Thursday, June 18, 2009

Bristol Buddhist Centre is seeking an Office Administrator!

We’re recruiting for a 3rd person to work alongside Amaladevi and Satyalila in the Bristol Buddhist Centre office in August – the Job Ad/Description etc are attached below. The closing date is Friday 3 July at 9.00 am and interviews will be on the morning of Friday 10 July.

The Bristol Buddhist Centre is at the heart of a large, expanding sangha hosting a busy and varied programme of courses for newcomers, through to experienced Dharma practitioners. The team at the Bristol Buddhist Centre is looking for a competent Office Administrator to support the two existing Centre Managers in the day to day administration of the Centre. The team is value-driven, with Buddhist principles underpinning its team-based right livelihood work.

The job is an interesting and engaging role, involving the day to day, ‘holding of the fort’, meeting and greeting, taking calls and enquiries, running the booking system for courses and classes, updating the financial system and assisting in keeping the website updated. This post is part time (21 or 24.5 hours (negotiable) spread over 4 days) and based in Bristol. Payment will be on the basis £7.73 ph plus retreat allowance.

There will be liaison with the existing team, volunteers, the Buddhist Centre ‘exec’ and the wider sangha. The ideal candidate, as well as being able to participate fully in the ethos of the Bristol Buddhist Centre (as a going for refuge mitra or order member within the FWBO/WBO*) would have the following skills, preferably proven by their prior experience:-

- Proven office administration experience, including a good phone manner
- Effective organisational and multi-tasking skills
- Sound communication, interpersonal and liaising skills
- The ability to work alone and with others
- A solution-focused approach

Please contact Amaladevi and Satyalila on (0117) 924 9991 or by email at for more details. To apply for this post, please email a covering letter, detailing how your skills, experience and character are appropriate for this post. If you wish, you may include a CV, but please note that this should not take the place of a letter of application. The closing dates for application is Friday 3 July at 9.00 am. Interviews are planned to take place during the morning of Friday 10 July and the proposed start date is w/c 10 August 09.

A bit about the Bristol Buddhist Centre…
The Centre offers a busy and varied programme of meditation, Buddhism and yoga classes and courses. The Centre is part of the Friends of the Western Buddhist Order and many of the classes are taught by members of the Order. There are currently approximately forty members of the Western Buddhist Order living in and around Bristol, 70-80 mitras (friends) of the Centre and a large wider sangha of local people who drop into events. There has been a Buddhist Centre owned and run by FWBO Bristol since 1981. The Centre has been at its current location for the past 12 years.

For further information and to get a sense of what’s going on, please visit the Centre website:

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Wednesday, June 11, 2008

Manager for dental practice in Bristol

Most adverts on FWBO Jobs are from FWBO 'institutions' such as Buddhist Centres or Team-Based Right Livelihoods. However there are hundreds of Order Members practicing Right Livelihood in other ways - and we are happy to host advertisements from them if they are seeking to work with other Buddhists or to practice Buddhist principles and precepts in thier work. So -

Jvalamalini is looking for a practice manager to help her run the dental business in Bristol, UK. Birdwell Clinic provides quality dentistry, physiotherapy and complementary therapies to the local community on the outskirts of Bristol. We are a friendly team of caring people, who enjoy working together to build relationships with patients to make their visits to us as stress-free as possible. We are rewarded by having (mostly!) lovely patients.

She needs someone to take an operational strategic role that will ensure excellent patient experience by engaging in the following:-

· Developing and maintaining systems
· Facilitating excellent team performance
· Assisting with financial management and planning
· Initiating and overseeing marketing activity in order to grow the private dental practice effectively

The right person would have the ability to take initiative; be familiar with systems, procedures and IT; able to generate ideas and create a culture of ideas. Also an excellent communicator; able to enthuse, persuade and develop people; mature, unflappable, with management experience and the ability to handle difficult situations diplomatically and effectively

The post is part-time initially, and the ability to be flexible and self-organising is important.

For further information please contact Jvalamalini or telephone 01275 392912 (home) 01275 393149 (work). See also their website

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