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Community & Continuing Education Program Coordinator – Pacific School of Religion


Employment Opportunity

Community & Continuing Education Program Coordinator

Organizational Overview
Since its founding in 1866, Pacific School of Religion (PSR) has served as a multi-denominational Christian seminary. PSR stands at a remarkable crossroads of faith and learning communities. PSR has formal relationships with three denominations: the United Church of Christ, the United Methodist Church, and the Christian Church (Disciples of Christ). Half of PSR’s students come from these three traditions. Other PSR students come from faith traditions as diverse as Quaker, Unitarian Universalist, the Universal Fellowship of Metropolitan Community Churches, the African Methodist Episcopal Church, and several other mainline denominations and new religious movements.

PSR participates in the Graduate Theological Union (GTU), an ecumenical consortium of nine theological schools. PSR students use the GTU’s Flora Lamson Hewlett Library, one of the largest theological libraries in the United States. PSR is located one block away from the University of California, Berkeley, where students have access to resources of one of the world’s great research universities. For more information about PSR, please visit our website at

Reporting to the Director of Community and Continuing Education, the part-time Community & Continuing Education Program Coordinator will provide administrative support for the Department of Community & Continuing Education, with a particular focus on the Theological Education for Leadership (TEL) program. The Program Coordinator will also develop and maintain relationships with community, instructors, and students.

Essential Duties and Responsibilities:
General Administration

  • Create and maintain all records of CCE classes and students, in collaboration with the Dean’s office, Business office, and I.T. office
  • Develop annual course schedules and recruit/confirm course instructors, in collaboration with the CCE Director
  • Prepare instructor contracts and associated paperwork, in collaboration with the Human Resources office
  • Manage set-up and execution of online course spaces, including faculty technology training
  • Prepare reports with the CCE Director for PSR administration, faculty, and trustees
  • Respond to CCE/TEL program inquiries & correspondence


  • Develop program materials including print and web, in collaboration with PSR Communications staff
  • Recruit students & institutions for CCE & TEL
  • Serve as CCE/TEL spokesperson as needed at churches, conferences, and elsewhere
  • Maintain networking relationships with denominational representatives
  • Execute key elements of program marketing plans

Student Support

  • Facilitate student registration
  • Work with individual TEL certificate students to ensure smooth completion of their programs of learning
  • Enroll students in online courses and prepare/train students in new learning technologies
  • Develop and maintain a consistent system for follow-up with CCE students
  • Develop and maintain a TEL alumni/ae network, in collaboration with PSR Alumni Relations

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.

Experience and/or Education

  • MDiv degree from an accredited ATS seminary and ordained or hold equivalent status.
  • Understanding of lay education and certified ministry education needs in the United Church of Christ, United Methodist Church, Metropolitan Community Church, Disciples of Christ, and/or Fellowship is desirable.


  • Demonstrated administrative skills, including promotion experience
  • Good written communication skills
  • Well organized and attentive to detail
  • Strong interpersonal and verbal communication skills
  • Ability to work collegially with faculty, staff, and students in an interdenominational, multi cultural community of diverse theological perspectives
  • Ability to build trust and relationship with prospective students
  • Competence to effectively and enthusiastically communicate the programs and opportunities offered by the CCE and TEL programs
  • Openness to different faith and cultural backgrounds
  • Ability to manage sometimes conflicting priorities
  • Flexibility to function creatively in a team setting with faculty, students and staff
  • Proficient with MS Office applications; familiarity with and ability to train others in new educational technologies such as Adobe Connect and Moodle.

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.

Majority of the work is indoors. Extensive online, face-to-face and phone contact with instructors, students, faculty, staff and prospective students. The noise level in the office is generally quiet. Some travel is expected.

Hours of Work:
This position is part-time. The job responsibilities should be completed in 24 hours per week. Hours may be flexible, including evenings and weekends as needed.

Mental Requirements: 
Reading/Writing – Ability to read and interpret documents. Ability to write routine reports and correspondence. Ability to effectively present information and respond to questions from individuals and groups.
Judgment/Decision Making – Ability to prioritize own work and to perform under time constraints to meet deadlines. Ability to maintain confidentiality.
Verbal Communication Skills – Frequent and essential ability to communicate clearly orally.
Social Skills – Ability to relate collegially, cooperatively and effectively with students, faculty, staff, and church and denominational leaders.
Planning – Ability to manage multiple projects and deadlines.

Physical Requirements:
Vision – Close vision required for reading correspondence/reports and working with computer.
Hearing – Ability to hear verbal communication in person and on the telephone.
Clear Speech – Ability to communicate clearly in person and on the telephone.
Lifting/Carrying – Some lifting and carrying of files & printed materials.
Pushing/Pulling – Ability to push/pull desk and filing cabinet drawers.
Sitting – Ability to sit for long periods of time in meetings.
Manual Dexterity – Ability to use computer keyboard.
Ability to travel – Some travel to visit prospective students, churches and participate in various denominational gatherings.

Tools and Equipment Used:
Phones, computers, webcams, printers, fax machine, photocopier

Applications will be reviewed as received and should be submitted no later than October 28, 2013.

Application Process
Candidates should submit a letter of application addressing qualifications, resume, and names/contact information for three professional references to:

Laurie Isenberg
Pacific School of Religion
1798 Scenic Avenue
Berkeley, CA 94709-1323

PSR is an Equal Opportunity Employer

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