Athletics Clinician

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Work type: Non-Instructional Faculty (Coach/Counselor/Librarian)
Location: San Diego
Categories: Unit 3 - CFA - California Faculty Association, Temporary, Full Time, Counselor (Non-instructional Faculty)


The Department of Athletics, utilizing the services of over 150 employees, is responsible for the intercollegiate athletics program at San Diego State University.  Currently, there are 18 sport programs, approximately 550 student-athletes, and 17 offices in the department.  The offices include the following:  The Aztec Club, Administration, Athletic Medicine, Business Office, Compliance, Corporate Sales, Development, Equipment, Event Management/Facilities and Operations, Human Resources, Information Technology, Marketing, Media Relations, Strength and Conditioning, Student-Athlete Academic Support Services, Ticket Office, and Video.

The department has within its scope of responsibilities the operation of the athletic medicine program and the respective facilities.  This program coordinates the medical care of the varsity and selected club/recreation sports.  This includes coordinating pre and post-season physical examinations, as well as in-season clinical examinations and rehabilitation; maintaining proper documentation and records; controlling bid, vendor, and supply inventory; providing educational and career guidance/supervision for athletic training students; and developing professional relationships with physicians, medical providers, physical therapists, and their respective administrations.

The primary mission of Counseling & Psychological Services (C&PS) is to provide services to students and the university community that support and enhance the education of the whole person, as well as nurture a healthy and productive learning-centered campus environment.  All C&PS services are provided and designed to promote academic excellence and retention at SDSU.  Counseling & Psychological Services provides, either directly or through collaboration and referral, a variety of counseling services, (e.g., individual and group counseling, crisis intervention, short-term psychotherapy), assessment and evaluation, faculty and staff consultation, and professional training/supervision, consistent with the educational mission of the university.

Under the direction of the Associate Director of Counseling & Psychological Services, the Athletics Clinician will provide counseling and psychological services to the student-athlete community and will be primarily housed within SDSU Athletics.

The position will involve the provision of the following: The full range of psychological services to students from a wide range of cultural backgrounds presenting complex psychosocial, social, personal, and family problems; crisis/suicide intervention and trauma response/debriefing; consultation, prevention education, and training services to individuals (e.g., students, faculty, staff,  parents, administrators), campus groups (e.g., student clubs, residence hall communities, fraternities, sororities) and organizational units (e.g., Associated Students, academic departments, Student Affairs Offices).

This is a full-time (1.0 time-base), benefits eligible, contingent position anticipated to end on or before June 30, 2025, with the possibility of reappointment. This position is designated exempt under FLSA and is not eligible for overtime compensation. Standard SDSU work hours are Monday – Friday, 8:00 a.m. to 4:30 p.m., but hours for this position may vary based on operational needs.


Education and Experience

  • Possess a license-eligible doctorate in psychology, counseling, behavioral sciences, or a related academic field, or a California license to independently practice as a Psychologist, Marriage & Family Therapist, Clinical Social Worker, or Licensed Professional Clinical Counselor.
  • Candidates must have a demonstrated record of success in serving and counseling students or the equivalent.
  • Multicultural and counseling approaches with ethnically and culturally diverse clients and communities
  • Experience with case management, brief interventions, and crisis management in a college counseling center is desired (may be substituted by experience with transitional-aged youth (TAY) populations in other settings).
  • Significant knowledge of and experience making discerning judgments regarding complex ethical and legal issues is required.
  • Experience working with elite level athletes in the field of sports psychology.
  • Experience with mental skill training with athletes.

Licenses and/or Certifications Required

Candidates must possess a California license or be license-eligible to practice Psychology in California, (license must be obtained within 18 months of date of hire), or possess a California license as a Marriage and Family Therapist, Clinical Social Worker, or Licensed Professional Clinical Counselor.

Preferred Qualifications

  • Licensed or license-eligible as a clinical psychologist in California.
  • Knowledge and experience in sport psychology, performance psychology, or related field.
  • Certification as a Mental Performance Consultant (CMPC) through the Association for Applied Sport Psychology or actively toward certification
  • 3-5 years working in a collegiate setting with Student-Athletes.
  • Knowledge of San Diego State University Counseling and Psychological Services, Student Health Services, Disability Services, Sports Psych, and Athletics.
  • Candidate must have a demonstrable respect for diversity and an ability to effectively work from a multicultural perspective with people from a wide range of backgrounds and value systems. Specifically, candidate must meet at least two of the following criteria:
    • Is committed to engaging in service with underrepresented populations within the discipline
    • Has demonstrated knowledge of barriers for underrepresented students and faculty within the discipline
    • Has experience or has demonstrated commitment to clinical work with underrepresented students
    • Has experience or has demonstrated commitment to integrating understanding of underrepresented populations and communities into research/practice
    • Has experience in or has demonstrated commitment to research/practice that engages underrepresented communities
    • Has expertise or demonstrated commitment to developing expertise in cross-cultural communication and collaboration
    • Has research/practice interests that contribute to diversity and equal opportunity in higher education

Specialized Skills

  • Experience and clinical effectiveness with cross cultural counseling approaches with ethnically and culturally diverse clients and communities
  • Crisis intervention and trauma response debriefing capabilities
  • Clinical skills and experience with short-term therapy approaches.

Application Instructions

Review of applications will be ongoing.

Prospective contingent faculty who would like their applications considered are invited to upload the following items via Interfolio (

  • A letter of application [OPTIONAL BUT ENCOURAGED: including an articulation of how you meet at least two Building on Inclusive Excellence criteria]
  • Curriculum Vitae
  • Names, phone numbers, and e-mail addresses of three professional references

For questions regarding this position, please contact Counseling & Psychological Services.

Starting salary upon appointment not expected to exceed $7,917 per month. CSU Classification Salary Range: $6,190 - $11,584 per month. Salary placement is determined by the education, experience, and qualifications the candidate brings to the position, internal equity, and the hiring department’s fiscal resources.

San Diego State University offers a rich benefits package that constitutes a major portion of total compensation. For more information regarding SDSU benefits, please click here.

The person holding this position is considered a "mandated reporter" under the California Child Abuse and Neglect Reporting Act and is required to comply with the requirements set forth in CSU Executive Order 1083 as a condition of employment.

As part of its commitment to a safe and equitable “OneSDSU” community, SDSU requires that individuals seeking faculty employment provide at the time of application authorization to conduct background checks if they become a finalist for the position; applications without this authorization will be considered incomplete and not considered.

A background check (including a criminal records check) must be completed satisfactorily before any candidate can be offered a position with the CSU. Failure to satisfactorily complete the background check may affect the application status of applicants or continued employment of current CSU employees who apply for the position.

San Diego State University is a Title IX, equal opportunity employer and does not discriminate against persons on the basis of race, religion, national origin, sexual orientation, gender, gender identity and expression, marital status, age, disability, pregnancy, medical condition, or covered veteran status.

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