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The Contemplative Sciences Center currently has five openings for employment:

See the relevant sections below.

Posting for Contemplative Sciences Center Writer

The Contemplative Sciences Center at the University of Virginia (CSC) seeks to hire a number of part-time writers to support various needs, including the development of a digital portal/encyclopedia on contemplation. Content to be written or edited will be quite varied, including but not limited to historical forms of contemplation, digests or literature reviews of scientific research/state of the field, pedagogical practices in the classroom, various tips, practices, and approaches to facilitating wellbeing and flourishing, and book recommendations.

Incumbents could provide assistance with writing, preparation, coordination, copy editing, and proofing of documents in the above areas. Duties may include:

  • researching and writing informational materials, generally within a single subject area, for publication and distribution;
  • conducting interviews and writing up the results; 
  • performing editorial and research duties to prepare final copy for publication in scholarly journals, professional publications, and University communications;
  • reviewing manuscripts and other forms of copy; make stylistic, structural and grammatical corrections;
  • maintaining contact with authors, printers, faculty, staff and/or others concerning published work.

This position is initially for up to a one year appointment, with possibility for further renewal based on satisfactory performance. The position is contingent on the availability of funding and, as defined by University policy, is a restricted position.

For more information about the position, please contact David Germano, via email germano@virginia.edu or via text at 434-242-3079.

To apply, visit https://jobs.virginia.edu and search for posting number 0623060. All applicants must complete a candidate profile online and attach a cover letter, curriculum vitae, and contact information for three references. Please include information about availability and salary requirements in your cover letter.

The University of Virginia is an equal opportunity and affirmative action employer. Women, minorities, veterans, and persons with disabilities are encouraged to apply.   


Posting for Contemplative University Portal Manager  
 
The Contemplative Sciences Center is seeking applications for the position of Contemplative University Portal Manager. The person in this role will manage the creation, expansion, and management of an online portal called “The Contemplative University,” which will be devoted to the rich documentation of historical systems of contemplation, modern pedagogical strategies for creating engaged and participatory classrooms, and practices for creating transformative educational experiences that facilitate student flourishing. Resources will include audio-video, structured databases of tips and practices, essays, interactive media, annotated bibliographies, and more. Input will be produced centrally at UVA, but also be accomplished in a distributed fashion through many individuals and institutions across the country, and the world. The manager will need to generate content, manage students and staff, provide technical support to contributors, and help galvanize and coordinate larger circles of participation.
 
Job duties will include generating content (30%), supporting the full life cycle of contributions from solicitation to publication (30%), overseeing content staff (20%), engaging with technologies towards design and maintenance of site (10%), providing training to students and scholars to use these technologies (10%).
 
This position is initially a one-year appointment, with the possibility for further renewal based on satisfactory performance. The position is contingent on the availability of funding and, as defined by University policy, is a restricted position.  
 
For more information about the position, please contact David Germano, via email germano@virginia.edu or via text at 434-242-3079.
 
To apply, visit https://jobs.virginia.edu and search for posting number 0622743. All applicants must complete a candidate profile online and attach a cover letter, curriculum vitae, and contact information for three references.
  
The University of Virginia is an equal opportunity and affirmative action employer. Women, minorities, veterans, and persons with disabilities are encouraged to apply.  


Posting for Coordinator of Great Perfection Initiative Research

The Contemplative Sciences Center is seeking applicants for the newly created position of Coordinator of Great Perfection Initiative Research. The incumbent is in charge of coordinating and executing research for the Great Perfection Initiative, which is devoted to international translation of and scholarship on the Tibetan religious tradition known as "Dzokchen" (rdzogs chen). The work includes executing research tasks, providing technical support and training to other researchers using research tools and data sets, normalizing data pertaining to Tibetan texts, creating reference resources, doing other miscellaneous tasks in support of the research group and its activities, writing descriptions of projects for external consumption, and preparing materials related to fundraising. The coordinator may also be asked to perform other tasks in relationship to documentation of Tibetan Buddhist texts and contemplative practices.
 
Preferred candidates must have a master’s degree or educational equivalent relevant to Tibetan/Buddhist studies. Additional requirements include fluency in classical literary Tibetan, a deep knowledge of the Dzokchen tradition in Tibetan Buddhism and its classical literature, and the ability to learn and efficiently use digital technologies. 
 
This is a one-year appointment, with possibility for further renewal based on satisfactory performance. The position is contingent on the availability of funding and, as defined by University policy, is a restricted position. 
 
For more information about the position, please contact David Germano, via email germano@virginia.edu or via text at 434-242-3079.
 
To apply, visit https://jobs.virginia.edu and search for posting number 0622713. All applicants must complete a candidate profile online and attach a cover letter, curriculum vitae, and contact information for three references.
 
The University of Virginia is an equal opportunity and affirmative action employer. Women, minorities, veterans, and persons with disabilities are encouraged to apply.  

Posting for Contemplative Practice Instructor

The Contemplative Sciences Center at the University of Virginia is seeking qualified applicants for Contemplative Instructors. These are part-time, wage positions with the primary purpose of directly leading group classes and/or group-training workshops/seminars to meet the contemplative interests and demands of the University community (students, faculty, staff and UVA affiliates). 
 
Position Objective and Job Summary
  • We are seeking instructor with the ability to fully engage with students and members in vibrant activities that promote mind/body wellness.
  • Ideal candidates will have the availability to teach at least 1-3 classes per week and/or 1 or more group-training workshops/seminars per semester.
  • The ideal candidate will have experience and skills could include teaching one or more kinds of contemplative class or workshop formats including, but not limited to different styles of yoga, mindfulness, various forms of meditation, creative movement, T'ai Chi, etc.
  • Instructors are expected to attend regularly scheduled staff meetings and in-service sessions.
  • Instructors are expected to establish a positive rapport and relationship with student and departmental staff, members and guests of the facility as well as promote exceptional customer service to create a positive environment for members and guests. Instructors are also expected to maintain a Standard of Excellence in professionalism and safety.
Desired Attributes 
  • Interest in and desire to learn more about contemplation and its role at the University of Virginia
  • Demonstrated knowledge and skill as practitioner in specialized contemplative method of instruction, techniques or practice.
  • Ability to teach, motivate and engage class participants in training sessions
  • Ability to listen attentively and determine participants goals
  • Ability to assess participants level of fitness as applicable
  • Ability to communicate well orally and in writing
To Apply
 
Submit a complete application via JOBS@UVA online and reference Posting number 0622424.
Email any questions to Leslie Hubbard, lh2tm@virginia.edu.
 

Posting for Student Assistant
The Contemplative Sciences Center at the University of Virginia is seeking self-motivated student(s) to assist with a broad range of the Center’s activities, including business operations, fundraising, communications, events management, and data processing.
 
Position Objective and Job Summary
  • This position provides broad support for the Center as needed throughout the office. Duties include:
  • Providing administrative assistance as needed: filing, preparing correspondence and mailings, scheduling, photocopying, faxing, etc.
  • Help manage and update website
  • Help promote Center activities: design & distribute flyers, send email announcements, etc.
  • Help manage social media for CSC
  • Help organize and execute Center events including events for U.Va. students
  • Helping process data of various types related to contemplation
  • The Center is seeking student assistant(s) for the Summer 2017 and the 2017-18 school year.  Expected hours per week are 8 -10 and compensation will be $12 / hour.
Desired Attributes 
  • Interest in and desire to learn more about contemplation and its role at the University of Virginia
  • Ability to work collaboratively as a member of a team and to work independently and manage time well.
  • Strong written and verbal communication skills
  • Strong computer skills including knowledge of Microsoft Office
  • (Desired but not necessary) Knowledge of Adobe Creative Suite
To Apply
 
Send the following via email to Juliet Trail at trail@virginia.edu.
  • Cover Letter including information about your availability (spring, summer and/or fall as well as ideal number of hours/week)
  • Resume
  • 2-3 References