Open Volunteer Positions

Volunteer Executive Director



As the chief executive of the Tamalpais Shambhala Meditation Group, the Director is responsible to the Shambhala Pillar of Government and to the Sakyong Mipham, Rinpoche. The Director chairs and works closely with the Tamalpais Shambhala Council, which provides support and guidance by defining the Group’s values and goals. Holding the view of Basic Goodness, the Director is responsible for implementing and achieving these goals in collaboration with the Council and the Sangha.

The Director is also the public spokesperson for the Tamalpais Shambhala Group, and as such is the primary link between the Group and the higher Shambhala governing bodies and with the surrounding community of practitioners and non-practitioners alike. Tamalpais Shambhala is part of the network of Shambhala Centers and Groups that operate as the Northern California Region, and the Director works together with the other Centers and Groups of the area.


  • Profound commitment to the Shambhala path. The candidate should also be familiar with the cultural forms held in the Shambhala tradition.
  • Familiarity with The Six Ways of Ruling and the principles of Shambhala governance.
  • Strong background in leadership, with well-developed interpersonal and decision-making skills, including a demonstrated ability to address and resolve conflict in inspiring ways.
  • Ability to motivate and work well with others, seek and welcome suggestions and advice and reach decisions that take into account the wealth of others’ views and experience while remaining true to the lineage vision and governance of the mandala as a whole.
  • Respect for and sensitivity to cultural diversity.
  • Excellent oral and written communication skills.
  • Ability to lead by example and manifest patience, kindness, lungta and a sense of humor.
  • Candidate has completed The Sacred Path.
  • Time commitment will vary with the activities and goals of the Group. The Director’s responsibilities involve a flexible combination of hours, some evening meetings and occasional attendance at weekend programs.
  • Candidates are asked to make a commitment of three years.


SALARY AND BENEFITS:  This is a volunteer position. Benefits include tuition to programs at all Regional Centers and Groups.


The application consists of a letter and resume.  In the letter, please describe yourself, your interest in the position, and what you can bring to the Tamalpais Shambhala Meditation Group. Contact information for three references will be requested of candidates who advance to an interview. Please email your letter and resume to: Karen Walls, Search Committee Coordinator. Please send materials to Karen at: kjenwalls [at] yahoo [dot] com.