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PPS Program Site Director: Pupil Personnel Services Program - Merced

Status: Full-time, with faculty rank; clinical faculty
Time commitment: 11-month faculty appointment in the School of Education.
Start Date: July 1, 2022


The Pupil Personnel Services Division at Fresno Pacific University offers School Psychology, School Counseling and BCBA credentials. Additionally, the program offers a master’s degree in School Psychology and School Counseling. The program graduates are well prepared and highly desired in the educational community in California’s Central Valley.

The PPS Program Site Director will coordinate and support the Pupil Personnel Services Programs on the Merced Campus. This includes the School Counseling, School Psychology and BCBA programs for both master’s degree and credential candidates in Merced County and its surroundings. The Director will coordinate with FPU Campuses in Merced, Visalia, and North Fresno and will meet regularly with the PPS faculty, the School of Education faculty, and the PPS Division Chair. This position will also be responsible for teaching courses for the PPS Programs. The Program Site Director reports directly to the Chair of the PPS Division and the Dean of the School of Education.


  • Lead the academic activities of the Merced faculty and monitor the performance of the program; evaluate and assist PPS faculty at the Merced Center, in coordination with the PPS Chair and Dean of the School of Education.
  • Represent the program to the internal and external communities, e.g., California Teacher Credentialing (CTC), WSCUC, other Federal and State regulatory agencies, internship sites, and professional associations.
  • Work with the PPS Program Directors for Counseling, School Psychology and BCBA, as well as faculty and staff who work within the PPS programs.
  • Oversee all continuing and new program initiatives within the program and ensure the academic quality and integrity of the program.
  • Initiate recommendations regarding program planning, course scheduling, and faculty assignments within the program, in conjunction with the PPS Chair and Dean of the School of Education.
  • Organize and participate in admission interview and screening processes for incoming PPS applicants, and in exit interview and portfolio review for all Merced PPS candidates.
  • Develop and sustain relationships with local schools and other educational agencies for the purpose of fostering high quality student field placements and building school partnerships.
  • Selection of qualified instructors at the terminal level in their area of expertise and with practical experience in the field, and review vita of all current instructors and new instructors for qualifications to teach in PPS programs.
  • Support planning and development, outreach, and recruitment of students.
  • Monitor Action Research Projects and Exit Portfolio development.
  • Ongoing professional development and participation in professional organizations, and agencies; maintain professional memberships.
  • Teach courses required in the PPS program (course assignments based on faculty person’s academic and professional knowledge, expertise, and experience).
  • Carry out other duties as assigned by the PPS Chair and Dean of the School of Education.



  • Earned terminal degree in Counseling, Psychology Education, or Applied Behavior Analysis (candidates with a master’s degree, or those nearing terminal degree completion, may be considered); all faculty are required to have, or be willing to complete, a terminal degree.
  • Current PPS credential or BCBA.
  • Work experience in the K-12 setting.
  • Current knowledge of California certification regulations, including knowledge of practicum and internship requirements including the selection of permissible sites for practicum and internship training.
  • Experience and sensitivity in managing people in complex organizational settings.
  • Excellent written, oral and interpersonal skills.
  • Excellent problem-solving and decision-making skills.
  • Proven administrative experience within PPS programs.
  • Experience with the development of extensive networks and connections with external stakeholders.
  • The ability to work well with colleagues, other professionals, and adult students.
  • Commitment to the Christian faith and the University’s mission of Christ-centered teaching and learning and involvement in a local church.


  • Record or promise of scholarly achievement.
  • Experience with managing academic programs for working adults.


Dependent on qualifications and experience and paid out over 12 months. Full-time benefits include insurance (medical, vision, dental, LTD), retirement (TIAA).


A faculty application is available here - the link is in the job description on the FPU website.

Send a letter of application, a completed faculty application form (including personal statements), curriculum vita, three letters of reference (including one pastoral), and transcripts or placement file to:

Gary Gramenz, PhD
Dean, School of Education
Fresno Pacific University
1717 S. Chestnut Avenue, Box 2001
Fresno, CA 93702
OR: email

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Fresno Pacific University is the only accredited Christian university founded in the Central Valley. FPU connects every student’s untapped potential with unlimited opportunity for professional, personal and ethical growth. FPU offers undergraduate, graduate and seminary programs that stress solid academic preparation and a strong ethical foundation to more than 3,500 traditional and adult students on the main campus in southeast Fresno and regional campuses in North Fresno, Visalia, Bakersfield and Merced as well as online. The university also reaches about 8,000 students through professional development studies. FPU has the highest four-year graduation rate of any Central Valley college or university, and is a Hispanic Serving Institution, with a Hispanic student population of 47 percent. FPU is accredited by the Western Association of Schools and Colleges and ranked in the top tier among western universities—master’s category by U.S. News & World Report. Both U.S. News and Washington Monthly include FPU on their “Best Value” and “Best Bang for the Buck” lists, U.S. News places it at number 13 in its category for student social mobility and Money has ranked it at number 11 among 50 Best Colleges for Transfer Students. FPU is affiliated with the Mennonite Brethren Church, and all employees express a personal Christian commitment and support the Christian mission of the university. A description of the unique quality of FPU as an academic community can be found in the Fresno Pacific Idea here.

Fresno Pacific University is an equal employment opportunity employer and does not discriminate on the basis of race, color, national origin, ethnic or social background, sex, age, or disability. Committed to excellence and actively supportive of cultural diversity, FPU invites individuals who contribute to such diversity to apply.