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Faculty in the Practice of Ministry and Director of Community Engaged Learning

Status: Exempt, full time
Department: Academic Affairs
Direct Supervisor: Vice President for Academic Affairs & Dean of the PSR Faculty
Reviewed/Approved by: Faculty and Dean

General Summary

The Faculty in the Practice of Ministry at Pacific School of Religion (PSR) functions as a non-tenure track faculty member and Director of Community Engaged Learning. With responsibilities for Field Education (FE), Contextual Learning, and Community Education, this position provides program development, administration, and curriculum development for a diverse student body at Pacific School of Religion. Guided by the faculty manual, the faculty person is expected to publish creative and recognized scholarship and to engage in the life of the school through advising, committee work, development and service in PSR programming, and community events, and public relations activities. Appointment is for three years and is renewable.

Essential Duties and Responsibilities

As Faculty in the Practice of Ministry (approximately 40% of position):

  • Offers courses in consultation with – and with the agreement of – the Dean (for Masters-level students at PSR and the wider Graduate Theological Union)
  • Teaches theory and practice of mentoring to site mentors and field-based communities
  • Advises Master of Divinity, Master of Theological Studies, Master of Arts in Social Transformation, and Certificate of Spirituality and Social Change students regarding field requirements and provides vocational counseling
  • Participates as needed in the review process for degrees, contributing the perspective of field education and contextual learning

As Director of Community Engaged Learning (approximately 60% of position):

  • Develops varied praxis-based Field Education programs and placements, including year-long and advanced internship sites with congregations, agencies, movements, and social innovation organizations
  • Oversees recruitment and teaching of adjunct faculty for Social Change Field Work and Field Education
  • Cultivates and facilitates local, regional, national, and international immersion courses
  • Identifies contextual partnerships compatible with the vision and mission of PSR
  • Reviews and approves self-designed immersion applications with the Dean
  • Communicates with faculty advisors of students about Field Education, Social Change Field Work, and overall academic and vocational plans
    • Reviews and approves granting of CEUs for PSR programs, events, and classes
    • Develops and oversees CEL budget
    • Submits written reports on Community Engaged Learning to the Board of Trustees
  • Supervises Associate CEL Director, including:
    • CPE sites, placement assistance
    • Opportunities web-board
    • Liaison with denominational representatives and events with students
    • Monthly GTU FE Directors meetings and GTU FE events
    • Student and placement database and history
    • CEL Communications
  • Supervises the Program Director of PSR’s Theological Education for Leadership (TEL) Program


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.

    • A Master of Divinity degree required, PhD or equivalent desired
    • Ministry experience, including, but not limited to, church-related settings, for at least five years
    • Familiarity with seminary education, especially previous work experience in a seminary setting
    • Educator experience in small group processes and critical analysis of theological reflection
    • Excellent managerial skills, with the ability to work independently
    • Proficiency in interpersonal skills
    • Ability to work collegially with students, faculty, and staff, and wider field education communities
    • Excellent writing skills
    • Well organized and attentive to detail
    • Ability to maintain strict confidentiality
    • Experience in administration, preferably in theological education
    • Ability to work effectively in an interdenominational, multicultural community of diverse theological perspectives
    • Ability to coordinate multiple projects and priorities and meet multiple deadlines
    • Supervisory competence
    • Experience overseeing budgets
    • Readiness to affirm PSR’s ecumenical and Christian heritage and commitment as an open and affirming community that honors diversity and presses toward racial, gender, sexual orientation, and economic justice
    • Active connections to faith communities
    • Knowledge, experience, and/or familiarity with non-profit organizations desirable
    • Proficiency with personal computers especially Microsoft Word

      Desirable Knowledge, Skills and Abilities

  • Knowledge of Master of Divinity program and the communities of faith and field education in this geographic area
  • Familiarity with the faith traditions represented in the PSR community

Work Environment/Physical Demands:

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

  • Vision – ability to see items necessary to carry out essential job functions. Close vision required for reading student course work and reports.
  • Hearing – ability to hear sounds of individuals and groups.
  • Clear Speech – ability to communicate clearly to others as an essential part of job function.
  • Lifting/Carrying – ability to lift and carry files, books, and printed materials.
  • Pushing/Pulling – ability to push/pull desk and filing cabinet drawers.
  • Manual Dexterity – ability to input data into computer via keyboard.
  • Walking – Ability to walk around the PSR campus and other classroom sites.

Tools and Equipment Used:

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

Compensation Package: 

Includes family health, dental, and vision insurance, employer contribution to 403(b) retirement account, free parking, full access to GTU and UC Berkeley libraries, an extraordinary and committed team of colleagues, and beautiful park-like campus

About Pacific School of Religion:

Pacific School of Religion (PSR) is a progressive, multi-denominational seminary and center for social justice that prepares leaders to work for the well-being of all people and creation. Reflecting the interreligious and multiethnic reality of the world, PSR develops and connects individuals engaged in faith-based leadership and social activism through rigorous scholarship, practical training, and immersive fieldwork, preparing them for ongoing service including pastoral ministry, non-profit, and civic leadership, and public policy. Located in the San Francisco Bay Area and adjacent to the University of California at Berkeley campus, PSR is a member of the Graduate Theological Union (GTU), an ecumenical and interfaith consortium of seminaries, centers, and institutes. Visit the seminary’s website at

Application Process:
Candidates should submit a letter of application, curriculum vitae, and three letters of reference (via email) to:

Professor Bernard Schlager
Pacific School of Religion

Applications are due by 15 February 2018 in order to be considered for preliminary interviews. Applications will be accepted until the position is filled. Persons who apply for this position should be available for teaching in the Fall of 2018. Rank is negotiable depending on experience and other qualifications.

Pacific School of Religion, an Equal Opportunity/Affirmative Action Employer

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