Housekeeping Manager

Employment Position

Housekeeping Manager

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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 Global 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 the 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 are familiar with and live by Buddhist principles, including the 5 precepts and the 10 virtuous actions.  We strive to have an open heart, cultivate compassion and empathy for others whether co-workers, visitors or retreatants.  We are here to serve the Dharma first and foremost.

Tara Mandala Leadership Values can be reviewed here.

This is a residential position at Tara Mandala Retreat Center in Pagosa Springs, and includes room and board.  This position is hourly from 20 to 30 hours per week, and may increase to full time during retreat season.


Job Summary


  • Oversees all aspects of housekeeping for the Community Building, Prajna Residence Hall, Offices, and Retreat Cabins and provides assistance with Temple cleaning.
  • Manages Karma Yoga and Work Exchange participants assigned to Housekeeping during retreat programs and through off season to assure facilities are kept clean and tidy.
  • Oversees inventory of household and cleaning supplies, bedding and other linens, and orders new supplies when needed through Kitchen Manager
  • Reports repair issues, and other maintenance problems to Operations Director, Facilities Manager and/or Land Manager depending on nature of problem
  • Keeps eye out for the aesthetic qualities and assists with flower shopping and arranging, and oversight in Community Building, Prajna Residence, Offices, and Retreat Cabins.
  • Sets up rooms, including bedding, and other equipment, and ensures rooms are ready for guests and retreatants.
  • Works with Registrar on Prajna room assignments, as needed.
  • The Resident Housekeeper reports directly to the Operations Director.


Overview of Duties and Areas of Oversight


  • Under the direction of the Operations Director, the Resident Housekeeper of Tara Mandala oversees housekeeping duties of the Community Building, Prajna Residence Hall, Offices, and Retreat Cabins and works with the Temple Manager on assisting with cleaning needs.
  • As Resident Housekeeper, services approximately 10-15 staff members during non-onsite-retreat season (fall to early spring)
  • During retreat season, provide housekeeping services for 50 to 100 or more participants during retreat season. Responsible with the Director of Operations  for all housekeeping functions including:
    • Adherence to all Tara Mandala policies and Health Code standards, general sanitation, and cleanliness, including changing Covid protocols and restrictions.
    • Training other employees and volunteers assigned to housekeeping in methods of cleaning, sanitation, organization, and equipment usage, as needed.
    • Upholds Tara Mandala’s vision and mission while working with paid staff and program participants (some who may have no professional housekeeping experience).


Day to Day Responsibilities


  • Thoroughly clean rooms, common areas, meeting halls, dining rooms, offices and bathrooms. Use required cleaning supplies to disinfect and clean all areas. Ensure all surfaces are free of dirt, dust, stains, mold, and mildew.
  • Prepare rooms for incoming retreatants, including fresh linens for beds, towels in bathrooms and restocking supplies such as bathroom tissue, soap, shampoo, etc.
  • Assists in the cleaning of the Temple 5-6 hours per week under direction of the Temple Manager.
  • Clean Office in the Community Building once a week.
  • Cleans Community Building communal restrooms and bathing rooms once a week.
  • Periodically clean Retreat Cabins, when vacated and sets up for new retreatants as needed
  • Periodically cleans staff cabins when vacated and set up for new staff arrivals.
  • Empty wastebaskets and recycling and take out trash and recycling except in the Kitchen.
  • Keep window treatments clean and free of dust.
  • Restock cleaning supplies and paper goods, and other related items to sufficient levels for all three buildings
  • Check that all fixtures and equipment are in good working order such as vacuums, light bulbs, faucets, door knobs and locks, and report or replace as needed.
  • Assist Retreat Manager with the setup for programs and retreats, if needed.
  • Periodically turn mattresses, and check that bedding, cushions, and pillows are properly clean and in good condition.
  • Perform other related duties as required.
  • Assumes 100% responsibility for tidiness and cleanliness of Tara Mandala and all of its structures.
  • Creates monthly, weekly, and daily task lists and is responsible for following through to completion.
  • Knows and complies consistently with cleanliness standards, cleaning methods, retreat rules, policies. and procedures.
  • Working with the Retreat Manager, schedules and attends holds weekly meetings with housekeeping karma yogis or work exchange participants during retreat season.
  • Oversees community and retreatant stays, working with staff to improve whenever possible, including maintaining a meditative work space.
  • Participates as a member of the community in attending practice consistent with the Residential Agreement, and special events when possible.


Required Education, Skills, & Competencies


  • Two to three years of Housekeeping experience of similar size, scope, and complexity.
  • Physically able to operate cleaning equipment such as: vacuum cleaners, brooms, spray bottles, etc.
  • Not allergic to cleaning supplies (although we purchase scent free and biodegradable products whenever possible).
  • Capacity to remain compassionate and equanimous under pressure.
  • Can stick to schedules, and meet deadlines
  • Works well alone or with others in a team environment, and has good supervisory skills when working with karma yogis, and others
  • Ability to inspire and motivate others, as well as collaborate and build relationships effectively.
  • Clear and kind verbal communication skills, including the ability to hear and appreciate other points of view, including those of a diverse and cross-cultural nature.
  • Organized and resourceful with ability to prioritize, problem solve, and take initiative.
  • Adept in the Google Suite including emails and calendars or willing to learn.
  • Must be able to work non-traditional hours including evenings, weekends, and holidays during retreat season and occasionally during the off season.
  • Interested in Buddhist practice and connection to the lineages at Tara Mandala.
  • Attends monthly community council when offered – talking circles.
  • Upholds Tara Mandala Leadership Values and Code of Conduct and Ethics, Communication Agreement and Residential Agreement, and acts as a role model for residents.


Personal Characteristics


  • Organized
  • Empathetic and Compassionate
  • Independent, Problem solving and Responsible
  • Holds confidentiality, Integrity, Honest and Trustworthy
  • Dependable and Flexible


For residential positions: Tara Mandala’s Residential Agreement, including Code of  Conduct is available for review here. 

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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