Counselor (Academic Year)

California Polytechnic State University (Cal Poly), SAN LUIS OBISPO,

Counseling Services
Last Posted:

Thu, Feb 4th, '21


February 28, 2021 for full consideration; open until filled

Start Date:

Spring/Summer 2021

Last Updated:

Thu, Feb 4th, '21

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  • Full Time

Job Summary

Cal Poly Counseling Services is searching for an academic year (i.e., September through June) clinical counselor to provide individual, couples, and group counseling.??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. The purpose of this position is to provide individual, couples, and group counseling, crisis intervention, outreach, consultation, and prevention education.

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. 


Cal Poly, SLO currently has over 21,000 students, over 8,000 of whom live on campus.  The university is set on 1,321 acres with views of nearby mountains and valleys.  Cal Poly, San Luis Obispo is one of the most highly ranked universities in the Pacific West, with several academic programs in the top in the nation (e.g., Architecture; Engineering).  Cal Poly is highly competitive and known for its "learn by doing" philosophy, in which all students complete a senior project and internship before graduating.  Each student is required to choose a major before their first day.  

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Region Description:

Cal Poly is located in San Luis Obispo, a town of fewer than 45,000 people on the California coast, 3 hours north of Los Angeles and 3 hours south of San Jose.  Recently dubbed the “happiest place in America,” San Luis Obispo is close to the ocean, mountains and sand dunes.  It has a Mediterranean climate of close to 70 degrees throughout the entire year.


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Education and Experience

Possession of a Master’s degree in appropriate field and be licensed to practice in the State of California as LPCC, LCSW or LMFT with a minimum of two years of clinical experience post licensure


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

Key Qualifications



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

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


How to Apply

To apply from the website, 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.