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Dharma Drum Retreat Center (DDRC) is a non-profit Buddhist organization, focusing on the teaching and practicing of meditation.  This is a tranquil place that inspires compassion, peace and harmony of the mind and body.  We are looking for qualified people to join our team and be a part of our family.  If you are interested in it, please send your resume to apply@dharmadrumretreat.org. We will contact the qualified candidates to schedule an interview.




The Retreat Coordinator & Administrator is responsible for on-site administrative coordination of all retreats and programs at Dharma Drum Retreat Center. We are looking for a detail-oriented professional with a logistical management and customer service background. The general responsibilities of the position include but are not limited to the list below. Additional responsibilities may be assigned.


Job Description



  • Broad Range of Skills: Pre-program and on-site coordination for all retreats and programs.
  • Communication and Technology: Professional phone and email. Must be willing to learn skills as needed to create and post information on the website.
  • Logistical Planning: Planning all retreat details including but not limited to coordinating guest check-in, meditation hall set-up, practitioner rooming lists, work practice lists and special dietary needs.
  • Team Collaboration: coordinate with teachers, facilities, kitchen and other staff as needed.
  • Post-Retreat Needs: send surveys and photos to participants, invite participants to do retreat reports and post them on Facebook.
  • Financial Management: Process/track payments and donation income according to Dharma Drum Retreat Center’s
  • Office Management: answer phone calls and emails, support teachers and the monastic, be present at in-person retreats and be available for teachers and practitioners for questions and administrative duties as assigned.


Teacher Engagement


  • Logistics: Primary pre-program contact, responsible for ensuring teacher requests can be accommodated, including room set-up needs, handouts and administrative duties as requested.
  • Onsite Support: coordinate schedules, perform retreat-related administrative office work.


Service Perspective


  • Communication and Interpersonal Skills: required to network with a wide variety of individuals including practitioners, teachers, volunteers, and fellow staff members.
  • Service-oriented: Ability to be patient, gracious, and supportive in sometimes difficult and stressful situations; previous experience with customer service roles a plus.




  • Have a minimum of 2+ years of experience in event planning and management, retreat coordination or customer service.
  • Professional and pleasant personality.
  • Ability to multiple-task, detail-oriented and meet deadlines.
  • Excellent verbal and written communication skills.
  • Must have flexible schedule to cover weekend retreats
  • Skills MS Office, G-suite, FaceBook and Mailchimp or willing to learn.


Work schedule & Compensation


  • Part-time 20 hours per week
  • Compensation depending on experience




People in this position need to work together and oversee the daily operational tasks, menu’s recipe execution, food purchasing, sanitation, and safety. The general responsibilities of the position include but not limited to the listed below. Additional responsibilities may be assigned.


Job Description:


  • Create menus and prepare two meals per day for 10-15 people during the weekdays or three meals for 40-50 people during weekends when events are held.
  • Prepare only vegetarian meals following DDRC’s principles: 1) fresh, simple and healthy; 2) no onion, garlic, shallot, Chinese chives, meat and wine.
  • Be responsible for food purchasing, inventory control and the organization and cleanliness of the kitchen
  • Communicate effectively with the monastics, volunteers and staff.
  • Provide an environment following federal and state Workplace Safety, Food Safety, HACCP guidelines and polices.


Desired Qualifications:


  • Have a minimum of 2 years of experience in a professional/industrial kitchen.
  • Knowledge of Microsoft Office and/or Google Suite is required
  • Compassion, tact and kindness are needed to succeed in this position


Physical Demands & Work Environment:


Must be able to work under pressure and meet deadlines during peak periods

  • Good physical condition – position requires working on your feet for long periods of time
  • Reach, bend, stoop, push and/or pull, and be able to lift up to 20-25 pounds


Hours & Compensation


  • 10:30 am – 5:00 pm, 3 days a week. Have a flexible schedule to cover some weekends
  • Competitive salary depending on experience.


COVID-19 Considerations


Must be willing to follow NYS and DDRC Covid-19 protocols for serving our residents. Proof of updated Covid vaccination required.