Capital Campaign Associate

San Francisco Zen Center | San Francisco, California


San Francisco Zen Center was established in 1962 by Shunryu Suzuki Roshi (1904-1971) and his American students. Suzuki Roshi is known to countless readers as the author of the modern spiritual classic, Zen Mind, Beginner's Mind.

The purpose of San Francisco Zen Center is to make accessible and embody the wisdom and compassion of the Buddha as expressed in the Soto Zen tradition established by Dogen Zenji in 13th-century Japan and conveyed to us by Suzuki Roshi and other Buddhist teachers. Our practice flows from the insight that all beings are Buddha, and that sitting in meditation is itself the realization of Buddha nature, or enlightenment.

Today, San Francisco Zen Center is one of the largest Buddhist sanghas (communities) outside Asia. It has three practice places: City Center, in the vibrant heart of San Francisco; Green Gulch Farm, whose organic fields meet the ocean in Marin County; and Tassajara Zen Mountain Center—the first Zen training monastery in the West—in the Ventana Wilderness inland from Big Sur. These three complementary practice centers offer daily meditation, regular monastic retreats and practice periods, classes, lectures, and workshops.

San Francisco Zen Center is a practice place for a diverse population of students, visitors, lay people, priests, and monks guided by teachers who follow in Suzuki Roshi's style of warm hand and heart to warm hand and heart. All are welcome.

Job Summary

The SFZC is conducting a fundraising campaign to renovate its historic Julia Morgan facility in San Francisco (one of SFZC’s three practice centers, along with Green Gulch Farm and Tassajara) in time for the building’s centennial in 2023. The campaign seeks dedicated, half-time campaign support.

This role is essential to the success of this exciting campaign and supports the mission of SFZC. Beyond preparing this wonderful building to enter its second century, the project will also align it with our Zen Buddhist values of accessibility and open welcome. Where the campaign is concerned, your work would be crucial to running a well oiled and meticulous campaign: with accurate and actionable data, ready support of campaign leaders, and meeting our fundraising objectives in a timely way. In other words, this is satisfying mission-based work, and will be a meaningful career credential.

It is a responsible position offering autonomy to the right candidate and the opportunity to use your experience and grow your skills in partnership with other development professionals. We’re looking for candidates with enthusiasm, creativity, self-direction, people skills, as well as administrative and database skills. You will collaborate on campaign correspondence, proposals and materials; prospect management and research; special events; Salesforce management; and more as required.

Reports To

The Capital Campaign Associate will report directly to the Capital Campaign Manager.


Correspondence, Proposals and Materials

  • Help generate letters and proposals.
  • Collaborate on composing and distributing campaign updates and stewardship materials.
  • Keep the campaign web pages, F.A.Q. and other materials up to date.

Prospect Management and Research

  • Support campaign leadership with effective briefings for their calls and visits.
  • Support regular campaign meetings, including taking detailed meeting notes and keeping track of agreed-upon action steps for each member of the campaign leadership
  • Conduct prospect research on both individual and institutional prospects. Work with our contracted prospect researcher to integrate new information about supporters in effective briefing materials.
  • Help cultivate campaign prospects as opportunities arise.
  • Possibility of managing a reasonable portfolio of campaign prospects.

Special Events

  • Help plan and execute small-scale donor cultivation events, including managing event work plans, guest lists, event volunteers, logistics, hospitality, greeting, invitations, materials, follow-up, and more.

Salesforce Management

  • Master relevant procedures for managing records and establish a procedures manual.
  • Ensure integrity and completeness of campaign data.
  • Populate records and a family of reports to reflect campaign progress and help keep leadership up to date and productive.


  • Experience working with major donors strongly preferred.
  • Talent for effective, communicative writing.
  • Strong organizational and resource management skills. Multitasker.
  • Knowledge of donor management software helpful. Knowledge of Salesforce a big plus.
  • Proficiency with Outlook, Excel, Word, Google Docs, etc.
  • Ability to concentratein a busy (distracting) office.
  • Ability to work occasionally on weekends and after-hours.


  • Enthusiasm for producing detailed, meticulous work.
  • Customer service orientation.
  • Enthusiasm for supporting this campaign and the mission of San Francisco Zen Center.
  • Ability to maintain confidentiality and discretion.
  • Self-starter and ability to work well independently.


  • Ability to climb multiple flights of stairs
  • Reasonable accommodations will be made as needed,
  • Type daily on a keyboard.
  • Comfortable working in a dog-friendly office.




20 hours per week (some evenings and weekends)

How to Apply


San Francisco Zen Center


Organization: Nonprofit Organizations