Director of Development

Director of Development

Woodacre, CA


Set among 411 acres of serene oak woodlands in the secluded hills of West Marin County, California, Spirit Rock Meditation Center is a refuge from everyday life where it’s truly possible to quiet the mind, soften the heart and see life in a new way.



We know by experience, prioritizing diversity and inclusion throughout our hiring process allows equitable treatment and accessibility to everyone seeking employment at SRMC. We strive to create a workplace culture that reflects the communities we serve and empowers everyone to bring their full and authentic selves to our teams. All employees have the responsibility to treat fellow employees with the utmost of respect and dignity, always.


In conjunction with our Diversity, Equity and Inclusion (DEI Plan) Spirit Rock Meditation Center (SRMC) is committed to a diverse workplace environment where everyone is welcome. We honor and celebrate different ideas, voices, perspectives, and backgrounds that help us create a robust and innovative multicultural organization.



Reporting to the Executive Director, the Director of Development plays a critical role in the advancement of Spirit Rock’s mission. This position is accountable for all development/contributed revenue at Spirit Rock, ensuring we meet our annual and capital revenue goals through annual and major gifts, direct mail, monthly giving and digital fundraising, bequests, and institutional giving and partnerships. The Director of Development works with the Board of Directors, Teachers Council, and committees (Finance, Executive, Governance) to garner support for the fulfillment of Spirit Rock’s mission and programs. The role will include staffing of a Development committee of the Board. This is an exciting opportunity for a fundraising professional to play a key leadership role in sustaining and fueling Spirit Rock’s 5-7-year strategic plan.   


In 2023-2024 Spirit Rock will be completing a capital campaign feasibility study and, with the input and recommendation of the Director of Development, will  launch a major 5-year capital campaign.


To be successful in this role, you’ll be someone who will feel at home working in an environment that requires you to juggle multiple priorities and competing deadlines while never losing sight of the overarching goals and desired outcomes. The ideal candidate is both a big picture strategic thinker and has the ability to roll up their sleeves to move projects forward, a calm and thoughtful communicator, flexible, and resilient. 


  • Lead and collaborate with the Development Team to create, execute and evaluate Spirit Rock’s comprehensive fundraising programs.
  • Identify, cultivate, solicit, close and steward strategic individual donor relationships and institutional funding partnerships at the major gift level. 
  • Prepare and partner with organizational leadership or other influencers involved in furthering donor relationships.
  • Collaborate with the Executive Director and the Board Chair on creating opportunities for meaningful engagement and solicitation of current board members and a portfolio of individuals.
  • Play a role in board relations/cultivation.
  • In collaboration with the Major Gifts Officer, oversee a comprehensive moves management system including identification, research, strategizing, cultivation, solicitation, acknowledgment, and stewardship for our major annual and capital gifts program.  
  • Maintain and bring innovation and experimentation to the annual fund, monthly giving, and planned giving.
  • Partner with the Development Team to create, implement and manage any stewardship or fundraising events and effectively coordinate development activities with other Spirit Rock departments, such as Programs and Operations.
  • Oversee all external fundraising marketing and campaign materials, including direct mail, brochures, grant proposals, etc.
  • Provide fundraising reports and analysis to the Executive Director, Board, and the Development Committee,
  • Champion and foster an internal culture of philanthropy at Spirit Rock.
  • Supervise the Development Team, or oversee supervisors, in support of our development efforts.  
  • With the Development Manager, create, maintain, and monitor the annual and capital budget and goals for the department.
  • Staff the Development and Governance Committees.



The following skills and competencies reflect the nature of our work, which is collaborative, and inclusive. A successful Director of Development is an individual who can lead a team, manage short and long term projects, and is an superb communicator (writen and verbal).  A successful Director will also:



  • Enjoy building and maintaining enduring relationships that will advance Spirit Rock’s mission.
  • Is a bold and inclusive collaborator.
  • Brings a positive outlook and approach to situations.
  • Centers diversity, equity, inclusion, and access
  • Can toggle between the big picture vision and the intimate details of a strategy / project.
  • Is skilled in analyzing data and outcomes.
  • Uses discretion, understands the importance of confidentiality, and uses sound judgement.
  • Is comfortable conversing with, presenting to, and being a leader within diverse groups.
  • Exhibits mindfulness and discernment when holding challenging conversations and making difficult decisions.
  • Can be nimble and can adapt to managing multiple projects with tight and often shifting deadlines.
  • Inspires others at Spirit Rock who do not have a formal reporting relationship to them to seek out opportunities to work with them.
  • Is willing and able to switch gracefully between acting as an individual contributor and overseeing larger initiatives, providing support and guidance.
  • Looks for opportunities to create new partnerships and allows others to leverage existing partnerships.
  • Interest in the values and practices of Buddhism and Insight (Vipassana) Meditation


Successful candidates will have 7+ years of experience in non-profit fundraising as well as leadership experience. Additionally, this person will have experience that includes the following:

  • 7+ years of broad fundraising experience in most fundraising vehicles (major gifts, direct mail, planned giving, foundations, special events, and capital campaigns).
  • Ability to successfully engage, cultivate, and steward long-term partnerships that will ensure the philanthropic success of Spirit Rock Meditation Center
  • Capacity for strategic leadership and vision to work with senior leadership on fundraising priorities and to use moves management and metrics to ensure accountability.
  • Experience managing an organization’s communications/marketing as it relates to fundraising, including annual reports, web pages and other organizational messages and publications. 
  • Proficient in Excel, Word, PowerPoint. Experience in Raiser’s Edge/RE NXT or similar donor database preferred.
  • Commitment to diversity, equity and inclusion efforts at Spirit Rock
  • A sensitivity to, and ideally a lived experience in the values and practices of Buddhism and/or the regular practice of Insight (Vipassana) Meditation.


Spirit Rock’s leadership is deeply committed to building a culture that delivers professional growth through meaningful work, honest feedback, and a diverse, equitable, and inclusive workplace. All team members, are naturally aligned with our core values and mission, and strive to possess the following:


  • An ability to listen with an open mind and a deep commitment to including and respecting diverse viewpoints.
  • Actively listens to multiple
  • Translates learnings into solutions for team members and the organization.
  • Creates a culture that embraces diversity, equity, and inclusion.
  • A desire for continuous improvement and a foundation of self-awareness that provides space for learning and growth.
  • Possesses a proactive outlook in seeking out professional development opportunities for one’s self and others.
  • Embraces setbacks, seeing them as learning opportunities.
  • Communicates in clear and compelling ways (written/verbal) and adapts appropriately for the environment.
  • Models and helps others embrace a culture of learning and continuous improvement by actively seeking and providing feedback.
  • Exhibits a proactive, passionate, and collaborative attitude.



The annual salary range for this role is $130,000 – $150,000. Employees are provided with the following resources, care, and support to do and be the best while serving the Spirit Rock community:

  • Flexible Work Models: Some positions offer hybrid work opportunities.
  • Time Off: In addition to paid vacation, sick days, and holiday time, employees enjoy 10 paid retreat days per year to give you extra time off to renew and deepen your meditation practice.
  • Healthcare: For full time employees, Spirit Rock pays a significant portion of the premiums on medical, dental, vision, acupuncture, chiropractic, short-term and long- term disability coverage, with the option of a flexible spending account (FSA).
  • 403(B) Matching Retirement: Spirit Rock makes a matching contribution to your retirement savings to give you peace of mind when it comes to your financial future.



Spirit Rock is an equal opportunity employer. We celebrate diversity and are committed to creating an inclusive environment for all employees.


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