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DSPS Director/Counselor



$58,907.20 TO $107,698.32 PER YEAR



Under the direction of the Associate Dean of Student Services, the DSPS Director/Counselor has the responsibility to provide leadership and coordination for the planning and management of program components, budget, and services associated with the Disabled Student Programs and Services (DSPS). The DSPS Director/Counselor is responsible for the provision of academic adjustments, auxiliary aids, and services to students with disabilities.  Based on qualifications, other duties may include EOPS counseling, general counseling, and/or Learning Disability testing.

DSPS Director/Counselor will: (75%)

  • integrate DSPS in the college’s instruction and services; ensure provision of academic adjustments, auxiliary aids and services and maintain knowledge of the legal responsibilities regarding students with disabilities participation in the educational process; coordinate and oversee the DSPS program through implementation and administration of services for students including the High Tech Center; provide direction to DSPS staff;
  • develop and submit to the Chancellor’s Office the DSPS budget and program plan; interpret, apply, and explain laws, rules, regulations, and guidelines related to program area; maintain compliance with local, state, and Federal regulations and mandates regarding students' with disabilities; effectively and appropriately manage the DSPS budget; maintain all necessary records for audit, program review, and MIS reporting in a confidential manner;
  • recruit students with disabilities who will benefit from supportive services; verify eligibility of students requesting services;
  • serve as liaison between disabled students, faculty, and staff regarding accommodations that impact delivery of instruction or services, as well as for referring agencies and high schools; provide technical assistance, consultation, and professional development activities to the campus community on requirements for students with disabilities; serve on ADA Compliance Committee;
  • maintain currency and knowledge of state and federal requirements regarding all aspects of access to program and facilities for individuals with disabilities; attend DSPS regional and state-wide meetings, conferences, and trainings; facilitate DSPS Advisory Committee meetings;
  • lead DSPS area program review and assist in Counseling & Student Support Programs area program review; participate in college governance by serving on college committees;
  • provide specialized academic, career, and personal counseling services to students with disabilities; assist in the development of specialized curriculum; develop and present/teach disability related workshops and/or specialized classes to students with disabilities; and
  • establish and maintain effective working relationships including collaboration with counseling faculty/staff and special populations/programs (EOPS/CARE, CalWORKs, Veterans, Foster Youth Success Programs, and TRiO) to maximize service and student success.

General Counselor will: (25%)

  • provide academic, career, and personal counseling services to students; evaluate course placement using multiple measures; prepare and update education plans; coordinate and/or provide career services for students; develop and present career and/or college success related workshop; attend counseling staff meetings;
  • assist in the development of specialized programs and services; assist with development and implementation of Guided Pathways and other student success efforts; and
  • prepare and maintain academic advising materials; assist as needed with articulation, student outreach, and recruitment activities;
  • teach guidance and college success courses as assigned.


EOPS Counselor will:

  • provide academic, career, and personal counseling services to EOPS/CARE students; evaluate course placement using multiple measures; prepare and update education plans; assist students with necessary applications; ensure EOPS/CARE students are following their education plan; coordinate and/or provide career services for students; maintain EOPS/CARE student records/files; attend counseling staff meetings and EOPS/CARE trainings; develop and present career and/or college success related workshops;
  • participate in and assist with EOPS orientations; serve as a liaison and source of information regarding EOPS/CARE programs and policies with college staff, faculty and community agencies to maximize serve for EOPS/CARE students; serve on EOPS/CARE Advisory Committee; serve as liaison between EOPS/CARE students and Financial Aid and other on and off campus offices/agencies;
  • assist with development and implementation of Guided Pathways and other student success efforts; assist as needed with student outreach and recruitment activities; and
  • teach guidance and college success courses as assigned.


Learning Disability Specialist will:

  • provide assessment services to students with possible learning disabilities;
  • evaluate disability verification documents, including outside testing records, to determine eligibility;
  • administer diagnostic testing in order to determine eligibility for learning disability services in accordance with the CA Community Colleges Learning Disabilities Eligibility and Services Model; meet with students to discuss their diagnostic result and recommended academic adjustment, accommodations, and any academic concerns; prepare and maintain records for each student; and
  • serve as a liaison between student and appropriate campus and community resources; provide training to faculty and staff concerning laws and regulations regarding students with disabilities, confidentiality issues, and strategies for assisting students with disabilities. 

Master’s degree from a regionally accredited college or university in rehabilitation counseling


Master’s degree in counseling, guidance counseling, student personnel, clinical or counseling psychology, education counseling, social work, career development, marriage and family therapy, marriage family and child counseling, or a 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);


either 15 or more semester units in upper division or graduate level coursework related to people with disabilities, or completion of 6 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 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;

  1. Counseling for students with disabilities; or
  2. 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.


Desired Qualifications:

  • Ability to communicate with hearing impaired students
  • Knowledge of assessment exams and accommodation protocol
  • Knowledge of Title 5 and other governmental regulations as they apply to students with disabilities
  • Experience with developing and tracking service area outcomes, accreditation, and strategic planning processes
  • Knowledge of California Community College programs and initiatives (Guided Pathways, Student Equity and Achievement Plan, AB 705, etc)
  • Knowledge of and experience with AIM software
  • Knowledge of and experience with SARS Anywhere
  • Knowledge of and experience with university articulation agreements, transfer requirements, enrollment trends, requirements for Associate degrees and Associate Degrees for Transfer (ADT), and general education patterns in secondary and post-secondary education
  • Learning Disability Specialist certification
  • Meet minimum qualifications to provide counseling for EOPS students (Title 5, Section 56264)
  • Knowledge and experience with NCAA transfer requirements and working with student athletes transferring from a California Community College to another college/university

Knowledge and Skills:

  • Thorough understanding of disability compliance laws and regulations
  • Familiarity with assistive and adaptive technology
  • In depth understanding of the needs of students with disabilities; current trends in higher education for students with disabilities
  • Cultural competency; ability to develop and implement specialized counseling approaches, programs, and services for low-income and educationally disadvantaged students and students with disabilities
  • Effective communication – written and oral
  • Planning, coordinating, implementing, and managing a program or service area
  • Knowledge of budget development and management
  • Skill in using a variety of computer software programs to prepare correspondence, schedule meetings, review student and financial records, and report data
  • Knowledge of vocational fields and career trends


Salary and Benefits:

  • The annual salary range for the base assignment of a 195 day contract is: $58,907—$107,698. Additional compensation available with extended hours. Starting placement on the District salary schedule is based upon years of experience and number units completed beyond the Master’s degree. New academic employees may receive credit for no more than 5 years of job-related experience. 

Starting salary range is: $58,907 – $79,440

  • Faculty members with an earned doctorate from a regionally accredited institution receive an additional $2,000 annual stipend.
  • The District offers a competitive benefits package including medical, dental, and vision coverage to employees and qualified dependents.
  • The employee participates in CalSTRS through District and employee contributions.

Selection Process:

After the preliminary screening, selected candidates will be invited to the campus for an initial interview with the Search Committee. Videoconference interviews (in lieu of an in-person initial interview) will be offered. Candidates to be interviewed will be selected from applicants who most closely meet the minimum and desired qualifications. Meeting the minimum qualifications does not guarantee an interview. The Search Committee will recommend a slate of finalists to the Superintendent/President for a final interview.

The District reserves the right to re-advertise the position or to delay indefinitely filling of the position if it is deemed that applicants for the position do not constitute an adequate applicant pool or if funding is not available.


Conditions of Employment:

Employees must satisfy all the pre-employment requirements prior to appointment that include, but are not limited to, tuberculosis clearance (EC 87408.6), fingerprint processing, and verification of their legal right to work in the United States. A pre-employment physical examination may be required.

Applicants requiring reasonable accommodations in completing the application or interview process must notify the Human Resources Office in advance.

College of the Siskiyous is an equal opportunity employer. The policy of the District is to encourage applications from ethnic and racial minorities, women, persons with disabilities, and Vietnam-era veterans. No person shall be denied employment because of ethnicity or race, color, sex or gender, gender identity, age, religion, marital status, disability, sexual orientation, national origin, medical conditions, status as a Vietnam-era veteran, ancestry, or political or organizational affiliation.

College of the Siskiyous is accredited by the Accrediting Commission for Community and Junior Colleges of the Western Association of Schools and Colleges.

Licenses and Requirements:
• Valid California driver’s license
• Regular Attendance
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