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BP Inclusivity Project Coordinator (BAME, POC, LGBTQ)
Jamyang London Buddhist Centre

Job Description

Role: Inclusivity Project Coordinator

Hours: 14 hours per week (0.4 fte)

Fixed term: 3 months, from 1 January to 31 March

Salary: TBC

Location: London/UK (remote)

Jamyang London Buddhist Centre is looking for an Inclusivity Project Coordinator to join our team for a fixed term of 3 months.

ABOUT US:

This is an exciting time to join Jamyang Buddhist Centre (JBC) London. A highly motivated and competent team is being formed, at the core of which is an outstanding newly-appointed resident teacher, Geshe Tenzin Namdak. 2020-2021 will be an important period for the centre and with the launch of a new cycle of Basic Programme (2020-2025) both onsite and online, we are also taking steps to diversify representation within our staff and community.

JBC is a dynamic centre in the heart of the city with a thriving programme to meet the diverse needs of its community: from traditional Buddhist teachings and rituals to a wide range of secular and community programmes. It houses the Courthouse Community Centre (CCC) and the headquarters of Science and Wisdom LIVE. It also has income generating businesses such as a bed & breakfast facility, room rentals and a café. Alongside a core team of bright and committed staff, it supports a community of live-in and non-residential volunteers.

ABOUT THE POSITION:

The Inclusivity Project Coordinator (IPC) is a part-time, fixed-term, three-months position (during January, February and March), which will help to initiate a new phase at Jamyang Buddhist Centre’s (JBC). The IPC will work together with our Spiritual Programme Coordinator, the SPC Committee and the Universal Education Coordinator to provide guidance and support to our cohort of BP Inclusivity Scholars of 2020-2025. The BP Inclusivity Scholars are funded students who have committed to the FPMT’s 5-years ‘Basic Programme’, an equivalent of a MA programme in Buddhist mind science and philosophy.

This cohort of 4 BP Inclusivity Scholars will be engaged in a creative outreach project during the months of January to the end of March, and the Inclusivity Project Coordinator will be their first point of contact. Besides this, the IPC will also help in the creation of a long-term vision and outline a practical plan (with proposals, action points, and recommendations for partnerships) on how to foster more inclusivity and diversity at Jamyang Buddhist Centre London, and the FPMT more generally, in the future. This result will be presented to the staff of Jamyang Buddhist Centre London at the end of the 3-months project.

You will be accountable to the Executive Director. We are looking for a person who is creative and experienced enough to shoulder a short and intensive, 3 months project, and will make the most out of this time for everyone involved. Strong project management skills are required, and previous experience with managing a short-term project is preferable.

We would encourage people from a POC, BAME, LGBTQ or minority background to apply, as this position would benefit from such a background, and these are currently underrepresented at Jamyang Buddhist Centre London (which is why this project has been created).

You would need to prioritise harmony and you will be committed to working effectively with a wide range of staff and volunteers. She/he/they must be service minded and understand how his/her/their role serves the needs of the JBC community and the FPMT organization.

CORE RESPONSIBILITIES:

Programme Planning: Working closely with the new SPC (Spiritual Programme Coordinator) and SPC Committee (SPCC) to evolve Jamyang’s event and education programme into one that directly addresses the needs, concerns, and challenges of underrepresented communities. The IPC will help Jamyang to look ahead in the future and will bring in expertise on how to diversify our community, and make it more inclusive.

Programme Implementation/Management: Responsible for coordinating the actual logistics of the Basic Programme Inclusivity Scholars outreach project, which will take place from January to the end of March 2021. The scholarships given to our Basic Programme Inclusivity Scholars are the first step to actively encourage more diversity in the community of Jamyang Buddhist Centre London. Schedule and lead pre-event planning meetings with the 4 scholars to ensure smooth running of the project and outreach event. Develop a long-term vision and plan for Jamyang to ensure that diversity and inclusivity is integrated into the organisation’s long-term strategic vision. Draft a proposal for the next round of Inclusivity Scholarships. Gather date from minority groups to understand how they wish to be supported.

OTHER RESPONSIBILITIES:

Media and Marketing: Project manage the audio/video (A/V) recording of the BP Inclusivity Project 2021, archiving; Implement a clear media outreach strategy for A/V resources that reflects inclusivity and diversity.  Support the Communications Officer in implementing a clear marketing strategy for the centre in relation to diversity and inclusivity.

Public Representation: Responsible for serving as one of Jamyang Buddhist Centre’s representatives for various community events, public relations, and organisational development.

Workplace Professionalism: Responsible for managing yourself: keeping safe work practices, organizing time efficiently, following JBC’s policies and procedures, maintaining confidentiality with revealed personal or spiritual information.

SKILLS & EXPERIENCE:

Required:

Experience with project management and preferably short-term project management

Experience with working in diversity and inclusivity strategy implementation

Based in London or the UK, or, if outside the UK, at least able to demonstrate a strong network here.

Preferable:

Programme planning and creative solution finding skills

Good networking skills

Competent with digital life and with good digital skills: A/V; livestream; online learning platforms etc. Commitment to values-based management and general management skills

Good at prioritizing and time management

Well organized with an attention to details

Creative and progressive

Experience with Buddhism or more specifically with FPMT Education Programmes

Knowledge of common Mahayana Practices, specifically in the Gelug tradition

Knowledge of teacher and sangha protocols

REQUIRED PERSONAL QUALITIES:

Enthusiasm for or interest in Buddhist philosophy and practice, and service to others

A strong connection to FPMT and Lama Zopa Rinpoche (preferable)

Ability to work harmoniously with others and a commitment to compassion and kindness

A good network of contacts with organisations that represent diverse, underrepresented or minority constituencies in the UK or London, which will serve our outreach to minority groups.

REMUNERATION & BENEFITS:

This is a part-time, 14 hour per week position (0.4 fte), and it will most probably be remote for at least part of the three-months term (dependent on the evolving Covid-19 situation).

Salary: ca. 11 pounds per hour.

TO APPLY:

Application deadline is November 25th, 2020. Interviews will be on the 1st and 8th of December, so please make sure you’ll be available on these days. Start date: 1st of January 2021.

Every candidate needs to demonstrate permission to work in the UK: we regret that JBC cannot help with work visas or immigration.

Please send the following to Sajda:

  • Your CV
  • A maximum one-page letter outlining why you’re right for this role and this role is right for you.
  • Two references including full name, phone number, email address, and mailing address

JBC is an equal opportunity employer and seeks diversity with respect to race, religion, ethnicity, culture, gender, age, sexual orientation, and physical abilities.

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