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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 – Counseling Psychology Program

Pacifica Graduate Institute seeks a full-time core faculty in Counseling Psychology for the 2018 – 2019 academic year in keeping with academic year starting September 1, 2018.

Essential qualifications include a licensed mental health practitioner with extensive clinical experience and prior teaching experience at the graduate level, a Ph.D. is preferred, M.A. in Psychology or Counseling is required, with background in Jungian, archetypal, and/or imaginal psychology.

Successful candidates will teach Master’s level courses that meet California Marriage and Family Therapy and Professional Clinical Counseling licensing requirements, as well as interdisciplinary courses which may include: Marriage and Family Therapy, Psychological Assessment, Clinical Practice, Research in Psychology, and Depth, Myth, and Archetypal special topics courses. Strong research background and demonstrated ability to publish scholarly work are preferred.

Applicants are asked to submit a letter of interest, a curriculum vita, and a statement describing their teaching philosophy along with three letters of recommendation. All materials should be sent to:

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

Staff Positions


Supervisor: Chief Finance Officer

Summary: Position directs and supervises the timely, confidential, and accurate functions of: financial statement preparation, budgeting, forecasting, cash management, GAAP audit process from start to finish, AP, student billings, federal funds, compliance, ESOP and 401(k) administration. Controller is responsible for the integrity of all accounting systems and insures that all procedures and policies maintain excellent internal control and separation of duties to minimize opportunities for fraud and other abuses. Incumbent is responsible for training all direct reports.

Essential Duties and Responsibilities:

  • Preparation of all client participation audit schedules.
  • Preparation of compliance worksheet for bank covenants and DOE compliance (e.g. 90/10 testing)
  • Reconciliation of all bank accounts and monitoring cash balances to optimize investment earnings.
  • Reconciliation and monitoring of Federal funds by coordinating with the Financial Aid Office.
  • Accurate recording of semi-monthly payroll to the general ledger.
  • Transmission of 401k employee deductions, loan payments, and employer matching contributions.
  • Reconciliation of all 401k contributions to provider’s balances.
  • Preparation of annual 401(k) and ESOP census.
  • Administration of the credit card use by all employee/holders.
  • Preparation and electronic submission of 1099’s and 1098-T’s.
  • Review Workers’ Compensation reports and assist with audits.
  • Preparation of state sales tax returns.
  • Preparation of occupancy tax returns
  • Application of financial aid disbursements to student accounts and the calculation of refunds.
  • The formation of the annual budget and the preparation of monthly budget variances.
  • Administration of all merchant credit card accounts.
  • Reconciliation of general ledger accounts monthly, quarterly, and annually.
  • Participate in committee work and execute special projects as assigned.
  • Interpret policies and recommend changes as warranted
  • Work within existing policies and procedures with interpretation sometimes necessary.
  • Supervise all Accounting & Student Accounts personnel.
  • Execute all other duties as assigned.

Required Knowledge, Skills, Abilities:

  • Bachelor’s degree in accounting or finance.
  • 7-10 years experience with general ledger posting & reconciliation
  • 7-10 years progressively responsible accounting experience.
  • Experience and knowledge of Financial Aid Title IV regulations.
  • Experience and knowledge of 401(k) and ESOP’s.

Application Procedure: Submit a cover letter, resume, and three professional references to or to the HR Department.

Front Desk Receptionist

Summary: To host all Pacifica students and guests, answer all inquiries, direct phone calls, and assist the department as needed.

Responsibilities: Greet guests with a high level of customer services, answer busy phones, and assist staff and students when necessary; perform miscellaneous clerical duties.


  • High school diploma, some college a plus. Experience with answering business phones in a busy environment and strong computer skills in MS Office.
  • Must possess excellent customer service skills, be responsible, organized, detail-orientated, and able to multi-task; must be able to work independently and follow directions and policies.
  • Saturdays & Sundays 7:00 am – 3:30 pm OR 3:30 pm – 12:00 Midnight (this is a part-time position).
  • When applying please indicate if you which shift you are available to work.

Application Procedure: Submit a cover letter, resume, and three professional references to or to the HR Department.

Admissions Advisor

Summary: To directly communicate Pacifica’s mission and vision to potential students, applicants, and matriculated students in an effort to recruit and manage the admissions and application procedures for Pacifica’s masters and doctoral program and to assist the Senior Director of Admissions as requested.

Essential Duties And Responsibilities:

  • Communicate with prospective applicants regarding the degree programs.
  • Provide information to prospective applicants and applicants regarding all of Pacifica’s programs and activities and oversee entire admissions process for admission advisor’s designated programs.
  • Track, monitor, and communicate with all applicants regarding his/her status through the admissions process.
  • Plan, coordinate, and manage admissions procedures with Senior Director of Admissions.
  • Coordinate with Admissions Committees to interview applicants.
  • Strategize, create, and develop marketing materials in coordination with marketing, admissions, and institutional advancement committees.
  • Prepare documents for international students.
  • Host students during visits to campus.
  • Present at Information Events and at other events as requested.
  • Assign track placement.
  • Draft correspondence.
  • Coordinate and administer reapplication process for designated programs.
  • Support and attend Public Conference and Special Events sponsored by the Institute.
  • Influence policy development and have some responsibility for monitoring implementation.
  • Work within existing rules and procedures with interpretation when necessary.
  • Participate in collaborative admissions team environment and offer recommendations and opinions as requested.


Strong organizational, administrative, multi-tasking, time-management skills, and listening 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; and ability to engender respect from staff.

Education And/Or Experience:

  • Master’s degree preferred; Bachelor’s degree required
  • 1-3 years of college or graduate admissions experience.
  • Recruitment, events planning, publications, and public relations experience preferred.
  • Public speaking experience.
  • Familiarity with Clinical and Counseling Psychology preferred.
  • Familiarity with Depth Psychology, a plus.

Application Procedure: Submit a cover letter, resume, and three professional references to or to the HR Department.

Admissions Manager

Summary: Under the general supervision of the Senior Director of Admissions, the Admissions Manager will perform functions critical for reaching departmental goals and will work closely with internal and external clients to plan, promote, and coordinate activities for the Office of Admissions.


  • Excellent interpersonal, communications, public speaking, and presentation skills.
  • Exceptional oral and written communication skills.
  • Ability to handle multiple tasks and work effectively, independently, and efficiently with tight time constraints.
  • Organize internal, external, and virtual Admissions Events, such as applicant interviews, open houses, information sessions, receptions, and special events.
  • Schedule and provide campus tours, as necessary.
  • The point of contact for event scheduling and promotions, contract coordination, and communication amongst internal and external clients and stakeholders; provides coordination and direction of staff for events; evaluates issues; researches alternative solutions; and provides recommendations.
  • Develop promotional copy for email campaigns, print mailings, website landing pages, and social media posts.
  • Coordinates all marketing communication including displays, print and social media communications and Audio/Video requests.
  • Establish and maintain scalable processes that ensure best practices for Office of Admissions campaigns and lead management.
  • Performs 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.
  • Works with department budget manager to ensure charges and billing are accurate and executed; manages the purchase and inventory of promotional items.
  • Performs other duties as assigned.

Supervisory Responsibilities

  • Supervise Admissions team support staff, the Admissions Assistant, and work-study students.


  • Must be able to work onsite at our campuses in Santa Barbara County.
  • Ability to work a varying schedule to include evenings, weekends, extended hours and occasional holidays when needed.
  • Reasonable accommodations may be made to enable individuals with disabilities to perform the essential functions.

Education and Experience

  • Bachelor’s degree required; Master’s degree preferred.
  • Minimum of three years’ experience in event planning, promotions or closely related field.
  • Proficient in Microsoft Excel, Word, and Powerpoint.
  • Experience with CRMs (i.e., Hubspot and Salesforce), event registration software (i.e., Eventbrite), SurveyMonkey, and DocuSign are strongly desired.
  • Proven experience developing social media promotional campaigns on popular social platforms, such as Facebook, Twitter, and Instagram.
  • Experience working in an academic environment is preferred.

Application Procedure: Submit a cover letter, resume, and three professional references to or to the HR Department.

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