Instruction Associate- Psychedelic Therapies and Research

San Francisco, CA

Instruction Associate- Psychedelic Therapies and Research


Category: Staff Positions  

Department: Psychedelic Therapies and Research

Locations: San Francisco, CA

Posted: Nov 22, 2022

Closes: Open Until Filled

Type: Part-time

Position ID: 156175


About California Institute of Integral Studies:


The California Institute of Integral Studies (CIIS) is an internationally recognized leader in integral education. CIIS strives to embody spirit, intellect, and wisdom in service of individuals, communities, and the earth. CIIS has an enrollment of over 1,600 students pursuing degrees in a variety of academic programs in its schools of Consciousness and Transformation, Professional Psychology and Health, and Undergraduate Studies. 

CIIS is a mosaic of faces and philosophies, backgrounds, and beliefs. Like our faculty and staff, students are intellectually engaged and socially active. Each day brings new experiences that broaden horizons and hone critical thinking. Programs, both inside the classroom and throughout the campus, inspire creativity, nurture community, cultivate curiosity, and foster social good. In addition, CIIS hosts a vibrant art exhibition program and offers a dynamic array of events through its Public Programs & Performances division, including workshops, concerts, and conferences. The University provides low-cost mental health and acupuncture services to the San Francisco Bay Area through its 10 award-winning counseling clinics. CIIS is accredited by the Western Senior College and University Commission (WSCUC).

The California Institute of Integral Studies strives to cultivate and preserve a culture of inclusion and belonging as part of the Seven Commitments of CIIS. We don't just accept difference, we honor and celebrate our staff's diversity of race, color, ancestry, religion, sex, national origin, sexual orientation, age, citizenship, marital status, disability, gender identity or Veteran status. In turn, our diverse and inclusive culture brings us together in ways that empower all of us to connect, belong, and grow in our roles.

Job Description:


The 20-hour per week Instruction Associate participates actively in the life of the Center for Psychedelic Therapies and Research to forward pedagogical best practices and innovations to enhance student learning. This position reports to and assists the Instruction Supervisor in various aspects of the program as well as works collaboratively with all certificate staff to support the full range of threshold events for each student's progress in the program. Responsibilities include training, overseeing, and supporting Instruction Coordinators, tracking, and advising trainees as needed regarding the completion of each of the assignments and projects required to graduate from the program, and may include supervising student workers and independent contractors. This position requires strong critical thinking skills, attention to detail, and professional communication skills and demeanor.

The Instruction Associate maintains records of assignment completion and tracks student progress throughout the program. This staff person will be in communication with the Instruction Supervisor regarding student attendance and progress towards completion, performance of Instruction Coordinators, and any reported or observed student concerns. The Instruction Associate supervises the Instruction Coordinators regarding grading and assigning activities for any student who misses a class and reports to the Instruction Supervisor when a student is having problems in the program and may need referral to the Trainee Support Committee for remediation work. The Instruction Associate is responsible for working directly with students regarding incomplete work and reviews their status of conferral of all certificates of completion of the training program with the Instruction Supervisor. The Instruction Associate maintains the list of graduates of the program and liaises with the CIIS Alumni department. This position is a 20 hour per week role for half-days during usual business hours with some options for working remotely on an ongoing basis and will involve occasional in-person weekend and evening class or event support.


20 hours per week Monday to Friday during normal business hours with some flexibility, with occasional weekends and evening events 




  • Co-develop and communicate across a curricular vision for the Center that emphasizes collaboration, critical thinking, compassion, and integrity.
  • Promote a learning culture, incorporating professional development and ethics, program Beloved Community Initiative and Agreements, and reflective practices.
  • Assess and document student completion of all required projects and activities.
  • Maintain and improve assignment tracking systems.
  • Track all students' progress at each step of the program.
  • Act as problem-solver for concerns with student performance.
  • Provide the advice and professional development to help students meet individual and schoolwide goals and expectations.
  • The Instruction Associate supervises the Instruction Coordinators.
  • Supervises the CPTR Training Support Committee and the referral of trainees to the committee for feedback and remediation when their academic and/or professional performance is not meeting expectations, or they have requested additional psychological support and consultation.
  • Collaborate with the Instruction Supervisor, Center Director, Associate Director of Certificates, and Enrollment and Admissions Manager to ensure cohesion and alignment of support for faculty and students and course materials to further develop cultural applicability and high-quality standard of program offerings.
  • Collaborate with other departments at CIIS to maintain certificate graduate data.
  • Assists in on-going projects as needed in the Center.



  • Masters or equivalent degree in clinical health care. Graduates of the certificate program are given special consideration.
  • A strong background as a psychotherapist or medical professional, with an understanding of psychedelic-assisted therapies and research.
  • Two or more years of administrative experience or combination of education and relevant experience.
  • Advanced studies in educational leadership preferred but not required.
  • Experience with supervising, training, mentoring, and coaching and experience promoting professional development.
  • Demonstrable experience with advocacy and skills related to diversity and equity.
  • Meticulous attention to detail, with strong analytical skills as well as technology skills and software fluency.
  • Skill in delivering and receiving feedback.
  • The vision, flexibility, energy, patience, adaptability, and sense of humor to lead successfully and cultivate growth.
  • Excellent verbal and written communication skills, including editing and proofreading.
  • Fully proficiency in Microsoft Office, Google Suite, Dropbox, and strong familiarity with typical office management software programs.
  • Strong organizational skills - to maintain an efficient student records and data maintenance procedures
  • Demonstrates professional behavior, including discretion, good judgment, and integrity.

Additional Information:


Working Conditions -- Duties are primarily performed in an office environment at a desk or computer terminal, typically half-days, Monday through Friday. There may be some options for working remotely on an ongoing basis and will involve occasional in-person weekend and evening class or event support.

Background Check -- Due to the sensitivity and requirements of our positions, you should expect to undergo and be cleared of an employment background/criminal check, if extended an offer for employment. You may also be asked to provide proof of educational degree(s), licenses, or credentials pertinent to the position. If your job requires driving on behalf of CIIS you will be required to provide proof of a valid driver's license.

Visa Sponsorship -- Visa sponsorship is not available for this position. Applicants must currently be authorized to work in the United States for any employer.

Relocation Assistance -- This position is not eligible for relocation assistance.

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