Research and Documentation Associate, Student Flourishing Initiative (Wage)

Job description

Job location: Charlottesville, VA

Employment Type: Part-time
Posted data: 2020-09-01
Req: R0018171

The Contemplative Sciences Center seeks applicants for a Research and Documentation Associate for the Student Flourishing Initiative (SFI), a project that explores how university structures, processes, and activities may impinge upon or promote student suffering and flourishing, with the goal of synthesizing information across 22 principal domains of higher education to summarize the literature and compile examples of how universities can facilitate greater student flourishing both during students’ years in college as well as in their lives post-graduation. The Research Associate will build on previous efforts to review literature, identify and document exemplary instances at UVA and other institutions of higher education and create high quality materials (reports, essays, bibliographies, curated guides, website content, etc.) to take the project to the next level, synthesizing large amounts of information for executive audiences and expanding communication efforts. Additionally, depending on the skill of the candidate and the needs of the project, the Research Associate may be asked to support efforts to convene and engage stakeholders across a growing national network of institutions of higher education dedicated to student flourishing. The position reports to the Director of Student Flourishing and Strategic Initiatives at the Contemplative Sciences Center.


  • Review previously compiled literature across 22 domains of higher education and synthesize key findings for a broad audience, including senior leaders in higher education administration
  • Author a variety of materials for publication on the Resources for Students and Resources for Institutions section of the University of Flourishing website (currently in development by the Contemplative Sciences Center)
  • Maintain project timelines and deliverables
  • May be asked to contribute to a high-level report on flourishing in higher education to be completed within the next 6 months
  • May participate in presentations at virtual meetings or conferences
  • May be asked to provide guidance to student workers
  • May provide administrative support

In addition to the above job responsibilities, other duties may be assigned


  • Bachelor’s degree in a related field, and graduate level training in higher education or related field. Master's degree in higher education or related field preferred.
  • 5-10 years experience working with college students to promote student wellbeing
  • Demonstrated strong interpersonal, written, and verbal communication skills
  • Ability to work well on a team and interact diplomatically with stakeholders
  • Excellent attention to detail
  • Ability to think ahead, anticipate problems and propose solutions
  • Willingness to commit to working a minimum of 20 hours per week reliably for at least 6 months (please note: hours and terms can be increased based on performance, business need, availability of funding and mutual agreement)

Anticipated Position Compensation: $16.96 - $20.00 Hourly

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: R00018171.

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


Education: Bachelor’s degree in a related field, and graduate level training in higher education.

Experience: 5-10 years experience working with college students to promote student well-being

Licensure: None


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 University of Virginia, including the UVA Health System which represents the UVA Medical Center, Schools of Medicine and Nursing, UVA Physician’s Group and the Claude Moore Health Sciences Library, 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.




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Posted: 9/10/2020
Application Due: 12/9/2020
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