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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.




Director of Programs & Community Development


Human Resources Manager





Director of Programs & Community Development



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.

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.

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.

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. 

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.



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.

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.

• 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.

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.

Please submit a cover letter, resume, and salary history to hrmgrjob@spiritrock.org. Open until filled. 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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