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Salesforce Admin/Developer

San Francisco Zen Center


Position Summary

This position requires Salesforce Database administration and declarative development experience to oversee and manage CRM database activities for the organization. We consider our database one of our most valuable assets as it holds 50 years worth of SFZC donor relationships and is being used as a core component of our business systems.

The Salesforce Database Admin needs the ability to self-manage work on multiple projects (individually and as a collaborator), track and meet deadlines, provide queries and reports for SFZC staff, and maintain the operational status of the Salesforce database in accordance with all industry best practices.

This position is a unique opportunity to participate directly in the current SFZC effort to build a more efficient and sustainable future for the organization. Our Salesforce database is a key element in the integration of our business and Development activities, supporting the Zen Center Vision for “Creating Access, Connection, and Opportunity” in our increasingly volatile, uncertain, and complex world.


Primary Responsibilities

  • Administer, maintain, and develop Salesforce database(s) and third-party integrations
  • Provide reports and queries as required to support Development fundraising campaigns
  • Collaborate on strategies for business processes and advocate database best practices
  • Prioritize and process project requests for Salesforce integration with SFZC business units
  • Train and manage other Salesforce users
  • As necessary, troubleshoot issues and regularly update the database and third-party apps
  • Maintain Salesforce and third-party vendor relationships
  • Be an active participant in Salesforce online developer community and forums


Required Skills

  • Daily admin and support of the Salesforce platform (Non-Profit Success Pack)
  • Ability to use native Salesforce development tools (Process Builder, Flow, and Workflow)
  • Ability to create and customize reports and UX dashboards
  • QA and testing using sandboxes and change sets
  • Knowledge of Salesforce security practices, as applied to NPSP
  • Solid MS Office experience, especially Excel
  • Working knowledge of non-profit fundraising database best practices
  • Patience, persistence and good humor in the face of institutional challenges


Desired Experience

  • Familiarity with third-party tools – Apsona, DemandTools, FormAssembly, Rollup Helper
  • Integration with third-party services – Fonteva, Zapier, XL-connector, MassMailer, WebMerge
  • Backup and recovery systems – OwnBackup



  • Climb stairs
  • Type regularly on a computer
  • Occasionally lift and carry between 10-20 lbs


Organization Profile

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, the San Francisco Zen Center is one of the largest Buddhist sanghas outside Asia. It has three practice places: City Center, in the vibrant heart of San Francisco; GreenGulch 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.

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.


How To Apply

Please apply with cover letter to jobapplications@sfzc.org to be considered.



San Francisco
Information Technology
$60-65K per year
Posted on:
March 8, 2019

How to Apply

Please apply with cover letter to jobapplications@sfzc.org to be considered.