Open Counselor Position at California State Polytehcnic University in Pomona, CA

Open Counselor Position at California State Polytehcnic University in Pomona, CA


3801 West Temple Avenue

Pomona, CA


 Full-Time Lecturer, 12-month, with anticipated annual renewal*

(Student Services Professional, Academic-Related I, 12 months)

Student Health and Counseling Services is seeking a talented, hard-working individual, who is passionate about enhancing the psychosocial development and emotional well-being of Cal Poly Pomona students.


Cal Poly Pomona is a comprehensive public university that is widely recognized for its polytechnic mission and learn-by-doing philosophy.  One of the 23 campuses of the California State University, it is consistently ranked as one of the best public universities in the West. The University has also recently been recognized as one of the top 30 promising places to work in Student Affairs by the American College Personnel Association (ACPA) and Diverse Issues in Higher Education.

Cal Poly Pomona currently enrolls 21,000 undergraduate and graduate students (with approximately 65% representing diverse ethnic groups) and employs approximately 1,000 faculty members.  The University is committed to diversifying its faculty and staff to better serve its multicultural student body, and has made educational equity one of its highest priorities.  Cal Poly Pomona is noted for its beautiful and historic 1,400-acre campus, once the Arabian horse ranch of cereal magnate W. K. Kellogg.  It is located about 25 miles east of downtown Los Angeles in one of the most dynamic economic and cultural regions in the country.  Additional information is available at the university’s Web site:


The Counseling Services is accredited by the International Association of Counseling Services (IACS) and the Accreditation Association for Ambulatory Health Care (AAAHC).  Counseling Services is part of Student Health and Counseling Services (SHCS), which is a department within the Division of Student Affairs.  The unit strives for excellence in student services by adhering to the values adopted by the Student Affairs Division (i.e. a student-centered philosophy, integrity, interconnectedness, passion, quality, and richness of diversity).  Reflective of these values, Counseling Services provides a variety of mental health, psycho-educational and outreach services to the university community.  The mission of Counseling Services is to advance student success by promoting community wellness, removing psychological barriers, and cultivating the personal strengths of Cal Poly Pomona students through culturally relevant mental health services designed to transform their personal, social and academic lives.


Counseling Services invites applications for one Faculty Counselor Lecturer (12 month, with anticipated renewal*).  At least one additional full-time and/or part-time position is expected to be filled from this recruitment depending upon funding and operational need.  This position requires excellence in clinical service delivery including individual, couple, and/or group counseling, initial screenings/intakes of students seeking services, crisis coverage (including non-life threatening issues) and emergency intervention (including hospitalization), the facilitation of on-campus and external referrals, treatment planning, and clinical case management.  Duties also include consultation and outreach services (i.e., psycho-educational programs) to various constituencies on campus (e.g., student organizations, faculty and staff), serving as a resource to university offices in an effort to enhance student life, and providing clinical supervision for unlicensed clinicians.  Some evening and weekend hours are required to provide outreach/prevention events, meet workload demands, fulfill departmental responsibilities, and provide quality services.  The counselor provides primary coverage to the after-hours on-call rotation team members in the event of a crisis or campus emergency, as requested by the Director, the Executive Director of Student Health and Counseling Services, the Administrator-In-Charge (AIC), or the designated Administrator who is overseeing the crisis/emergency situation.  While most of the after-hours crisis intervention involves phone consultation only, there will be times when the situation rises to the level where on-site intervention after-hours is necessary.


 ·         Possession of a doctorate in behavioral sciences, clinical or counseling psychology, or a specifically related academic field; and a valid license to practice as a Psychologist in the state of California.

Experience Required:

·         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.

·         Case management.

·         Developing and implementing a broad range of outreach services, including consultation/mediation interventions, training modules, workshops, and presentations.

 Knowledge, Skills, and Abilities Required:

·         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.


One or more of the following preferred qualifications are desired:

·         Two years post-licensure.

·         Completion of an APA-accredited doctoral program and an APA-approved pre-doctoral internship.

·         Experience in supervising unlicensed therapists.

·         Experience serving in college counseling centers.

·         Specialty in men’s issues.

·         Specialty in serving the mental health needs of LGBTQ college students.

·         Specialty in serving the mental health needs of African-American college students.

·         Specialty in serving the mental health needs of Latina(o) college students.

·         Specialty in serving veterans.

·         Experience working with addictive and compulsive disorders.

·         Specialty, interest in, and experience working with survivors of trauma (childhood abuse, sexual abuse, and/or domestic violence).

·         Experience in treating eating disorders.

·         Experience working with serious mental illness in an outpatient setting.

·         Bilingual fluency in Spanish/English and competency to conduct therapy in Spanish.


Salary: Anticipated salary hiring range is $5,000 – $6,000 per month commensurate with experience.  Position includes a very attractive benefits package.


Position is posted at the following website:

Review of complete applications will begin as early as July 8, 2015 and will continue until the position is filled. Early response is encouraged.  Completed application packages will be available for examination by any tenured and tenure-track faculty and lecturers of Counseling Services.

A complete application will consist of:

  •     Cover letter addressing the candidate’s interest and background related to each of the requirements listed above under minimum and preferred qualifications.  Indicate preference for either Full or Part-time.
  •     Detailed curriculum vitae.
  •     Completed Employment Form, found at
  •     Copy of graduate transcripts (official confirmation of degree required for hire).
  •     Three recent letters of reference supporting the candidate’s match with the requirements listed above in the position description and qualifications.
  •     Contact information (including name, address, and phone number) for these 3 references so that they can be contacted should the candidate become a finalist.

Please submit all application materials by e-mail to:

Counseling Services

Faculty Counselor Lecturer Search Chair

c/o Leslie Taylor-Contla

3801 W. Temple Ave, 66-116

Pomona, CA 91768

E-mail to:
Fax to: (909) 869-6775

Phone: (909) 869-3220

*It is anticipated that this Full-Time, 12-month, Faculty Counselor Lecturer position will be renewed on an annual basis contingent upon performance, funding and subject to the terms and conditions of the Collective Bargaining Agreement between the California State University and the California Faculty Association (

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 and learning. 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’s annual security report is available at 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.