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Staff position

Right Livelihood – Executive Director

You are people oriented. You are a collaborative problem solver. You communicate with skill. You are a strategic thinker. You want to deepen your connection to Buddhism and grow in wisdom. Insight Meditation Society (IMS) in Barre, Massachusetts is looking for you. 
IMS is a vibrant and healthy organization.
  • Our mission is as relevant today as it was when we started 40 years ago
  • Our retreats fill regularly with wait lists
  • Staff morale is high and retention is great
  • The Board is cohesive, engaged and highly committed
  • The financial and operations systems are well-established and resilient    
  • Our vision and strategies are clear and recently reaffirmed 
Leadership opportunities are those of a mature organization—responding to an increasingly diverse audience, facilitating professional and practice growth for staff and managers, developing multicultural competence at all levels, increasing efficiency of systems, expanding donor relations and supporting teacher succession.

If this opportunity interests you, please see the job posting or call current Executive Director Linda Spink at 978- 355-4378 ext. 235 to learn more. Application deadline September 15.

Volunteer positions

Working Guests – Month-Long

Month-long Working Guest positions are designed for those who want to volunteer at IMS and integrate practice with daily life. Working Guest volunteers work alongside our Facilities or Kitchen staff in exchange for meals, housing, and access to the retreat environment and staff community. Departmental assignments depend on applicants' skills and the needs of IMS at the time of service.

All of the 2016 Working Guest positions have been filled, although you are welcome to submit an application if you would like to be waitlisted.

2017 Openings

  • January - positions filled
  • February - positions filled
  • March - positions filled
  • April - 1 opening
  • May - positions filled
  • June - positions filled
  • July - 2 openings
  • August - 2 openings
  • September - 2 openings
  • October - 2 openings
  • November - 1 opening
  • December - 1 opening

If you are interested in applying, please do so here.


If you live locally and would like to be of ongoing support, please consider volunteering day-to-day.

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