Job Opportunities at Karmê Chöling

Welcome and thank you for your interest in joining our staff! We have two categories of workers as described below. We seek applicants with skills and work experience relevant to the position for which they are applying.

For important information about what we are seeking and offering, and to apply online, click on the Core Staff application link below. For more information email (email is the preferred initial contact).

RESIDENTIAL CORE STAFF form a community of practitioners dedicated to the vision of Shambhala. Having a current and established connection to Shambhala practice, study (classes and Levels), and volunteering within the community and to the Sakyong Mipham Rinpoche is necessary for these positions.


RESIDENTIAL CORE STAFF OPENINGS (for Shambhala practitioners):

Head of Guest Services - Leads the team responsible for reception, registration, housing, travel support and general service and support of our guests. Seeking applicants with good people skills, highly organized and detail-oriented yet flexible; experience using database software or comfortable with learning. Supervisory experience preferred.

Development Manager - Assists the Director of Development in upholding and representing the view of richness, wealth and generosity at Karmê Chöling, cultivating and encouraging its expression in all forms. Implements the overall development strategy, especially all operational needs, and facilitates the development efforts to reach our annual target. Maintains gift and donor records, sends timely gift acknowledgments and pledge reminders, produces gift reports, manages fundraising events, produces annual reports and implements donor communication and appeals. Experience with Excel, Word and PowerPoint is essential, along with a delight in details. Experience in accounting, special events or development a big plus.

IT Support Specialist - Responsible for managing the technology situation including: maintaining workstations, ensuring access and reliability of the internal network, administering the Google Apps domain, managing efforts to enhance and maintain Wordpress and PHP based websites, and being a resource for other technological needs. Skills include: Technical Mac and Windows workstations support, software application support, project management, end-user training, functional requirements gathering, familiarity with networking technology, technical resource and vendor management.  Web development and PHP programming skills are a plus.

Programs Manager - A leadership role, the programs manager is responsible for supervising the day-to-day activities of the Programs Department, such as supervising and mentoring coordinators, facilitating interdepartmental communication, and maintaining and updating various management systems. Works closely with assisting the Director of Programs in a variety of projects, including editing and creating various manuals, checklists, and training curriculum for coordination. Handles ordering materials for programs, training guest coordinators, leading weekly meetings, and prepping and occasionally coordinating programs. Preferable a Tantrika. Experience coordinating Shambhala programs is required.

Retreats Assistant - Support the Retreat Master in a variety of activities, from maintaining the health of Karmê Chöling’s retreat cabins and their environs, to driving retreatants and their gear to and from their cabins, delivering water, managing the woodpile, chopping kindling, and tracking the department's supplies inventory. An established meditation practice of at least one year in the Shambhala tradition, the ability to lift 50 lb. water containers, and a valid driver's license required. Experience doing solitary cabin retreats and attendance at Sacred World Assembly preferred.

Marketing Specialist - Develop print and online marketing, fundraising and advertising material, prepare and send email communications, manage Karmê Chöling social media campaigns and provide administrative support to the Director of Communications. Additionally, the person in this role will assist in the planning, development and implementation of the overall marketing strategy for both online and print media.

Program Staffing Coordinator - Responsible for magnetizing, finding, and organizing qualified staff for all programs held at Karmê Chöling.  Communicates directly with Directors and Teachers to find a good fit for the staff mandala and the view of the director/teacher.  Clearly communicates view and role expectations for Guest Coordinators and Program Staff for all programs. Responsible for prepping and coordinating programs as needed. Experience staffing programs at your City Center is important and experience coordinating at Karmê Chöling preferred. Position opens in January.

Program Coordinator - A great opportunity to serve teachers, staff and participants while deepening one's own path. Prior experience coordinating Shambhala programs required. More advanced Shambhala practitioners desirable. Position opens in January.




PAID HOURLY NON-RESIDENTIAL positions are typically in the Kitchen and Housekeeping. Employees live in the local community and come from various backgrounds and religions. To apply or for more information email (no calls or walk-in appointments please).




To learn more about joining our community, and to apply for a position, please follow these links:

Core Staff Online Application

Summer Volunteer Program Online Application

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