SHC | Non Tenure-track Psychological Counselor- SSP-AR I (Student Services Professional, Academic Related)

Counseling Center / Student Life


The Counseling and Psychological Services (CAPS) Department of the Student Health Center (SHC)

Non Tenure-track Psychological Counselor- SSP-AR I (Student Services Professional, Academic Related)

Starting Date:

August, 2022

Minimum Qualifications:

1) An earned master’s or doctoral degree in counseling, behavioral sciences, psychology or related field from an accredited university.
2) Possession of a current California license as a Marriage and Family Therapist, Clinical Social Worker, Licensed Professional Clinical Counselor, or Psychologist.
3) Demonstrated knowledge and skills in brief psychotherapy, crisis intervention, consultation, workshops/group psychotherapy, and outreach.
4) Demonstrated experience providing both individual, couples, and group counseling on an independent basis for clients of various ages.
5) Evidence of clinical experience necessary for assessing and treating a broad spectrum of psychological problems, ranging from personal/social adjustment issues to severe emotional disturbances.
6) Demonstrated experience with interventions and clinical case management with complex and high-risk clients.
7) Demonstrated knowledge of laws and ethics pertaining to the field of mental health.
8) Experience working at a fast pace, handlings spontaneous work demands.
9) Demonstrated commitment and ability to utilize professional counseling techniques and strategies to meet the needs of a student body with varied backgrounds, cultures, gender identities, ages, sexual orientations, and other diverse qualities.
10) Demonstrated experience handling multicultural, intersectional, and social justice issues and proven ability to interact with diverse individuals and groups.
11) Demonstrated interest, experience, and ability to work with and support one or more of the following student populations: Black and African American students and/or students who identify as LGBTQIA+.
12) Evidence of ability to work well with colleagues and demonstrate ability and interest in working in a multiethnic, multicultural environment.
13) Demonstrated experience maintaining effective working relationships with a variety of mental health and medical staff and specialists, as well as students, administrators, faculty and staff.
14) Demonstrated ability to actively contribute to a positive working environment by exhibiting solution-focused, positive, cooperative, and flexible behavior.
15) Evidence of excellent interpersonal and communication skills.


The Counselor will provide a full range of clinical, consultation, and outreach services under the general direction of the CAPS and SHC Director. The Counselor position is responsible for, but not limited to, provision of the following: individual, group, and couples mental health assessment; counseling, psychotherapy, and case management; emergency assessment and crisis intervention; tele therapy; prevention education; classroom, group, organization, and department presentations, and workshops; referrals; individual, organizational and group consultation; treatment/intervention planning and follow through; timely documentation of case notes and reports in electronic health records; referrals to and consulting with other professionals on- and off-campus; participation in CAPS peer review and other activities of the SHC Continuous Quality Improvement program; attending CAPS and other departmental meetings as assigned; participation at professional trainings, workshops and/or conferences as assigned; participation in other assigned SHC and campus committees and activities; licensure maintenance; may be required to train and mentor peer educators. The Counselor will provide outreach and programming designed to support Black and African American students and/or students who identify as LGBTQIA+. Other duties as assigned.

The successful candidate will be committed to the academic success of all of our students and to an environment that acknowledges, encourages, and celebrates the rich cultural, ethnic, and racial fabric of the communities served by the University. To this end, the successful candidate will work effectively, respectfully, and collaboratively in diverse, multicultural, and inclusive settings. In addition, the successful candidate will be ready to join faculty, staff, students, and administrators in our University’s shared commitment to the principles of engagement, service, and the public good.



Initial salary is commensurate with qualifications and experience.

The University:

California State University, Los Angeles (Cal State LA) is one of 23 campuses within the California State University system.  The University is the premier comprehensive public university in the heart of Los Angeles. Cal State LA is ranked number one in the U.S. for the upward mobility of its students, and is dedicated to engagement, service, and the public good.  We offer nationally recognized programs in science, the arts, business, criminal justice, engineering, nursing, education, ethnic studies, and the humanities.  Our faculty have an unwavering commitment to teaching, scholarship, mentorship, research, creative pursuits, community engagement, and public service.

Our 240,000 alumni reflect the dynamic mix of populations across the Los Angeles region.  The University has one of the most diverse student populations of any college or university in the nation.  As a federally recognized Hispanic-Serving Institution, and Asian-American, Native American, and Pacific Islander-Serving Institution, Cal State LA recognizes the transformative power of education and embraces its duty to identify and serve the needs of all of its students.  The University is committed to creating a community in which a diverse population can live, work and learn in an atmosphere of civility and respect for the rights and sensibilities of each individual.

The Department:

The Counseling and Psychological Services (CAPS) department at Cal State LA is committed to providing exceptional mental health services with an increased awareness and appreciation for individual differences within our diverse campus community. This includes serving students of diverse racial/ethnic/national backgrounds, sexual/affectional orientations, gender and gender non-conforming identities, physical and mental abilities, languages, ages, religious/spiritual beliefs, and socioeconomic backgrounds with the utmost respect for these diverse life experiences. We value the dignity and worth of all people, the importance of relationships, and the facilitation of personal growth.

In order to accomplish our mission, CAPS provides a full range of psychological and counseling services including individual, couples, and group counseling, workshops, risk assessment, crisis intervention, psychoeducation, outreach, consultation, and psychiatric services. Our providers are licensed professionals dedicated to creating safe and welcoming spaces that support the success, well-being, and greater good of Cal State LA students.

Required Documentation:

Please submit the following to the Search Committee Chair at the email address below:
1) A cover letter specifically addressing required experience and preferred qualifications.
2) A curriculum vitae.
3) A narrative statement describing your commitment to working effectively with faculty, staff, and students in a multicultural/multiethnic urban campus environment with a substantial population of first-generation students.
4) A University Application for Employment Form

Finalists will be required to submit:
1) Official transcripts.
2) Names, titles, and phone numbers for three references.

Employment is contingent upon proof of eligibility to work in the United States. 


Review of applications will begin June 1, 2022 and will continue until the position is filled.

Please email all application materials in a single PDF to: [email protected] Please type “CAPS Psychological Counselor Application” in the subject line.

Please address all questions to the Counseling and Psychological Services Director, April Clay, at: [email protected] or 323-343-3314.

Note: The person holding this position is considered a "mandated reporter" under the California Child Abuse and Neglect Reporting Act and is required to comply with the requirements set forth in CSU Executive Order 1083 as a condition of employment.

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 and questions may be sent to [email protected]

Beginning January 1, 2022, campuses may not hire or reappoint an Employee to perform CSU-related work outside of California. Requests for exceptions are very limited based on CSU Policy and must have prior written approval from the University President.

A background check (including a criminal records check) must be completed satisfactorily before any candidate can be offered a position with the CSU. Failure to satisfactorily complete the background check may affect the application status of applicants or continued employment of current CSU employees who apply for the position.

In addition to meeting fully its obligations under federal and state law, Cal State LA is committed to creating a community in which a diverse population can live, work and learn in an atmosphere of tolerance, civility and respect for the rights and sensibilities of each individual. To that end, all qualified individuals will receive equal consideration without regard to economic status, race, ethnicity, color, religion, marital status, pregnancy, national origin or cultural background, political views, sex, sexual orientation, gender identification, age, disability, disabled veteran or Vietnam era veteran status.


Upon request, reasonable accommodation will be provided to individuals with protected disabilities to (a) complete the employment process and (b) perform essential job functions when this does not cause undue hardship.