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Estimated start date: August 1, 2022

Location: Remote, United States required, California preferred

Deadline: June 30, 2022

Job type: Full time

Compensation: $40,000 – $60,000

About Compassion Institute (CI)

Founded in 2017, the mission of Compassion Institute (CI) is to advance compassion as a guiding principle and active force to create a more caring world. As a leader in compassion training and advocacy, we develop and deliver evidence-based programs for individuals, institutions, and communities that help promote personal and societal well-being.


We are committed to three strategic initiatives:


⦿ Bringing compassion-based interventions to key sectors of society

⦿ Disseminating the Institute’s flagship program CCT™ (Compassion Cultivation Training©) — an 8-week course developed at Stanford University

⦿ Promoting broader public awareness of the importance of compassion and its cultivation


CCT was first developed in 2009 at Stanford University by Dr. Thupten Jinpa with contributions from three well known experts in the integration of contemporary psychology and meditation. CCT blends traditional Tibetan Buddhist compassion cultivation exercises with insights from neuroscience, psychology, mindfulness, and group therapy protocols to produce a modern secular compassion training program with broad applicability and efficacy.

In 2020, the Compassion Institute undertook a strategic review to find ways to broaden the dissemination of CCT and to focus its efforts on keystone sectors in society and compassion advocacy. While CCT™ and certain derivative programs are offered to the public, additional programs rooted in CCT™ and specified derivatives address the particular needs of professionals that serve the public under challenging circumstances in the keystone professions of healthcare & public health, law enforcement & public safety, and education. As global experts in compassion-based interventions, CI offers secular compassion-focused programs and offerings based on the latest psychology, neurology, and contemplative science designed to impart the evidence-based power of compassion to transform the world at the levels of the individual and society.

About the Role:

Reporting to the Executive Director, the Development Director will be responsible for planning, managing, and implementing activities that increase, diversify, and sustain philanthropic support for Compassion Institute from foundations, corporations, and government entities, as well as other income-
generating activities. This position will be responsible for creating and
implementing a comprehensive development plan to reach short- and long-
term fundraising goals both within the organization’s entire portfolio of
individual and organizational funders and expand that portfolio. Compassion
Institute is at a dynamic point of growth and the Development Director will be
responsible for creating and implementing a fresh vision for funding the
Institute’s expanding work in delivering compassion training and compassion


⦿ Develop and implement a short-term and long-term strategy for development functions to support scaling of the Institute's work, serving as a key element in CI’s strategic plan.

⦿ Significantly grow our annual income by implementing this visionary strategy.

⦿ Create and manage fundraising planning documents and deliverables, such as a development plan, activity calendar, as well as produce and maintain donor portfolios.

⦿ Participate in senior management and relevant board meetings and contribute to the strategic planning of the Institute in tandem with
the Executive Director.

⦿ Build relationships with current and potential funders and oversee strategic funding partnerships.

⦿ Develop strategy and advice on engaging current and prospective partnerships toward new philanthropic opportunities.

⦿ Identification, cultivation, solicitation and stewardship of prospects by developing and facilitating relationships with those who have the capacity to partner in support of our mission and strategic priorities.

⦿ Be available to represent CI in meetings with funders in tandem with the Executive Director.

⦿ Prepare leadership (e.g., executive-level staff and board members) for high-stakes funding opportunities.

⦿ Design and coordinate all aspects of the Institute’s major gifts program, including forecasting and budgeting, donor cultivation, stewardship, and solicitation strategies.

⦿ Participate and support Board fundraising efforts to monitor fundraising goals and support the fundraising work of the Board of Directors.

⦿ Oversee the production of mail and e-appeals in tandem with CI’s  marketing team.

⦿ Organize and conduct donor cultivation and advise on the creation of fundraising events.

⦿ Provide the Institute’s Executive Director and board members ongoing support, such as preparation for major donor calls and meetings.

⦿ Create and oversee donor databases to track donor information, track institutional fundraising efforts, and produce relevant reports.

⦿ Research, identify, and solicit grant proposals and reports.

⦿ Advise and coordinate any institutional fundraising efforts, including foundation and government grants and contracts.

⦿ Oversee foundation prospecting for proposed projects.

⦿ Provide fundraising training and support for board/staff as needed.

⦿ Provide written material for proposals and reports, and support proposal development led by program staff.

⦿ Cultivate and maintain select foundation relationships and work with CI staff to develop these relationships when appropriate.

⦿ Identify and approach funders to support our compassion research and advocacy efforts.

Required Qualifications:

⦿ Minimum of 6 years of experience in fundraising and development work in a non-profit context, including experience leading strategic funding initiatives, cultivating individual donors, and increasing support from existing donors.

⦿ Experience directing major gift cultivation initiatives and preparing organizational leadership for high-stakes meetings.

⦿ First-hand experience writing, editing, and designing fundraising appeals and collateral for individual donors.

⦿ Proven track record in grant writing leading to awards from public and private sources.

⦿ Donor event planning and execution skills.

⦿ Excellent written and interpersonal communication skills.

⦿ Experience managing teams and establishing departmental priorities.

⦿ Experience creating and managing a donor database.

How to Apply

Please email your resume/CV to: [email protected]


Estimated start date: August 1, 2022

Location: Remote, United States required, California preferred

Deadline: June 30, 2022

Job type: Full time

Compensation: $40,000 – $60,000

About Compassion Institute (CI)

Our mission is to advance compassion as a guiding principle and active force to foster a more caring world.

The evidence is compelling. While compassion is an inherent quality we all possess as human beings, psychology, neuroscience and clinical medicine show that it is an orientation and skill that can be cultivated and strengthened to increase the well-being of individuals, communities and society.

As the global experts in compassion-based interventions, Compassion Institute develops and delivers programs for individuals and organizations, designed to promote personal and societal well-being. We provide training and programs for the general public and for keystone professions, including law enforcement and public safety, education, and health. Our evidence-based programs are developed to provide practical benefits for individuals and organizations, reducing stress and the likelihood of burnout, especially for critical, frontline professionals so that they may continue to serve and thrive in their chosen fields.

About Our Law Enforcement and Public Safety Program - Courageous Heart: The Human Behind the Badge (CH)

We have been serving law enforcement, public safety, and civic management since 2018. To date, we have served more than 85 agencies and cities across the State of California. Our 1-Day and 3-Day courses are Certified by the Commission on Peace Officers Standards and Training (POST) in the State of California.

Courageous Heart: The Human Behind the Badge training is designed specifically by Compassion Institute for, and in partnership with Law Enforcement and Public Safety personnel. It is a unique, practical, and groundbreaking program that helps develop the strength to be with suffering, the courage to take compassionate action, and the resilience to deal with emotional stress in the face of life’s challenges. Courageous Heart Training can make a difference by supporting physical health, happiness, and wellbeing, including increased self-compassion and self-care, reduced stress, anxiety, and enhanced connection with others, even in the face of conflict. It can also support deeper understanding of cultural and racial bias through specific exercises recognizing common humanity.

About You

You thrive within teams who support excellence, great work ethic, learning, kindness, and appreciation for your unique skills and attributes. You see the world, and the people in it, through a lens of curiosity, respect, gratitude, and integrity. In your role, you wish to make a positive contribution in the field of law enforcement and public safety, bringing your past work experience and skills to the focus areas described below. You can lead or follow, depending on your role in a project, and bring your razor-sharp attention to detail, deep operations knowledge and the skills to design and implement innovative solutions for our growing program, in service of both its external and internal clients. Your insightful problem-solving, collaboration with colleagues, and timeliness of delivery across all of your responsibilities contributes to the growth of our organization as a whole. You bring your best self to this role, along with a sense of humor and the desire for harmonious, trusting teamwork.

About the Position

This is a newly created position, and the Program Manager, Law Enforcement and Public Safety will be responsible for management of operations, finance, and logistics, supporting a wide range of initiatives for the Law Enforcement and Public Safety Program. Rigor, excellence, and proven operations experience relevant to this role is essential to take us to the next level of growth.


The Program Manager will be joining the Law Enforcement and Public Safety Team, working closely and in partnership with the Program Director, and the Program Associate, as well as Compassion Institute team members who each leverage their unique skill sets to serve the Program’s mission. This is a high-output team, dedicated to excellence, integrity, and exemplary client service throughout all our offerings, initiatives, and interactions. The Program Manager will report to and support the Program Director, and will manage the Program Associate in day-to-day operations.


Key responsibilities will include the following, as well as additional projects requested by the Program Director:

⦿ Oversight and accountability for CH POST courses administration, registration processes, logistics, and evaluation working with our Program Associate. Our courses are delivered online and in-person.

⦿ Manage our CH courses roster, including the booking of instructors.

⦿ Procurement of program-related goods and services.

⦿ Oversight of Program CRM including maintenance and further development projects.

⦿ Responsible for producing Reports as specified by the Program Director.

⦿ Contribute to annual budget planning.

⦿ Manage annual POST courses budget.

⦿ Manage custom client budget tracking and accurate records-keeping of specified program expenses, working effectively and in a timely fashion with our accounting team.

⦿ Oversight of course participant billing.
Responsible for custom client billing.

⦿ Contribute to grants writing process as requested.

⦿ Plan and implement day-to-day grants administration processes, working with our Program Associate.

⦿ Produce Reports as directed.

⦿ A bachelor’s degree in a relevant field.

⦿ At least ten years’ experience working in or with the law enforcement profession (preferred); a professional training organization; or other relevant operations management role(s).

⦿ Demonstrated ability to manage complex, cross-functional, projects.

⦿ Tech-savvy, quick to learn new software and comfortable with problem-solving.

⦿ Highly proficient in Microsoft Office (especially Excel and PowerPoint), Adobe and Google Drive.

⦿ High proficiency in administering CRM databases. Experience with ClickUp or similar Project Management Platform required.

⦿ Half Moon Bay, California

⦿ Program Manager will have appropriate facilities to work remotely as needed, and will be able to work from the Half Moon Bay office as required.

Compensation and Benefits

This is a full-time exempt position. Compensation will reflect relative work experience and education. CI provides benefits for eligible employees, including medical, vision, and dental coverage, PTO accrued from day one.

How to Apply

To apply for the Program Manager, Law Enforcement and Public Safety position, please address your cover letter and resume to Julie Learmond-Criqui, using the following link to submit your details. In your cover letter, please include a detailed description of why you would like to work with Law Enforcement and Public Safety.

CI is an equal opportunity employer and welcomes a diverse pool of candidates for this search. We are committed to fostering a culture of inclusion and welcome individuals with diverse backgrounds and experience to apply.

Due to the nature of this work, a background check will be required.

All correspondence shall remain confidential.