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Employment at Pacifica Graduate Institute

Pacifica Graduate Institute is a WASC accredited graduate school offering a variety of masters and doctoral degree programs framed in the traditions of depth psychology. The Institute has established an educational environment that nourishes respect for cultural diversity and individual differences, and an academic community that fosters a spirit of free and open inquiry. Areas of study include Clinical Psychology, Eco and Liberation Psychology, Depth Psychology, Mythology, and some encompass hybrid/distance learning options. Students have access to an impressive array of educational resources on Pacifica’s two campuses, both of which are located between the coastal foothills and the Pacific Ocean, a few miles south of Santa Barbara, California.

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


Core Faculty, M.A. Depth Psychology and Creativity Program (Halftime)


The candidate selected for this position is expected to teach and perform a range of administrative functions primarily in the Depth Psychology and Creativity Program, a “hybrid” program with once-a-quarter, four-day residential in-person teaching sessions, which are combined with online learning throughout the year. Depending upon qualifications, the selected candidate might also be invited to teach other hybrid courses or traditional delivery courses across Pacifica’s degree programs as needed.


  • M.A. or M.F.A. in the arts and humanities, psychology, or a related discipline. A Ph.D. is preferred, but not necessary.
  • Two years of teaching experience at the graduate level or comparable experience with adult learners in depth psychology, the arts and humanities, or related fields.
  • Record of publications, exhibitions, and/ public speaking in one or more related fields (books, peer-reviewed articles, articles for the general public, group and solo exhibitions, public art, conference presentations, public workshops, etc.)
  • Expertise in depth psychological theories and practices (Jungian, post-Jungian, and archetypal), and their application to the arts, humanities, and creative practice.
  • Ability to teach courses that combine multiple areas of inquiry such as Jungian and/or archetypal psychology, mythology, philosophy, creativity, arts-based research, and creative practice.
  • Ability to teach both in-person and online.
  • Experience using information technology, especially the Brightspace (D2L) and Zoom platforms.
  • Experience with, and willingness to assume administrative duties in graduate education, such as applicant file reviews and interviews, open houses, program reviews, and committee work advancing institutional initiatives. (Note that administrative/program leadership duties are key aspects of this position. They are envisioned as being shared with the program Chair)
  • Willingness to periodically serve as Associate Chair, Interim Chair, or Program Chair in line with program needs.
  • Sensitivity and enthusiasm related to issues of diversity, equity, inclusion, and belonging in education.
  • Commitment to Pacifica’s mission to “tend the soul of and in the world.” We value transformative and collaborative learning, social justice, community building, environmental awareness, imagination, embodied learning, and the arts.


M.A. or M.F.A. in the arts and humanities, psychology, or a related discipline. A Ph.D. is preferred, but not necessary.


Halftime Core Faculty $40,000–$42,500

The hiring committee will begin reviewing materials after March 8th , 2024.

APPLICATION INSTRUCTIONS – Please submit the following items for consideration:

  1. Letter of application
  2. Curriculum vitae
  3. Examples of creative and/or scholarly work
  4. Statement of teaching philosophy
  5. Research interests
  6. Courses you would be qualified to teach
  7. Your experience working with students of diverse backgrounds
  8. Three references

Send application materials to:

Department of Human Resources

Subject line: Core Faculty, M.A. Depth Psychology and Creativity Program


Staff Positions


Executive Assistant to the President/CEO (Temporary Position)


Seeking an experienced Executive Administrative Assistant with comprehensive knowledge of the President’s Office operations in a graduate higher education institution. The Executive Administrative Assistant will perform various complex and responsible duties for the office of the President and CEO, ensuring high efficiency in calendar management for the President. The primary function of this position is strategic coordination of the President’s schedule. They will maintain the confidentiality of appropriate information, relieve the President of administrative and procedural details, including oversight of the office’s day-to-day operations, and perform other duties as required. The role involves day-to-day presidential activities, donor stewardship, and institutional engagements.

The role involves:

  • Complex calendar management and email and phone correspondence: scheduling, reviewing, and assessing the President’s short-term and long-term scheduling priorities.
  • Work closely with the President to ensure effective time management.
  • Prioritize daily and monthly schedules, internal and external meetings, events, and travel coordination and itinerary planning for domestic and international with keen attention to detail.
  • Conducting research and taking extensive meeting notes in preparation for board meetings
  • Processing expense reports and assisting with accounting duties as needed
  • Creating pitch decks and presentations for management
  • Ensure timely planning and preparation for meetings and events by collecting and compiling required information and materials.
  • Managed briefing materials, presentations, and information flow and tracked correspondence for the President’s Office.
  • Serve as a primary point of contact and intermediary between the President and various internal and external constituencies (faculty, staff, students, and members of the public).
  • Assisting with office management tasks as needed
  • Special project-related tasks as needed


  • Six years experience providing high-volume scheduling and administrative support for a President/Chief Executive Officer or other senior official at a comparable organization.
  • Strong time management, attention to detail, organizational skills, and ability to set priorities and respond quickly as priorities change.
  • Ability to handle the high volume of scheduling matters in a fast-paced environment.
  • Strong interpersonal skills with an ability to build good relationships with peers and to interact with senior administrators and diverse campus constituencies.
  • Strong verbal and written communication skills and ability to collect, compile, and organize information and provide summary reports.
  • Ability to anticipate needs and work proactively to solve problems.
  • Keen attention to detail, commitment to excellence, and outstanding customer service.
  • Good judgment, appropriate discretion, and tact in handling sensitive matters and interacting with students, staff, public officials, and other constituencies.
  • Ability to project a professional, polished image representing the Office of the President.
  • Excellent technological skills with high proficiency in Microsoft Office Suite, including Word, Excel, PowerPoint, and various virtual meeting platforms required.
  • Demonstrated successful executive support skills, including considerable independent judgment, strong ability to anticipate needs and address them proactively, and ability to use discretion and make sound decisions having a broad administrative impact and implications
  • Demonstrated ability to effectively interpret, organize, and present information and ideas in written or presentation form.

PAY RANGE: $30-$36/hour



Reception and Campus Services, Ladera/Lambert


To host all Pacifica guests, answer all inquiries, direct phone calls, and general admissions calls. The Receptionist will also assist Student Services and Guest Services in student check in/out, onboarding, and all other on-campus student needs. The Receptionist will conform to institutional policies and procedures and adhere to diverse, equitable, and inclusive practices.

The role involves:

  • Open venue in the morning (open doors or blinds as needed)if working the am shift
  • Turn on the digital welcome slides
  • Greet people and direct them to proper locations
  • Lock building doors in the evening if working the pm shift
  • Answer phones and direct calls or transfer information as needed
  • Maintain Lost and Found
  • Be available to provide clerical assistance as needed
  • Keep tea center clean, organized and fully stocked. Report when tea is getting low
  • Maintain “Safety Log/Daily Report”
  • Make and laminate signs as needed
  • Keep lobby tidy
  • Check supply room and report supply needs to reception supervisor
  • Respond to all telephone and electronic inquiries or direct them to the proper venue
  • Check in guests using the online system
  • Trouble-shoot accommodation complaints and fix as capable
  • Assist in daily mail deliveries i.e. distribute internal mail to staff/faculty mailboxes
  • Maintain inventory of site equipment and supplies
  • Monitor calendar to stay apprised of upcoming events and needed facility set ups
  • Know and practice all items from the Receptionist Procedure Information Manual.
  • Schedule massages; coordinate with massage therapists for scheduling
  • Maintain the “Welcome Board”
  • Coordinate with facilities with any issues that may arise
  • Possibility of being trained to process small bookstore sales
  • Carry out policies established by others
  • Work within existing rules and procedures
  • Execute all other duties as assigned
  • Other duties as assigned by supervisor


  • High school diploma required; college preferred.
  • 1-2 years of general office experience, receptionist preferred.
  • Customer service experience.

PAY RANGE: $17-$18/hour


  • Ability to read, write, speak, and receive instruction in English.
  • Bi-lingual language skills preferred.
  • Basic math required.


  • PC literate; MS Office (including Word and Excel)
  • General office equipment


Part-time (24 hours/week), must work weekends and have flexible schedule.



Night Security

Job Summary:

  • Responds to Emergencies
  • Secure Premises


  • 2-5 Years of Experience in Security
  • Must be responsible, dependable, and Customer Service Orientated
  • Background Check will be conducted

PAY RANGE: $16-$17

Overnight Shift: Friday & Saturday (11pm-7am).

Pacifica Graduate Institute is an equal opportunity employer and does not discriminate against persons on the basis of race, religion, national origin, sexual orientation, gender, gender identity and expression, marital status, disability, pregnancy, medical condition, or covered veteran status.

A background check (including a criminal records check) must be completed satisfactorily before any candidate can start employment with Pacifica. Failure to satisfactorily complete the background check may affect the application status of applicants.

If your qualifications meet our current needs, please send your resume to the email address listed below. Please indicate on the subject line the position you are applying. No faxes or phone calls, please.

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