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Current Job Openings Enjoy meaningful service while supporting Vallecitos as we prepare to reopen for in-person retreats in 2022. Registration...

Current Job Openings

Enjoy meaningful service while supporting Vallecitos as we prepare to reopen for in-person retreats in 2022.

  • Registration & Development Manager
  • Facility Manager
  • Coming soon: Retreat Managers, Head Cooks, Assistant Cooks, Maintenance Staff

 


Registration & Development Manager

Vallecitos Mountain Retreat Center, a remote Buddhist based retreat center, is seeking a part-time Registration & Development Manager to execute a variety of administrative tasks. Responsibilities include managing all aspects of participant registrations, communication for all guest inquiries, handling all scholarship applications as well as supporting fundraising efforts.  This person reports to the Executive Director.

Enjoy flexible hours while working from home making a difference in the Dharma. Approximately 15-20 hrs/wk based in Durango, CO. Retreat center is in northern NM. $19-22/hr depending on skills and experience.

Responsibilities:

  • Managing all guest registrations including payments, pre-retreat notices, cancellations, transfers, discounts, room assignments, travel logistics, special diet requests and more through Retreat Guru software.
  • Loading all program and registration information into our Retreat Guru software.
  • Managing and tracking all scholarship applications and awards with a keen sense of diversity, equity and inclusion.
  • Manage the Vallecitos phone as emergency contact for retreat opening days.
  • Provide support for the teachers with travel questions, registration lists, lottery and waitlist requests.
  • Coordinating offsite logistics such as shuttle and travel day emergencies.
  • Managing all guest relations including responding to the organization’s general email, phone, and website requests.
  • Assisting the Executive Director with fundraising campaigns and development efforts.
  • Tracking sustaining donors monthly gifts, following up on any lapsed donors.
  • Manage importing and exporting data into our donor management system.
  • Generating thank you letters for donor gifts and conducting designated thank you calls.
  • Tracking calls and information in our donor management system. 
  • Travel to the retreat center a few times a season to stay overnight as support for staff and to become familiar with onsite operations.
  • Assist Executive Director with projects as appropriate.

Requirements:

  • An understanding of Dharma and Buddhism
  • Must have attended at least one silent meditation retreat
  • Must have an understanding of diversity, equity and inclusion work.
  • Strong interpersonal (written and oral) skills with sensitivity to race, age, gender, ability, class…
  • Team oriented with the ability to work independently
  • Detail oriented with ability to hold many tasks at once (strong planning and organizational skills)
  • Solid computer skills. Will use at a minimum Microsoft Office, Retreat Guru registration software, Bloomerang donor management software.

Availability:

  • It is our intention for this position to start in January 2022. Position is year-round with more responsibilities falling in the spring and summer due to our retreat schedule.

Benefits:

  • We offer fair compensation as a W2 employee.
  • Staff is offered one retreat per season at Vallecitos at no charge.
  • Vallecitos covers the cost of approved training.
  • Flexible hours and ability to work from home.
  • Vallecitos covers mileage to and from the center for approved visits.

Interested parties please email a letter of interest and resume to director@valleictos.org. Please include:

  • Why you believe you are an ideal candidate for the position
  • If you have ever been to Vallecitos before or your connection with the organization
  • Your related experience
  • Your availability
  • Your contact information

Posted 11/3/21


Facility Manager

Vallecitos Mountain Retreat Center, a remote Buddhist based retreat center, is seeking a full-time Facility Manager to tend to and oversee the care and maintenance of the retreat center. Responsibilities include managing all maintenance of the land and facilities, overseeing onsite staff and safety, coordinating projects and resources for the land, as well as caring for guests facility based needs. This person reports to the Executive Director.

Job is partially based at the retreat center (half time during season) and the rest is based at home. Enjoy tending to this beautiful refuge while making a difference in the Dharma. Retreat center is in northern NM. Annual salary of approximately $40,000-$48,000 depending on skills and experience.

Responsibilities:

  • Oversee all land and facility maintenance and projects (135 acres and approximately 35 structures including tents, yurts, casitas and outbuildings) 
  • Hiring, training, managing and scheduling of maintenance staff (people to back up the facility manager when not on site and for project work)
  • Acting as On Site Manager for all onsite staff.
  • Researching solutions, sourcing vendors, and getting bids for any work needed
  • Coordinating vendors (propane, solar, inspections, etc.)
  • Responsible for safety measures including emergency plan updates and execution as well as onsite medical inventory
  • Coordination and management of opening and closing the center each season
  • Coordination and management of volunteer work weekends 
  • Ensuring proper maintenance and function of irrigation, water/well, vehicles, solar systems, generators, etc.
  • Driving guest shuttle on opening and closing day of retreats (30 minutes each way)
  • Play an active role in supporting grants for the land and workers (i.e. Americorps)
  • Assisting retreat manager with timely guest response/communication with facility related needs
  • Conducting/coordinating two weekly town runs (1-1/2 hours each way to transport laundry, food, trash, recycle, supplies, etc.)
  • Tree management in high traffic areas including collecting and ensuring enough firewood for operations 
  • Monitoring trash, recycle and compost efforts
  • Maintaining barbed wire fencing of the property
  • Trail maintenance and familiarity with trail system
  • Active member of the land committee

Requirements:

  • Welcoming disposition and ability to interact with guests and staff with varying needs and expectations
  • An understanding of mindfulness and willingness to practice 
  • Team oriented with the ability to work independently and manage others
  • Solid planning and organization skills given our remote location 
  • Good knowledge of the skills, equipment and materials needed to maintain the retreat center facilities and keep the center in good working order. (using a chainsaw, tractor, generator, power tools, etc.)  
  • Fully participate in staff training/resources to support creating a community of belonging, with sensitivity to identities that include race, gender, sexual orientation, and more.
  • CPR/Wilderness First Aid Certified or ability to acquire
  • Position requires lifting, carrying, pushing/pulling up to 50 pounds or more.

Availability:

  • Position starts in April of 2022. 
  • Position is year-round with the majority of responsibilities falling between mid April and early November due to our retreat schedule and location.
  • This person is required to live at the retreat center approx 50% of the time between late April and the end of October. The remainder of the job is performed from home. 
  • When this position is not onsite, essential onsite duties are performed by a maintenance staff person. Flexibility is required to create a mutually agreed upon schedule to ensure coverage at the center and appropriate breaks off site.  

Benefits:

  • We offer fair compensation as a W2 employee.
  • Onsite staff is provided gourmet vegetarian meals and single occupancy heated accommodation. (Please note there is no electricity to any of the accommodations at Vallecitos.)
  • Staff is offered one retreat per season at Vallecitos at no charge.
  • Staff is invited to attend sits/talks during retreats when teachers allow.
  • Vallecitos covers the cost of approved training (CPR, Wilderness First Aid, Diversity, Equity and Inclusion, and more).

Interested parties please email a letter of interest and resume to director@valleictos.org. Please include:

  • Why you believe you are an ideal candidate for the position
  • If you have ever been to vallecitos before or your connection with the organization
  • Your related experience
  • Your availability
  • Your contact information

Posted 11/16/2021


*Please check back again as we will be posting more job openings as we prepare for the 2022 season. We will be hiring Retreat Managers, Cooks and Maintenance Staff.*