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Employment

Spirit Rock’s campus is set on more than 400 acres in beautiful Marin County, just 19 miles north of the Golden Gate Bridge. A position on staff at Spirit Rock is a wonderful opportunity to explore work as practice in a supportive and caring environment. Spirit Rock offers a range of meditation classes, programs, and residential meditation retreats. Spirit Rock has a 96 bed residential retreat center and a staff of approximately 50. We have a wide range of positions requiring a variety of skills.

Spirit Rock Meditation Center is an equal opportunity employer and makes employment decisions on the basis of merit. Spirit Rock policy prohibits unlawful discrimination based on race, color, creed, gender, religion, marital status, registered domestic partner status, age, national origin or ancestry, physical or mental disability, medical condition including genetic characteristics, sexual orientation, or any other consideration made unlawful by federal, state, or local laws. It also prohibits unlawful discrimination against a person who is perceived to have any of those characteristics, or is associated with a person who has or is perceived as having any of those characteristics.


 

JOB OPENINGS:

Director of Programs

Human Resources Manager

Development Associate

Family Retreat Events Coordinator 2015

 


 

Director of Programs

 

JOB SUMMARY

Spirit Rock has an immediate opening for a dynamic Director of Programs (DP), reporting to the Executive Director and works in close partnership with our Co-Guiding Teachers, Phillip Moffit and Sally Armstrong. The DP's goal is to expand and deepen Spirit Rock’s impact, influence, and effectiveness in bringing the Dharma to the western world. The DP is responsible for overall programming (residential, non-residential and online), achieving organizational and program goals. The DP ensures strong relationships with teachers and other stakeholders including key media partnerships. The DP leads a team of program staff who are directly responsible for all Spirit Rock programming, and the Family and Volunteer Programs. The DP is a key member of the Director’s team with leadership in organizational effectiveness, strategic clarity, and fiduciary oversight of the Programs Department.  Some key aspects of the job include:

KEY RESPONSIBILITIES

  • In collaboration with the Executive Director (ED), Co-Guiding Teachers (GT) and our Governing Teacher Council (GTC), craft strategic goals for short-term and long-term program success.
  • Expand programs through envisioning, designing, gaining approval for, and implementing programs, program changes and initiatives including overall responsibility to program Spirit Rock’s new Community Meditation Hall.
  • Oversee marketing strategies to maximize program attendance.
  • Build strong relationships with the Spirit Rock teachers, including the Teacher Council, visiting teachers/presenters and our Teacher Trainees.
  • Work with lead teachers to design -- and coordinate with Retreat/Event Operations staff to implement -- multi-year retreat programs, online programs, and other programs.
  • The DP directly manages a staff of three and is a key member of several Spirit Rock governing committees.

QUALIFICATIONS

  • A passion for the mission of Spirit Rock and a deep understanding and practice in Theravada teachings.
  • 5-8 years of program/curriculum development experience.
  • Exceptional leadership, interpersonal, and communication skills, as well as strong director-level skills—the ability to supervise and mentor other managers.
  • Prior experience in marketing and building partnerships.
  • Prior experience with online program development.
  • Ability to translate big picture strategy into a detailed implementation plan.
  • Strategic thinking required of senior management serving on an executive team.
  • Experience with Spirit Rock’s programs, mission, and dharma practices is critical and required for this role, given its direct contact with teachers and program development.

COMPENSATION AND BENEFITS
Competitive salary commensurate with experience. Excellent benefits package includes paid medical, dental, and chiropractic/acupuncture insurance; flexible spending account; 403b retirement savings plan; paid time off to attend Spirit Rock retreats; attendance at Spirit Rock classes; paid vacation; paid holidays; and paid sick leave. 

APPLICATION PROCESS
Please submit a cover letter, resume, and salary history to dpcd_job@spiritrock.org by March 31, 2015. No telephone calls please.

Spirit Rock is an equal opportunity employer and we place a high value on workforce diversity.

 


 

Human Resources Manager

 

JOB SUMMARY

In partnership with Spirit Rock senior leadership, the Human Resource Manager (HRM) establishes human resources objectives in line with organizational goals and values. Fosters employee commitment and satisfaction through planning/managing human resources programs. The HRM also ensures that the human resource management practices (actions and communications) reflect the values of the organization. Key responsibilities include:

KEY RESPONSIBILITIES

  • Implement human resources objectives by establishing department accountabilities, including employee acquisition, appropriate staffing levels, compensation and benefits, training and development, employee relations and retention);
  • Hold responsibility for the Staff Dharma Program and works closely with the Staff Dharma Teacher.
  • Provide leadership, expertise, guidance, and direction to Spirit Rock Directors and Managers in recruiting, selecting, orienting, training, coaching, counseling, and performance related issues.
  • Provide management training in all aspects of human resources including promotions, conflict resolution, terminations, and sexual harassment.

QUALIFICATIONS

  • 3-5 years of Manager level experience in human resources, which includes the areas of recruitment, salary administration, benefits administration, training, employment law, employee relations, organizational development, budgeting, planning, and reporting.
  • Excellent communication skills, both written, verbal and presentation.
  • Strong interpersonal skills with an ability to manage difficult situations and resolve conflicts.
  • Ability to seek-out and consider new ideas and creative ways to resolve problems or enhance existing programs.
  • Ability to multi-task and to maintain professionalism in a fast paced, changing environment.
  • Understanding and integration of the Dharma into day-to-day work life, communications, and behavior.
  • SHRM preferred.

COMPENSATION AND BENEFITS
Competitive salary commensurate with experience. Excellent benefits package includes paid medical, dental, and chiropractic/acupuncture insurance; flexible spending account; 403b retirement savings plan; paid time off to attend Spirit Rock retreats; attendance at Spirit Rock classes; paid vacation; paid holidays; and paid sick leave. 

APPLICATION PROCESS
Please submit a cover letter, resume, and salary history to hrmgrjob@spiritrock.org. No telephone calls please.

Spirit Rock is an equal opportunity employer and we place a high value on workforce diversity.

 


 

 

Development Associate

 

JOB SUMMARY

The Development Associate (D.A.) is a key member of the Development Department – ensuring that our donors’ gifts are processed accurately and efficiently, supporting all administrative operations and executing fundraising activities in conjunction with the Senior Development Manager and Director of Development; provides support and project management for fundraising initiatives, including appeals, special events, and donor stewardship.

KEY RESPONSIBILITIES

  • Support overall data integrity and all data entry functions in Raiser’s Edge;
  • Process donations and prepare acknowledgement letters and correspondence;
  • Write and maintain written donation entry procedures, maintain letter templates;
  • Update and correct database records;
  • Manage all semi-monthly electronic funds transfers;
  • Track and report fundraising results and provide reports and analysis to Senior Development Manager on a timely basis;
  • Maintain close contact with accounting to reconcile database records;
  • Assist in developing and coordinating special events;
  • Supervise internal volunteers for department, project tracking, and coordinating activities between the Development department and other departments (including accounting), committees and our community; and
  • Other duties as assigned.

QUALIFICATIONS

The ideal candidate will have a minimum of two years’ experience in an administrative position, preferably in a non-for-profit development office; proficient in Microsoft Office Suite; strong and effective verbal and written communication skills; highly organized and motivated; ability to coordinate and prioritize multiple projects with meticulous attention to detail; knowledge of and sincere interest in the exploration of bringing mindfulness to all activities of daily life (how is this phrased in other job postings?); Raiser’s Edge database management experience required.

COMPENSATION AND BENEFITS
Competitive salary commensurate with experience. Excellent benefits package includes paid medical, dental, and chiropractic/acupuncture insurance; flexible spending account; 403b retirement savings plan; paid time off to attend Spirit Rock retreats; attendance at Spirit Rock classes; paid vacation; paid holidays; and paid sick leave. 

APPLICATION PROCESS
To apply, send resume with cover letter and salary history to Julie Hunt, Human Resources Coordinator, at julieh@spiritrock.org. Applications without cover letters will not be considered. No telephone calls please. No telephone calls please.

Spirit Rock is an equal opportunity employer and we place a high value on workforce diversity.

 

 

Family Retreat Events Coordinator 2015

Spirit Rock is seeking someone to coordinate the event portion of the 2015 Family Retreat, involving the preparation and on-site events managing of a 5-day residential retreat for families.  This position involves the preparation of extensive paperwork, materials and activity locations; the supervision of teams of six volunteers; shopping; accounting, and extensive cross-departmental communication.  Residential accommodations will be offered during the 5-day retreat.  This is an hourly, non-benefited position.

REQUIREMENTS
•    Events experience required. Planning and managing events logistics in large venues; supervising multiple areas and teams of people simultaneously.
•    Excellent communication & supervision skills. Ability to supervise of a team of six volunteers; cross-departmental communication.
•    Experience supervising volunteers, or your own volunteer experience.
•    Proficient in Microsoft Office Suite
•    Ability to work independently, and track multiple projects with many details at the same time.
•    Comfortable working with children, teens and families.
•    Positive attitude.
•    A sincere interest in the exploration of bringing mindfulness to all activities of daily life.

SCHEDULE
All planning hours can be filled on a flexible weekday schedule.
Week of July 6th                    37.5 hours
Week of July 13th                  37.5 hours
Week of July 20th                  37.5 hours
Week of July 27th                  77.5 hours
Week of Aug 3rd                       12 hours

Residential Living at the Spirit Rock Retreat Center: July 28th-August 2nd
Residential Schedule: Work day from 7am-9:30pm, with breaks.

July 27th                                    7.5 hours
July 28th                                     12 hours
July 29th                                     12 hours
July 30th                                     12 hours
July 31st                                     12 hours
August 1st                                  12 hours
August 2nd                                 10 hours
August 4th                                    6 hours
August 5th                                    6 hours

Total Project Time for the Family Retreat: 202 hours

APPLICATION PROCESS
Please submit a cover letter and resume to familycoordjob@spiritrock.org  No telephone calls please. First preference will be given to those applications submitted by March 31, 2015

Spirit Rock is an equal opportunity employer and we place a high value on workforce diversity.

 


 

FOR ALL SPIRIT ROCK POSITIONS:

Spirit Rock Meditation Center is a spiritual practice center devoted to the teaching of Insight Meditation in the Buddhist tradition. We strive to create a work environment that reflects the Buddha’s teachings with a special emphasis on seeing our work as an essential aspect of our spiritual practice. As such, we seek employees who have a sincere interest in and commitment to the exploration of bringing the practice of mindfulness to bear on all activities of daily life.

The following qualities and abilities are expected of all employees at Spirit Rock:

  • Ability to work well with people of diverse ethnic and cultural backgrounds.
  • The ability to work collaboratively.
  • Flexibility and the ability to compromise.
  • Honesty and integrity.
  • Active listening skills.
  • The ability and willingness to express appreciation to others.
  • Openness to constructive feedback.
  • Strong interpersonal skills.
  • The ability to lead, follow, take initiative, or take direction and the judgment to know when each is appropriate.
  • The ability to delegate both Responsibility and authority appropriately.
  • Reliability.
  • Efficient time management skills including the ability to prioritize effectively.
  • The ability to differentiate between one’s role in achieving Spirit Rock’s goals as defined by one’s specific job description vs. one’s own personal objectives and spiritual growth.
  • Physical: Occasionally required to lift, carry, push or pull objects up to 30 pounds. Frequently required to perform moderately difficult manipulative tasks such as typing, writing, etc. Excellent typing and computer skills are required (word processing and data entry). Must be able to sit, walk or stand for extended periods.
  • Sensory: Frequently Required to Read and write documents, financial Reports and plans. Must be able to distinguish normal sounds with some background noise, as in answering the phone, interacting with Residents and staff, etc. Must be able to speak clearly and understand and be understood using the English language.
  • Cognitive: Frequently required to concentrate in considerable detail with occasional interruption. Must be able to attend to a task/function through to completion. Frequently required to understand and relate to specific ideas, several at a time. Must be able to remember multiple tasks and assignments given to self and others over a period of days and months. Must be able to shift priority and move from one task to another with ease, including the ability to multi-task.
  • Equipment: Ability to drive a car. Occasionally required to drive to work functions at other locations or make pick-ups and deliveries. Must maintain a valid driver’s license. Frequently required to use equipment such as copiers, telephone, and fax machines.

Spirit Rock is an equal opportunity employer and places a high value on workforce diversity.

 

 

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PO Box 169 • Woodacre, CA • 94973