Deputy Executive Director of Development and External Relations

The Organization

The Garrison Institute (the Institute) was established in 2003 as a non-profit, non- sectarian organization exploring the intersection of contemplation and engaged action in the world. Since its founding, the Institute has made the case for the relevance of contemplative-based approaches to social and environmental change, and demonstrative that they can be applied in practical, evidence-based ways while meeting scientific rigor and providing measurable, pragmatic results. The Institute’s program initiatives currently include Contemplative Teaching and Learning; Climate, Mind and Behavior; and Transforming Trauma. Through its retreats, more than 35,000 individuals have learned contemplative-based methods for building personal resiliency and transforming their approach to work in the world. The Institute has a team of over 30 permanent staff with an annual operating budget of approximately $4 million. The Institute is housed in a beautifully renovated former monastery on 90 acres overlooking the Hudson River an hour north of New York City. To learn more, please visit

The Position

The Institute is seeking a Deputy Executive Director of Development and External Relations (Deputy ED) to create and implement a comprehensive fundraising and marketing/communications strategy that will increase the Institute’s revenue streams and donor support, build greater public awareness of the Institute’s mission and strengthen the impact of our programs though innovative approaches to social networking and knowledge dissemination. S/he will collaborate with the Director of Retreats and Business Development to increase the Institute’s retreat revenues. The Deputy ED will be a member of the senior management team, report to the Executive Director and work closely with the Institute’s Board of Trustees to realize agreed-upon development goals and objectives. S/he will supervise a full-time Development Manager and a full-time Communications Manager and ensure that the work of their departments is well-coordinated within the Institute’s overall management and administrative structures.

The Deputy Executive Director of Development and External Relations’ primary responsibilities include:

• Identifying, cultivating, soliciting and stewarding individual, corporate, foundation, and government donors and prospects

• Setting and managing fundraising goals and schedules;

• Overseeing fundraising mechanisms including grants, major gifts, appeals, and events;

• Assisting the Board of Trustees to become more active in fundraising on behalf of the Institute and staffing the Board’s Development Committee;

• Working with the Executive Director and senior management to build networks and identify funding opportunities;

• Planning and overseeing fundraising events;

• Attending evening and weekend events to meet prospective new donors and to steward existing donors

• Leading the Institute’s marketing and communications efforts, including traditional print publications, social media, web, e-news and other online communications; media and public relations;

• Overseeing the annual operational budgets for the Development and Communications Departments as approved by the Executive Director and Board;

• Ensuring high quality reporting for all program initiatives and effective communications with Institute supporters at all levels;

• Overseeing the preparation and publication of periodic reports to the Board and external stakeholders;

• Supervising and evaluating current staff, ensuring their continued success;


  • A minimum of 15+ years of experience of increasingly responsible positions in not-for-profit organizations with an emphasis on fundraising and communications.
  • Demonstrated success in managing and implementing development functions and comprehensive communications and marketing strategies.
  • Exceptional relationship-building skills and comfort in proactively building relationships with major donors and foundations leading to increased results.
  • Expertise in developing and implementing major gift campaigns, annual appeals, and other fundraising strategies.
  • Outstanding written and oral communication skills.
  • Extensive successful writing and editing experience with a variety of print and online communications media.
  • Proven experience in building and/or improving the systems that lead to fundraising results.
  • Creative use of new media technologies to generate interest, support, and participation in the institute’s programs and services.
  • Excellent interpersonal skills with the ability to inspire, coach, guide, and support staff and collaborate with colleagues.
  • Demonstrated ability to multi-task, remain focused and flexible, meet deadlines and prioritize job responsibilities.
  • An authentic commitment to the mission and values of the organization.
  • An interest in and knowledge of the transformational value of contemplation in impacting personal and social change.
  • Master’s Degree required; an Advanced Degree a plus.

Compensation & How to Apply:

This is a full-time, salaried position offering a generous benefits package including retirement plan, health benefits, paid vacation and more. The annual salary for this full-time position will be competitive and commensurate with experience. We also offer an energized and motivated team of colleagues and a collegial atmosphere.

To apply send a letter of interest, a resume, two writing samples, and the names and contact information of three professional references to: HR Director, via email All submissions will be received in confidence.

The Garrison Institute is an equal employment opportunity employer. Individuals from diverse backgrounds are encouraged to apply.

Garrison, New York
The Garrison Institute
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