Halifax Shambhala Center Executive Director Search (updated)



We are looking for a courageous individual (or individuals) who is inspired to be the Executive Director of the Halifax Shambhala Center.  This is a unique opportunity to manifest equanimity and fearlessness in support of our community.

Note: updated description & extended deadline for applying, August 31st, 2019

First Steps:

A search committee was formed by the Pillar of Government with input from the outgoing Halifax Executive Director Michelle Munro.

Community Engagement Meetings were held from Feb 14th-16th to explore the following three questions:

  1. What do you appreciate about the center and the leadership?
  2. What are we as a community being called to be at this time?
  3. How does that inform the qualities of the next director?

Those who attended reported great appreciation for Michelle Munro and the work she has done as the Director over the last several years. There were also expressions of appreciation for the center itself, and its ability to bring together diverse groups such as various meditation traditions, contemplative arts groups such as Kalapa Cha, etc. The center is a hub of community and conversation within the common goal of enlightened society. The community is also becoming acutely aware of pain and harm that has existed in our community for a long time. Some people reported feeling not welcome or respected or supported by other members of the community.

Everyone who participated expressed deep appreciation and cares about the center and wants to see it continue and flourish.

What we are seeking:

This has brought about a strong desire to enter a phase of community engagement to foster an environment of respect, and utilize skillful means to increase participation from a diverse and broad representation of the local community.  We are presented with a unique opportunity to embrace our wisdom as we engage with social change.  There is a yearning for communication and connection. The community feels the need for improving transparency and governance structures.  New governance structures will need to be explored during this next period. The Halifax Shambhala Centre has maintained sound financial management based on guidelines established by the local community and it is important to continue that financial well-being. We feel it is critical to continue with a paid director.

This is a turning point in Shambhala and for the Halifax Centre. This is an opportunity for a new Director or Co-directors to inspire and help create a healthy environment within which the community can move forward in a fresh direction in uncharted waters.

Qualities of the new Director or Co-directors for HSC:

We are primarily looking for one or two people who are inspired to lead our community through a period of growth and healing described above.  We envision that person to be:

  • Inclusive, open-minded
  • Skilled or can magnetize skills in community collaborative processes, facilitating a diversity of events
  • Willingness and inspiration to create and participate in Governance
  • Able to work with conflict and diverse views
  • Dedicated to their own path of meditation practice
  • Skilled at management and team leadership
  • Skilled at communication and comfortable with public speaking
  • Member of a Shambhala Centre
  • Shambhala Vajrayana student

Desirable qualities:

  • Comfortable with technology — such as gmail, social media and familiar with the Shambhala database
  • Familiar with Halifax

Compensation: Salary of $35,000 per year, plus medical benefits, 4 weeks of vacation and Shambhala International program benefits.  Compensation and benefits for Co-directors to be determined.

Term duration: Negotiable, minimum 1 year.

Next Steps

We appreciate any interest in the leadership of the Halifax Shambhala Center.  If you are interested in this position please contact [email protected] with any questions or to apply.

We will be accepting applications until August 31st, 2019.  Ideally the position will start in September, 2019.

Update, May 13th:

A couple of questions and changes have arisen over the past few weeks:

Who is on the Director Search Committee?

There have been some changes in the Search Committee.  Acharya Eve Rosenthal has left the committee due to her commitments to the busy summer teaching schedule.  We appreciate and send thanks for the work she has put into the process so far.  Meanwhile we have also had requests from some members of the community to increase the size of the committee in order to broaden the representation.  A few people were nominated and have now been invited to join the Director Search Committee.  We also continue to invite further nominations until the end of May.  We are excited to welcome the new members:  Amanda Hester and Geoff Crinean.  The Interim Board recognizes and supports these changes.

What is the process?

We will be accepting applications until the end of May.  We encourage anyone who is inspired to engage as a leader at this time to apply.  Applications can be sent to [email protected] as a resume together with a brief practice history and a letter of inspiration and interest in the position.  We plan to review the applications and conduct interviews in June.  The Director Search Committee will then select a new Director, by consensus.  Following agreement by Cynthia MacKay, the Center Support representative with Shambhala Global Services, and the Interim Board, a Letter of Agreement / Employment Contract will be signed between the new Director and Cynthia. Michelle Munro will then work with the new Director for a transitional period.

Thank you all for your interest and participation in this process.  We encourage you to continue to nominate individuals who you think are well suited to the Halifax Director role and invite them to submit their application by the end of May.

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