Job Details

Santa Clara University
  • Position Number: 2186558
  • Location: Santa Clara, CA
  • Position Type: Counseling

Assistant Director/ Staff Psychologist (10 months, September - June)

Position Title:Assistant Director/ Staff Psychologist (10 months, September - June)

Position Type:Regular

Salary Range:
$79,920 - $108,000 annual; commensurate with experience

$66,573.36 - $89,964 annual for a 10 month appointment

Pay Frequency:Annual
POSITION PURPOSE: The Staff Psychologist is a member of the Student Health and Counseling and Psychological Services (CAPS) team of psychologists, psychology trainees and psychiatrist. Together this team practices in the unique environment of college health and directly contributes to student success by delivering integrated mental healthcare to SCU students utilizing the services of the Cowell Center. The Assistant Director/Staff Psychologist is responsible for assisting the Director in his/her management and leadership roles and for providing psychological services to Santa Clara University students. This position supports the highest quality of mental health services to students while supporting the vision of the University to make student learning a central goal by facilitating the psychological well-being of the student body.


Administration 55%
  • Assume primary coverage and administrative responsibilities of CAPS in the Director's absence.
  • Meet weekly with the Director and Management Team to establish and implement systemic decision-making processes that facilitate staff input and communication on matters related to Cowell Center functioning.
  • Provide leadership, direction, and support to directly supervised staff.
  • Conduct annual performance evaluation processes for those supervised.
  • Provide ongoing training, updates, consultation, and troubleshooting with Electronic Medical Records to clinical and support staff.
  • Assist the Director in providing leadership to CAPS staff in ways that promote mutual respect, trust, and support of individual strengths.
  • Assist the Director in effective dissemination of information to staff.
  • Assist the Director in developing, updating, and ensuring adherence to the Center's policies, procedures, and regulations.
  • Keep abreast of legal liability issues relevant to the provision of psychological services and work to ensure compliance with highest ethical standards and legal mandates in all areas of service delivery.
  • Assist the Director in providing opportunities for continuing education for the professional staff, as well as training and development for the administrative staff.
  • Assist the Director in monitoring the evolving mental health needs of students and in initiating the development of new services and programs to meet them.
  • Serve on University committees
  • Perform other functions/tasks delegated by the Director.
  • Assist the front desk support staff as needed.

Patient Care:
  • Conduct evaluation and brief therapy for students.
  • Engage in crisis management; assessing, intervening and stabilizing clients.
  • Conduct group therapy offering a group approach to working with a variety of therapeutic issues.
  • Demonstrate knowledge and skills related to the differences in care requirements for adolescents and adults, including, but not limited to: growth and development, psychological and psychosocial needs.
  • Provide health education related to promoting client self-care and psychological health.
  • Daily manage and triage crisis/urgent cases
  • Maintain confidentiality of all client, CAPS and Cowell Center information at all times.
  • Electronically complete written intake assessments of students in a timely manner.
  • Electronically complete written follow-up progress notes of students in a timely manner.
    Consultation, Referral and Outreach Duties
  • Utilize effective communication techniques with students, faculty, staff, parents, family members and concerned others to promote good, quality client care.
  • Utilize effective communication techniques with community providers.
  • Appropriately refer clients on-campus and to off-campus community providers.
  • Share in the regular rotation of on-call after-hours phone consultation to University staff, including the on-duty Emergency Medical Technicians (EMTs).
  • Appropriately document all consultations.
    Outreach Duties
  • Serve as a liaison to/partner with the residence hall community.
  • Serve on university-wide committees as appropriate.
  • Provide psycho-educational outreach programming to the campus community.
  • Develop and direct outreach programs to the campus community
    Supervisory and Training Duties
  • Supervise and train advanced practicum trainees and pre-doctoral interns.
  • Provide mental health training to Emergency Medical Technicians (EMTs).
    Departmental Development
  • Actively and collaboratively support the mission, goals, and initiatives of the Cowell Center.
  • Observe all Cowell Center policies and procedures.
  • Keep abreast of changes in psychological care that affect CAPS and the campus community.
  • Conduct all work activities with respect for rights and wishes of clients, families, and co-workers.
  • Attend scheduled staff meetings.
  • Serve on departmental committees as appropriate.
  • Maintain cooperative interactions with other clinical and support staff.
  • Display a positive attitude within the Cowell Center and across departmental lines to contribute to staff morale and overall customer satisfaction.
  • Participate in departmental performance improvement activities.
  • Develop and foster relationship and trust with employees and the SCU Community.
  • Work individually and as a team in a collegial, respectful, and professional manner.
  • Demonstrate collaborative practice with team members utilizing conflict resolution and chain of command as necessary.


Collaborate and appropriately consult with psychiatrist and Student Health Services to provide care to students who need medical management of emotional problems. Provide advice, consultation, and support in the development, implementation and evaluation of department wide policy. Maintain membership in Professional Organizations as deemed appropriate. Remain knowledgeable of best practices in the field of psychology and university counseling centers while staying abreast of the latest trends in the discipline of psychology. Perform other work-related assignments as assigned and/or required.


To perform this job successfully, an individual must be able to perform each essential duty satisfactorily. The items below are representative of the knowledge, skills, abilities, education, and experience required or preferred.

This position requires the ability to effectively establish and maintain cooperative working relationships within a diverse multicultural environment.

Commitment to understand and support Santa Clara University's distinctive Jesuit tradition and educational vision and willingness to model institutional values of service to others, community, and diversity. Commitment to understand, support, and model the values of a Jesuit, Catholic university as they relate to Counseling and Psychological Services. Santa Clara University is committed to Inclusive Excellence, therefore, it is vital all candidates seeking employment be committed to and demonstrate skills, knowledge and awareness to serve the unique needs of our diverse campus community.

EDUCATION AND/OR EXPERIENCE:1.Doctorate degree (Ph.D., Psy.D., Ed.D.) in counseling or clinical psychology from an accredited program in psychology.
California licensed psychologist or licensed eligible. Prior college or university counseling experience, preferred. Prior experience addressing the needs of a diverse student population, preferred. Two years post-degree experience with young adults, preferred.


Demonstrated ability to use technology in improving the delivery and evaluation of programs and services. Demonstrated knowledge in the application of student development theories. Demonstrated knowledge in addressing the needs of a diverse student population.


Demonstrated presentation skills and ability to communicate effectively in both written and verbal form with a variety of people including students, faculty, staff, alumni, and parents. Demonstrated skills in the application of student development theories


Ability to establish professional relationships; interact effectively with diverse constituencies; and

maintain confidentiality when required.

Ability to work well both individually and as a part of a team in a collegial, respectful, and professional manner. Ability to work independently with a wide variety of student psychological needs.
EEO Statement
Equal Opportunity/Notice of Nondiscrimination

Santa Clara University is an equal opportunity/equal access/affirmative action employer fully committed to achieving a diverse workforce and complies with all Federal and California State laws, regulations, and executive orders regarding non-discrimination and affirmative action. Applications from members of historically underrepresented groups are especially encouraged. For a complete copy of Santa Clara University's equal opportunity and nondiscrimination policies, see

Title IX of the Education Amendments of 1972

Santa Clara University does not discriminate in its employment practices or in its educational programs or activities on the basis of sex/gender, and prohibits retaliation against any person opposing discrimination or participating in any discrimination investigation or complaint process internally or externally. The Title IX Coordinator and Section 504 and ADA Coordinator is Belinda Guthrie, Director of Equal Opportunity and Title IX, 408-551-3043,, Inquiries can also be made to the Assistant Secretary of Education within the Office for Civil Rights (OCR).

Clery Notice of Availability

Santa Clara University annually collects information about campus crimes and other reportable incidents in accordance with the federal Jeanne Clery Disclosure of Campus Security Policy and Campus Crime Statistics Act. To view the Santa Clara University report, please go to the Campus Safety Services website. To request a paper copy please call Campus Safety at (408) 554-4441. The report includes the type of crime, venue, and number of occurrences.

Americans with Disabilities Act

Santa Clara University affirms its' commitment to employ qualified individuals with disabilities within the workplace and to comply with the Americans with Disability Act. All applicants desiring an accommodation should contact the Department of Human Resources, and 408-554-5750 and request to speak to Indu Ahluwalia by phone at 408-554-5750 or by email at

Santa Clara University annually collects information about campus crimes and other reportable incidents in accordance with the federal Jeanne Clery Disclosure of Campus Security Policy and Campus Crime Statistics Act. To view the Santa Clara University report, please go to the Campus Safety Services website. To request a paper copy please call Campus Safety at (408) 554-4441. The report includes the type of crime, venue, and number of occurrences.

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