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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

Clinical Psychology Core Faculty

Pacifica Graduate Institute is seeking a depth psychologically oriented faculty to contribute to 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, and relational) 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 interdisciplinary 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 development and transformation.
The successful candidate will join a community that shares a passion for and a 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, have familiarity with academic community engagement including participation in program administration and other forms 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. 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 backup plans for coursework to fulfill emergency planning needs.
  • Grade qualifying and comprehensive exams.
  • 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 the development of standards, timelines, etc.
  • 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 human science and 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; teaching experience; credentials that qualify for California certification as a Licensed Clinical Psychologist (Ph.D. or Psy.D.).


Pacifica Graduate Institute is a privately accredited graduate school located near the coastal community of Santa Barbara.  This full-time position will require the candidate to be located within acceptable proximity to Pacifica’s Santa Barbara-area campuses to allow for regular campus presence/engagement.


Please submit the following: 

  1. Letter of Interest indicating your teaching philosophy of clinical psychology
  2. Curriculum Vitae (CV)
  3. Three letters of professional recommendation




Staff Positions

Director of Institutional Effectiveness and Learning


Direct, manage, and supervise all facets of the Pacifica Graduate Institute’s (PGI) Office of Institutional Effectiveness and Learning (IEL).  Provide vision and leadership that align PGI’s core values and mission with institutional effectiveness through research, assessment, analysis, and accreditation.  Collaborate with administration and academic programs in the development and implementation of strategic planning, data analysis, assessment, institutional research, evaluative systems, data reporting and dissemination, and accreditation activities.


The Director’s primary responsibilities incorporate the strategic design, organization, goals, and delivery of institutional research, assessment, and accreditation through:

  • Providing vision and leadership that align PGI’s core values and mission with all evaluative systems.
  • Be a leader in an institutional culture dedicated to ongoing self-study, decision-making, and planning based on research and data.
  • Develope ongoing faculty and staff interest, participation, and buy-in to institutional (academic and adminstrative) research inquiry, evaluation, and learning.
  • Monitor and manage assessment and accreditation activities, including leadership and working collaboratively with the Provost/ALO, Academic Affairs, Program Assessment Liaisons (PALs) and others to link the Institute’s evaluative framework with assessment best practices, data collection, analysis, and applications in academic programs that are mission-centered and in accordance with core values.
  • Lead the Institute’s needs for and application of institutional research/learning, such as academic programs (utilizing course evaluations, assessment calendars, etc.)
  • Communicate results and implications in written/oral presentations, as well as in accessible reports that support a collaborative process of analysis and meaning-making.  Provide interpretations of findings and recommendations for strategic planning at all levels, including the Institute Management Counsel (IMC).
  • Offer instruction and workshops to both faculty and students on data analysis, assessment, and research, as part of Professional Development initiatives.
  • Propose and manage budgets for the ILO.

Institutional Research

  • Create and develope clear research designs that utilize inquiry to improve educational effectiveness in ways consistent with Pacifica’s mission and that meet requirements of accreditation bodies, including reflection on and clarification of inquiry, purpose, data acquisition and analysis, applications, and meaningful dissemination.
  • Utilize valid and reliable research designs to gather, analyze, report, and utilize findings.


  • Develop and coordinate inquiry and related assessment efforts with Institute’s departments and programs, notably through Program Assessment Plans & Outcomes (PAPOs) and Program Assessment Liaisons (PALs).
  • Evaluate the ongoing effectiveness of assessment tools on an institute-wide basis.
  • Refine the design and implementation of a variety of assessment practices to describe and measure educational effectiveness. Offer practical data management, interpretation, and policy-making guidance to improve institutional effectiveness.
  • Oversee the evaluation and implementation of assessment management systems, so that all institutional data is centralized and coordinated. In consultation with Information Technology, facilitate an Institutional Data Management Team to create/refine institutional data collection systems, analysis, and reporting schedules.


  • In coordination with the Accreditation Liaison Office (ALO) and the Academic Affairs Office (AAO), develope and implement methods of quality assurance over accreditation activities.
  • Plan, develope, and coordinate effective collaborative systems for accreditation reports and substantive change applications. Anticipate problems and collaboratively recommend or implement preventive measures. Write about institutional learning processes and outcomes for accreditation reports.
  • Review and ensure timely and accurate submission of accreditation reports.
  • Follow up with needs and policy change recommendations related to re-Visioning and Re-focusing for regenerative inquiry within the Institute.
  • Serve as lead for developing knowledge of accreditation requirements for WASC, APA, CACREP, COAAMFT and other relevant accreditation bodies, in coordination with WASC Accreditation Liaison Officer (ALO), the AAO, Program Chairs, and PALs, providing needed data and data analysis, and coordinate the writing of program and other internal reviews, as well as accreditation self-studies and assessment reviews that incorporate relevent data and data analysis.
  • Develop relationships with state and national professional IR organizations that support participation and input into accrediting bodies, such as WASC.

The following more specific responsibilities entail developing and implementing policies and procedures to ensure efficient systems and resource use, as well as strategic planning:

  • Give input related to contracts with vendors and consultants
  • Troubleshoot all aspects of institutional evaluative framework.
  • Report to and collaborate with the IMC regarding department and Institute effectiveness – academic and administrative.
  • Foster and maintain relationships with relevant professional groups, especially accreditation bodies (e.g., APA, WASC).


  • Supervise IEL staff, including conducting annual performance reviews.
  • Recommend hiring practices and positions related to IEL.
  • Participate in institutional hiring decisions, when necessary.
  • Propose and manage the budget of the IEL.


Engaging presentation style and excellent interpersonal skills.

Engaging others within the parameters of Pacifica’s Institutional Citizenship values and practices.

Advanced knowledge of social science research methodology, and experience conducting applied social science or education research. Ability to envision mission-aligned application of findings. Ability to integrate institutional needs with strategic planning that is supported by the CAP and multiple supporting evaluative practices.

Ability to determine the need for descriptive and inferential statistical analysis, along with its appropriate use and application within the overall research and evaluative framework for the institute.

Ability for qualitative analysis and interpretation in alignment with Pacifica’s mission and core values.

Ability to work with assessment goals and tools as they relate to clear and effective accreditation and assessment reporting templates and Institutional learning and improvement procedures.

Facility with computer applications, including an understanding of databases, with ability to utilize applications such as survey, statistical, spreadsheet, and presentation software. Ability to develop data management systems that support institutional effectiveness.

Ability to work independently with minimal supervision and as part of a team toward common goals.

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.

Good listening and communication skills.  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 of all issues endemic to the job.


  • Master’s degree in related field is required. Doctorate degree in Psychology with experience in qualitative/quantitative research methodology is preferred.
  • Minimum of 5-years of progressively increasing experience in the field or in an academic setting.
  • Accreditation experience.
  • Knowledge of Depth Psychology.
  • Educational policy development experience is preferred.

Library Assistant I


Provide excellent customer service while managing the basic library circulation operations.


  • Assist with circulation service, shelving books, processing reserves and holds, tracking overdue items and collecting fines and fees.
  • Involve working with the library’s ILS, Koha
  • Assists patrons with circulation questions in person, by e-mail, and telephone.
  • Assists patrons with basic assistance with library website navigation and use.
  • Repairs or replaces damaged library materials, assists with ordering library supplies, Assists with clerical tasks such as faxing, mailings, and photocopying, and assists students with basic computer needs.
  • Ship items by using UPS software.
  • Assist the Library Staff with special projects as necessary.


To perform the job successfully, an individual must be able to perform each essential duty competently. 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 interface with a number of different personality types. Must be detailed oriented with good prioritization and time-management skills. Strong team player with ability to multi-task when necessary and possessing good interpersonal skills. Strong sense of student service needed.   Excellent communications skills (in-person, via email, and via phone.


High school diploma or GED required; college preferred.

2-3 years library circulation and/or interlibrary loan management experience required.


  • Basic Computer knowledge of both Macs and PCs (MS Office)
  • General office equipment


Dissertation Coordinator


To effectively, collegially, and professionally assist the Dissertation Supervisor, students, committee members, staff, and faculty through all aspects and stages of the dissertation process.   The Dissertation Coordinator will conform to institutional policies and procedures and adhere to diverse, equitable, and inclusive practices.


  • Use excellent public relations skills, creative problem-solving, and emotional composure to respond to student, staff, committee, and faculty inquiries regarding any and all aspects of the dissertation process.
  • Create and maintain digital files and keep the Dissertation Database up-to-date.
  • Edit and update dissertation process manuals to reflect current practices.
  • Coordinate the preparation of completed dissertation manuscripts for publication and distribution. (This includes working with proofreaders and UMI/ProQuest as needed to order and generate billing letters.)
  • Contribute to creating dissertation newsletters and related content.
  • Work within existing guidelines, procedures, and carry out policies.
  • Work with the Dissertation Team and other departments to respond to emerging needs of the students, staff, committee, and faculty.
  • Execute all other duties as assigned by Dissertation Process Supervisor and/or Provost.


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.

Ability to comprehend complex instructions, correspondence, and data; strong organizational, administrative, and time-management skills; strong verbal and written communication skills; ability to identify and creatively problem-solve a variety of issues; effective interpersonal skills; and ability to work with or without supervision; and ability to self-start, as well work collaboratively with other departments and staff.

Reasonable accommodations can be made to enable individuals with disabilities to perform the essential functions.


High school diploma or GED required; Graduate degree preferred.

1-3 years administrative experience or equivalent.

Student service experience preferred.

General office experience preferred.


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

Familiarity with Zoom.

Familiarity with General office equipment.

Database familiarity.




To tend and maintain building interiors, arrange furniture, and assist with all programs as needed.


  • Clean Admin bathrooms and the Residence bathrooms.
  • Clean offices, lounges, library, and bookstore once per week and upon request (including vacuuming, dusting) trash removal once per week.
  • Vacuum classroom carpets every morning during sessions and upon request.
  • Set up classrooms as instructed by Program Administrators or by Public Programs (Introductions, conferences, miscellaneous events).
  • Set up classrooms for meetings as requested.
  • Clean carpets as needed.
  • Vacuum residence building hallway carpets and mop stairs and tile floors.
  • Clean windows and screens each month.
  • Clean lamp fixtures quarterly.
  • Polish doorknobs and clean doors.
  • Clean classroom blinds every other month.
  • “Deep clean” offices upon request or during change of tenant (wash carpets, blinds, shelves).
  • Clean footstools once per year.
  • Change bed linens after check-outs.
  • Take supply inventory.
  • Wash and maintain all Pacifica-owned linens.
  • Replace light bulbs as needed in lamps.
  • Keep the dining room clean between meals and when the caterer is absent.
  • Clean Opus offices and public spaces.
  • Clean lobby.
  • Prepare massage rooms before each use.
  • Carry out policies established by others.
  • Work within existing rules and procedures.
  • Execute all other duties as assigned.


  • High school diploma or GED preferred.
  • 1-2 years of general custodial experience.
  • Customer service experience.


Ability to read, write, speak, and receive instruction in English.  Bi-lingual language skills preferred. Basic


  • Carpet extractor
  • Floor buffer
  • Commercial kitchen cleaning equipment


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. Ability to lift 40lbs and handle heavier equipment.



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


  • Open venue in the morning.
  • Monitor residential hall
  • Lock building doors in the evening
  • Answer and direct calls and transfer information as needed.
  • Maintain Lost and Found.
  • Be available to provide clerical assistance as needed to any department.
  • Keep tea center and information racks stocked.
  • Trouble-shoot accommodation complaints and fix as capable.
  • Provide extra blankets, towels, and pillows as needed.
  • Maintain “Safety Log/Daily Report”.
  • Make and laminate signs as needed.
  • Keep lobby tidy.
  • Greet people and direct them to proper locations.
  • Respond to all telephone and electronic inquiries or direct them to the proper venue.
  • Check-in residential guests using the Housing Lists, and distribute keys; maintain key log/keys.
  • Follow the check-out procedures for students and guests.
  • Assist in daily mail deliveries.
  • Assist Associate Director of Guest Service by providing clerical support.
  • Maintain inventory of site equipment and supplies.
  • Monitor calendar to stay apprised of upcoming events and needed facility setups.
  • Know and practice all items from the Receptionist Procedure Information Manual.
  • Schedule massages; coordinate with massage therapists for scheduling.
  • Maintain the “Welcome Board”.
  • Coordinate with facilities with any issues that may arise.
  • Carry out policies established by others.
  • Work within existing rules and procedures.
  • Execute all other duties as assigned.
  • Other duties as assigned by supervisor.


  • High school diploma required; college preferred.
  • 1-2 years of general office experience, receptionist preferred.
  • Customer service experience.


  • PC literate; MS Office (including Word and Excel)
  • General office equipment

A/V Technician I


  • The A/V Technician I position serves as the primary point of contact to complete A/V implementation and support requests. The position is responsible for setting up, training, running, and dismantling audio visual events throughout the day. The position applies the understanding of computer software and hardware to diagnose problems and to determine the appropriate course of action, to provide complete technical follow-through to successful incident resolution, and to ensure the escalation of issues to the appropriate support technician and/or department.  The position provides Level I A/V and technical support to faculty, staff, students and guest presenters. The A/V Technician I will conform to institutional policies and procedures and adhere to diverse, equitable, and inclusive practices.


  • Work with AV Lead tech to setup and remove A/V equipment at all campus locations for oral defenses, special meetings, large events and introduction days.
  • Troubleshoot A/V equipment when there are technical questions or problems related to A/V equipment and identifies appropriate solutions.
  • Provide A/V support with recording, synthesizing, and delivering lectures digitally to students, faculty, staff, and guests.
  • Provide basic instruction and training on the operation of A/V equipment to faculty, staff, students and guests as necessary.
  • Provide on-call support as required and occasionally perform job duties outside of normal business hours as required.
  • Provide A/V training and support to faculty, staff, students and guests as requested.
  • Ensures classroom A/V equipment and tools are inventoried and kept in good working order.
  • Provide support and resolution for requests that come into the IT support phone line or email including password resets, site navigation questions, locating support documentation, etc. for students.
  • Assist with the installation, implementation and support of hardware and/or software according to department standards and procedures.
  • Perform installation, training, maintenance, troubleshooting and repair of desktop technology hardware and software.
  • Build and maintain positive relationships with students and all internal departments to deliver a high level of service.
  • Disconnect, move and reconnect desktop technology hardware for single user, multi-user and office moves.
  • Ensure appropriate security levels are maintained.
  • Perform other related duties as assigned.


  • PC and Apple hardware knowledge (specifically Dell and Macintosh systems) with the ability to troubleshoot hardware issues and experience interfacing with vendor support organizations.
  • Ability to clearly and concisely communicate technical information to non-technical users at all organizational levels.
  • Experience with mixing boards and sound support for large events and gathering.
  • Ability to discuss and diagnose problems with computer hardware/software with remote users.
  • Experience in providing technical support for PC’s over local and wide area networks.
  • Experience in a Windows NT 4.0/2000/XP/Vista/7/10 and Apple OSX operating system environments.
  • One + years working in a Windows networking environment.
  • Proficiency with both using and maintaining MS Office suites.


High School degree or GED required; 1 year or equivalent work experience, education, or training.


Intermediate knowledge of Microsoft Windows and Office including Word, Excel and PowerPoint for support and troubleshooting.

Basic knowledge of non-linear video editing software such as Adobe Photoshop and/or Lightroom.

Intermediate knowledge of Macintosh OSX operating systems for support and troubleshooting.

Microsoft or other certifications preferred (i.e. MSCDT, MCP, MCSA, MCSE).

A+ certification preferred.


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