Laney College, in the heart of vibrant, multicultural downtown Oakland, features the cosmopolitan atmosphere and human energy of a big-city university. Laney is adjacent to the Oakland Museum of California, blocks from historic Chinatown and a pleasant stroll from Lake Merritt.
Since 1948, Laney has provided educational opportunities to students throughout the East Bay and beyond. Serving approximately 14,000 students each semester, Laney reflects the incredible diversity of the community that surrounds it and provides opportunities to traditionally underserved populations. Dozens of languages are spoken on Laney’s campus each day.
The school boasts a proven track record of success with exceptional educational programs. The college was given full accreditation by the Accrediting Commission for Community and Junior Colleges (ACCJC) in summer 2009 – a distinction awarded to only five community colleges out of the 27 reviewed that year. In addition, Laney ranks among the top community colleges in California in transferring students to U.C. Berkeley.
Job TitleTemporary, Part-Time UMOJA-UBAKA Counselor
Time BaseTemporary, as Needed
CompensationRanges $21.05 - $43.93/hr.Salary placement based on education, experience & other provisions outlined in District's agreement with Peralta Federation of Teachers.This is a non-instructional faculty position.Hourly rate is 50% of instructional hourly rate.
The Peralta Community College District offers a number of voluntary fringe benefits to temporary, part-time faculty, including the ability to subscribe for medical and dental insurance in the District’s group coverage program and sick leave under certain conditions.
DepartmentStudent Services-Matriculation (542)
Job Description Summary
The Umoja-Ubaka program is designed to enrich and nurture the educational experience of all students, especially African American, first generation, and/or underrepresented students. The Umoja-Ubaka Counselor provides intrusive counseling for students in the program in one-on-one and groups settings, and facilitates workshops. Additionally, the Counselor works closely with the Umoja-Ubaka Coordinator in program leadership including, co coordinating outreach and recruitment efforts and mentoring programs, participating in Umoja-Ubaka program activities and leadership meetings, as well as in the planning/evaluation/reporting processes for the Umoja-Ubaka Program. The UmojaUbaka Counselor is expected to engage in professional development that focuses on African American culture and history.
Under general supervision of the Dean of Wellness and Student Development, the Umoja-Ubaka Counselor provides counseling for the Umoja-Ubaka Program, including the African American Learning Community and African Village at Laney College
Duties & Responsibilities
• Provides general counseling which includes providing students with information and advice regarding educational programs, occupational programs and degree and transfer requirements.
• Assists students in the selection of majors, careers, and the development of student educational plans.
• Assists students with the decision-making process and exploration of alternatives in regards to college adjustment, personal growth and development, social adjustments and goals.
• Participates in the College-wide Matriculation Program.
• Administers vocational/career assessment instruments and interprets findings with students.
• Teaches classes in career and life planning, study skills, human development and/or counseling and facilitates small group discussions.
• Represents the Counseling Department on college and district committees.
• Participates in outreach and training activities with high schools, four-year institutions and/or community agencies.
• Provides professional service that includes counseling, advising, evaluation of transcripts, attendance at meetings and participation in the governance structure of the college and the district.
• Responsible for continuously updating professional competency through post-graduate and/or in-service training.
• Performs other related duties as assigned by the college.
Counseling schedule may include evening or weekend hours as part of contract assignment. Counselors are expected to use and keep abreast of advanced counseling methods, including the use of current and future technologies, to support student learning and career objectives.
The Counselor is also responsible for providing a professional service week that may include, but is not limited to:
• Maintenance of office hours;
• Performing departmental duties such as program and curriculum development, evaluation and revision, and selecting appropriate program materials, and working with administrators and other faculty to develop a comprehensive pre-collegiate program;
• Participation in professional activities such as departmental and campus committee work, faculty peer evaluations, staff meetings and participation in the governance structure of the College and District;
• Pursuing professional growth activities to remain current;
• Performing professional outreach activities (e.g., working with administrators and other faculty, as part of course development and depending on need, by participating in an industry advisory committee for a program, working with inter-segmental education partners—such as high school, adult school and other colleges—and industry partners to design and implement effective basic skills curricula and career pathways in the discipline, etc.); and
• Performing other related duties as assigned by the College.
1. Possession of a Master’s Degree from an accredited college or university in Counseling, Rehabilitation Counseling, Clinical Psychology, Counseling Psychology, Guidance Counseling, Educational Counseling, Social Work, or Career Development, Marriage and Family Therapy, or Marriage, Family and Child Counseling.
2. A license as a Marriage and Family Therapist (MFT) is an alternative qualification for this discipline, pursuant to title 5, section 53410.1.
May submit a fully satisfied lifetime California Community College Instructor Credential in Counseling.
(California credentials were no longer issued after July 1, 1990).
5. The equivalent qualifications.
(Candidates who claim equivalency must provide conclusive evidence, as clear and reliable on the college transcripts as required on the District Equivalency Application Form. Refer to the Equivalency Procedures below. This is not a process to waive the minimum qualifications.)
6. Understanding of, sensitivity to, and respect for the diverse academic, socioeconomic, cultural, disability and ethnic backgrounds of community college students.
• Experience conducting workshops, presentations, group counseling sessions to a wide variety of students and community members
• Experience providing intrusive counseling and working with a diverse population of African American students
• At least one year of recent experience, post Master’s degree, working as a counselor in a California community college or other educational setting
• Experience collaborating with a wide group of support services for students including both student services and instructional faculty
• Demonstrated experience with cultural competency in work related to a diverse student population and sensitivity to and understanding of the diverse academic, socioeconomic, cultural, disability, and ethnic backgrounds of community college students.
The minimum qualifications for academic disciplines taught in California Community Colleges are outlined in the document at this link: http://web.peralta.edu/hr/files/2011/10/Minimum-Qualifications-Handbook-2010-2012.pdf.
For non-Master’s degree disciplines, please note that the District requires four years of experience with a Bachelor’s degree and six years of experience with an Associate’s degree.
Application Deadline DateApplications reviewed, as needed.