The Garrison Institute seeks a values based Executive Director with experience in nonprofit leadership, program oversight, Board development, and fundraising to further diversify and expand the Institute’s impact.
The Garrison Institute was established in 2003 as a not-for-profit, non-sectarian organization that explores the intersection of contemplation and engaged action in the world. The Institute applies the power of contemplation to today’s social and environmental challenges, connecting the skills and wisdom contemplation builds with emerging insights from science, to leverage transformational change and help build a more compassionate, resilient future. Working collaboratively with practitioners in diverse fields – from front-line workers to finance executives – they teach the skills and benefits of contemplation, host retreats and symposia, produce research and publications, and provide a hub for ongoing learning networks. The Institute focuses on three core initiatives, outlined below:
In addition, the Garrison Institute runs the Garrison Retreat Center, a physical sanctuary on the banks of the Hudson River to develop a more meaningful sense of mission and purpose, to embrace more mindful and connected leadership, and to build a culture of growth, sustainability, and resilience.
Through its retreats and programs, more than 100,000+ individuals have learned contemplative-based methods for building personal resiliency and transforming their approach to work in the world. The Institute is housed in a beautifully renovated former monastery on 90 acres overlooking the Hudson River an hour north of New York City. Staffing consists of 10 full time and 10 part time staff plus key consultants. The anticipated FY23 budget is $3.5m. For more information, please visit www.garrisoninstitute.org.
In the spring of 2022, the Garrison Institute engaged an Interim Executive Director to lead and support the organization through a transitional phase, with the ultimate goal of helping to pave the way for its next long-term Executive Director. There had not been anyone in the Executive Director role for over a year, while the organization navigated through the myriad of challenges presented by the Covid-19 pandemic, which in many ways presented an opportunity to “hit pause” and take a step back to reflect on its overall strategy and position within the contemplative space. In the early months of 2022, the organization began to rebuild, re-imagine, and position itself for its next phase. New staff were hired (following some downsizing as a result of the pandemic), and several external consultants were engaged to assess current operations, make recommendations for improvements, and develop and implement new systems and processes, ultimately increasing effectiveness and efficiencies.
Overall, there are several moving operational projects and activities across all functions of the organization, and the Garrison Institute is now in the midst of positive, forward-looking transition, building on its core mission and holding true to what lead to many successes in its first two decades as an Institute. At the same time, there are several core priority areas that the organization must focus on in order for it to regain its footing following the challenges of the past few years and ensure its long-term sustainability and potential impact in the world. These include development of a strategic plan, board development, increase and diversification of fundraising, and raising organizational and programmatic profile to targeted audiences.
Since its inception, the Board and staff of Garrison Institute have realized that “how we do things is as important to us as what we do.“ In this context, the Institute has sought to instill the notion of belonging throughout its culture, demonstrating our interconnectedness and shared human experience while also valuing the differences which makes each of us unique and our own selves.
As the Garrison Institute approaches its 20th anniversary in 2023, the Co-Founders, Jonathan Rose and Diana Rose, are looking for the next generation of leadership to lead and carry the Garrison Institute into its next phase of growth and success. In turn, the Institute will be looking for ways to honor the integral role and impact that each of them has had over the past two decades, and ensure their respective voices continue to be a part of the work, while incorporating new ideas and approaches to set and achieve ambitious organizational goals.
Ultimately, Garrison Institute seeks to consolidate its position as just that – an Institute, one with three core initiatives that demonstrate how contemplative practice can lead to action, which leads to transformation on today’s social and environmental issues. In order to reach its potential and be an effective thought leader around globe, there are several priorities the incoming Executive Director will need to focus on:
The Executive Director reports to the Chair of the Board. Leadership at the Institute is collaborative and flexible, and plans to encourage for the new Executive Director to reevaluate their goals in conjunction with Board leadership after 3 months of employment.
Development Guild plans to cast a wide net to capture a diverse pool of candidates. This person could come from academia, be a Director at a similar institution, or be an Executive Director at another non-profit with personal connection to the mission, just to name a few examples.
Leadership, Strategy, & Program Development
Fundraising and Development
External Relations and Communications
Ideal candidates should demonstrate:
Candidates can reside anywhere in the continental United States. Regular travel to Garrison, New York for engagement with key stakeholders and staff, occasional travel required nationally and internationally. All travel expenses will be covered by the Institute.
Compensation: The position’s pay range is $180,000-$220,000 + benefits.
The Garrison Institute is committed to being is an equal-opportunity employer. Individuals from diverse backgrounds are encouraged to apply. All applications will be handled confidentially.
As of 2021, the Garrison Institute has implemented a mandatory COVID vaccination policy for staff and attendees of onsite retreats and events.
Please email your cover letter and resume in confidence to: GarrisonED@developmentguild.com
For more information about the Garrison Institute, please visit https://www.garrisoninstitute.org/
Bill Weber and Mel Witman
Development Guild DDI