Open Position

Teaching Assistant, Transpersonal Coaching Psychology (TCP) Certificate Programme

Part-time, freelance, telecommuted


Alef Trust CIC is a not-for-profit company that aims to nurture individual and societal transformation by providing learning and community programmes in the fields of transpersonal psychology, spirituality and consciousness. Both educational and applied wings of the Alef Trust’s business have grown in recent years, and the company is going through an exciting phase of expansion, with community and research project developments in addition to the continued growth of the company’s core postgraduate educational provision.

Alongside our online MSc in Consciousness, Spirituality and Transpersonal Psychology and our PhD programme in Applied Transpersonal Psychology, both of which are validated by Liverpool John Moores University (LJMU), Alef Trust delivers a number of professional certificate programmes and open learning courses and an award-winning arts-on-prescription service called “Creative Alternatives”. The business model for Alef Trust is predominantly online; the Higher Education and open learning courses are offered to a global community of students through online platforms.

Whilst the company’s head office is located in the Northwest of the UK, administrative and teaching staff are globally distributed, bringing together the expertise of lecturers and practitioners from around the world. Alef Trust has a highly loyal and engaged student and alumni community. Our students are based in some 40 countries, they come from all walks of life, and apply their studies in professional settings, such as counselling and therapy, coaching, policing, and business to name but a few.

In all our work we aim to foster wellbeing and health, cultural self-expression and inclusivity, ecological sustainability, and compassionate service to the world. Whilst being rooted in academic excellence, all our programmes encourage personal and professional growth through multiple ways of knowing, embracing creative, spiritual and somatic practices alongside intellectual study. Students from across all our programmes have the opportunity to participate in a dynamic international learning community, in which mind, body and spirit are equally honoured.

Details of Appointment

Alef Trust is now looking for a Teaching Assistant for our one-year Transpersonal Coaching Psychology (TCP) Certificate Programme, which begins each February. The programme is delivered entirely online, utilising Alef Trust’s collaborative learning environments. The programme consists of a sequence of three modules, teaching the theory and practice of transpersonal coaching. The core tasks and responsibilities of the Teaching Assistant in the first year of this appointment will be the following:
  • Participation in live webinars and sharing circles takes place approximately every two weeks throughout the programme.
  • Regular written interaction with students in online forums.
  • Assessment of assignments (essays or written reports) that are submitted at the end of each of the three modules. The assignment submissions dates are during June, September and January.
  • Attendance of monthly team meetings to discuss course progress and address potential issues.

There is scope for the Teaching Assistant role to be revised and expanded in subsequent years.

The position is home-based and freelance, and it would suit someone who is self-motivated and highly organised, has an eye for detail, is comfortable with digital communications technologies, and is able to work independently. Communication with colleagues and students will take place through a collaborative learning environment and platforms such as Zoom, Skype or Big Blue Button. The successful candidate will need to demonstrate that they have the appropriate knowledge and mastery of technology, as well as a fully equipped home office with excellent internet access, to carry out the role.

Essential knowledge, experience and skills

  1. Certified and accredited coach who is familiar and personally aligned with transpersonal psychology and the application of transpersonal perspectives in coaching.
  2. Undergraduate or Master’s degree in psychology.
  3. Excellent communication skills, cultural sensitivity, and empathic approach to interacting with a diverse, international team and student constituency.
  1. Ability to work online, independently and proactively with minimal instruction, as well as collaboratively, completing teaching and assessment tasks within given schedules.
  2. Full office setup with latest computer equipment and software, as well as high-speed internet access, is essential.
  3. Excellent computer skills and ability to work with MS Office suite as expected, as well as familiarity and confidence with online learning environments, utilizing forums and webinar software.

Remuneration & Work Arrangement

Hours: This is a part-time opportunity within a one-year programme that commences annually. The anticipated contact time is approximately 40 hours in module 1 (where input into written forums is required), with regular meetings and webinar attendance as the main focus in modules 2 and 3. Additionally, the Teaching Assistant will be involved in assignment assessment for modules 1-3 (approximately 3 hours per student). 

Type and length of contract: 1-year freelance commission, renewed annually.

Location: Online. 

Fee: The Teaching Assistant is offered a per-student fee of £150 in the first year. The expected cohort size is 20-45. 

Start date: January 2022

This is a freelance commission. The post holder will be responsible for tax, professional insurance, and social security payments in your country of residence. The appointment is offered for 1 year in the first instance, with the potential of further extension.

How to apply

The Alef Trust is committed to creating and sustaining a fully inclusive culture. We welcome applicants from all backgrounds and communities. Please apply via email and include:
  1. Curriculum Vitae / Résumé
  2. Your letter of application (no more than two pages), sharing with us why you wish to apply for this role and what makes you a suitable candidate. Please be sure to address all the skills and knowledge required for this post.
  3. A recent professional letter of recommendation.

Your application package should be sent to Nick Theo (

The closing date for the return of completed applications is 10th December 2021.

Interviews will be held via Zoom in the week beginning 13th December 2021.

The successful candidate will be invited to commence duties in January 2022.

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