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Contemplative Practice Curriculum Specialist (4164U) - 58494
University of California, Berkeley

Date Posted Feb. 2, 2024
Title Contemplative Practice Curriculum Specialist (4164U) - 58494
University University of California, Berkeley
Berkeley, CA, United States
Application Deadline Open until filled
Position Start Date Available immediately
  • Professional Staff
  • Educational Services

Contemplative Practice Curriculum Specialist (4164U) - 58494

About Berkeley

At the University of California, Berkeley, we are committed to creating a community that fosters equity of experience and opportunity, and ensures that students, faculty, and staff of all backgrounds feel safe, welcome and included. Our culture of openness, freedom and belonging make it a special place for students, faculty and staff.

The University of California, Berkeley, is one of the world's leading institutions of higher education, distinguished by its combination of internationally recognized academic and research excellence; the transformative opportunity it provides to a large and diverse student body; its public mission and commitment to equity and social justice; and its roots in the California experience, animated by such values as innovation, questioning the status quo, and respect for the environment and nature. Since its founding in 1868, Berkeley has fueled a perpetual renaissance, generating unparalleled intellectual, economic and social value in California, the United States and the world.

We are looking for equity-minded applicants who represent the full diversity of California and who demonstrate a sensitivity to and understanding of the diverse academic, socioeconomic, cultural, disability, gender identity, sexual orientation, and ethnic backgrounds present in our community. When you join the team at Berkeley, you can expect to be part of an inclusive, innovative and equity-focused community that approaches higher education as a matter of social justice that requires broad collaboration among faculty, staff, students and community partners. In deciding whether to apply for a position at Berkeley, you are strongly encouraged to consider whether your values align with our Guiding Values and Principles, our Principles of Community, and our Strategic Plan.

At UC Berkeley, we believe that learning is a fundamental part of working, and our goal is for everyone on the Berkeley campus to feel supported and equipped to realize their full potential. We actively support this by providing all of our staff employees with at least 80 hours (10 days) of paid time per year to engage in professional development activities. To find out more about how you can grow your career at UC Berkeley, visit

Departmental Overview

The BCSP is a philanthropically funded center aiming to create and share knowledge with the world about psychedelics and their place in society, with three key pillars: basic research on the brain science of these compounds; a comprehensive certificate program for facilitators of the psychedelic experience; and multi-dimensional public education and outreach about these compounds, including their history, current politics, applications to medicine, and the cultural and spiritual aspects of their use.

This position involves designing a contemplative practice curriculum for advanced healthcare professionals. Works with program leadership to determine training needs and develop appropriate training programs and learning approaches.


  • Design and implement psychedelic facilitation curriculum using the tools of contemplative practice and evidence from contemplative science.
  • Assist with overall curriculum development and instructional planning for facilitation training
  • Support training program curriculum through regular instruction of annual cohort of advanced healthcare professionals
  • Revise curriculum and instruction throughout each year, in collaboration with other program team members.
  • Collaborate with training team members to identify potential guest speakers, as well as plan and implement the training curriculum with them.
  • Provide relevant organizational planning and support to training program
  • Design, propose, and implement curricular and instructional strategies for enacting commitments to diversity, equity, inclusion, and centering indigenous perspectives.
  • Support the identification of best practices in curriculum and instruction for facilitation training programs, and support the dissemination of knowledge about these practices.

Required Qualifications

  • Experience teaching at the post-graduate level or providing ongoing professional development training
  • Experience designing curriculum for professionals
  • Strong writing and speaking skills
  • Demonstrated success engaging in strategic planning
  • Bachelor's degree in related area and/or equivalent experience/training.

Salary & Benefits

This is a 1-yr, non-exempt temporary position at 25% (10 hrs a week), with the possibility of extension with continued funding. This position is paid hourly.

For information on the comprehensive benefits package offered by the University, please visit the University of California's Compensation & Benefits website.

Under California law, the University of California, Berkeley is required to provide a reasonable estimate of the compensation range for this role and should not offer a salary outside of the range posted in this job announcement. This range takes into account the wide range of factors that are considered in making compensation decisions including but not limited to experience, skills, knowledge, abilities, education, licensure and certifications, analysis of internal equity, and other business and organizational needs. It is not typical for an individual to be offered a salary at or near the top of the range for a position. Salary offers are determined based on final candidate qualifications and experience.

The budgeted salary or hourly range that the University reasonably expects to pay for this position is $41.00 - $56.00.

How to Apply

  • To apply, please submit your resume and cover letter.

Other Information

  • This is not a visa opportunity.

Conviction History Background

This is a designated position requiring fingerprinting and a background check due to the nature of the job responsibilities. Berkeley does hire people with conviction histories and reviews information received in the context of the job responsibilities. The University reserves the right to make employment contingent upon successful completion of the background check.

Equal Employment Opportunity

The University of California is an Equal Opportunity/Affirmative Action Employer. All qualified applicants will receive consideration for employment without regard to race, color, religion, sex, sexual orientation, gender identity, national origin, disability, or protected veteran status. For more information about your rights as an applicant, please see the U.S. Equal Employment Opportunity Commission poster.

For the complete University of California nondiscrimination and affirmative action policy, please see the University of California Discrimination, Harassment, and Affirmative Action in the Workplace policy.

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