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The Executive Director’s primary responsibility will be to develop and implement a comprehensive fundraising strategy in support of CMind. The Executive Director will be responsible for front-line work, proposal writing, developing strategic long-term and annual fundraising plans, evaluating progress of goals, and cultivating, soliciting, and stewarding major gifts and donors. They will establish and maintain cooperative relationships with appropriate individuals and groups in the contemplative practice community as well as with corporations, foundations, and donors.

As the chief administrator of the organization, the Executive Director is responsible for conducting its operation in an efficient and effective manner, in accordance with policies set by the Board of Directors. The Executive Director will seek to live the values of the organization in the implementation of all its activity, and to model mindful behavior so that the way we do our work in the world as an organization is in alignment with the mission of CMind.

The Executive Director shall provide inspired leadership, guidance, and supervision of CMind’s fundraising and development, operations, activities, and the setting of priorities for the short and long term. They will oversee financial operations and communications with the Board, the contemplative community, and the higher education community, ensuring integration and coordination of activities to achieve our strategic goals.

The Center for Contemplative Mind in Society is a 501c3 nonprofit organization in Northampton, MA, working with higher education faculty, staff, administrators, and students across the US and around the world. Our programs help education professionals integrate contemplative practices into courses, services, and campus environments to support all in teaching, learning, and engaged action for a more just and compassionate society.


  • Experience in fundraising with demonstrated success in securing grants/donations of $100,000 and above.
  • A master’s degree or PhD.
  • Experience in the management of non-profit organizations, with budgets of $1 million or more.
  • Affinity and experience with contemplative practices and an openness to all traditions.
  • Commitment to anti-racist and social justice work.
  • Ability to conceptualize and implement foundation and donor identification as well as cultivation and solicitation strategies.
  • Excellent written and communication skills with the ability to produce viable proposals to fund.
  • Interpersonal skills to work harmoniously with staff, academic leaders, faculty leaders, donors, and volunteers.


With Finance and Development Officer or consultant and executive committee and Board, achieves annual fundraising targets by:

  • Creating a written development plan that sets realistic income goals and describes the means for securing the funding to meet those goals.
  • Identifying sources of funding and participating in the asking for gifts and the writing of grants.
  • Monitoring progress toward meeting goals and suggest mid-course corrections as necessary.
  • Engaging the Board in fundraising strategies.
  • Supervising preparation of regular status reports on development activities for presentation to executive committee and Board.
  • Supervising preparation of development materials.
  • Supervising grants management: research, submission, acknowledgment, tracking, and reporting.
  • Assuring timely and accurate database management of donors and prospects, as well as a gift acknowledgment system.


Financial Management
With the Treasurer, Executive Committee, and Financial Director:

  • Prepare, with the Financial Director and Executive Committee input, an annual operating budget and present for final Board approval in a timely manner.
  • Maintain fiscal responsibility within the Board-approved budget.
  • Ensure preparation of accurate and timely financial statements in accordance with Board needs as specified by the Treasurer and Executive Committee.

Personnel Management

With the Executive Committee and Associate Director:

  • Hire, supervise, evaluate, and if necessary, fire personnel and consultants, including seasonal hires and volunteers. Manage the staff with mindfulness and with an effort to elicit each worker’s highest and best potential.
  • Assure smooth-running, efficient staff support for the organization by means of clearly-stated job expectations, regular evaluations, delegations of tasks, and appropriate communication channels.
  • Recommend to the Board for Board approval: appropriate levels of staffing, salary ranges for staff, changes in staff structure to improve efficiency, and merit and or cost of living raises as appropriate.
  • Oversee approved personnel policies, and if necessary, recommend changes to the Board of Directors.
  • Lead and motivate the Board and staff to jointly provide for harmony within the organization so that we are viewed as a fair, responsible, humane place of employment.

Program Strategy and Management
With the staff:

  • Oversee the smooth running of all budgeted and approved programs, including the implementation of special events.
  • Implement the process by which new programs and activities are proposed, vetted, approved, implemented, and evaluated regularly.
  • Oversee all contracts, with board approval, relating to the organization’s business.

Marketing and Communications
With the staff:

  • Supervise creation of strategies to educate the public about the organization and about the increasing role of contemplative practice in higher education.
  • Supervise production and distribution of all promotional materials.
  • Work with the Board Chair in all matters affecting policy and ensure the release of statements which represent the established views or policies of the Board.


Board Liaison

  • Regularly report to the full Board.
  • Respond to all reasonable Board requests or information in a timely manner.
  • Assess organizational needs and issues, bring them to the attention of the Board, and make recommendations for addressing them as appropriate.
  • Provide for staff liaison with all Board committees.
  • Assure good relations between Board and staff; inform staff of Board activities and decisions.
  • Provide for reasonable clerical support to Board and committees.
  • Oversee planning of two Board meetings/retreats per year to review activities and plan for the future as well as to share contemplative space and practice.
  • Arrange conference calls with the executive committee and full Board between meetings.
  • Oversee orientation of new Board members.

Long-Range Planning
With Board and staff:

  • Regularly review mission and current programs of the organization.
  • Regularly plan for and prioritize the long-term development of the organization’s programs, facilities, staff, and infrastructure in alignment with its financial capacity.
  • Maintain an archive of important organizational material and generate multi-year comparative data and analyses from which long-range planning decisions can be made.


Compensation and Benefits
Compensation is commensurate with experience. The Center offers a benefits package that includes health & dental insurance, a 403b plan, life insurance, and generous paid time off.

To Apply
Please e-mail your cover letter, resume/curriculum vitae, and the names and contacts of three references to

The Center for Contemplative Mind in Society strongly supports workplace diversity. Candidates of all races, genders, ages, and sexual orientations are strongly encouraged to apply.