Job Opening: Dalai Lama Fellows (DLF) Assistant Director



Job Opening: Dalai Lama Fellows (DLF) Assistant Director

Dalai Lama Fellows (DLF), housed the University of Virginia’s Contemplative Sciences Center,  is a unique one-year leadership program for emerging social change makers designed to help them cultivate self-awareness, resilience, and compassion via a variety of deliberate practices; broaden their cultural perspectives; learn how to engage in efficacious ways with complex systems; and situate their work with local communities in sustainable ways. DLF’s ultimate goal is to help young social innovators integrate contemplative work and intentional personal transformation with their efforts to bring about positive change in their communities and the more-than-human world. Throughout the fellowship year, fellows engage in a social innovation project in their local community, and from the program they receive a self-guided curriculum, group learning experiences, 1-on-1 coaching, and an in-person immersive gathering. 
DLF is seeking a part-time Assistant Director to help carry out the day-to-day management of the program, deliver learning experiences and coaching to fellows, and collaborate with other DLF staff on a variety of tasks. This includes the recruitment, selection, and onboarding of new fellows, creating and delivering online curriculum content, facilitating virtual full-group and small-group learning experiences, providing 1-on-1 coaching to fellows, and coordinating alumni engagement. The Assistant Director will also support the planning and delivery of the in-person Contemplative Leadership Assembly which will involve securing travel visas for Fellows, developing the Assembly curriculum, and delivering the event. In addition to working with the global fellowship program, the Assistant Director will support the development of local university programs. In 2021, DLF and the Contemplative Sciences Center entered into a partnership with the University of Colorado’s Renee Crown Wellness Institute and Stanford University’s Stanford Flourishing Project to co-steward the global fellows program and begin to offer contemplative leadership experiences to students at each institution. Therefore, the Assistant Director will support the development of contemplative leadership academic programs for university undergraduates and may also deliver these learning experiences as an instructor and/or program coordinator.

Most of the responsibilities of the Assistant Director will be carried out remotely with the exception of the Contemplative Leadership Assembly and potentially the university-based program offerings depending on how they are designed and the need for in-person staff. The Assistant Director position will require 15-20 hours of work per week.


This is a wage position which is not eligible for leave or other benefits and is limited to 1500 hours of work in a year. For more information, refer to the Wage Employment link:


To apply, please submit an application online through Workday at and attach a current CV/Resume and Cover Letter. Search on requisition number: R0040303.


Questions regarding the position should be directed to Associate Director of Dalai Lama Fellows, Anthony DeMauro (


Questions related to the application process may be directed to Keith Johnson, HR Specialist at


The University will perform background checks on all new hires prior to employment.  This position will require an Education Verification (FSAKA)


A Master’s degree or equivalent is required with at least seven years of experience with both contemplation and social innovation. 


DLF is seeking candidates with a deep commitment to working with young people in holistic ways to help fashion integrated pathways towards their personal flourishing and the flourishing of the communities in which they operate.


Candidates must have a deep background in contemplative practices, as well as experience teaching contemplation to others and the ability to help individuals connect with contemplative practices from their unique cultural contexts.


Candidates must also have experience in the field of social innovation, activism, organizing, or community healing work. Ideally, the candidate has experience integrating contemplative work with the work of social change so they can support fellows in doing the same.


Additionally, candidates must be able to demonstrate strong interpersonal skills, particularly the ability to cultivate trusting relationships through non-transactional interactions. Candidates should have deep listening skills and the capacity to be fully present for another’s experience in a caring, non-judgmental, and non-manipulative way. Candidates must also be able to effectively communicate complex ideas, particularly around navigating one’s own thoughts and emotions, as well as interpersonal domains of conflict, power, and culture. DLF is also particularly interested in candidates who have experience working with diverse populations, as the majority of fellows come from countries outside the USA.


More generally, the candidate should have 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 flexibility to respond to varying demands and work well in team environments.


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