Job Openings

May 2021

Position:  Operations Manager 

Position overview:

Sky Lake, a Shambhala meditation and retreat center surrounded by a beautiful and drala rich environment in the Shawangunks, is looking for a friendly, organized person, who is also a Shambhala Buddhist practitioner, to be our Operations Manager. They should have excellent people and computer skills, and be eager to live in the Mid-Hudson Valley, at our center in Rosendale, New York. Duties include assisting with the daily operations of Sky Lake’s building, as well as greeting visitors, facilitating the care of the building and grounds, and possibly working on our website and calendars, while acting as the primary point-of-contact.  The Operations Manager is our on-site representative, a pivotal person in our organization, reporting  to the Sky Lake Board, who in turn works with Shambhala Global Services. 

Position responsibilities:

  • The Operations Manager provides a daily on-site presence at Sky Lake: establishing a culture of welcoming generosity as well as modeling our code of conduct as they welcome guests and facilitate the care of the building and grounds 
  • Ensures that all daily, weekly, monthly, and seasonal maintenance tasks are communicated to the Board and completed on time and as necessary
  • Assists in scheduling and maintaining internal and external calendars
  • Assists in maintenance of Sky Lake’s website,  https://skylake.shambhala.org/, and social media
  • Works within the confines of a tightly managed budget
  • Coordinates with the Board on all facilities-related purchasing
  • Performs regular inspections of the building systems, including some problem identification and troubleshooting, to ensure compliance with regulatory standards and annual safety inspections
  • Occasional use of power- and manual-hand tools
  • General operational support: cleaning and maintaining common areas and work areas daily.  
  • Occasional event support, including set-up and breakdown of events and meetings
  • Retrieve incoming and deliver outgoing mail at the Rosendale Post Office
  • Other unspecified duties related to functioning of building and programs.

 

Physical demands:  

The physical demands described here are representative of those that must be met by an incoming Operations Manager to successfully perform the essential functions of the job.  Reasonable accommodations may be made to enable an individual with disabilities to perform the essential functions.

Duties are performed year-round, mostly within the building, but with a portion out-of-doors. They include some office work (regular exposure to computer screen and extensive typing on computer may be required), cleaning, and (light) repairs. Local driving (for mail and supplies) and attendance at evening meetings may be required to carry out duties. The building at Sky Lake has three levels, and the topography surrounding it is uneven, wooded, and hilly. A certain amount of standing, walking, and hiking and some lifting of up to fifty (50) pounds as well as regular crouching, bending, kneeling, etc. are to be expected.

Required Training / Skill Sets:

    • Experience in hospitality and/or facilities management
    • Excellent communication skills (verbal and electronic)
    • Understanding of management, budgeting, critical thinking, and general professionalism in the workplace
    • Knowledge of basic computer systems including Word, Excel, Google documents / sheets, as well as Zoom, Facebook, and general familiarity with social media platforms
    • Ability to establish and maintain working relationships with staff, volunteers, guests, and the general community
    • Strong, demonstrated ability to work independently
    • Applicants must have a car in order to be able to live and work at Sky Lake
    • Applicants must also have health insurance. (New York offers various low cost quality insurance options via nystateofhealth.ny.gov and the deadline for this year has been extended to March 31 2021)
  • Unfortunately, we cannot under any circumstances accommodate pets.

 

Preferred qualifications:

  • Experience in hospitality, facilities management, or related fields
  • Comfortable with technology
  • An interest in deepening a personal practice that aligns with the mission of Sky Lake.

 

Classification:  In residence full-time, but no more than scheduled 10 hours per week. The Operations Manager need not be on-site at all times of the day, and may have other employment. 

Accountability:  This position reports directly to the Sky Lake Board.

Compensation:

  • Private, furnished, room with bathroom and balcony
  • Access to full commercial kitchen, dining room, two shrine rooms, laundry room, porches and 20 acres of woodlands and trails adjacent to Mohonk Preserve property (shared)

To apply, or to make further inquiries, please send an email of interest accompanied by your resume to [email protected].

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About Sky Lake
Sky Lake is a drala-filled jewel perched at the crest of Mountain Rd. in the Shawangunk Mountains. It sits atop the delightfully eccentric village of Rosendale, NY in the heart of the Hudson Valley, 2 hours north of NYC. This area of natural beauty draws rock climbers, nature lovers, artists, farmers, NYC weekenders and migrants and is referred to as the Buddha Belt.

As a Shambhala Land Center, Sky Lake offers the truly unique experience of an intimate container and supports a range of weekend and weeklong programming, including Core Shambhala Curriculum, Contemplative Arts, Family Programs, Acharya Visits, Vajrayana Programs, and Qigong and other teachings by Eva Wong. All of these are infused with the richness and potency of Sky Lake’s 20 acres of land, featuring meditation trails, a primordial pond and mountain vistas. Sky Lake also hosts rentals for like-minded organizations.

With approximately 75 members, Sky Lake‘s local community includes both new and senior practitioners, and both local and distance members (who joined after being inspired during retreat).  Monthly, during normal circumstances, we offer Open House, Dinners & Conversations, Sadhana of Mahamudra, Shambhala Sadhana, Circle Practice and Feast Practice, along with weekly Public Meditations that include Teachings & Discussion on Sundays.  Seasonal Shambhala celebrations are a joy for the larger community as well.

The building is an uplifted, welcoming, former mountain lodge with 2 shrine rooms and a large, sunny sitting & dining room that invites retreatants or community members to enjoy a cup of tea and read dharma from the surrounding bookshelves. There is an office, commercial kitchen, an apartment, a teacher’s room and 8 guest rooms, each with a bathroom.