(Last updated on January 11, 2019)

The Contemplative Sciences Center has the following employment opportunities:

Contemplative Strategic Initiatives Director

Learn more by accessing UVA's Workday.
You can also view the posting in the previous system here: Jobs@UVA Vacancy Listing - Posting # 0624567.

Anticipated Hiring Range: Commensurate with experience and credentials

Position Objective and Job Summary

The Contemplative Sciences Center (CSC) is hiring a Contemplative Strategic Initiatives Director. CSC's mission is to explore contemplative practices, values, ideas, and institutions  to better understand their diverse impacts, underlying mechanisms, and dynamic processes through analytical research and scholarship. In addition, CSC seeks to develop new applications and learning programs for integration into varied sectors of our society in service of human flourishing. CSC's mandate is to pursue research, learning, and engagement related to contemplation and flourishing across all schools and organizational units of the University of Virginia, and to become national and international leaders in this rapidly growing field.

This position will manage initiatives in CSC that are focused on learning, research, and collaborative networking pertaining to contemplation and wellbeing which have national and international scope. The position will be responsible for managing all aspects of the planning and coordination of two priorities: Student Flourishing Initiative and the Contemplative Academic Network. The position will offer support as needed for other special initiatives of CSC, such as the Compassionate Schools Project and Contemplative University portal. The position will help provide strategic support in streamlining and improving operations in other parts of the center when the need for such help is determined by the executive director, and work with the executive director, advancement director, and other relevant faculty or staff in writing grant applications for funding. The position will also represent the executive director in various contexts when he is unavailable. The University-wide nature of this work will require the candidate develop and support the integration of these initiatives across all eleven schools. The national reach of these projects will also entail extensive interaction with institutions and organizations nationally and internationally.

A Bachelor's degree with at least seven years relevant experience in relationship to managing projects; experience using project management software to administer complex projects is required. Prior extensive experience in program management and administration is required. A successful candidate will be able to prioritize and manage multiple competing priorities, have exemplary written and verbal communication skills, have strong interpersonal skills, and thrive when working with many different people. An advanced degree is preferred. Experience working in higher education, experience with educational research, or experience with contemplation is preferred. Preference will be given to candidates with knowledge of contemplative practices and studies, as well as knowledge of literature on wellbeing, or education research methods. Experience with project management software and communication tools desirable, as well as experience developing and maintaining workflow systems to manage complex projects.

This position has an initial appointment for a minimum of one year, continued employment is contingent upon the availability of funding and successful performance.

Required Qualifications

Seven years of equivalent and relevant professional work experience in relationship to managing projects; experience using project management software to administer complex projects.

Preferred Qualifications

Preferred experience working in higher education; preferred experience with educational research; preference experience with contemplation.  

Required Computer Applications

Microsoft Office Suite, Google Docs  

Preferred Computer Applications

Slack, (Asana helpful)

To apply

Please visit and search job posting number 0624567. Complete a staff application online and attach a cover letter, resume, and contact information for three references. The position will remain open until filled.

Questions regarding the application process should be directed to Ashley Cochran, Academic Recruiter at

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

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 UVA students
  • Helping process data of various types related to contemplation
  • CSC is seeking student assistant(s) for the 2018-19 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
  • Cover Letter including information about your availability (spring, summer and/or fall as well as ideal number of hours/week)
  • Resume
  • 2-3 References