefits link on the HR webpage for more information.

College Commitment to Equity and Diversity
The ideal candidate will share and participate in Cabrillo's commitment to the values of diversity and equity while serving its socioeconomically and ethnically diverse student community. In the Fall of 2022, 58% of Cabrillo students are members of minoritized populations, identifying themselves as LatinX (48%), Multi Ethnic (5%), Asian (2%), Black Non-Hispanic (1%), Filipino (1%), American Indian/Alaskan Native (<1%) and Pacific Islander (<1%).
Cabrillo is proud to be an Hispanic Serving Institution, enrolling 48% Hispanic students, and recent data from Spring 2021 indicate that the college has closed the achievement gap for graduation success (50% of graduates are Hispanic). The college is also proud of its diversity, equity, and inclusion efforts, having established Board goals of supporting antiracism efforts and promoting a year-long equity reading certificate program for faculty, staff, and managers.

Guided Pathways
Cabrillo is proud to be a part of the California Guided Pathways project helping students achieve their educational goals by providing a clear roadmap to completion.

About our College: Cabrillo College is highly regarded for its success of transfer and career education, and currently serves over 11,400 students each semester. We transfer many of our students to three nearby universities - the University of California at Santa Cruz, San Jose State University, and California State University at Monterey Bay. Cabrillo's career education is closely connected to the nearby agricultural and farming industries as well as the Silicon Valley business environment.

Want to know more? Check out our web page here!
About our Community: Santa Cruz County is situated on the northern coast of beautiful Monterey Bay. The county has four predominant regions: the northern coast that includes the urban areas of Santa Cruz, Soquel, Capitola, and Aptos; the mountainous north that separates Santa Cruz County from Silicon Valley; the wildly scenic San Lorenzo River Valley that winds from the Santa Cruz mountains to the Monterey Bay; and the agricultural south county that includes Watsonville and Corralitos on the way to Monterey, Carmel, and Salinas. With more than 29 miles of beaches, over 14 state parks, 2 colleges, over 70 wineries, hundreds of places to dine, a symphony, an NBA G League team, museums, a Shakespeare company, and so much more, there's something for everyone here. Consider combining your professional and personal life in a great area that will have a big impact on your overall life balance.

Faculty at Cabrillo College actively participate in curriculum development, program planning, and serve on participatory governance committees. Cabrillo provides an excellent opportunity to learn, collaborate, create, and make a difference in the lives of its diverse student body and community.

ABOUT THIS OPPORTUNITY: This full-time, tenure track instructor will enjoy a 185-Day work schedule. Fifty percent (50%) of this position will focus on Umoja, and the other fifty percent (50%) will be general Counseling with a focus on Athletics. The position begins on Monday, August 19, 2024 pending Governing Board ratification. Classes may be in a traditional "in class" setting, online, or hybrid format scheduled over summer and/or winter months, and at various campus locations, including days, evenings, and/or weekends.

About the Department: The Cabrillo College Academic Counseling Department is part of the Academic Counseling, Career and Educational Support Services (ACCESS) Division, which is tagged with tenured and associate academic counseling faculty. The Academic Counseling team is dedicated to providing current information and comprehensive academic counseling services to a diverse student population. Academic counselors assist students in the identification of career and educational goals, educational planning and provide follow-up services to support students with their educational plans. Academic counselors are required to stay current with career/occupational program information and requirements as well as four-year university transfer requirements. Academic counseling is provided primarily in-person with some online and hybrid opportunities at various campus locations; days, evenings and/or weekends.


Examples of Duties

  • Provide academic, career/vocational advisement and comprehensive educational plans for Career Technical Education (CTE) and transfer-bound students.
  • Provide academic advisement to ensure CCCAA eligibility for student athletes.
  • Provide academic advisement for students in the Umoja program and support transfer pathways to historically black colleges and universities.
  • Participate in department meetings and work groups that develop, evaluate and deliver services that support student success. Additional professional assignments include attendance at faculty/college meetings, curriculum and program development, and related duties as required or assigned.
  • Teach assigned classes, which may include evening or off-campus assignments
  • Maintain timely and accurate records of student enrollment, attendance, and academic progress
  • Provide academic assistance and related services to students during scheduled office hours
  • Participate in participatory governance committees, processes, and initiatives such as Guided Pathways.
  • Cooperate with and participate as may be required in District investigations and/or student grievance matters of alleged unlawful harassment, discrimination, and retaliation
  • Demonstrate sensitivity to and understanding of diverse academic, socioeconomic, cultural, disability, gender identity, sexual orientation, and ethnic backgrounds of community college students, faculty and staff
  • Complete required District trainings such as Title IX, Mandated Reporter, EEO/Diversity/Elimination of Bias, Workplace Safety, etc.

Minimum Qualifications

Required Education from a U.S. Department of Education-recognized accredited organization and licensure qualifications:

  • Understanding of, and sensitivity to, the diverse academic, socio-economic, ethnic, religious, and cultural backgrounds, disability, and sexual orientation, of community college students, faculty, and staff AND
  • Master's 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 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 AND a license as a Marriage and Family Therapist (MFT) OR
  • A lifetime California Community College Instructor Credential in one of the above required fields OR
  • The *equivalent

*Equivalency Application Form and Process link

Why would I complete the Equivalency Form when I am already completing an application and have a relevant degree? To determine whether your current education, or exact discipline, and/or experience is "equivalent," you must submit an Equivalency Form to initiate a review by the Equivalency Committee at Cabrillo College and so that your application can move forward and be considered by the search committee.

Please note the Equivalency Committee will consider only those applicants who formally request equivalency consideration by submitting the Completed Equivalency Form with their application by the closing date stated in the job announcement. Be sure to attach detailed evidence such as unofficial transcripts and/or other certifications that support the equivalency.

Still working on completing your degree? Applicants currently working on the required degree(s) for the position are encouraged to apply with the understanding that they must complete the Equivalency Form and attach supporting documentation with their application.

For additional information, please review our Applicant FAQ's here.

Required Professional Expertise:
  • Currency and depth of knowledge in the applicable professional field, curriculum development, review and assessment of student learning outcomes
  • Knowledge and understanding of programs such as Guided Pathways, that address commitment to equity-minded and culturally responsive teaching strategies enhancing student success
  • Work cooperatively and demonstrate sensitivity to the diverse academic, socioeconomic, cultural, disability, gender identity, sexual orientation, and ethnic backgrounds of students, administrators, faculty, and staff
  • Effective oral and written communication skills and effective use of technology
  • Evidence of professional activities and service beyond primary teaching assignments

Required Discipline Specific Requirements/Licensure:
  • Must possess and maintain a valid Class C California driver's license and safe driving record during the course of employment.
Desired Qualifications/Performance Expectations:
  • Successful online teaching experience
  • Experience with CCCAA eligibility regulations and requirements for student athletes
  • Experience or understanding of the principals and cultural practices of the Umoja program
  • Experience developing education plans for CTE and transfer students seeking admission to University of California (UC), California State University (CSU) and private universities.

Additional Information


  1. Complete the application and answer all supplemental questions
  2. Attach Resume or CV detailing teaching and professional work experience
  3. Attach one of the following:
    • Unofficial transcripts from all colleges attended displaying any degrees conferred (copies, and downloads are acceptable). Foreign transcripts must be evaluated for U.S. equivalency at the applicant's expense - click here for more information OR
    • Copy of lifetime California Community College Instructor credential in subject area, front and back (if applicable) OR
    • Equivalency Form - click here Submit this form with supporting materials if you do not possess the minimum qualifications as listed in the job announcement and feel you have the equivalent education and/or experience. Unofficial transcripts must accompany this form. Graduate students currently working on the required degree are encouraged to apply, with the understanding that the degree must be completed and confirmed by July 1, 2024.

Please note: All application materials must be received by 11:59 pm on the closing date indicated above.

Attention Applicants
Only completed applications with the above required documents will be reviewed by the committee. Application materials not required (including cover letters, letters of recommendation, etc.) for this position will not be reviewed by the committee. Remove personally identifiable information such as personal photos, social security number, birth date year, age, and gender from your application materials. Expenses related to the recruitment process (obtaining documents, travel, etc.) are the responsibility of the applicant. Cabrillo is unable to sponsor work visas. For additional questions or concerns, please contact Human Resources at as Departments, Divisions, and Committee Members are unable to discuss active recruitments with potential candidates.

Selection Procedure
Meeting the posted requirements does not guarantee an interview. A teaching demonstration / presentation may be a part of the interview, and finalists will be invited to return for a second interview. All notifications will be via email, and by accessing your application profile. Candidates invited in for an interview are slated for July 2024.

Conditions of Employment
Selected candidates given a conditional offer of employment are required to submit tuberculosis screening clearance results, official transcripts, proof of eligibility to work in the United States, and present their Social Security card upon hire (for payroll purposes). Please read Cabrillo's COVID-19 Immunization Protocol here.

EEO Statement
Cabrillo College is an equal opportunity employer and actively seeks a diverse pool of qualified applicants. The policy of the College is to encourage applications from all persons. No person shall be denied employment because of ethnicity or race, color, sex or gender, gender identity, gender expression, age, religion, marital status, disability, sexual orientation, national origin, medical conditions, status or protected veteran status.

Persons with disabilities who require reasonable accommodation to complete the employment process must notify Human Resources at

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