Counselor (Academic Year) (501537)

  • California Polytechnic State University
  • San Luis Obispo, California
  • Jan 01, 2022
Full Time Human and Social Services Legal Services

Job Description


Job Summary

The purpose of this position is to meet this mission through the provision of individual, couples, and group counseling, crisis intervention, outreach, consultation, and prevention education as a member of the Counseling Services team within Campus Health & Wellbeing. Clinical counselors are expected to provide at least 65% (i.e., 26 hours per week average) direct service (individual, couples, group therapy, outreach presentations) to registered Cal Poly students. This also includes crisis intervention, provision of psychoeducational workshops, and clinical support for other departments within Campus Health and Wellbeing, particularly Safer, which supports victims of gender- and power-based violence.

The position requires considerable crisis intervention and work with serious presenting concerns as well as the ability to conceptualize cases and provide diagnoses within sociocultural context. Clinicians with specialization and expertise in working with historically marginalized students are strongly encouraged to apply.

Participation on campus or departmental committees may be expected.

Department Summary

Campus Health & Wellbeing helps students achieve and maintain academic success and lifelong health and wellbeing by providing timely and appropriate primary and acute health care, disease and injury prevention education, professional mental health care, outreach, educational services and campus consultations.

Counseling Services promotes the development of holistic student emotional health and serves the campus through advocacy and the provision of confidential, accessible services. We invest in creating a supportive and inclusive space so students across identities can feel they belong and have access to culturally responsive services. We seek to build bridges to care for students who have been historically marginalized and leverage our system to be more equitable and responsive to the unique needs of students .

Key Qualifications
  • Demonstrated experience working in a clinical setting with high volume including individual and group therapy, crisis, and brief assessment.
  • Demonstrated competence with diversity and intersectionality and experience in addressing the needs of historically marginalized groups.
  • Ability to collaborate and work as member of a team, including ability to respond to unexpected campus emergencies or crises.
  • Ability to speak publicly and represent Counseling Services (as part of Student Affairs) to the campus community.
  • Ability to independently organize, manage and prioritize tasks, including clinical caseload.
  • Ability to provide consultation regarding mental health to faculty, staff, parents, partners, and friends of student s.

Education and Experience

Possession of a Master's degree in appropriate field and current licensure or eligible for licensure to practice in the State of California as LPCC, LCSW or LMFT with a minimum of 2 years of clinical experience post degree (in any state or province).


Possession of a doctoral degree in Clinical or Counseling Psychology and current licensure or eligible for licensure (i.e., successfully completed all supervised professional experience) as a psychologist in the State of California.


Anticipated Hiring Range: $5,800 - $6,763/month

Note that the hiring level will be commensurate with the qualifications and experience of the candidate.

Classification Range: $5,046 - $9,403

Cal Poly

Known for its Learn by Doing pedagogy, Cal Poly is the flagship of the world-renowned California State University system. Annually recognized as one of the top public universities in the nation, Cal Poly continues to offer an academic curriculum based on learned experience gained through real-world practice. Located in San Luis Obispo, Cal Poly is nestled comfortably among the coastal foothills, minutes from the Pacific Ocean and equidistant to the Bay Area and Los Angeles.

Cal Poly offers a best-in-class benefits program, including health, dental and vision insurance, retirement participation in the Public Employees' Retirement System, and educational benefits for eligible employees. See our benefits website for additional information.

Diversity Statement

At Cal Poly, we believe that cultivating an environment that embraces and promotes diversity is fundamental to the success of our students, our employees and our community. Bringing people together from different backgrounds, experiences and value systems fosters the innovative and creative thinking that exemplifies Cal Poly's values of free inquiry, cultural and intellectual diversity, mutual respect, civic engagement, and social and environmental responsibility.

Cal Poly's commitment to diversity informs our efforts in recruitment, hiring and retention. California Poly is an affirmative action/equal opportunity employer.

How to Apply

To apply, please attach (1) a cover letter illustrating how you meet the requirements of the position, particularly regarding crisis and diagnostic experience and expertise in providing services to underserved student populations, (2) curriculum vitae (CV), (3) unofficial transcripts to your online application, and (4) a copy of license (as applicable). The application requires contact information including email addresses for a minimum of three professional references; please include your current/most recent supervisor as one of these three. Official transcripts of highest degree will be required of finalists.

The California State University system is requiring that all employees and students accessing campus be fully vaccinated against the coronavirus by September 20, 2021. Accordingly, you may be required to show proof of vaccination by your start date. You can find more information here.

Closing Date/Time: Open until filled

Job Address

San Luis Obispo, California 93405 United States View Map