Counselor at Pepperdine University
Malibu, CA 90263

This position promotes mental health on the Pepperdine University campus through direct intervention, outreach/prevention programming, consultation, and training. As a staff member in Student Affairs who works closely with students, this person serves as a Christian role model to students. In the Counseling Center, we seek to hire, retain and mentor talented employees who share a love for Pepperdine, its students, and its mission. This particular position provides mental health services to currently enrolled Pepperdine students. With psychological wellness in place, students are able to fulfill the University's mission. We are strengthening students for lives of purpose, service, and leadership.


Provide therapy for currently enrolled undergraduate and graduate students experiencing a wide range of difficulties.
Conduct preventative psycho-educational workshops.
Provide consultation to faculty, staff, and parents regarding students of concern, assist in training re: campus mental health issues.
Document and maintain client files.
Manage crisis situations and provide crisis intervention.
Respond to clinical emergencies.
Serve on the Residential Emergency Response Team.
Perform other duties as assigned.
Uphold University mission through work performed.
The above information has been designed to indicate the general nature and level of work performed by employees within this classification. It is not designed to contain or be interpreted as a comprehensive inventory of all duties, responsibilities, and qualifications required of employees assigned to this job.

Skills and Qualifications

Required: Licensed in CA or license eligible within one year in CA as a psychologist, marriage and family therapist, professional clinical counselor, or social worker. Verifiable training and experience working with individuals of diverse racial, cultural, economic, and religious backgrounds. Proficiency in individual therapy, crisis intervention/management; ability to work with students and parents with a variety of presentations; ability to collaborate with other professionals who serve students. Committed to equity and inclusion and vested in sustaining a culture with those values. Proficiency with PCs, Windows-based software, and standard MS Office applications.

Preferred: Licensed in CA as a psychologist, marriage and family therapist, professional clinical counselor, or social worker. Able to provide clinical supervision in CA. University Counseling Center experience. A minimum of three years of verifiable experience working in a mental health setting with young adults, adults, and couples experiencing emotional problems. Interest in group therapy, developing outreach events, and collaborating with other departments. Experience with Titanium, SPSS.

Qualified individuals should be able to articulate a strong commitment to diversity, and have the ability to work effectively with individuals from different backgrounds.

Offers of employment are contingent upon successful completion of a criminal, education, and employment screening. Qualified individuals with criminal histories will be considered for employment in compliance with applicable laws.


Pepperdine University
24255 Pacific Coast Highway Student Assistance Center
Malibu, California 90263


Nivla Fitzpatrick
[email protected]



Malibu, CA 90263
Job type
Full Time
Pay rate
Pay is commensurate with experience
Ordained position
Exempt status
Health Care and Social Services