Director, Government and Community Relations

Reports to: Executive Vice President (works closely with the CEO)
Classification: Full Time/Exempt
Location: Washington, DC

About the David Lynch Foundation
The David Lynch Foundation (DLF) is a 501(c)(3) nonprofit organization that was founded in 2005 to address the epidemic of trauma and toxic stress among underserved populations through the implementation of the evidence based Transcendental Meditation (TM) technique. DLF delivers this program in the District through The Trauma Project, which has earned broad public interest and support for its work to bring this simple, evidence-based meditation intervention to its core target populations: veterans suffering from post traumatic stress and their families, domestic violence survivors, people suffering from opioid and alcohol use disorder and young people in high crime, high need areas.

DLF has four regional offices: New York City, Washington, DC, Chicago, and Los Angeles.

The Opportunity
The newly-created Director, Government and Community Relations, will play a vital role in taking the Foundation to its next level of impact by helping to develop close government relationships and community partnerships in the District. ​

The DLF Trauma Project opened two offices in Washington, DC in 2016; one on Capitol Hill for its work with government and a second office in Southeast Washington for its work with under-resourced, vulnerable populations.

Activities of the Trauma Project include:

  • informing government leaders and policy-makers about the evidence-based, cost-effective benefits of Transcendental Meditation in addressing (among other concerns) post-traumatic stress disorder and suicidal ideation among veterans and adverse childhood experiences and other trauma-related disorders among the youth;
  • exploring avenues of federal and district government funding opportunities; and
  • creating showcase projects (primarily in Southeast Washington, where the need for this meditation intervention is particularly great) so that legislators, influencers, and decision-makers can experience firsthand, the impact of this intervention on the communities served.

DLF’s Trauma Project in Southeast Washington is housed in The Meditation Center at THEARC (Town Hall Education, Arts and Recreation Campus) located in Ward 8. THEARC is a consortium of best in class nonprofits dedicated to an integrated approach to improving the quality of life for families in Wards 7 and 8. The Meditation Center:

  • offers the meditation as a health and wellness tool for the Ward 7 and 8 communities;
  • collaborates with THEARC resident partners to offer the meditation to their staff and clients; and
  • serves as the teaching and organization hub for the Trauma Project’s showcase projects in the District.


  • Minimum of six (6) years of related experience on the Hill, or in District Government (advocacy background preferred)
  • Excellent verbal and written communications skills.
  • Refined interpersonal and people management skills.
  • Strong organization and prioritization skills.
  • Ability to handle multiple projects simultaneously.
  • Astute attention to detail.
  • A collaborative nature but also the ability to work independently.
  • Passion for helping those overcoming toxic stress and trauma in our core areas (veterans, education, addiction and recovery, health care, trauma) will be a major plus.

Compensation commensurate with experience.

To Apply

Please email cover letter and resume in pdf format (job title in subject area) to

Human Resources Manager

Reports to: COO
Classification: Full Time/Exempt
Location: New York City

About the David Lynch Foundation
The David Lynch Foundation (DLF) is a 501(c)(3) nonprofit organization that helps eradicate the epidemic of trauma and toxic stress by training people in the evidenced-based Transcendental Meditation® technique.

The Opportunity
DLF has undergone a remarkable transformation and it has earned broad public interest and support for its work and proven impact with many underserved populations. The Human Resources Manager is the primary staff member that focuses on policies, procedures, processes, compliance, and employee/contractor relations.

The Human Resources Manager will be responsible for all HR functions, including, but not limited to, full cycle recruiting (job descriptions, sourcing, screening, background checks, offer letters, onboarding/transitions), employee benefits administration (open enrollment, process invoices, update portals, resolve benefit issues with employees and vendors), HRIS (Namely) administration, maintain accurate records for all employees and contractors, leave of absence/FMLA process, mandatory compliance trainings, bimonthly payroll (in conjunction with Finance team), and the resolution of any employee relations issues in a compassionate way.


  • Three years as HR Manager or Senior Generalist
  • HRIS Administration
  • Knowledge of Labor Laws (EEOC, FLSA, FMLA, ADA)
  • Non-profit experience preferred
  • Ability to handle multiple tasks and projects simultaneously
  • Flexible and adept at shifting priorities and goals

To Apply

Please email cover letter and resume in pdf format (job title in subject area) to

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