Position Classification Description

Position Class Code / Title: R4002 / Sr Clinical Psychologist
Recruitment Tier: Tier 1
FLSA: Exempt
Grade: 15

This is a description of a Staff Position Classification. It is not an announcement of a position opening. To view descriptions of current openings, please go to UNMJobs and Search Postings to view positions that are currently accepting applications.

The following statements are intended to describe, in broad terms, the general functions and responsibility levels characteristic of positions assigned to this classification. They should not be viewed as an exhaustive list of the specific duties and prerequisites applicable to individual positions that have been so classified.


Provides direct psychological assessment, diagnosis and therapy; provides case management, referral, and follow-up services. Administers and coordinates specified mental health or therapy programs. Provides clinical supervision and training to other clinical professionals, interns, and/or trainees with fellow status.

Duties and Responsibilities

  1. Develops and coordinates mental health programs for specific patients and patient populations, and participates in the development of policy and program planning.
  2. Diagnoses or evaluates mental and emotional disorders of individuals and administers programs of treatment; interviews patients in clinics, hospitals, and other settings and studies medical and social case histories.
  3. Observes patients in various situations; selects, administers, and interprets intelligence, personality, or other psychological tests to diagnose disorders and formulate plans of treatment, and provides consultation to other mental health professionals with regard to test results.
  4. Treats psychological disorders to effect improved adjustments utilizing various psychological techniques; selects appropriate treatment approach and plans frequency, intensity, and duration of individual, group, and family therapies.
  5. Conducts individual therapy programs and performs a range of direct assessment, diagnosis, treatment, and crisis intervention for individual patients, groups and families.
  6. Assesses patient progress and modifies treatment programs accordingly; communicates with and counsels family members as appropriate.
  7. Documents and/or oversees the documentation of therapy in accordance with policies and procedures regarding medical records; implements and adheres to policies which ensure patient confidentiality.
  8. Supervises, trains, and consults with clinical professionals engaged in program activities and supervises and coordinates the clinical activities of students.
  9. Participates in educational programs, in-service meetings, clinician meetings, and workshops to enhance professional development and maintain currency of methodology and techniques.
  10. Participates in the development of annual operating budgets and provides fiscal direction to the unit.
  11. Participates in development, implementation and maintenance of policies, objectives, short-and long-range planning; develops and implements projects and programs to assist in accomplishment of established goals.
  12. Performs miscellaneous job-related duties as assigned.

Minimum Job Requirements

  • Doctorate or terminal degree in Psychology, and completion of Pre-doctoral Clinical Internship; at least 3 years of experience directly related to the duties and responsibilities specified. Certification/Licensure State of NM Licensed Psychologist, or eligibility for NM licensure, as documented by out-of-state licensure.
  • Completed degree(s) from an accredited institution that are above the minimum education requirement may be substituted for experience on a year for year basis.

Knowledge, Skills and Abilities Required

  • Knowledge of psychotherapeutic principles and practices.
  • Knowledge of accreditation and certification requirements and standards.
  • Knowledge of crisis intervention techniques.
  • Ability to effectively communicate medical information, test results, diagnoses and/or proposed treatment in a manner easily understood by the client.
  • Ability to observe, assess, and record symptoms, reactions, and progress.
  • Interviewing and psychological/developmental evaluation skills.
  • Ability to develop and administer psychotherapeutic programs.
  • Ability to use independent judgment and to manage and impart confidential information.
  • Ability to react calmly and effectively in emergency situations.
  • Knowledge of and ability to apply relevant current special education methodologies and techniques.
  • Ability to evaluate the progress of therapeutic programs and to make individual modifications.
  • Ability to maintain emotional stability to cope with human suffering, emergencies, and other stresses.
  • Ability to assess mental status in clients and to develop individual treatment goals and plans.
  • Skill in examining and re-engineering operations and procedures, formulating policy, and developing and implementing new strategies and procedures.
  • Knowledge of psychological test administration, scoring, and interpretation.
  • Ability to develop, plan, and implement short- and long-range goals.
  • Ability to supervise, advise, and train clinical professionals and/or students in area of expertise.
  • Knowledge of budget preparation, cost estimating, monitoring, and fiscal management principles and procedures.

Distinguishing Characteristics

    Position requires: a) planning, development, and leadership of specific mental health programs and participation in the development of policies; b) independent testing, evaluation, and diagnosis of individuals/families/groups of patients for nature and severity of mental/emotional disorders; c) independent selection and utilization of a wide range of therapeutic assessment and treatment methods and techniques in the development and execution of treatment progams; d) supervision and leadership of clinical professionals and students engaged in clinical activities; e) participation in the establishment and administration of operating budgets.

Conditions of Employment

  • Must pass a pre-employment criminal background check.
  • May be subject to credentialing process; must maintain credentialed status, if applicable.
  • Must maintain certification status.

Working Conditions and Physical Effort

  • No or very limited physical effort required.
  • Work environment involves minimal exposure to physical risks, such as operating dangerous equipment or working with chemicals.
  • Work is normally performed in a typical interior/office work environment.

The University of New Mexico provides all training required by OSHA to ensure employee safety.

Revised Date: 07/01/2019