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Spirit Rock Meditation Center

Director of Programs

Programs · Woodacre, California
Department Programs
Employment Type Full-Time
Minimum Experience Experienced
Compensation Salary and Generous Benefits Package



The Director of Programs (DP) is a full-time staff role reporting to the Executive Director. The DP supervises the Program Manager and leads the Programs staff in programming both residential, non-residential, and online programs. The DP is also responsible for building strong relationships with the teachers who teach at Spirit Rock and is a key member of the staff Directors team, a voting staff member of the Guiding Teachers Committee, and a staff member of the Teachers Council.  The Director of Programs:


  • Manages the design, development, and implementation of the annual schedule of programs (residential, non-residential and online) 
  • Develops new programming and revenue models to support our two-center strategic plan with the Community Meditation Center becoming primarily a retreat and training center
  • Builds strong relationships with Teacher Council members as well as other teachers who teach at SR.
  • Works with teachers and staff to implement strategic use of resources and effort aligning the mission, revenue, and strategies with the needs and priorities of the organization.
  • Forges partnerships that expand Spirit Rock’s teaching to the public and private sectors interested in Insight Meditation.



  • The GTC (Guiding Teachers Committee) acts as the Programs Committee in Spirit Rock’s non-profit governance structure. The DP works in close collaboration with the GTC Chair(s) and the GTC committee who are ultimately responsible for stewarding Spirit Rock’s long-term programs vision. The Director of Programs:  
  • Collaborates with the GTC on the parameters and priorities for annual calendar in both centers, including weekly collaboration with GTC chair  
  • Provides quarterly review of residential retreat calendar and non-residential & training calendar, requiring GTC approval
  • Drafts and finalizes quarterly GTC agenda, packet, and materials with GTC Chair(s) input



  • Creates effective hand-offs and communication of developed programs to both Marketing and Operations
  • Creates short-term and long-term objectives and performance measures for the Programs Department.
  • Direct supervision of the Program Manager
  • Develop, monitor, and implement the annual budget for Spirit Rock’s Programs Department.
  • Maintain and develop relevant research and statistics on participants to all SRMC programs.
  • Serve on the Directors team
  • Attend Board and Executive Committee meetings as required.
  • Other duties as assigned



The ideal candidate will be an experienced professional who has already been successful in developing programs.  This person will need to have a collaborative and inclusive style, an exceptional capacity for holding the big picture in mind while attending to detail, and ability to both maintain the core programs of Spirit Rock as well as leverage additional offerings towards expanding our impact in the world. Compassion, integrity and a sense of humor are a must.


Additional Skills


  • An understanding and practice of the Dharma including a personal practice and interest in the current landscape of Buddhism in the 21st century Western culture.  
  • Familiarity with the Theravada teachings and the contemporary insight tradition
  • Prior hands on experience developing processes, planning, and project management. 
  • Successful experience working with and supporting diverse staff and stakeholders and building equity and inclusion in teams.
  • Ability to influence without formal authority. Build strong working relationships, with experience managing up, down and across the organization.
  • Experience driving results in situations that require buy-in from multiple stakeholders even where the DP does not have formal seniority or authority.
  • Exceptional manager of staff.
  • Ability to thrive in a fast-paced environment with a multitude of needs and priorities. 
  • Outstanding organization and time management skills with the ability to manage multiple critical deadlines, and help teammates maintain focus on the most important initiatives.
  • Excellent oral, written, and public speaking communication skills. 
  • Prior Nonprofit Management experience highly preferred.


Spirit Rock is committed to diversity, equity and inclusion. We believe different voices and perspectives enrich our culture, raise our awareness, and make our community stronger. We welcome people of all races, nationalities, religions, and sexual orientations, and strongly encourage applications from people of color, immigrants, people with disabilities, members of the LGBTQ+ community, and other underrepresented and historically marginalized groups.




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  • Location
    Woodacre, California
  • Department
  • Employment Type
  • Minimum Experience
  • Compensation
    Salary and Generous Benefits Package