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Clinical/Counseling Therapist (Student Services Professional-Academic Related I)

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Work type: Staff
Location: San Diego
Categories: Unit 3 - CFA - California Faculty Association, Temporary, Full Time, Counselor (Non-instructional Faculty)

Position Summary

San Diego State University is an academically rich and culturally diverse, urban university that resides on the traditional lands of the Kumeyaay people. With more than 34,000 students, 96 undergraduate majors, award-winning professors, top notch research facilities and a location that serves as a gateway to Latin America and the Pacific Rim, SDSU is a proud Hispanic-Serving Institution (HSI) that provides students with the tools to expand their knowledge and potential. This cluster hire is meant to prioritize candidates that have a demonstrated record of success in serving and counseling Latinx students and community members. The cluster embraces candidates who have intersectional expertise (e.g., LGBTQIA+, AfroLatinx, Indigenous, students with disabilities, gender identity) within the Latinx community.

Department Summary

The primary mission of Counseling & Psychological Services (C&PS) is to provide culturally-responsive services to students and the university community that support and enhance the education of the whole person, as well as nurture a healthy and productive learning-centered campus environment.  All C&PS services are provided and designed to promote academic excellence and retention at SDSU. Counseling & Psychological Services provides, either directly or through collaboration and referral, a variety of counseling services, (e.g., individual and group counseling, crisis intervention, short-term psychotherapy), assessment and evaluation, faculty and staff consultation, and professional training/supervision, consistent with the educational mission of the university.

The Clinical/Counseling Therapist is responsible for the provision of the following: The full range of individual and group psychological services to students from a wide range of diverse backgrounds presenting complex psychosocial, social, personal, and family problems; crisis/suicide intervention and trauma response/debriefing; consultation, prevention education, teaching, and training services to individuals, groups, and departments. The ideal candidates would have experience with counseling a diverse population and the ability to conceptualize intersecting identities of students.

For more information regarding Counseling & Psychological Services, click here.

There are six full-time (1.0 time-base), benefits-eligible, counseling faculty positions, in either 12-month classification or Academic Year classification appointments. They are anticipated to end on or before 6/30/2023, with the possibility of reappointment. Standard SDSU work hours are Monday – Friday, 8:00 a.m. to 4:30 p.m. but may vary based on operational needs. This position is designated exempt under FLSA and is not eligible for overtime compensation. 

The individual hired into this role will work on-campus at SDSU in San Diego.

Education and Experience

  • A doctorate in behavioral sciences, counseling, psychology, or a related academic field, or a California license as a Psychologist, Marriage & Family Therapist or Clinical Social Worker.
  • Candidates must have a demonstrated record of success in serving and counseling Latinx students and community members.
  • Cross-cultural counseling approaches with ethnically and culturally diverse clients and communities. 

Licenses Required

Candidates must possess a California license or be license-eligible to practice Psychology in California (license must be obtained within 18 months of date of hire), or possess a California license as a Marriage and Family Therapist, Clinical Social Worker, or Professional Clinical Counselor. 

Preferred Qualifications and Specialized Skills

  • Working knowledge of intersectionality (Crenshaw, 1989) as a framework for understanding the unique sociocultural experiences that result from the interrelations of social identities.
  • Experience and clinical effectiveness with Latinx communities and individuals.
  • Experience with outreach and destigmatization efforts in Latinx and multi-racial communities.
  • Experience and clinical effectiveness with cross cultural counseling approaches and outreach with ethnically and culturally diverse clients and communities and other traditionally underrepresented students.
  • Candidates must have a demonstrable respect for diversity and an ability to effectively work from a multicultural perspective with people from a wide range of backgrounds, intersecting identities, and value systems. Specifically, candidate must meet at least two of the following criteria:
    1. Is committed to engaging in service with underrepresented populations within the discipline
    2. Has demonstrated knowledge of barriers for underrepresented students and faculty within the discipline
    3. Has experience or has demonstrated commitment to clinical work with underrepresented students
    4. Has experience or has demonstrated commitment to integrating understanding of underrepresented populations and communities into research/practice
    5. Has experience in or has demonstrated commitment to research/practice that engages underrepresented communities
    6. Has expertise or demonstrated commitment to developing expertise in cross-cultural communication and collaboration
    7. Has research/practice interests that contribute to diversity and equal opportunity in higher education
  • Crisis intervention and trauma response debriefing capabilities.
  • Clinical skills and experience with short-term therapy approaches.
  • Significant knowledge of and experience making discerning judgments regarding complex ethical and legal issues.
  • Previous university counseling center experience or the equivalent.

Compensation and Benefits

Salary placement is determined by the education, experience, and qualifications the candidate brings to the position, internal equity, and the hiring department's fiscal resources. Starting salary upon appointment not expected to exceed $6,250 for 12-Month classification appointments, and $5,846 per month for Academic Year classification appointments. (Academic Year positions work during the Academic Year but are paid over 12 months).

CSU Classification Salary Ranges: $5,779 - $10,814 per month for 12-Month classification appointments, and $5,046 - $9,403 per month for Academic Year classification appointments.

San Diego State University offers a rich benefits package that constitutes a major portion of total compensation. For more information regarding SDSU benefits, please click here.

SDSU COVID-19 Vaccine Policy

In accordance with the California State University systemwide policy, students, faculty, and staff must be fully vaccinated against COVID-19 or provide a valid medical or religious exemption in order to access campus.  An individual is considered fully vaccinated two weeks after their second dose of a two-shot vaccine or two weeks after the first dose of a single-shot vaccine. 

The individual hired into this role will be required to submit their completed vaccination documentation to the university’s secure online health portal prior to beginning work.  Individuals with an approved medical or religious exemption on file with the university will be required to participate in SDSU’s COVID-19 testing program.

Supplemental Information

Review of applications will be ongoing.

The person holding this position is considered a ‘mandated reporter’ under the California Child Abuse and Neglect Reporting Act and is required to comply with the requirements set forth in CSU Executive Order 1083 as a condition of employment. 

San Diego State University is not a sponsoring agency for staff or management positions (e.g., H-1B visa). Applicants must currently be authorized to work in the United States on a full-time basis. Offers of employment are contingent upon the presentation of documents that demonstrate a person's identity and authorization to work in the United States, which are consistent with the provisions of the Immigration Reform and Control Act. 

A background check (including a criminal records check) must be completed satisfactorily before any candidate can be offered a position with the CSU. Failure to satisfactorily complete the background check may affect the application status of applicants or continued employment of current CSU employees who apply for the position.

SDSU is a smoke-free campus. For more information, please click here.

SDSU is an equal opportunity employer and does not discriminate against persons on the basis of race, religion, national origin, sexual orientation, gender, gender identity and expression, marital status, age, disability, pregnancy, medical condition, or covered veteran status.

Applicants with disabilities and applicants who require assistance completing an application may contact Rachael Stalmann at or 619-594-0473.

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