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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.



Human Resources Manager

Volunteer & Community Coordinator

Part-time/On-Call Retreat Center Cook




Human Resources Manager



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. No telephone calls please.

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



Volunteer & Community Coordinator


The Volunteer & Community Coordinator oversees Spirit Rock’s Volunteer Program by recruiting, orienting and scheduling volunteers.  The Volunteer Coordinator works closely with Events Staff to schedule volunteer support for non-residential programs and with all Spirit Rock departments to schedule volunteers as needed.  The VCC maintains a volunteer database and ensures accurate tracking of all volunteer, dedicated volunteer, and community service hours.  The Volunteer Coordinator supports community-building programs including the Kalyana Mitta (Spiritual Friends) network and coordinates and offers facility tours. The VCC creatively plans and oversees volunteer appreciation events and KM workshop offerings and occasionally provides on-site support for events.

Three or more years of experience working with volunteers and volunteer programs or comparable supervisory experience preferred.  Excellent verbal and written communication skills.  Excellent problem solving skills and a mature sensitivity in dealing with a wide variety of situations.  Strong organizational and time management skills.  Knowledge of issues related to cultural diversity with training and experience working with diverse communities preferred. Experience planning and running events.  Computer skills required including MS Word, Excel, and Outlook.  Familiarity with using social media for communication and outreach.  Familiarity with Raiser’s Edge database a plus.  The ability to work in a collaborative teamwork atmosphere required.  A strong practice in Vipassana meditation or another compatible tradition helpful and a sincere interest in the exploration of bringing mindfulness to all activities of daily life.

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 volcoordjob@spiritrock.org by April 27, 2015. 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.



Part-Time/On-Call Retreat Center Cook

Spirit Rock’s Retreat Center Cook prepares and serves nutritious ovo-lacto vegetarian meals for residential retreats and special events.   S/he trains and supervises retreatants performing work meditations in the kitchen, and models behavior that supports mindfulness practice in the retreat environment.  This is an on-call position and hours vary from week to week, and is ideal for candidates who work as independent contractors and have a need for supplemental income.

One to three years of professional cooking experience featuring organic whole food ingredients in a high-volume kitchen, preferably in a contemplative work setting.  Flexibility in schedule on a daily and weekly basis, and ability to work evenings and weekends.    Strong interpersonal communication skills; ability to take direction; ability to function as both team leader and team player.  Strong personal and ethical commitment to bringing mindfulness to all activities of daily life; background or interest in Vipassana meditation or other compatible spiritual tradition.  Ability to access and read emails, including schedules and kitchen updates from home.  Must have reliable transportation - this is a non-residential position. Current food safety certification (California Food Handlers Card).

Generous hourly wage.  Access to SR programs and Dharma talks.

To apply, send resume with cover letter to: srcookjob@spiritrock.org. No telephone calls please.

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




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