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University Police Department Social Worker (Student Services Professional II)

San Diego State University
San Diego

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University Police Department Social Worker (Student Services Professional II)

Job No: 502066
Work Type:
Locations: San Diego
Categories: Unit 4 - APC - Academic Professionals of California, Temporary, Full Time, Student Services

Position Summary

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. C&PS services are conceived and implemented within the context of a systemic, community-based approach. The SDSU learning community is richly diverse. A crucial part of C&PS's ability to work effectively on campus is each individual staff members' demonstrable respect for diversity and ability to effectively work from a cross-cultural perspective with people from a wide range of backgrounds and value systems.

The University Police Department (UPD) endeavors to promote a safe environment in a manner that is fair, transparent, and respectful. UPD recognizes the value in collaborating with our diverse community to improve the quality of life for those who live, work, study, or visit San Diego State University. Community based policing is the foundation for successful law enforcement at SDSU. It involves developing long lasting relationships to fight crime and improve the safety and quality of life in our community. This is accomplished through open communication and a focused partnership between the police department and the students/communities we serve.

The University Police Department Social Worker will act as a liaison between diverse and vulnerable populations to promote safety and prevent crime through community engagement and healing. They will research service delivery models and develop best practices for implementation at San Diego State University and its immediate surrounding community, collaborate with external subject matter experts to facilitate awareness trainings for police officers that are culturally responsive, and co-develop develop outreach activities and programming with clinical providers addressing student mental health. The Social Worker will also work in partnership with the SDSU Police Department Clinician to provide network and community resources linkage for clients as needed.

For more information regarding the Counseling & Psychological Services, click here.

This is a full-time (1.0 time-base) benefits-eligible, temporary position anticipated to end on or before 6/30/2022, 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 may vary based on operational needs.

Education and Experience

Two years of professional experience in one of the student services program areas or in a related field; experience should give evidence of competence and indicate the potential for further growth. A master's degree in a job-related field may be substituted for one year of professional experience.

Equivalent to graduation from a four-year college or university in a related field, including or supplemented by upper division or graduate course work in counseling techniques, interviewing, and conflict resolution where such are job-related.

Specialized Skills Required
  • Understanding of evidence-based practices (EBP) that are suitable to the populations served, e.g., Community Organizing models (Consensus and Direct Action Organizing), Motivational Interviewing (MI)
  • Demonstrable ability to effectively work from a multicultural perspective with people from a wide range of backgrounds and value systems

Preferred Qualifications
  • Experience working with vulnerable populations such as homeless, substance use, and/or justice-involved populations, or equivalent
  • Experience working with systems, schools, or universities
  • Basic understanding of law enforcement's scope of work and the paramilitary environment cultures
  • Understanding of substance abuse treatment and experience working with individuals with co-occurring disorders (i.e., mental health and substance abuse)
  • Previous experience collaborating with law enforcement and experience working with Transition Aged Youth (TAY) and/or college students
  • Experience and knowledge of mental health systems and resources
  • Experience with research, data collection and analysis, and program evaluation
  • Experience with communication via social media related to health messaging
  • Experience with outreach with ethnically and culturally diverse clients and communities; crisis intervention and trauma response debriefing capabilities
  • Listening/counseling skills
  • Ability to communicate clearly and collaborate with various groups and campus entities;
  • Ability to establish effective working collaborations between individuals and groups representing different cultures, interest groups, and/or departments
  • Knowledge of legal and ethical issues that relate to services in a mental health or health services operation, including confidentiality and privacy

Compensation and Benefits

Starting salary upon appointment is not expected to exceed $4,476 per month.

CSU Classification Salary Range: $4,476 - $6,365 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.

Supplemental Information

Initial review of the required application materials, including cover letters and resumes, will begin on August 2, 2021. To receive full consideration, apply by August 1, 2021.

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.

San Diego State University is not a sponsoring agency for staff or management positions (e.g., H-1B visa). Applicants must currently be authorized to work in the United States on a full-time basis. Offers of employment are contingent upon the presentation of documents that demonstrate a person's identity and authorization to work in the United States, which are consistent with the provisions of the Immigration Reform and Control Act.

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.

SDSU is a smoke-free campus. For more information, please click here.

SDSU is an 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.

Applicants with disabilities and applicants who require assistance completing an application may contact Meracle Cothron at

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Applications Close: Open until filled

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Since it was founded in 1897, San Diego State University has grown to offer bachelor's degrees in 89 areas, master's degrees in 78 areas and doctorates in 21 areas. SDSU's approximately 32,000 students participate in an academic curriculum distinguished by direct contact with faculty and an increasing international emphasis that prepares them for a global future.

SDSU's annual economic impact to the state of California is $6.5 billion, according to an impact report done by the California State University in 2010.

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