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Counselor (Academic Year) BIPOC Focus

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Work type: Non-Instructional Faculty (Coach/Counselor/Librarian)
Location: San Luis Obispo
Categories: Unit 3 - CFA - California Faculty Association, Temporary, Full Time, Counselor (Non-instructional Faculty)
Position Description



Cal Poly Counseling Services is searching for a Clinical Counselor with a BIPOC focus to provide individual, couples, and group counseling.   This position is for the Academic Year (i.e., September through June)anticipated start date is Winter 2023.

Job Summary

The purpose of this position is to meet this mission through the provision of individual, couples, and group counseling, crisis intervention, outreach, consultation, and prevention education as a member of the Counseling Services team within Campus Health & Wellbeing with a particular focus on addressing the mental health needs of Black, Indigenous, People of Color (BIPOC) students. The position requires training and experience in therapeutic support of students or clients of color, knowledge of historic and current issues facing BIPOC students, and expertise in outreach and engagement with historically marginalized groups.   

Clinical counselors are expected to provide 65% (i.e., 26 hours per week on average) of direct service (individual, couples, group therapy, outreach presentations) to registered Cal Poly students.  Adjustments to this ratio of service delivery will be applied as other duties are assigned. This also includes crisis intervention, provision of psychoeducational workshops, and clinical support for other departments within Campus Health and Wellbeing. The position requires crisis intervention and work with serious presenting concerns as well as the ability to conceptualize cases and provide diagnoses within a sociocultural context.  

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.  We invest in creating a supportive and inclusive space so students across identities can feel they belong and have access to culturally responsive services.  We seek to build bridges to care for students who have been historically marginalized and leverage our system to be more equitable and responsive to the unique needs of students.  

Key Qualifications

    • Demonstrated experience providing crisis intervention and brief individual and group psychotherapy, including DSM diagnoses, to late adolescent and young adult populations.  
    • Demonstrated competence with diversity and intersectionality and experience in addressing the mental health needs of BIPOC students and other historically marginalized groups. 
    • Ability to collaborate and work as a member of a team, including the ability to respond to unexpected campus emergencies or crises. 
    • Ability to speak publicly and represent Counseling Services (as part of Campus Health & Wellbeing, Student Affairs) to the campus community. 
    • Ability to independently organize, manage and prioritize tasks, including clinical caseload. 
    • Ability to provide consultation regarding mental health to faculty, staff, parents, partners and friends of students

Education and Experience

  • Possession of a Master’s degree in the appropriate field and current licensure or eligible for licensure to practice in the State of California as LPCC, LCSW, or LMFT with a minimum of 2 years of clinical experience post degree (in any state or province).  


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

Special Conditions

Must be able to respond to campus situations calling for Counseling Services presence (i.e. campus crises, student death, etc.) after normal business hours, or on weekends. Occasional holiday work and adjustment to normal working hours to meet special jobs may be required.

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.
Must successfully pass a pre-employment background check.

This position classification has been defined as "Exempt" and is not subject to the overtime provisions of the Fair Labor Standards Act (FLSA). 

In accordance with the California State University (CSU) Out-of-State Employment Policy, the CSU is a state entity whose business operations reside within the State of California and prohibits hiring employees to perform CSU-related work outside of California

Please note: Current employees who are offered positions on campus will be required to undergo a background check for any position where a background check is required by law or that Cal Poly has designated as sensitive. Sensitive positions are those requiring heightened scrutiny of individuals holding the position based on the potential for harm to children, concerns for the safety and security of people, animals, or property, or heightened risk of financial loss to Cal Poly or individuals in the university community.

Must be willing to travel and attend training programs off-site for occasional professional development.

Must be able to work overtime, occasional weekends and holidays, and adjust working hours to meet special jobs. May be called back periodically to perform work as needed on an emergency basis.

Cal Poly, San Luis Obispo is not a sponsoring agency for staff positions (i.e. H1-B visas).

Retired CalPERS members selected for this vacancy must request and be approved for reinstatement from retirement prior to the start date. Employment of retired CalPERS members will typically be for 90 days or less and must be for work requiring specialized skills or for a bona fide emergency to prevent stoppage of business.

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 search process should be prepared to comply with this requirement The systemwide policy can be found at CSU Vaccination Policy and any questions you have may be submitted to


Anticipated Hiring Range: $6,010 - $7,526/month

Note: The hiring level will be commensurate with the qualifications and experience of the candidate. This is an Academic Year appointment and the salary is paid monthly over a 12-month period.

CSU Classification Range: $6,010 -  $10,735

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. 


How to Apply

To apply, please attach (1) a cover letter illustrating how you meet the requirements of the position, particularly your experience in supporting the mental health needs of BIPOC student populations, (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: October 3, 2022.

Supplemental Questions are included within the application.

  1.  Please share how you incorporate principles of Diversity, Equity, and Inclusion in your clinical work.   
  1. How have your specific training, experience, and educational endeavors prepared you for this position to support the mental health of BIPOC (Black, Indigenous, People of Color) students at Cal Poly? 



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