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

San Diego State University,

Counseling and Psychological Services
Last Posted:

Fri, Sep 4th, '20


Open until filled

Start Date:

Review of applications will begin 9/16/2020 and will be ongoing.

Last Updated:

Fri, Sep 18th, '20

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  • Full Time

Position Summary 

Job #: 497595

San Diego State University is an academically rich and culturally diverse, urban university.  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 Hispanic-Serving Institution that provides students with the tools to expand their knowledge and potential.

The primary mission of Counseling & Psychological Services (C&PS) is to provide 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.

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

There are five vacancies. These are full-time (1.0 time-base), benefits eligible, 12-month and Academic Year counseling faculty positions, anticipated to end on or before 5/21/2021, 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. Incumbent working during the Academic Year is paid over 12 months.


San Diego State University is an academically rich urban university that provides endless possibilities for students. Part of the 23-campus California State University system, SDSU is the third-largest university in the state with an enrollment of nearly 34,000 students. We offer nearly 200 different academic degree choices, including more than 90 undergraduate majors leading to a bachelor's degree. With award-winning professors, top-notch research facilities, and a sunny location at the gateway to Latin America and the Pacific Rim, SDSU gives students the tools to expand their knowledge and their potential.

The mission of San Diego State University is to provide research-oriented, high-quality education for undergraduate and graduate students and to contribute to the solution of problems through excellence and distinction in teaching, research, and service. The university strives to impart an appreciation and broad understanding of the human experience throughout the world and the ages. This education extends to diverse cultural legacies and accomplishments in many areas, such as the arts and technology; the advancement of human thought including philosophy and science; the development of economic, political, and social institutions; and the physical and biological evolution of humans and their environment. San Diego State University pursues its mission through its many diverse departments and interdisciplinary programs in the creative and performing arts, the humanities, the sciences, and the social and behavioral sciences.


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 experience and clinical effectiveness with cross cultural counseling approaches with ethnically and culturally diverse clients and communities. 

Licenses and/or Certifications 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 or Clinical Social Worker. 


Preferred Qualifications and Specialized Skills

  • 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

Starting salary upon appointment not expected to exceed $6,250 per month. CSU Classification Salary Range: $5,046 - $6,250 per month paid over 12 months. 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.

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.


Online application process.