Boulder Shambhala Center Director Search

BSC Process Update—8 February 2020

BSC Director Search Process

The director search process is nearing completion.  All involved in reviewing candidate submissions and interviewing candidates have been following a Confidentiality Agreement, which can be found here.

The community meeting that was held on January 12th had four of the five search committee members present and twenty community members.  The results of the meeting can be found here.

The results of the community meeting were used to tailor interview questions and rank the candidates strengths.  The interview process is now completed and the BSC staff and governing council has been engaged and are continuing to provide input.  We are working to have our part of the process completed by Wednesday, February 12th.

This update is a brief summary of many meetings and much work.  There will be a final update to this website at the completion of the our part of the process, which concludes with submitting a recommendation to the Shambhala Board, and meeting with the board as needed.

The plan is that the new director is introduced to the community on Shambhala Day—Monday, February 24, 2020. Any questions and comments can be sent to [email protected].

We deeply thank the community members, BSC staff, governing council, and especially the candidates who have put themselves forward.

In the service of the Three Jewels,

The BSC Director Search Committee:

Jon Barbieri, Jim Fladmark, Ulrike Halpern, Heather Locke & Ed Smutney


The Boulder Shambhala Center seeks to hire a new Executive Director

The Boulder Shambhala Center (BSC) seeks to hire a new Executive Director in February 2020. Established in 1973, Boulder Shambhala is the largest city center in the Shambhala global community. We have a vibrant community of practitioners and a rich history of profound teachers presenting Buddhist and Shambhala teachings.

The Executive Director (ED) oversees the staff and operations of the Center. Responsible for cultivating community well-being and engagement, the ED works to gain an understanding of the community’s range of concerns and ideas and finds effective ways to respond to them. Working cooperatively with the Governing Council and Community Council, the ED sets priorities, strategies, and policies of the Center.

This is a salaried position, with two weeks of vacation and three weeks of retreat time.
The term is three years with the opportunity for a second three-year term. The target start date is Shambhala Day, February 24, 2020.

Please send your statement of interest, resume, and three references by January 22, 2020, to the Executive Director Search Committee at: [email protected].

Below is the full job description and benefits:

The Boulder Shambhala Center seeks to hire a new Executive Director

The Boulder Shambhala Center is the largest city center in our global organization, with approximately 450 members and more than 4,000 friends who regularly gather to practice, study and celebrate. With a capable staff, Governing Council and many volunteers BSC is able to offer hundreds of educational programs, visiting teacher events, practice opportunities and celebrations every year.

General Duties

The Executive Director oversees the operations of the Boulder Shambhala Center and works cooperatively with the Staff, Governing Council and Community Council to set strategies, policies and priorities for the center and the local community.

Supported by staff, the Executive Director helps to ensure programming, fosters financial sustainability and creates space for exploring good human society in the vision of the Great Eastern Sun – a culture of goodness, wisdom, kindness and strength.

The Executive Director reports to the Shambhala Board of Directors. The term is three years with the opportunity for a second three-year term.

Principle Duties

  • The Executive Director is BSC’s primary spokesperson and is responsible for communicating BSC’s goals, status, needs and accomplishments to community members and friends, and to residents and officials from local government and the greater Front Range community.
  • Is responsible for cultivating community wellbeing and engagement. The ED works to gain an understanding of the community’s range of concerns and ideas and finds ways to respond to them.
  • The ED chairs the Governing Council and consults regularly with them to promote fact-based, inclusive participation on critical matters of governance. The ED is responsible for appointments to positions on the Council and, where necessary, in coordination with other offices.
  • Ensures that staff, Council and Practice and Education leaders are trained in and embody Shambhala’s code of conduct.
  • Encourages leaders’ and members’ increasing support of diversity and inclusivity initiatives for the purpose of creating a place of welcome, respect and kindness.
  • Actively supports the Director of Practice and Education to plan the calendar of practice and education events.
  • Works closely with the Chagdzö and the Finance Manager to ensure financial wellbeing through an annual budgeting process, monthly forecast updates and quarterly financial reviews while promoting fiscal clarity and transparency.
  • The ED leads an annual fundraising campaign and supports Shambhala Global Services as possible through monthly support.
  • Is responsible for defining organizational roles and responsibilities, and for hiring, training and negotiating compensation for BSC staff in accordance with budgetary considerations. The ED is also responsible for providing ongoing staff supervision and development.
  • Works with the Director of Operations to maintain and upgrade BSC’s building – Dorje Dzong – ensuring that the physical structure and sacredness of the environment is protected.
  • Works with the Rusung to support the safety and security of Dorje Dzong and to promote the presence of the Dorje Kasung at special events and through the practice of protector principle in the life of the center.
  • Participates in the Rocky Mountain Regional Directors Council. Participates in forums for sharing strategies and approaches with other Shambhala Center leaders.


Personal Qualities and Skills

The successful candidate will have the following qualities and skills:

  • A commitment to meditation practice
  • Listens deeply and respectfully to a wide range of perspectives
  • Accommodates a variety of energies and personalities
  • Familiarity with financial reports and financial management
  • Excellent written and verbal communication skills
  • Ability to bring out the strengths of staff and volunteers



The BSC Executive Director receives the following annual compensation:

–       Base salary of $43,000

–       Health insurance subsidy

–       Parsonage allowance

–       Free tuition at BSC and land center programs

–       Dental insurance

–       Two week paid vacation and three week paid retreat attendance

–       A downtown Boulder parking spot!

Selection Process

The BSC Director Search Committee will receive and review all applications. They will arrange interviews with the best-qualified candidates and invite participation from BSC’s staff and Governing and Community Council members. The Committee will identify their preferred candidate and refer this candidate to the Shambhala Board.

The successful candidate will aspire to the principles of Shambhala Warriorship, is a Vajrayana practitioner and a member of the Shambhala Community.