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"If you do not turn inward, you will never know reality."
- Ajahn Chah

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.

Job Openings:

NEW! Resident Caretaker/Facilities Staff

Resident Caretakers/Facilities Staff are stewards of the physical aspects of the Spirit Rock campus. All Caretakers/Facilities Staff are cross-trained for a wide range of duties and are responsible for Retreat Operations support including housekeeping and hospitality services during retreat opens and closes, Teacher Village support, and training and oversight of incoming retreatants, work retreatants, extra-hires, and volunteers. This position is part of Spirit Rock’s Resident Staff Dharma program. This work/study program allows participants to work, practice and live at Spirit Rock. The goals of the residential program are to grow in spiritual understanding and wisdom, and to learn how to practice living the teachings of the dharma in work and community. For more information and to apply, go here >

Development Assistant/Associate

The Development Associate plays an important role on the Spirit Rock Meditation Center’s development team, reporting to the Development Manager and in support of all administrative operations and fundraising activities of the Department. This position manages the Raiser’s Edge donor database, processes and acknowledges gifts, and assists in developing queries including segmentation, reporting, pulling mailing lists and ensuring that information in the donor database is current.
For more information and to apply, go here>

Retreat Center Cook

We are seeking a skilled cook to join our team in preparing delicious vegetarian meals in our residential retreat center. This is an opportunity to contribute meaningful work to a harmonious community of visitors on retreat, teachers, and staff. Spirit Rock's Retreat Center Cook works with other Retreat Center Cooks to prepare meals for residential retreats and special events, trains and supervises retreatants performing work meditations in the kitchen, and models behavior that supports mindfulness practice in the retreat environment.
For more information and to apply, go here>

Annual Fund Manager

Spirit Rock’s Annual Fund Manager develops, implements and manages the execution of a high quality relationship-building, fully integrated, multi-channel Annual Fund program: including but not limited to strategic identification, qualification, and cultivation activities for prospects and direct personal solicitation; mail, email and online solicitation efforts; manages volunteers throughout the fundraising process and throughout the year; innovative use of events; manages segmentation using Raiser’s Edge, compiles lists, manages donor contact and information; produces annual fund analysis and reports;  and generally establishes creative ways to engage donors and fundraising volunteers.
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.
  • 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.

 

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