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Deputy Director – Development and Fundraising

The application closing date is 9am on Tuesday 10th April 2018.

Gaia House, Newton Abbot, Devon

Salary – £28k – £34k depending on experience (pro rata)

24 hours per week

A rare and unique opportunity to join a friendly team and contribute your leadership skills to one of the most-highly respected and long-established Insight Meditation retreat centres internationally. Founded in 1983, Gaia House is a Devon-based charity committed to enhancing health and well-being through meditation. This new role of Deputy Director is a varied and challenging post covering: Development and Fundraising.

About Gaia House

Gaia House is a silent meditation retreat centre offering a year-round programme of retreats with meditation instruction and teachings drawn from a variety of Buddhist traditions. Set amongst the gentle hills and quiet woodlands of South Devon, the house is a sanctuary of contemplative calm, providing an opportunity to develop serenity, wisdom and compassion through meditation and mindfulness practice in a supportive environment. We warmly welcome all people of every age, ethnicity, cultural heritage and religious background, socio-economic group, ability, sexual orientation and gender identity.

The role

The Deputy Director, Development and Fundraising will work closely with the Director, Board of Trustees and other staff to spearhead Gaia House’s development as a hub of Insight Meditation and widen access to the non-sectarian Dharma our centre is so loved for.

As our Deputy Director you will:

  • Play a central role in the planning and implementation of Gaia House’s development initiatives
  • Be responsible for developing and implementing the fundraising strategy of the charity to secure funding for both operational and development work
  • Working with the Director, to provide leadership to Gaia House and ensure that our work achieves the strategic priorities agreed by the Trust

In addition, you will have direct line-management responsibility for the Communications Manager, the Project Developer who leads on a variety of development/project-based tasks), and a temporary Project Manager who is managing Gaia House’s upcoming building development work.

Key skills and experience required

  • Strong analytical skills, with a track record of accurate processing and reporting
  • Highly-developed communication and interpersonal skills, with the ability to facilitate communication between different stakeholder groups
  • Strong leadership skills with experience of recruiting, managing and motivating staff
  • Strong project management experience
  • Experience of developing and implementing successful fundraising strategies, with sound knowledge of best practice and regulatory frameworks

It is also essential that you have an understanding and appreciation of what Gaia House offers, experience of participation in meditation retreats, and that you are committed to a continuing meditation practice.

Due to the centre’s rural location (approximately four miles from the town of Newton Abbot), you will need to have your own personal transport.

What’s next?

If this sounds like the role for you, please download the full job description, a background document, an outline of our benefits package and an application form.

We encourage you to spend some time exploring our website to learn more about what Gaia House offers, and visit our Staff Team page ( to find out why our staff members enjoy working here.