Job Posting: Center Manager


Summary Description

The Berkeley Shambhala Center, part of the Northern California region, is seeking a part-time Center Manager, who will collaborate with our Interim Director of Practice and Education, Elena Oxman, and report to our incoming Center Director, Arelly Sanchez-Shackett. We seek an individual who understands and embodies the Shambhala vision and feels inspired to provide administrative leadership on scheduling and communications, membership, rentals, finances, and facilities. Ideal candidates work well balancing a variety of  tasks, communicate clearly, enjoy relating to details, and strive to cultivate a culture of kindness throughout the Center.

This vital role provides ample opportunity to practice and embody the Shambhala teachings, and to support others on the path of leadership and service. The Berkeley Center and the greater East Bay community that surrounds it is composed of a richly diverse population. Therefore, it is important that the Center Manager support and encourage the broadest inclusion and accessibility within the center itself and in its outreach and welcoming activities.


Summary of Responsibilities

  • Scheduling & Communications
    • Chair Executive Committee
    • Maintain Center schedule for all local and regional programs, ongoing offerings, and rentals
    • Oversee publicity of all programs and events
  • Membership
    • Produce nyida days
    • Support Membership Coordinator in growing and enriching membership
    • Meet with new members and coordinate volunteers
  • Rentals
    • Work with Rental Manager to liaise with new rentals
    • Work with current renters, neighboring tenants, and landlords to ensure harmony
  • Administration and Finances
    • Support Center Director with fundraising
    • Support Chagdzo with proper accounting and dues collection
  • Facilities
    • Work with Center Custodian to ensure center cleanliness
    • Keep office and other rooms tidy and uplifted and supplies in stock


General Qualifications

  1. Strong leadership and communication skills
  2. Interest and commitment to community building
  3. Ability to skillfully work with our diverse community and support and encourage engagement on issues of identity, marginalized groups, etc.
  4. Demonstrated commitment to practice, study and retreat
  5. Willingness to work in a role that can be both intensely solitary and highly social
  6. Able to manage time effectively and work both alone and in collaboration with diverse groups.
  7. Excellent listening skills


Preferred Qualifications

  1. Commitment to the Shambhala Lineage
    • Inspired by the Sakyong in the vision of creating enlightened society
    • Has completed Rigden Weekend
    • Is committed to ongoing practice and study in the Shambhala Lineage
  2. Commitment to the Berkeley Shambhala Community
    • Identifies the Berkeley Shambhala Center as their home center
    • Lives in the East Bay
  3. Leadership Experience
    • Knowledge and experience in the non-profit or business worlds
    • Willingness to continue to train as a leader
    • Ability to effectively inspire, manage, and empower volunteers in what is a primarily volunteer-run organization
  4. Community Oriented
    • Interested in supporting and caring for center members
    • Ability to skillfully address issues of diversity and inclusion of all marginalized groups
    • Able to magnetize community involvement in the center

Weekly Hours Estimate: 10 hours a Week



  1. $1000 a month stipend
  2. Regional programs for free


To apply please send the following to [email protected]:

  1. A letter of application outlining your qualifications and interest in this position,
  2. A brief resume (maximum 3 pages)
  3. Two references (at least one of which is outside the Shambhala mandala)

If you have questions about the position or application process, please contact Rees Sweeney-Taylor at [email protected]

We will begin reviewing applications immediately, on a rolling basis.

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 to be construed as an exhaustive list of all responsibilities, duties and skills required.