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Employment at Pacifica Graduate Institute

Pacifica is an accredited graduate school offering degree programs in the fields of Psychology, Mythological Studies and Humanities. We are located between the foothills and the Pacific Ocean a few miles south of Santa Barbara.

Pacifica offers a full benefit package including: medical, dental, vision, LTD and retirement plans. If your qualifications meet our current needs, please send your resume to the email address listed below. No faxes or phone calls please.

Adjunct Faculty Positions

Pacifica Graduate Institute welcomes Adjunct Faculty applications for each of these graduate programs:

  • Clinical Psychology
  • Counseling Psychology
  • Depth Psychology
  • Depth Psychotherapy

Appointment by quarters and by academic years vary by program. Qualifications reflect the course content, delivery method, and any applicable licensing standards.

For more information please contact the Department Chair of the department in which you are interested.

Core Faculty Positions

Pacifica Graduate Institute is an accredited graduate school in California offering masters and doctoral degrees in the tradition of depth psychology. We are currently seeking a full-time core faculty member in the Depth Psychology program with a primary focus in the Somatic Studies specialization. For more information about this unique graduate program, visit the Somatic Studies webpage.

The candidate for this position will be teaching, advising, serving on dissertation committees, and performing administrative functions in the Somatic Studies specialization, and may also teach courses across Pacifica’s degree programs as needed and per qualifications. Anticipated but flexible start date is July, 2017.

Qualifications: Ph.D. in psychology, cultural studies, education, or a humanities-related field; background in depth psychological theories and practices, qualitative research, and somatic studies (a focus in either somatic psychology or somatic education is acceptable). Applicants with at least three years of academic teaching experience and a strong record of publication and community service preferred. Applicants should have a demonstrated commitment to cultural and ethnic diversity in education. We encourage candidates from communities underrepresented in US higher education to apply.

Please submit: a letter of application; curriculum vitae; recently published papers; and statement of teaching philosophy, research interests, background in advising dissertation students, courses from the Somatic Studies specialization curriculum you feel qualified to teach, your interest in working with students of diverse backgrounds, and three references.

Please indicate in subject line “Somatic Studies Specialization.”
Department of Human Resources
Pacifica Graduate Institute
249 Lambert Road
Carpinteria, CA 93013

Staff Positions

Director of Admissions

The Director of Admissions is a collaborative team leader who helps the team recruit and retain students to meet the enrollments goals of the Institute on a quarterly (or as needed) basis and to honor and support the Institute’s commitment to diversity while managing the admissions staff.


  • Work directly with the Enrollment Manager to plan and direct the operational and policy activities of the Admissions Office to meet institutional goals.
  • Lead, supervise and evaluate departmental staff, including recommendations for hiring, discharging, training, reviewing performance, assigning responsibilities and tasks.
  • Strategically plan, execute, and monitor annual admissions plan and recruitment, setting benchmarks and timelines for deliverables.
  • Support and attend all admissions events (e.g. Intro Days, Salons, Open Houses) and relevant public conferences sponsored by the Institute.
  • Present and host program, application, and admissions information meetings.
  • Develop admissions recruitment materials in collaboration with the marketing department and programs through the Provost’s office.
  • Discuss admissions policies, procedures and processes with chairs; meet with chairs as needed to discuss program enrollment goals.
  • Respond promptly to all prospective student inquiries.
  • Oversee all application and admission procedures from first inquiry through orientation and start of classes, for all new students, including those switching from one program to another and/or eligible for transfer credits.
  • Oversee and vet all correspondence from the admissions office, including enrollment agreements. For example, examine outgoing Intro Day and Open House invitations and push messages to leads.
  • Enhance skills of and train the admissions staff on an ongoing basis.
  • Work closely with all departments to develop, clarify, and streamline policy and procedures as they relate to admissions.
  • Coordinate admissions outreach with the marketing team.
  • Prepare and maintain weekly application funnel comparison reports shared with President, Enrollment Manager, and marketing team.
  • Prepare reports and presentations for internal constituents.
  • Oversee or serve as Principle Designated School Official (PDSO) for SEVIS (Student and Exchange Visitor Information System) for Dept. of Homeland Security.
  • Ensure regulatory compliance for all admissions policies, procedures and processes in collaboration with relevant departments, such as Registrar and Financial Aid.
  • Enhance skills of and train the admissions staff on an ongoing basis.
  • Propose, monitor and manage the yearly operational budget for the department in coordination with the Business Office.
  • Execute all other duties as assigned, including committee work and special projects.
  • Oversee and participate in travel recruiting as needed.


  • Bachelor’s degree required; masters preferred.
  • Supervisory experience.
  • Recruitment, events planning, publications, and public relations experience preferred.
  • Higher ed marketing knowledge a plus.
  • Familiarity with depth psychology a plus.
  • PC literate; MS Office (including Word and Excel).
  • Strong Campus Management Software skills; PowerCampus preferred.
  • Strong CRM skills; Hubspot preferred.

Application Procedure: Submit a cover letter, resume, and three professional references to or to the HR Department.

Director of Marketing

The Director of Marketing we seek is a dynamic, creative person with the passion and skills to become a member of Pacifica’s management team.  The Director’s primary responsibility is to craft and implement our multi-channel marketing strategy that reflects our unique mission and core values; this is done in accordance with the marketing plan and budget.  The marketing department plays a vital role in bringing our mission and values to the larger world, helping to achieve evolving institutional goals.  The Director of Marketing is responsible for evaluating the ROI and effectiveness of all marketing efforts including creative development, implementation and use of our website and social media channels. The Director of Marketing works closely with the Director of Admissions to drive leads and applications towards the Institute’s enrollment goals, while also supplying the collateral needed by the Admissions Advisors. Working with faculty and staff, the director designs and measures digital initiatives and oversees the development and execution of online, video, print and multimedia marketing projects.  These projects compliment and are coordinated with our retention efforts and thus are facilitated by empathic engagement with our student body.  The Director of Marketing is responsible for budgets, reporting and integration with Institute leadership.


  • Optimize Pacifica’s brand website(s).
  • Review and regularly update all of Pacifica’s marketing and admissions collateral.
  • Oversee the management of the Institute’s social media platforms.
  • Work collaboratively with staff, faculty, and administration to produce high quality support and engaging customer-related materials.
  • Responsible for all lead generation and inbound marketing campaigns.
  • Work collaboratively to develop content for the Pacifica Post.
  • Responsible for promoting admissions and Retreat events.
  • Oversee the Institute’s customer relationship management (CRM) software.
  • Help organize and develop Pacifica’s video center and mirrored video channels.
  • Monitor and create opportunities for expanding Pacifica content channels / online communities.
  • Help coordinate the videography and archiving of all Pacifica events.
  • Implement quantitative reporting metrics for online marketing campaigns.
  • Manage the day-to-day operations of marketing staff.
  • Mentor marketing and admissions staff.
  • Work with the Director of Admissions in preparing, assessing and modifying departmental goals and strategies that lead to fall and spring enrollment.
  • Develop technology that will keep Pacifica Graduate Institute at the forefront of emerging marketing.
  • Work with Pacifica’s management team to build recruitment strategies and interpret on-route weekly reporting.
  • Research and pursue new markets; refine targeted marketing
  • Create and support travel opportunities for faculty and Admissions Advisors.
  • Actively participate in the President’s Council, coordinating with other departments and integrating into the overall workflow of the institution.


  • Bachelor’s degree required, MA preferred
  • 3 to 5 years as a marketing executive, higher education experience preferred.
  • Strong background in digital marketing and customer service.
  • Experience in all social media platforms.
  • Excellent writing, research, and editing skills.
  • Excellent project management and organizational skills.
  • Able to interface with number of different departments and people
  • Strong team player with excellent interpersonal skills both verbal and written
  • Able to problem-solve while maintaining creativity
  • Interest in or knowledge of Depth Psychology a definite plus.
  • Strong Microsoft Office computer skills
  • Experience with CRMs
  • Demonstrated proficiency with content management systems and basic HTML, CSS
  • Experience with developing content for delivery on different digital platforms
  • Competency with WordPress.

Application Procedure: Submit a cover letter, resume, and three professional references to or to the HR Department.

Bookstore Sales & Marketing Coordinator

To provide excellent customer service to all bookstore customers whether in person, over the phone, or through email correspondence at both campuses and through our e-commerce website. Coordinate online marketing for e-commerce book sales; fluently use social media and other platforms to promote bookstore offerings and increase revenues.

Essential Duties and Responsibilities:

  • Effective ability to generate sales
  • Assist & greet all customers with their purchases and inquiries.
  • Process sales and shipping as needed.
  • Ability to receive and ship merchandise.
  • Maintain bookstore stock and aesthetic appeal.
  • Transfer merchandise between the two campuses as needed.
  • Updating and add merchandise to the e-commerce site.
  • Drive e-commerce sales and strategies to increase the Bookstores online presence.
  • Create and maintain social media strategies in coordination with the Marketing Department.
  • Coordinate festivals and external promotions.
  • Propose, develop, and implement marketing initiatives for the Bookstore.
  • Work with manager to create instore merchandising and marketing.
  • Work with manager to develop store sales plans.
  • Assist bookstore in maintaining extended hours of operation.
  • Carry out policies established by others.
  • Work within existing rules and procedures.
  • All other duties as assigned.

Required Knowledge, Skills, Abilities:

  • Detail oriented, independent and self-motivated.
  • Responsive to flexible work location and schedules.
  • Good prioritization and time-management skills
  • College experience preferred.
  • 2 years of customer service and retail sales experience.
  • Demonstrate use of social media channels.
  • PC literate; MS Office (including Word and Excel).
  • Experience with retail POS Inventory software, Booklog preferred.
  • Ability to lift 50 pounds and unpack heavy cartons
  • Ability to be on your feet for extended periods, lifting overhead, bending, stooping, using stairs, and walking.
  • Weekend work will be required.
  • An ability to be able to shift location of work as required to three separate work locations: the Ladera shipping/receiving office, the Ladera bookstore and the Lambert bookstore.
  • Special events and extended bookstore hours of operation require a flexible schedule.
  • Knowledge of social media and online marketing platforms.
  • Knowledge of or experience with subject matter preferred.
  • Basic to intermediate math required.
  • Able and willing to contribute to a collegial and professional work environment.
  • Must have reliable transportation, and hold a valid CA driver’s license with clean driving record.

Hours of Work: 40 hours a week – Dates and Times to be determined .Some flexibility is needed to cover extended hours of operation and special events including weekends.

Application Procedure: Submit a cover letter, resume, and three professional references to or to the HR Department.

Desktop Support Technician

Summary: The Desktop Support Technician serves as a central point of contact to complete end user requests involving problems or implementations at the desktop/workstation level. The position will be primarily responsible for providing basic hardware and software support, developing and deploying system images, and other duties relevant to the support of the operational environment.

The position applies the understanding of computer software and hardware to diagnose problems, determine appropriate course of action, provide complete follow-through to successful resolution or escalation to appropriate staff and/or department.

Essential Duties and Responsibilities:

  • Provide support and resolution for requests that come into the IT support phone line or email, including password resets, site navigation questions, locating support documentation, etc. for students and faculty.
  • Plan and coordinate the installation of new hardware or software according to department standards and procedures.
  • Responsible for maintaining, configuring, and upgrading computer systems with little guidance or supervision.
  • Provide on-call support as required and occasionally perform job duties out of normal business hours as required.
  • Build and maintain positive relationships with students and all internal departments to deliver a high level of service.
  • Perform minor computer repairs and coordinate vendor support for more critical repairs.
  • Ensure appropriate security policies are maintained.
  • Write and develop departmental documentation.
  • Assist with Audio/Visual setups, including troubleshooting A/V equipment and deploying equipment as needed.


  • This position requires at least 2 years experience supporting users in a help-desk role in a medium-large environment.
  • Ability to clearly and concisely communicate technical information and concepts to non-technical users at all organizational levels.
  • Firm understanding of Windows operating system, preferably XP, 7, 8.1 and 10.
  • PC hardware knowledge with the ability to troubleshoot hardware issues and experience interfacing vendor support.
  • Experience in using imaging software to build, maintain and deploy images of desktop computers.
  • Proficiency with Microsoft Office suite.
  • Ability to discuss and diagnose problems with computer hardware/software with remote users.
  • Firm understanding of basic networking concepts including switches, routing, TCP/IP, DNS, DHCP and firewalls.

Microsoft or other certifications preferred. (i.e., MSDCT, MCP, MCSA, MCSE)
A+ and/or Network+ preferred.

Hours of Work: 40 hours a week

Application Procedure: Submit a cover letter, resume, and three professional references to or to the HR Department.

Financial Aid Coordinator II

Summary: To proactively meet and monitor student’s financial need by administratively assisting and supporting the Director of Financial Aid.

Essential Duties and Responsibilities:

  • Disburse Direct Loans to eligible students
  • Update Financial Aid Website as needed throughout the year
  • Update and maintain Financial Aid’s quarterly newsletter
  • Search for outside scholarships and update list on website
  • Assist Director with Title IV Consumer Information Compliance
  • Calculate students’ aggregate loan limits and trouble-shoot as needed
  • Resolve ISIRs and C-codes
  • Review Enrollment status changes and send exit packets
  • Counsel graduate students concerning federal and institutional financial aid programs, policies, and procedures.
  • Work in conjunction with the Financial Aid Coordinator I as the initial contact for prospective applicants and students and respond to all inquiries.
  • Originate Direct Loans.
  • Upload Department of Education Response Files.
  • Support Associate Director with return of Title IV funds.
  • Remain current regarding all applicable regulations.
  • Assist as needed in review and revision of policies and procedures.
  • Compile data and prepare reports as needed.
  • Process all incoming student documentation and communication for Yellow Ribbon, Veterans Affairs, Voc Rehab, State and other agencies funding.
  • Resolve loan issues and disputes between students and the Department of Education.
  • Conduct workshops regarding the financial aid application process and procedures.
  • Determine eligibility and award aid.
  • Prepare and transmit student correspondence.
  • Verify student status.
  • Participate in collection of data for special projects.
  • Maintain professional training.
  • Monitor and track phone calls.
  • Work within existing rules and procedures.
  • Execute all other duties as assigned.


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

Ability to interface with a number of different departments and outside agencies. Must be detailed oriented with good prioritization and time-management skills. Strong team player with ability to multi-task and possessing good interpersonal skills both written and oral. Must have ability to maintain confidentiality and possess conflict resolution skills. Ability to work with moderate supervision and ability to problem-solve.


  • Bachelor’s degree or equivalent experience.
  • Minimum of two years financial aid experience.
  • Familiarity with student information systems.
  • General office experience.
  • PC literate: MS Office (particularly Word and Excel)
  • Knowledge of student service.
  • Bi-Lingual (Spanish) is preferred

Hours of Work: 40 hours a week

Application Procedure: Submit a cover letter, resume, and three professional references to or to the HR Department.

Applicants for all Staff Positions please send a cover letter, resume and three professional references to:
Pacifica Graduate Institute
Department of Human Resources
249 Lambert Road
Carpinteria, CA  93013