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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 in between the foothills and the Pacific Ocean a few miles south of Santa Barbara. Pacifica offers a full benefits 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 of the department in which you are interested.

Core Faculty Positions

Core Faculty, MA/PhD Program in Mythological Studies

Applications are invited for the open rank position of full-time Core Faculty in the MA/PhD Program in Mythological Studies at Pacifica Graduate Institute, effective Fall 2023.

Pacifica Graduate Institute 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, California. This full-time position will require the candidate to be located within acceptable proximity to Pacifica’s campus to allow for regular campus presence/engagement.

Pacifica is committed to providing an open, fair, inclusive, non-discriminatory environment for all individuals across differences of race, religion, sexual orientation, gender identity, national origin, socio-economic status, ethnicity, age, physical ability, or medical condition. We encourage applications from people in historically underrepresented groups.

About the Program

As the only doctoral program in the country dedicated to the exploration of human experience through the interdisciplinary, multicultural, and comparative study of myth through the lenses of ritual, religion, literature, depth psychology, and art, the Mythological Studies Program cultivates scholarship, self-inquiry, and imagination in those who seek to understand and express the depths of the psyche. The program operates on the underlying assumption that myth has the power to touch our deepest creative energies and to generate symbolic images that confer significance upon the complexity of modern life and history.

Job Description

The candidate for this position will primarily teach coursework, serve on dissertation committees, and perform administrative functions in the Mythological Studies Program. The candidate might also serve as affiliate faculty in other Pacifica degree programs as needed and per qualifications. The candidate will maintain a profile of active research or creative practice (as per qualifications and specialty).

We are particularly interested in applicants who can teach the following courses:

  • Indigenous Mythologies of the Americas
  • African Diaspora Traditions
  • Ritual and the Embodied Mythic Imagination
  • Sex and Gender
  • Jungian and/or Archetypal Psychology
  • Dissertation Formulation

We are particularly interested in applicants with teaching experience in the following methodologies and perspectives: critical race theory; feminist and queer theory; arts-based research; Indigenous epistemologies; and/or post-coloniality.

The applicant must additionally be conversant in and appreciative of depth psychological perspectives which form the underpinnings of the Institute’s approach to comparative mythological studies. We are open to applicants who identify as scholar-practitioners or scholar-activists and who are interested in incorporating their research and practical specializations into their curricula and research skills training for our students.

Minimum Qualifications

  • Ph.D. in mythology/folklore, depth psychology, literature, religious studies, or interdisciplinary humanities. Doctorate must be completed by start date of Fall 2023
  • Three years of teaching experience at the undergraduate or graduate level
  • Record of publications in the field (books, articles) and active research profile
  • Demonstrated ability to teach online or in a distance-learning format
  • Willingness to contribute innovative approaches to student-centered pedagogy
  • Commitment to fostering diversity, equity, and inclusion in graduate education
  • Commitment to Pacifica’s mission to “tend the soul of the world.” We value transformative and collaborative learning, social justice, community building, environmental awareness, imagination, embodied learning, and the arts.

Desirable Qualifications

  • Engagement with depth psychological and/or indigenous epistemologies in teaching and research, and ability to combine these theories with other contemporary methodologies (critical race theory/critical race feminism, queer theory, arts-based research, cognitive science approaches, and others)
  • Experience serving on graduate-level dissertation committees and ability to supervise graduate research
  • Interest and experience in curriculum design and development
  • Experience performing administrative duties in graduate education, such as applicant file reviews and interviews, open house/admissions events, and capstone exam coordination


  • Salary is commensurate with experience.

Send applications to

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

Clinical Psychology Core Faculty

Job Title: Core Faculty

Department: Clinical Psychology

Supervisor: Department Chair/Provost

Status: regular, full-time, exempt

Pacifica Graduate Institute seeks a depth psychologically oriented faculty member to contribute to the Clinical Psychology PhD program. Our approach to doctoral education integrates classic (e.g., psychoanalytic, Jungian, humanistic-existential, phenomenological) and contemporary (e.g., critical, post-Jungian, liberation, relational, and emergent-systems) depth psychological theory and practice. We embrace distinctly human sciences based research orientations to research with human beings (i.e., qualitative, interpretive, de-colonial), and stress integration of transdisciplinary contributions of humanities, culture, mythology, literature and the arts to understanding human experience. Moreover, the program trains students to become clinicians who actively engage in relational, contextual, and dynamic forms of therapeutic care.

We value diverse, critical perspectives, methodologies, and practices in depth psychological traditions. Applicants must show evidence of training and experience in one or both of the following areas: direct clinical service provision, including depth psychological treatments and supervision; group psychotherapy; and a systems approach to psychological development and transformation.

The successful candidate will join a community that shares a passionate commitment to engaged forms of clinical work, reflective social justice, and the development of an ethically and politically relevant psychology. They will have the capacity to carry out high level of human science academic scholarship, and have familiarity with academic community engagement, including participation in program administration and other related engagements of institutional citizenship.


  • Teach 18 units per year. Various contract addenda may provide unit release.
  • Doctoral faculty carries ten (10) dissertation commitments. A commitment equals one chair appointment or two reader appointments. MA faculty serves as thesis advisors. Addenda may provide dissertation release.
  • Engage in the admissions functions of the program, including reviewing applicant files, conducting admissions interviews, and participate in two (2) Pacifica Experience Days (virtual and on campus), webinars, or other relevant marketing and public facing events.
  • Be available for student meetings (virtual and on campus) during all academic sessions.
  • Post office hours which are the equivalent of one day per week, during which time students may come on campus in person, by telephone, or meet electronically.
  • Provide substantive and timely feedback on student papers/assignments, providing written feedback throughout the paper/assignment, including a written assessment and justification of the final grade. If a TA is utilized, the faculty member must review and assess the TAs work and ensure that they support faculty comments and final grade.
  • Attend Faculty Council meetings, Academic Senate meetings, Faculty Retreats, and Faculty/Community meetings.
  • Contribute to departmental planning and evaluation activities (e.g., curriculum review, faculty retreats, faculty search, program evaluation process, creation and revision of departmental documents).
  • Participate in program commencement ceremonies.
  • Participate in program orientations.
  • Carry out clinically relevant academic research, writing, and publication activities.
  • Integrate multiple perspectives and diverse ways of thinking and practicing into presentations and treatment for course development.
  • Prepare and submit all course materials in the established timeframe, including course syllabi, reading list (with clarity on sources and editions), online content creation/review, and back-up plans for coursework to fulfill emergency planning needs.
  • Participate in the comprehensive exam process as a reader and/or grader.
  • Faculty must physically come to campus for academic sessions, community events, and faculty-related meetings.
  • Effective online and f2f teaching that facilitates interactive learning within a community of inquiry.
  • Participate in doctoral committees of students in the clinical doctoral program and coordinate logistics of dissertation process as needed, including development of standards, timelines, etc.
  • Serve as reader and grader on comprehensive exams
  • Serve as advisor to students
  • Conduct admissions file reviews and interviews
  • Scholarly expertise and proficiency in teaching in such areas as critical thinking, scholarly writing, research design, and research methods.
  • An active research agenda, scholarly publications, and engaged scholarship in areas related to personal and social transformation.
  • Knowledge of depth psychological theoretical approaches and clinical applications.
  • Ability to mentor students in an inquiry-based program and direct doctoral dissertations, ensuring rigorous academic standards and quality aligned with program goals. Mentoring students in the publication process
  • Commitment to participate in Pacifica Graduate Institute community events and to take up administrative responsibilities
  • Extensive collaboration with other faculty on administrative, academic, and professional development policies

NOTE: The preceding duties and responsibilities are subject to review and possible revision in conjunction with the annual evaluation process.


Doctoral Degree in Clinical Psychology, Psychology, or related field; possess active California certification as a Licensed Clinical Psychologist (PhD or PsyD).


Ability to read, write, speak, and receive instruction in English. Intermediate math required.


The ability to solve practical problems and deal with a variety of concrete variables in situations where only limited standardization exists is required, along with the ability to interpret a variety of instructions furnished in written, oral, diagram, or schedule form.

Ability to mediate and resolve issues; ability to determine issues and creatively problem-solve; ability to engage other departments in meaningful dialogue and articulate issues faced by the department; and ability to analyze the complex and make simple.


PC literate; MS Office (including Word and Excel).

General Office equipment.

PowerCampus experience preferred.


To perform the job successfully, an individual must be able to perform each essential duty satisfactorily. The requirements listed above and below are representative of the knowledge, skill, and/or abilities required. Reasonable accommodations may be made to enable individuals with disabilities to perform the essential functions.

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; strong ability to exercise sound and experienced judgment based on a thorough knowledge; and ability to engender respect from staff.


Ability to stand, walk, use hands to finger, handle, or feel, reach with hands and arms and talk and hear. Sometimes required to sit, climb and/or balance and stoop, kneel, crouch, and/or crawl. Close and long range vision.


Contributes to personal, cultural, and planetary concerns of this era through individual and/or collective activities and shepherds students in attainment of their educational goals.

Send applications to

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

Core Faculty in the Community, Liberation, Indigenous, and Eco-psychologies specialization of the Depth Psychology M.A./Ph.D. Program

The anticipated but flexible start date is August 2022.

Pacifica Graduate Institute is an accredited graduate school in Santa Barbara California offering masters and doctoral degrees in the tradition of depth psychology.  We currently seek a full-time Core Faculty member in the Community, Liberation, Indigenous, and Eco-psychologies (CLIE) specialization of the Depth Psychology M.A./Ph.D. program.  For more information about this unique graduate program, visit Pacifica’s website.


  • The candidate chosen will teach, serve on dissertation committees, and advise students.
  • Perform administrative functions in the CLIE specialization.


  • Ph.D. in community psychology, environmental studies, ethnic studies, gender studies, Indigenous studies, religious studies, or a social sciences related field.
  • Scholarship with a focus in one or more of the following areas is preferred: transdisciplinary decolonial theory and praxis, traditional environmental knowledge (TEK), decolonial feminisms and LGBTQ studies, critical community psychology theory and action, participatory action research, post-qualitative, arts-based, and Indigenous research methodologies.
  • Preference will be given to applicants with at least three years of academic teaching experience and a strong record of publication, qualitative research, and demonstrated commitment to anti-racism and decolonial approaches to scholarly engagement.
  • Applicants should display strong support for transdisciplinary graduate 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 CLIE specialization curriculum you feel qualified to teach, your commitment to building a specialization that emphasizes decoloniality, and three references to:

Applications accepted via electronic submission only to

Please indicate in the subject line “CLIE Specialization”
Salary commensurate with experience.

Staff Positions

E-Learning Administrator

This role has a Sunday – Thursday work week (40 hours/week) with a hybrid work option (both on-campus and remote).



  • Attend Fall Quarter Student Orientations
  • Attend quarterly Faculty & Staff Council Meetings
  • Attend quarterly Department Chair & Staff Gatherings
  • Attend Counseling Community Gatherings & Retreats
  • Receive and respond to student inquiries
  • Receive and respond to inquiries from faculty, teaching assistants, and guest speakers
  • Remain visible to students while in session on campus
  • Provide support and training for new faculty as needed
  • Provide support and training for new staff as needed
  • Provide proofreading of departmental materials completed by other staff or faculty as needed
  • Oversee and maintain departmental files
  • Support new admit student welcome process


  • Maintenance of quarterly student lists:
    • Maintain student contact lists quarterly and post to Faculty Resource Center
    • Maintain student photos lists quarterly and post to Faculty Resource Center
  • Maintenance of departmental D2L presence (all course shells and centers):
    • Create and maintain the quarterly D2L Tracking calendar and provide to IT and faculty
    • Provide quarterly course shell setup requests to IT for all departmental courses (residential, hybrid, and online)
    • Send quarterly D2L course upload requests and reminders to faculty and teaching assistants
    • Support the maintenance of course shells for all programmatic courses:
      • Support the review of online/hybrid course modules and check against syllabi for accuracy in materials and dates
      • Support uploading of faculty materials including syllabi, course readings, handouts, PowerPoints, etc., as needed
      • Support the addition of OCR (optical character recognition) and other accessibility enhancements to course materials on D2L.
      • Support the review of Dropboxes for all courses
      • Support the review of Gradebook items for all courses
      • Assure that courses that don’t otherwise have a Dropbox have at least one Dropbox set up to receive Incomplete and Grade Change Forms
    • Monitor and update the departmental centers in D2L:
      • MA Counseling Psychology Student Resource Center
      • PsyD Counseling Psychology Student Resource Center
      • Counseling Psychology Faculty Resource Center
      • MA Counseling Psychology Research Portfolio Center
      • PsyD Counseling Research Center
      • MA Counseling Clinical Practice Course Center
      • PsyD Counseling Psychology Practicum & Internship Resource Center
      • MA Counseling Skills: Process of Psychotherapy Center
      • Counseling Psychology Practicum Resource Center
    • Support of quarterly syllabus processes:
      • Create module tables for online/hybrid course syllabi each quarter and provide online/hybrid course syllabi drafts to MA Counseling Academic Session Administrator for quarterly faculty call for materials
      • Support Counseling Department administrative team with peer review of all quarterly syllabi
      • Post finalized course syllabi and required textbook listings (including permalinks) in the MA and PsyD Student Resource Centers and the Counseling Psychology Faculty Resource Center
    • Support of departmental Tevera integration:
      • Coordinate quarterly integration of the Tevera clinical training system with relevant D2L course shells for both the MA and PsyD programs
      • Create quarterly classes in Tevera, adds assignments, and assigns supervision roles
      • Add all relevant students and faculty to all Tevera courses
      • Track relevant Tevera updates and coordinate support for MA and PsyD Practicum Teams
      • Support ongoing departmental Tevera maintenance and troubleshooting
    • Maintenance of quarterly textbook listings:
    • Send quarterly syllabi and textbook availability reminders to students and faculty
    • Coordinate with MA Counseling Academic Session Administrator and PsyD Counseling Program Administrator to generate a list of required textbooks from course syllabi on a quarterly basis
    • Coordinate with Research Librarians to generate a list of permalinks (where available) to required textbooks in Pacifica’s digital library collections on a quarterly basis
    • Support of quarterly student class sections lists:
      • Obtain quarterly section lists from MA Counseling Academic Session Administrator for Process, Clinical, and Research courses, and from PsyD Program Administrator for relevant courses. Post these in the D2L student and faculty resource centers and provide to EdTech/IT so that they can build/maintain student sections within the D2L centers
    • Interdepartmental coordination:
      • Coordinate with Admissions as needed for any D2L updates to applicant materials
      • Coordinate with Ed Tech to host D2L orientations for new admits ahead of each Fall Quarter
    • Student and faculty support:
      • Support students with programmatic questions regarding D2L and refer to IT support for technical assistance when needed
      • Support faculty with programmatic questions regarding D2L and refer to IT support for technical assistance when needed
    • On-Campus Residential Session Support:
      • Be present on campus for any normal working days aligned with MA and PsyD student session days
      • Support residential session coordination on Sundays and Mondays for MA Counseling program, including collection and processing of attendance rosters
      • Assist faculty with any questions or needs while on campus for residential sessions, or in planning for teaching at residential sessions
      • Assist students with any questions or needs while on campus for residential sessions, or in planning for attendance at residential sessions
      • Reply to student inquiries regarding session-related items including potential absences
      • Distribute and collect residential session materials (schedules, art supplies, etc.), as needed for on-campus days


To perform the job successfully, an individual must be able to perform each essential duty satisfactorily. The requirements listed above and below are representative of the knowledge, skill, and/or abilities required. Reasonable accommodations may be made to enable individuals with disabilities to perform the essential functions.

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; strong ability to exercise sound and experienced judgment based on a thorough knowledge; and ability to engender respect from staff.


Bachelor’s degree required, Master’s degree preferred.

3-5 years in an administrative and/or educational environment.

E-Learning academic experience preferred.


Admissions Coordinator


Under the general supervision of the Associate Director of Operations (ADO), the Admissions Coordinator (AC) performs functions critical for reaching departmental goals and ensures satisfaction with the Office of Admissions. The AC will also work closely with the Department Administrator (DA) and the Vice President of Enrollment Management (VPEM) to ensure data integrity between the institution’s CRM and SMS systems.

The AC will assist in processing and managing new applicant dossiers in collaboration with Admissions Advisors. The AC, in collaboration with the VPEM, ADO, and the DA will ensure that the admissions office conforms to institutional policies and procedures and adhere to diverse, equitable, and inclusive practices.

Coordinator Responsibilities

  • Maintain data integrity between Hubspot, Powercampus, Microsoft Teams, and other systems.
  • Collaborate with campus administrative departments and academic department chairs on admissions processes and procedures.
  • Coordinate applicant interview procedures.
  • Through the lens of diversity, equity, and inclusion, assist in developing operations strategies to assist and onboard a diverse student population domestically and internationally.
  • Assist the ADO and DOA in formulating outreach policies and procedures in consideration of diversifying student body.
  • Ensure that outreach and recruitment practices are sensitive to the contemporary socioeconomic, racial, and equity discourses.
  • Prepare and send Enrollment Agreements and Admissions letters to prospective students.
  • Retrieve and process remittances through Paypal and other payment platforms.
  • Perform professional research and analysis related to admissions activities, effectiveness, and business impact; researches industry standards, trends, best practices, and emerging technologies; designs and prepares reports.
  • External and Internal document preparation for students and staff.
  • Collaborate with ADO and the DOA to create expeditious technical, theoretical, and systemic enrollment infrastructure.
  • Assist with reviewing and creating automated workflow and other correspondences with prospective students.
  • Monitor and reconcile enrollment reports from Hubspot, Powercampus, and the Admissions Drive.
  • Assist in maintaining data integrity in Hubspot, Powercampus, and the Admissions MDrive.

Advisor Support

  • Streamline advisor funnel processes.
  • Provide outstanding student centric service to applicants and prospective applicants.
  • Communicate effectively when working with prospective, future and current students while avoiding misrepresentation at all times.
  • If necessary, respond to new inquiries quickly and maintaining consistent communications with prospects throughout the admission process.
  • Occasionally counsel applicants one-on-one on admission policies and procedures. Evaluate and offer solutions to applicant problems and requests regarding admission.
  • Follow-up with prospective students to ensure all obstacles have been addressed, the prospect attends orientation prior to the start date and the prospective student has a positive experience.


  • Bachelor’s degree required; Master’s degree preferred.
  • Proficient in Microsoft Office Suite –  Excel, Word, and Powerpoint.
  • Experience with CRMs (i.e., Hubspot), with SMS/SIS/ERPs (especially Power Campus), event registration software (i.e., EventBrite), SurveyMonkey, and DocuSign are strongly desired.
  • Experience working in an academic environment.
  • Excellent interpersonal, communications, public speaking, and presentation skills.
  • Exceptional attention to detail.
  • Exceptional oral and written communication skills.
  • Ability to handle and prioritize multiple tasks and work effectively, independently, and efficiently with tight time constraints.
  • Ability to work a varying schedule to include evenings, weekends, extended hours and occasional holidays when needed.

This position is not remote. Must be able to come to campus.

A/R Collections Clerk


The Collections Clerk will facilitate collection of delinquent accounts. This is a part-time position (20 hours per week). Hybrid position –remote and on campus.


  • Requests and pursues payment on delinquent accounts via communication with account holder.
  • Follows established guidelines to review and update account status.
  • Maintains log of payment promises and pertinent account details; schedules follow-up communication with account holder.
  • Monitors accounts receivable and cash receipt reports.
  • Performs other related duties, as required.

Required Skills/Abilities

  • Excellent organizational skills and attention to detail.
  • Excellent written and verbal communication skills.
  • Ability to communicate with account holders in a courteous manner.
  • Proficient with Microsoft Office Suite or similar software.

Education and Experience

  • High school diploma or equivalent required.
  • Two years of related experience in accounts receivable preferred.

Physical Requirements

  • Prolonged periods sitting at a desk and working on a computer.

Shuttle Driver

Job Title:              Shuttle Driver (with some security duties)

Hours:                   Wednesday-Sunday 2:30pm-10:30pm

Department:       Transportation/Safety

Supervisor:          Director of Campus Operations

Status:                  Fulltime

Compensation:  $17-$18 hr. depending on license.

Benefits:              Excellent benefits including medical, dental, vision, life insurance, vacation and sick time, and 13 paid holidays.

*paid training to obtain commercial driver’s license.


The shuttle driver supports the operational side of the institute by providing transportation, fulfilling some “security” functions, and supporting other departments as needed. The primary role is to transport students and employees between five designated locations in the Carpinteria/Montecito area. Occasional driving duties out of the area for fieldtrips and special events. Additionally this role is responsible for locking of campus, routine inspections of campus, and supports the operational needs of the institute with related tasks supporting other operational departments.


  • Pick up and delivery of students, faculty, and staff as directed.
  • Transport students for field trips.
  • Transport vehicles for repairs.
  • Maintain vehicle interior and exterior.
  • Conduct DMV required walk around inspection of vans at beginning of each shift.
  • Complete miscellaneous logs and paperwork as required by director.
  • Maintain a pleasant, respectful, and helpful attitude toward all passengers.
  • Pick up, deliver, meter, and distribute post office and inter-campus mail.
  • Carry out policies established by others.
  • Work within existing rules and procedures.
  • Respond to and assess reported facilities or campus emergencies outside of business hours.
  • Lock/unlock campus doors, windows, etc.
  • Execute all other duties as assigned.


  • Individual must have a clean driving record.
  • CDL with P endorsement license preferred.
    • Candidates whom do not have the required license may be offered paid time to study for and use of company vehicle to acquire commercial license and/or passenger endorsement at no cost to them.


  • High School Diploma preferred.
  • Positive personality.
  • Ability to read, write, speak, and receive instruction in English.
  • Clean driving record

Applicants for all Staff Positions please send a cover letter, resume, and three professional references to:
Pacifica Graduate Institute
Department of Human Resources
249 Lambert Road
Carpinteria, CA  93013