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We're Hiring

(Last updated July, 2021)
The mission of the Contemplative Sciences Center is (1) to promote greater understanding of, innovation in, and practical applications of contemplation and (2) to facilitate greater student flourishing in K-12, undergraduate, graduate, and professional education programs.

The University of Virginia seeks a Compassionate Schools Program Manager to support the Contemplative Sciences Center.
The Compassionate Schools Project (CSP) has conducted the most comprehensive study ever undertaken of a 21st century health and wellness curriculum in an elementary or secondary school setting. Facilitating the integrated development of mind and body, the project interweaves support in academic achievement, mental fitness, health, and compassionate character. The research aims to have a major impact on children’s education nationwide in terms of academic performance, physical education, character development, and child health policies­. 
Designed by experts from the University of Virginia's School of Education and Human Development and the Contemplative Sciences Center, the Compassionate Schools Project centers on an elementary health education curriculum designed to teach the skills necessary for comprehensive wellness. CSP began as a seven-year, randomized control trial involving elementary students from 45 schools in the Jefferson County Public School system and is now moving into an exciting new phase. The research project is wrapping up, with results expected at the end of 2021. The Jefferson County Public Schools are continuing and expanding implementation of this exciting curriculum, which has now reached around 20,000 students, while in parallel leading pediatric medical researchers at the University of Virginia are working with schools in Charlottesville to analyze the effects of the curriculum in terms of health outcomes. The next phase of this important work will be expanding to partnerships with additional school systems and mapping a plan for national distribution.
Key Roles and Responsibilities
The Compassionate Schools Project and the University of Virginia are looking for a dynamic program manager to coordinate this exciting project through its expansion and help grow it nation-wide. Building on the success of the early years of the project, this person will serve as manager for the broader team. The program manager will be responsible for coordinating strategy, team meetings, and resources. In conjunction with project leaders, they will develop a broad communication plan for the research results as well as the expansion work, serving as a connector and communicator for the project. They will also help to manage and coordinate fundraising and stewardship efforts for the unique network of local, state, and national foundations as well as individual philanthropists, corporate supporters, and organizational partners. With support from UVA colleagues, they will manage budgets and operational needs for CSP locations including managing cash-flow, contract timelines, and shared expenses. The position will likely be based in Charlottesville but remote work may be considered.
This position will remain open until filled. Review of Applicants will begin July 30, 2021. This is an Exempt level, benefited position. This position is a restricted position and is dependent upon project need, availability of funding and performance. The University will perform background checks on all new hires prior to employment. 

Please apply through Workday, and search for "Compassionate Schools Program Manager." Complete an application online and attach a CV/resume and cover letter that addresses your specific interest in the position and how you have and/or would contribute to culturally competent, inclusive, and equity-informed educational and development practices at the University. Internal applicants must apply through their UVA Workday profile.

For questions about the position or the application process, please contact Ashley Cochran, Senior Recruiter at



The Contemplative Sciences Center seeks a Student Flourishing and Contemplation Coordinator to help conceive, execute, and support innovative contemplative programs for students in academic, co-curricular, and extra-curricular contexts. This includes programs that are face-to-face, as well as delivered online in synchronous form, and the development of content delivered asynchronously through websites and apps. Thus activities may range from 1:1 coaching and mentoring relationships with students as part of an academic class; developing deep partnerships and working strategically with student organizations that serve specific student populations including student-athletes, first-generation, and minoritized student populations; developing contemplative programs for fraternities and sororities; planning and leading contemplative components of one day to multi-day retreats for various student programs; to supporting faculty members in integrating contemplative components into their academic classes, to designing and running a two month once a week series offered to students as a co-curricular experience, to working with students to design weekend extra-curricular events.

The position will have a particular responsibility for engaging and supporting students who have historically marginalized at the University, including students of color, first generation college students, LGBTQ students, and others. Likewise, the position will play a key role in our community engagement programs that build a more equitable relationship between the University and local communities, particularly those historically not engaged or supported by the University. This position also involves developing content that leverages technology and social media to engage students creatively and invite them into deeper contemplative experiences. The work will entail collaborating with a variety of part-time contemplative instructors who help the center execute its various programs. Finally the position will work with other organizations and Universities across the country, and world, who are also focused on innovative solutions for student flourishing via contemplative approaches. This includes the Mindfulness Director Initiative that is focused on integrating mindfulness into education for wellbeing and societal flourishing. In all of the above work, collecting data at a minimum for program evaluation, and potentially for research purposes is a key element.

For questions about the position or the application process, please contact Ashley Cochran, Senior Recruiter at


The University of Virginia, including the UVA Health System and the University Physician’s Group are fundamentally committed to the diversity of our faculty and staff. We believe diversity is excellence expressing itself through every person's perspectives and lived experiences. We are equal opportunity and affirmative action employers. All qualified applicants will receive consideration for employment without regard to age, color, disability, gender identity or expression, marital status, national or ethnic origin, political affiliation, race, religion, sex (including pregnancy), sexual orientation, veteran status, and family medical or genetic information.