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Administrative Faculty, African American Faculty Studies

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Job Description:


The Administrative Faculty is responsible for the coordination, planning, preparation, presentation, and evaluation of classroom instruction and related activities. In addition to teaching, curriculum development, student advisement, and other academic responsibilities, this position has the responsibility of coordinating the Marriage & Family Therapy (MFT) African American Family Studies (AAFS) specialization. This position requires demonstration of African American cultural knowledge, clinical skills in therapeutic work with the African American population, and educational background in Psychology, Marriage and Family Therapy (MFT), or Counseling.


The incumbent normally receives little instruction on day-to-day work and receives general instructions on new assignments.


Minimal or no supervisory responsibilities.


  • Teach a minimum of 18 units per academic year in the MA MFT, Cultural & Family Studies, Bachelor and Master of Social Work, and Community Psychology programs;
  • Coordinate, plan, organize, and instruct courses in the evening, or on weekends on any Pacific Oaks College campus as assigned, including the synchronous online modality;
  • Ensure that each program/class contains essential curricular components, has appropriate content and pedagogy, and maintains currency;
  • Advise and mentor graduate students in MA MFT AAFS program and graduate students in the other MA MFT and CFS programs;
  • Assist in recruitment, pre-registration, registration and retention of students;
  • Make suggestions to the Dean concerning the improvement of the AAFS curriculum in keeping with the objectives of the college;
  • Participate in program, curriculum review and development, and student learning outcomes initiatives;
  • Participate in the recruitment, mentoring and evaluation of adjunct instructors in the AAFS specialization;
  • Attend all faculty meetings, professional development, MA MFT & CFS orientation activities and other meetings established by Dean;
  • Other duties as assigned by the Dean.

Is regular attendance an essential function? ☒ Yes ☐ No



  • Knowledge about the African American culture and mental health need of African American families.
  • Knowledge and an understanding of the socio-political issues that impact African American communities.
  • Knowledge about trauma and trauma treatment related to the African American population.
  • Knowledge in qualitative research methods in general and in specifics related to the African American population and familiarity with the research literature related to the African American population.
  • Knowledge of current trends in African American mental health, community mental health, and new approaches to instruction via professional development activities.
  • Knowledge about African American communities and experience working with African American populations.


  • Ability to teach MA MFT & CFS courses at the graduate level both On-ground and Online.
  • Demonstrated ability to teach non-traditional, English as a second language graduate students.
  • Demonstrated bicultural/cultural competencies in community work and teaching;
  • Demonstrated psychological awareness in trending modalities.
  • Demonstrated competencies such as collegiality, collaboration, ability to motivate others, ability to balance independent and inter-dependent academic responsibilities;
  • Excellent communication and interpersonal skills, together with the ability to work collaboratively and courteously with colleagues, alumni, and other constituents.
  • Knowledge of current technology and methods for disseminating web assisted information.


  • Demonstrated teaching philosophy that is culture-centered, student-centered, reflective, and fosters a democratic classroom for a participatory learning community.
  • Maintain active engagement in communities as part of ongoing community service for the college.



  • PsyD or Ph.D. in Psychology, Social Work, Counseling or MFT, or closely related clinical field from an accredited university/college required.
  • Licensed as a Marriage & Family Therapist (preferred), Licensed Professional Clinical Counselor, Licensed Clinical Social Worker or Licensed Psychologist in the state of California.


  • A minimum of 5 years' experience combination of clinical work or professional community psychology related experience.
  • 3 years teaching as fulltime in a college or university setting preferred; or combination of adjunct, or part-time considered.

TYPICAL WORKING CONDITIONS (Describe environment including exposure to heat, cold, fumes, etc.)

  • Office environment; typically, 70 degrees
  • Noise level is usually quiet to moderately noisy while in the office


  • Computer/Laptop
  • Calculator/10-key
  • Telephone
  • Copier, scanner and fax machines

ESSENTIAL PHYSICAL & MENTAL TASKS: (Check all that apply):

Physical Demands:

☒ Standing ☐ Lifting: _# Lbs. ☐ Pushing/Pulling ☐ Driving

☒ Walking ☐ Carrying ☒ Hearing ☒ Speaking

☐ Reaching ☒ Writing ☐ Squatting/Kneeling ☒ Seeing

☐ Climbing ☐ Pushing ☒ Other: Typing

Physical Environment - Exposed to:

☐ Noise ☒ Heat/Cold ☐ Fumes/Gases ☐ Human Tissue/Fluids

☐ Chemicals ☐ Carcinogens ☐ Dirt ☐ Animal Tissue/Fluids

☐ Toxic Chemicals ☐ Radiation ☐Other:

☐ Biohazardous Material

Mental Demands:

☒ Reading ☐ Frequent Interruptions ☒ Periods of Concentrated Attention

☒ Detailed Work ☐ Irregular Work Schedule ☒ Frequent Contact with People

☐ Frequent Deadlines ☐Other:

☒ Multiple Concurrent Tasks

TRAVEL: Up to 10% of total time


The work environment characteristics described here are representative of those an employee encounters while performing the essential functions of the job:

The noise level in the work environment is usually quite to moderately noisy while in the office. The office temperature is about 70 degrees.


The position is governed by the policies of Pacific Oaks, along with established procedures for the department. Independent judgment is required in the supervision of personnel as well as in the carrying out of the department's strategic goals and budget management.


Routine exchange or presentation of information.

Responsible for demonstrating professionalism and leadership in resolving conflicts with students and employees. Recommends alternative approaches to solve problems and conflicts.


This position does require the management of budgets, but it is required to follow Pacific Oaks policies for purchasing and budget approvals.

Compensation & Benefits

This opportunity is budgeted at $66,560.00-73,170.00 base compensation. Additional compensation factors may impact total compensation. To learn more about our competitive benefits and additional rewards, including generous paid time-off, medical and dental insurance coverage, life and disability insurance, retirement plan with employer contribution, multiple flexible spending accounts, tuition reimbursement, click the link below.

Pacific Oaks is an Equal Opportunity Employer.

Pacific Oaks participates in E-Verify and verifies identity and employment eligibility of all persons hired.

The above statements are intended to describe the general nature and level of work being performed by people assigned to this classification. They are not to be construed as an exhaustive list of all responsibilities, duties, and skills required of personnel so classified. Pacific Oaks offers equal employment opportunities to all persons without regard to race, color, ethnicity, religion, sex, sexual orientation, national origin, age, marital status, physical or mental disability, parental status, housing status, source of income or military status, in accordance with applicable federal, state and local EEO laws.


Working at Pacific Oaks College & Children's School


Grounded in its social justice heritage, Pacific Oaks College prepares students to be culturally intelligent agents of change serving diverse communities in the fields of human development, education, and related family studies.

Pacific Oaks College is a nonprofit, accredited higher education institution offering bachelor’s completion, master’s, and certificate programs in human development, counseling, education, early childhood education, and teacher credentialing. The school offers classes at its main campus in Pasadena and at a number of convenient instructional sites throughout California, as well as online.

Founded more than 60 years ago by a small group of Quaker families, Pacific Oaks College has remained dedicated to the fundamental Quaker principles of inclusion, social justice, and the valuing of every human being. Three basic concepts underlie the educational philosophy at Pacific Oaks:

  • that every individual has a fundamental worth;
  • that growth is a dynamic and life-long process;
  • and that every individual has a unique identity and human potential.

Pacific Oaks has a long history of serving non-traditional and adult students and has become known and recognized for its progressive approach to teaching and learning—valuing real-world experiences in addition to academic achievements. This philosophy is embodied in the school’s Experiential Learning, approach, and opportunities such as the Credit for Life Experience option which allows students to gain academic credit for real-world experiences.

Pacific Oaks is accredited by the Western Association of Schools and Colleges (WASC), and has been since 1959.

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