Jobs at CMind

June 1, 2021

Executive Director

 

The Center for Contemplative Mind in Society (CMind) is a global community of contemplative practitioners whose goal is the ongoing development of racial, social, economic, and environmental justice and the advancement of human flourishing. Our goal is to transform the human legacy of oppression and exploitation in efforts to create a new paradigm for coexistence and development. Through teaching and learning diverse contemplative practices, we aim to help societies engage in creative, collaborative living with one another and with the natural environment.

We are seeking an Executive Director (ED) who is excited about building on the remarkable history of CMind as we look to expand our impact into the future. The ED will serve as the primary organizational leader, strategist, external champion, and brand ambassador to continue the strong track record of success CMind has cultivated since the inception of the organization. The ED will have overall strategic and operational responsibility for CMind programs, expansion, budget, and execution of its mission.

The ED will serve as a leading strategist to drive the growth of CMind’s grant and donor portfolio. They will be responsible for building and managing an ambitious plan to identify, develop, and build partnerships to support the mission of CMind. The ideal candidate will bring experience managing the planning, organization, and implementation of an effective fundraising strategy, including prospecting, stewardship, restricted and unrestricted funding, grant writing, and relationship management.

Reporting to the Board Chair, the ED will be an experienced nonprofit leader who will be able to advocate successfully and passionately on behalf of CMind. In addition, the ED will have had success in fundraising in various revenue streams to support the delivery of impactful programming. The ED will bring proven nonprofit management expertise and, ideally, experience and/or exposure in the realm of social justice organizations. The ED must be a hands-on leader, a strategic and critical thinker, with dynamic problem-solving skills who responds to challenges effectively with sound judgment, empathy, and compassion. The ED must be committed to the CMind anti-racism and inclusivity mission and they must have some experience in engaging with diverse teams to support and advance inclusive programming.

 

Qualifications

  • Strategic and visionary with nonprofit experience, successfully managing programs, teams, budgets, and strategic partnerships.
  • Demonstrated success in developing and executing fundraising strategies, with particular strength in grant writing and raising funds from corporate and individual donors.
  • A commitment to compassion, kindness, inclusivity, equity, and social justice.
  • Skilled relationship builder, able to engage a diverse range of partners and donors.
  • Experienced leader who loves to advocate on behalf of their organization to ensure visibility and impact.
  • Proactively builds new strategic partnerships, engages stakeholders, and establishes relationships with new potential donors to execute programming for fees.
  • Affinity and experience with contemplative practices and an openness to all traditions.
  • Compelling writing and inspirational speaking skills.

 

As we mentioned above, we are seeking an ED to serve as the primary leader, strategist, and champion for CMind. The ED will be responsible for the following:

Leadership (20%)

  • Lead and motivate the Board and staff to jointly provide harmony within the organization so that we are an equitable, responsible, and humane place of employment.
  • Lead and supervise in a collaborative fashion, with a focus on transparency and accountability in decision-making.
  • 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.
  • Oversee the smooth running of all budgeted and approved programs, including the implementation of special events.
  • Responsible for planning, structuring, and maintaining the direction of the organization’s operations and programs.
  • Recruits and retains a diverse, highly qualified staff and volunteers.

Strategist (35%)

  • Oversee and implement strategies that support CMind’s mission, vision, and growth.
  • Create and supervise strategies to educate the broader community about the organization.
  • Construct and implement solicitation strategies for donors and foundations.
  • Supervise the creation of strategies to educate the broader community about the organization and about the increasing role of contemplative practice in support of a more humane world.

Champion (35%)

  • Represent the organization in a loving, inclusive, and enthusiastic manner.
  • Initiate new relationships with prospective donors.
  • Seek out partnerships and opportunities for fee for service work.
  • Advance the anti-racism and inclusivity work of CMind.

 

And of course, CMind’s work wouldn’t be possible without effective involvement from the Board of Directors:

Partnership with Board of Directors (10%)

  • Work with the Board Chair and report regularly to the Board of Directors regarding organizational objectives, the financial status of the organization, and other issues relevant to the Board of Directors.
  • Provides the Board of Directors with sufficient information to assist members in reaching decisions and in formulating necessary policies and procedures.
  • Manage all activities associated with the Board of Directors, including staffing for all Board committees, orientation, meeting schedules, agenda, and meeting materials.

 

Work Location

Currently, all staff are working remotely. We are open to this being a remote position with the understanding that you may be required to travel to Western Massachusetts up to 5 times per year.

 

Compensation and Benefits

Compensation is commensurate with experience. The salary range is between $75,000 - $90,000. CMind offers a benefits package that includes health & dental insurance, a 403b plan, life insurance, and generous paid time off.

To Apply

Please email your cover letter, resume, and the names and contacts of three references to Jobs@contemplativemind.org by 7/31/21.

CMind is committed to providing equal employment opportunities for all qualified persons regardless of race, color, ancestry, religious creed, national origin, sex, gender identity or expression, sexual orientation, physical handicap, medical condition, age, marital status, or veteran status. We strongly support the social goals of affirmative action. We therefore make special efforts to recruit individuals from groups that are historically underrepresented in professional environments, or that suffer from broader societal discrimination.

 

Organizational Profile

501c3 Non Profit organization registered in Western Massachusetts.

There are three full-time staff all working remotely.

The Board of Directors consists of 8-10 people located all over the US.

Website: contemplativemind.org

Selected financial statements can be provided to candidates upon request.

Our Vision

CMind is grounded in an inclusive, anti-racist vision and works to engage contemplative practices to genuinely advance the well-being of society. We envision a society that promotes the exploration of interdependence, meaning, purpose, and values in order to co-create and enrich our common human future. We strive towards a society that enables and enhances personal introspection and contemplation, the goal of which is the realization of our inextricable connections to each other so that we may act to ensure our mutual well-being and collective flourishing. Through contemplative practices, we endeavor to open hearts, minds, and bodies to true community, deeper insight, and just, sustainable, coexistence with all people and with the natural environment. CMind is open to engagement with varied fields of endeavor including but not limited to the creative arts, health and human services, formal and informal education, media, STEM, and activism for human rights. We are committed to featuring practices led by teachers and leaders from diverse experiences towards enhancing humanity’s understanding of its own endlessly enriching contemplative diversity.

Our Goals

As a global community of contemplatives, CMind seeks to shift the patterns of white dominance as they exist in the contemplative realm itself. We recognize that because of white supremacy, white contemplatives have gained more recognition and profit as contemplative leaders. We also recognize that cultural appropriation often manifests when the practices white contemplatives lead draw heavily from the traditions of Asian, African, Latinx, and Indigenous peoples. We endeavor to center the leadership of Black, Latinx, Indigenous, and Asian contemplatives both in the United States and globally while continuing to support the contemplative leadership of all people.

We recognize that the resources that helped to develop the United States and much of the Western world were stolen from Indigenous people and people of African heritage and exploited to build wealth for a European-descended minority. We aim to build an actively antiracist society that uses contemplative practices to continuously recognize and reshape oppressive ways of thinking, relating, educating, and community building.