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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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.

Current Openings

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Staff

Enrollment and Media Coordinator
Non-Exempt, Full-time, Regular staff

General Summary:
The person in this position will serve as data manager and office coordinator for the Enrollment Division and manage PSR’s AV/media requirements.

Essential Duties and Responsibilities:
Enrollment/Admissions – Ensure an excellent admissions experience for all prospective students; create and maintain prospective student files; participate in on-campus recruitment events; coordinate on-campus student visits; provide prospective students with accurate information about PSR programs and resources; provide a prompt response to inquiries and applicants; maintain a consistent social media
presence (Facebook, Twitter, Instagram, YouTube); accurately manage the prospective student and applicant databases; coordinate communication flow (from inquiry to matriculant); assist in developing and editing prospective student and financial aid communications; update and purge prospective student and financial aid files; coordinate scheduling.

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. Other tasks as assigned.

Supervisory Responsibilities:
Supervise student staff as needed 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. BA/BS degree is required.

Required Knowledge, Skills, Experience
• Knowledge (or strong aptitude to learn) of AV/media equipment use and maintenance; use of Zoom, LiveStream, PowerPoint, and other AV/media programs
• Ability to work independently.
• Ability to perform and track several tasks at once and complete in a timely manner.
• Ability to work effectively in a multi-cultural and diverse environment.
• Ability to handle confidential material accurately and with sensitivity
• Supervisory skills.
• Ability to meet designated deadlines.
• Strong interpersonal communication skills with the ability to relate cooperatively and effectively with a diverse population of 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
• Demonstrated organizational skills, ability to manage multiple simultaneous responsibilities, careful attention to detail, and excellent time management.

Environmental 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. Majority of the work is indoors. Regularly works with others.

Mental Requirements:
• Reading/Writing/Math – Complex reading and writing for reviewing and editing of forms, procedure manuals/catalogues and drafting of correspondence. Simple math is required for statistical report compilations.
• Attention to Detail – Close attention to detail for maintaining records, compiling files, data input and responding to inquiries with accurate information.
• Verbal Communication Skills – Frequent and essential, with ability to quickly organize and communicate thoughts and to understand communications from others.
• Social Skills – Capability to relate readily with prospective and current students and to foster cooperation and teamwork between staff and student employer. Ability to keep prospective students and current students feeling supported with a welcoming and pleasant demeanor. High tolerance for regular interruptions while maintaining composure under stressful conditions.

Physical Requirements:
• 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, office equipment
• 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 motor skills needed to work with various equipment and use computer keyboard, office equipment
• Regular Attendance – required to manage day-to-day operations.

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

To Apply: Please direct cover letter and resume to Human Resources – blee@psr.edu

Responsibilities

  • Facilitate new hire process, administer benefits, and coordinate the administration of HR processes;
  • Work closely with Director to provide guidance and assistance on HR matters including hiring, onboarding, payroll, etc.;
  • Reviews each payroll, payroll changes and update in ADP;
  • Performs all data entry into ADP WFN system;
  • Maintain all employee records, enrollment, documentation, and the day to day activities related to benefits, 403b, leaves, and employee lifecycle transitions;
  • Coordinate with outside accounting firm to process check requests, reimbursements for staff and uploading of statements;
  • Respond to HR, payroll and benefits related questions by staff, faculty and students;
  • Stay informed and updated on new regulations, policies and procedures;
  • Other duties as assigned.

Qualifications

  • Passion for the mission of Pacific School of Religion;
  • BA/BS degree preferred;
  • 2-3 years of work experience including in human resources, payroll and administration;
  • Highly competent with web-based payroll and accounting systems, preferably ADP Workforce Now, accounting software, and Expensify.
  • Working knowledge of HR best practices, policies, procedures and federal and state laws;
  • Excellent organizational and prioritization skills and ability to complete tasks independently and efficiently within a team;
  • Dedicated team player with a customer-service approach, friendliness and ability to build relationships;
  • Ability to work independently and provide for high-quality, timely, and effective results;
  • Strong project management skills: planning and organizational skills to guide, develop, and document systems and processes;
  • Strong computer skills, including MS Office Suite (Word, PowerPoint, Excel) and ability to quickly navigate data sets from multiple systems to identify errors or missing data;
  • Proven ability to handle confidential data and information;
  • Ability to effectively communicate and positively interact with people both internal and external to the organization.
  • Able to work and think independently, keep information confidential, work in a highly organized, efficient, and detail-oriented manner.
  • Demonstrates an awareness and sensitivity to the needs and concerns of individuals from diverse cultures, backgrounds and orientations.
  • Contributes to the creation of a diverse, equitable and inclusive work culture that encourages and celebrates differences.

Please email cover letter and resume to blee@psr.edu. No phone calls please.

Position Description: Chief Advancement Officer

About This Position

Pacific School of Religion is seeking an experienced and effective fundraiser and leader who cares deeply about how spiritually-rooted and values-based leaders can shape and transform our world. The candidate will be a strong leader, comfortable in a small shop environment, who wants to guide the School to realizing its potential in philanthropy and financial sustainability.

Reporting directly to the President of Pacific School of Religion, the Chief Advancement Officer is a member of the management team for the School, working closely with a dedicated group of educational, religious, and business professionals to guide the School under its strategic plan and vision for the future. The Chief Advancement Officer will oversee all aspects of the School’s philanthropic programs, as well as marketing and communications, with its many and varied constituencies.

The new Chief Advancement Officer will oversee major and legacy giving, the annual fund, foundation support, stewardship, events,  marketing, communications through online and print channels, and community and public relations.  He or she will work closely with the President, the Board of Trustees, the Advancement Committee and the Alumni Council to create and execute fund development programs that will support the School’s growth and sustainability. The new Chief Advancement Officer will manage two full-time professional staff (Associate Advancement Director, and the Marketing and Communications Manager), a half-time Development Associate, as well as a variety of contractors and vendors. Executive Directors of the Centers who have responsibilities in fund development will also collaborate with the Chief Advancement Officer as part of their overall activities.

About Pacific School of Religion: A Tradition of Boldness

Pacific School of Religion is a multi-denominational seminary and center for social justice in Berkeley, California, preparing theologically and spiritually rooted leaders for social transformation in a rapidly-changing world. For more than 150 years, the School has led the way in progressive spiritual education. Through its innovative stackable curriculum, the School offers a variety of leadership certificates and graduate programs including masters and doctoral programs.  PSR’s education and programs prepare Fusion Leaders—spiritually rooted, cross-sector changemakers with the vision, resilience, and skill to bring about a world where all can thrive.  A member of the Graduate Theological Union, the School offers its students access to special courses at the largest consortium of theological schools in the world—which includes seven seminaries representing the diversity of the Christian tradition and 11 centers that represent the major world religions. The School includes 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.

Pacific School of Religion provides an education that is intellectually challenging, culturally pluralistic, and morally and spiritually enriching. The School has an academically talented and diverse student body and seeks the same in its faculty and staff.

PSR 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 programs, representing a broad range of cultural and ethnic heritages, spiritual backgrounds, genders and sexual orientations, and hailing from all over the US and overseas. In addition to accredited degree programs, the School offers students, community members, and organizations leadership programs and flexible learning opportunities. More than 2,800 alumni are leaders in religious communities and in social change agencies in the US and around the world.

Essential Leadership Roles and Responsibilities

  • Fund Development planning and execution: develop and execute successful multi-year Fund Development and Marketing plans, including major and legacy giving, annual giving at all levels, foundation and corporate giving, events, marketing and communications, and donor stewardship and systems.
  • Donor and constituency relationships: identify, cultivate, solicit and steward donors, including conducting personal solicitations of major and legacy donors, locally and outside the Bay Area; oversee programs to develop and engage alumni and alumni families, as well as the cultivation of “high networked” congregations.
  • Staff and volunteer management: manage day-to-day operations of Fund Development and Marketing Communications; manage staff, contractors, and leadership volunteers, and build their capacity to strengthen philanthropic relationships.
  • Systems management: oversee use of Raiser’s Edge ReNXT donor database and gift processing by staff, ensure smooth functioning of donor recognition systems, reporting, and stewardship.
  • Volunteer engagement: effectively partner with the President to build Trustee and other leadership volunteers’ abilities in major donor and institutional funder engagement.
  • Organization: set priorities and strategies, and collaborate with other staff and volunteers to implement the plan.
  • Financial management: manage the Fund Development and Marketing budgets and forecasts, as well as metrics and evaluation.
  • Marketing and Communications: oversee the development and implementation of a Marketing and Communications plan that focuses on core messages, through a variety of face-to-face, online and social networking channels; connect with multiple constituencies, including donors, prospective donors, students, alumni, faculty, staff, and prospective students.
  • Branding and external relations within the greater community: identify and execute strategies for building and enhancing the School’s reputation in the community, including with external partners and organizations.

Qualifications

  • Fund Development Experience
    • 6 plus years overall of Fund Development experience.
    • 3 plus years of experience working with major donors, including conducting personal solicitations, working with and coaching Trustees and leadership volunteers to conduct personal solicitations of major donors.
    • 2 plus years managing or working with Marketing staff, Marketing functions and Communications channels, and able to partner with the Vice President of Enrollment regarding Marketing and Communications needs.
    • Track record in developing and executing successful multi-year Fund Development plans, including individual giving, major gifts, foundations and corporate giving, events, planned gifts, as well as marketing and communications strategies.
    • Experience with building alumni relations programs.
    • Experience in resource management, budget development, and reforecasting.
    • Experience with capital and endowment campaigns is very desirable.
    • Able to serve as counsel to and partner with the President of the School on philanthropic and marketing and communications topics.
  • Skills
    • Comfortable managing multiple projects simultaneously and meeting deadlines.
    • Entrepreneurial, creative approach to finding new funding opportunities and partnerships.
    • Comfortable identifying and executing strategies for building and enhancing the School’s reputation in the community, including with external partners and organizations.
    • Strong skills in managing staff and leadership volunteers, from Trustees to alumni volunteers.
    • 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 as a member of the Administrative Team.
    • Collegial, approachable, and invested in the success of the School.
  • Requirements
    • Willing to undertake travel for donor visits.
    • Strong interest in theological education focused on leadership and action in social transformation
    • Bachelor’s degree required.
    • Additional studies or certification in philanthropy or nonprofit management are very desirable.

To Apply:

Please send your resume and letter electronically, in PDF format, with the subject line “Chief Advancement Officer” to: advancementsearch@psr.edu, or mail to: CAO Search, Pacific School of Religion, 1798 Scenic Avenue, Berkeley, CA, 94709. Applicants should also include three references (none will be contacted without permission from the candidate).

This is a full-time position with competitive salary and benefits. The requirements listed above are representative of the knowledge, skills, and/or abilities required. Reasonable accommodations may be made to enable individuals with disabilities to perform the essential functions.

PSR is one of the most diverse educational institutions in the country.  We fully and actively support equal opportunity for all people, regardless of race, color, religion, national origin, disability, or sexual orientation. We seek candidates with a demonstrated commitment to diversity, academic excellence, community building, and meaningful connection with historically-underrepresented groups of people and institutions.


Student Work Study Positions

Job Title: Literacy Intervention Tutor Deadline: Open until filled with intent to fill immediately Employer/Department Name: Pacific School of Religion (in Cooperation with Reading Partners) Compensation: $15 per hour Hours: 4-10 hours per week Monday-Thursday (additional hours may be available) Who Should Apply: PSR students eligible for Federal Work-Study. If you are unsure about whether or not you qualify, please contact PSR Financial Aid. Location: Elementary schools in East Oakland and Fruitvale. Student must have transportation or be willing to take public transportation to their site. For locations see: http://readingpartners.org/location/sf-bay-area/schools/ Overview: Reading Partners (readingpartners.org) is a nonprofit organization that works to expand life opportunities for at-risk elementary school children by empowering them with strong literacy skills. We work directly within under-resourced elementary schools and recruit community members to provide one-on-one literacy tutoring for students who are reading below grade level. We are seeking qualified candidates for our Literacy Intervention Tutor positions, who will assist the Reading Partners on-site coordinator with tutoring and administrative support. Opportunities are available Monday - Thursday, from 9am - 6pm (depending on the school site). Responsibilities:
  • 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
Qualifications:
  • 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*
* A Livescan background check and proof of a negative TB test is a requirement to work within our partner school districts. Qualified candidates who undergo the interview process and are hired will be expected to pay up-front for the cost of the Livescan and TB test. Reading Partners can reimburse for these expenses. To apply: Send your resume directly to the PSR Financial Aid office at financialaid@psr.edu.  Resumes will be forwarded directly to Reading Partners and an interview will be scheduled for qualified candidates. For more information about this position or about Reading Partners please contact Peter Cabana at peter.cabana@readingpartners.org.
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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.