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Community Colleges of Spokane


PO Box 6000, MS 1001
Spokane, WA 992176000

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Job Category: Education

Employment: Full Time

Salary: See Position Description



Listing Expires: March 11, 2019

Job Description:

Counselor - Tenure Track

SALARY: See Position Description

OPENING DATE: 02/06/19

CLOSING DATE: 03/11/19 04:00 PM



Spokane Falls Community College (SFCC) seeks qualified candidates for consideration of employment in this annually contracted, tenure-track position.

SFCC is a beautiful campus overlooking the Spokane River and near the urban center of Spokane, a mid-sized city in the inland Pacific Northwest with a high quality of life and quick access to the outdoors. More information about relocating to / living in Spokane is available here:

SFCC is one of two accredited community colleges that comprise the Community Colleges of Spokane. Serving about 8,200 students, SFCC strives to be an educational leader and a responsive partner with the community and region to provide access to relevant programs of the highest quality. We offer a large liberal arts/transfer program (approximately 75% of total enrollment) as well as state-of-the-art professional technical programs (about 25%). We strive to embrace diversity, promote equity, and foster global awareness at every level of our college.



  • Provides mental health, personal, academic and career counseling for individual students from a variety of social and cultural backgrounds.
  • Supports student retention and success through short-term counseling. Provides crisis intervention counseling when appropriate. Maintains a current list of referral sources for use when on-site counseling is inappropriate.
  • Provides academic support services to students and prospective students.
  • Supports student academic success as a generalist counselor through academic advising, educational planning, clarification of educational, career, and life goals.
  • Serves as liaison between the counseling department and instructional faculty with student success and retention strategies. Also liaisons with program Advisory Committees when appropriate.
  • Attends division, department, general faculty meetings district meetings, and in-service training; serves on district or college councils or committees, and performs other activities within the scope of the position.
  • Complies with state and federal law applicable to professional duties and responsibilities; Follows established procedures in areas such as printing, turning in grades, bookstore orders, office support, student financial aid requirements, safety regulations and related administrative processes.
  • Supports and advances the CCS strategic plan, and performs other duties as assigned.
  • In addition, counselors may:
    • Develop and deliver courses/workshops in college orientation/success and career planning utilizing appropriate pedagogy and technology that facilitates student learning and success.
    • Supervise paraprofessional employees or direct the work of assigned work-study students. Responsible for ensuring assigned staff adhere to acceptable behavior and performance standards. Demonstrate that assigned staff have been informed how behavior and performance will be assessed, receive timely and accurate feedback regarding performance, and any observed performance and behavioral problems are corrected promptly.
    • Participate in student recruitment activities.
    • Advise student clubs or associations.
    • Consistent with the terms of the collective bargaining agreement, work evenings, alternate schedules, summer or at alternate work locations.

REQUIRED COMPETENCIES (Minimum Qualifications)



  • An earned Master's degree in Counseling or related field from an accredited institution with coursework in mental health counseling.
  • Licensed Mental Health practitioner with experience providing direct services.
  • Previous counseling experience equivalent to one full year in an academic setting.
  • Demonstrated commitment to fostering and supporting a teaching, learning and working environment that honors diversity, equity and inclusion.
  • Acceptance of the responsibility to promote the welfare and best interests of students at all times.
  • Acceptance of and willingness to support the role that community colleges serve in higher education, and specifically the mission, values, goals and objectives of the Community Colleges of Spokane.
  • Ability to perform assigned duties in a manner consistent with applicable laws, regulations and goals of the institution and the community/technical college system.

PREFERRED COMPETENCIES (Desirable Qualifications)



  • Experience in academic advising and career planning.
  • Experience working with a culturally diverse populations to include: underrepresented, nontraditional, economically disadvantaged, refugees and/or people with disabilities.
  • Experience working with student retention or transition initiatives.
  • Teaching experience
  • Vocational counseling background.
  • Experience working in higher education.
  • Experience working with community agencies/services to facilitate student success.


This is a full-time, tenure track position with an entry level base salary (for a 175-day academic year contract) of $51,253 - $54,225 / year. Future advancement in base salary, up to the current maximum of 72,803, is based upon a combination of years of service accrued at our college and professional development activity.

Faculty have potential to earn up to $116,129 (average annual salary paid to our 20 highest earning faculty during FY2017/18). FY 2017/18 average annual faculty salary (all faculty) was $73,386. Annual salary is comprised of base salary plus any combination of academic year overload contracts, summer effort contracts, project stipends, student club advising stipends, and/or department chair /program lead faculty stipends consistent with the provisions of the current collective bargaining agreement between CCS and the Association for Higher Education (AHE).

* Total compensation: $66,822 - $70,059. Total compensation is an estimate based upon base compensation, current employer-paid health and related benefit contribution rates and median retirement fund contributions. The actual total will vary depending upon each employee's enrollment choices.
CCS reserves the right to cancel this recruitment without notice. Union membership is no longer a condition of employment although this position is covered by a collective bargaining agreement. Anticipated date of employment is Fall 2019.

Person hired must be able to provide acceptable documentation of U.S. Citizenship or lawful authorization to work in the United States. This is an absolute condition of employment. An offer of employment will not carry with it any responsibility or obligation on the part of the District to sponsor an H1-B visa. In addition, the Community Colleges of Spokane maintains a drug-free work environment and prohibits all smoking in the college buildings and state-owned vehicles. Must be able to successfully work in and promote a multicultural work and education environment. Prior to a new hire, a background check including criminal record history will be conducted. Information from the background check will not necessarily preclude employment but will be considered in determining the applicant's suitability and competence to perform in the position.


Applications will be accepted until 4:00 p.m. PST on March 11, 2019. The application process will not be available after this time. To ensure consideration make sure your application is completed and submitted as soon as possible. Applications will only be accepted prior to 4:00 p.m. on the closing date.

To qualify for consideration, applicants must meet required competencies and submit a complete application packet, which includes the following:



  • CCS online application.
  • Cover letter addressing your qualifications as applied to the responsibilities of this position. *
  • Curriculum vitae or Comprehensive resume. *
  • Names, addresses, and telephone numbers of three professional references.*
  • College transcript(s) * unofficial/copies of transcripts are acceptable for initial application, official copies must be submitted upon acceptance of job offer. *

NOTE: All of the above are required to ensure your consideration for this position. The item(s) marked with an asterisk are required attachments to your application prior to submission.

Community Colleges of Spokane does not discriminate in its programs, activities and employment on the basis of race, creed, color, religion, national or ethnic origin, age, sex, marital status, pregnancy, parental status or families with children, status as a mother breastfeeding her child, AIDS/HIV or hepatitis C, honorably discharged veteran status, sexual orientation, gender identity or expression, disability, use of trained guide dog or service animal by a person with disability, genetic information or any other legally protected category. Please direct all inquiries regarding compliance with access, equal opportunity and/or grievances to the Chief Administration Officer, Community Colleges of Spokane, 501 N. Riverpoint Blvd., PO Box 6000, MS 1004, Spokane WA 99217-6000 or call 509-434-5037; WA Telecommunication Relay Services (TRS) 1-800-833-6384 or 7-1-1.