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Shambhala Global Services seeks to fill the position of Director of Governance and Leadership


The Director of Governance and Leadership provides direct support to Centre, Group, and other leaders in Shambhala in presenting functional, transparent, and supportive governance so students and members may engage Shambhala teachings and build good society. The Director is responsible for promoting and supporting effective, caring leadership throughout the mandala and, in Europe, doing so through coordination with the Operations and Managing Directors of Shambhala Europe.

The Director reports to Shambhala Global Services’ (SGS) Director of Operations, Melanie Klein.

 The Director’s primary responsibilities pertain to cultivating an inclusive community of leaders; training and education; supporting Centre Director searches and hiring; developing membership policy; and promoting SGS’s continuing ability to achieve its mandate through increased financial support from Centres and Groups.  

 The Director provides guidance and support to SGS colleagues and the Shambhala Board when addressing governance issues that affect Centre and Group operation. The Director also consults with colleagues in Community Care & Conduct, Societal Health and Well-Being and/or the Desung to help resolve conflict and generally uplift community life.


Community of Leaders

 The Director cultivates relationships directly with city and land centre leaders and promotes relationships among leaders through regular gatherings to address common concerns and share best practices. In coordination with the Director of Community Care and Conduct, the Director promotes practices to better include and support members and leaders who identify as BIPOC (Black, Indigenous and people of color) and LGBTQ (lesbian, gay, bisexual, transgender and queer or questioning), as well as inviting and training youth from all backgrounds to become our next generation of leaders. The Director consults local leadership and other stakeholders when developing governance initiatives and organizing governance-related events and evaluates their effectiveness.   The Director is available to coach and facilitate leaders seeking workable solutions to governance issues in their local communities.


Training and Education

 The Director will collaborate with others to offer education and training opportunities for leaders in areas such as:

  • Leadership skills (meeting facilitation, staff development, council/community relations, Right Use of Power training)
  • Integrated annual planning (programming, membership/volunteer development, budgeting, investment)
  • Revenue Generation (RevGen) – SGS’ training series on marketing, fundraising, member engagement and more.


The Director will also maintain Shambhala’s leadership resources web page and assist Center leaders to find and effectively use resources such as: 

  • Shambhala Database (SDB) Administration tools
  • Employee Handbook and management policies
  • Links to Practice and Education and Care and Conduct resources
  • Xero Accounting software guide and year-end reporting/tax procedures


Centre and Group Administration

 The Director is responsible for initiating new Director searches and establishing employee contracts for Centre directors in the USA and Canada. The Director will implement policies for establishing and dissolving Shambhala Centres and Groups and provide assistance and information to make sure they’re in accordance with Shambhala policies and/or licensing agreements. The director will also help Centres and Groups sustain SGS with graduated financial support in recognition of services provided.


The Director will also develop a new membership policy in consultation with local leaders, SGS and its Board, relevant process teams, and Shambhala Europe to create a mandala-wide membership approach.


Required Skills and Experience

 The successful candidate will have 3-5 years minimum professional experience in nonprofit leadership; leading teams with diverse participants; developing, communicating and implementing policies; generating plans and measuring progress.


Desired Skills and Experience

Additionally, experience and training related to group facilitation, conflict resolution, and familiarity with current standards of workplace conduct and protective policies are ideal, as well as familiarity with Shambhala lineage and culture and its essential value of connecting to the basic goodness of others.


 This is a full-time position with competitive non-profit salary and benefits according to level of qualification. Working remotely/from a home office is expected. 

 The successful candidate will start as soon as September 1, 2020.

 How to Apply 

Please send a cover letter (describing your interest and how your experience prepares you for this role), resume and salary requirements to [email protected]

The deadline to apply is August 22, 2020.

As Shambhala, we are committed to diversity and inclusivity. In that regard, we encourage applicants who identify as Black, Indigenous, People of Colour, persons with a disability and/or a member of the LGBTQ+ community, national origin outside North America, and multi-lingual candidates to apply. We also encourage applicants to self-identify, if they wish to do so.