FYD Program Coordinator

Employment Position

FYD Program Coordinator

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This is a part-time, offsite (remote employee) position of 16-24 hours a week. A few weeks will be more hours, up to 40 hours when a virtual or in-person retreat is being offered. The position has the potential of growing into a full-time position over time.

About Tara Mandala

Tara Mandala is a vibrant international Buddhist Community with groups around the world. It was established in 1993 by Lama Tsultrim Allione and her late husband, David Petit, to foster the development of innate wisdom for the benefit of all beings.  The hub of the Tara Mandala community is the 700-acre dharma center in Pagosa Springs, Colorado. Through the center and the Satellite Sanghas, Tara Mandala offers a complete path of meditation practice, study, and deep retreat in the tradition of Vajrayana Buddhism. Tara Mandala is dedicated to bringing people to realization through Buddhist teachings. Tara Mandala is committed to fostering a welcoming atmosphere for all people to explore the teachings of the Buddha, and we are committed to cultivating a community that values diversity and inclusion.

 “Tara Mandala was created to bring people together to support each other, practice, and do retreat in order to reach realization. The second purpose of Tara Mandala is to be a temenos for the emergence of the sacred feminine, through the lens of Vajrayana, leading to the balance of genuine partnership between the masculine and feminine in our world.” – Lama Tsultrim Allione

Tara Mandala seeks candidates who strive to have an open heart, cultivate compassion and empathy for others whether co-workers or program participants.  Ideally individuals who have some background or interest in Buddhism and meditation practice will thrive in this role.  

All Staff must review, sign, and adhere to Tara Mandala’s Code of Conduct and Ethics and Tara Mandala Leadership Values.

About Feeding Your Demons

Feeding Your Demons® (FYD) is an accessible and effective approach for dealing with negative emotions, fears, illnesses, and self-defeating patterns. Inspired by the Tibetan Buddhist practice of Chöd Practice, Lama Tsultrim Allione developed FYD as a five-step process that guides the practitioner to transform their demons into protective allies through a sequence of illuminating questions and visualizations. The work transcends spiritual constructs, serving as a meaningful tool for anybody, regardless of religious affiliation or personal philosophy.

Experience with the FYD method and Tara Mandala FYD Courses would be an important asset for the successful candidate.


Job Summary

  • Provides overall administrative support for the FYD Certification Program and related offerings, which is a year-long online Buddhist or Secular study and practice program designed for therapists, coaches, and facilitators.
  • Works closely with the Director and the primary FYD teachers in the ongoing  development and growth of the FYD program, including outreach, creating systems, and supporting new program development.
  • Communicates with program participants, and other correspondences.
  • Manages the program budget with the Director, and helps to prepare annual budgets.
  • Sets up and provides online moderation and technical support for online courses.
  • Monitors and supports Certified FYD Facilitators, including administering annual requirements and fee payments.


Duties and Areas of Oversight

Administration of the Certification Program:

  • Manages cohort participants’ application process, review and approval with the Director.
  • Maintains a participant database that tracks progress, program completion, finances, etc.
  • Works with the Finance Department on payments, scholarship requests, and refund approvals.
  • Coordinates the Continuing Education Units (CEU) process – application and ongoing requirements for maintaining the CEU status for FYD certification program.
  • Oversees and manages the budget for the FYD Certification Program and subsequent programs, including integrating data and reports from the Finance Department.
  • Conducts research and analysis of possible growth and development of the FYD program at Tara Mandala, including developing a separate FYD Institute.

Online Programs Coordination:

  • Oversees and coordinates FYD online programs and associated courses as directed by the Director of the FYD Certification Program. 
  • Works closely with the Tara Mandala Programs team.
  • Prepares content copy for modules and weekly emails for FYD Online Programs.
  • Organizes and facilitates webcasts for live FYD programs.
  • Coordinates with teachers regarding webcasts and content.
  • Responds to participant and customer emails regarding programs and refers specific questions to the teacher/s.
  • Monitors discussion forums and responds to customer questions.
  • Liaises with Webmaster to ensure programs are listed on the Tara Mandala website and content are up to date and accurate.
  • Liaises with the Marketing team to ensure timely and effective marketing campaigns for the FYD Online Training Program.

Administration of Certified FYD Facilitators:

  • Maintains a current database of Certified FYD Facilitators
  • Monitors the FYD online community platform (Mighty Networks)
  • Works with the Finance Department to ensure facilitators have paid their annual fees
  • Organizes continuing education for Certified FYD Facilitators


Required Education, Skills & Competencies

  • Significant experience in project management.
  • Excellent organizational skills.
  • Experience in producing and/or coordinating education courses or retreats, and/or in teaching courses, especially online preferred.
  • Excellent writing skills.
  • Experience in, and skilled at public relations.
  • Experience working with remote team members and willingness to work some pre-scheduled weekends (webcast facilitation).
  • Interest or experience in creating excellent learning experiences in the online environment.


Personal Characteristics

  • A regular meditation practice is preferred. 
  • Connection to the lineages at Tara Mandala preferred.
  • Have excitement about being part of emerging Dharma in the West.
  • Advanced interpersonal skills, including the ability to hear and appreciate other points of view, including those of a diverse and cross-cultural nature.
  • Strong understanding and demonstrated ability to work professionally in an organization  that values high levels of honesty, integrity and ethical conduct.
  • Upholds Tara Mandala Leadership Values and Code of Conduct and acts as a role model.
  • Ability to maintain composure and professionalism in demanding situations.
  • Ability to incorporate feedback into improved performance.

Physical Requirements:

  • Prolonged periods of sitting (or standing) at a desk and working on a computer.


Other Duties: This job description is not designed to cover or contain a comprehensive listing of activities, duties or responsibilities that are required of the employee. Other duties, responsibilities and activities may change or be assigned at any time as needed by the organization.

Tara Mandala is an equal opportunity employer and seeks diversity with respect to race, religion, ethnicity, culture, gender, age, sexual orientation, and physical abilities. 

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