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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 and Community Development

Development Associate

Human Resources Manager

Retreat Manager

 


 

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.

 


 

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.

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 ; 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: devassocjob@spiritrock.org.  Applications without cover letters will not be considered. No telephone calls please.


 

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. Open until filled. No telephone calls please.

 


 

Retreat Manager (Part-time)


JOB SUMMARY
Spirit Rock’s Retreat Managers support retreat teachers and retreatants (yogis) to ensure that administrative, accounting, and other retreat operations requirements are met. Key areas of responsibility in this position include managing pre-registration operations by ensuring readiness of facilities, making room assignments and review comprehensive yogi report for any special needs, and communicating with retreat staff regarding any pre-retreat questions or concerns.

During registration, the Retreat Manager is responsible for collecting and reviewing forms, creating accurate roster of retreatants and complete all Spirit Rock paperwork. Retreat support is provided to yogis by assisting with problems or concerns, coordinating messages, schedules and related clerical office work, overseeing retreat center physical plant (lighting, sound systems, room temperature), coordinating and communicating with housekeepers and caretakers.

At the close of retreats, the manager sends out communications regarding dana and retreat evaluations, collects and processes dana and organizes information to be given to Registrar, Finance Director, and Program Manager, completes dana calculations in coordination with Kitchen Manager with regard to dana shares.

PRE-QUALIFICATION 
This position requires three Vipassana (preferably Spirit Rock) teacher recommendations. Candidates must have sat at least 6 Vipassana retreats of at least 7 days per retreat.

QUALIFICATIONS
The ideal candidate will exhibit ease under pressure and have a balance of mental and physical health in order to be effective while working long hours and juggling multiple tasks and demands; has a flexible lifestyle so there is availability for periodic retreats on short notice, and willingness to serve on several smaller retreats each year; upholds a high level of confidentiality; able to problem solve and make decisions quickly and independently; strong practice in Vipassana meditation and a sincere interest in the exploration of bringing mindfulness to all activities of daily life. Excellent computer and bookkeeping skills; solid working knowledge of Microsoft Office Suite; database experience preferred.

COMPENSATION
Compensation is based upon donations from yogis at the end of each retreat (dana).

APPLICATION PROCESS
Please submit a cover letter, resume, and salary history to retreatmanagerjob@spiritrock.org. by December 16th. No telephone calls please. 

 


 

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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