The PAU Office of Professional Advising and Development (OPAD) manages mentoring and advising services to students for field placement, practicum and internship training, including orienting students, faculty, staff, and sites to application, interviewing, and acceptance processes and procedures.
The OPAD Director oversees Practicum and Doctoral Internship placement services for the Ph.D. Program, annually for approximately 200 students for practicum and approximately 85 Ph.D. students for doctoral internship. The Director will have a role in coordinating communication between the other Psychology Department programs regarding clinical training.
This is a full-time, exempt position that reports to the Vice President of Academic Affairs. PAU offers a collegial and productive work environment in the San Francisco Bay Area, a competitive salary, and an attractive benefits package. Faculty appointment to be negotiated.
Palo Alto University (PAU) is a private, nonprofit educational institution, accredited by the Western Association of Schools and Colleges. PAU is dedicated to education with an emphasis in the behavioral and social sciences; to promoting future innovators and leaders for the benefit of society; to generating knowledge through research and scholarship of the highest level; and to providing services to the community informed by science and scholarship.
The PAU Department of Psychology consists of two APA-accredited doctoral programs (a PhD program and a joint PsyD program with the Department of Psychiatry at Stanford University), an undergraduate completion program in Psychology offering majors in Psychology and Social Action and Business Psychology, and a master's program in Psychology with plans for expansion. A separate Department of Counseling consists of a CACREP- accredited mental health counseling master's program with emphases in Marriage and Family Therapy and Counseling. The Ph.D. program includes three areas of intensive training: classroom instruction, clinical practice, and research. It has seven areas of emphasis: Child and Family, Diversity and Community Mental Health (DCMH), Forensic, LGBTQ, Mindfulness and Meditation, Neuropsychology, and Trauma. PAU operates an in- house community clinic, the Gronowski Center, and advanced students are placed at off-site practicum placements around the Bay Area, including VA Medical Centers, community clinics, and schools.
Palo Alto University (PAU) is a private, nonprofit educational institution, accredited by the Western Association of Schools and Colleges. PAU is dedicated to education with an emphasis in the behavioral and social sciences; to promoting future innovators and leaders for the benefit of society; to generating knowledge through research and scholarship of the highest level; and to providing services to the community informed by science and scholarship. As an institution, PAU highly values and supports education and programming related to diversity, and recently was selected for the 2017 American Psychological Association Suinn Minority Achievement Award for excellence in the recruitment, retention and graduation of ethnic minority students. See diversity.paloaltou.edu for details about PAU diversity resources, culture, and programming. PAU’s student body is diverse, engaging, and highly invested in their education and in improving the lives of others.
Palo Alto University is an Equal Opportunity/Affirmative Action Employer.
- Work as part of the Psychology Department leadership team, which includes the Department Chair and Associate Chair, and the four academic directors in the Department
- Management of the Office of Professional Advising and Development staff that includes Associate and Assistant Directors, OPAD Office staff and student assistants
- Management of the provision of mentoring, advising, and training information and resources for Ph.D. students
- Management of practicum and internship placement, contracts, evaluations (PCAF), surveys
- Development and maintenance of OPAD database tracking student and site data
- Educate Ph.D. students through coursework and advising on the role, criteria and eligibility for clinical practicum and internship
- Provide guidance and resources for students to meet their specific training and career goals
- Develop and maintain databases to facilitate matching students to sites based on interests and competency goals
- Service on committees relevant to OPAD’s role in Ph.D. program, the Psychology Department, and PAU
- Training site quality assurance, coordinated with faculty
- Facilitation and consultation for development of affiliated accredited internships
- Coordinate faculty advisors, faculty internship advisors and staff for APA/APPIC application advising, processes and procedures
- Liaison to relevant councils and organizations in health service psychology
- Ph.D. or Psy.D. from an APA accredited program in Clinical or Counseling Psychology required
- State licensure or license eligible as a psychologist in the State of California required
- Management and leadership experience
- Completed an APA accredited internship
SPECIFIC KNOWLEDGE, SKILLS, AND ABILITIES
- Excellent written and verbal communication skills
- Excellent analytical and organizational skills, and strong attention to detail
- Outstanding interpersonal and networking skills
- Extensive knowledge of health service psychology education and training standards
- Extensive knowledge of California Laws and Regulations for Psychologists
- Extensive knowledge of APA Standards of Accreditation and APA and APPIC match processes
TO APPLY: In addition to a curriculum vitae, please provide a cover letter detailing your interest in the position, relevant qualifications, and salary requirements. Indicate names and emails for three recommenders within your cover letter. Please submit all materials electronically, with “Director, OPAD” in the subject line, to firstname.lastname@example.org. Review of applications will continue until the position is filled.