Working at Pacific School of Religion

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

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

Current Openings

Faculty

Pacific School of Religion is seeking a professor of New Testament studies whose teaching, scholarship, and service reflect knowledge of diverse perspectives of Scripture and engagement of sacred texts as foundational to the ministry of the church and the work of social transformation. The position is tenure track, rank open. With strong academic credentials and a commitment to the work of justice, this professor will be joining those who share PSR’s vision for preparing theologically and spiritually rooted leaders dedicated to the work of social change and transformation.

PSR’s professor will provide intellectual leadership in the field of New Testament for a diverse faculty and student body by teaching one required introductory NT course and three elective courses for Certificate, Masters and PhD level students. The professor is expected to publish creative and recognized scholarship. Teaching ability in a secondary field is highly desirable, especially in the area of preaching. The professor will be expected to carry out additional responsibilities such as student advising, committee work and attending faculty meetings, community events, and public relations activities.

Essential Duties and Responsibilities

  1. Teach classes in New Testament studies to an ecumenical (primarily Protestant) and interreligious body of students;
  2. Participate in PSR community life as member of the faculty involved in teaching, scholarship, student advising, and community service;
  3. Work with faculty and staff to shape the spiritual formation of students;
  4. Seek opportunities for the development of creative teaching, including the use of technology and on-line instruction;
  5. Advise certificate and degree students (including MDiv, MTS, MA, DMin, and PhD students);
  6. Contribute to the consortial academic work of the Graduate Theological Union;
  7. Carry out responsibilities listed in the Faculty Manual.

Qualifications: The requirements listed below are representative of the knowledge, skill, and/or ability required.

  1. PhD or its equivalent in New Testament studies with demonstrated excellence in the field of New Testament with an expertise in contextual hermeneutics, both from the perspectives of the New Testament and the social location of its contemporary interpreter;
  2. Scholarly work consistent with rank;
  3. An understanding of contextual and cross-cultural dimensions of the field and an ability to engage in interdisciplinary conversation;
  4. Readiness to affirm PSR’s interreligious and Christian heritage and a commitment to an open and affirming community that honors and values diversity and presses toward racial, gender, sexual, and economic justice;
  5. Enthusiasm for teaching persons who will exercise their vocation in a variety of settings both within and beyond faith communities, and a depth of understanding about the various ways learning takes place;
  6. Competence in a secondary field, the teaching of preaching is highly desirable;
  7. A committed advocate who can speak with conviction and teach effectively about the role of sacred texts in motivating and shaping social transformation;
  8. Ability to teach Greek; experience teaching on-line;
  9. Ability to build good relationships with and among faculty, students, staff, trustees, and wider publics including community building, organizing, and networking.

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.

Applicants will need to submit a curriculum vitae, the names of three professional references (none will be contacted without explicit prior permission), and a cover letter that includes (a) the applicant’s understanding of PSR’s mission and vision(see https://psr.edu/about/, (b) work in social change making, and a (c) statement of teaching philosophy and research agenda. Applications, nominations, and inquiries can be sent to Professor Aaron Brody, Committee Chair, at abrody@psr.edu.

Review of applications will begin immediately and continue until the position is filled. Preference will be given to applications received prior to September 30, 2016. The professor of New Testament will be expected to take office on or about July 1, 2017.

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Staff

Position Summary

Pacific School of Religion 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. Its campus is one block north of UC Berkeley. The successful candidate will manage three discrete projects:

1) Selection and implementation of a student information system;
2) Selection and implementation of a student financial aid system; and
3) Development and implementation of a student housing solution.

This is a one-year, contract, position.

Position Responsibilities
• Manage all three projects to successful completion, on time, and on budget.
• Work with project teams to define project scope, document functional requirements, identify optimal solutions, and make formal recommendation to PSR’s decision-makers.
• Organize and chair project meetings, prepare agendas, and distribute meeting notes and action plans.
• Develop and manage comprehensive project schedules, track and follow-up on progress, meet milestones and overall timeline.
• Develop and manage project budgets. Ensure that resources are used wisely and within budget allocation.
• Identify risks and, working with the project team, develop practical and cost-effective mitigation plans.
• Oversee project communication and change management plans. Clearly and concisely communicate plan developments. Set clear and realistic expectations. Report project status to key stakeholders including PSR’s Board of Trustees, the President and senior administrative staff, faculty, students, and staff employees.
• Devise and implement plans for user training, log-on and trouble support, report development, data dashboards, system access through personal devices, etc.
• Participate in project scope definition and the documentation of project requirements.
• Learn PSR’s business processes and how they interact with our systems. Work with the project team and key stakeholders to streamline and simplify processes in the interest of long-term cost efficiency and process effectiveness.
• Collaborate with outside vendors and plans and manage their activities.
• Track, report on, and resolve issues where appropriate.

Position Qualifications
• Demonstrable project management skills and experience on data system migration and other change projects.
• Bachelor degree or higher.

Reply to: poleary@psr.edu Send cover letter and resume to apply.

Department: Ignite Institute

Supervisor: Derene Allen, Interim Executive Director, Ignite Institute

Job title: Business Development Associate

Job description:
In this time of upheaval, with so many social and economic inequalities, the need for resilient and skilled leadership is essential.

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

The Business Development Associate position has been created to assist the Ignite Institute Interim Executive Director with community and target audience outreach for various Ignite programs including but not limited to: ReIGNITE, Inspiration for a Better World, Difficult Discussions and Active Empathy.

Potential publics for outreach include: spiritual leaders and their congregations, undergraduate university leadership, nonprofit leaders and for profit human resource and department heads.

Additional duties may include contract preparation, on- and offline marketing, etc.

Essential Responsibilities:
See above.

Qualifications:
Prior outreach experience with organizational leaders.
Well organized.
Good verbal and written communication skills.
Excellent technical skills and/or enthusiasm to learn.
Competency with Microsoft Word, Excel and Powerpoint.

Hours per week: 10
Date job is to begin: ASAP

Part-time COOK position.

Pacific School of Religion, Berkeley, CA

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

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

Requirement:

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

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

Essential Duties and Responsibilities:

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

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Students

PSR Student Employment Opportunity Spring 2017/Academic Year 2016-2017 Posting date: 02/21/2017 Department/organization: Reception/Mail Room Supervisor: Becky DePalma Job title: Reception/Mail Room Assistant Job description: Assist in sorting and distributing mail, answering calls and taking messages, assist in cleaning and reorganizing front desk and copy/fax areas. As the first point of contact for many visitors as well a conduit of information for students, faculty and staff the reception/mailroom assistant should conduct him/herself in a professional manner while presenting a helpful, hospitable, face of PSR. Qualifications:
  • Ability to sort alphabetically and numerically
  • Ability to lift up to 25 lbs. (with or without assistance)
  • Ability to speak clearly and write legibly in English
  • Excellent phone skills
  • Strong interpersonal skills, with the ability to work with frequent interruptions and a great deal of public contact
  • Ability to work effectively in a multicultural and diverse environment
Hours per week: 8-12 hours Priority given to students with federal work study Date job is to begin: As arranged by supervisor Hourly rate: $12.53 Period of employment: Semester of hire; Spring 2017 ending May 31 Preferred workdays: 2-3 Days - Monday -Friday Hours: 11 am – 3:00 pm Apply to: Becky DePalma (send your resume) Email: rdepalma@psr.edu Application deadline: Open Until Filled
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Posting date: 01/27/2017 Department/Organization: Academic Affairs - PSR Supervisor: Mary Donovan Turner, Dean Job title: Technology Teaching Assistant – “Tech TA” Job description: To assist one or more PSR faculty in videoconferencing with distance students and supporting faculty with online course offerings as needed. The Tech TA supports videoconferencing needs of course “HSFT-2006: UCC History, Theology & Polity” and operates audio-visual equipment in the classroom from 12:40 pm to 3:30 pm on Thursdays, with the possibility of working additional hours depending on faculty needs. Responsibilities: The following responsibilities are representative of the range of duties. Actual responsibilities will vary depending on the needs of the faculty and the degree of prior course development. • Consult with Audio/Visual (A/V) department about supported technologies and recommended approaches • Collaborate with one or more faculty in the overall development and design of online courses and their components • Create new learning objects such as video, narrated PowerPoint, enhanced images, etc. • Develop Moodle (or other) online course space • Other technical assistance to faculty as needed Qualifications: Must be eligible to work as a federal work-study student • Experience with videoconferencing and Moodle • High degree of comfort with learning technologies • Dependable, prompt, and willingness to respond to urgent course-related technical issues within 48 hours or less Hours per week: varies depending on faculty needs, majority of hours are expected on Thursdays, from 12:40 pm to 3:30 pm. Date job is to begin: 02/02/2017 Compensation: $1,000 plus free parking pass at PSR Period of employment: Spring Semester 2017 (02/02/2017—05/18/2017) Apply to: Hugo Estrada Email: deansoffice@psr.edu Other comments: Applications evaluated as received. Please send resume as an email attachment.
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Posting date: 11/4/16 Either Federal Work Study (preferred) or Institutionally Funded Student Workers Department/Organization: Office for Institutional Advancement - PSR Supervisor: Brandy Sacks, Development Associate Job title: Student Assistant, OIA Job description: To assist with the operations of PSR’s Office for Institutional Advancement, as directed by the Development Associate. Essential Duties to include: • Adding, changing, and updating constituent information in Raiser’s Edge and Excel; • Assisting with bulk mailing projects; • Assisting with planning and execution of events organized by OIA; • Assisting with special projects: • Assisting with general office tasks such as organizing files and offices, shredding, ordering and organizing office supplies, sending letters, and other tasks as assigned; Possibly: • Assisting with coordinating conferences, events, and travel; • Performing advancement research using the internet and other tools; Qualifications: To perform this job successfully, the candidate 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 • Proficiency in using MS Word, Excel, and Outlook; • Strong interpersonal and organizational skills • Basic knowledge of fundraising; • Friendly and willing attitude; • Excellent writing, editing, and time-management skills; • Experience in office environments and with clerical work; • Attention to detail and utmost accuracy on projects; • Ability to manage multiple tasks; • Judgment, discretion, and tact in dealing with confidential information; • Ability to take initiative, follow through on agreements, meet deadlines, and hold consistent work hours. • Familiarity with Pacific School of Religion, religious organizations, and fundraising. Preference but not required: • Experience with databases, Raisers’ Edge preferred, training will be provided; • Conference and/or event planning skills Hours per week: varies, approx. 10 hours Date job is to begin: As soon as hired Hourly rate: $14.50 Preferred workdays: Monday through Friday Apply to: Brandy Sacks, Development Associate Email: bsacks@psr.edu Other comments: Interviews begin as soon as resumes for qualified candidates are received. Please send resume and cover letter as attachments detailing how your experience meets the job requirements and why you desire to work for the Office for Institutional Advancement. Email only, please.
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PSR Student Employment Opportunity: Media Center Assistant 2016-2017 Academic Year Posting date: February 21, 2017 Department/Organization: A/V Media Department, Pacific School of Religion Supervisor: Becky DePalma, Media Coordinator Job Title: Media Center Assistant Job Description: The Media Center Assistant will be responsible for assisting the Media Coordinator in providing audio-visual and multi-media related services. The PSR Media Center provides services for courses offered by all GTU member schools and taught on the PSR campus. Services are also provided for off-campus PSR community events, such as the annual Earl Lectures. The successful applicant will coordinate with the Media Coordinator the 1) scheduling of use and maintaining of all audio-visual equipment for both on-campus and off-campus use; 2) setting up and breaking down of equipment at various locations around the campus and sometimes off campus as requested, and ensuring the proper operation of the equipment. This work involves fulfilling work order requirements for classes and special events. The person hired should be able to attend to the needs as required by the work orders. Qualifications: 1) Familiarity with audio-visual equipment such as PC laptops, microphones, public address systems, projectors, TVs, VCRs, video cameras, etc. 2) Ability to move the AV equipment from place to place on the campus. [A pushcart is provided to move heavy equipment of up to 100 lbs. Small equipment, of up to 20 lbs, must be carried by hand, occasionally up and down stairs.] 3) Good communication skills and ability to relate collegially with students, staff and faculty. 4) Reliable working style. 5) Flexibility in being available especially evenings and weekends for whenever media assistance might be required. Hours per week: 4-8 hours/week (multiple positions available) Date job is to begin: Spring Semester 2017 Hourly rate: $12.53 Period of employment: 2016-17 Academic Year Preferred work days: Monday - Friday Apply to: Becky DePalma Telephone 510/849-8218 Email resume to mediacenter@psr.edu Other comments: Please send your resume and availability to Becky DePalma with the job title in the subject line.
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  • 2016-17 Academic Year
  • Department/organization: Kitchen/PSR
  • Supervisor: Chef Andy Maxon
  • Job title: Food Service Worker
Job description: May include -- cashiering, cleaning the dining room, sweeping, mopping, serving, replenishing food lines, silverware, beverages, trays, etc., assisting the Cook with preparation of meals, washing dishes, silverware, trays, and pots. Most jobs include one or two of these tasks. This job also includes waiting on tables during special events and providing bartending services. Other related tasks may be assigned from time to time. Qualifications: To perform this job successfully, an individual must be able to perform each essential duty satisfactorily. The requirements listed below are representative of the knowledge, skill, and/or ability required. Reasonable accommodations may be made to enable individuals with disabilities to perform the essential functions.
  • > Must be punctual and reliable in coming to work on scheduled days for the smooth running of the food services program
  • > For cashiering part of responsibilities must have ability to count money accurately and ability to deal with people who do not want to pay for their meals and manage to get them to pay
  • > Ability to remain courteous during any interactions with diners
  • > Ability to lift 50 lbs. and carry 25 lbs.
  • > Ability to understand and follow instructions
  • > Ability to walk up and down stairs, sweep, and mop
  • > Ability to operate dishwasher and garbage disposal (Training will be provided on kitchen machine operations.)
  • > Ability to communicate effectively in English as most customers speak English, and to understand communications from others.
  • > Previous experience as a food service worker is desirable, but not required. Training will be provided.
  • Hours per week: up to 20
  • Date job is to begin: immediately
  • Hourly rate: $13.00
  • Period of employment: Generally the academic year from orientation at the end of August through commencement at the end of May
  • Preferred work days: Shift work available Monday through Friday from 7:30am-8:00pm
  • Apply to: see or call Chef Andy
  • Tel/fax: 510-849-8282
  • Application deadline: open until multiple positions are filled

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  • Department/Organization: Academic Affairs
  • Supervisor: Lucia Ann [Shan] McSpadden, Coordinator for International Student Support
  • Job title: Writing Coach for PSR International Students
Job description:
  • Assist students with the coherent construction of an argument and smooth flow of ideas, according to accepted standards for academic writing.
  • Assist international students with English grammar, punctuation, syntax and style in writing assignments for classes as well as thesis writing.
  • Meet individually with students to review their writing and edit papers as needed. Provide feedback to assist students to improve their command of academic English.
  • Report to the Coordinator of International Student Support regarding students’ progress.
  • Meet occasionally with CIIS and the other Writing Coaches to monitor flow of work and further develop writing program resources.
  • Use the data base, Writing Centers Online to make appointments and keep reports on each student tutoring session.
Prerequisite Qualifications:
  • Excellent writing skills and thorough knowledge of English grammar.
  • Ability to identify common difficulties and patterns in students’ writing.
  • Ability to tutor students, both international students and native English speakers, one-on-one: effectively providing feedback, instruction, and encouragement so as to support students in becoming better writers.
  • Ability to be available on a regular schedule to support students in their academic work.
  • Inter-cultural awareness and sensitivity in communicating with international students and fostering their integration into a North American academic setting.
Desired Qualifications:
  • Tutoring experience
  • Editing and proofreading experience
  • Experience studying abroad or experience working/living in a cultural setting other than one’s own ethnic/racial background
Details:
  • Hours per week: 5
  • Date job is to begin: Fall semester 2016
  • Hourly rate: $13.00
  • Period of employment: The 2016-2017 academic year
  • Preferred work days: Flexible
  • Apply to: Lucia Ann [Shan] McSpadden
  • Tel/email: 510-849-8250/ lmcspadden@psr.edu

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On-campus student jobs


Responsibilities

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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


International Student Employment

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


Federal Work-Study

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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


More questions:

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

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

Can I work more than one job as a student?

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

How do I balance work with school?

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

How do I get paid, and how often?

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

Do I get to take breaks?

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

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

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

Is my paycheck taxable?

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

Key Pacific School of Religion policies for your reference:


Equal Employment Opportunity

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

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

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

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

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


Nondiscrimination and Nonharassment Policy

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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


Complaint Resolution Procedure

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

Diversity/Non-Discrimination/Equal Employment Opportunity Policy Statement

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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