Now Closed – Recruitment complete.  Mentors for Teachers in Training – Opportunities to join our team!

Now Closed – Recruitment complete. Mentors for Teachers in Training – Opportunities to join our team!

Now Closed - Recruitment complete. We are looking for 2 Mentors for the OMC’s Foundational Teacher Training Programme.

The Opportunity:

The new University of Oxford Mindfulness Centre teacher programme takes course participants on a comprehensive teacher training journey with a cohort of peers, personal mentors and dedicated technical support over a period of 11 months. The first block is taught once a week for 8 weeks and introduces mindfulness exercises and opportunities to practice teaching in pairs. The retreat element, which is delivered over a period of 5 consecutive days, provides an opportunity to deepen one’s personal mindfulness practice and to explore foundational Buddhist teachings that have profoundly influenced and shaped contemporary Mindfulness-based programmes. The final teaching block is taught once a week for 6 weeks and provides advanced teacher training including teaching an evidence-based MBCT curriculum and groupwork skills. In addition to the block teaching there are workshop days and mentoring sessions to support the trainee teacher journey.

We are now looking to recruit the mentors to support this programme, 1 mentor for each of the September and January intakes:

Purposes of mentoring

Mentoring meetings support trainees in cultivating their knowledge and skills, reflecting on what they are learning, and preparing for upcoming elements of the training pathway. They provide an opportunity for discussion of questions, concerns, or other topics of interest and for the practice of teaching skills.

Qualifications of the mentors

Mentors for the OMC’s Foundational Teacher Training:

  • Are trained to teach MBCT
  • Have taught at least at least 5 MBCT courses
  • Have training in MBCT-L
  • Are familiar with the OMC’s teacher training pathway
  • Are interested in supporting the development of MBCT teachers in training

The OMC team is a small and busy team, working collaboratively with colleagues across the mindfulness field.  This is a new initiative to bring in a team of mentors to work with the training team.  The OMC culture is professional, collaborative and service-orientated, and values transparency, flexibility, trustworthiness, energy and drive with a commitment to the wider vision to increase accessibility of mindfulness globally.

Additional Information

Location – Home-based, although where mentees are local to mentors, in-person sessions may happen

Hours – 150 hours per 11 month cohort.  Scheduling of sessions, days of week / times etc negotiable

Duration – 11 month programmes commencing Sept and Jan each year.

Remuneration –  OMC Grade G8.  £23.64 per hour

Additional Benefits – Opportunities to engage with OMC events

Responsible to – Chief Executive Officer

Commencement date – end of August 2020 for September Mentor and end of December 2020 for January 2021 Mentor


Deadline for applications:  Now Closed – Recruitment complete.

Please send a email to Sharon Hadley via introducing yourself and sharing the below information:

  1. How you meet each of the requirements in the qualifications detailed
  2. Why you would like to join the OMC Mentoring Team
  3. Which of the cohorts you would like to mentor – September or January