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Rancho Santiago Community College District
  • Position Number: 4609898
  • Location: Santa Ana, CA
  • Position Type: Disability Services

Counseling Assistant

Rancho Santiago Community College District

Salary Range: Grade 5: $46,223.75 - $59,027.83

Job Type:

Job Number: CL23-00717

Location: Santa Ana, CA

Division: SAC Counseling Division

Closing: 9/28/2023 5:00 PM Pacific

Job Description

Under general supervision - assists credentialed counselors by performing initial interviews of students, student orientation to programs, and para-professional counseling; in addition, performs related clerical duties; performs related duties as required.
Conducts initial interview with students and completes related forms; orients students to program(s); performs clerical duties such as maintaining student files and making appointments for counselors; assists in establishing referral liaison between students and college or community resources; may conduct presentations on program(s) to public; may provide para-professional counseling to individual or groups of students; maintains a proper counseling environment. Some incumbents in this class may act as an interpreter for monolingual/limited English students.
This class reports to designated administrator and is directed in their work by Counselors. This class works closely with students, may communicate to the public about their program and may interface with faculty or community resources about a student.
Knowledge of: Human behavior and principles of psychology; good written and spoken English, appropriate to college level students; relevant college procedures, policies, and programs; college and community resources available for dealing with student problems; principles and techniques of para-professional counseling related to student interests and problems; clerical, filing and record keeping procedures.
Ability to: Interview and assist a wide variety of students in helpful and mature ways; refer students to resource materials and other offices where further assistance may be obtained; give explanations to individuals and groups of students; establish and maintain effective relationships with students and employees; understand and follow oral and written instructions; be sensitive to students from diverse backgrounds; perform clerical, filing and supportive duties; maintain a proper counseling environment.

Job Qualifications

Any combination of training and/or experience equivalent to 6 months experience in a position that involves considerable public contact.
Rancho Santiago Community College District (RSCCD) is one of the most established districts in the state and has been in operation for nearly 50 years. Located in the heart of Orange County, it is one of the largest of California's 72 community college districts, based on the number of credit and non-credit students. RSCCD encompasses 25 percent of Orange County's total area and serves a population of more than 700,000 residents in the communities of Anaheim Hills, Orange, Santa Ana, Villa Park, and portions of Anaheim, Costa Mesa, Irvine, Fountain Valley, Garden Grove, Tustin, and Yorba Linda. The District includes Santiago Canyon College and Santa Ana College, as well as the Centennial and Orange Continuing Education Centers, the Digital Media Center, Joint Powers Fire Training Center, the Orange County Sheriff's Regional Training Academy, the College and Workforce Preparation Center, and the District Operations Center. RSCCD's three (3) auxiliary Foundations are actively involved in supporting both community and campus programs.
The Rancho Santiago Community College District (RSCCD) is committed to the concept and principles of staff diversity and equal employment opportunity by prohibiting discrimination based on ethnic group identification, national origin, religion, age, sex, race, color, ancestry, sexual orientation, physical or mental disability, gender identity, medical condition (cancer-related or genetic characteristics), marital status, citizenship, or service in the uniformed services, or on the basis of these perceived characteristics or based on association with a person or group with one or more of these actual or perceived characteristics. Applications from all persons interested in the position are encouraged. SELECTION CRITERIAApplication ScreeningIn addition to the requirements and responsibilities listed, the following criteria will be considered in selecting candidates for interviews:
  • Education experience (breadth and depth)
  • Work experience (breadth and depth)
  • Demonstrated ability to work cooperatively with others
  • Bilingual ability if applicable
  • Demonstrated experience in working with diverse socio-economic communities
  • Professional growth activities
  • Specialized skills training
  • Leadership skills
  • Written and/or oral communication skills
  • Presentation
  • Problem Solving Skills
Based on the information presented in the application materials, a limited number of candidates with qualifications most pertinent to the position will be invited to participate in the selection process, which may include a written test and an oral interview. Meeting the position's minimum requirements does not guarantee advancement in the selection process. Candidate qualifications will be assessed to determine those who meet and exceed requirements and are deemed the most competitive in the applicant pool. InterviewApplicants selected for an interview may be required to take additional tests or assessments and will be notified of such prior to the date of the interview. During the oral session, those selected for interviews will, in addition to the above, also be evaluated on the following factors:
  • Oral communication skills
  • Presentation
  • Problem-solving skills
A predetermined set of questions will be asked of all applicants interviewed. Applicants are requested to provide thorough yet concise information on their related experience to ensure the correct evaluation of their qualifications. Evaluation criteria will be applied consistently to all applicants. The District will make reasonable accommodations for applicants with disabilities. Applicants should contact Recruitment in the Human Resources Office for assistance. Application ProceduresTo ensure full consideration, all applicants must submit a complete online Rancho Santiago Community College District Online application that includes the items listed below by the position's closing date. People & Culture will review all applications for completeness, and only complete application packets will be forwarded to the screening committee for further review.
A Complete Application Packet Must Include the Following:
  1. RSCCD Online Application
  2. Resume - details all relevant education, training, and other work experience.

This applicant pool may be used for vacancies in the same classification occurring within the next six months.

Foreign Transcripts: Education completed outside of the United States must be equivalent to that gained in the conventional/accredited United States education programs to be considered for the satisfaction of minimum qualifications. The National Association of Credential Evaluation Services (NACES), a United States-based credentials evaluation service, must translate and evaluate Foreign transcripts. Conditions of EmploymentSelected candidate(s) is required to complete the following prior to employment as part of the onboarding process:
  1. Present original documents for proof of eligibility to work in the United States (by in-person appointment in People & Culture)
  2. Provide a certificate of Tuberculosis Exam
  3. Fingerprints (by a Live Scan Agency at the candidate's expense, and clearance must be received before the first day of employment)

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