Practice & Education Coordinator (2 openings)
May 1 – September 1 : Full summer season preferred; however, volunteering during key months is also possible.
This is a comprehensive role in the Shambhala Mountain Center community, working with the SMC staff, community, programs, and guests. The P & E Coordinators respond to program needs and take a lead role in setting up shrine rooms and practice spaces; attending program planning meetings and coordinating with Program Coordinators and the Director of Practice and Education, teachers, and meditation instructors to create beautiful, uplifted environments for practice and study; Coordinators provide practice materials, chants, study materials and books to staff and programs; help foster a sense of community involvement and assist or lead in training of staff in shrine room positions; administer classes for SMC staff, supporting and working closely with resident teachers. This is a great opportunity to learn further about Buddhist forms and practices and to work with sacred space.
Experience & Education
Potential candidates will have completed Shambhala Training through at least Level III and have knowledge of Shambhala and Kagyu-Nyingma Buddhist principles and path. In addition, candidates must have a passion for working with all aspects of practice and education, and, the willingness and experience to take initiative to complete daily work and projects independently, with minimal supervision. Must have a strong commitment to mediation practice, be experienced in umdzing/chant leading and shrine room forms and positions.
- Prior experience coordinating Shambhala programs and strong volunteer history at local Shambhala Center preferred.
- Candidates who are Shambhala Guides or Meditation Instructors will be considered very strong candidates for this position.
- Meditation practice of 1 to 2 hours of meditation daily and to attend classes, talks, and community events.
- Note: Summer positions are full time positions and candidates will have two days off a week and will be able to attend one, possibly two SMC programs, with prior approval, as well as programs that fall on their days off.
The successful candidates possess computer skills and have the creative ability to work with fabric, picture frames and shrine furniture. There is physical effort involved in these tasks so the ability to lift and carry up to 30 pounds is necessary.
Excellent verbal, written, and electronic communication skills. Energy, focus, and creativity are key qualities: to work effectively with others and set a strong example for staff, and, to work efficiently on multiple priorities.