Shambhala Meditation Center of Boston
Executive Director Job Description
The Executive Director is appointed by the Sakyong, Jamgön Mipham Rinpoche. The local Shambhala Center Hiring Committee forwards the nomination to the Kalapa Court before inviting the person to take the role. The Sakyong then reviews and approves/disapproves the nominations as appropriate.
This is a full time, managerial position with a package of benefits and salary range of $38K-45K depending on skills and experience level. Applications will be considered on a rolling basis; candidates are therefore encouraged to apply promptly.
Boston Shambhala Center
The Boston Shambhala Center is a community of 230 practitioners made up of a mix of many seasoned practitioners and a thriving community of newer students. The Center is looking for a Director with a heart connection to the Shambhala Buddhist dharma and excellent communication, leadership and administrative skills, to help provide a ground where the teachings, practices, and community life of local practitioners can thrive as well as lead a major expansion plan.
Boston is a diverse, cosmopolitan city with many universities, cultural institutions, research hospitals, and entrepreneurial startups. The Boston Shambhala Center is located in a beautifully renovated, community-owned building in Brookline, Massachusetts.
The Boston center is at an important change point. The center is overflowing with our longtime community members, newcomers and growing practice and education offerings.
Several years ago, we were asked by the Sakyong, Jamgön Mipham Rinpoche to move to a larger space in a more centrally located area of Boston. In response, we developed a major plan to offer Shambhala more broadly to Greater Boston and the Raising the Banner Campaign to make that possible. Accordingly, we seek a Director with a dedication to supporting the vision and activity of Sakyong Mipham Rinpoche, as well as the founding vision of the Druk Sakyong Chögyam Trungpa Rinpoche, able to work closely with the Boston Board of Trustees, the Shambhala Council, and the greater community in leading this expansion campaign, offering the precious teachings of Shambhala Buddhism more broadly to greater Boston, and building enlightened society here and now.
The Three Pillars of Shambhala
As Chief Executive and head of the Pillar of Government, the Director practices, manifests and conveys the inseparability of the sacred and the secular in governance. Respecting the diverse lines of command and accountability, she or he guides the planning, development and implementation of the Center’s policies and plans with the work of the three pillars, the Pillar of Government, the Pillar of Practice and Education, and the Pillar of the Dorje Kasung, so that the various aspects of the life of the centre function coherently.
The Director holds the seat for governance of the Center, working under the overall direction of the Board of Trustees, and oversees the Shambhala Council, which includes the Rusung, the Head of Practice and Education, Head of Communications and Operations, Head of Culture and Decorum, Head of Finance, and other area heads. She or he provides leadership and a point of contact for the Center’s members and visitors, including visiting teachers. In addition the Director is the point of connection to the center of the mandala and its higher governing bodies.
The Centre Director leads the local Shambhala community and disseminates the vision of the Sakyong. As the chief executive of the Shambhala Centre, she or he propagates the vision and manifestation of Shambhala society, and cultivates a culture of profound kindness and generosity in the community. She or he represents the Shambhala community to the municipality, region and the broader Shambhala mandala.
As Chief Executive of the centre, the Director is responsible for ensuring that Shambhala Vision radiates throughout all the practices, activities and community life of the centre. Thus she or he fosters a harmonious, sane and compassionate society, leading by example in the practice and study of Shambhala Buddhism.
The Executive Director holds the view and guides this aspect of the center in a sane way:
* Works to develop one’s own body, speech and mind to communicate the dharma.
* Understands the importance of not neglecting one’s own practice and study because “there is too much to do”.
* Practices with the community to provide an example of a leader integrating practice with being in society, and to strengthen the bond between the leadership and the community.
* Appreciates that the way in which one works with one’s own mind and with others is a on-the-spot propagation of Shambhala dharma by example.
* Remembers that the purpose of practice and education is to inspire learning in all areas, and to inspire enlightened society.
* Appreciates that leadership is a path and also a vehicle of teaching.
Overall Areas of Responsibility
* Work in close collaboration with the Board of Trustees and Shambhala Council in developing and implementing the strategic goals and priorities of the Center, including Raising the Banner: Offering Shambhala to Greater Boston
* Work with the the Board of Trustees, the Chagdzö and Shambhala Council to ensure the financial well-being of the center, and promote fiscal clarity regarding the flow of financial resources, including developing an annual budget, and reporting to all parties quarterly regarding progress against that budget
II. Operational Responsibilities
* Plan, direct, and oversee day-to-day activities at the Shambhala Center, including management of volunteers and paid positions – Head of Communications and Operations and Head of Practice and Education
* Manage the Shambhala Council. Oversee Council appointments, developmental activities, and performance reviews, consulting with others as appropriate
* Oversee the maintenance and protection of physical property along with Dorje Kasung and others
III. Leadership, Visibility, Community and Communication
* Represent the Shambhala community to the municipality, region and the broader Shambhala mandala
* Hold the seat of the Pillar of Government, manifesting enlightened leadership and integration of all three pillars: the Pillar of Practice and Education, and the Pillar of the Dorje Kasung, so that there is good communication among leaders, cohesion, and forward movement in the activities of the mandala
* Cultivate community life, including overseeing communication, membership, cultivating volunteers as well as developing leaders now and for the future. In fulfilling this responsibility, the Director works closely with other key leaders in the centre including the Head of Culture and Decorum and the Head of Societal Health and Well-being
* Encourage a culture of practice and, with the Head of Practice and Education, ensure that there are sufficient opportunities for people to practice
* Lead the expansion effort, Offering Shambhala to Greater Boston and the Raising the Banner Campaign, overseeing plans and communication to increase membership, donations and dues, expand to an ancillary site, build community engagement, increase programming and enhance BSC’s relationships and presence in the greater community.
Required personal qualities and experience
A suitable candidate will:
* Be a committed, energetic, and articulate practitioner of Shambhala Buddhism. It is important that the Centre Director have a dedicated and regular personal practice, as well as commitment to community practice. He or she will be called upon to manifest the inseparability of the openness and gentleness of the mother lineage and the fearlessness and skillful means of the father lineage
* Understand what it means to act in accordance with the principles of Shambhala governance and, in particular, undertake the practice of the Six Ways of Ruling
* Have a minimum of four years’ experience as a practitioner of the Shambhala Buddhist tradition, have attended or have concrete plans to attend within the next two years advanced Shambhala programs such as Warrior Assembly and Sutrayana or Vajrayana Seminary and be familiar with the cultural forms held in the Shambhala Buddhist tradition
* Attend to his/her own state of mind and pay attention to being as well as doing
* Manifest loyalty and devotion to the Vidyadhara Chögyam Trungpa Rinpoche and Sakyong, Jamgön Mipham Rinpoche
* Be people-oriented, well organized, and able to listen, delegate, and make decisions
* Communicate clearly and precisely, both orally and in writing
* Respect and encourage diversity both within the governance of the Shambhala Center and throughout the community
* Be skilled at leading the organization and community through a change process
* Be able to work collaboratively with the Office of the President, the governing structures of Shambhala International, the Boston Board of Trustees, the Shambhala Council, and a wide variety of volunteer staff
The following work experiences are considered to be important foundations for this role:
* Strong experience in the recruitment and management of volunteer and paid staff
* Preparation of, and accountability for, financial projections and budgets
* Previous demonstrable accomplishment in motivating and managing others in the execution of both operational details and strategic goals
* Flexible work hours requiring both daytime and evening participation
* Attendance at appropriate local and regional special occasions such as teacher visits, ceremonies, teacher greetings, etc.
* Participation and travel to Shambhala Governance events such as the Shambhala Congress, Mandala Council meetings and Kalapa Governance trainings as well as regional Shambhala meetings
* A requested commitment to stay in the position a minimum of 3-5 years
The salary range is $38K to $45K depending on skills and experience. The benefits package includes, 4 weeks paid vacation/retreat time, professional development training with Shambhala Leaders and the Sakyong (in addition to time off), the Shambhala Program Policy* on Shambhala programs throughout the mandala, and the possibility of standard of living raises.
*The Shambhala Program Policy gives full time employees tuition discounts on retreats and programs at all centers.
To apply for the position:
Applications will be considered on a rolling basis. Candidates are therefore encouraged to apply promptly. Send a letter describing your suitability for this position, along with a resume and contact information for three professional references. Ideally, these materials should be provided via email (i.e. in the form of attachments) to the address listed below. If this is not possible, a postal address is provided below as well.
Martina Bouey, Chair
Search Committee for the Director
45 Kidder Street
Quincy, MA 02169