• California State Polytechnic University Pomona
  • Pomona, California
  • Mar 07, 2024
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Job Description

Counselors - (Non-Tenure Track)

Counseling & Psychological Services (CAPS)

California State Polytechnic University, Pomona invites applications for three (3) non-instructional, non-tenure track Counselor faculty positions in Counseling in the Counseling and Psychological Services (CAPS) department.

Cal Poly Pomona is one of three polytechnic universities in the 23-campus California State University system and among 12 such institutions nationwide. Since its founding in 1938, Cal Poly Pomona students have participated in an integrative experiential learning education that is inclusive, relevant, and values diverse perspectives and experiences. With a variety of degree programs in the arts, humanities, sciences, engineering, and professional disciplines, the university is well known for its learn-by-doing approach and Teacher Scholar Model .

The university is noted for its scenic and historic 1,400-acre campus, which was once the winter ranch of cereal magnate W.K. Kellogg. We acknowledge that Cal Poly Pomona resides on the territorial and homelands of the Tongva and Tataavium people who are the traditional land caretakers of Tovaangar. The university’s nearly 30,000 students are taught and mentored by the campus’s more than 1,400 faculty as part of 54 Baccalaureate and 29 Master’s degree programs, 11 credential and certificate programs, and a doctorate in educational leadership.

Highly regarded among its peer institutions, Cal Poly Pomona is No. 3 in the U.S. News and World Report rankings of top public regional universities in the west and was named the No. 28 best-value college in the nation by Money Magazine. Cal Poly Pomona, a Hispanic-Serving Institution and an Asian American and Native American Pacific Islander-Serving Institution, stands as a national leader in promoting social mobility , and was placed among the 25 top institutions in the country in awarding bachelor’s degrees to minoritized students by Diverse Issues in Higher Education .

The Cal Poly Pomona campus is located less than 30 miles east of downtown Los Angeles at the intersection of Los Angeles, Orange, Riverside and San Bernardino counties. It is within an hour’s drive of beaches, mountains and deserts. For additional information about the university, please visit .

Student Population. California residents comprise the majority (96%) of applicants to undergraduate programs at Cal Poly Pomona - nearly half (49%) of new students were transfers in Fall 2020. 58% of Cal Poly Pomona students are first generation, 70% receive financial aid, and 44% qualify as Pell-eligible. The university enrolls a diverse student body that identifies as 49% Latinx, 21% Asian, 15% White, 3% Black, 5% International, 3% two or more races, 3% unknown, and less than 1% Native Hawaiian or Native Pacific Islander and less than 1% Native American Indigenous. 39% of the student body were STEM majors with the top enrolled programs including psychology, mechanical engineering, civil engineering, biology and computer science.

Counseling & Psychological Services (CAPS) is an organizational unit within the Division of Student Affairs. The unit strives for excellence in student services by adhering to the Themes and Values adopted by the Division (i.e., a Student-Centered Philosophy, Teamwork, Interconnectedness, Quality Contact, Passion, Integrity, and Richness of Diversity). In keeping with the Themes and Values, CAPS provides a variety of mental health and outreach services to the University community at large. One of the department's primary goals is to enhance the psychosocial development and emotional well-being of students, thus contributing to their retention and graduation from the University. In performing the duties and responsibilities of the counselor, the incumbent should demonstrate attitudes, behaviors, and a work ethic that exemplifies the Divisional Themes and Values, in response to assisting students with mental health concerns.

Position Description:

Under the general supervision of the Director of Counseling and Psychological Services, the counselor position carries out a variety of duties: Direct clinical services to Cal Poly Pomona University students and the campus community at large; crisis intervention and consultation services to various University constituencies; working collaboratively with the Counseling Services Outreach Coordinator and/or the Wellness staff in developing and delivering prevention training and outreach services; the supervision, training and evaluation of pre and post-doctoral trainees (who also provide direct clinical services). Provide other services as designated by the Director and/or the Associate Vice President of Student Health and Wellbeing or designated Administrator-in-Charge.

Demonstrated ability to carry out multiple and complex assignments without instruction; establish goals and follow through on their implementation; train, provide guidance/clinical oversight, and evaluate pre and post-doctoral trainees; plan, coordinate, and initiate actions necessary to implement administrative or group decisions or recommendations; advise and counsel faculty, staff and students on varied and complex personal and academic matters; determine appropriate courses of action and interventions to be used when engaged with individuals and groups in personal interactions of a sensitive nature; demonstrate an ability to work under pressure in crisis situations, emergencies, and/or within strict deadlines; ability to work with a variety of individuals from diverse backgrounds and with different personality styles; work effectively and proactively in a diverse, multicultural environment, and design/implement programs that enhance such an environment; plan, develop, and conduct workshops, presentations, training sessions, seminars, and/or courses; read and comprehend psychological/clinical data and information; speak and write clearly and effectively; operate a personal computer, use standard office equipment, and incorporate new technologies and software programs; ability to move frequently from place to place on campus as needed/required. Some evening and weekend hours required to meet workload demands, outreach/prevention events, departmental responsibilities, and to provide quality services. This position provides primary crisis coverage as a member of the after-hours crisis rotation team and/or in the event of a crisis or emergency, responds as requested by the Director or the Associate Vice President for Student Health and Wellbeing, or the designated Administrator-in-Charge (AIC) overseeing the crisis or emergency situation.

Major Responsibilities:

Direct Clinical Service Delivery

Conducts clinical assessment and intake evaluations; provides individual, couple and group counseling as well as crisis intervention, hospitalization and other emergency response. Utilizes clinical conceptualization, treatment planning, and case management to facilitate clinical effectiveness. Provides mental health consultation and facilitates on and off campus referrals, as needed. Maintains/demonstrates a current command of knowledge in professional counseling theory, research, practice, legal and ethical guidelines, and department's policies and procedures. Employs a variety of therapeutic methods to effectively counsel clients with a full range of psychological issues. Utilizes sound clinical judgment and applies methods appropriate to presenting problems and needs of clients. Demonstrates cultural sensitivity and competence addressing needs of diverse clients. Applies legal and ethical standards of the profession in executing clinical services. Utilizes consultation opportunities for treatment planning, and to ensure service quality and adherence to legal and ethical mandates.

Provide outreach services, prevention program/activities, consultation, and/or psychoeducation programs to various constituencies on campus (e.g., student organizations, faculty, staff, and/or community affiliates). Some evening and weekend hours are required to provide outreach/prevention events, workshops, presentations, training sessions, seminars, and/or courses to the campus community.

Although most crisis calls are directed to ProtoCall Services, this counselor position is part of the primary after-hours on-call rotation team, carrying the crisis phone on average one week per month. The counselor also provides primary crisis coverage in the event of a campus crisis or emergency, and responds as requested by the Director (or designee) overseeing the crisis/emergency situation. While most of the after-hours crisis intervention involves phone consultation only, there may be times when the situation rises to the level where on-site intervention after-hours is necessary. The after-hours on-call rotation counselor duties include, but are not limited to: consultation over the phone with the student and/or impacted individuals, coming to campus after-hours if necessary and timely responding as appropriate to de-escalate the crisis situation, based on the clinician’s best clinical judgment, professional standards, and ethics.

In the event where the counselor provides services outside of regular business hours, the counselor and the CAPS Director (or designee) may consider the time taken outside of the normal work schedule and the counselor's proposed adjustment to the work week schedule to an average of 40 hours of work for the impacted work week. The counselor's proposed adjustment of schedule will be subject to the operational needs of the department and approval by the CAPS Director (or designee).

Indirect Clinical Services

Maintains records/case notes pertaining to client caseload and other service delivery. Applies legal and ethical standards of the profession in documentation and record keeping. Attends departmental meetings as scheduled, needed and/or as requested by the CAPS Director (or designee). Develop outreach and prevention programs/activities and psychoeducational programs to various constituencies on campus. Participates in professional development activities/training to enhance job performance. Participates in other activities and committees, as needed, to carry out services within the department as determined and assigned by the CAPS Director (or designee), including taking on additional caseload, generating reports/documents, conducting research or special projects, committee work (i.e. search committees, peer reviews, other campus committees, etc), and/or participating in campus events (including some evenings and weekend hours). When requested by the CAPS Director (or designee), works in collaboration with the Coordinator of Clinical Training to provide clinical supervision to doctoral trainees, including verbal and written feedback in relationship to the trainee's performance, professional conduct, and clinical outcomes with clients.

Some evening and weekend hours may be required to meet workload demands, departmental responsibilities, and to provide quality services.

The position calls for a comprehensive repertoire of counseling/clinical skills that must be executed using sound judgment, independent decision making, an ability to respond to a multitude of requests/issues in a very brief period of time, and expertise with crisis intervention and working with a broad range of presenting problems. A demonstrated ability to counsel students utilizing professional therapy orientations, techniques and strategies, while meeting the needs of a student body comprised of individuals of various cultures, genders, ages, spiritual beliefs, and socio-economic statuses. An ability to respond to situations with knowledge and understanding of diversity issues and cultural factors. The position also calls for an ability to establish and maintain effective working relationships within and outside the department, in addition to strong communication skills both orally and in writing.

Minimum Requirements:
  • Education in:
    • Possession of a Master's degree in behavioral sciences, clinical or counseling psychology; a valid license to practice psychotherapy in the State of California. Compliance with all state regulations and good standing with licensing board requirements for professional behavior and conduct.
  • Experience in:
    • Working in a university and/or college counseling center or experience working with the transitional age youth (TAY) population.
    • Brief counseling with individuals utilizing professional therapy orientations, techniques, and strategies and responding to situations with knowledge and understanding of diversity issues and cultural factors.
    • Providing mental health services to couples and groups in addition to individuals.
    • Crisis intervention and working with a broad range of presenting problems.
    • Developing and implementing a broad range of outreach services, including consultation/mediation interventions, training modules, workshops, and presentations.
  • Knowledge, skills, and abilities in:
    • Demonstrated ability to perform both brief and long-term therapy, and assessment, especially as pertains to the developmental needs of a college student population.
    • Demonstrated cultural sensitivity and competence in addressing the needs of diverse clients.
    • Knowledge of and ability to apply mental health models and policies/procedures related to the field of psychology.
    • Excellent communication skills, including demonstrated ability to make effective oral presentations, facilitate an open exchange of ideas, and write clear and concise clinical case notes, documents, and reports.
    • Excellent interpersonal skills and the ability to collaborate with and respond to multiple constituencies and make meaningful connections at all levels of an organization.
    • Demonstrated ability to establish and maintain effective working relationships within and outside the department.
    • Demonstrated ability to make independent decisions, exercise sound clinical judgment, and to multi-task and set priorities.
    • Willingness and availability to work some evenings and weekend hours for campus outreach events or emergency/campus crisis/disaster situations.
    • Computers including email, internet, and electronic medical records (preferably PNC or Titanium): 25%; standard office equipment/machines (e.g., copier, scanner, printer, fax machine): 5%.

Preferred Qualifications:

One or more of the following preferred qualifications are desired:
  • Experience working in college counseling centers
  • Completion of an APA-accredited doctoral program and an APA-approved pre-doctoral internship
  • Specialty in serving the mental health needs of Latina(o) college students
  • Specialty in serving the mental health needs of LGBTQ college students
  • Specialty, interest in, and experience working with survivors of trauma (childhood abuse, sexual abuse, and/or domestic violence)
  • Experience in treating eating disorders
  • Experience in supervising unlicensed therapists

Working Conditions:

CAPS provides hybrid work options, typically averaging (2) days working from home per week - must be able to provide clinical services when working remotely.

Some evening or weekend hours may be required to fulfill responsibilities for this position.

Conditions of Employment:

The person offered this position is required to pass a background check. Failure to satisfactorily complete the background check may affect the application status of applicants or continued employment of current CSU employees who apply for this position. The background check consists of the following: Employment and education verifications, reference checks, and checks of the following systems and databases: National Social Security Number/Address Locator, Felony/Misdemeanor Record, National Criminal Database, Federal Criminal Record, Department of Motor Vehicles Driving Record, and National Sex Offender Registry.

The CSU requires faculty, staff, and students who are accessing campus facilities to be immunized against COVID-19 or declare a medical or religious exemption from doing so. Any candidates advanced in a currently open search process should be prepared to comply with this requirement. The systemwide policy can be found at . Questions regarding the policy may be sent to


Anticipated Hiring Range: $6,190 - $7,988 monthly

The position includes a very attractive benefits package.

How to Apply

Applications will be accepted only via PageUp - online application portal - for University hires.

The positions will remain open until filled. Priority consideration will be given to completed applications received by May 19, 2023. Early response is encouraged. Anticipated start date is July 10, 2023.

A complete application will consist of:
  • Cover letter addressing the candidate’s interest and background related to the qualifications.
  • Detailed curriculum vitae/ resume
  • Copy of license (including date of licensure).
  • Copy of graduate transcripts ( copies are sufficient for application, official confirmation of degree required for hire).
  • Three professional references that can be contacted (including name, address, and phone number).

Please direct inquiries by email to: Hallie Lewis,

Affirmative Action/Equal Opportunity Employer
California State Polytechnic University, Pomona is an Equal Opportunity, Affirmative Action Employer. The university seeks to recruit and retain a diverse workforce as a reflection of our commitment to serve the people of California, to maintain the excellence of the university, and to offer our students richly varied disciplines, perspectives, and ways of knowing. Cal Poly Pomona subscribes to all state and federal regulations and prohibits discrimination based on race, color, religion, national origin, sex, gender identity/gender expression, sexual orientation, marital status, pregnancy, age, disability, genetic information, medical condition, and covered veteran status. The university hires only individuals lawfully authorized to work in the United States. As required by the Clery Disclosure Act, the university prepares a public annual security report.

Advertised: Apr 19 2023 Pacific Daylight Time
Applications close:

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