Employment at Pacifica Graduate Institute


Pacifica is an accredited graduate school offering degree programs in the fields of Psychology, Mythological Studies and Humanities. We are located between the foothills and the Pacific Ocean a few miles south of Santa Barbara.

Pacifica offers a full benefit package including: medical, dental, vision, LTD and retirement plans. If your qualifications meet our current needs, please send your resume to the email address listed below. No faxes or phone calls please.

Adjunct Faculty Positions

Pacifica Graduate Institute welcomes Adjunct Faculty applications for each of these graduate programs:

  • Clinical Psychology
  • Counseling Psychology
  • Depth Psychology
  • Depth Psychotherapy

Appointment by quarters and by academic years vary by program. Qualifications reflect the course content, delivery method, and any applicable licensing standards.

For more information please contact the Department Chair by clicking on "Contact Us" then clicking on the department in which you are interested.

Core Faculty Positions

Pacifica Graduate Institute is an accredited graduate school in California offering masters and doctoral degrees in the tradition of depth psychology. We are currently seeking a full-time core faculty member in the Depth Psychology program with a primary focus in the Somatic Studies specialization. For more information about this unique graduate program, visit the Somatic Studies webpages.

The candidate for this position will be teaching, advising, serving on dissertation committees, and performing administrative functions in the Somatic Studies specialization, and may also teach courses across Pacifica's degree programs as needed and per qualifications. Anticipated but flexible start date is January, 2017.

Qualifications: Ph.D. in psychology, cultural studies, education, or a humanities-related field; background in depth psychological theories and practices, qualitative research, and somatic studies (a focus in either somatic psychology or somatic education is acceptable). Applicants with at least three years of academic teaching experience and a strong record of publication and community service preferred. Applicants should have a demonstrated commitment to cultural and ethnic diversity in education. We encourage candidates from communities underrepresented in US higher education to apply.

Please submit: a letter of application; curriculum vitae; recently published papers; and statement of teaching philosophy, research interests, background in advising dissertation students, courses from the Somatic Studies specialization curriculum you feel qualified to teach, your interest in working with students of diverse backgrounds, and three references.

Please indicate in subject line "Somatic Studies Specialization."

Department of Human Resources
Pacifica Graduate Institute
249 Lambert Road
Carpinteria, CA 93013
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Staff Positions

Clinical Practicum Associate II (3/4 Time)
M.A. Counseling Psychology Department

Summary: This ¾ time position organizes, coordinates, administrates, assesses and analyses the practicums, and facilitates the series of online Professional Skills Development I & II courses for two tracks of students.

Responsibilities: Organize and coordinate M.A. practicum requirements; conduct a minimum of quarterly practicum meetings with first and second year students to educate students about practicum requirements; review and approve all practicum sites; assess 2nd and 3rd year students’ progress in practicum sites through quarterly written evaluations from supervisors, as well as telephone contact with supervisors and students; work with students and supervisors to resolve any difficulties related to the student’s performance at the practicum site; coordinate with Clinical Practice teachers to convey student strengths and weaknesses as communicated from the supervised practicum site; track the first, second, third, and beyond year students until practicum file completion; meet in the dining hall at lunch for two days of each class session to respond to student questions and needs related to practicum requirements; oversee the documentation and tracking of all practicum requirements, including practicum site approval papers, quarterly practicum logs, quarterly supervisor evaluations and student evaluation of practicum sites for one track; oversee and maintain student files related to practicum and personal therapy hours; maintain contact with students and supervisors by mail and e-mail on a quarterly basis and by telephone and e-mail as needed, notifying them of important dates and deadlines, directing them to practicum sites and library resources, notifying them of outstanding documentation and/or completion of clinical requirements; assist students in assessing their individual state licensing requirements as they apply to Pacifica’s curriculum on an as needed basis; hold meetings and/or arrange for speakers related to California licensing requirements and practicum opportunities as time and opportunity permits; notify registrar and students when practicum requirements have been met; assist with the compilation and edit of the Practicum Guidelines Serve as facilitator to monitor the Professional Skills Development I & II online sequence of courses; assist with the coordination of the Comprehensive Oral Examinations; assist with the development of examination protocol, content and supportive materials; conduct Comprehensive Oral Exam Orientation meeting to inform students of oral exam protocol and format; schedule the comprehensive oral examinations; participate in the oral exam luncheon meeting once per year, in which examiners are oriented to the exam process; oversee the logistics of examination planning (securing office space, obtaining appropriate supplies and equipment, posting exam schedules); notify students in writing of exam locations and times one month prior to exams; be present on day of exams to oversee the process and to meet with examiners and/or students as needed; oversee documentation of personal therapy requirement; oversee tracking, documentation and data entry of personal therapy hours for students; review and respond to requests for exceptions to personal therapy requirements; notify registrar by memo when personal therapy requirements have been met. Carry out policies established by others with limited interpretation when needed; work within existing rules and procedures, but constantly evaluate and recommend changes when needed; execute all other duties related to this position as assigned.


Must possess a Master’s degree in Counseling Psychology and LMFT, LPCC, or LCSW current license required. Must be PC literate; MS Office (including Word, Outlook, and Excel) and FileMaker Pro; experience with general office equipment. Ability to read and comprehend complex instructions, correspondence and data; strong organizational, administrative, and time-management skills; strong verbal and written communication skills; ability to identify issues and creatively problem-solve on a variety of issues; effective presentation and interpersonal skills; and strong ability to exercise sound and experienced judgment based on a thorough knowledge. Must be able to lift 20 lbs. and sit for long periods of time.

Applicants for all Staff Positions please send a cover letter, resume and three professional references to:

Pacifica Graduate Institute
Office of Human Resources
249 Lambert Road
Carpinteria, CA  93013
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249 Lambert Road, Carpinteria, California, 93013 | Telephone: 805.969.3626