SF Shambhala Seeking New Director

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The Shambhala Center of San Francisco is pleased to announce our search for a new Center Director. Our current director, Alex Van Gils will be stepping down in May.

We are seeking individuals who possess leadership and interpersonal communication skills, as well as a demonstrated commitment to practice, retreat, and study.

The San Francisco Shambhala Center’s Center Director Search Committee will begin to review applications on March 20th.

Download a PDF of the full job description and qualifications.

Job Description
Director of the Shambhala Center of San Francisco

To apply for this position please submit a letter of interest and resume to:
[email protected]

Summary of Position
The director is the primary regional and international Shambhala leadership representative at the San Francisco Shambhala Center. They represent the Northern California Shambhala region at the local level, and the San Francisco Shambhala Center on the regional level.
As Center Director their primary role is as a facilitator, mentor, and coach for San Francisco Shambhala Center leaders, volunteers, and members. They support others on the path of leadership and service in order to embody Enlightened Society as a Shambhala community and support Enlightened Society in San Francisco.

As Chair of the Governing Council the director will facilitate council meetings to bring out the wisdom and clarity of the group, while simultaneously holding responsibility for the integrity of the lineage. Together with the council they are responsible for developing and guiding a local strategy that supports the regional strategic plan developed by the NCS Regional Board.

The director also helps develop financial and organizational operations in the context of the recent financial unification of Northern California Shambhala, the Berkeley Shambhala Center and San Francisco Shambhala Center.



  • Serve on the Northern California Shambhala Regional Board.
  • Contribute to regional and local programming under the unified model.
  • Work with the regional director to develop local strategy.
  • Chair the San Francisco Shambhala Center Governing Council.
  • Study and train as a Shambhala leader.



  • Support the San Francisco Shambhala Community through relationship with members and community meetings.
  • Provide outreach to the greater San Francisco community.
  • Support and attend monthly feasts, open houses and community events as much as possible.



  • Develop Center Membership.
  • Works with Center Chagdzo to oversee local budget and finances.
  • Responsible for the dignity of the center environment.


Reports to the Regional Director
As a regional employee, the center director reports directly to the NCS Regional Director regarding the ongoing development of the SF Shambhala Center and community, as well as the SF Shambhala Center’s participation in regional planning.

Serves on the Regional Board
As the local government representative, the center director serves as a member of the Regional Board of Directors, participating in key discussions regarding regional planning, budgeting and expenditures; as well as serving on regional committees according to their
inspiration and talents.

Interested in community building. Possess leadership skills and experience,
strong interpersonal communication and conflict resolution skills, ability to work
with diverse and multi-identified groups of people, and demonstrated commitment
to practice, retreat, and study.Preferred Qualifications

Preferred Qualifications
1. Devotion and commitment to the Shambhala Lineage.

  • Identifies the Sakyong as their principle spiritual teacher
  • Has completed Enlightened Society Assembly and Ideally Sacred World Assembly.
  • Is committed to ongoing practice and study in the Shambhala Lineage.

2. Commitment to the SF Shambhala Community.

  • Identifies the SF Shambhala Center as their home center.
  • Lives in San Francisco.

3. Leadership Experience

  • Leadership experience in Shambhala.
  • Knowledge and experience in the non-profit or business worlds
  • Willingness to continue to train as a leader.

4. Community Oriented

  • Interested in supporting and caring for center members.
  • Able to magnetize community involvement in the center.
  • Interested in greater Shambhala participation in the local community.


Monthly Hours Estimate (40 hrs. total)

  • Bi-monthly regional executive team meetings
  • Bi-monthly regional operations team meetings
  • Support local programming in San Francisco
  • Attend two Wednesday dharma night and two Sunday open houses
  • Attend monthly governing council/executive team meetings
  • Attending monthly Shambhala Sadhana feasts
  • New member Interviews
  • Meeting with members
  • Emails



  • $1000 a month stipend
  • Regional programs for free


Northern California Shambhala is an Equal Opportunity Employer
The above statements are intended to describe the general nature and level of work being performed by people assigned to this job. This description is not intended to be construed as an exhaustive list of all the responsibilities, duties and skills required.

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