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Merced College in Merced, California
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Date Posted 08/23/2014
Admin-Disability Services
Salary $54,366 - 74,246  USD Per Year
Employment Type Fulltime
Application Deadline 09/23/2014

Employment Opportunity

$54,366-74,246 (additional compensation for doctorate)
Closing Date:
September 23, 2014, 5:00 pm, PST
Beginning Date:
November, 2014 approximately

Minimum Qualifications


  • Master's degree from an acceptable accredited institution in rehabilitation counseling OR
  • Master's degree from an acceptable accredited institution in special education, AND twenty-four or more semester units in upper division or graduate level course work in counseling, guidance, student personnel psychology, or social work  OR
  • A current California Community College Credential that permits full time service as a DSPS Specialist OR·
  • The equivalent OR·
  • Master's degree from an acceptable accredited institution in counseling, guidance, student personnel, psychology, career development, or social welfare AND EITHER
  • 1.    Twelve or more semester units in upper division or graduate level course work specifically in counseling or rehabilitation of individuals with disabilities, OR
  •  2.    Two years of full-time experience in one or more of the following:
  • (a) Counseling or guidance for students with disabilities OR
  • (b) Counseling and/or guidance 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.·
  • Candidate must have sensitivity to and understanding of the diverse academic, socioeconomic, cultural, disability, and ethnic backgrounds of community college students.


  • Must have the ability to understand the implications of and deal effectively with the behaviors resulting from specific disabilities.
  • Experience in administering and interpreting the California Community Colleges Learning Disabilities Eligibility Services Model (LDESM), including experience in administering and interpreting both cognitive and achievement assessment instruments including, but not limited to: Wechsler Adult Intelligence Scale IV (WAIS-IV) and/or the Woodcock-Johnson III (WJ-III) Tests of Cognitive Abilities, Wechsler Individual Achievement Test III (WIAT-III) and/or the Woodcock-Johnson III (WJ-III) Tests of Achievement, Nelson-Denny Reading Test, Wide Range Achievement Test-4 (WRAT-4).
  • Knowledge and experience working with adults with learning difficulties (“Developmentally Delayed Learner”), Intellectual Disabilities and Autism.
  •  Demonstrated leadership working in postsecondary educational settings with students with Intellectual Disabilities and Autism.
  • Knowledge and experience in developing collaborations with community resources including but not limited to Regional Center; and the California Department of Rehabilitation.
  • Experience in developing disability awareness activities.
  • Experience working with learning communities, cooperative programs, and/or inter-agency partnerships.
  • Knowledge and experience of typical college governance systems.
  • Extensive experience working with college students with a broad range of disability related educational limitations.
  • General knowledge of tests and measurements commonly used for diagnostic assessment of students with disabilities.
  • Knowledge of current Student Success and Support Program requirements and processes.
  • Current technology skills related to the discipline and a willingness to pursue future technological developments. 

General Description:  This is a full-time, tenure track assignment in the Counseling/DSPS Departments at Merced College under general direction of the Dean of Student Services.  The DSPS Learning Disabilities Specialist/Counselor will assist the DSPS Director in the implementation of Disabled Students Programs and Services.  This position requires the successful candidate to provide both the academic and disability counseling to support our population as well as the ability to perform learning disability assessments for a targeted number of students.  The standard counseling load may include evening hours.

Essential Functions:

  • Provide specialized academic counseling services including disability management, career and personal counseling to students with disabilities.
  • Assist students in the development of comprehensive education plans.
  • May teach career guidance classes and/or DSPS courses.
  • Evaluate reports and other documentation for the purpose of determining program eligibility and appropriate support services.
  • Evaluate and interpret psychometric assessment information to identify educational limitations and necessary support services.
  • Serve as an advocate for students with disabilities while maintaining effective relationships with faculty, staff and administration.
  • Provide information on college major and certificate programs as they relate to educational and career development; participate in student and campus activities.
  • Participate in the development and facilitation of DSPS workshops, orientations, and other programs for students with disabilities.
  • Contribute to the development, assessment of, and completion of student learning outcomes and service area outcomes and program review.
  • Participate in departmental, area and campus professional activities/committees.
  • Participate in the college's learning outcomes assessment program, including course, program, and institutional assessments.

Counseling Department:  The Counseling Department at Merced College exists to provide the support services that a student will need to be successful at Merced College.  The department will provide an array of services that will not only address the cognitive domain but the affective domain as well. These integrated services will include academic, vocational, and personal counseling, as well as, academic assessment and advisement, advocacy, and follow-up. The department strives for representation from each Instructional Area and also for varied specialized skills amongst its counselors.  The department also recognizes the need for a balanced faculty and staff that reflects the diversity of our community.

How to Apply:   All applicants must provide the following items by the closing date in order to be considered for this recruitment. Documents may be emailed or faxed to meet the deadline.  If emailed or faxed, it is the responsibility of the candidate to send originals of all documents immediately.  Email to:, Fax 209-384-6103

1.  Obtain application from the Office of Human Resources or download from the Application Section below and complete the entire form.
2.  Letter of interest addressing your qualifications for the position
3.  Resume
4.  Three recent letters of recommendation
5.  Legible unofficial college transcripts (undergraduate and graduate) are acceptable at this point.  Transcripts must include the degree major and date the institution granted the degree.   Official copies are not required unless applicant is hired.  Foreign transcripts must include a U.S. evaluation and translation.

It is the applicant’s responsibility to ensure that all required materials are in the Human Resources Office on the filing deadline. Incomplete application packets will not be considered.

All materials submitted in your application file become District property and will not be returned to you. Please mail to:

Sue Miller, Merced College, Office of Human Resources, 3600 M Street, Merced, CA  95348-2898

Individuals with disabilities may request any needed accommodation to participate in the application process. Please submit your request with your application to the Human Resources Office.

Interview Information: Those applicants deemed most qualified for the position will be invited to appear for oral interviews before a screening committee which includes a 15-minute teaching demonstration on a selected topic.   Finalist interviews with district administrators will follow the same or next day.  A limited number of candidates will be invited to interviews.  Expenses for travel and accommodations will be the responsibility of the candidates.

Applications for Download

Academic or Administrative Service Application

Word Document [226k] - This application may be downloaded, saved to disk, and filled out using Microsoft Word 97 or higher. You may navigate the application blank by tabbing from field to field or pointing and clicking with the mouse. The blanks where information is to be filled in are non-printing characters. If there are additional pages in your application because of the information you included, that is OK. Merced College and the eight other colleges will accept your document as it prints.

PDF Format [62k] - This application may be printed and filled out using pen or a typewriter.

Employee Benefits: The District’s pays (with small contribution from employee) health, prescription, vision and dental insurance premiums for the employee and dependents. Life and income protection insurance premiums are provided for the employee only, as well as paid vacation, sick leave and holidays.

Condition of Employment: The selected candidate must be livescanned and tested for tuberculosis at his/her own expense prior to the start of employment. The Immigration Reform Act of 1986 requires verification of the right to work in the United States. Applicant must be able to perform essential functions of the position with or without reasonable accommodations. All faculty members, as a condition of employment, must become members of Merced College Faculty Association (MCFA) or pay a representation fee in an equal amount to a charity agreeable to MCFA. All offers of employment are subject to approval by the Board of Trustees.

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