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University of California Merced
  • Position Number: 2336147
  • Location: Merced, CA
  • Position Type: Business - Management

Staff Counselor

Hiring Range
$56,200 - $70,000

Job Closing Date
Review of applications will begin 7/2/21 and may close anytime after that date

About UC Merced
The University of California, Merced, is the newest of the University of California system's 10 campuses and the first American research university built in the 21st century. With nearly 8,000 undergraduate and graduate students, UC Merced offers an environment that combines a commitment to diversity, inclusion, collaboration and professional development. With bachelor's, master's and doctoral degree programs, strong research and academic partnerships, and community involvement, the UC Merced campus is continually evolving and requires talented, knowledgeable and dynamic educators, researchers, management and staff.

Ranked among the best public universities in the nation by U.S. News and World Report, UC Merced is uniquely equipped to provide educational opportunities highly qualified students from the San Joaquin Valley and throughout California. The campus enjoys a special connection with nearby Yosemite National Park, is on the cutting edge of sustainability in construction and design, and supports the economic development of Merced and the region.

In Fall 2016, UC Merced broke ground on a $1.3 billion public-private partnership that is unprecedented in higher education. The Merced 2020 Project will nearly double the physical capacity of the campus by 2020, enhancing academic distinction, student success and research excellence. In 2018, UC Merced opened the Downtown Campus Center, a $33 million, three-story administrative building located in the heart of Merced.

About the Job
Under direct supervision of the Director of Counseling and Psychological Services (CAPS) and designated supervisors, uses advanced skills as a highly experienced professional with a full understanding of industry practices and campus policies and procedure. Functions with a high degree of autonomy in using good judgement in working with complex cases. May perform other related tasks that are a part of the agency's operation. Ability to function in an environment controlled by HIPAA, FERPA, CMIA, CANRA, and other regulations. Functions as a team player in support of colleagues and departmental needs. Weekend and evening hours may be required throughout the year.

Key Responsibilities:
  • Applies advanced concepts to provide counseling, clinical consultation and/or psychotherapy to clients.
  • Develops and communicates treatment plans, provides therapeutic crisis intervention/management and emergency services as required.
  • Assesses clients and determines appropriate therapeutic approach; provides guidance to other providers on casework.
  • Develops and/or leads educational workshops, support groups, and/or retreats for center.
  • As a technical leader, performs specialized evaluation, diagnosis, and psychotherapy for the most complex cases.

  • Master's degree in related area and a minimum of five (5) years of directly related experience, or equivalent experience/training.
  • Licenses LMFT, LCWS, or LPCC.
  • Candidates must demonstrate commitment to serving underrepresented and/or marginalized populations.
  • Experience working with Black, African-American, Latinx, and LGBTQ+ communities in academia preferred.
  • Advanced knowledge and understanding of clinical counseling principles, methods, procedures, and standards. Advanced knowledge of a specific counseling domain.
  • Advanced knowledge of legal and ethical issues related to patients' rights.
  • Advanced ability to evaluate the progress of therapeutic approach and modify as necessary. Advanced ability to develop and present educational programs and/or workshops.
  • Advanced problem-solving and critical-thinking skills.
  • Ability to work in a highly collaborative manner with diverse client group.
  • Advanced verbal and written communication with the ability to influence and persuade.
  • Skills associated with program development and implementation.
  • Knowledge of business software and specialized applications/systems used in behavioral health settings.
  • Adherence to CANRA guidelines. Is a mandated reporter.
  • Ability to work effectively with people from a variety of cultural backgrounds. Ability to establish rapport with others as a requisite for healthy and therapeutic relationships.
  • Ability to deal effectively with a high level of stress, emotionality, and ambiguity. Ability to effectively weigh and evaluate personal needs, student-client needs, and the aims and policies of the agency, and to respond to and negotiate these competing needs. Ability to be both consistent and flexible, as circumstances warrant.

    Background Check
    Background check and fingerprinting is required.

    Policy Statement

    How to Apply
    An online application is required for each position to apply.

    Equal Employment Opportunity:
    The University of California is an Equal Opportunity/Affirmative Action Employer. All qualified applicants will receive consideration for employment without regard to race, color, religion, sex, national origin, disability, age or protected veteran status.

    For the complete University of California nondiscrimination and affirmative action policy see:

    Smoke and Tobacco Free Policy:
    The University of California, Merced is a smoke and tobacco free workplace. Information and the Smoke and Tobacco Free policy is available at

    All employers who receive Federal contracts and grants are required to comply with E-Verify, an Internet- based system operated by the Department of Homeland Security (DHS) in partnership with the Social Security Administration (SSA). E-Verify electronically verifies employment eligibility by comparing information provided on the I-9 form to records in the DHS and SSA databases. Certain positions funded by federal contracts/subcontracts requires UC Merced to notify job applicants that an E-Verify check will be conducted and the successful candidate must pass the E-Verify check.

    Pay, Benefits & Work Schedule:
    For information on the comprehensive benefits package offered by the University of California visit:

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