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Shambhala Mountain Center Director Applications Deadline Extended

May 14, 2012

The deadline for applications for the position of Executive Director of Shambhala Mountain Center has been extended to 30 May 2012. The position has been re-designed in line with the new Kalapa Governance Structure being adopted at Shambhala Centres throughout the mandala. The Executive Director will chair a new governing council responsible for fulfilling the lineage vision of both deep training and meeting the world at large.

The full description of the role follows.


Both Sakyongs have been clear that SMC would eventually play an essential role in furthering Shambhala vision, especially as that relates to connecting to the world at large. The principle responsibility of the next Executive Director of Shambhala Mountain Center is to lead the Center in fulfilling its core mission to provide a powerful container in which the greater world meets Shambhala. In this regard, the director will not principally be an administrator, but a leader in a time of change.

Changes in Governing Structure at Shambhala Mountain Center
The Role of the Director is changing is significant ways:
1. The Executive Director will be the leader and reference point in representing Shambhala Mountain Center to Sakyong Mipham Rinpoche and his government, its staff and supporters, the larger Shambhala community, other organizations, and the general public.
2. The Executive Director will now chair the Governing Council rather than reporting to a Board of Directors.
3. While the Executive Director will be responsible for all major decisions, shaping policy and strategic initiatives, s/he will not be an administrator. The day-to-day operations of the center will be led by a executive committee.

The Executive Director has two principle roles.

As Chair of the Governing Council, the Executive Director will:

1. Develop long-range vision and strategic planning.
2. Ensure that the center is governed in accordance with mandala-wide policies.
3. Ensure that the center is in compliance with the laws and regulations of the applicable jurisdictions within which Shambhala Mountain Center operates.
4. Forward nominations to fill seats on the governing council to the Kalapa Court for appointment in consultation with existing council members.

As Chief Executive the Executive Director will:

1. Propagate the vision and manifestation of Shambhala society at Shambhala Mountain Center by fostering a harmonious, sane and compassionate society, and leading by example in the practice and study of the Shambhala dharma.
2. Be responsible for integrating the work of the three pillars, respecting the diverse lines of command and accountability so that all the various aspects of the life of the center function coherently. S/he will ensure that the policies, plans and decisions of the Governing Council are implemented in a ways that help bind the community together in all its activities.
3. Be the spokesperson of the center to program participants, other community members, and to residents and officials from the local government and community. S/he will be the principle ambassador and "face" of Shambhala Mountain Center to communities of affinity that may wish to work with the Center.
4. Hold responsibility for the messaging, publicity and communications strategies that will communicate with the Shambhala community, communities of affinity and the public at large.
5. Recruit the management team that will operate the center.
6. Work closely with the Chagdzo (bursar appointed by the Chagdzo Kyi Khyap Connie Brock) and others in the finance sphere to ensure the financial well being of the center.
7. Support the Dorje Kasung in ensuring that the physical structure and sacredness of the environment is well protected.
8. Encourage the community to bring Shambhala Vision into society at large, in whatever ways are appropriate with governmental, non-governmental, and other spiritual and social service organizations in the surrounding society.
9. The Executive Director serves as the principal link between the center and the higher governing bodies of the mandala.
11. The Executive Director is responsible for fostering strong, collaborative relationships with other centers, groups and entities in the region.

Skills and Capabilities
1. Loyalty and devotion to the Shambhala Lineage, and in particular to Sakyong Mipham Rinpoche. Understanding of and commitment to the principles of Shambhala governance and in particular, the practice of the Six Ways of Ruling.
2. A minimum of six years' experience as a practitioner on the Shambhala path including having attended Vajrayana Seminary and the Rigden Abhisheka.
3. A strong background in leadership, including excellent group work and decision-making skills, well-developed interpersonal skills with a demonstrated ability to work with conflict in ways that inspire others.
4. The ability to inspire others, seek and welcome their suggestions and advice, work well with diverse team members and make decisions that take into account the wealth of other's views and experience.
5. Excellent written and spoken communication skills, including the ability to use electronic media effectively.
6. The capacity to lead and manage projects, and organize people, events and programs.
7. Background in working with finances and adhering to budgets (including the ability to read and understand financial statements and use them for effective planning).
8. Proven ability to magnetize resources, both human and financial, from diverse sources, as well as experience with fund-raising and development, publicity and marketing.

The Executive Director is a full time paid position, with a minimum of 40 hours a week.
The position is offered for a term of three years.
Salary: $45-50k commensurate with experience.
The compensation package also includes housing and meals, health, dental, program, and vacation/retreat benefits.

Application Process
We invite you to submit a letter of interest along with your resume by 30 May 2012. Please tell us about yourself, what interests you about the position, and what you feel you can bring to this key leadership post in the Shambhala mandala. Also, include all your contact information. We will be reading these over a period of several weeks, and responding to applicants during that time period as well. We will be interviewing candidates in May-June and then presenting our recommendations to President Reoch who is responsible for making this appointment with the blessing of Sakyong Mipham Rinpoche.

Expressions of interest should be sent to Karen Wilding, Chair of the Shambhala Mountain Center Board of Directors:
By e-mail:
By fax: (720) 564-0351
By mail: Karen Wilding, 2545 Meadow Ave., Boulder, CO 80304, USA

(This announcement was from the Shambhala News Service)