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University of California Merced
  • Position Number: 4209186
  • Location: Merced, CA
  • Position Type: Counseling

Staff Psychologist (Multiple full and part-time positions)

University of California Merced

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Hiring Range

The University of California, Merced is required to provide a reasonable estimate of the compensation range for this role. This range takes into account the wide range of factors that are considered in making compensation decisions including but not limited to experience, skills, knowledge, abilities, education, licensure and certifications, and other business and organizational needs. It is not typical for an individual to be offered a salary at or near the top of the range for a position. Salary offers are determined based on final candidate qualifications and experience. The full salary range for this position is Step 1 = $44.38 /hr to Step 20 = $65.95 /hr. The budgeted salary or hourly range that the University reasonably expects to pay for this position is Step 1 = $44.38 /hr to Step 9 = $52.00 /hr

Job Closing Date

These positions are represented by University Professional & Technical Employees (UPTE) - HXI

This job posting is for multiple full and part-time positions.

This position is eligible for PSLF (Federal Public Service Student Loan Forgiveness Programs).

Posting will close upon offer acceptance of all positions.

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 more than 9,000 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 for 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.

The Merced 2020 Project, a $1.3 billion public-private partnership unprecedented in higher education and completed in 2020, nearly doubled the physical capacity of the campus, enhancing academic distinction, student success and research excellence. UC Merced also operates the Downtown Campus Center, a $33 million, three-story administrative building located in the heart of Merced.

The university's mission of educational excellence and rigorous inquiry is powered by three schools and numerous research institutes and centers that seek scientific and social solutions for the Valley, California and the world. In partnership with UC San Francisco, UC Merced is preparing the way for a rigorous medical education program.

The course of UC Merced's evolution is piloted by a long-range strategic plan. Enacted in 2021, the 10-year blueprint is guiding how the values of equity and justice influence our pathway to earning Carnegie R1 research status, growing enrollment, upholding our identity as a minority-serving institution, and operationalizing how commitments to equity, diversity and inclusion are enacted in each campus unit.

About the Job

Under direct supervision of the 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 operations. Ability to function in an environment controlled by HIPAA, FERPA, and CMIA regulations required. Weekend and evening hours may be required throughout the year.

Key Responsibilities:

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.

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. Provide individual supervision to pre-doctoral interns and psychology fellows. Provides group supervision and training seminars to pre-doctoral interns and psychology fellows.

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.


Minimum Requirements:

  • Doctorate, must have earned doctorate in clinical psychology, counseling psychology, or related field from an APA-accredited doctoral program; and
  • Three (3) years of experience as a licensed clinical psychologist (equivalent of 1500 hours of supervised experience as a pre-doctoral intern at an APA-accredited or APPIC-member); and
  • Licensed to practice in the State of California.

    Critical Knowledge and Competencies:

  • Advanced knowledge and skills in counseling practices and methods as well as developmental tasks and problems encountered by 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 weigh 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 e-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.
  • Candidates must demonstrate commitment to serving underrepresented and/or marginalized populations. Experience working with Black, African American, Latinx, and LGBTQ+ communities in academia preferred.

    Background Check

    Background check and fingerprinting will be required.

    Policy Statement

    How to Apply:
    An online application is required for each position to apply. The University of California, Merced is aware that some web-based application processes may be cumbersome for differently abled applicants. Where appropriate, alternative accommodations will be provided. For applicants with disabilities who need additional assistance using TAM, or reasonable accommodations during the interview or search process, please contact

    Equal Employment Opportunity:
    The University of California, Merced is an Equal Opportunity/Affirmative Action employer advancing inclusive excellence. All qualified applicants will receive consideration for employment without regard to race, color, creed, religion, national origin, citizenship, sex, age, marital status, sexual orientation, gender identity or expression, disability, pregnancy, or status as a disabled veteran or Vietnam-era veteran, or other protected categories covered by the UC Nondiscrimination and Affirmative Action Policy. UC Merced intentionally promotes and maintains a discrimination- and harassment-free workplace by demonstrating it neither condones nor tolerates employment practices that discriminate against or harass any person or specific group of persons on the basis listed above. We seek candidates who will support our vision to cultivate a vibrant, equity-minded, inclusive excellence university community. When applying to UC Merced, we strongly encourage you to reflect on our Principles of Community and our 2021 strategic plan.

    Vaccination Program Policy:

    As a condition of employment, you will be required to comply with the University of California SARS-CoV-2 (COVID-19) Vaccination Program Policy. All Covered Individuals under the policy must provide proof of Full Vaccination or, if applicable, submit a request for Exception (based on Medical Exemption, Disability, and/or Religious Objection) or Deferral (based on pregnancy) no later than the applicable deadline. For new University of California employees, the applicable deadline is 14 days after their first date of employment.

    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.

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