Staff Psychologist & Program Director

Job Description

Staff Psychologist & Program Director - 28486 
University Staff 



Envision yourself in a collaborative, inclusive, and innovative work environment that has a deep commitment to position our graduates for success in their professional and personal lives. Visualize applying your energy and skills for an organization that respects and cares about its employees enough to offer some of the best benefits of the industry while encouraging every team member to grow, collaborate, and provide input on how to consistently make the workplace a place people love to work. Imagine working at a college that welcomes everyone — students, faculty, staff, and community members — regardless of their backgrounds, beliefs, or traditions. If what was just described is what you look for in a workplace, welcome to the University of Colorado Colorado Springs (UCCS)!


The mission of the Lyda Hill Institute for Human Resilience is to advance human resilience to adversity by designing evidence-based solutions through interdisciplinary research, healing therapies, and community training and education.


The full-time Staff Psychologist and Program Director for the Milestones Resilience Care program within the Lyda Hill Institute for Human Resilience will provide direct clinical services to clients (75% time) as well as provide program development and oversight support related to auxiliary care within the Healing Division of the Institute (25% time).


The innovative Milestones Resilience Care Center, an integral part of the Healing Division of the Lyda Hill Institute, will be launching in 2023 and will create a new model of care for trauma survivors with programming that builds on individuals’ innate strengths and healing capabilities. The MRC program will be supported by an interprofessional team focused on empowered healing. The team will include strength focused evidence-based trauma therapy, trauma-based massage, acupuncture, and yoga, music therapy, movement therapies, creative expression, outdoor clinical groups, animal therapy, and integrated technological interventions.


Who We Are:

The University of Colorado Colorado Springs (UCCS) is one of four campuses in the University of Colorado system  and is home to over 9,000 undergraduate and 1,800 graduate students. We have a strong focus in fueling student success by creating, using, and maintaining a multitude of different offices and programs. Overall, UCCS is constantly focused of preparing our students to have success in the future, and we understand that every single employee on our campus has a significant effect on that focus. Find more information about working at UCCS here: https://hr.uccs.edu/work-at-uccs .

The city, which was recently ranked as the number two Best Places to Live by U.S. News & World Report in 2022 , known as Olympic City USA, rests at the base of Pikes Peak, the inspiration for the song “America the Beautiful” and a must-see for residents and visitors alike. With a mild climate and 247 days of sunshine each year, the Springs boasts some of the state’s best recreation opportunities. Find out more about living in Colorado Springs through the Visit Colorado Springs page.

Job Duties:

Examples of job duties include:

  • Provide program development and oversight related to auxiliary care for the Milestone’s Resilience Care Center including (but not limited to) trauma informed yoga, massage, acupuncture, animal assisted therapy, deep listening, substance abuse groups and nature assisted therapy.
  • Assist in integration of substance abuse models of care into the Milestone’s Resilience Care Center.
  • Participate in staff and team meetings and meetings related to supervision and service delivery.
  • Provide direct clinical services to clients at Milestone’s Resilience Care Center and the Veterans Health and Trauma Clinic
  • Deliver and document services according to professional practice standards and the policies of the clinic in a timely manner using the systems available (such as Electronic Medical Records and Scheduling).
  • Communicating clinical policies and procedures to clients, staff, and trainees in Milestone’s operations.
  • May conduct scientific research
  • Ensure compliance with clinical research protocols and overall clinical services research objectives.
  • May conduct psychological assessments .
  • The job duties listed are typical examples of work performed by positions in this job classification and are not designed to contain or be interpreted as a comprehensive inventory of all duties, tasks, and responsibilities. Specific duties and responsibilities may vary depending on department or program needs without changing the general nature and scope of the job or level of responsibility. Employees may also perform other duties as assigned.

Job Competencies:


The following knowledge base and skill sets are critical for this position:

  • Experience providing clinical services to trauma survivors with specific experience with Veterans and First Responders.
  • Knowledge of the scientific basis of psychological practice.
  • Knowledge and behavioral skills consistent with the ethics and professional standards of practice in psychology.
  • Knowledge and skills of evidence-based practice of psychological evaluation of trauma survivors and evidence-based interventions.
  • Training and experience with suicide assessment, risk assessment and crisis intervention.
  • Experience in substance abuse treatment.
  • Skills of communicating effectively with clients, colleagues, and staff.
  • Knowledge and skills related to all aspects of professional conduct in clinical and academic settings.
  • Skills and knowledge related to clinical training, community outreach and interprofessional health service delivery.
  • Rudimentary knowledge of ethical and legal standards related to reimbursement process.
  • Ability to participate effectively in clinical services and training teams.
  • Ability to work independently and to structure time to accomplish tasks and goals.
  • Ability to track and report on clinical processes and outcomes.
  • Ability to work with diverse populations in a multi-cultural environment committed to diversity and equality in education.
  • Knowledge and practice in using technology based programs including Microsoft Suite, tele-video conferencing, and Electronic Medical Records (EMR). 
  • Ability to maintain professionalism with clients, team members, and community organizations/partners and represent The Institute in attitude, presence, and attire effectively and appropriately.


Work Location: On-site

Remote work will be available for emergency events. This will be offered based on the emergency and allowance will come from leadership and the guidelines provided at the time of the emergency.

  • This position has been determined to be exempt from the overtime provisions of the Fair Labor Standards Act (FLSA)

    What We Offer:

    Salary Range: Generally starting at $100,000 - $108,098

The salary of the finalist(s) selected for this role will be set based on a variety of factors, including but not limited to, internal equity, experience, education, specialty and training.

The University of Colorado Colorado Springs offers excellent benefits some of which include:

  • Medical insurance, with the lowest cost option being $0 to the employee
  • Dental, Vision, Life and Disability insurance
  • Generous paid vacation and sick time accruals (14.67 hours of vacation and 10 hours of sick accrued per month, prorated if part-time)
  • Mandatory retirement plans. Employees contribute 5% of their annual compensation. CU doubles that and contributes 10%
  • Tuition Assistant Benefit available to you or a dependent
  • Paid Parental Leave after 12 months of employment
  • Off Campus Housing Resources


Tentative Search Timeline:

  • Priority will be given to applications submitted by January 20, 2023. However, this posting will remain open until filled.
  • The potential dates for interviews with the search committee will be the week of January 23, 2023.
  • The potential dates for interviews with the supervisor and appointing authority will be the week of January 27, 2023.
  • The potential employee start date is March 1, 2023.

The University of Colorado Colorado Springs is committed to providing a safe and productive learning, living and working community. To assist in achieving this goal, we conduct background investigations for all prospective applicants being considered for employment. Background investigations include a criminal history record check, and when appropriate, a financial and/or motor vehicle history check. 

UCCS is an equal opportunity and affirmative action employer. In compliance with applicable laws and in furtherance of its commitment to fostering an environment that welcomes and embraces diversity, the University of Colorado does not discriminate on the basis of race, color, creed, religion, national origin, gender, disability, age, veteran status, sexual orientation, gender identity or expression, genetic information, political affiliation or political philosophy in its programs or activities, including employment, admissions, and educational programs. Alternative formats of this ad can be provided upon request for individuals with disabilities by contacting the Office of Human Resources at (719) 255-3372.

To perform this job successfully, an individual must be able to perform each of the established essential functions and meet the physical and environment demands described satisfactorily. The requirements listed are representative of the knowledge, skill, ability, physical and environmental conditions required of the employee on the job. Reasonable accommodations may be made to enable individuals with disabilities to perform the essential functions, physical and environmental demands.

Applicants with disabilities: If you have a mental or physical impairment, which limits one of your major life activities (e.g. walking, hearing, seeing, speaking, breathing, or learning) and require special accommodations for testing or interviewing, it is your responsibility to notify the office scheduling the interview or test at least 3 working days before the interview or test date.  If you need special accommodations at the work site, you must notify the appointing authority or Human Resources.

The Immigration Reform and Control Act requires that verification of employment eligibility be documented for all new employees by the end of the third day of work.




Minimum Qualifications:

  • Currently licensed (or license eligible) in Colorado as a Psychologist.
  • Ph.D. or PsyD degree in Clinical Psychology or other behavioral health field.
  • A minimum five (5) years of postdoctoral experience providing trauma interventions with range of trauma survivors (e.g., military/Veteran, physical trauma, sexual assault, motor-vehicle trauma).
  • A minimum of five (5) years of experience developing trauma-focused clinical programs.

Physical Requirements
While performing the duties of this job, the employee is frequently required to sit. The employee is occasionally required to move. Tasks may involve using a computer screen continuously for extended periods of time. The employee must occasionally lift and/or move up to 20 pounds.

Special Instructions to Applicants: • Applications submitted by January 20, 2023 receive full consideration. • Applications submitted through email or surface mail will not be considered. Please apply at cu.edu/cu-careers (job #: 28486). • Official transcripts will be required upon hire. • Upon request, please be prepared to provide five professional references (at least two previous/current supervisors), including their email contact information. If you have technical difficulties with your application, please contact the CU Careers help desk at 303-860-4200 #5 or cucareershelp@cu.edu. Job related inquiries should be directed to the posting contact. The University of Colorado Colorado Springs will not sponsor work visas or permanent resident applications for this position.    Application Materials Required: Cover Letter, Resume/CV, Unofficial transcript(s) Application Materials Instructions: To apply, please submit the following application materials to this posting. 1. A current resume. Must include date ranges to include month and year (mm/yyyy) and whether the position was full time or part time. 2. A cover letter that specifically addresses the job requirements and outlines qualifications. 3. Unofficial transcripts When submitting the materials, check the Job Specific Attachments box next to each document in order for the search committee members to see your materials.   
Job Category
: Health Care 
Primary Location
: Colorado Springs 
Department: C0001 -- Colorado Springs Campus - 40386 - AA-Lyda Hill Institute for Hum 
: Full-time 
Posting Date
: Jan 4, 2023 
Unposting Date
: Ongoing 
Posting Contact Name: Janet Fritz 
Posting Contact Email: jfritz@uccs.edu 
Position Number: 00805440

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