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Staff Psychologist
Job Category:   Health and Counseling
Unit:   Counseling and Psychological Services
Position Code:   SCNC7627A
Status:   Filled
Closing Date:   Review of applications will begin immediately and will continue until the position is filled; however, the position may close when an adequate number of qualified applications are received.
Salary:   Commensurate with education and experience.
Location:   Merced
Background check:   Background check and fingerprinting may be required

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The University of California, Merced (UC Merced) is the newest and tenth campus of the University of California system and the first American research university built in the 21st century. UC Merced was conceived both to serve the needs of the rapidly growing Central Valley, one of the world’s most productive agricultural regions, and to increase access to the University of California system (UC System) for California’s top students. Now, with close to 7,300 students (including more than 500 graduate students), UC Merced plans additional student growth to an enrollment of approximately 10,000 students in 2020-2021.

UC Merced is the most ethnically diverse campus in the UC System http://www.ucmerced.edu/diversity. More than sixty percent of the undergraduates are first generation college students. With undergraduate, graduate, and PhD programs; regional, statewide, and global partnerships; and local community involvement, the UC Merced campus is continually evolving, requiring talented, knowledgeable and dynamic educators, researchers, management and staff. The campus represents an important point of pride for the city of Merced (pop. 80,000), a city within driving distance of Yosemite National Park and the Sierra Nevada Mountains, as well as the state capitol in Sacramento, the San Francisco Bay Area, Napa Valley, and the Monterey coast.



Under direct supervision of the Associate Director of Counseling and Psychological Services and designated supervisors, the Staff Psychologist performs supervised individual, couples, and group counseling, psychological assessments, intake evaluations, crisis interventions, and outreaches/workshops to the campus community. May perform other related tasks that are a part of the agency's operation. Ability to function in an environment controlled by HIPAA, FERPA, and CMIA regulations required. Weekend and evening hours may be required throughout the year.


1. DIRECT SERVICES: Conducts intake interviews with student-clients. Provides psychological assessment, individual, couples, and group counseling to student-patients on a scheduled basis or through crisis intervention. Conducts outreach/workshops to campus community. Represents CAPS and Student Affairs at public relations events, as required. Acts as a campus resource and represents CAPS in the University community. Acts as a liaison between student-patients and campus, as needed.

2. PROFESSIONAL DEVELOPMENT AND TRAINING: Consults with supervisors and staff, as needed. Actively obtains and maintains license as a psychologist in California, including continuing education units. Attends all-staff seminars and meetings. Interacts with staff and students in a professional and ethical manner that is consistent with the APA code of ethics, HIPAA, FERPA, and CMIA regulations. Provides individual supervision to pre-doctoral interns and psychology fellows. Provides group supervision and training seminars to pre-doctoral interns and psychology fellows.

3. CASE MANAGEMENT: Maintains accurate and ethical clinical documentation on all clinical appointments. Completes clinical documentation according to the format and timelines established by CAPS policies. Responds to Director requests for clinical data needed for administrative reports. Scores and interprets psychological assessment instruments. Acts as primary resource for ensuring accurate psychological assessment scoring, interpretation, and report-writing for all CAPS trainees. Performs additional job-related duties and responsibilities, as requested.

Qualifications:   • Doctorate in clinical psychology or counseling. Must have an earned doctorate (Psy.D. or Ph.D.) in clinical or counseling psychology from an APA-accredited doctoral program.
• Valid license in the State of California as a psychologist.
• Advanced knowledge and skills in counseling practices and methods as well as developmental tasks and problems encountered by college students, including first-generation college students. Basic knowledge and skills in psychological assessment practices and methods as well as appropriate ethical, legal, and university standards and regulations.
• Ability to supervise pre-doctoral interns, psychology fellows, and other unlicensed clinical staff.
• Ability to utilize the current edition of the Diagnostic and Statistical manual (DSM) in identifying student-patient diagnoses, when appropriate.
• Ability to work with complex clinical cases. Ability to establish case conceptualizations and treatment plans for all clinical cases. Ability to plan, implement, evaluate, and report activities conducted.
• 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 weight and evaluate personal needs, student-patient needs, and the aims and policies of the agency and to respond and negotiate these competing needs, as appropriate. Ability to be both consistent and flexible, as circumstances warrant.
• Ability to present oneself in an appropriately personable and professional manner to students and staff. Ability to remain calm and supportive in psychological emergencies and/or crises when provided with appropriate supervision and direction. An advanced level of self-awareness as to how he/she relates to others and an ability to effectively modulate this personal style, as conditions warrant.
• Ability to receive and utilize constructive feedback regarding performance, presentation, and relationships with others.
• Ability to communicate effectively in writing and to prepare written and electronic documents. Ability to communicate orally, both in person and by telephone. Ability to communicate via computer email. Ability to use electronic medical record keeping system.
• Ability to occasionally travel to meetings, other campuses, and counseling sites.
• Position requires adherence to CANRA guidelines and is a mandated reporter.
To Apply:   Click on the link below to use our new on-line application system.

If you do not have internet access you may mail your application, resume, and cover letter to: University of California, Merced, 5200 North Lake Rd., Merced CA 95343. Please list the job number on the subject line.

NOTICE: This position is not open. We are not accepting applications at this time.

    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: http://policy.ucop.edu/doc/4000376/NondiscrimAffirmAct.

As of January 1, 2014 the University of California, Merced will be a smoke and tobacco free workplace. Information and the Smoke and Tobacco Free policy is available at

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