Employment at Spirit Rock
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 more than 60. 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.
A dynamic and seasoned professional practiced at seeing the “big picture” and managing its roll-out, the Development Manager (DM) at Spirit Rock manages all aspects of our annual and (rolling) capital campaigns, fundraising events, and cultivates a portfolio of donors (moving them up the ladder of support). The DM works closely with the Director of Development and Communications (DoDC) to set departmental goals and strategy, supports the DoDC in her stewardship responsibilities, and collaborates with the Communications Department for seamless messaging across the organization. In addition, the DM supervises a PT Development Specialist tasked with managing institutional giving and growing our monthly giving program; and a FT Development Associate. The DM’s role is in-service to accomplishing the department’s goals and, for the right person, is poised for significant professional advancement opportunities within the organization. For more information and to apply, go here >
Spirit Rock offers a variety of non-residential programs in our new 3 program room Community Meditation Center. Program formats include daylongs, benefits, class series, drop in classes and live webcasts. The Event Coordinator (EC) is responsible for on-site event management of all program types. The EC supervises a team of volunteers and is responsible for pre-program communication, event set up and breakdown, at-the-door registration, welcoming and orienting teachers and participants, and AV set up and support. This role includes extensive public contact as well as administrative duties. Schedule requires flexible hours and the ability to work both Saturday and Sunday, Monday evenings, and other evenings. On-site presence required to manage events. For more information and to apply, go here >
The Event Registrar is primarily responsible for all non-residential event registrations and reporting. The Registrar splits time between phone and email customer relations, and detailed work in Raiser’s Edge (RE), including post-registration paperwork / payment and reports. The Registrar is also responsible for online registrations for Spirit Rock’s online and webcast events. For more information and to apply, go here >
Part Time Retreat Center Cook
Spirit Rock’s Retreat Center Cook prepares and serves nutritious ovo-lacto vegetarian meals for residential retreats and special events. This position 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. This is ideal for candidates who work as independent contractors and have a need for supplemental income. For more information and to apply, go here >
For All Spirit Rock Positions–
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.
- 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.