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San Diego Mesa College

Job Description


Closing Date: 09/16/2022
Open Until Filled Yes
Classification Title Counselor
Working Title Counselor Mental Health Coordinator
Recruitment Limits
Location San Diego Mesa College
Pay Information
Class 1, Step A – Class 6, Step C ($6,032.90 – $8,128.98) per month based on the current AFT – College Faculty Tenured-Tenure Track Monthly Salary Schedule.
Initial salary placement for this Assistant Professor is commensurate with required education and related teaching experience as outlined in section A2.1 of the AFT Faculty Collective Bargaining Agreement and it is non-negotiable. The District offers a comprehensive fringe benefit package including employer paid medical, dental, vision plans, sick leave, and opportunities for professional development. This position is FLSA Exempt and may not accrue overtime. Benefits will be provided under the terms of the AFT-Guild, Local 1931 – Faculty Collective Bargaining Agreement. Annual Salaries will be recalculated for service less than a full academic year based on Education Code §87815, any required adjustment will be made within the first pay period. Travel reimbursement for interviewees traveling more than 200 miles, one-way, may be paid according to geographic location (see SDCCD Travel Stipend Policy, Rev 7/14/2011). Typically, Assistant Professors earn tenure after 4 years and promote to Associate Professor. The SDCCD Employment Web Page provides a link to employee collective bargaining agreements and handbooks, and more information about terms and conditions of employment to include salary and benefits.
Position Equivalent FTE:
1.0 FTE
Job Duration 11 Months
Position Number: 011774
FLSA Status Exempt (does not accrue overtime)
Bargaining Unit AFT/College Faculty
Range (na)
Position Type Academic
Department Health Services
The Position
From San Diego Mesa College President Ashanti Hands:
San Diego Mesa College seeks energetic and dedicated candidates to apply for academic positions. The College is committed to academic excellence and diversity, equity, and inclusion among its faculty, classified professionals, staff, and students. As the “Leading College of Equity & Excellence”, we take responsibility for equitable outcomes and successful pathways for all of our students.
As the largest college in the San Diego Community College District, the institution enjoys a solid financial standing, state-of-the-art facilities, and a world-class faculty, classified professionals, and staff. For 58 years, Mesa College has been on the leading edge, from offering a Community College Bachelor’s Degree, to being a lead California Community College in graduating students with an Advanced Degree for Transfer. We embrace the mission of community colleges and are committed to empowering our students to maximize their potential, leading to healthy and thriving communities.
We are adding new staff, classified professionals, faculty, and administrators who, alongside our stellar colleagues, will lead us into the future. If this opportunity sounds like the right fit for you, I encourage you to file an application for employment.
Applications are now being accepted for a 11-month Counselor Mental Health Coordinator position at San Diego Mesa College beginning Fall 2022. Mesa College is the largest of three colleges in the San Diego Community College District with a student population of approximately 24,000 and may include a combination of day, weekend and evening hours.
Under the direction of the Student Health Services Director, this position will provide clinical mental health services and mental health treatment, rapidly address crisis care situations and plan/implement programs and services to promote mental health wellness and suicide prevention for Mesa College students. This position will consult and advise on complex matters, provide educational leadership, individual and group counseling as well as classroom teaching/presentations. In addition this position will collaborate and provide support to the Dean of Student Affairs in addressing student concerns and violations. The position will serve as lead clinician with added administrative duties.
While the current vacancy exists at San Diego Mesa College, applicants should understand that they are subject to assignment at any District facility at the option of the Chancellor.
Major Responsibilities
  • Plan, implement and deliver mental health clinical services and mental health treatment to students in support of wellness, academic success and retention.
  • Confer with Director and faculty regarding individual students.
  • Serve as a resource for faculty dealing with individual student problems.
  • Provide 1:1, group and/or family counseling to students.
  • Design, implement and evaluate community health events, workshops, classroom teaching and other student health programs that promote wellness and enhance students’ abilities to benefit from college.
  • Respond to crisis events impacting the learning environment and provide crisis intervention to students as needed.
  • Collect and analyze data from mental health services and design program improvements.
  • Research and provide referrals services to students in need of mental health resources beyond those offered on campus.
  • Serve as a consultant on mental health matters that may influence student behavior, motivation, and learning process issues including mental illness, suicide, domestic violence, stalking, and threats toward others.
  • Provide professional development training with Student Health Services; distribute resources to staff and faculty.
  • Maintain collaborative relationships with local mental health agencies; maintain database of community resources.
  • Provide a safe and confidential environment conducive to effective interactions.
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
The equivalent.
(NOTE: A bachelor’s degree in one of the listed degrees and a license as a Marriage and Family Therapist (MFT) is an alternative qualification for this discipline.)
Desired Qualifications
  • Demonstrated cultural competence, sensitivity to and understanding of the diverse academic, socioeconomic and ethnic backgrounds of community college students, staff, and faculty.
  • A minimum of three years of recent, supervised experience providing direct delivery of mental health services.
  • Three years of experience as a licensed Mental Health Counselor in an institution of higher education, providing direct mental health to students.
  • Experience with responding to crisis care situations in a college setting.
  • Experience with establishing and meeting defined goals/objectives within a student health services program.
  • Experience with planning, implementing and evaluating mental health programs and services that promote mental health and wellness, including suicide prevention.
  • Experience in coordinating and leading mental health professionals within a college or university setting.
  • Experience serving as a mental health resource within a college setting.
  • Experience working closely with medical professionals and collaborating in a college or university setting.
  • Experience in crisis response/intervention.
Knowledge of:
  • Operations, services, and activities of a student mental health program.
  • Diverse student populations.
  • Counseling principles, practices, and techniques.
  • Applicable policies, procedures, goals, and objectives of a student mental health program.
  • Clear pathway of systemic planning for care in an academic setting.
  • Philosophy and objectives of the California Community College system.
  • Information and research resources related to areas of assignment.
  • Effective and appropriate communication skills.
  • Principles and procedures of record keeping and report preparation.
  • Modern office procedures, methods, and equipment including computers and applicable software.
Skills and abilities to:
  • Participate in the activities and services offered in the Student Health Services program.
  • Provide a full range of mental health counseling services to a diverse student population.
  • Evaluate, treat, and manage acute and serious psychological disorders.
  • Demonstrate proper care for an emergent psychiatric crisis situation in a college setting (including the ability to make appropriate in-school and outside agency referrals).
  • Accurately assess, develop, evaluate, follow-up and make referrals regarding students’ need for therapy.
  • Assist in the development, administration, and implementation of program goals, objectives, and procedures.
  • Design, develop and deliver mental health programs in a college/university setting
  • Exercise critical and independent judgment.
  • Maintain accurate and complete records and prepare clear and concise reports.
  • Apply legal and ethical standards of licensed mental health professionals.
  • Establish effective relationships with students, faculty, staff and community
  • Effectively utilize applicable computer software applications.
  • Work with and exhibit sensitivity to and understanding of the diverse racial, ethnic, disabled, sexual orientation, and cultural populations of community college students.
  • Work effectively and collaboratively with others.
  • Establish collaborative relationships with local mental health agencies.
  • Provide education to interns or other mental health professionals.
  • Communicate clearly and concisely, both orally and in writing.
  • Establish and maintain effective working relationships with those contacted in the course of work.
  • Equivalency
  • If you do not possess the exact degrees, or higher, listed above or if you anticipate receiving the required degree prior to the start of teaching classes, please complete a Request for Equivalency Form and attach it during the application process.


Foreign Degree:


Applicants with foreign degrees from colleges or universities outside of the United States must have their coursework evaluated by a professional association that is a member of the National Association of Credential Evaluation Services (NACES) or Academic Credentials Evaluation Institute, INC.(ACEI). A copy of the evaluation must be submitted with your on-line application.

California Licensed Marriage Family Therapist or Licensed Clinical Social Worker
Commitment to Diversity:
All applicants must have demonstrated cultural competency and sensitivity to and understanding of the diverse academic, socioeconomic, cultural, disability, gender identity, sexual orientation, and ethnic backgrounds of community college students, faculty and classified professionals.
Working Conditions
Special Instructions to Applicants:
To ensure full consideration, qualified candidates must submit a complete online application that includes the items listed (extraneous material will not be reviewed). References to résumés or other uploaded documents within the online application will be considered an “incomplete” application; please enter “N/A” if any section does not apply.
  • Complete online application;
  • Letter of Interest;
  • Résumé;
  • Graduate and undergraduate transcripts;
  • Copy of California Marriage Family Therapist License or Clinical Social Workers License; AND,
  • Three (3) professional references as listed within the application.
  • Request for Equivalency Form (required if applicable).
  • Foreign Degree Evaluation (required if applicable).
Important: To ensure consistency and fairness to all candidates, please do not submit materials other than those requested (i.e., personal photo, articles you’ve written, etc). Please only upload requested documents using respective document name labels. Uploading extraneous materials, unless specifically requested within this posting, may result in your application not being reviewed. Only complete application packets will be forwarded to the committee.
Please be prepared to present a valid COVID-19 Vaccination Card or negative COVID-19 test (dated within 72 hours of your interview appointment). Masks are required for in-person interviews.
Application materials sent via mail, fax, or email will not be accepted.
Note that correspondence, including interview invitations, will be sent to you via email.
All inquiries, nominations, and applications will be held in the strictest confidence.
Conditions of Employment:
  • Submit “official” college transcripts as stated on application (even if a degree is not a requirement for this position);
  • Pass a pre-employment physical exam at the District’s expense;
  • Provide a Certificate of Tuberculosis Exam for initial appointment (Note: The certificate must be renewed every 4 years as a condition of continuing employment);
  • Provide a valid COVID-19 Vaccination card or Vaccination Exemption;
  • Have fingerprints taken by a Live Scan computer at the candidate’s expense (Clearance must be received prior to first day of employment);
  • Present original documents for proof of eligibility to work in the United States as required by the I9 Employment Eligibility Verification form; AND
  • Attend a new hire processing appointment in Human Resources located at the District Administrative Offices.
If you accept a contract (permanent) position with SDCCD and are a retired annuitant with CalPERS or CalSTRS, you must reinstate from your retirement system. Please reference the CalPERS or CalSTRS website for further information.
Additional Information:
Please note that an employee may be transferred to any site at the option of the Chancellor.
SDCCD provides a comprehensive fringe benefit package for its full-time academic employees. The District contributes toward the cost of the premium (including dependent coverage) for the medical insurance plan options. Additional benefits include dental, vision, sick leave, vacation and opportunities for professional development. Contract employees become members of the State Teachers’ Retirement System (STRS) upon appointment.
Posting Number AC00902
Required & Optional Documents
Required Documents
  • Letter of Interest
  • Résumé
  • Unofficial Transcript (Undergraduate)
  • Unofficial Transcript (Graduate)
  • Licenses/Certificates/Credentials
  • Optional Documents
  • Equivalency Request (required if applicable)
  • Foreign Degree Evaluation (required if applicable)
Supplemental Questions
Required fields are indicated with an asterisk (*).
* How did you hear about this employment opportunity?
No Response
SDCCD employment web site
EdJoin (SD Co. Office of Education)
CA Community Colleges Registry
Craig's List
Inside Higher Ed
Chronicle of Higher Ed
Professional organization/publication
SD Union Tribune newspaper ad (including Sign On San Diego)
SDCCD Employee
Job Fair
Other (list below)
If other, please specify.
(Open Ended Question)
* Are you a current SDCCD employee?
If yes, please enter your employee ID:
(Open Ended Question)
* What is the role of Mental Health Services at a Community College? Please include the importance and value of such a service.
(Open Ended Question)
* Describe your experience developing and implementing a Mental Health Program at a college campus or within the community.
(Open Ended Question)
* Detail your work history for the past 5 years. Specifically include the number of hours you worked at each position per week and how many hours per week were spent in individual and/or couples psychotherapy. Provide the details of the general ages of your clients and what percentage of your clients were high acuity.
(Open Ended Question)
* Which leadership theory do you mostly identify with and practice and why?
(Open Ended Question)
* When you were assigned to supervise other licensed Therapists in a clinical setting how did you discover and counsel a Therapist who has made an error in judgement, was performing poorly, making inaccurate clinical decisions, underworking or endangering a client’s welfare.
(Open Ended Question)
* Do you currently possess a minimum of 30 hours per week of psychotherapy 1:1/1:2 for three years within the last five years?
* The San Diego Community College District has a very diverse staff and student population with respect to academic, socioeconomic, cultural, disability, gender identity, sexual orientation and ethnic backgrounds. Describe your professional development, community involvement, and professional experience working with these diverse groups.
(Open Ended Question)
* The San Diego Community College District has a very diverse student, faculty and classified professional population with respect to academic, socioeconomic, cultural, disability, gender identity, sexual orientation, and ethnic backgrounds. Describe your professional development, community involvement, and professional experience working with these diverse groups.

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