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Program Director, Ignite Institute

Status:   Full time, exempt regular, benefited PSR staff

Department:    Ignite Institute

General Information about PSR and the Ignite Institute

The Ignite Institute was chartered in September 2013 by Pacific School of Religion.  PSR’s trustees launched Ignite with the ambitious hope that it serve as the hub for a global network of activists, leaders, and organizations committed to living out the connection between spirituality and social change, develop innovative approaches to training spiritually-rooted changemakers, and connect PSR to radically different constituencies who might otherwise never identify themselves with a school of theology. 

The Ignite Institute offers innovative leadership training programs that draw on the strengths of Pacific School of Religion in Berkeley, to 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.

General Job Summary

The Program Director will provide crucial leadership in the design, implementation, and assessment of a broad range of programmatic work, including courses, workshops, retreats, seminars, convenings and other earned income opportunities. The Program Director also will be expected to provide significant support to the Executive Director and make significant contributions to the overall development of Ignite. The successful candidate will be a creative and detail-oriented professional, who is equally at home working as a strong team-player and/or playing a lead role in the development and management of key projects.

Essential Duties and Responsibilities

Program Management

·     Plans, organizes, operates, staffs and manages all logistical details of all programs of Ignite.

·     Assists with the recruitment and supervision of all program leaders, workshop facilitators, consultants, etc.  Works closely with all of them to strengthen Ignite programming and streamline processes across programs.   Takes the lead on the design, development, and implementation of key initiatives and programs, as tasked by the ED.

·     Reviews and evaluates program activities on a regular basis, with the goal of improving the quality of Ignite’s programmatic offerings.

·     Works closely with the ED in developing entrepreneurial and financially sustainable programs for Ignite Institute

Administrative Management

·     Assists with Ignite’s start-up activities including strategic planning, media/communications, and overall coordination.

·     Manages programmatic aspects of the annual budget in conjunction with the ED, ensuring that all expenditures are in keeping with the approved budget.

·     Manages and tracks all grant income, including writing regular reports as required by funders.

·     Assists the ED with all fund development activities, including donor cultivation, special events, grant writing, direct mail campaigns, and earned income programmatic details, etc.

Communications & Networking

·     Interprets the vision and mission of the Ignite Institute to key constituencies through verbal, print, and online communication, including a variety of social media.

·     Builds effective partnerships with leaders and organizations interesting in partnering with the Ignite’s programmatic work.

·     Develops and disseminates written reports and other materials to key stakeholders, including PSR Trustees, faculty, staff and community partners.

·     Represents Ignite in external meetings and events at the behest of the ED.

·     Serves as a principal cheerleader for Ignite’s work within PSR, seeking partnerships with PSR students, staff, faculty, and trustees.  Serves as liaison for PSR’s Ashoka Changemaker Campus designation within Ashoka U and convenes the campus Ashoka Changemaker Team.


To perform this job successfully, an individual must be able to perform each essential duty satisfactorily.  The requirements listed below are representative of the knowledge, skill and/or ability desired.  Reasonable accommodations may be made to enable individuals with disabilities to perform the essential functions.

·     Strong commitment to the vision, mission, and goals of Pacific School of Religion and the Ignite Institute.

·     Bachelor’s degree and/or equivalent experience (at least three-five years) working with all aspects of program development and management

·     Formal training and/or practical experience is strongly preferred in one or more of the following fields: social justice/entrepreneurship, leadership development, and/or spiritual formation.

·     Theological education a plus; entrepreneurial/intrapreneurial experience a strong plus

·     Knowledge and experience with conducting various kinds of program evaluation and assessment.

·     Proven ability to coordinate multiple projects and priorities while attending to various deadlines.

·     Demonstrated competence in managing project budgets, including exercising appropriate fiscal control with the support of PSR’s financial services.

·     Strong verbal and written communications skills, including experience in effective public speaking and the demonstrated ability to engage diverse audiences

·     Computer proficiency is essential, including knowledge of Word, Outlook, and Excel as well as skill in using a variety of social media and website development.

·     Willingness and ability to travel.  From time to time, this position will require the employee to be able to travel throughout the United States.

·     Ability to work effectively in a multi-cultural and diverse environment

·     This position requires the employee to be able to travel efficiently. If the employee opts to meet some of the job’s travel requirements by driving, proof of a valid and current driver license, current auto insurance, and an acceptable Motor Vehicle Report are required.

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.  

Work is primarily indoors.  Some noise from computer printers and others in the work area.  No significant noise/vibrations. No extreme temperatures.  Frequently works with others. Variable environment when visiting other parts of PSR campus and off campus sites.

Hours of Work – This is a full-time position.  Some evening and weekend work is required in order to fulfill the duties of this position.

Vision – Ability to see items necessary to carry out essential job functions. Close vision required for reading reports and also in working with computers.

Hearing – Ability to hear sounds of individuals and groups.

Sitting – Required to perform some office tasks and during meetings.

Clear Speech – Ability to communicate clearly to others as essential part of job function.

Lifting/Carrying – Ability to lift and carry files, books and printed materials.

Pushing/Pulling – Ability to push/pull desk and filing cabinet drawers and items used in a worship space.

Manual Dexterity – Ability to input data into computer via keyboard. 

Walking – Ability to walk around the PSR campus and other sites.

Tools and Equipment Used:

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

Start date: As soon as possible.

To apply please send a cover letter and resume to deallen@psr.edu

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