Working at Pacific School of Religion

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

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

Current Openings

Faculty

There are no faculty openings at this time.


Staff

Pacific School of Religion (PSR) is seeking a full time, temporary (non-benefited) Administrative Assistant to the Dean. In this position the successful candidate will provide administrative support to the Academic Dean, Assistant Dean for Academic Programs and Registrar, and PSR faculty. Responsibilities include providing support for faculty and board committees, processing correspondence, overseeing photocopying and scanning, and coordinating special projects for the Vice President for Academic Affairs and Dean. The job is expected to last 2 – 3 months. The applicant needs good communication and computer skills and will work collaboratively with other Academic Team members and the support staff of the school.

Qualifications include a B.A. or B.S. degree, the proven ability to handle confidential materials, good organizational and management skills, the ability to work in a multi-cultural and diverse environment, and comfort with Microsoft Excel, Word, Outlook, PowerPoint, etc.

The job begins immediately and applications will be processed as they are received. To apply please send a cover letter and resume, including references, to sabraham@psr.edu.

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.

Job Description:      

The Development Associate supports many aspects of the work of the Office of Institutional Advancement at Pacific School of Religion including gift processing, database management, office management, administrative support, event planning and coordination, donor research and stewardship, and alumni/ae relations.

Essential Responsibilities:

  • Coordinate and oversee all aspects of gift processing
  • Oversee donor acknowledgement and maintain donor records
  • Perform general secretarial and receptionist duties for OIA
  • Maintain the Raiser’s Edge database through accurate records as well as updating and entering constituent, event, fund, and campaign information
  • Initiate database projects including data clean-up, donor coding and tracking, management of attributes, prospects, action items, and imports and exports
  • Train student workers on Raiser’s Edge and office protocols
  • Maintain active and archived files, in hard and digital formats
  • Produce reports, mailing lists, and other documents to support development activities
  • Assist with event planning and coordination for recurring and one-time events
  • Make travel arrangements for advancement meetings and staff business travel
  • Assist with donor prospect and foundation research
  • Maintain alumni/ae directory and related communications, services, and updates
  • Help with in-house mailings and other projects
  • Other duties as assigned

Requisite skills, knowledge, and abilities:

  • Experience working in a Development office
  • Strong interpersonal and organizational skills
  • Ability to effectively manage multiple projects and priorities giving high level of attention to detail
  • Advanced knowledge of Raiser’s Edge database
  • Good verbal and written communications – as well as strong writing and editing skills
  • General knowledge of higher education or theological education
  • Ability to establish effective working relationships with a diverse group of staff, faculty, students, and others
  • Ability to work independently as well as function cooperatively and productively as a member of a team
  • Ability to work in a multi-cultural and diverse environment
  • Proficiency with Windows-based Microsoft Word, Excel, and Outlook
  • Ability to lift and carry up to 25 pounds with the assistance of a dolly, and while performing the duties of this job will be frequently required to walk and sit
  • Ability and willingness to take initiative
  • Basic bookkeeping skills and ability to type at least 50 words per minute
  • Proven ability to handle confidential material accurately and with sensitivity
  • Ability to work with diverse ethnic and multi-cultural populations and students, faculty, staff and alumni/ae with diverse sexual orientations and gender-identities

Education and/or Experience:

Associates degree and/ or 3 years minimum experience required in an Administrative support capacity within a fundraising office.

Language Skills:

Ability to read and interpret documents such as safety rules, legal documents, financial documents, or procedure manuals. Ability to speak effectively with donors, alumni/ae, faculty, staff, Board members, and volunteers.

Details:

Compensation Package:

Salary commensurate with experience. Excellent benefits package, and free parking.

Apply to:

Candidates should submit a cover letter, resume, and salary requirements to oia@psr.edu. 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.

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.

Pacific School of Religion (PSR) is seeking a Director of Admissions and Enrollment Management to lead the expansion of the school’s recruitment in graduate level theological education and in new, innovative non-degree, leadership programs, and serve as part of a dynamic leadership team to implement the school’s ambitious strategic direction.

PSR is a member of the Graduate Theological Union (GTU), the largest and most diverse religious consortium of seminaries and institutes in the world. Recently, PSR has been designated as a Changemaker Campus by Ashoka U for being a leader in social innovation education and joins a dynamic global network of 40 colleges and universities from around the world, including Brown University, Duke University, Dublin City University and the University of Maryland.  PSR is a non-profit founded in 1866 and is located in Berkeley, California.

PSR views recruitment and admissions and enrollment management to be central to the task of identifying and preparing the kind of leaders that can transform the world.  The successful candidate will reflect PSR’s commitment to spiritually rooted leadership, the need for innovation and skill in social change leadership, and the conviction that communities are strengthen through diversity. The Director supervises and manages the admissions and financial aid staff; is responsible for developing and implementing a recruitment plan to attract a diverse student population; leads the development of an enrollment plan; and oversees financial aid policies and practices in support of achieving growing enrollments and institutional fiscal sustainability.  The Director is also responsible for facilitating productive partnerships within PSR and building positive relationships with external constituents—both denominational partners and social change organizations—to strengthen recruitment and retention.  In addition, the Director works closely with a faculty staff team shaping the school’s programs for preparing theologically and spiritually rooted leaders for social transformation.

Desired Qualifications

  • A bachelor’s degree is required; an advanced degree, particularly in theological education, is preferred/is a plus
  • An innovative thinker with a track record of successful enrollment strategies: marketing, recruitment, retention, regulatory issues, current trends in the field, pricing and financial aid with a collaborative approach to coordinating all enrollment management activities, functions and operations
  • Commitment to the value of spiritually rooted leadership for social transformation in the service of faith communities and the broader society
  • Proven ability to recruit and work with diverse ethnic and multi-cultural student populations and students with diverse sexual orientations and gender-identities
  • Demonstrated expertise using social media to attract and recruit applicants

Application and Nomination Process

Expressions of interest (cover letter and resume) and nominations may be sent to PSR’s consultant for this search, Elaine Turner, The Turner Group, at elaine@turnersearchgroup.com. All nominations and applications will be confidential.


Students

Posting date: June 20, 2017 Department/organization: Reception/Mail Room Supervisor: Robert Perea Job description: Assist in sorting and distributing mail, answering calls, taking messages, 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 the helpful and welcoming 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: Summer 2017 onward Preferred workdays: 2-3 Days - Monday -Friday Hours: 11 am – 3:00 pm Apply to: Robert Perea Email: rperea@psr.edu Application deadline: Open Until Filled
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Department/Organization: Community Engaged Learning Supervisor: Grace Gilliam, Associate Director Only PSR students with approved Work Study hours can be considered for this position.  Job Description:  Student Office Assistant supports the Director and Associate Director in creating, coordinating, and maintaining records and processes for Field Education, Social Change Field Work, and Contextual Learning programs, trainings, events and immersions. Duties will include: online & telephone research; tracking progress of students through academic programs using spreadsheets and database; professional communication with students, mentors, vendors, and other organizations; event planning and production; document and flyer production; preparing social media, email, and website communications. Qualifications: To perform the job successfully, an individual must be organized and detail-oriented; able to proactively create and maintain plans of action for assigned projects with minimal supervision; able to professionally communicate via email, phone, and in person about program status with students, mentors, faculty, and other organizations within and outside the GTU; able to do research that includes assessment of useful information, working within a budget, and professional presentation of results. The individual should also exhibit ability to learn new software and procedures reasonably quickly.
  • Strong knowledge of MS Office Suite (Word, Excel, Publisher, Outlook Mail and Calendar) functions
  • Strong knowledge of Facebook features, Google features, online email (such as MailChimp), Wordpress web administration.
  • Ability to fulfill office support tasks such as filing, scanning, creating professional and user-friendly web pages and posts, creating informational documents and event flyers, managing online file sharing.
  • Ability to learn structure of courses supported by Community Engaged Learning and the associated degree and certificate programs that include these course requirements.
  • Ability to manage systems for tracking requirements, trainings, meeting attendance, and event preparation, and providing summary and detailed status reports on a regular basis.
  • Flexibility with unexpected projects or events. Ability to reassess priorities for assigned projects.
  • Ability to work within a cross-cultural context, including people of color, international students, persons with disabilities, LGBTQ persons, different theological perspectives, etc.
  • Knowledge of FileMaker Pro database software, or equivalent experience with database management software (or ability to learn reasonably quickly.) Ability to create ad hoc reports.
  • Ability to keep a regular schedule through management of time and academic workload.
  • Ability to work at occasional evening events a plus.
  • Familiarity with Moodle, creating interactive pdf documents, and/or social media analytics a plus
Hours per week: 12-15 Date job is to begin: August 3, 2017 Hourly rate: $14.50 (PSR Federal Work Study required) Period of employment: through June 30, 2018 Preferred workdays: Wednesday and Thursday required; Mon, Tue & Fri negotiable. Work during Reading Week, Intersession, and Spring Break not required, but hours are available if desired. Apply to: Grace Gilliam – CEL@psr.edu. Interviews begin as soon as resumes for qualified candidates are received. Please send resume and cover letter as attachments detailing how your experience meets job requirements and why you desire to work for Community Engaged Learning (formerly: Field Education and Contextual Learning.)
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Department/Organization: Office of Community Life Supervisor: Ann Jefferson, Director of Community Life and Spiritual Care Job Description: The Student Administrative Assistant provides general administrative and program support for the Office of Community Life. The Admin Assistant reports to the Director of Community Life and Spiritual Care who will prioritize assignments. Assignments include assisting with coordination of logistical details for various events, generating periodic mailings, responding to requests for information, assisting with coordination of the PSR calendar of events, maintaining and updating databases, transcribing minutes of CAPSR Council and student group gatherings, handbooks and manuals, list of Spiritual Directors, and generating community notices. The Student Admin Assistant also participates in the coordination of the common calendar with centers and offices at PSR, assists the Director of Community Life and Spiritual Care in coordinating the fall/spring and intersession Student Orientations in the beginning of each semester, and PSR Commencement at the end of the school year. Essential job duties:
  • Provide administrative support to the Director of Community Life and Spiritual Care (hereafter “Director”) including but not limited to word processing, answering phone, email and in person inquiries, copying, faxing, processing vendor and reimbursement invoices, taking minutes and helping maintain the Office of Community Life calendar.
  • Provide administrative and logistical support for events organized by the Community Life Office, CAPSR council and other student groups as needed.
  • Maintain and update non-confidential databases.
  • Assist in coordinating the fall/spring Student Orientation in the beginning of each semester.
  • Assist in planning and implementing the PSR Commencement at the end of the school year including coordination of student volunteers and collaboration with Commencement student workers.
  • Assist in coordinating student-organized events by clearing available calendar dates, reserving space, and generating notices for community events and concerns.
  • Coordinate logistics for small group meetings.
  • Maintain OCL web pages; OCL handbooks, manuals, and resource lists.
  • Aid in periodic mailings.
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 duties/functions. Experience and/or Education:
  • Prior experience as an administrative assistant
  • Prior experience in events coordination
  • Experience in community building in cross-cultural context, and some knowledge of diverse communities, including people of color, international students, persons with disabilities, and LGBTQ people, etc.
Skills:
  • Demonstrated excellence in organizational skills
  • Ability to effectively manage multiple projects and tasks with strong attention to detail and ability to meet deadlines
  • Punctuality
  • Ability to work in a fast-paced, multicultural and diverse environment
  • Ability to handle information and material that may be of a confidential nature, accurately and with sensitivity
  • Adept at working flexibly in a team environment
  • Competence in student group support and ability to refer students to appropriate resources for non-confidential matters
  • Proficiency with personal computers, word processing – including Microsoft Word, Outlook, and Excel, online resources, and social media platforms (e.g. Facebook, Twitter), and online technologies
  • Ability and willingness to take initiative and work independently
  • Strong communication skills
  • Excellent writing and editing skills
  • Competence in maintaining filing and record retention systems
  • Volunteer recruitment and motivation experience
  • A commitment to dismantling racism and competency in fostering cross-cultural relations.
  • Driver’s License – Some driving may be required to fulfill OCL errands. Successful candidates in this position are expected to operate cars in the performance of some of the assigned duties. Due to the nature of the assignment and the hours worked, public transportation may not be a cost effective or efficient method for traveling to the various locations required. Individuals who are appointed to this position will be required to maintain a valid Driver's License throughout the tenure of employment and a clean DMV record OR demonstrate the ability to travel to various locations in a timely manner as required in the performance of duties
Mental Requirements:
  • Ability to relate collegially, cooperatively and effectively in a multi-cultural and diverse context, with students, faculty, administrative staff, support staff, as well as visitors and representatives of GTU schools.
  • Basic reading, writing, and simple math are required.
  • Ability to collaborate with and guide student volunteers effectively.
  • Ability to prioritize work.
  • Ability to manage multiple tasks and deadlines with composure.
Physical Requirements:
  • Close vision required for reading correspondence and working with a computer.
  • Ability to hear verbal communication in person and on the phone.
  • Ability to communicate clearly in person and on telephone.
  • Some lifting and carrying of files, printed materials, and other items for events including boxes up to 25 lbs. with dolly.
  • Ability to push/pull drawers in desk and filing cabinets.
  • Ability to sit for long periods of time when word processing and during meetings.
  • Ability to reach above shoulder, below shoulder at arms' length.
  • Ability to use computer keyboard and mouse.
  • Regular attendance required to maintain smooth and efficient running of the office.
Details: Number of positions: One (1) PSR students with Federal Work Study are strongly encouraged to apply. Hours per week: 10 hours Date job is to begin: July 1, 2017 (preliminary job training to occur in May 2017 preferably) Hourly Rate: $14.50 Period of Employment: July 1, 2017 – May 31, 2018 Preferred Work Days: To be negotiated Apply to: Ann Jefferson – ajefferson@psr.edu Application Closing Date: May 12th or until filled - Interviews begin as soon as resumes for qualified candidates are received. Please send resume and cover letter as attachments detailing how your experience meets job requirements and why you desire to work for the Office of Community Life. Other comments: Hours of Work: 10 hours per week. Occasional evenings and/or weekend hours may be required. Hours may also flex depending upon seasonal tasks (i.e., fewer hours during Reading Weeks and/or more hours around Orientations and Commencement). PSR is an equal opportunity employer.
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Posting Date:  4/1/17 Department/Organization:  PSR Facilities Supervisor:  Terry Dyonzak Job Title:  Summer Facilities worker Job Description:  work includes painting, cleaning, furniture moving, grounds maintenance and basic maintenance.  Hours are mostly Monday-Friday 8:00 AM-4:00 PM.  Work can be strenuous. Qualifications:
  • Lift and carry up to 50 lbs.; able to climb stairs and ladders; able to walk campus
  • Dependable and responsible
  • Ability to push/pull; reach above head, below waist and at arm’s length
  • Ability to bend, stoop, kneel and squat; stand for periods of time
  • Good verbal communication skills
  • Clean driving record and CA driver’s license
  • Ability to use tools 
Hours per week: 30-35 Date job is to begin: early June through Mid-August Hourly rate: $12.53 Period of employment: see above Preferred workdays: job is M-F Apply to: Terry Dyonzak Email: obtain an application from reception desk; questions, please call 520-849-8254 Application Deadline: April 29, 2017
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Posting date: 01/27/2017 Department/Organization: Academic Affairs - PSR Supervisor: Mary Donovan Turner, Dean Job title: Technology Teaching Assistant – “Tech TA” Job description: To assist one or more PSR faculty in videoconferencing with distance students and supporting faculty with online course offerings as needed. The Tech TA supports videoconferencing needs of course “HSFT-2006: UCC History, Theology & Polity” and operates audio-visual equipment in the classroom from 12:40 pm to 3:30 pm on Thursdays, with the possibility of working additional hours depending on faculty needs. Responsibilities: The following responsibilities are representative of the range of duties.  Actual responsibilities will vary depending on the needs of the faculty and the degree of prior course development. • Consult with Audio/Visual (A/V) department about supported technologies and recommended approaches • Collaborate with one or more faculty in the overall development and design of online courses and their components • Create new learning objects such as video, narrated PowerPoint, enhanced images, etc. • Develop Moodle (or other) online course space • Other technical assistance to faculty as needed Qualifications: Must be eligible to work as a federal work-study student • Experience with videoconferencing and Moodle • High degree of comfort with learning technologies • Dependable, prompt, and willingness to respond to urgent course-related technical issues within 48 hours or less Hours per week: varies depending on faculty needs, majority of hours are expected on Thursdays, from 12:40 pm to 3:30 pm. Date job is to begin: 02/02/2017 Compensation: $1,000 plus free parking pass at PSR Period of employment: Spring Semester 2017 (02/02/2017—05/18/2017) Apply to: Hugo Estrada Email: deansoffice@psr.edu Other comments: Applications evaluated as received. Please send resume as an email attachment.
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  • 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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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.