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Opportunity to join thriving team-based Right Livelihood

On Wed, 20 October, 2021 - 12:53
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Bristol Buddhist Centre is inviting applications from Order Members or Mitras with bookkeeping skills to join the Heart Kula in the Bristol Buddhist Centre.

Together we manage the practical aspects of running our busy Centre.

This is a rare opportunity to participate in a TBRL attending to both task and individual practice with a great team in an exciting City. Full description below.

Bookkeeper for the Bristol Buddhist Centre

The individual in this post will take responsibility for providing an effective financial service for the Trustees and management of the Bristol Buddhist Centre. The work includes:

  1. Maintenance of accounting records, currently held in Paxton (cloud based accounting software) including bank reconciliations.
  2. Cash flow management to include ensuring that all financial commitments are met.
  3. Creation and management of annual budgets.
  4. Monthly financial reporting to Trustees.
  5. Ensuring adherence to Charity Commission regulations.
  6. Creation of the monthly payroll, using Brightpay (cloud based software).
  7. Annual review of risk management policy to include recommendations to Trustees.
  8. Liaison with the independent examiner to produce year end accounts.
  9. Undertake regular reviews of suppliers of key items to ensure the Centre is receiving best value for money, while meeting our ethical standards.


 Preferably AAT qualified, but consideration will be given to applicants with at least 3 years relevant experience. 


  • Budgets
  • Year End accounts
  • Gift Aid
  • Charity Commission regulations and reporting
  • Payroll


  • Good attention to detail
  • Accurate record-keeping
  • Computer literacy, especially familiarity with spreadsheets, databases and accounting software
  • Multi-tasking and organisational skills to manage different financial duties, including the ability to prioritise tasks in order to meet deadlines
  • Good interpersonal skills
  • Good communication skills

Personal Circumstances

  • A mitra, ideally training for ordination
  • Desire to make work a spiritual practice
  • Openness to learning about self and others through work
  • Desire to contribute to team development and growth, and ability to work effectively with other team members

The post holder will become part of the Heart Kula (Admin team plus the Chair and Mitra Convenors). This involves engagement with the various, day to day team tasks involved in effectively running a busy Centre. We are a team-based right livelihood and recognise the importance of deepening our spiritual friendships with each other and working together harmoniously and collectively in order to serve the Sangha.

You would be encouraged to join a support team for at least one regular class or event during the week, be in a mitra study group and in regular communication with at least two Order members.

The post is for 16 hours per week. The current rate of pay is £9.30 per hour, based on the real living wage. In addition, an annual retreat allowance of up to £1,500 pro rata is available. Leave for retreats or holidays are 32 days, including all public holidays. These are annual allowances running from January 1st to December 31st each year and cannot be carried forward

The closing date is Mon 25th October; interviews will be held in the following week.

We are looking for someone available to start by the first week of January 2022. If you wish to apply for the post or have an informal chat about the role email Bhadra [at] 

Your application should detail your experience and also why you would like to join the Right livelihood team at the Bristol Buddhist Centre. Please enclose your CV and details of two referees.

Bristol Buddhist Centre Vision Statement

1. The BBC endeavours to be a place for human transformation through following the radical path of the Buddha.

2. We are a Triratna Centre and part of the world-wide Triratna movement founded by Sangharakshita and so offer clear pathways into a deepening system of Dharma training, in line with Sangharakshita’s presentation, supporting spiritual growth at all levels of involvement.

3. We recognise and place great emphasis on spiritual friendship and the practice of Sangha to support our practice of the Dharma.

4. We are committed to ensure we practice and promote the radical spirit of dana in all our activities.

5. We are committed to creating a vibrant culture of imaginative, creative and artistic exploration expressed through our programme and our building.

6. We are committed to creating a community that is racially and socially diverse.

7. We are committed to engaging with environmental issues in line with our Buddhist values.

8. We are committed to ensure the wellbeing of our community by clearly applying our safeguarding policy.

9. We work collectively to ensure we create a community that is effectively governed, efficient, sustainable and a well-resourced charity exemplifying Buddhist principles, benefitting the people of Bristol and beyond.

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