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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:

 

Retreat Manager

Events Assistant - Part-time

Caretaker - Part-time

 

Retreat Manager

 

JOB SUMMARY

Spirit Rock’s Retreat Managers support retreat teachers and retreatants (yogis) and ensure that Spirit Rock’s residential retreat operations run smoothly.  Qualified candidates must have strong administrative, computer and bookkeeping skills as well as exceptional interpersonal communication.  Managers must evince ease under pressure and have a balance of mental and physical health in order to be effective while working sometimes long hours and performing multiple tasks and demands in a silent retreat environment. 

KEY RESPONSIBILITIES

  • Pre-Registration:  Ensure facilities are in order in readiness for retreat. Assign rooms for retreatants and teachers. Meet with teachers to ensure their needs are met and check the accuracy of posted schedules and communicate any special needs of the practitioners.
  • Opening Day: Manage on-site check-in process, answer questions, collect and review forms for completeness, collect balance due and manage last minute additions from the wait-list. Present opening day announcements and orientation to full retreat group.
  • Ongoing Retreat Support: Be quietly visible for retreatants to answer questions, assist with problems or concerns, and drive them to the emergency room or other medical, dental appointments when necessary. Be consistently available for teachers. Oversee facilities including the temperature, lighting, sound systems and other audio-visual equipment. Record and upload daily Dharma talks. When possible, participate in 1-2 sits and the daily Dharma talk each day to tune into the tenor of the retreat. Stay in the dorms for the duration of the retreat and be available for nighttime emergencies. 
  • Closing Day: Coordinate rides, flight confirmations and airport runs. Ensure the dana talk are given and coordinate all dana collection. Complete administrative paperwork to close out the retreat. 
  • Administrative Meetings:  Participate in Spirit Rock’s three-night annual staff retreat in January, attend quarterly all staff sangha meetings (3-hous) and quarterly Retreat Manager meetings (6-8 hours). 

QUALIFICATIONS

Candidates must be long-term Buddhist practitioner who is familiar with Spirit Rock and its teachers. Service to the Dharma, the retreatants and the teachers is the core of this work. Ability to deal with emergencies with unflappability, clarity, decisiveness and common sense. Some knowledge of CPR and first aid a plus. Excellent telephone manner, computer and bookkeeping aptitude and skills; must have solid working knowledge of Microsoft Word and Excel; some database experience preferred. Flexible lifestyle, available for periodic retreats, committed to working on all retreats signed up for and administrative meetings. This work is irregular, intermittent and part-time. 

PREREQUISITES

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

APPLICATION PROCESS

Please click this link to apply. Applications without cover letters will not be accepted. No telephone calls please.

 

Events Assistant - Part-time

 

This is a part-time, non-exempt; 20/hours per week position with some fluctuation from week to week.

Job Summary:

Primarily responsible for planning and implementing event logistics. Time will be split between event coordination and administrative work according to department needs, but will generally be 80/20. A flexible schedule, including weekend availability is required, as hours can vary from week to week.  The ability to create and maintain a gracious atmosphere of support for teachers, participants and volunteers while staying on top of event details is a must for this forward facing role. 

 Specific Responsibilities:

  • Coordinate 1 daylong per weekend (approx. 10 hour day) and evening classes as needed (usually 4-5 hours per class).
  • Coordinate event details including advance preparation of program supplies, teacher and staff communication before and during event.
  • Event set up and break down, set up and monitoring of sound and video equipment, manage day-of event registration.
  • Train and supervise volunteers who help with all aspects of day-of event needs.
  • Post event reporting including Event Debrief, Volunteer  Report, Events Proceeds Tracking.
  • Keep Community Meditation Hall and foyer neat and tidy and stocked with necessary supplies.
  • Track events supplies (paper goods, cutlery, teas, name tags, etc) and request orders via Front Office as needed.
  • Light audio editing and upload Talks to Dharma Seed website.
  • Back up event coordinator for Monday night class.

Qualifications:

  • A flexible schedule, including weekend availability, is a must. Position requires presence to support evening and weekend events and weekday office work.
  • Three year’s event experience required; experience supervising volunteers highly desirable.
  • Strong organizational and time management skills.
  • Ability to take responsibility for and handle multiple tasks with attention to detail and follow-through.
  • Working knowledge of MS Word, Outlook, and Excel.
  • Familiarity with Spirit Rock events preferred.
  • Excellent verbal, written and communication skills.
  • Basic math skills for event information tracking and reporting.
  • Experience with Raiser’s Edge database preferred.
  • Experience with trouble shooting simple sound systems helpful.

APPLICATION PROCESS:

Please click this link to apply. Applications without cover letters will not be accepted. No telephone calls please.

 

Caretaker - Part-time

 

Job Summary:

Facilities maintenance and supporting staff in the operation of Spirit Rock events, classes and retreats

Primary Responsibilities:

  • Materials handling: moving supplies, furniture, and luggage; waste disposal, recycling and compost processing. (25%)
  • Facility, vehicle and grounds maintenance. (28%)
  • Logistical support for retreats and day-long events (event set-up, parking, tear-down). (23%)
  • Miscellaneous other duties as assigned. (24%)

Qualifications:

  • A strong interest in service.
  • Ability to work outdoors including exposure to seasonal weather conditions; sit, walk or stand for extended periods including walking up and down hillsides; lift, carry, push or pull objects up to 50 pounds; perform moderately difficult manipulative tasks; to tolerate exposure to cleaning agents and solvents.
  • Equipment operation capacity: to use power tools and landscaping equipment; to work on ladders; to drive a stick-shift car or pick-up truck; to use a computer.

Please click this link to apply. Applications without cover letters will not be accepted. 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.

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