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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 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, 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 the 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 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

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



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.


Student Services Coordinator


Under the direction of the Directors of Academic Affairs and Student Services, the Student Services Coordinator supports the implementation of the Institute’s student services initiatives and strategic goals. This position collaborates with multiple departments on implementation strategies with keen attention to detail and sensitivity to the Institute’s vision and needs when it comes to student support. Demonstrating cultural competency and awareness, the Coordinator position supports and interacts with students of diverse backgrounds, including post-traditional and neuro-diverse students. Through the use of technological tools and systems, this position collaboratively and effectively communicates information and streamlines processes to a variety of stakeholders. This position interfaces with faculty, staff, and students on a daily basis.  The Student Services Coordinator will conform to institutional policies and procedures and adhere to diverse, equitable, and inclusive practices.


  • Implement strategic goals of the department and the Institute.
  • Draft student-related communications and reports on behalf of the Department Directors.
  • Support the Campus Services Manager in the management of student housing and dining needs and serve as back-up when required.
  • Coordinate and implement the new student orientation process, including events, communication plans, and new student tracking.
  • Serve as an on-campus presence while students are on campus, including weekends.
  • Maintain and continually develop the Student Success Center in D2L and other student support-related resources.
  • Organize revisions around the Student Handbook and student policies & procedures.
  • Provide coordination to student support initiatives, including student organizations, events, career services, retention efforts, and other projects.
  • Support in student data collection, tracking, and reporting, such as annual Student Surveys.
  • Respond to student emails sent to the Student Services mailbox.
  • Serve as a member on the Diversity and Inclusion Council.
  • All other duties as assigned by the Directors.


Must possess excellent interpersonal skills both verbal and written; be confident and comfortable speaking in public; able to handle difficult situations and people; able to interface with a number of different internal departments as well as the public; have good prioritization, time-management, and organizational skills; be a strong team player; able to multi-task, initiate, follow-through, meet deadlines, and able to problem-solve while maintaining creativity, and work under pressure. Attention to detail and excellent communication skills are imperative. This position is hybrid meaning virtual and on-campus. Must be able and flexible to regularly staff weekend and evening events when students are on campus.

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; and strong ability to exercise sound and experienced judgment based on a thorough knowledge of all departmental issues. Ability to work with or without supervision; and ability to self-start and yet to also work collaboratively with other departments and with staff.

Ability to learn new computer skills; ability to sustain productivity under the pressure of a heavy workload with multiple priorities and competing deadlines; and ability to manage multiple projects derived from different constituencies.


  • Bachelor’s degree or equivalent experience considered.
  • 1-3 years of experience in an educational setting preferred.
  • General office/administrative experience.


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

Facilities Operations Assistant


Clean and maintain both campuses and assist with campus repairs and improvements. Approx. 50% grounds 40% Facilities & maintenance, 10% Security.


  • Mow lawns, trim hedges, trees, and groundcover.
  • Maintain plants and grass (prune, fertilize, etc).
  • Sweep walkways, parking lots, and roads.
  • Weed all areas.
  • Plant vegetation.
  • Maintain dog waste stations.
  • Assist staff with office moves and moving large items.
  • Assist with facilities projects as assigned.
  • Purchase building and repair supplies as needed.
  • Install, repair, and maintain irrigation systems, tools, and machinery.
  • Carry out policies established by others.
  • Empty trash.
  • Clean smoking area.
  • Deliver recycling articles to dumpster.
  • Replace light bulbs as needed.
  • Clean gutters.
  • Maintain outside furniture (sanding and painting).
  • Manage dry well system.
  • Transport materials and furniture for public events.
  • Transport other materials between campuses as needed.
  • Assist in facility and building emergencies.
  • Assemble furniture as needed.
  • Maintain drainage system.
  • Repair roads with gravel.
  • Maintain toilets.
  • Execute small repairs of whatsoever nature.
  • Maintain generators.


  • High School Diploma preferred.
  • Maintenance/Construction/Landscaping experience (irrigation experience preferred).
  • Ride-on mower, power tools, chain saw.
  • Positive personality.
  • Facilities experience
  • Grounds experience
  • Emergency Response – Security experience preferred


  • Basic knowledge


  • CA driver’s license.
  • Clean driving record
  • Must be able to pass a background check (no felonies, or criminal record)


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. Physical job which requires all necessary physicality to accomplish the duties as assigned. Job requires height and ladder work; power tool usage, and ability to lift 75 lbs.

This position is full-time and shift is Tuesday through Saturdays either 7-3:30 or 9-5:30.

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