Interim Director of the Disability Resource Center

Website San Mateo County Community College District

Posting Number 20141781S
Position Title Interim Director of the Disability Resource Center
Location Cañada College
Department Disability Resources Center CAÑ (DEPT)
Position Number 3F0110
Percentage of Full Time 100%
FLSA Exempt (does not accrue overtime)
Months per Year other
If other, please specify Through December 31, 2024
Min Salary $135,264 (annual)
Max Salary $171,312 (annual)
Position Type Administrative/Supervisory Positions
Who We Are
The San Mateo County Community College District is committed to achieving educational equity for all students. As outlined in the District’s Strategic Plan, “success, equity, and social justice for our students are longstanding goals.” The District’s “Students First” Strategic Plan is focused on “Student Success, Equity and Social Justice.” We provide students with a rich and dynamic learning experience that embraces differences — emphasizing collaboration and engaging students in and out of the classroom, encouraging them to realize their goals, and to become global citizens and socially responsible leaders. When you join our team at San Mateo County Community College District, you can expect to be part of an inclusive, innovative and equity-focused community that approaches higher education as a matter of social justice that requires broad collaboration among faculty, classified staff, administration, students and community partners.

The College and the District
Cañada College is part of the San Mateo County Community College District and is designated as both a Hispanic Serving Institution (HSI) and an Asian American and Native American Pacific Islander Serving Institution (AANAPISI), enrolling approximately 10,000 students each academic year. Cañada College has a diverse student population that reflects the communities that it serves. For more than 50 years, Cañada College has provided enriching educational opportunities for the residents of San Mateo County. With the support and guidance from award-winning faculty and staff, residents can pursue certificates and degrees for career training or for transfer to four-year colleges and universities. Located in the heart of Silicon Valley, Cañada College offers hundreds of day, evening, and weekend courses in more than 40 quality instructional programs with a variety of innovative student support services. Detailed information about the student population, including data related to student success, can be found on Cañada College’s Office of Planning, Research, Innovation, and Effectiveness (PRIEwebsite.

Who We Want
We value the ability to serve students from a broad range of cultural heritages, socioeconomic backgrounds, genders, abilities and orientations. Therefore, we prioritize applicants who demonstrate they understand the benefits diversity brings to a professional educational community. The successful candidate will be an equity-minded individual committed to collaborating with faculty, classified staff, administration, students and community partners who are also committed to closing equity gaps. The San Mateo County Community District seeks employees who value mentorship and working in a collegial, collaborative environment, guided by a commitment to helping all students achieve their educational goals

The Position
Reporting to the Dean of Counseling, the Director will provide overall leadership and coordination for planning, managing, and supervising staff, programs, budgets, and services provided by the Disability Resource and Personal Counseling Centers. Although it is not a primary responsibility, staffing limitations require the Director to counsel students with disabilities as needed.

Duties and Responsibilities
The duties below are representative of the duties of the classification and are not intended to cover all of the duties performed by the incumbent(s) of any particular position. The omission of specific statements of duties does not exclude them from the position if the scope of work is similar, related, or a logical assignment to this classification.
  1. Provide day-to-day coordination of the Disabled Student Programs and Services (DSPS) program, and related college activities affecting students with disabilities
  2. Provide day-to-day coordination of the Personal Counseling Center
  3. Plan, provide leadership for, organize, and direct the development and review of division curriculum for students with disabilities in conjunction with other administrators and in accordance with District/College policies and procedures
  4. Provide information and various resources about programs, courses, and services under the areas of supervision
  5. Supervise a diverse staff assigned to the programs under the areas of supervision
  6. Assess the annual department or program staffing requirements and recommend changes to staffing as required
  7. Develop and manage the program budgets, including preparation of federal, state, and local reports ensuring compliance with local, state, and federal expenditure guidelines
  8. Prepare, develop, implement, and monitor all DSPS planning documents with identified program objectives, student learning outcomes, and assessments
  9. Initiate, compile, and maintain, all DRC-related records and data required by the Chancellor’s Office and other official regulatory agencies
  10. Lead and participate in the research, preparation, application for, and follow-up procedures required for grants and other external sources of funding
  11. Advocate with the College’s faculty and administration on behalf of students with disabilities
  12. Coordinate and utilize existing College resources and instructional programs to facilitate the education of students with disabilities
  13. Ensure District compliance with local, state, and federal regulations regarding student access to facilities and instructional programs
  14. Collaborate with both instructional and counseling faculty and staff and with special programs, such as CalWORKS, CAREEOPSSTEM Center, TRiO, Promise, and other support services to maximize student success
  15. Coordinate and/or provide in-service training for the College community to promote awareness of the special needs of students with disabilities
  16. Participate in outreach activities both on and off campus
  17. When needed, provide disability accommodation and personal counseling services for students with disabilities and/or students in the Personal Counseling Center
  18. Assist students with disabilities in utilizing community resources
  19. Provide follow-up services to students on probation and dismissal status
  20. Participate in the accreditation process
  21. Participate in shared governance committees
  22. Perform other duties as assigned
Minimum Qualifications
  • Master’s degree or above in rehabilitation counseling OR Master’s degree or above in counseling, guidance, 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); and either fifteen or more semester units in upper division or graduate level course work specifically related to people with disabilities, or completion of six 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 (DSPS) 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: (A) Counseling for students with disabilities or (B) 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
  • Two years of full-time experience or the equivalent within the last four years in one or more of the following fields: (1) instruction or counseling or both in a higher education program for students with disabilities; (2) administration of a program for students with disabilities in an institution of higher education; (3) teaching, counseling or administration in secondary education, working predominantly or exclusively in programs for students with disabilities; or (4) administrative or supervisory experience in industry, government, public agencies, the military, or private social welfare organizations, in which the responsibilities of the position were predominantly or exclusively related to persons with disabilities
  • Demonstrated cultural competence, sensitivity to, and understanding of the diverse academic, socioeconomic, ethnic, neurodivergent, and LGBTQIA+ backgrounds of community college students, faculty, and staff
Knowledge, Skills and Abilities
  1. Knowledge of the procedures required for budget planning, assessment, implementation, reporting and tracking
  2. Demonstrated skill in planning, coordinating, implementing, and evaluating a major, comprehensive academic program
  3. Demonstrated skill in oral communication, including public speaking and written communication
  4. Skill in using a variety of computer software to prepare correspondence, statistical and financial reports, tracking systems, and other materials
  5. Graduate study in the areas of learning disabilities, developmental disabilities, deaf and hearing impairments, physical disabilities, or assistive computer technology
  6. Working knowledge of Title V and other governmental regulations as they apply to students with disabilities
  7. Experience in supervising a diverse staff, which includes team building and experience with bargaining units
  8. Experience in writing successful grant applications and in managing and monitoring grants
  9. Experience teaching courses, such as college success and career and personal development
  10. Knowledge of the Student Equity and Achievement Program (SEAP) as it applies to California Community Colleges, as well as other issues affecting higher education in California
  11. Experience in designing and preparing Student Educational Plans (SEPs) for community college students
  12. Experience in providing short-term personal and crisis counseling to students from diverse backgrounds
  13. Ability to develop and maintain student counseling notes in SARS, or similar electronic record-keeping software, in a timely and effective manner
  14. Experience with intervention programs that support student success
  15. Experience developing innovative programs that strengthen the quality of services provided to students with disabilities
  16. Knowledge of and experience using university articulation agreements and transfer requirements for counseling community college students
  17. Ability to use computer databases to retrieve student, college, and career information, as well as knowledge of essential computer applications
  18. Knowledge of and experience making appropriate college and community referrals
  19. Experience in developing counseling-related workshops and orientation sessions for students with disabilities
  20. Awareness of assistive technology and alternate media services for students with disabilities
  21. Skill in communicating respectfully, sensitively and effectively with people who are diverse in their academic, socioeconomic, ethnic, neurodivergent, and LGBTQIA+ backgrounds
Physical Requirements
This classification requires sitting for long periods, pushing and pulling, and visual acuity. The ability to type, use a phone, stand intermittently, walk, bend and stoop, occasionally lift, carry, push, pull or otherwise move objects of light to moderate weight, work at a computer, including sitting and viewing a monitor for various lengths of time, repetitive use of a keyboard, mouse or other control devices, dexterity of hands and fingers to operate a keyboard, ability to communicate and provide information to others; ability to operate a motor vehicle and drive to off-campus locations to perform the essential functions.

Preferred Qualifications
    • Possession of a current state Marriage and Family Therapist License (MFT), or Licensed Professional Clinical Counselor (LPCC), Licensed Clinical Social Worker (LCSW), or Licensed Psychologist
Benefits include paid holidays, vacation and sick leave. The District pays all or a portion of monthly medical plan premiums (depending on the coverage) and pays all of the monthly dental and vision plan premiums for employees and eligible dependents. Additional paid benefits include life insurance, salary continuance insurance, and an Employee Assistance Program. Optional tax-deferred flexible benefit 403(b) and 457 plans are also available. Academic managers participate in the State Teachers’ Retirement System, a defined-benefit retirement plan through the State of California. Employees may also be eligible for various first-time homebuyer programs.

Open Date 04/24/2024
First Review Date 05/08/2024
Close Date
Open Until Filled Yes
Special Instructions Summary
Required Application Materials All applicants are required to submit:

1. A completed online District application form (go to to complete the application and to apply for this position).

2. A resume that details all relevant education, training, and other work experience.

3. A cover letter of no more than 3 pages that addresses the applicant’s cultural competence, sensitivity to and understanding of the diverse academic, socioeconomic, ethnic, neurodivergent, and LGBTQIA+ backgrounds of community college students, faculty and staff as well as the applicant’s qualifications as they relate to the requirements, knowledge, skills, and abilities listed in this announcement.

Candidates for interview will be selected from among those who most closely meet the requirements and knowledge, skills and abilities. Meeting the minimum qualifications does not guarantee an interview. As part of the interview process, candidates may be asked to demonstrate job-related knowledge and skills.

For questions related to this posting, please contact:
SMCCCD Office of Human Resources
3401 CSM Drive
San Mateo, CA 94402
Tel.: (650) 574-6555
Fax: (650) 574-6574
Web Page:

Conditions of Employment
Prior to employment, the selected candidate will be required to complete the following:

1. Submit official transcripts (applies to all faculty or educational administrative positions)
Foreign Education completed outside of the United States must be deemed equivalent to that gained in conventional/accredited U.S. education programs in order for it to be considered for the satisfaction of minimum qualifications. Foreign transcripts must be translated and evaluated by a U.S.-based credentials evaluation service. The District currently accepts evaluations from agencies approved by the California Commission on Teacher Credentialing.

2. Submit verifications of prior employment

3. Satisfactory references

4. Successfully being cleared for employment through the background checking process
In addition to background checks, the District may review publicly available information about a candidate on the Internet. If a candidate is aware of incorrect or inaccurate information that is available on the Internet, the candidate is welcome to address such an issue with the Office of Human Resources.

5. Present original documents for proof of eligibility to work in the United States

6. Approval of your employment by the SMCCCD Board of Trustees

7. Provide a certificate of Tuberculosis exam for initial employment.

8. Have fingerprints taken by a Live Scan computer (Clearance must be received prior to first day of employment). Please note that the California Education Code requires, in part, that community college districts shall not employ or retain in employment persons in public school service who have been convicted of certain felonies, a misdemeanor drug charge (including alcohol offenses) or misdemeanor moral turpitude (sexual offense) crime. However, consideration may be given to those whose drug convictions occurred more than five years ago. A conviction for other crimes may not necessarily disqualify you from the job for which you may be applying.

EEO Statement The San Mateo County Community College District is an Equal Opportunity Employer that seeks to employ individuals who represent the rich diversity of cultures, language groups, and abilities of its surrounding communities.
Applicants who have disabilities may request that special accommodations be made in order to complete the selection process. Accommodation requests and a copy of the Americans with Disabilities Act applicant procedures can be made by completing our: Applicant Reasonable Accommodation Request Form
Annual Security Report
San Mateo County Community College District’s (SMCCCD) 2022 Annual Security Report (ASR), required by the Clery Act, includes statistics for the previous three years concerning reported crimes that occurred on campus; in certain off-campus buildings owned or controlled by SMCCCD; and on public property within, or immediately adjacent to and accessible from SMCCCD. Our 2022 Annual Security Report also outlines various campus safety and security policies, such as those concerning crime reporting, prevention and response to sexual and gender violence, alcohol and drug use, crime prevention, emergency response and evacuation procedures, and other matters. The 2022 Annual Security Report also includes important tips to help every member of the community remain safe and avoid becoming a victim of crime. The 2022 Annual Security Report is now available. You can also obtain a copy of this report by contacting the Department of Public Safety at the District Office or any of the three Campuses (650) 738-7000. The report includes information about criminal activity on our campuses, emergency procedures and resources.

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