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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 & Community Development

Resident Retreat Housekeeper and Administrator

Human Resources Manager

Human Resources Assistant

 

Director of Programs & Community Development

 

JOB SUMMARY

The Director of Programs and Community Development’s (DPCD) goal is to expand and deepen Spirit Rock’s impact, influence, and effectiveness in bringing the Dharma to the western world. The DPCD is responsible for overall programming (residential and non-residential) achieving organizational and program goals, and nurturing strong relationships with teachers and other stakeholders. The DPCD leads a team of program staff who are directly responsible for all Spirit Rock programming, non-residential operations, and Family and Volunteer Programs. The DPCD is a key member of the Director’s team with leadership in organizational effectiveness, strategic clarity, and fiduciary oversight of the Programs Department.

KEY RESPONSIBILITIES
1. In collaboration with the Executive Director (ED) and our Governing Teacher Council, craft strategic goals for short-term and long-term program success.
2. Bring operational acumen to program vision and plans with oversight of the design, development, and implementation of the annual schedule of programs (residential and non-residential).
3. Expand programs through envisioning, designing, gaining approval for, and implementing programs, program changes and initiatives.
4. Overall responsibility to program and overall responsibility for the operation of Spirit Rock’s new Community Meditation Hall.
5. Build strong relationships with the Spirit Rock teachers, including the Teacher Council, visiting teachers/presenters and our Teacher Trainees.
6. Work with lead teachers to design -- and with key staff to implement -- multi-year retreat programs, online programs, and other programs.
7. The DPCD directly manages a staff of four and is a key member of several Spirit Rock governing committees.

Director of Programs and Community Development Mindsets:
1. You have an enthusiastic spirit. You’re resourceful, tenacious and at ease with ambiguity, shifting priorities, and rapid change.
2. You seek continuous learning and improvement. You bring problem-solving orientation to your work, and instinctively seek opportunities to gain feedback and improve.
3. You are a strategic thinker and a tireless doer. You are valued for your creative ability and for your willingness to do what it takes to get the job done.
4. You possess a ‘can do’ attitude. You are known for ‘getting things done’ and you quickly move to fill in gaps and unmet needs. You like to roll up your sleeves but you are also a strong delegator. The notion of doing something you haven’t done before is exciting to you.
5. You love to work with and collaborate with a team. Although you are a strong decision maker you believe in engaging with stakeholders, getting buy-in, and including outside perspectives.
6. You see the forest and the trees. You have strong attention to detail but never lose sight of the big picture. You instinctively understand how the pieces fit together, and you develop recommendations that balance perspectives across the organization.

QUALIFICATIONS
You have a passion for the mission of Spirit Rock and have a deep understanding and practice in Theravada teachings. You have a personal practice and you are interested in the current landscape of Buddhism in 21st century Western culture. Additionally,
1. You are an exceptional operations, project, and staff manager that roles up their sleeves to get the work done.
2. You have prior experience working with curriculum development/programming. Experience in online programming helpful.
3. You thrive in a fast paced environment with a multitude of needs and priorities. Multi-tasking is second nature to you.
4. You inspire trust and respect. You possess deep integrity, and inspire confidence in others through a combination of passion, intelligence, and humility.
5. You know how to translate big picture strategy into a detailed implementation plan.
6. You are able to influence without formal authority. You build strong working relationships, and know how to manage up, down, and across. You have successfully driven results in situations that require buy-in from multiple stakeholders even where you lack formal ‘seniority” or authority.
7. You have outstanding organization and time management skills. You keep many balls – big and small- in the air, without letting any drop. You’re able to manage multiple critical deadlines, and also help your teammates maintain focus on the most important initiatives.
8. You have excellent oral, written, and public speaking communication skills.

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
This is an excellent opportunity to work in the executive division of a growing, internationally acclaimed organization. To apply, send resume with cover letter and salary history to: dpcd_job@spiritrock.org.   Applications without cover letters will not be considered. No telephone calls please.

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

Resident Retreat Housekeeper and Administrator

 

JOB SUMMARY
This position supports Spirit Rock retreat operations by providing exceptional housekeeping services for our retreat facilities as well as co-administrative responsibilities for the Housekeeping Department workflow. 

Housekeepers work closely with Spirit Rock retreat support staff and retreatants.  Responsibilities include preparing for and supporting retreat openings and closings, training and overseeing incoming retreatants, work retreatants, volunteers and extra hires in Housekeeping tasks, cleaning of facilities, ordering, stocking and distribution of supplies, selective laundry, responding to Housekeeping needs while retreats are in process.

This position has regular housekeeping responsibilities on all retreat opening and closing days as well as during and in between retreats.  Approximately 10 hours of each week are administrative responsibilities to support the Housekeeping workflow and inter/intra-departmental communications, follow-up on various requests, supply/product inventory and ordering, arranging for external laundering needs, planning for and arranging volunteer support, task calendaring and administrative tracking of products and workflow needs.

QUALIFICATIONS
This is a residential staff position. The following qualifications are required due to the position’s residential nature:
•    A strong interest in service and community living;
•    The ability to live harmoniously in shared housing;
•    An established daily meditation practice;
•    Preferably has sat at least one 7-day Vipassana retreat, preferably at Spirit Rock.

POSITION QUALIFICATIONS
•    Excellent communication skills; this position interfaces with all retreat staff (Housekeepers, Caretakers, Retreatants, Work Retreatants, Teachers, Cooks, Registrars and other Administrative Staff and Retreat Support Manager) on a daily basis
•    Previous experience in an office environment where multi-tasking and shifting priorities is required; experience creating, maintaining and updating worksheets, systems, procedures, researching products for cost effective/ingredients/availability, and tracking usage and needs
•    Ability to follow-up effectively and in a timely way with other Housekeepers in staffing support projections and requests, product research and ordering and task calendaring
•    Prior experience in Housekeeping/cleaning
•    Must be able to work weekends and holidays and be available for an irregular schedule
•    Open and pleasant attitude, flexibility, dependability, honesty and integrity.
•    Physical qualifications include the ability to:
o    work outdoors including frequent exposure to seasonal weather conditions.
o    Sit, walk and stand for extended periods including walking up and down steep hills and stairways
o    Lift, carry, push or pull objects up to 40 pounds
o    Perform moderately difficult manipulative tasks.
o    Willingness to drive/learn to drive a golf cart.
o    The ability to tolerate regular exposure to mild cleaning agents.

COMPENSATION AND BENEFITS
This is a 32.5 hours/week position with an irregular schedule (retreat opening and closing days are required as well as an additional 2-3 days per week).  (30 hours/week are Housekeep work and 2.5 hours/week are paid meditation/dharma study time.) 

Compensation includes resident stipend amount plus housing and food.  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; free attendance for Spirit Rock classes, weekly residential dharma teachings; paid vacation/paid holidays/paid sick leave. 

APPLICATION PROCESS
This is an excellent opportunity to support retreats for our growing, internationally acclaimed organization. To apply, send resume with cover letter and salary history to: HKAdminjob@spiritrock.org.   Applications without cover letters will not be considered. No telephone calls please.

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

 

 

Human Resources Manager

 

Spirit Rock Meditation Center is an internationally known Buddhist Insight Meditation retreat center in Marin County, CA (located 19 miles north of the Golden Gate Bridge) that offers a range of classes, events, and residential meditation retreats. Spirit Rock is located on a beautiful campus with offices/facilities on 400 acres of land and a staff of approximately 55.

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:
• 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 by September 15, 2014. No telephone calls please.


 

Human Resources Assistant

 

Spirit Rock Meditation Center is an internationally known Buddhist Insight Meditation retreat center in Marin County, CA (located 19 miles north of the Golden Gate Bridge) that offers a range of classes, events, and residential meditation retreats. Spirit Rock is located on a beautiful campus with offices/facilities on 400 acres of land and a staff of approximately 55.

JOB SUMMARY
Spirit Rock has an immediate opening for a part time (24-30 hours a week) skilled Human Resources (HR) Assistant, reporting to the Human Resources Manager. The HR assistant is responsible for the administration of the day-to-day operations of the human resources department including benefits administration, new-hire and termination paperwork, workers compensation administration, and Human Resources information system. Under general supervision performs a variety of administrative duties including:
• Provides a high level of customer service to Spirit Rock staff through timely response to questions and needs.
• Places staff recruitment ads, tracks job applicants, schedules interviews, and assists with other recruitment logistics.
• Onboards new employees including conducting new employee orientation, processing payroll system updates and maintaining employee records.
• Communicates benefit information to employees and assists employees with enrollment applications/updates.
• Assists Staff Dharma Teacher with calendar management by scheduling staff dharma classes and individual staff dharma appointments.

QUALIFICATIONS
• Prior experience as an HR assistant required including knowledge of human resources functions and procedures.
• Prior experience with employee benefits administration.
• Understand, interpret, and apply general administrative and organizational policies and procedures.
• Ability to perform a variety of office support and clerical duties and activities with a high level of accuracy and attention to detail.
• Ability to exercise good judgment and maintain confidentiality of critical and sensitive information, records, and reports.
• Fluency in Microsoft Office - Word, Excel, Outlook

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 hrasstjob@spiritrock.org by September 8, 2014. No telephone calls please.
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.


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


 

 

 

 

 

 

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