Associate Director of Training

California Polytechnic State University,

Counseling Services
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Last Posted:

Wed, Aug 23rd, '23



Start Date:

Fall 2023

Last Updated:

Wed, Aug 23rd, '23

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  • Full Time

The purpose of this position is to serve as the Associate Director of Training, holding primary responsibility for development, support, and oversight of clinical training programs within Counseling services including Masters Practicum Traineeships and Post Graduate (Masters and Doctoral) Specialization Programs. This position is also a member of the Counseling Services Leadership Team and provides clinical services to students.

The Associate Director of Training works closely with the Director and leads efforts regarding training programs. While on pause in recent years, Counseling Services is reestablishing clinical training programs to prepare emerging clinicians to specialize in college mental health service provision and to bolster clinical services available to Cal Poly students. They will be responsible for building procedures and practices for traineeships in group, workshops, and individual treatment for students in Masters programs at Cal Poly. Additionally, in collaboration with counseling services staff members, this position will develop a post-graduate specialization program related to college mental health service provision for trainees with Doctoral and/or Masters degrees pursuing licensure, with tracks to focus on clinical areas, populations, or treatment approaches. Once the reestablishment of these programs is complete, duties and responsibilities will shift to the maintenance and improvement of programs over time.

This position also provides clinical supervision and mentorship to staff clinicians as needed, and provides individual, couples, and group counseling, crisis intervention, consultation, outreach, and prevention education to the campus community, including liaison relationships with Campus Health & Wellbeing and other campus departments. The Associate Director of Training works collaboratively with other Associate Director(s) to assume administrative functions whenever the Director is unavailable.

Participation on campus or departmental committees may be expected.


Cal Poly, SLO currently has over 22,000 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 50,000 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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Required Education, Experience, and Credentials:

Possession of doctoral degree in Clinical or Counseling Psychology and current licensure as psychologist with a minimum of 5 years of clinical experience post licensure (in any state or province).  Licensure in the State of California is required within one year of hire; preference will be given to candidates with current California licensure as a psychologist.

Required Skills, Knowledge, and Abilities:

Demonstrated multicultural competence and ability to address the mental health needs of historically marginalized populations.

Demonstrated knowledge of FERPA, HIPAA, and the California Medical Information Act as it relates to the provision of psychotherapy in a university counseling center and confidentiality.

Demonstrated ability to speak publicly, provide training to, and consult with the campus community regarding mental health topics.

Demonstrated experience providing brief individual and group psychotherapy to late adolescent and young adult populations.

Demonstrated ability to effectively manage clinical crisis situations, including hospitalizations.

Program development and management, particularly related to training emerging clinicians.

Supervisory experience of unlicensed clinicians working toward Masters and Doctoral degrees, or in post-graduate specialization programs.

Knowledge of electronic health records including nuances related to training and data reporting.

Ability to use tact and diplomacy to effectively handle a broad range of high level and sensitive interpersonal situations with diverse personalities, and to respond appropriately to conflicts and problems.

Ability to initiate, establish, and foster communication and teamwork by maintaining a positive, cooperative, productive work atmosphere in and outside the University with the ability to establish and maintain effective working relationships within a diverse population and with those from various cultural backgrounds.

Excellent communication skills; ability to effectively communicate information in a clear and understandable manner, both verbally and in writing.

Thorough knowledge of English grammar, spelling and punctuation.

Ability to interpret, communicate and apply policies and procedures.

Excellent organizational and time management skills with the ability to set own priorities to coordinate multiple assignments with fluctuating and time-sensitive deadlines.

Working knowledge of or ability to quickly learn University infrastructure, policies and procedures.


Completion of a training program within a university counseling center.

Training program development experience within university counseling centers at medium to large institutions.

Seven or more years of clinical experience in a university counseling center.

Graduation from an APA Accredited graduate training program.

Experience in providing outreach and psychotherapy to historically marginalized populations.

Demonstrated specialized training and/or clinical expertise applicable to the university counseling environment and ability to share knowledge in accessible and applicable ways to teammates and the campus community.

Active membership in local, regional, or national organizations related to clinical interests or college mental health.


Anticipated Hiring Range: $7,102-$9,840/month 

Classification Range: $7,102 - $13,316/month (includes the SSP AR-II and III classification range)

(Note that hiring level will be commensurate with the qualifications and experience of the candidate.)


To apply, please attach (1) a cover letter illustrating how you meet the requirements of the position, (2) curriculum vitae (CV), (3) unofficial transcripts to your online application, (4) answers to the application questions below, and (5) 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 the highest degree will be required of finalists. 

For Full consideration please apply by the Review Begin Date.

Supplemental Questions are included within the application.

  1.  Please share how you incorporate principles of Diversity, Equity, and Inclusion in your clinical and supervisory work.   
  1. How have your specific training, experience, and educational endeavors prepared you for this position to develop and lead clinical training programs at Cal Poly?