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(Last updated on May 10, 2019)
 
Founded in 2012, the Contemplative Sciences Center (CSC) is an innovative interdisciplinary center at the University of Virginia dedicated to the exploration of well-being, human flourishing, and experiential learning.
 
The Contemplative Sciences Center has the following employment opportunities:

Staff Writer
 
The Contemplative Sciences Center is seeking a full time staff writer to help create and edit content for its flourishing portal project, its websites, general communications, and fundraising. This will include creating a comprehensive CSC Style Guide, and items such as research briefs and curated guides on various pertinent subjects across the humanities and sciences. The writer will create original content through research and interviews, as well as help edit and shape content authored by others.
 
This job is ideal for someone who thrives in a fast-paced environment, has an interest in contemplative practices and efforts to promote wellbeing. The candidate must possess strong verbal and written communication skills, as well as strong organizational and administrative abilities. The candidate must also work with great attention to detail, show initiative, demonstrate an ability to evaluate and edit the content, structure, and format of a range of written material and demonstrate flexibility to respond to varying demands.

 

Job Description
  • In addition to the above job responsibilities, other duties may be assigned.
  • May manage a group of communications staff.
  • Manage extensive network of vendor contacts.
  • Manage charitable contribution campaigns and plan community outreach efforts.
  • Plan major events.
  • Coordinate broadcast media interviews and location shoots.
  • Review and select press releases and photos or other media for distribution.
  • Plan and organize all press releases, memoranda to assignment editors, and news briefs.
  • Maintain significant news and media relationships with local, regional, and national reporters, editors, and producers.
  • Advise on and execute the public relations strategy for the University.

 

Minimum Requirements

Education: Bachelor's Degree in English or Communications

Experience: One year of experience
 
This is primarily a sedentary job involving extensive use of desktop computers. The job does occasionally require walking some distance to attend meetings, and programs.
 
The initial appointment is for one year and continued employment is contingent upon availability of funds, performance and business need. To be considered applicants must be received by May 14, 2019.
 
To Apply
Visit https://uva.wd1.myworkdayjobs.com/UVAJobs. Requisition number R0005884. Complete a job application online and upload each of these items: a cover letter, resume, and contact information for three references. 
 
For questions about the position or application process please contact:
Ashley Cochran, Senior Academic Recruiter: alc6dk@virginia.edu.
 

Operations Coordinator

 

Anticipated Hiring Range: Commensurate with experience and credentials

 

Position Objective and Job Summary

The Contemplative Sciences Center is seeking an Operations Coordinator to provide fiscal, logistical and administrative support to the Director of Operations as well as overall support to the Center. The Operations Coordinator will coordinate all aspects of multiple events throughout the year, including conferences and visiting speakers. He/she will also be the primary person who is responsible for fiscal tasks such as travel and expense reconciliation, purchasing including purchase orders and vendor relations, etc.
 
A high school diploma is required with at least one year of experience. Bachelor's degree with at least two years of administrative experience is preferred. This job is ideal for someone who thrives in a fast-paced environment, has an interest in contemplative practices and efforts to promote well-being, and enjoys providing assistance to busy professionals. The candidate must possess strong verbal and written communication skills, as well as strong organizational and administrative abilities. The candidate must also work with great attention to detail, show initiative, and demonstrate flexibility to respond to varying demands. Proficiency with technology and willingness to learn new software is required. Experience with UVA systems is preferred. Continued employment is contingent upon availability of funds.
 
To Apply
Visit https://uva.wd1.myworkdayjobs.com/UVAJobs and search for Operations Coordinator. Complete a staff application online and attach a cover letter, resume, and contact information for three references. The position will remain open until filled.
 
For questions about the position or application process please contact:
Ashley Cochran, Senior Academic Recruiter: alc6dk@virginia.edu
 

Director of Strategic Initiatives

Learn more by accessing UVA's Executive Search Group webpage.

Anticipated Hiring Range: Commensurate with experience and credentials

Position Objective and Job Summary

The Contemplative Sciences Center (CSC) at the University of Virginia (UVA) is hiring a Director of Strategic Initiatives. The mission of the CSC is to explore the intersection of flourishing with education from elementary schools through graduate programs, and how institutions of public education can engage in processes of organizational transformation to achieve this. We understand flourishing as integrating wellbeing, contemplation, and social engagement. We have a particular interest in contemplation, which includes all forms of highly experiential and integrative forms of learning, to better understand their diverse impacts, underlying mechanisms, and dynamic processes through research, as well as to develop new adaptations in service of human flourishing. Our mandate is to pursue research, learning, and engagement related to flourishing -—wellbeing, contemplation, and social engagement—across all schools and organizational units of the University of Virginia and be a national and international leader in this rapidly growing field of activity.

Reporting to the Executive Director of the CSC, the Director of Strategic Initiatives will serve on the CSC’s core leadership team and will manage strategically central projects, both external and internal to UVA. These projects are complex and large in scope, entailing extensive interaction with schools and colleagues across UVA, as well as with institutions and organizations nationally and internationally. The broadest of these is our Student Flourishing Initiative, which embraces a wide ranging array of initiatives in academic learning, residential life, student data, online resources, and research aimed at creating the optimal learning environment for students at the University of Virginia to flourish in all dimensions of their lives. Another important priority is the building of the Flourishing Academic Network, which aims to build a working coalition of major research universities with such interests and commitments. 
 
The Director of Strategic Initiatives will offer support as needed for other special initiatives of CSC, such as the Compassionate Schools Project and University of Flourishing portal. The Director will help provide strategic support in streamlining and improving operations in other parts of CSC in coordination with the Executive Director, and help develop and assess possible new projects with schools at UVA and external partners. The Director will work closely with the Executive Director, Director of Advancement, and other relevant faculty or staff in fundraising activities with foundations, government grants, and private individuals. As a member of the core leadership team, the position could also represent the Executive Director in various contexts when he is unavailable.
 
Compelling candidates will have at least ten years of experience managing projects and/or consulting. Experience with developing and using systems to administer complex projects 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 across a variety of entities. He/she will have demonstrated a proven ability to execute on ideas. Experience working in higher education, consulting and/or with educational research is preferred. Experience with ideas and practices of contemplation/flourishing is preferred. 
 
A Bachelor’s degree is required; an advanced degree is preferred.
 
This position has an initial appointment for a minimum of one year. Continued employment is contingent upon the availability of funding, successful performance, and business need.
 
Please contact AJ Davidson, Senior Search Consultant with UVA’s Executive Search Group, with inquiries and/or nominations at ajh2d@virginia.edu. The recruitment will be conducted in confidence.
 

To Apply
Visit UVA's Executive Search Group webpage.

Complete a staff application online and attach a cover letter, resume, and contact information for three references.
 
The position will remain open until filled.
 

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