Job Description

Payroll Title:
School of Public Health
Salary Range
Commensurate with Experience
La Jolla
Appointment Type:
Limited Appointment
Appointment Percent:
HX Contract
Total Openings:
Work Schedule:
Days, 8 hrs/day, Monday-Saturday

As a federally-funded institution, UC San Diego Health maintains a marijuana and drug free campus. New employees are subject to drug screening.

#119650 UCSD PROS Skills Coach

Extended Deadline: Fri 12/23/2022

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

This position is a limited position with the possibility of extension/career conversion.

UCSD Layoff from Career Appointment: Apply by 11/1/2022 for consideration with preference for rehire. All layoff applicants should contact their Employment Advisor.

Special Selection Applicants: Apply by 11/10/2022. Eligible Special Selection clients should contact their Disability Counselor for assistance.


The Herbert Wertheim School of Public Health and Human Longevity Science is dedicated to creating and promoting public health innovations to advance equity, justice, and wellbeing for all and has more than 80 primary salaried faculty, 20 secondary faculty, 250+ personnel, 225 postgraduate students, and over 650 undergraduate majors. The School includes activities in the public health disciplines of biostatistics and bioinformatics, epidemiology, global health, health policy, health behavior, health equity, public mental health, environmental and climate health, and preventive medicine.

The School has strong collaborative research programs facilitated by Research Centers of Excellence focused on wireless and population health systems, health promotion and equity, women's health, and tobacco control, and has extensive collaborations with the School of Medicine, Jacobs School of Engineering, the Scripps Institution of Oceanography, Moores Cancer Center, Design Lab, Qualcomm Institute, ACTRI, HDSI, Skaggs School of Pharmacy, and with other partners across the UC San Diego campus. Partnerships with the community and health agencies are fundamental to the School.

The School houses five recharge cores providing services to UC San Diego and external customers. Research in the School includes ~$125M total awarded grants and contracts. The School has and administers two PhD programs (public health and biostatistics), a Master of Public Health professional degree program, a MS in Biostatistics, the only Health Sciences undergraduate program (BSPH), a Master of Applied Science in Leadership of Healthcare Organizations run in conjunction with UC San Diego Extension, and a Preventive Medicine Residency program.

The UCSD PROS Skills Coach will deliver the UCSD PROS Soft Skills Curriculum to individuals whose lives have been impacted by or at risk of contact with the criminal justice system. Specifically, clients for this program include persons ages 18+ who have a history of incarceration, probation, or parole. Immediate family members of eligible persons (i.e., spouse/partner, child age 18+) will also be eligible to receive support from the UCSD PROS Skills Coach.

In addition to providing client-facing services, the Skills Coach will report to the Program Director and Clinical Supervisors, participate in intake and other data collection, and weekly team-meetings to ensure program fidelity. Skills Coaches are expected to have expertise in CBT, narrative and multi-systemic therapies, de-escalation techniques, motivational interviewing, goal setting, mandatory reporting, mental health first aid, identification of suicidal and homicidal ideation, and principles of team-based care while also serving as mentors and role models to clients who are seeking to improve their soft skills and reduce the possibility of violence in the community.


  • Master's degree in Social work or equivalent years of experience in an outpatient mental health setting.

  • Knowledge and skill in problem-focused psychotherapeutic approaches.

  • Working knowledge of DSM-IV categories and differential diagnosis.

  • Strong interpersonal skill with clients and co-workers.

  • Good writing ability.

  • Proven ability in provide a range of psychotherapeutic services including individual, couples, family and group psychotherapy.

  • Excellent communication skills.

  • Ability to form constructive working relationships with medically and mentally ill patients.

  • Knowledge of community-based mental health and social services.

  • Demonstrated ability to use electronic medical record,

  • Demonstrated knowledge of violence prevention techniques


  • Intern license preferred.
  • Prior experience providing tele-health services is preferred.
  • Ability to plan and conduct treatment interventions for psychiatric illness.
  • Ability to conduct psychiatric and functional assessments and formulate DSM-IV diagnoses.


  • Employment is subject to a criminal background check and pre-employment physical.
  • TB and immunization clearance required.

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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To foster the best possible working and learning environment, UC San Diego strives to cultivate a rich and diverse environment, inclusive and supportive of all students, faculty, staff and visitors. For more information, please visit UC San Diego Principles of Community.

UC San Diego Health is an Equal Opportunity/Affirmative Action Employer. All qualified applicants will receive consideration for employment without regard to race, color, religion, sex, national origin, disability, age, protected veteran status, gender identity or sexual orientation. For the complete University of California nondiscrimination and affirmative action policy see:

UC San Diego is a smoke and tobacco free environment. Please visit for more information.

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