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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.
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On-campus student jobs
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 (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.
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.
Faculty Position in United Methodist Studies
Pacific School of Religion (PSR) is seeking a full-time faculty member to teach courses in United Methodist history, polity, and theology as well as courses in a candidate’s field of expertise. The faculty person will be expected to contribute to the cultivation of a strong denominational ethos among our United Methodist students and to foster collaborative relations between PSR and the United Methodist Church.
We are seeking an innovative theological educator who embraces robust interdisciplinarity in their teaching and scholarship to reimagine theological education and the role of faculty in facilitating it. PSR’s ground-breaking curriculum relies on faculty members whose scholarship and teaching bring together the best practices of non-profit organizations, the unique wisdom of faith communities, a diversity of activist strategies, models of social entrepreneurship, and the traditional disciplines of theological education and pathways of congregational ministry. This is a three-year, renewable, non-tenure track position, with rank open based on experience.
Pacific School of Religion (PSR) is a progressive, multi-denominational seminary and center for social justice, which prepares a diverse cadre of spiritually-rooted leaders with the vision, resilience, and skill to create a world where all can thrive. PSR has strong ties to the United Methodist Church, approved by the United Methodist University Senate; the United Church of Christ; and the Christian Church (Disciples of Christ). Located in the San Francisco Bay Area and adjacent to the University of California at Berkeley campus, PSR is a member of the Graduate Theological Union (GTU), an ecumenical and interfaith consortium of seminaries, centers, and institutes. PSR is an Equal Opportunity/Affirmative Action Employer.
The faculty member will teach courses in United Methodist studies and in the candidate’s field of expertise. Additional expertise in African American womanist homiletics, leadership, or ethics; or Lantinx homiletics, leadership, or ethics is highly desirable; as is the candidate’s ability to teach in Spanish or other languages in addition to English. The faculty member will teach four courses—in consultation with the Dean—each academic year for our students as well as students in the GTU. The use of technology and online instruction for courses is necessary. The faculty colleague is expected to publish creative and rigorous scholarship in a variety of formats, and to be a thought-leader in addressing issues facing communities of color, migrants, LGBTQI communities, communities that are economically disadvantaged, and the environment. In addition, active participation in the life of the school through commitment to the school’s mission, service on committees, participation at worship and community events, and service to the broader community are essential.
We are seeking candidates with a PhD, ThD, or equivalent, who have a demonstrated commitment to diversity, academic excellence, creativity in teaching, community building, and meaningful connections with historically under-represented groups and institutions. Persons from underrepresented groups within the profession are especially encouraged to apply and will have the opportunity to participate in a cohort of minority scholars of a similar rank with the support of one of the most diverse administrative teams in the Association of Theological Schools.
Applicants should submit a cover letter, CV, and three professional letters of recommendation. These materials can be sent to Professor Aaron Brody, Pacific School of Religion by email, email@example.com.
Applications will be accepted until the position is filled, but those received by February 15, 2020 will receive priority. Persons who apply for this position should be available for teaching in the Fall of 2020.
Faculty in Practical Theology and Pastoral Care
Status: Exempt, full time, non-tenure track
Department: Academic Affairs
Direct Supervisor: VP for Academic Affairs & Dean of the PSR Faculty
The faculty colleague in Practical Theology and Pastoral Care on the PSR faculty is expected to teach courses in pastoral care, practical theology, spiritual formation, and organizational care, including courses in care for individuals and communities in the context of local churches, while also providing an understanding of the theological, formational and transformational roles of care in faith communities and organizations committed to spiritually-rooted social transformation. Background with a variety of approaches to pastoral care and competency in contemporary practices of pastoral theology and their underlying social and psychological theories across diverse cultures and experiences is essential. PSR faculty are innovative educators who embrace robust interdisciplinarity in their teaching and scholarship to reimagine theological education and the role of faculty in facilitating it; they maintain a robust engagement with scholarship in related fields and are articulate about the impact of that research on their teaching, the academy, and the broader society. Appointment is for three years and is renewable. PSR is an Equal Opportunity/Affirmative Action Employer
Essential Duties and Responsibilities:
- Teach courses in pastoral care, practical theology, spiritual formation, and organization care to an ecumenical and interreligious body of students.
- Innovate in teaching within the specific fields of the position and demonstrate openness to teaching in other fields.
- Participate in PSR community life as member of the faculty involved in teaching, scholarship, student advising, and community events, and service.
- Have an understanding and knowledge of the Stackable Curriculum and support PSR’s innovative educational mission.
- Honor the importance of being present at and lead in worship and community events as a practical theologian.
- Work with the faculty and staff to shape the spiritual formation of students and to shape the vision and goals of the school.
- Seek opportunities for the development of creative teaching and new forms of delivering theological education and reaching new audiences, including the use of technology and on-line instruction.
- Contribute to the shared educational mission of the consortium of the Graduate Theological Union.
- Attend monthly faculty meetings with voice and vote, guided by the policies and procedures stated in the Faculty Manual.
- Participate in committee work.
- Carry on research and publication in related fields, and be articulate about the impact of that research on teaching, the academy, and the broader society
- Promote the general welfare of the institution.
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.
- Holds the Ph.D. or its equivalent in the field;
- Have a background in practical theology, pastoral care, psychological theories, as well as spirituality studies, and experience in contextual learning and scholarship;
- Is committed to excellence in teaching and an active scholarly agenda consistent with rank;
- Is a competent teacher who demonstrates enthusiasm for teaching and who is open to ideas and resources such as:
- timely and responsive engagement with students, faculty and staff
- various pedagogical styles, especially the use of new information technologies, for teaching and learning
- diverse traditions, including regional and ethnic perspectives and histories of women and under-represented communities; engage in creative and rigorous scholarship, addressing issues facing communities of color, migrants, LGBTQI communities, and communities that are economically disadvantaged, and the environment
- the relationship between care, ethics, Bible, preaching, worship and the arts, theology, and spirituality
- Is engaged in interdisciplinary conversation, and demonstrates an awareness of and sensitivity to diversity in teaching and research;
- Has language skills in Korean or Spanish, in addition to English
- Demonstrates readiness to affirm PSR’s ecumenical and Christian heritage and commitment as an open and affirming community that honors diversity and presses toward racial, gender, sexual orientation, sexual identity, and economic justice;
- Is able to build good relationships with and among faculty, students, staff, trustees, and wider public including community building, organizing, and networking;
- Is approachable and demonstrates ability to work collaboratively with others;
- Is a person of faith with strong connections to a faith community and a willingness to be involved in the local, regional, and/or national life of their faith community and/or that of PSR’s denominational partners.
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.
Vision – ability to see items necessary to carry out essential job functions. Close vision required for reading student course work and reports.
Hearing – ability to hear sounds of individuals and groups.
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.
Manual Dexterity – ability to input data into computer via keyboard.
Walking – Ability to walk around the PSR campus and other classroom sites.
Tools and Equipment Used:
Phones, personal computers, printers, fax machine, photocopiers, shredder.
Applicants should submit a cover letter, CV, and three professional letters of recommendation. These materials can be sent to Professor Sharon Fennema, Pacific School of Religion by email: firstname.lastname@example.org.
Position: Webmaster & Social Media Manager
Reports to the Vice President for Enrollment and Marketing serving as PSR’s Webmaster & Social Media Manager. The person in this position will design, develop, and support PSR’s websites and applications, social media accounts, and internal reporting interfaces.
The Webmaster & Social Media Manager will be evaluated by the Vice President for Enrollment and Marketing.
The Webmaster & Social Media Manager is responsible for planning, organizing, updating, and maintaining the school’s website and social media presence across Facebook, LinkedIn, Instagram, and Twitter, etc. to achieve PSR’s marketing objectives. These objectives include: targeting specific audiences, increasing brand awareness, raising interest, and attracting mission-centric students and donors to the institution. Additionally, the Webmaster & Social Media Manager will collaborate with all areas of the institution to ensure that content is up-to-date and that the marketing of events and programs is maximized to the benefit of PSR.
- Working with outside vendors to develop new websites/microsites, etc.
- Maintaining and updating the school’s current website including content, graphics, photos, and videos.
- Verifying all web and social media content is consistent with the design and style of the school’s website.
- Confirming all content, graphics, photos, videos, etc. is consistent with the PSR brand, up-to-date, and aligns with the mission and values of PSR.
- Coordinating with faculty and administrators to maintain and update content as needed.
- Maintaining, converting, and optimizing published documents for online use.
- Tracking, analyzing, and reporting on web traffic statistics and review of content effectiveness.
- Keeping up-to-date with new, rapidly changing Internet technologies and recommending possible improvements to PSR’s web and social media presence.
- Creating and maintaining the school’s presence on various social media platforms including Facebook, Twitter, Instagram, YouTube and Linked-In.
- Assisting in the implementation and monitoring of the school’s SEO and SEM marketing efforts.
- Checking hyperlinks regularly to ensure validity.
- Developing social media content that could include: blogs posts, tweets, status updates, pins, photos and videos.
- Work closely with the Communications Manager and Vice President for Enrollment and Marketing to ensure consistent communications.
- Serving as a liaison between back-end web vendor and PSR.
- May supervise part-time staff and/or student workers.
Desired Skills and Traits:
- Attention to detail and strong organizational and communication skills.
- Ability to work well with others as well as work independently.
- Communicate effectively with both technical and non-technical staff.
- Graphic Design experience using tools such as the Adobe Creative Suite.
- Related marketing experience.
- Expert knowledge of Hootsuite, Facebook, Twitter, Instagram, YouTube, and Linked-In
- Organizational skills in file management.
Bachelor’s degree combined with relevant work experience.
Full-time position, commensurate with educational background, certifications, and work experience.
- Excellent benefits
- Health, vision, and dental
- Generous vacation and holidays
- 37-hour workweek
Candidates should submit a cover letter, resume, and salary requirements to email@example.com
Pacific School of Religion is unable to reimburse candidates for travel expenses for interviewing and is unable to provide relocation reimbursement. This job is best suited for local candidates.
Pacific School of Religion (PSR) is a progressive, multidenominational seminary and center for social justice that prepares spiritually-rooted leaders to work for the well-being of all people. Rooted in the Christian tradition, PSR is home to a vibrant and diverse community of faculty, staff and students from a wide range of spiritual, religious, and cultural backgrounds. Reflecting the interreligious and multiethnic reality of the world, PSR develops and connects individuals engaged in faith-based leadership and social activism through rigorous scholarship, practical training and immersive fieldwork, preparing them for ongoing service including pastoral ministry, non-profit and civic leadership, and public policy. PSR is a member of the Graduate Theological Union (GTU), an interfaith consortium of seminaries and institutes in the San Francisco Bay Area. PSR is a non-profit founded in 1866 and is located in Berkeley, California.
PSR is an Equal Opportunity Employer. Believing that diversity contributes to academic excellence and to rich and rewarding communities, PSR is committed to recruiting and retaining a diverse faculty, staff and student body. We seek candidates, particularly those from historically under-represented groups, whose work furthers diversity and who bring to campus varied experiences, perspectives, and backgrounds.
Position: Vice President of Development
Reports to: President
Location: Berkeley, CA
Pacific School of Religion (PSR) is a progressive, multi-denominational seminary and center for social justice that prepares spiritually rooted leaders with the vision, resilience and skill to create a world where all can thrive. PSR is home to Ignite Institute (a leadership innovation lab), the Center for LGBTQ and Gender Studies in Religion (shaping a new public discourse on religion, gender and sexuality), and the Badé Museum of Biblical Archaeology.
Adjacent to the University of California at Berkeley campus, PSR is a member of the Graduate Theological Union (GTU), an ecumenical and interfaith consortium of seminaries, centers and institutes. PSR provides an education that is intellectually challenging, culturally pluralistic, and morally and spiritually enriching. It is a distinctive community, marked by the diversity of its students, faculty, staff, administration and partners. Close to 150 students are active in the school’s graduate and leadership programs, representing a broad range of cultural and ethnic heritages, spiritual backgrounds, genders and sexual orientations, hailing from all over the US and abroad. In addition to accredited degree programs, PSR offers leadership programs and flexible learning opportunities to students, community members, and organizations. More than 2,800 alumni are leaders in religious communities and social change agencies in the US and around the world.
The vice president for development will be responsible for creating and implementing a strategic and comprehensive development plan that includes annual giving, major gifts, foundation relations, planned giving and development operations. Reporting to the president, the vice president is an important member of PSR’s management team, working closely with a dedicated group of educational, religious and business professionals and volunteers to guide the school under its strategic vision for the future.
The vice president will manage a full-time associate director of development and a half-time development associate. They will collaborate with the vice president for enrollment and marketing and PSR’s communications staff to coordinate alumni and development communications as well as elements of PSR’s community and public relations activities. The vice president will also work closely with the executive directors of PSR’s centers who are engaged in fundraising as part of their overall responsibilities. The ideal candidate will care deeply about how spiritually rooted and values-based leaders can shape and transform our world. They will be a strong leader, comfortable in a small shop environment and excited by the opportunity to help PSR realize its philanthropic potential.
- Develop and lead a comprehensive and diversified development strategy to grow PSR’s revenue base. Design a long-term fundraising plan that includes annual, major and planned giving, institutional giving, events, alumni relations and development communications and operations
- Strengthen PSR’s major gifts program, working closely with the president on major donor identification, engagement, and solicitation and building trustee and other volunteers’ abilities in major donor and institutional funder engagement
- Create and oversee programs to develop and engage alumni, congregations and denominational partners, and other individuals and insitutions in growing fundraising support
- Oversee use of Raiser’s Edge ReNXT donor database and gift processing by staff; ensure smooth functioning of donor recognition systems and reporting
- Work closely with the vice president for enrollment and marketing and the communications manager to design effective development communications. Ensure the effectiveness of PSR’s website for use by the philanthropic community and develop ways to facilitate and increase online giving through different channels
- Develop and implement strategies to increase the pipeline of planned gifts to ensure long-term support. Oversee efforts to promote planned giving opportunities in the community
- Working with the associate director of development, oversee PSR’S annual appeal program. Design opportunities to acquire new donors to increase operating support
- Build PSR’s fundraising infrastructure to increase giving, steward donors and ensure adequate operational support for PSR fundraisers, staff and volunteers
- Oversee an effective donor relations and stewardship program; create new opportunities, including the alumni gatherings and other events, for donor and volunteer engagement
- Manage the development budget. Ensure best practice use of analytics, data, and metrics to track progress and success of fundraising strategies and tactics
- Ensure that PSR cultivates and maintains a culture of philanthropy that encourages participation in the engagement, solicitation, and stewardship of individual and institutional donors and organizational partners
- At least six years of progressively responsible fundraising experience managing key functional areas of the development program
- Experience undertaking and successfully implementing both short- and long-term strategic plans that include goals, metrics and deliverables
- At least three years of experience working with and raising support from major donors, including effective moves management, conducting personal solicitations and stewarding philanthropic relationships
- Experience raising capital and/or program support from institutional funders, particularly foundations and a track record of successful grant submissions
- Experience in resource management, budget development, and reforecasting
- Experience with capital and/or endowment campaigns is desirable
- Proven experience serving in the role of resource/coach/mentor to board members and colleagues and leveraging board/volunteer relationships to maximize development opportunities and strengthen capabilities in fundraising, consultation, and advocacy
- Experience in and a tangible record of meeting annual fundraising goals
- Experience with alumni relations programs, a plus
- Bachelor’s degree is required. Additional studies or certification in fundraising or nonprofit management are desirable.
The successful candidate will have or be:
- Entrepreneurial with a creative approach to finding new funding opportunities and partnerships
- Proficient with donor databases (Raiser’s Edge and ReNXT are currently used) and related technology, prospect research and donor metrics to further program effectiveness
- Skilled communicator and thoughtful negotiator with good listening skills and sensitivity to diverse perspectives
- Comfortable with the collaborative decision-making approach of the school and in partnering with members of the administrative team
- An interest in and appreciation for theological education focused on leadership and action in social transformation
- Open, supportive, and encouraging leadership style with the ability to create and maintain a collegial, positive and productive work environment and to motivate and mentor staff, PSR leadership and volunteers
- Strong financial skills, including the ability to develop and review budgets and to develop management reports that present a clear financial picture of fundraising activities
- Understanding of current trends in philanthropy and the ability to recommend new or different approaches to increase donors, contributions and identify new opportunities
COMPENSATION AND BENEFITS
This is a full-time, exempt position. A competitive salary and generous employee benefits package will be offered. To be considered for this position or for additional information on the opportunity, please contact or send resume to:
David N. Randall
Randall Search Associates
415 767 3814
PSR is one of the most diverse educational institutions in the country. It fully and actively supports equal opportunity for all people, regardless of race, color, religion, national origin, disability, or sexual orientation. PSR seeks candidates with a demonstrated commitment to diversity, academic excellence, community building, and meaningful connection with historically underrepresented groups of people and institutions. Reasonable accommodations may be made to enable individuals with disabilities to perform the essential functions.
Founded in 2014 as a leadership and innovation lab within Pacific School of Religion (PSR), Ignite Institute bridges ancient wisdom and transformative innovation to develop visionary, effective, and socially responsible leaders and organizations. Ignite Institute aims to develop leadership programs that reach new audiences in for-profit, government, and nonprofit sectors, and over time generate sufficient income to contribute to PSR’s financial sustainability.
The Executive Director of Ignite Institute will have the unique opportunity to take an entity that is in early stages of development and drive it to scale, garnering support from a committed board, outstanding and seasoned faculty, and institutional resources. This leader will also benefit from partnership with the President of Pacific School of Religion, David Vasquez-Levy, a visionary academic leader and nationally recognized immigration leader who leads at the intersection of faith, higher education, and social change.
The Executive Director will provide strategic, entrepreneurial, and operational leadership to position Ignite as a nationally recognized provider of cross-sector, spiritually rooted, transformative leadership and will be committed to Ignite’s vision. This leader will drive revenue growth and will contribute to PSR’s financial sustainability by partnering with faculty to create innovative and cutting-edge programs that serve the mission of playing a critical role in the formation of leaders. The position reports directly to the President of Pacific School of Religion.
About Ignite Institute
The Ignite Institute bridges ancient wisdom and transformative innovation to develop visionary, effective, and socially responsible leaders and organizations. Ignite Institute recognizes that at the core of today’s leadership challenges are long-standing questions of meaning-making, justice, power, and relationships that humans have wrestled with for generations. We bring together the ancient wisdom gained by diverse communities across time and cultures to bear on the issues raised by disruptive forces of change. We help leaders match mission with impact, grow profit with purpose, and understand and influence the social impact of their organization’s strategic and operational decisions. Our Fusion Leadership (FL) programs bring together PRS’s expertise in Ancient Wisdom with leading-edge experts from various sectors to prepare leaders with the vision, resilience, and skill to create a world where all can thrive. Current programs include:
Developing Fusion Leaders: Emerging leaders can earn a Post Graduate Diploma in Leadership and Innovation for an Unpredictable Future by completing two mini-credential programs: Certificate in Ethical Leadership and Innovation and Certificate in Design Thinking and Ancient Wisdom. Each certificate program is 6 weeks. Ignite has developed pilots of this content both in face-to-face and on-line modules.
Honing Fusion Leadership: Senior leaders meet for a series of weekend retreats to build their skills in applying ancient wisdom, personal and institutional resilience, and innovative thinking. Each session creates a cross-sector, intentionally diverse cohort which maintains structured contact for at least 12 months.
Models of Fusion Leadership: Stand-alone events targeted to specific business cases and issue-specific conversations for private, nonprofit, or government entities. Drawing upon PSR’s network of partners, including PSR faculty and Distinguished Professors of Practice, these events provide applied experiences of Ignite’s offerings that can advance the work of individual participants and their organizations.
Through intentionally diverse, cross-sector cohort experiences in each of these programs, Ignite prepares individuals to lead effectively and with purpose in creating a world where all can thrive. For more information, visit the Ignite Institute website.
In partnership with the President and the Ignite Leadership Council, the Executive Director will be responsible for positioning Ignite as a nationally recognized provider of cross-sector, spiritually rooted, transformative leadership. The Executive director will be responsible for:
- Creating and implementing a business plan to achieve Ignite’s strategic mission, that generates contributed and earned income to fund the Institute’s work and contribute to a more sustainable future for PSR
- Working with PSR President, faculty and strategic partners to develop leadership programs that reach new audiences in private, nonprofit, and government sectors, helping to strengthen the capacity of organizations and communities to bring about significant social change
- Leading Ignite’s team in developing and implementing Ignite’s programs with excellence and in alignment the school’s core values and strategic initiatives
- Serving as a key spokesperson and translator for the mission and work of Ignite
- Responsible for the fiscal management of Ignite Institute, including managing the operating budget and P&L
- Identifying and cultivating key strategic partners in business, government, and social change sectors, including leveraging PSR’s extensive network of partners and its AshokaU Changemaker designation https://ashokau.org.
- In partnership with PSR’s Communications Office and Ignite staff, developing an effective branding, marketing, and cultivation plan for Ignite’s offerings
- In partnership with PSR’s Office of Institutional Advancement and Ignite staff, identifying grant opportunities to support the institute’s work
- Leading ongoing evaluation and assessment of Ignite’s efforts
- Providing verbal and written reports to important stakeholders
- Engaging PSR’s faculty in the development of content and aligning Ignite with the broader PSR mission
- Integrating the operations of the institute with PSR’s core business systems, policies, and procedures to position the institute for cost-effective growth
The Executive Director will be a dynamic, entrepreneurial, and inspiring leader with a proven track record and ability to build and lead a startup entity from early stages of development to scale. This driven and energetic individual will have experience in guiding program design and content development, ideally with experience driving revenue within an academic or continuing education setting. This person should also have an understanding, appreciation, or curiosity about the role of spirituality in shaping visionary and resilient leaders.
The successful candidate will have leadership experience that could include nonprofit, for-profit and/or academic settings, with a strong grounding in business management and revenue generation. The ideal candidate will have a master’s degree or equivalent work experience in a field relevant to the work of Ignite, with at least 5 years’ management experience leading an organization, department, program or function, while engaging an advisory board, board of directors or leadership team. Successful experience launching a startup entity or program as well as any experience in social entrepreneurship is preferred.
In addition, the successful candidate will have the following professional competencies and personal characteristics:
Strategic and Entrepreneurial Leader: The Executive Director will be an experienced, hands-on and entrepreneurial leader with success developing and executing strategic plans and collaboratively designing programs and developing content related to continuing education or leadership development. This individual will be responsible for implementing an organizational infrastructure that supports Ignite Institute’s and Pacific School of Religion’s long-term priorities.
The Executive Director will have demonstrated high-level organizational and strategic planning skills with the ability to bring people together to evaluate multiple strategies, chart a clear strategic direction, and oversee the execution of activities to reach the organization’s goals. This leader will be flexible and comfortable with ambiguity, as the organization continues to grow and evolve.
This leader will have strong skills influencing and political acumen with the ability to work effectively with a broad set of constituents.
Revenue Generation / Fundraising Expertise: The Executive Director will have a demonstrated track record of driving revenue growth from earned income, as well as contributed income and grants. The Executive Director will advise the President and Board of Trustees in identifying and devising a revenue and development strategy for Ignite Institute from diverse revenue streams. This leader will have an impressive networking ability and be able to effectively communicate Ignite Institute’s value and needs to the funder community.
Operational Excellence & Management: The Executive Director will understand and implement best-in-class nonprofit management / business management practices, ensuring that overall day-to-day operations are streamlined and aligned with strategic goals. The Executive Director will be skilled at developing and managing annual budgets and long term financial projections, carrying profit and loss responsibility, and partnering closely with the administrative team at PSR. This individual will demonstrate the ability to build, nurture, and retain a high performing team of professionals that is focused on excellence, accountability, and efficiency. As a manager, the Executive Director will implement effective hiring processes, with clear goals and deliverables.
Communications and Relationship Building: The Executive Director will be the outward-facing voice of Ignite Institute. This leader will effectively communicate Ignite’s value proposition and programs to all stakeholders in a clear, compelling way to increase the visibility and stature of the organization and its programs. The Executive Director will be an authentic ambassador for Ignite Institute’s and PSR’s mission and will drive the development of an effective marketing and communications strategy and collateral.
This executive will be responsible for maintaining strong connections with business leaders in the community crossing numerous industries and sectors, nonprofit leaders, community members, PSR faculty, board members and leaders. This individual will interact extensively with foundations and will build trust in the foundation space.
Passion for the Mission: The Executive Director will align with Ignite Institute’s mission and be committed to transformative leadership and building diverse cohorts to participate in Ignite’s programs. It will be imperative for the ED to demonstrate an unambiguous commitment to diversity, equity and belonging and an understanding, sensitivity, and respect for cultural values, practices, beliefs, and social experiences of diverse communities, exhibiting a high level of cultural competence.
The Ignite Institute at the Pacific School of Religion has engaged Koya Leadership Partners to help in this hire. This search is being led by Michelle Bonoan and Medelene Beasley. Please submit a compelling cover letter and resume here, or email Michelle and Medelene at the following:
Michelle R.S. Bonoan
Pacific School of Religion is one of the most diverse educational institutions in the country. We fully and actively support equal opportunity for all people, seeking to enrich our community’s diversity in terms of race, color, religion, gender, gender identity, sexual orientation, marital status, national origin or ancestry, disability, veteran status, or citizen status. We seek candidates with a demonstrated commitment to diversity, academic excellence, community building, and meaningful connection with historically-underrepresented groups of people and institutions.
About Koya Leadership Partners
Koya Leadership Partners is a national retained executive search and human capital-consulting firm that works exclusively with nonprofits and social enterprises. We deliver measurable results, finding exceptionally talented people who truly fit the unique culture of our client organizations and ensuring that organizations have the resources and strategies to support them. For more information about Koya Leadership Partners, visit www.koyapartners.com.
Student Work Study Positions
- Tutor one-on-one with elementary school students reading below grade level
- Track student progress using Reading Partners tools
- Substitute tutoring, when needed
- Provide administrative support, as needed
- Attend Reading Partners orientation and trainings
- Interest in working with young children who need help learning
- Willingness to learn tutoring strategies and implement feedback
- Ability to commit to a schedule and show up promptly when expected
- Ability to work independently or with limited supervision
- Ability to interact effectively with diverse groups
- Ability to pass a Livescan background check and TB test*
Key Pacific School of Religion policies for your reference:
- Equal Employment Opportunity (scroll down)
- Nondiscrimination and nonharassment policy (scroll down)
- Complaint resolution procedures (scroll down)
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.