Clinical Training Director

AcademicsHybrid Remote, San Diego, California


Position Summary

The Clinical Training Director oversees the practicum experience for MA Counseling students. As part of the program’s Faculty Advising team, the Director will assist students in obtaining practicum placement at regional, non-profit mental health agencies throughout California. The Director will identify, grow, manage, and retain all program practicum placement sites throughout California. The Director will visit training sites, meet with training Directors and clinical supervisors, and maintain site contracts in alignment with program requirements. Act as the central contact for all practicum trainees and MAC students seeking practicum placement. Provide student advising and support regarding the practicum process, placement, site and program requirements, ensuring student success.


Essential Functions

  • Act as a liaison between the academic program faculty, the training sites clinical supervisor, and the students.
  • Work directly with the Program Directors, Department Chair, and Department Faculty to manage student placements
  • Consult with faculty on the development of new program initiatives and projects; participate in program and department meetings.
  • Manage the flow of information regarding students' progress to academic department chairs, faculty, and/or practicum sites.
  • Oversee the review of practicum evaluations and related paperwork and work with the Department Faculty and Academic Program Manager to assess student feedback of placement partners.
  • Create and deepen partnerships and outreach engagement at the university and community health level.
  • Evaluate mental health agencies to ensure that they meet the standards, ethics and training requirements for the MAC program and the California Board of Behavioral Sciences.
  • Collaborate with MAC practicum site clinical supervisors or training directors to assess student needs and propose solutions to ensure students success.
  • Search regional areas where MAC students are enrolled for new, eligible practicum training sites.
  • Meet with clinical directors or other site representatives to develop agency as an approved site for student placement.
  • Collaborate with university staff to obtain site approval contracts, including relevant signatures.
  • Evaluate and approve site change requests to the standard approved contract with a Memorandum of Understanding in collaboration with legal.
  • Manage current contract renewals, initiating and overseeing process in collaboration with Program Analyst.
  • Identify and solicit practicum site partners and representatives for participation in the annual practicum site fair.
  • Lead and organize the Practicum Site Fair in October or early November ensuring student participation and connection to San Diego MAC practicum site trainees.
  • Ensure students complete state-mandated requirements prior to practicum placement.
  • Ensure student placements meet all requirements of the CA Board of Behavioral Science.
  • Advise students by holding bi-monthly practicum workshops for new MAC enrollees in order to identify practicum opportunities in alignment with program requirements, prepare resumes, and provide interview support.
  • Provide academic supervision to individual MAC students on practicum process and placements, program requirements, and development of practicum and career goals.
  • Prepare students to pass the MFT Exam and to work as professionals within the field
  • Collect, analyze, and evaluate student practicum and site performance data.
  • Consult and provide resolutions for students encountering problems/concerns related to their practicum.
  • Additional duties as assigned.


Supervisory Responsibilities: N/A



Education & Experience

  • Master of Marriage and Family Therapy required; Ph.D. or Psy.D. in Counseling or a related field preferred
  • Licensed as an LMFT, LPCC, or psychologist
  • Three to five years’ experience with CA public mental health regulations, California credentialing, licensing, and accreditation standards.
  • Bilingual Spanish and English required


Competencies/Technical / Functional Skills

  • Working knowledge of the California Public Mental Health system, including common training and documentation practices.
  • Strong demonstrated ability to support and advise counseling students.
  • Strong demonstrated ability to collaborate with others to generate creative solutions to potential training issues.
  • Ability to manage student success through psychotherapy trainee development and professional growth.
  • Demonstrated ability to provide rapid, ethical support in training situations requiring immediate attention.
  • Solid working knowledge in consulting & influencing skills, as well as project and change management skills.
  • Demonstrated organizational skills, including ability to track a wide variety of developments in multiple regions impacting a diverse group of advisees simultaneously.
  • Ability to actively listen to faculty and students’ circumstances, issues, expectations and need using patience, attentiveness and positivity, as well as attention to details.
  • Strong analytical, critical and independent thinking skills, and follow through with an ability to work in a fast-paced environment with multiple deadlines and frequently changing priorities.
  • Solid interpersonal and networking skills and the ability to appropriately communicate with a wide range of individual of constituencies in a diverse community. Ability to communicate effectively orally and in writing, including translating technical language to a non-technical nature.
  • Ability to use empathetic listening skills, communicate with clarity and maintain an attitude that conveys respect, assistance, honest and resourcefulness.
  • Ability to maintain and build strong positive working relationships with colleagues, faculty, staff, administrators, students and the general public.
  • Work independently and foster a cooperative spirit within a large and/or small team of diverse cultures, while working in a fast-paced environment with multiple deadlines and frequently changing priorities.
  • Knowledge of the higher educational environment.
  • Advanced knowledge of Microsoft Office Suite Applications such as Word, Excel, Power Point, Outlook and Enterprise Resource Planning (ERP) software related to Human Resources Information Systems.


Travel: Candidate should live or be willing to relocate to San Diego County with ability to travel 50% of time to campus and site locations within the county.


The National University System is committed to maintaining a high-quality, diverse workforce representative of the populations we serve. As a network of nonprofit educational institutions, the System employs more than 3,300 faculty and staff and serves over 41,000 students. We are united in our mission to meet the global education demands of the 21st Century and are dedicated to creating a supportive academic and work environment that allows for students, faculty and staff to develop their interests and talents while experiencing a sense of community and a commitment to diversity. With programs available both online and at our many campus locations, the National University System is a leader in creating innovative solutions to education and meeting the needs of our diverse student population, including adult learners and working professionals.

The National University System offers a comprehensive benefits package, competitive salaries, and an opportunity to work in an innovative environment that supports diversity. It is our policy to provide equal employment opportunities for all applicants and employees. The System does not unlawfully discriminate on the basis of race, color, religion, sex (including pregnancy, childbirth, or related medical conditions), national origin, ancestry, age, physical disability, mental disability, medical condition, family care status, veteran status, marital status, sexual orientation or any other basis protected by state of federal laws.