Retreat Center Director
Background of the Retreat Center
Diamond Mountain Retreat Center (DMRC) was founded 19 years ago. It was incorporated in the state of Arizona as a Buddhist religious non-profit organization on May 5, 1999.
Diamond Mountain is located in the quiet foothills adjoining Fort Bowie National Historic Site, in Southeastern Arizona, occupying 1040 acres, with 27 retreat houses, and a total capacity for 100
retreatants. It has a large temple and auditorium seating 150 people; and a new, extensive dining hall and food services building of 2500 square feet, legally approved to accommodate 150 people.
The principal activity at Diamond Mountain is to host retreat groups of all types though primarily within the Buddhist tradition of our founder, Je Tsongkapa (who lived 1357-1419). The center was founded by American Buddhists who were trained in this tradition by Khen Rinpoche, Geshe
Lobsang Tharchin (1921-2004) though we are not affiliated with any foreign religious organization.
We currently host two major Buddhist retreats per year, of 2 to 3 weeks in duration each attended by about 100 people along with other 10-day meditation retreats throughout the year.
Additionally, Diamond Mountain is host to individual retreaters that come from around the world for varying lengths of time, from 3 – 90 days, utilizing our specially built houses for the purpose of their personal transformation.
Throughout most of the year, we have smaller weekly classes in Buddhist philosophy and literature, and smaller retreats of about 20 to 30 people each throughout the autumn, winter, and spring.
Following traditional Buddhist guidelines which are over 2,000 years old, our founding members selected an ideally remote location for the Retreat Center.
- Position: Religious Retreat Center Director, Diamond Mountain Retreat Center
- Duration: Minimum commitment 3-5 years after 6-month performance evaluation & approval
- Compensation: Annual salary
- Housing: A separate, on-site director’s residence is provided with this position, and includes utilities, internet, and phone
- Benefits: Employer contribution to health insurance; payment of all visa application fees where required; 10 weeks paid vacation annually
- It is a plus that any candidate for this position should be a member of the Tibetan Buddhist tradition, in the specific Asian Classics Lineage of our founder, Je Tsongkapa (1357-1419).
- It is a plus that the candidate is an ordained monk or nun, in the specific Asian Classics Lineage of the Tsongkapa. In either case, the successful candidate should be able to perform religious rituals of the Buddhist tradition and administer religious rites. They should be trained and qualified extensively in this tradition and able to counsel individuals and groups concerning their spiritual, emotional, and personal needs.
- A successful candidate should have completed as many as possible of the traditional Buddhist and practical courses available from our specific lineage and even experience teaching them since these are the foundation of our organizational culture and retreat programs.
- The Retreat Center Director should have strong experience in company project management and directing staff for specific and diversified projects relating to both our physical facility; group retreats; and our unique, Buddhist educational programs. Recent projects at the center have included the construction of a commercial kitchen and cafeteria for 150 people; and the creation and paving of roads throughout sections of our substantial property of over 1,000 acres.
- The candidate should have strong personal skills, able to hire and oversee the workload of about 10 on-site full-time and part-time employees, as well as a substantial number of volunteers.
- Our candidate should have a strong background in responsible financial management for these projects, and our retreat center.
- The successful candidate should have proven religious non-profit fundraising skills, having helped to raise funds for the types of projects which our religious organizations support. Our capital construction budget for the past 5 years, for example, has been in excess of 3 million dollars.
- The candidate should be highly familiar with traditional Buddhist teachings of our specific lineage, in order to successfully maintain and develop new educational programs which relate to these teachings, for continuing to attract guests from America and worldwide, to our programs.
- The candidate should be well-versed in traditional Buddhist meditation and retreat skills since this is the specialty of our retreat center. This includes the oversight of both short-term and long-term individual and group retreats.
- The candidate should be well-trained in event production.
- The candidate should have strong computer and online skills, in order to market our retreat programs successfully to both Buddhist and other interested groups.
- The candidate should possess not only a strong Buddhist background, but also the technological training & state of mind required for oversight of the unique technical aspects of our physical facility, which includes for example solar and water systems, as well as a localized Wi-Fi network for emergency communication among retreat houses spread out over a large, natural mountain environment.
- Our tradition of Buddhism has a strong “healthy diet” and “exercise yoga” component; it is desirable if the candidate has a background in both.
- Our retreat center is located in a wilderness environment adjacent to Fort Bowie National Historic Site and as such is replete with centuries-old native traditions and history of the American Southwest. A successful candidate will have an appreciation for maintaining this botanical and native wildlife environment, which provides shelter for example for bears, bobcats, coyotes, javelina wild pigs, and foxes.
- The candidate should have skills in ensuring organizational compliance with local, state, and national rules and regulations, particularly those governing a non-profit religious organization.
- The candidate should exhibit strong Buddhist ethical and personal values, in accordance with our religious mission, and work well with both employees; local businesses and government; and with the retreat center’s board of directors.
- It is highly desirable that the candidate be available for a minimum of 3-5 years’ commitment to directing the retreat center.
Please send a cover letter and resume that include references to