Director of Advancement (MLI)

Mind & Life Institute
Charlottesville, VA

Director of Advancement to lead integrated fundraising and communications at path-breaking interdisciplinary institute (Charlottesville, VA)


The Mind & Life Institute emerged in 1987 from a meeting of three visionaries: Tenzin Gyatso, the 14th Dalai Lama; Adam Engle, a lawyer and entrepreneur; and Francisco Varela, a neuroscientist. Since that first meeting, Mind & Life has deepened understanding of the mind by funding research and cultivating interdisciplinary dialogue that bridges science, contemplation, and daily life, with far-reaching impact.

Mind & Life has been led since December 2015 by Susan Bauer-Wu, a clinician, academic researcher, and meditation practitioner. Since moving the Mind & Life office to Virginia, Susan has been building an outstanding leadership team that will be completed with the appointment of a Director of Advancement.

With oversight of integrated philanthropy and communications, the Director of Advancement will have primary responsibility for all efforts to raise Mind & Life’s visibility and increase understanding of its work, to attract and deepen engagement with individuals and institutions, and to build sustainable support that is aligned with the Institute’s strategic goals. The Advancement program at Mind & Life enjoys relationships with a diverse set of donors and has a great deal of room to grow.

The Director will find at Mind & Life a workplace built on contemplative values of open communication, honest feedback, careful listening, transparent decision-making, and consideration of all perspectives. The office offers daily meditation and honors work-life balance.

The ideal candidate for this role will be an experienced leader of both fundraising and communications teams who is drawn to Mind & Life’s mission and can embody it through a personal contemplative practice.

A complete job description is available via the Position Details link above. To learn more and apply, please use the online application portal or email [email protected]