Job Details

Santa Clara University
  • Position Number: 2186595
  • Location: Santa Clara, CA
  • Position Type: Counseling

Staff Psychiatrist ( September - June)

Position Title:Staff Psychiatrist ( September - June)

Position Type:Regular

Salary Range:
$136,500 - $163,750 annual; commensurate with experience

$113,295 - $135,912.50 (10 month appointment)

Pay Frequency:Annual
POSITION PURPOSE: The Staff Psychiatrist is a member of the Counseling and Psychological Services (CAPS) team of psychologists, psychology trainees, and case manager in collaboration with Student Health Services. 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 Staff Psychiatrist provides 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 psychiatric well-being of the student body.


Patient Care:
  • Conduct psychiatric assessments and diagnostic evaluations of students.
  • Determine and administers psychiatric treatment.
  • Prescribe the appropriate medications while monitoring reactions to the medication and treatment regime.
  • Conduct evaluation and brief therapy for students, when appropriate.
  • Review patients' records and files to determine the progress, effectiveness, and appropriateness of treatment services offered.
  • Update and maintains patients' medical records.
  • Maintain current, accurate and timely clinical documentation in accordance with state and federal law, medical ethics and Counseling Services and Health Services policies.
  • Assists in emergency management and crisis response services to students in collaboration with Counseling Services staff.
  • Liaison with community mental health providers, hospitals and other resources, as related to the psychiatric care of students.
  • Cooperate and collaborates with other employees in the spirit of teamwork and collegiality.
  • Demonstrate knowledge and skills related to the differences in care requirements for adolescents and young adults.
  • Provide health education related to promoting client self-care and psychological health.
  • Maintain confidentiality of all client information at all times.
  • Complete written intake assessments of students in a timely manner.
  • 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, when appropriate.
  • Utilize effective communication techniques with community providers.
  • Collaborate and appropriately consult with psychologists and Student Health Services to provide care to students
  • Appropriately refer students to Case Manager for on-campus and to off-campus community providers.
  • Appropriately document all consultations.

Outreach Duties
  • Serve on university-wide committees as appropriate.
  • Provide psycho-educational outreach programming to the campus community.

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 psychiatric 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.


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 psychiatry and university counseling centers while staying abreast of the latest trends in the field. 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.


The physical demands described below are representative of those that must be met by an employee to successfully perform the essential functions of this job. In accordance with the Americans with Disabilities Act, as amended, the California Fair Employment & Housing Act, and all other applicable laws, SCU provides reasonable accommodations for qualified persons with disabilities. A qualified individual is a person who meets skill, experience, education, or other requirements of the position, and who can perform the essential functions of the position with or without reasonable accommodation.
  • Considerable time will be spent in office with patients and at a desk using a computer terminal.
  • May be required to travel to other buildings on the campus.
  • May be required to attend conference and training sessions within Bay Area or in- or out-of-state locations.
The work environment characteristics described below are representative of those an employee encounters while performing the essential functions of this job.
  • Typical counseling center office environment.
  • Mostly indoor office environment with windows.
  • Offices with equipment noise.


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.

EDUCATION AND/OR EXPERIENCE:1.Medical degree from an accredited medical school program.2.Completion of an accredited psychiatric residency program.
Current California medical license. Board eligibility or certification in psychiatry, preferred. A minimum of three years of experience providing outpatient psychiatric care, preferred. Experience providing outpatient psychiatric care in a college or university setting, preferred. Prior experience addressing the needs of a diverse student population, preferred.

Nothing in this position description restricts management's right to assign or reassign duties and responsibilities to this position at any time.
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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