Counselor - Embedded in the College of Environmental Design

Cal Poly Pomona State University,

Counseling and Psychological Services
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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)

Embedded in the College of Environmental Design

Counseling & Psychological Services (CAPS)

Counseling & Psychological Services (CAPS) is a department in the Cluster of Student Health and Wellbeing in the Division of Student Affairs.  Under the leadership of the CAPS Director, the department 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). 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 wellbeing of students, thus contributing to their retention and graduation from the University. In performing the duties and responsibilities of the Counselor, the incumbent should demonstrate attitudes, behaviors, and a work ethic that attends to legal, ethical and professional standards and 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 or designee, the Counselor 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; working collaboratively with the Counseling Services Outreach Coordinator and/or the Wellness staff in 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 Director/Associate Director or designated Administrator-In-Charge.

The counselor position will be embedded in the College of Environmental Design (ENV). Clinical services delivery will be primarily focused on, but not entirely exclusive to, students in ENV. Clinical services delivery involves in-person visits and virtual offerings through HIPAA-compliant zoom.

Major Responsibilities:

Direct Clinical Service Delivery

The counselor position will be embedded in the College of Environmental Design (ENV). Clinical services delivery will be primarily focused on, but not entirely exclusive to, students in ENV. Clinical services delivery involves in-person visits and virtual offerings through HIPAA-compliant zoom.

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. 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.

Provides tailored outreach services, prevention program/activities, consultation, and/or psychoeducation programs to ENV and various constituencies on campus, as needed (e.g., student organizations, faculty, staff, and/or community affiliates).  Evening hours and some weekend hours may be required to provide outreach/prevention events, workshops, presentations, training sessions, seminars, and/or courses to the campus community.

Works closely with CAPS coordinators to support CAPS outreach, groups, workshops, triage, and research efforts.

May be required to carry 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. 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 and timely responding as appropriate to de-escalate the crisis situation, based on the clinician’s best clinical judgment, department policy, professional standards, and ethics.

In the event where a counselor responds to an after-hour crisis/emergency situation, the counselor and the Director/Associate Director or the Administrator-In-Charge may consider the time taken outside of the normal work schedule to address the crisis situation 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 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 and ENV meetings as scheduled, needed and/or as requested by the Director or designee. Collaborates and participates with embedded department. When a conflict exists, the counselor will prioritize attending CAPS mandatory meetings. 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 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 Director or designee, provides clinical supervision to doctoral pre- and post-doctoral level trainees, including verbal and written feedback in relationship to the trainee's performance, professional conduct, and clinical outcomes with clients.

Some office rotations between co-located department and main CAPS office may be required based on program needs. Schedule may be subject to change, including in-person availability.

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 counsel students utilizing professional therapy orientations, 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:

Telework options may be available, 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 the Behavioral Sciences, Clinical or Counseling psychology or a Doctoral degree in Clinical or Counseling psychology or related field; 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.
    • Demonstrated ability to perform both brief and long-term therapy, and intake assessment, especially as it 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.

Knowledge, skills, and abilities in:

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


Preferred Qualifications:

Any of the following preferred qualifications are desired:

  • Experience working in college counseling centers
  • Specialty in serving the mental health needs of Black, 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


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

The position includes a very attractive benefits package. 


How to Apply

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).