Counselor - Black Student Community Focus

Cal Poly Pomona State University,

Counseling and Psychological Services
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Last Posted:

Wed, Nov 16th, '22


Open Until Filled Priority consideration will be given to completed applications received by November 30th. Early response is encouraged.

Start Date:

Anticipated start date is January 9, 2023.

Last Updated:

Wed, Nov 16th, '22

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  • Full Time

Counselor (Non-Tenure Track)

Black Student Community Focus 

Counseling & Psychological Services (CAPS)

California State Polytechnic University, Pomona invites applications for a non-instructional, non-tenure track faculty position in Counseling with a focus in Black Student Community in the Counseling and Psychological Services (CAPS) department. 

Counseling & Psychological Services (CAPS) is an organizational unit within the Division of Student Affairs.  The unit strives for excellence in student services by adhering to the Themes and Values adopted by the Division (i.e., a Student-Centered Philosophy, Teamwork, Interconnectedness, Quality Contact, Passion, Integrity, and Richness of Diversity).  In keeping with the Themes and Values, CAPS provides a variety of mental health and outreach services to the University community at large. One of the department's primary goals is to enhance the psychosocial development and emotional well-being of students, thus contributing to their retention and graduation from the University.  In performing the duties and responsibilities of the Counselor - Black Student Community Focus, the incumbent should demonstrate attitudes, behaviors, and a work ethic that exemplifies the Divisional Themes and Values, in response to assisting students with mental health concerns.

Position Description:

Under the general supervision of the CAPS Director, the Counselor - Black Student Community Focus position carries out a variety of duties: direct clinical services to Cal Poly Pomona University students and the campus community at large; crisis intervention and consultation services to various University constituencies; developing and delivering prevention training and outreach services; the supervision, training and evaluation of pre and post-doctoral trainees (who also provide direct clinical services).  Provide other services as designated by the CAPS Director or Associate Director.

In order to address the mental health needs of all students, the CAPS Counselor - Black Student Community Focus is dedicated to helping meet the needs of Black-identified students on campus, providing culturally-relevant support through direct services, workshops, and outreach programs, as well as key campus efforts such as the Black Thriving Initiative and partnerships that help elevate the experience of Black students on campus.

Major Responsibilities:

Direct Clinical Service Delivery

Conducts clinical assessment and intake evaluations; provides individual, couple and group counseling as well as crisis intervention, hospitalization and other emergency response. Utilizes clinical conceptualization, treatment planning, and case management to facilitate clinical effectiveness.  Provides mental health consultation and facilitates on and off campus referrals, as needed.  Maintains/demonstrates a current command of knowledge in professional counseling theory, research, practice, legal and ethical guidelines, and department's policies and procedures. Employs a variety of therapeutic methods to effectively counsel clients with a full range of psychological issues.  Utilizes sound clinical judgment and applies methods appropriate to presenting problems and needs of clients.  Demonstrates cultural sensitivity and competence addressing needs of diverse clients.  Applies legal and ethical standards of the profession in executing clinical services.  Utilizes consultation opportunities for treatment planning, and to ensure service quality and adherence to legal and ethical mandates.

Provide outreach services, prevention program/activities, consultation, and/or psychoeducation programs to various constituencies on campus (e.g., student organizations, faculty, staff, and/or community affiliates).  Some evening and weekend hours are required to provide outreach/prevention events, workshops, presentations, training sessions, seminars, and/or courses to the campus community.

Although most crisis calls are directed to ProtoCall Services, this counselor position is part of the primary after-hours on-call rotation team, carrying the crisis phone on average one week per month.  The counselor also provides primary crisis coverage in the event of a campus crisis or emergency, and responds as requested by the Director (or designee) overseeing the crisis/emergency situation.  While most of the after-hours crisis intervention involves phone consultation only, there may be times when the situation rises to the level where on-site intervention after-hours is necessary. The after-hours on-call rotation counselor duties include, but are not limited to: consultation over the phone with the student and/or impacted individuals, coming to campus after-hours if necessary and timely responding as appropriate to de-escalate the crisis situation, based on the clinician’s best clinical judgment, professional standards, and ethics.

In the event where the counselor provides services outside of regular business hours, the counselor and the CAPS Director (or designee) may consider the time taken outside of the normal work schedule and the counselor's proposed adjustment to the work week schedule to an average of 40 hours of work for the impacted work week.  The counselor's proposed adjustment of schedule will be subject to the operational needs of the department and approval by the CAPS Director (or designee).

Indirect Clinical Services

Maintains records/case notes pertaining to client caseload and other service delivery. Applies legal and ethical standards of the profession in documentation and record keeping. Attends departmental meetings as scheduled, needed and/or as requested by the CAPS Director (or designee). Develop outreach and prevention programs/activities and psychoeducational programs to various constituencies on campus.  Participates in professional development activities/training to enhance job performance. Participates in other activities and committees, as needed, to carry out services within the department as determined and assigned by the CAPS Director (or designee), including taking on additional caseload, generating reports/documents, conducting research or special projects, committee work (i.e. search committees, peer reviews, other campus committees, etc), and/or participating in campus events (including some evenings and weekend hours). When requested by the CAPS Director (or designee), works in collaboration with the Coordinator of Clinical Training to provide clinical supervision to doctoral trainees, including verbal and written feedback in relationship to the trainee's performance, professional conduct, and clinical outcomes with clients.

Some evening and weekend hours may be required to meet workload demands, departmental responsibilities, and to provide quality services. 

The position calls for a comprehensive repertoire of counseling/clinical skills that must be executed using sound judgment, independent decision making, an ability to respond to a multitude of requests/issues in a very brief period of time, and expertise with crisis intervention and working with a broad range of presenting problems. A demonstrated ability to provide treatment to students using sound theoretical orientation, evidence-based techniques and strategies, while meeting the needs of a student body comprised of individuals of various cultures, genders, ages, spiritual beliefs, and socio-economic statuses. An ability to respond to situations with knowledge and understanding of diversity issues and cultural factors. The position also calls for an ability to establish and maintain effective working relationships within and outside the department, in addition to strong communication skills both orally and in writing.

Working Conditions:

CAPS provides hybrid work options, typically averaging (2) days working from home per week - must be able to provide clinical services when working remotely.

Some evening or weekend hours may be required to fulfill responsibilities for this position

Conditions of Employment:

The person offered this position is required to pass a background check. Failure to satisfactorily complete the background check may affect the application status of applicants or continued employment of current CSU employees who apply for this position. The background check consists of the following:  Employment and education verifications, reference checks, and checks of the following systems and databases: National Social Security Number/Address Locator, Felony/Misdemeanor Record, National Criminal Database, Federal Criminal Record, Department of Motor Vehicles Driving Record, and National Sex Offender Registry.

The CSU requires faculty, staff, and students who are accessing campus facilities to be immunized against COVID-19 or declare a medical or religious exemption from doing so. Any candidates advanced in a currently open search process should be prepared to comply with this requirement. The systemwide policy can be found at . Questions regarding the policy may be sent to

Affirmative Action/Equal Opportunity Employer
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. 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 prepares a public annual security report.


California State Polytechnic University, Pomona invites applications for a non-instructional, non-tenure track faculty position in Counseling to be embedded in the College of Environmental Design as part of Counseling and Psychological Services (CAPS). 

Highly regarded among its peer institutions, Cal Poly Pomona is No. 3 in the U.S. News and World Report rankings of top public regional universities in the west and was named the No. 28 best-value college in the nation by Money Magazine. Cal Poly Pomona, a Hispanic-Serving Institution and an Asian American and Native American Pacific Islander-Serving Institution, stands as a national leader in promoting social mobility, and was placed among the 25 top institutions in the country in awarding bachelor’s degrees to minoritized students by Diverse Issues in Higher Education.  

The Cal Poly Pomona campus is located less than 30 miles east of downtown Los Angeles at the intersection of Los Angeles, Orange, Riverside and San Bernardino counties. It is within an hour’s drive of beaches, mountains and deserts. For additional information about the university, please visit

Student Population.  California residents comprise the majority (96%) of applicants to undergraduate programs at Cal Poly Pomona – nearly half (49%) of new students were transfers in Fall 2020.  58% of Cal Poly Pomona students are first generation, 70% receive financial aid, and 44% qualify as Pell-eligible.  The university enrolls a diverse student body that identifies as 49% Latinx, 21% Asian, 15% White, 3% Black, 5% International, 3% two or more races, 3% unknown, and less than 1% Native Hawaiian or Native Pacific Islander and less than 1% Native American Indigenous. 39% of the student body were STEM majors with the top enrolled programs including psychology, mechanical engineering, civil engineering, biology and computer science.


Minimum Requirements:

  • Education in: 
    • Possession of a Master's degree in behavioral sciences, clinical or counseling psychology; a valid license to practice psychotherapy in the State of California. Compliance with all state regulations and good standing with licensing board requirements for professional behavior and conduct.
  • Experience in:

    • Working in a university and/or college counseling center or experience working with the transitional age youth (TAY) population. 

    • Providing individual and group mental health services to a highly diverse 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.

    • Crisis intervention and working with a broad range of presenting problems.   

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

  • Knowledge, skills, and abilities in:
    • Demonstrated ability to perform both brief and long-term therapy, and intake 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.

    • Computers including email, internet, and electronic medical records (preferably PNC or Titanium); standard office equipment/machines (e.g., copier, scanner, printer, fax machine)

One or more of the following preferred qualifications are desired:

  • Specialty in serving the mental health needs of Black college students
  • Experience working in college counseling centers
  • Completion of an APA-accredited doctoral program and an APA-approved pre-doctoral internship
  • Specialty in serving the mental health needs of Latina(o) college students
  • Specialty in serving the mental health needs of LGBTQ college students
  • Specialty, interest in, and experience working with survivors of trauma (childhood abuse, sexual abuse, and/or domestic violence)
  • Experience in treating eating disorders
  • Experience in supervising unlicensed therapists

Anticipated Hiring Range:  $6,190 - $7,988 monthly 

The position includes a very attractive benefits package. 


Applications will be accepted only via PageUp – online application portal - for University hires.

The positions will remain open until filled. Priority consideration will be given to completed applications received by November 30th. Early response is encouraged. Anticipated start date is January 9, 2023.  

A complete application will consist of: 

  • Cover letter addressing the candidate’s interest and background related to the qualifications. 
  • Detailed curriculum vitae/ resume
  • Copy of license (including date of licensure). 
  • Copy of graduate transcripts (?copies are sufficient for application, official confirmation of degree required for hire). 
  • Three ?professional references ?that can be contacted (including name, address, and phone number). 

Please direct inquiries by email to: Hallie Lewis,