Director of Development

Location Woodacre, CA 94973
Date Posted November 28, 2021
Job ID 8165
Employment Type Retained

Scion Executive Search ( has been retained to conduct the search for a Director of Development for our client, Spirit Rock Meditation Center in Woodacre, CA ( This role reports to the Deputy Director and manages a Development Manager, an Annual Giving Manager and Development Associate.   All applicants should be in the commutable Bay Area location.

Set among 400-plus 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. Spirit Rock’s vision is to bring people to a depth of realization of the Buddha’s path. This vision is realized by Spirit Rock’s mission of providing individuals with teachings to manifest wisdom. Spirit Rock’s offers Dharma teachings, insight meditation retreats and programs to all levels of practitioners.

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, at all times.

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.

Summary of Job

Reporting to the Deputy 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 the creation and 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 strategic plan.

Specific Responsibilities

  • 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 under a wide diversity of individual donors.
  • Coherence of the Spirit Rock mission as it relates to the transferring it to the Sangha.
  • 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.
  • Support the campus expansion project to offer a more robust residential retreat experience.
  • 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 to-be-formed Development Committee, and champion a culture of internal 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.
  • Act as a contributing member of Spirit Rock’s leadership team, setting strategic priorities which align with our 5-7 year strategic plan, ultimately ensuring Spirit Rock can meet its long-term goals.


  • 7+ years of broad fundraising experience in most fundraising vehicles (major gifts, direct mail, planned giving, foundations, special events, and capital campaigns) with more of an emphasis on private funding.
  • 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
  • Fluency or respect in the values and practices of Buddhism and Dharma and/or the regular practice of Insight (Vipassana) Meditation.

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.

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.

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

Salary and Benefits: The salary range is $120-135k annualized plus robust benefits.


Scion Executive Search ( has been retained to lead this search. For immediate consideration please apply with your resume/curriculum vitae and cover letter in Word.docx or PDF at: Thank you.


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