Athletics and General Counselor

Merced College

Job Description



This is a categorically funded assignment dependent on year-to-year funding

*Position’s initial max possible salary placement is $85,637*
Additional compensation available via overload assignments, with approval
Interview dates to be determined

Merced College is a midsized community college located in California’s Central Valley. Founded in 1962, the College serves more than 16,000 students annually with room to expand on its 267-acre main Merced campus and 120 acre Los Banos campus site. The City of Merced, incorporated in 1889, offers historical sites, affordable housing, access to the Bay Area and Sacramento, and it is the Gateway to Yosemite National Park and the Sierra mountains as well as home to the University of California Merced campus. Our tree-shaded, growing community of just over 80,000 includes multiple biking and walking trails as well as access to several lakes – large and small – throughout the county.

The Athletics Counselor is an exciting opportunity to provide support services to our student athletes here at Merced College. You will be part of a department that provides an array of services that not only addresses the cognitive domain and the affective domain as well. These integrated services 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 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

Merced College is seeking candidates who operate with a growth mindset, a strength-based approach centered on students, and an unflinching commitment to equity, especially concerning the elimination of barriers to college access, success, and completion. A flexible self-starter with demonstrated leadership, with vision and energy to plan and organize programs to enhance student athlete success.

Merced College Vision

Merced College will provide transformative and empowering educational experiences to meet student and community needs.

Merced College Mission
Growing our community through education and workforce training:
  • lifelong learning
  • basic skills
  • career technical education
  • transfer
  • degree/certificate programs
Ensuring student success through equitable access, continuous quality improvement, institutional effectiveness, and student achievement.

General Description:
This is a full-time, non-tenured track assignment in Counseling Department at Merced College under the general direction of the Dean of Student Services. Primary responsibility includes providing comprehensive counseling support to student athletes. Additional responsibilities include collaboration with Athletic Department, coaches, faculty and staff to coordinate counseling services that ensure student athletes maintain eligibility while achieving academic success. The counselor will provide academic, vocational, and personal counseling to Athletes and students identified as disproportionately impacted at Merced College. Provide academic, career, and culturally-responsive and intrusive counseling (face to face and/or online), helping a variety of disproportionately impacted students (including our athletes) to make effective decisions in pursuit of their academic, career, and personal goals. The incumbent shall keep abreast of changing degree, certificate, transfer and athletic regulations and information in order to advise students about the most current requirements; will train other counselors; lead group presentations, including student-interest workshops and seminars, orientations, group advising, and other matriculation functions; coordinate student success initiatives; serve as liaison for athletic- related issues to academic and career technical education departments, student services, and instructional faculty; participate in program review and development and assessment of athletic Services and in the field of counseling; and engage in other activities (such as community outreach) as requested by the Dean. The standard counseling load may include evening hours.


Examples of Duties


  • Provide specialized academic counseling services, career and personal counseling to students.
  • Assist students in the development of comprehensive education plans.
  • May teach career guidance classes.
  • Evaluate reports and other documentation for the purpose of determining program eligibility and appropriate support services.
  • Serve as an advocate for students 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 Counseling Department workshops, orientations, and other programs for students.
  • 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.


Typical Qualifications


  • Master's degree from an acceptable accredited institution 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 from an acceptable accredited institution in one of the above listed degrees and a current license as a Marriage and Family Therapist (MFT) valid in California OR Community College Instructor Credential in Counseling OR The equivalent
  • Candidate must have sensitivity to and understanding of the diverse academic, socioeconomic, cultural, disability, and ethnic backgrounds of community college students.

  • Possess an equity-minded focus: responsiveness, sensitivity to and understanding of, the diverse academic, socioeconomic, cultural, disability, gender identity, sexual orientation, and ethnic backgrounds of community college students; and commitment to successfully foster an inclusive educational environment.
  • At least two years of experience, post master’s degree, working as an Athletic Counselor in a California community college.
  • Knowledge of athletic compliance requirements with ability to assure adherence to CCCAA, NCAA, NAIA and District rules and regulations as they relate to student athletes and transfer to Division I, Division II, and Division III colleges and universities.
  • Experience collaborating with Student Services, Athletic Department (coaches, Athletic Director, support staff), and other academic counselors, faculty, and staff to increase the successful transition for student athletes.
  • Proven ability to support and lead efforts to assist in retention and success of community college students, particularly student athletes.
  • Demonstrated understanding of the comprehensive nature of California community college counseling, which includes providing high quality academic, career, and personal counseling, both one-on-one and through teaching, including but not limited to developing educational plans specific to student athletes.
  • Experience teaching and designing curriculum for college-level courses and/or workshops in areas such as college success, career planning/exploration, educational planning, and personal development.
  • Knowledge of the California community college transfer process to public and private four-year institutions both within and outside of California.
  • Experience providing information about, and referrals to, campus-based support programs such as DSPS, EOPS, transfer services, tutoring, career services, financial aid, mental health, etc.


Supplemental Information


How to Apply:

  • Submit a complete application by the closing date/time on the Merced College career pages at

Required Documentation:

  • Letter of interest addressing your qualifications for the position (cover letter)
  • Resume
  • List of three professional references (no reference letters permitted)
  • Legible unofficial college transcripts (undergraduate and graduate); transcripts must include the degree major and date the institution granted the degree; official copies are not required unless applicant is hired.
  • Diversity Statement: The Merced College District has a diverse staff and student population. As such, applicants must demonstrate sensitivity to the needs of a diverse academic, socioeconomic, cultural, disability and ethnic backgrounds of community college students and the community at large. Please describe how your professional experience would contribute to a culture of diversity, equity, and inclusion. Please do not include any personally identifying information. Limit your response to one (1) page.

If Applicable:
  • Foreign transcripts must include a U.S. evaluation and translation completed by an approved organization per the State of California Commission on Teacher Credentialing
  • Equivalency Review Form (Required for applicants who do not possess the stated minimum educational qualifications and are seeking consideration on the basis of equivalency)

Only the required documentation as listed above will be accepted for this recruitment. Any additional documentation will be removed from your application profile.

Interview Information:

Those applicants deemed highly qualified for the position will be invited to appear for oral interviews before a screening committee, which includes a teaching demonstration on a selected topic. Interviews may be held onsite or via Zoom. Applicants are required to ensure access to the necessary technology to participate in a Zoom interview and will be responsible for any incurred travel expenses, if necessary.

Employee Benefits:

Employee Benefits: Health benefits for the employee and all their eligible dependents cost employee’s only $12 per month and provide access to PPO medical coverage, PPO dental coverage, VSP Vision coverage, and more! Please visit our Merced College Benefits website for more details about our incredible employee benefits. In addition, sick leave and retirement benefits are also provided.

Condition of Employment:

The selected candidate must be fingerprinted and tested for tuberculosis at his/her own expense prior to the start of employment. In compliance with the Immigration Reform Act of 1986, all new employees are required to verify their identity and the right to work in the United States. Merced College does not sponsor visas. All offers of employment are subject to approval by the Board of Trustees. The applicant must be able to perform the essential functions of the position with or without reasonable accommodations.

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.

Merced Community College District is an Equal Opportunity Employer



Health Benefits
Cost is $12.00/month for 10 months/year. We do not pay anything during June and July. This $12.00 covers the following as long as the members use Plan providers:

  • Medical (Anthem Blue Cross):$100 deductible for each family member or $300 deductible per family paid by employee each calendar year.100% coverage after deductible is paid (except for emergency room visits which cost $100 unless the person is admitted to the hospital).
  • Dental (Delta Dental):
  • Vision (VSP)
  • Prescription (Navitus)
  • $50,000 life insurance policy on employee.
  • Short-term and long-term disability
  • State Teachers Retirement System (STRS)
  • The college and employee do NOT pay into social security but both DO pay into Medicare.
Sick Leave – fiscal year
  • Ten days per year for 175 day contract.
  • Eleven days per year for 189 day contract (counselors).

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