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Berkeley Shambhala Center Director

Summary Description
The Berkeley Shambhala Center, part of the Northern California region, is seeking a Center Director to serve as the primary regional and international Shambhala leadership representative at the Berkeley Shambhala Center in Berkeley, California. The Director will represent the Northern California Shambhala (NCS) region at the local level, the Berkeley Shambhala Center on the regional level, and serve as the Sakyong’s government representative in the East Bay.

We seek an individual who understands and embodies the Shambhala vision and feels inspired to serve as a facilitator, mentor, and coach for Berkeley Shambhala leaders, volunteers, and members. This vital role provides ample opportunity to practice and embody the Shambhala teachings, to support others on the path of leadership and service, to manifest Enlightened Society as a Shambhala community, and to support Enlightened Society in the greater East Bay.

The Berkeley Center and the greater East Bay community that surrounds it is composed of a richly diverse population. Therefore, it is important that the Director support and encourage the broadest inclusion and accessibility within the center itself and in its outreach and welcoming activities.


Summary of Responsibilities


  1. Serve on the Northern California Shambhala Regional Board.
  2. Contribute to regional and local programming under the unified model.
  3. Work with the regional director to inform local strategy.
  4. Chair the Berkeley Governing Council.
  5. Study and train as a Shambhala leader.


  1. Support the Berkeley Shambhala community through community meetings and relationship with members.
  2. Work with center leaders and volunteers to plan and support Shambhala events and curriculum.
  3. Work with the Director of Social Engagement to provide outreach to the greater Berkeley community.
  4. Support and attend regular feasts, open houses, and community events as much as possible.


  1. Develop center membership.
  2. Work with the Center Chagdzo to oversee local budget and finances.
  3. Support center rentals.

Ensure the dignity and cleanliness of the center environment.


General Qualifications

  1. Strong leadership, communication, and conflict resolution skills
  2. Interest and commitment to community building
  3. Ability to skillfully work with our diverse community and support and encourage engagement on issues of identity, marginalized groups, etc.
  4. Demonstrated commitment to practice, study and retreat
  5. Willingness to work in a role that can be both intensely solitary and highly social
  6. Able to manage time effectively and work both alone and in collaboration with diverse groups.
  7. Excellent listening skills


Preferred Qualifications

  1. Devotion and commitment to the Shambhala Lineage.
    • Identifies the Sakyong as their principle spiritual teacher
    • Has completed Enlightened Society Assembly and, ideally, Sacred World Assembly.
    • Is committed to ongoing practice and study in the Shambhala Lineage.
  2. Commitment to the Berkeley Shambhala Community
    • Identifies the Berkeley Shambhala Center as their home center.
    • Lives in the East Bay.
  3. Leadership Experience
    • Leadership experience in Shambhala.
    • Knowledge and experience in the non-profit or business worlds
    • Willingness to continue to train as a leader.
    • Ability to effectively inspire, manage, and empower volunteers in what is a primarily volunteer-run organization
  4. Community Oriented
    • Interested in supporting and caring for center members.
    • Ability to skillfully address issues of diversity and inclusion of all marginalized groups
    • Able to magnetize community involvement in the center.
    • Interested in greater Shambhala participation in the local community

Weekly Hours Estimate: 20 hours a Week



  1. $1800 a month stipend
  2. Regional programs for free

To apply please send the following to [email protected]:

  1. A letter of application outlining your qualifications and interest in this position,
  2. A brief resume (maximum 3 pages)
  3. Three references (at least one of which is outside the Shambhala mandala)


View and download a PDF of the full job description here.

If you have questions about the position or application process, please contact Faith Miller at [email protected] or call (510) 232-0345.

We will begin reviewing complete applications on February 21, 2018

Northern California Shambhala is an Equal Opportunity Employer. The above statements are intended to describe the general nature and level of work being performed by people assigned to this job. This description is not to be construed as an exhaustive list of all responsibilities, duties and skills required.