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OrganizationTess Ortega
TypePart Time
Application DeadlineSeptember 18, 2018
College Degree Required?No
Salary RangeCompetitive Wage
Phone(434) 338-7380


For over 30 years, the Mind & Life Institute has been the driving force in creating and growing the contemplative sciences field. Beginning as a series of dialogues between His Holiness the Dalai Lama and leading Western scientists and scholars, Mind & Life has since expanded to become the leading convener, catalyst, and community builder in supporting contemplative research and bridging practice and real world applications.

The mission of the Mind & Life Institute is to alleviate suffering and promote human flourishing by integrating science with contemplative practice and wisdom traditions.

Mind & Life is committed to building an inclusive community that integrates diversity of perspective and experience. We aim to maximize the benefits of diversity and to use diversity as a tool for enriching our organization and the field of contemplative research. We welcome candidates of all races, classes, genders, ages, religions, physical abilities, and sexual orientations.

Job Duties

Provides social media content to create engaging posts from contemplative research.


  • Create original social media content by researching topics using Google Alerts and through self-directed exploration of topics affiliated with contemplative sciences.
  • Convert scholarly subject matter into plain-spoken posts that elicit responses and sharing from the general public.
  • Collaborate with the communications team to promote various events, programs and campaigns.
  • Respond to reader comments appropriately.
  • Cultivate new followers and build the community.
  • Manage a production schedule for gathering topics, writing the text, locating imagery and posting the content, including pre-scheduled auto-posts.
  • Develop a backlog of potential content.
  • Monitor usage and analytics to continuously improve performance.
  • In-office work on the Downtown Mall. No telecommuting.
  • Flexible pre-scheduled hours within the normal business day.

Skills Required

  • Experience using social media such as Facebook, Twitter and Instagram.
  • Strong writing skills and the ability to interpret and convey concepts.
  • Knowledge of or ability to independently learn about back-end functionality and analytics behind social media platforms.
  • Interest in mindfulness, compassion and the understanding of consciousness.
  • Some training is possible, but basic proficiency is required.
  • Preference will be given to candidates who display engagement, interest, integrity and writing ability.

Work Schedule

10 hours week, flexible schedule between 9-5 M-F

Additional Info

Please submit your cover letter and resume to using the subject line “Social Media Assistant application.” Applications will be accepted through September 28 2018.