Job Description

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Hiring Pay Scale
$21.02 - $32.52 / Hour
La Jolla
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Work Schedule:
Days, 3-8, Monday-Friday

#122640 CHEAR Behavioral Health Counselor 2

Filing Deadline: Thu 6/1/2023

UC San Diego values equity, diversity, and inclusion. If you are interested in being part of our team, possess the needed licensure and certifications, and feel that you have most of the qualifications and/or transferable skills for a job opening, we strongly encourage you to apply.

For the safety and well-being of the entire university community, the University of California requires, with few exceptions, that all students, faculty and staff be vaccinated against the COVID-19 virus and influenza before they will be allowed on campus or in a facility or office. For more information visit: Flu Vaccine Mandate / COVID Vaccine Policy

UCSD Layoff from Career Appointment: Apply by 04/18/2023 for consideration with preference for rehire. All layoff applicants should contact their Employment Advisor.

Special Selection Applicants: Apply by 04/28/2023. Eligible Special Selection clients should contact their Disability Counselor for assistance.

This position has recently been accreted by UPTE HX union, and will be a part of that union moving forward.


The Center for Healthy Eating and Activity Research in the Department of Pediatrics conducts various behavioral-therapy studies aiming to decrease binge eating, overeating, and obesity among children, adolescents, and adults. The Center also conducts community programs targeting binge eating, overeating, obesity and other eating disorders and provides clinical services to children, adolescents, and adults referred from UCSD, Rady Children's Hospital, San Diego, and other organizations.

This position provides support to clinical services, behavioral based research studies, and community programs aimed at improving health, with a primary focus on changing eating behavior and weight reduction. Diverse populations are targeted including men, women, children, minorities, and other high risk populations. Under supervision, incumbent will provide variety of psychological services such as individual and group counseling and psychotherapy, crisis intervention, clinical consultation, outreach and psychoeducational programming. The incumbent will also support the program and projects by conducting clinical interviews and intervention and treatment activities based on novel treatments, cognitive-behavioral therapy, behavioral therapy, and dialectical behavior therapy.

This position also requires gathering and maintaining detailed and accurate information on interviews and sessions with assigned study participants/patients according to protocols and procedures for protecting human subjects. Services may be delivered at more than one location based on service needs and at the discretion of program leadership. Uses professional concepts. Applies campus and health science policies and procedures to resolve a variety of issues. Works on problems of moderate scope where analysis of situations or data requires a review of a variety of factors.


  • Four (4) years of related experience, education/training, OR a Bachelor’s degree in related area.

  • Knowledge and understanding of clinical counseling principles, methods, procedures, and standards.

  • Knowledge of legal and ethical issues related to patients' rights.

  • Ability to perform intake evaluations.

  • Effective written and verbal communication and interpersonal skills.

  • Assessment, problem-solving and critical-thinking skills.

  • Effective written and verbal communication and interpersonal skills.

  • Experience implementing cultural sensitivity to workplace situations.

  • Demonstrated experience developing patient educational materials and resources.

  • Computer literacy and word processing skills with experience using database management software. Must be proficient in MS Word, email, Internet use.


  • Spanish language fluency.
  • Experienced in and Knowledge of application of Dialectical Behavior Training (DBT).
  • Experience working in the area of obesity, eating behavior, general nutrition, psychology, and physical activity.
  • Experience working with research study participants and knowledge of human subjects guidelines, working with community program participants, and/or clinic patients.
  • Knowledge of business software and specialized applications / systems used in behavioral health settings.


  • Employment is subject to a criminal background check and pre-employment physical.
  • Availability to work evenings.

Pay Transparency Act

Annual Full Pay Range: $43,900 - $91,900 (will be prorated if the appointment percentage is less than 100%)

Hourly Equivalent: $21.02 - $44.01

Factors in determining the appropriate compensation for a role include experience, skills, knowledge, abilities, education, licensure and certifications, and other business and organizational needs. The Hiring Pay Scale referenced in the job posting is the budgeted salary or hourly range that the University reasonably expects to pay for this position. The Annual Full Pay Range may be broader than what the University anticipates to pay for this position, based on internal equity, budget, and collective bargaining agreements (when applicable).

Job offer is contingent on successful engagement in the UC COVID-19 Vaccination program (fully vaccinated with documented proof or approved exception/deferral).

If applicable, life-support certifications (BLS, NRP, ACLS, etc.) must include hands-on practice and in-person skills assessment; online-only certification is not acceptable.

UC San Diego Health Sciences is comprised of our School of Medicine, Skaggs School of Pharmacy and Pharmaceutical Sciences, The Herbert Wertheim School of Public Health and Human Longevity Science, and our Student Health and Well-Being Department. We have long been at the forefront of translational - or "bench-to-bedside" - research, transforming patient care through discovery and innovation leading to new drugs and technologies. Translational research is carried out every day in the hundreds of clinical trials of promising new therapies offered through UC San Diego Health, and in the drive of our researchers and clinician-scientists who are committed to having a significant impact on patient care. We invite you to join our team!

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