Working at Pacific School of Religion

Pacific School of Religion offers a lively and enriching place to work, with many opportunities to challenge your intellect and refresh your spirit. Our mission statement ensures the school’s commitment to being an open and affirming community that honors diversity and presses toward racial, gender, sexual orientation, and economic justice. PSR also offers beautiful surroundings, a rich tradition and history, and a sense of community and belonging.

Nondiscrimination Statement Regarding Employment Practices
Pacific School of Religion (the School) is an equal opportunity employer and makes employment decisions on the basis of merit. We want to have the best available persons in every job. School policy prohibits unlawful discrimination based on race, color, creed, gender, gender identity, religion, marital status, registered domestic partner status, age, national origin or ancestry, physical or mental disability, medical condition , sexual orientation, veteran status, citizenship status, height, weight or any other consideration made unlawful by federal, state, or local laws. Discrimination also includes a perception that anyone has any of those characteristics, or is associated with a person who has or is perceived as having any of those characteristics. All such discrimination is unlawful.

Current Openings

Faculty

There are no faculty openings at this time.


Staff

Status:   Full time, exempt regular, benefited PSR staff

Department:    Ignite Institute

General Information about PSR and the Ignite Institute

The Ignite Institute was chartered in September 2013 by Pacific School of Religion.  PSR’s trustees launched Ignite with the ambitious hope that it serve as the hub for a global network of activists, leaders, and organizations committed to living out the connection between spirituality and social change, develop innovative approaches to training spiritually-rooted changemakers, and connect PSR to radically different constituencies who might otherwise never identify themselves with a school of theology. 

The Ignite Institute offers innovative leadership training programs that draw on the strengths of Pacific School of Religion in Berkeley, to bring a fresh approach based upon introspection, community building and spiritual growth to those work and life challenges so common today. All programs are designed to provide tangible tools in navigating the increasing complexity in both the workplace and in life.

General Job Summary

The Program Director will provide crucial leadership in the design, implementation, and assessment of a broad range of programmatic work, including courses, workshops, retreats, seminars, convenings and other earned income opportunities. The Program Director also will be expected to provide significant support to the Executive Director and make significant contributions to the overall development of Ignite. The successful candidate will be a creative and detail-oriented professional, who is equally at home working as a strong team-player and/or playing a lead role in the development and management of key projects.

Essential Duties and Responsibilities

Program Management

·     Plans, organizes, operates, staffs and manages all logistical details of all programs of Ignite.

·     Assists with the recruitment and supervision of all program leaders, workshop facilitators, consultants, etc.  Works closely with all of them to strengthen Ignite programming and streamline processes across programs.   Takes the lead on the design, development, and implementation of key initiatives and programs, as tasked by the ED.

·     Reviews and evaluates program activities on a regular basis, with the goal of improving the quality of Ignite’s programmatic offerings.

·     Works closely with the ED in developing entrepreneurial and financially sustainable programs for Ignite Institute

Administrative Management

·     Assists with Ignite’s start-up activities including strategic planning, media/communications, and overall coordination.

·     Manages programmatic aspects of the annual budget in conjunction with the ED, ensuring that all expenditures are in keeping with the approved budget.

·     Manages and tracks all grant income, including writing regular reports as required by funders.

·     Assists the ED with all fund development activities, including donor cultivation, special events, grant writing, direct mail campaigns, and earned income programmatic details, etc.

Communications & Networking

·     Interprets the vision and mission of the Ignite Institute to key constituencies through verbal, print, and online communication, including a variety of social media.

·     Builds effective partnerships with leaders and organizations interesting in partnering with the Ignite’s programmatic work.

·     Develops and disseminates written reports and other materials to key stakeholders, including PSR Trustees, faculty, staff and community partners.

·     Represents Ignite in external meetings and events at the behest of the ED.

·     Serves as a principal cheerleader for Ignite’s work within PSR, seeking partnerships with PSR students, staff, faculty, and trustees.  Serves as liaison for PSR’s Ashoka Changemaker Campus designation within Ashoka U and convenes the campus Ashoka Changemaker Team.

Qualifications

To perform this job successfully, an individual must be able to perform each essential duty satisfactorily.  The requirements listed below are representative of the knowledge, skill and/or ability desired.  Reasonable accommodations may be made to enable individuals with disabilities to perform the essential functions.

·     Strong commitment to the vision, mission, and goals of Pacific School of Religion and the Ignite Institute.

·     Bachelor’s degree and/or equivalent experience (at least three-five years) working with all aspects of program development and management

·     Formal training and/or practical experience is strongly preferred in one or more of the following fields: social justice/entrepreneurship, leadership development, and/or spiritual formation.

·     Theological education a plus; entrepreneurial/intrapreneurial experience a strong plus

·     Knowledge and experience with conducting various kinds of program evaluation and assessment.

·     Proven ability to coordinate multiple projects and priorities while attending to various deadlines.

·     Demonstrated competence in managing project budgets, including exercising appropriate fiscal control with the support of PSR’s financial services.

·     Strong verbal and written communications skills, including experience in effective public speaking and the demonstrated ability to engage diverse audiences

·     Computer proficiency is essential, including knowledge of Word, Outlook, and Excel as well as skill in using a variety of social media and website development.

·     Willingness and ability to travel.  From time to time, this position will require the employee to be able to travel throughout the United States.

·     Ability to work effectively in a multi-cultural and diverse environment

·     This position requires the employee to be able to travel efficiently. If the employee opts to meet some of the job’s travel requirements by driving, proof of a valid and current driver license, current auto insurance, and an acceptable Motor Vehicle Report are required.

Work Environment/Physical Demands

The work environment and physical demands described here are representative of those that must be met by an employee to successfully perform the essential functions of this job. Reasonable accommodations may be made to enable individuals with disabilities to perform the essential functions.  

Work is primarily indoors.  Some noise from computer printers and others in the work area.  No significant noise/vibrations. No extreme temperatures.  Frequently works with others. Variable environment when visiting other parts of PSR campus and off campus sites.

Hours of Work – This is a full-time position.  Some evening and weekend work is required in order to fulfill the duties of this position.

Vision – Ability to see items necessary to carry out essential job functions. Close vision required for reading reports and also in working with computers.

Hearing – Ability to hear sounds of individuals and groups.

Sitting – Required to perform some office tasks and during meetings.

Clear Speech – Ability to communicate clearly to others as essential part of job function.

Lifting/Carrying – Ability to lift and carry files, books and printed materials.

Pushing/Pulling – Ability to push/pull desk and filing cabinet drawers and items used in a worship space.

Manual Dexterity – Ability to input data into computer via keyboard. 

Walking – Ability to walk around the PSR campus and other sites.

Tools and Equipment Used:

Phones, personal computers, printers, fax machine, photocopiers, shredder.

Start date: As soon as possible.

To apply please send a cover letter and resume to deallen@psr.edu

General Summary: 

The person in this position, under the direction the Director of Facilities, will coordinate the AV/media department, manage room scheduling, serve as the receptionist for the school, and have supervisory responsibility for student workers. This regular staff position is full time and non-exempt.

Essential Duties and Responsibilities:

  1. AV/Media – schedule AV/media needs; secure and track AV/media equipment; book AV/media reservations; hire and manage AV/media student workers; train PSR faculty and staff in use of equipment; troubleshoot AV/media for meetings, classes, events; maintain smart classroom podiums and update laptops on AV/media carts; keep supplies in stock; arrange and staff web conferencing and streaming, make sure weekly Chapel Service A/V needs are met; maintenance of all A/V equipment; able to work with soundboards, public announcement system, microphones, speakers, video cameras, projectors, PC & Mac, VHS & DVD, smart televisions, older audio receivers, adapters, hearing loops.
  1. Room scheduling – use the EMS system to schedule classes, events, guest rooms, commuter rooms and public spaces; coordinate with student housekeeper to get guest rooms and commuter rooms cleaned; coordinate with student key host for off hour events; take payments for parking, guest rooms and outside groups renting space; manage keys for guest rooms, commuter rooms, and classrooms; meet timeline deadlines for room scheduling.
  1. Receptionist – provide customer service for visitors, faculty, staff and students; maintain the mail system using mail meter, update mailboxes, and order supplies; answer and direct incoming calls; maintain administrative parking system-updating parking information sheets, sell parking tickets, issuing hangtags and guest permits; supply ordering; meet reception timeline deadlines; update reception manual as needed; update directories; hire and manage student receptionist.
  1. Housing – assist in housing office during peak periods; placing students, organizing paperwork, managing files, and managing keys

Supervisory Responsibilities: 

Supervise student crews including hiring, scheduling, work assignments and follow-up.  Carry out supervisory responsibilities in accordance with the school’s policies and applicable laws.

Qualifications:

To perform this job successfully, an individual must be able to perform each essential duty satisfactorily.  The requirements listed below are representative of the knowledge, skill, and/or ability required.  Reasonable accommodations may be made to enable individuals with disabilities to perform the essential functions.

Required Knowledge, Skills, Experience

  • Excellent knowledge of AV/media equipment use and maintenance; use of Zoom, LiveStream, PowerPoint, and other AV/media programs
  • Ability to work independently.
  • Excellent organizational skills.
  • Ability to perform and track several tasks at once and complete in a timely manner.
  • Ability to relate well with diverse population of co-employees, supervised employees, and public.
  • Ability to work effectively in a multi-cultural and diverse environment.
  • Supervisory skills.
  • Ability to meet designated deadlines.
  • Substantial interpersonal communication skills with the ability to relate cooperatively and effectively with staff, faculty, students, trustees, vendors, and visitors.
  • Strong reading and writing skills.
  • Strong computer skills with knowledge of Outlook, Excel and Word and the ability to learn new systems

Work Environment/Physical Demands:

The work environment and physical demands described here are representative of those that must be met by an employee to successfully perform the essential functions of this job.  Reasonable accommodations may be made to enable individuals with disabilities to perform the essential functions.

  • Hours of work – 37 hours per week.
  • Vision – close vision, distance vision, color vision, depth perception and ability to adjust focus.
  • Hearing – ability to hear verbal communications, to carry on telephone conversations, and hear co-workers and power equipment.
  • Clear Speech – ability to communicate clearly in English to others as essential part of job function.
  • Lifting/Carrying –ability to move equipment around
  • Pushing/Pulling – ability to move AV/media carts
  • Kneeling/Squatting – ability hook up equipment
  • Standing – able to stand for at least one hour at a time
  • Walking – able to walk around campus
  • Bending –able to bend to hook up equipment
  • Climbing – some climbing to maintain equipment
  • Reaching – able to reach to maintain equipment
  • Manual Dexterity and Grasping – Good fine and gross motor skills needed to work with various equipment and use computer keyboard.
  • Regular Attendance – required to manage day-to-day operations.

Equipment Used:

Computer, phone, mail machine, copier, AV/media equipment- soundboards, public announcement system, microphones, speakers, video cameras, projectors, PC & Mac, VHS & DVD, smart televisions, older audio receivers, adapters, hearing loops and new equipment as it becomes available.

To Apply: Please send resumes/cover letters attached in PDF format and put “Application for Pacific School of Religion” in the subject line. Email to Terry Dyonzak, tdyonzak@psr.edu 

Part-time COOK position.

Pacific School of Religion, Berkeley, CA

Schedule: Friday & Saturday  11:00am–7:30pm

  • We are a graduate school and we work from: September 2nd through late May. Closed for holidays, and for 2 weeks over Christmas, 1 week in the fall and 1 week in the spring.

Requirement:

  • Minimum 2 years experience in a professional kitchen.
  • Breakfast, Dinner and vegetarian cooking experience.

Summary: Prepares food in accordance with applicable federal, state and in house standards, guidelines and regulations with established policies and procedures. Ensures quality food service is provided at all times.

Essential Duties and Responsibilities:

  • Able to plan and execute meals with minimal supervision.
  • Prepares high-quality food items to meet production and service schedules.
  • Prepares and serves meals ensuring that food is at the correct temperature and is attractive and tasty. Tastes all prepared food items.
  • Cleans kitchen after preparation and serving, maintaining high standards of cleanliness. Stores or discards excess food in accordance with safe food-handling procedures.
  • Keeps refrigerators and storerooms clean and neat. Ensures food and supply items are stored per standards.
  • Operates and maintains kitchen equipment as instructed.
  • Assists in production planning, record keeping and reporting as required.
  • Assists in the ordering and receiving of all food and supplies as required.
  • Reports needed maintenance, faulty equipment or accidents to the supervisor immediately.
  • Attends safety meetings.
  • Maintains good working relationships with coworkers, customers, administrators and managers.
  • Performs job safely while maintaining a clean, safe work environment.
  • Performs other duties as assigned.

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Students

Posting date: 02/01/2017 Department/Organization: Center for LGBTQ and Gender Studies in Religion Supervisor: Justin Tanis Job title: Archives Project Assistant Job description: Process the archives collections that CLGS receives, which includes:
  • Going through the acquired materials and papers and preserving them by removing things such as staples and paperclips, refolderin5213g them in acid-free folders protecting newsprint from other types of paper, making high-resolution copies, and other measures as necessary.
  • Assessing what is valuable to CLGS and the collection and what needs to be removed.
  • Restricting 3rd party private information that was not released to CLGS or the GTU and/or information about a 3rd party that is not aware that this information has been given (i.e. personal letter written to a pastor that is confidential in nature).
  • Creating file folder names, series and finding aids to help researchers access the material that they are seeking.
Qualifications: Library Work/ Archivist experience Hours per week: 10 Date job is to begin: April 1, 2017 Hourly rate: $13.00 Period of employment: March 1, 2017 to June 30, 2017 Preferred workdays: negotiable Apply to: Mariana Silva The Center for LGBTQ and Gender Studies in Religion Pacific School of Religion 1798 Scenic Avenue   Berkeley, CA 94709 Email: msilva@clgs.org
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Posting Date:  4/1/17 Department/Organization:  PSR Facilities Supervisor:  Terry Dyonzak Job Title:  Summer Facilities worker Job Description:  work includes painting, cleaning, furniture moving, grounds maintenance and basic maintenance.  Hours are mostly Monday-Friday 8:00 AM-4:00 PM.  Work can be strenuous. Qualifications:
  • Lift and carry up to 50 lbs.; able to climb stairs and ladders; able to walk campus
  • Dependable and responsible
  • Ability to push/pull; reach above head, below waist and at arm’s length
  • Ability to bend, stoop, kneel and squat; stand for periods of time
  • Good verbal communication skills
  • Clean driving record and CA driver’s license
  • Ability to use tools 
Hours per week: 30-35 Date job is to begin: early June through Mid-August Hourly rate: $12.53 Period of employment: see above Preferred workdays: job is M-F Apply to: Terry Dyonzak Email: obtain an application from reception desk; questions, please call 520-849-8254 Application Deadline: April 29, 2017
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Posting date: 01/27/2017 Department/Organization: Academic Affairs - PSR Supervisor: Mary Donovan Turner, Dean Job title: Technology Teaching Assistant – “Tech TA” Job description: To assist one or more PSR faculty in videoconferencing with distance students and supporting faculty with online course offerings as needed. The Tech TA supports videoconferencing needs of course “HSFT-2006: UCC History, Theology & Polity” and operates audio-visual equipment in the classroom from 12:40 pm to 3:30 pm on Thursdays, with the possibility of working additional hours depending on faculty needs. Responsibilities: The following responsibilities are representative of the range of duties.  Actual responsibilities will vary depending on the needs of the faculty and the degree of prior course development. • Consult with Audio/Visual (A/V) department about supported technologies and recommended approaches • Collaborate with one or more faculty in the overall development and design of online courses and their components • Create new learning objects such as video, narrated PowerPoint, enhanced images, etc. • Develop Moodle (or other) online course space • Other technical assistance to faculty as needed Qualifications: Must be eligible to work as a federal work-study student • Experience with videoconferencing and Moodle • High degree of comfort with learning technologies • Dependable, prompt, and willingness to respond to urgent course-related technical issues within 48 hours or less Hours per week: varies depending on faculty needs, majority of hours are expected on Thursdays, from 12:40 pm to 3:30 pm. Date job is to begin: 02/02/2017 Compensation: $1,000 plus free parking pass at PSR Period of employment: Spring Semester 2017 (02/02/2017—05/18/2017) Apply to: Hugo Estrada Email: deansoffice@psr.edu Other comments: Applications evaluated as received. Please send resume as an email attachment.
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PSR Student Employment Opportunity: Media Center Assistant 2016-2017 Academic Year Posting date: February 21, 2017 Department/Organization: A/V Media Department, Pacific School of Religion Supervisor: Becky DePalma, Media Coordinator Job Title: Media Center Assistant Job Description: The Media Center Assistant will be responsible for assisting the Media Coordinator in providing audio-visual and multi-media related services. The PSR Media Center provides services for courses offered by all GTU member schools and taught on the PSR campus. Services are also provided for off-campus PSR community events, such as the annual Earl Lectures. The successful applicant will coordinate with the Media Coordinator the 1) scheduling of use and maintaining of all audio-visual equipment for both on-campus and off-campus use; 2) setting up and breaking down of equipment at various locations around the campus and sometimes off campus as requested, and ensuring the proper operation of the equipment. This work involves fulfilling work order requirements for classes and special events. The person hired should be able to attend to the needs as required by the work orders. Qualifications: 1) Familiarity with audio-visual equipment such as PC laptops, microphones, public address systems, projectors, TVs, VCRs, video cameras, etc. 2) Ability to move the AV equipment from place to place on the campus. [A pushcart is provided to move heavy equipment of up to 100 lbs. Small equipment, of up to 20 lbs, must be carried by hand, occasionally up and down stairs.] 3) Good communication skills and ability to relate collegially with students, staff and faculty. 4) Reliable working style. 5) Flexibility in being available especially evenings and weekends for whenever media assistance might be required. Hours per week: 4-8 hours/week (multiple positions available) Date job is to begin: Spring Semester 2017 Hourly rate: $12.53 Period of employment: 2016-17 Academic Year Preferred work days: Monday - Friday Apply to: Becky DePalma Telephone 510/849-8218 Email resume to mediacenter@psr.edu Other comments: Please send your resume and availability to Becky DePalma with the job title in the subject line.
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  • 2016-17 Academic Year
  • Department/organization:    Kitchen/PSR
  • Supervisor: Chef Andy Maxon
  • Job title: Food Service Worker
Job description: May include -- cashiering, cleaning the dining room, sweeping, mopping, serving, replenishing food lines, silverware, beverages, trays, etc.,  assisting the Cook with preparation of meals, washing dishes, silverware, trays, and pots. Most jobs include one or two of these tasks. This job also includes waiting on tables during special events and providing bartending services. Other related tasks may be assigned from time to time. Qualifications:  To perform this job successfully, an individual must be able to perform each essential duty satisfactorily.  The requirements listed below are representative of the knowledge, skill, and/or ability required.  Reasonable accommodations may be made to enable individuals with disabilities to perform the essential functions.
  • >  Must be punctual and reliable in coming to work on scheduled days for the smooth running of the food services program
  • >   For cashiering part of responsibilities must have ability to count money accurately and ability to deal with people who do not want to pay for their meals and manage to get them to pay
  • >  Ability to remain courteous during any interactions with diners
  • >  Ability to lift 50 lbs. and carry 25 lbs.
  • >  Ability to understand and follow instructions
  • >  Ability to walk up and down stairs, sweep, and mop
  • >  Ability to operate dishwasher and garbage disposal (Training will be provided on kitchen machine operations.)
  • >  Ability to communicate effectively in English as most customers speak English, and to understand communications from others.
  • >  Previous experience as a food service worker is desirable, but not required.  Training will be provided.
  • Hours per week: up to 20
  • Date job is to begin: immediately
  • Hourly rate: $13.00
  • Period of employment: Generally the academic year from orientation at the end of August through commencement at the end of May
  • Preferred work days: Shift work available Monday through Friday from 7:30am-8:00pm
  • Apply to: see or call Chef Andy
  • Tel/fax: 510-849-8282
  • Application deadline: open until multiple positions are filled

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On-campus student jobs


Responsibilities

PSR depends on the dedicated work of its students and is pleased to offer on-campus employment opportunities. These jobs allow students to contribue to the PSR community and work in an environment that appreciates a student’s need to balance academic work and employment. A number of positions are available across various aspects of the school’s work, from admissions to facilities.

Students are a vital part of the operation of most departments. Students should be aware of the fact that departments are reliant on the services students contribute just as they depend on the work performed by the career staff. For this reason, the following student responsibilities are listed to give students an idea of what is expected of them as employees.

Scheduling: PSR recognizes that for student employees their priority is their academic work. there is a level of flexibility for many student employment positions that would not exist in other job environments. However, both student employees and supervising staff are responsible for ensuring that work hours and duties are understood at all times. Students rely on work as a source of income and staff rely on students to accomplish a great deal of work. If either the student or staff member need to change hours or will not be available during scheduled hours, they must communicate this to the other in a timely manner. Students should notify their supervisors in a generally within 24 hours whenever it is necessary to be absent from work.

Adhere to Policies: Abide by the policies and guidelines of your employing department and observe appropriate workplace behaviors. Remember you represent your department’s interests to other students, faculty, and visitors to the school.

Perform Work Duties: Students should report to work on time and remain working until the specified hours are completed. While on the job, all of your tasks should be work related. Homework and other personal activities should be saved for times when you are not working.

Maintain Confidentiality: Students should maintain confidentiality regarding workplace issues and information including, but not limited to, releasing or sharing information about other students. This includes not discussing job-related information in an off-the-job context. PSR takes violations of confidentiality very seriously, and may discipline employees for breaching it.

Additional Responsibilities: Students should notify their supervisor of any change in class schedule which may affect their work schedule. Students should also give their supervisors as much notice as possible (1-2 weeks preferable) if they plan to terminate employment.

Every position is different, and not every department has the same policies. Obligations and responsibilities (except for those listed above) will vary. Ask your supervisor for the obligations that pertain to your position and your department.


International Student Employment

International students attending Pacific School of Religion and other member schools in the Graduate Theological Union on an F-1 Visa are eligible to work on-campus jobs at PSR. The BCIS limits students in F-1 status to working on a campus for a maximum of 20 hours per week during the academic year. Students may work full-time during academic breaks.


Federal Work-Study

Federal Work-Study (FWS) is a federally subsidized program designed to promote part-time employment of students to help them avoid excessive debt while in school. Student employees who are employed under the FWS program are awarded FWS as part of their total financial aid package. Students may be employed on- or off-campus with their FWS funds. FWS jobs are available to financial aid recipients with FWS eligibility listed on the Financial Aid award letters mailed out from the GTU Financial Aid Office. Check with the Admission Office for more information.

What is the benefit to me of taking work-study rather than non-work-study employment?

PSR supervisors are strongly encouraged to hire PSR students with Federal Work Study (FWS) grants and PSR international students who are ‘non-resident aliens’ in this country on an F1 visa.

Can I get a student job without having Federal Work-Study (FWS)?

Most positions open to students with FWS are also open to students without, but those with FWS do have an advantage. Without FWS, you will not be hired prior to September 15, or within the first two weeks that a student job is posted, as this time is reserved for FWS and international student applications. (Some exceptions occur such as when a returning student applies for the same position in the new academic year.)

How do know if I have Federal Work-Study (FWS) as part of my financial aid package?

FWS is usually included on the print out sent to students illustrating expenses, scholarships, loans, and estimated costs. If you are unsure about whether or not you qualify for work study, or are unsure about how much work study you qualify for, you can contact the PSR Financial Aid.

How do I find a Federal Work-Study (FWS) position?

Most student positions are available to students with FWS. PSR does not assign job positions. When seeking jobs on campus, check the Web site and Holbrook student mailroom notice board for information on available positions. As with any job, a resume and possibly an interview will be required. Be sure to inform the employer that you qualify for work-study status.

Is there a way that I can acquire Federal Work-Study (FWS), or additional FWS?

The Financial Aid Office is available to assist students who do not currently have FWS grants and possibly make additional awards.


More questions:

Does the money I earn in a student position go directly towards my student account with PSR?

No, you receive the money you earn in the form of a paycheck. You will need to budget it towards your school expenses.

Can I work more than one job as a student?

Yes, but while enrolled in classes your total hours per week may not exceed 20. Limited exceptions may be made with approval of the Academic Dean. Also, you may work no more than 8 hours in a day or 40 hours in a week during academic breaks.

How do I balance work with school?

A national study showed that students who work 10-15 hours per week have a higher graduation rate than the overall student body. However, the graduation rate begins to decline as the number of hours worked increases above 15. Students who try to work more than 20 hours per week and go to school full-time have the highest dropout rate. But remember, you know yourself better than anyone, so pay attention to how you handle a workload. You are here first as a student, and student employment is meant to support that endeavor, not detract from it. You may decrease or drop your work hours at any time, such as if you plan on needing more time during finals week, though you should discuss this with your supervisor beforehand so that they can prepare and the work can still get done in your absence.

How do I get paid, and how often?

As a student employee, you will fill out a timesheet. Blank timesheets can be found just inside the door to the student mailroom. Make sure the ‘type of work funding’ section is marked appropriately, as well as the Employer/Job line and the Account No. If you do not know your job’s account number, please contact your supervisor. Verify that the hours worked each day, the daily totals, the total hours for the week, and the total hours for the pay period are all accurate. Student and supervisor signatures are required before the timesheet can be processed. Review the timesheet for completeness. The typical pay period at PSR is two weeks, and time sheets are due to the Business Office as outlined in the payroll schedule, generally every other Friday. Paychecks are placed in the student’s PSR mailbox. A direct deposit option is available (forms are available at the PSR Personnel Office or online): PSR Direct Deposit Memo and Authorization

Do I get to take breaks?

Student workers are considered non-exempt employees. All employees who are non-exempt (covered by the Fair Labor Standards Act and thus entitled to overtime) must be provided a meal break of at least one half hour (unpaid) for every work period of more than five hours. However, if six hours of work will complete the day’s work, the employee may voluntarily choose not to take the meal break. Student workers are also entitled to a rest break of not less than 10 minutes for each four hours worked, to occur as nearly as possible near the middle of the work period. These breaks are paid, and are not noted on time sheets.

If I work on a holiday, do I receive overtime pay?

If student workers are asked to work on a PSR holiday, they will be paid at regular or overtime wage rates depending on the number of hours worked during the work day and week.

Is my paycheck taxable?

Yes, your earnings are taxed. Besides Social Security and other applicable taxes, how much is deducted from your paycheck depends on how you complete your W-4 form.

Key Pacific School of Religion policies for your reference:


Equal Employment Opportunity

Pacific School of Religion (the School) is an equal opportunity employer and makes employment decisions on the basis of merit. We want to have the best available persons in every job. School policy prohibits unlawful discrimination based on race, color, creed, gender, gender identification, religion, marital status, domestic partner status, age, national origin or ancestry, physical or mental disability, medical condition including genetic characteristics, sexual orientation, veteran status, citizenship status, height, weight or any other consideration made unlawful by federal, state, or local laws. Discrimination also includes a perception that anyone has any of those characteristics, or is associated with a person who has or is perceived as having any of those characteristics. All such discrimination is unlawful.

This policy applies to all terms and conditions of employment, including, but not limited to, hiring, placement, promotion, termination, layoff, recall, transfer, leaves of absence, compensation, and training.

The School is committed to compliance with all applicable laws providing equal employment opportunities. This commitment applies to all persons involved in School operations and prohibits unlawful discrimination by any employee of the School, including supervisors and co-workers.

To comply with applicable laws ensuring equal employment opportunities to qualified individuals with a disability, the school will make reasonable accommodations for the known physical or mental limitations of an otherwise qualified individual with a disability who is an applicant or an employee unless undue hardship would result.

The School provides a procedure whereby complaints of discrimination based on this policy can be resolved. If the School determines that unlawful discrimination has occurred, effective remedial action will be taken commensurate with the severity of the offense. Appropriate action also will be taken to deter any future discrimination. The School will not retaliate against you for filing a truthful complaint and will not knowingly permit retaliation by management, employees or your co-workers.


Nondiscrimination and Nonharassment Policy

Pacific School of Religion (PSR), as a religious and educational community, is committed to providing a work environment free of unlawful harassment and discrimination. PSR prohibits sexual harassment, harassment and discrimination based on race, color, national origin or ancestry, gender, sexual orientation, age, marital status, pregnancy, childbirth or related medical conditions, medical condition, genetic characteristics, AIDS or HIV positive status, domestic partner status, mental and physical disability, veteran status, or any other basis protected by federal, state or local law or ordinance or regulation All such harassment involving any of these above categories, is unlawful, a form of discrimination and a violation of PSR policy. This policy also prohibits unlawful harassment based on the perception that anyone has any of those characteristics, or is associated with a person who has or is perceived as having any of those characteristics.

PSR’s policy is to ensure that its employees, consultants, faculty, and students are not subjected to harassment during the course of PSR business or PSR-sponsored activities. While PSR reserves the right to make decisions with regard to employees and students to the extent that their religious creed affects their job or educational performance, harassment, as defined below, on the basis of religious creed is contrary to PSR policy. An employee, consultant, faculty member, or student who violates the policies against discrimination or harassment is subject to disciplinary action that may include termination.

In general, harassment is defined as inappropriate, unwelcome, or offensive conduct whether verbal, physical, or otherwise where:

– submission to such conduct is made an explicit or implicit term or condition of employment or successful matriculation;

– submission to or rejection of such conduct is used as a basis for employment or educational decisions; or

– such conduct has the purpose or effect of unreasonably interfering with an individual’s work performance or education, or creating an intimidating, hostile or offensive working or educational environment.

For example, racially-biased actions or comments that ridicule, demean, or offend someone of a particular race may create a hostile work environment. Sexual harassment often involves unwelcome sexual advances, requests for sexual favors, or offensive sexual jokes.

Those who believe they are being harassed and are unable to resolve the situation with the person committing the harassment should promptly notify their supervisor, the Personnel Director, or the President. Investigation and resolution of complaints will be handled by the Personnel Director or the President, as appropriate.

Supervisors or faculty members who become aware of a harassment situation, whether created by employees or non-employees, by students or non-students, should immediately notify the Personnel Director or the President.

Anyone needing advice or counseling on matters addressed by this policy is encouraged to contact the Personnel Director or the President.

You should also be aware that the Federal Equal Employment Opportunity Commission and the California Department of Fair Employment and Housing investigate and prosecute complaints of prohibited harassment in employment. If you think you have been harassed or that you have been retaliated against for resisting or complaining, you may file a complaint with the appropriate agency. The nearest office is listed in the telephone book.


Complaint Resolution Procedure

As your employer, Pacific School of Religion has adopted a firm policy against harassment. Every reasonable step will be taken to prevent harassment from occurring. However, if you believe that you have been unlawfully harassed, we urge you to report the incident immediately so that your complaint can be resolved quickly and fairly.

1. When possible, confront the harasser and persuade him/her to stop.

2. Provide a written or oral complaint to your own supervisor or to the Personnel Director or the President of PSR as soon as possible after the incident. Include all details on the incident(s), names of individuals involved and the names of any witnesses.

3. Supervisors will refer all harassment complaints to the Personnel Director or the President. The school will immediately undertake an effective, thorough and objective investigation of the harassment allegations.

4. If PSR determines that unlawful harassment has occurred, it will take effective remedial action in accordance with the circumstances. Any employee the school determines to be responsible for unlawful harassment will be subject to appropriate disciplinary action, up to and including termination.

5. A PSR representative will advise all parties concerned of the results of the investigation.

6. The school will not retaliate against you for filing a truthful complaint and will not tolerate or permit retaliation by management, employees or co-workers.

7. PSR will take appropriate action to remedy any loss to you resulting from harassment.

8. If you have any questions about PSR’s policy against harassment or the procedure for filing complaints, please contact Patrick O’Leary

Diversity/Non-Discrimination/Equal Employment Opportunity Policy Statement

Pacific School of Religion (the School) is committed to fostering, cultivating and preserving a culture of diversity and inclusion. The collective sum of the individual differences, life experiences, knowledge, inventiveness, innovation, self-expression, unique capabilities and talent that our employees invest in their work and that our students invest in their studies represents a significant part of our culture. We embrace and encourage our employees’ and students’ differences in age, race, color, creed, national origin or ancestry, ethnic origin, sex, gender, gender identity, gender expression, sexual orientation, physical or mental ability, medical condition, religion, marital status, domestic partner status, and any other characteristic protected by applicable law.

Pacific School of Religion affirms its commitment to equality of opportunity for all individuals.

The School prohibits and will not tolerate discrimination, including harassment, intimidation, and violence. This commitment requires that no discrimination shall occur regarding admission, or access to, or treatment or employment in, any program or activity in the seminary on the basis of age, race, color, creed, national origin or ancestry, ethnic origin, citizenship status, sex, gender, gender identity, gender expression, sexual orientation, physical or mental disability, medical condition, genetic information, religion, marital status, domestic partner status, or any other characteristic protected by applicable law in the administration of PSR’s programs and activities.

The School is an equal opportunity employer and makes employment decisions on the basis of merit. We want to have the best available persons in every job. The School is committed to compliance with all applicable laws providing equal employment opportunities. This policy applies to all terms and conditions of employment, including, but not limited to, hiring, placement, promotion, termination, layoff, recall, and transfer, leaves of absence, compensation, and training.

This policy also prohibits discrimination based on the perception that anyone has any of these characteristics listed above, or is associated with a person who has or is perceived as having any of these characteristics. Discrimination can also include failing to reasonably accommodate religious practices.

Please note: Pacific School of Religion is a school of religion and as such there are some occasions where religious doctrine, religious preference or personal beliefs or characteristics may be a bona fide qualification or limitation with regard to employment or with regard to participation in a particular program or activity.

This commitment applies to all persons involved in School operations and prohibits unlawful discrimination by any employee of the School, including supervisors and co-workers.

To comply with applicable laws ensuring equal employment opportunities to qualified individuals with a disability, the School will make reasonable accommodations for the known physical or mental limitations of an otherwise qualified individual with a disability who is an applicant or an employee unless undue hardship would result. The School responds to requests for disability accommodations in accordance with applicable law.

The School provides a procedure whereby complaints of discrimination based on this policy can be resolved. If the School determines that unlawful discrimination has occurred, effective remedial action will be taken commensurate with the severity of the offense. Appropriate action also will be taken to deter any future discrimination. The School will not retaliate against you for filing a complaint and will not knowingly permit retaliation by management, employees or your co-workers.

As part of Pacific School of Religion’s equal employment opportunity policy, PSR will also take action to ensure that minority group individuals, females, veterans, and qualified disabled persons are introduced into our workforce and student body.

The School’s diversity initiatives are applicable—but not limited—to our practices and policies on employee and student recruitment and selection; professional development and training; promotions; transfers; social programs; and the ongoing development of a community environment built on the premise of gender equity that encourages and enforces respectful communication and cooperation between all employees and students.

The above-mentioned policies shall be periodically brought to the attention of employees and students and shall be appropriately administered. All personnel who are responsible for hiring and promoting employees and for the development and implementation of programs and activities are charged to support this policy. An Equal Opportunity Officer will be responsible for the establishment and implementation of procedures to guide our diversity program throughout the School. This includes monitoring diversity-related decisions and activities.