Job Opening: Associate Executive Director



Job Opening: Associate Executive Director

Associate Executive Director, Contemplative Sciences Center

The Contemplative Sciences Center is accepting applications for an Associate Executive Director. Reporting to the Executive Director (ED), the Associate Executive Director is an Executive Staff position that supports and advises the ED in his work on behalf of the Center within and external to the University of Virginia. The mission of the Contemplative Sciences Center (CSC) is to advance the study and application of human and ecological flourishing at all levels of education, including significant research initiatives, extensive global networking, and the systems-based programs of application. This includes a central focus on research, innovation, and application of a diverse range of contemplative practices and traditions, involving humanistic scholarship, scientific research, innovative designs of new practices tailor made for specific contexts, and implementation to advance student flourishing in educational contexts.


The successful candidate will be expected to:

  • Support the ED in devising new initiatives and partnerships to advance the Center’s strategic plans in consultation with the Center’s Managing Director (MD) and Vice Provost for Academic Affairs (VPAA)
  • Conceive, develop partnerships, direct, and pursue funding for innovative educational  initiatives for curriculum, research, and engagement
  • Teach academic courses and contribute to strategic development of curricular content
  • Collaborate with ED in developing external academic networks and partnerships, with a focus on faculty and collaborative scholarly, research, and curricular collaborations in the contexts of the Flourishing Academic Network (FAN) and Wellbeing, Innovation, and Social change in Education (WISE) networks
  • Collaborates with ED in working with UVA Council for Flourishing to promote scholarship, research, curriculum, and other processes pertaining to student flourishing (faculty and senior administrators)
  • Directly manages programs such as determined in consultation with ED, VPAA, and MD
  • Works with the ED and Advancement Director (AD) in managing the Advisory Board to engage them and provide information as relevant
  • Collaborates with ED and AD in pursuing fundraising activities with foundations, government grants, and private individuals, including crafting research and educational proposals
  • Performs other duties as assigned


Qualified candidates must have:

  • Master's degree
  • Experience: At least 15 years of experience
  • Experience with strategic planning
  • Demonstrated expertise in leading multi-stakeholder and/or multi-institutional initiatives and projects
  • Experience working in higher education and engaging in educational innovation
  • Experience in study and application of wellbeing and flourishing                
  • Deep expertise in contemplation, whether in practice, research, and/or curricular design
  • Experience and success in generating funding for programs, whether from government grants, foundations, or  individual donors


Preferred Qualifications:

  • PHD
  • Social science training, but possible to have subject matter expertise in other areas as well
  • Experience cultivating and engaging private donors for advancement purposes


For additional information about the position, please contact David Germano at


This position is located in Charlottesville, VA.


This position is an Executive Staff position with an initial two-year appointment. Subsequent appointments are based on performance and funding.   Salary will be commensurate with qualifications and experience. This is an exempt level, benefited position.


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This position will remain open until filled.  This position will not sponsor applicants for work visas. The University will perform background checks on all new hires prior to employment.


To Apply:

Please apply through Workday, and search for R0037378. Internal applicants must apply through their UVA Workday profile by searching ‘Find Jobs.’ Complete an application online with the following documents:

  • CV
  • Cover letter


Upload all materials into the resume submission field, multiple documents can be submitted into this one field. Alternatively, merge all documents into one PDF for submission. Applications that do not contain all required documents will not receive full consideration.


Confidential inquiries and nominations should be directed to AJ Davidson, Senior Search Consultant, at


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    • Full time
    • R0037378

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