Training Director

Area of Appointment: Counseling and Psychological Services (CAPS) is collecting applications for a Training Director. This approximately 9.5 month full-time position reports to the Director of CAPS. 

Professional Duties:  The successful candidate will be responsible for maintenance of APPIC membership, staying abreast of (and upholding) current laws and practices related to a training program, and providing oversight and direction for our postgraduate training program, including the recruitment of residents and oversight of their supervision, training, and clinical evaluations. The position will include direct clinical service (individual and couples counseling, group psychotherapy, and crisis intervention) and direct supervision of CAPS trainees, as well as limited outreach and consultation duties. Other duties as assigned.  

Rank and Salary: Appointment will be made in the Student Services Professional‐Academic Related (SSP-AR) Classification.  The position will be an Academic Year (AY) hire with an additional 2 weeks of work with associated additional pay.  Dates for the 2018-19 academic year will be 8/6/18 through 5/23/18.  Rank and specific salary are dependent on qualifications and level of experience.  This is a non-tenure track faculty position, which will be ongoing subject to satisfactory job performance, budget and programmatic need.

Cal Poly Humboldt provides an excellent benefits package for faculty.  Information about the benefits plans can be found at:  

The current California State University Salary Structure is available at:   

Professional Qualifications and Experience


  • Doctorate in Clinical or Counseling Psychology from an accredited institution.
  • Licensure as a psychologist in California, or licensed in another state with license eligibility in California. License must be in good-standing.
  • Minimum of 3 years clinical experience working with adolescents or young adults, preferably in an agency setting.
  • Demonstrated leadership skills and organizational abilities.
  • Working knowledge of ethical, legal, and clinical issues and standards of psychotherapy and crisis intervention practices.
  • Strong therapy skills in time-limited psychotherapy, including individual and group therapy, crisis intervention, and case management.
  • Demonstrated ability to handle complex clinical situations such as suicide/homicide risk assessment/management and cases of severe psychopathology.
  • Knowledge of a breadth of theoretical orientations with demonstrated openness to differing theoretical approaches and ability to oversee and supervise a variety of trainees.
  • Experience providing clinical supervision of therapists in training with demonstrated interest and effectiveness providing clinical supervision.
  • Demonstrated ability to work cooperatively as a member of a clinical team.
  • Excellent written and oral communication skills.
  • Personal and professional flexibility.
  • Multicultural competence and ability to work with a culturally diverse client population.


  • Five or more years post-degree experience.
  • Two or more years of university counseling center experience. 
  • Two or more years providing supervision of masters and/or doctoral level trainees. 
  • Experience in the organization and management of a clinical training program. 
  • Demonstrated skills in, and commitment to, group therapy. 
  • Experience and interest in multicultural issues and trauma-informed clinical care. 
  • Demonstrated ability to provide empirically supported treatment (e.g., CBT, ACT, DBT, etc.).
  • Knowledge of APPIC membership requirements and guidelines for postdoctoral programs.
  • History of increasing professional responsibility in the work setting, including some administrative experience.

General Information:  

Cal Poly Humboldt is one of the smaller campuses of the 23-campus California State University system, with about 8,200 students.  Founded in 1913, Humboldt is a residential and rural campus located in Arcata, California.  Humboldt is known for its open and friendly campus environment and has a national reputation for academic excellence, especially in the sciences. Counseling and Psychological Services (CAPS) is housed on the 2nd floor of the Health & Counseling building on campus. The facility includes 13 clinician offices, a reception area and waiting room, a group room, a professional library, a conference room, and a staff kitchen. CAPS consists of eight licensed therapists, and several postgraduate residents and practicum trainees, working as a team. Peer consultation is emphasized and constantly utilized in a supportive and collegial atmosphere. The staff is especially interested in clinicians who will support this type of work environment. Most of our professional staff members are involved in supervising trainees.

Professionals at CAPS represent a range of theoretical orientations.

Region Description:

Cal Poly Humboldt is located in the northwestern part of the state along the pacific coast, situated among redwood trees in an area that offers unmatched scenic beauty, moderate climate, and many opportunities for outdoor activities. The community of Arcata is largely a college town with a weekly farmer’s market, many restaurants and bookstores and independent shops.  Arcata has a population of about 18,000, while Humboldt County has a population of about 136,000 and offers an excellent range of business, services, and cultural activities.  

Cal Poly Humboldt is committed to achieving the goals of equal opportunity and endeavors to employ faculty and staff of the highest quality reflecting the ethnic and cultural diversity of the State. Additional information about Cal Poly Humboldt can be found at: 

Background Check: Cal Poly Humboldt conducts Live Scan criminal history background checks for all new hires, including current counselors applying for vacant counselor positions. Live Scan fingerprinting costs will be borne by the University. Confidential background check results are reported to Human Resources.

Application:   For consideration, applicants must submit a letter of application describing skills and experience, reasons for interest, and the unique qualities you would bring to Humboldt.  In addition, please submit a detailed resume/C.V., and names, addresses, and phone numbers of at least three professional references.  Also, see Humboldt application instructions at: Send material, referencing job #7062, Training Director Position, to:

Counseling and Psychological Services

Attention: JoAnna Pifferini, Office Manager

Cal Poly Humboldt

One Harpst Street

Arcata, California 95521-8299

Phone (707) 826-3236 / Fax (707) 826-5735

Application Deadline: This position is open until filled.  Application review will begin June 20, 2018 .  Early response is encouraged.  Candidates are welcome to utilize fax (707-826-5735), e-mail (, or post for correspondence.

Cal Poly Humboldt is a Title IX/Affirmative Action/Equal Opportunity Employer. We consider qualified applicants for employment without regard to race, religion, color, national origin, ancestry, age, sex, gender, gender identity, gender expression, sexual orientation, genetic information, medical condition, disability, marital status, protected veteran status, or any other legally protected status. If accommodations need to be made during the recruitment and interview process, please contact Human Resources at (707) 826-3626 or Cal Poly Humboldt employs only individuals authorized to work in the United States.


Emergency Numbers

Humboldt Public Safety
(707) 826-5555

CAPS, including after-hours phone support
(707) 826-3236

Humboldt County Mental Health
(707) 268-2900

24-Hour County Crisis Line
(707) 445-7715