Posted on December 28, 2012
Iyengar Yoga Association of Greater New York
Iyengar Yoga Association of Greater New York - Executive Director
The Iyengar Association of New York (IYAGNY), a 501c3 non-profit organization, was formed by a dedicated and inspired group of teachers and practitioners in 1987 as a regional branch of the Iyengar Yoga National Association of the United States (IYNAUS).
Now in its 25th year, IYAGNY is primed for expansion. With an annual operating budget of $1.4M, and offering more than 70 classes per week to hundreds of students at all levels from its flagship teaching Institute in Chelsea, it serves approximately 1,500 members in the four states of its charter—New York, New Jersey, Connecticut, and Pennsylvania. It will open its second facility in Brooklyn in summer 2013.
Reporting to the board of directors, the executive director (ED) will have the overall strategic and operational responsibility for IYAGNY's staff, programs, expansion, and the implementation of IYAGNY's mission: to support the teaching of Iyengar yoga throughout our region, to establish a central place for study and teaching that would embody the highest standards of a transformational practice of yoga, and to connect our practitioners with others in the United States, throughout the world and to the source of our inspiration, B.K.S. Iyengar, our teacher.
Fund Development and External Relations
- Serve as an enthusiastic ambassador and spokesperson for IYAGNY;
- Lead a robust and creative fund development effort – with a minimum of 50% of time devoted to this aspect of the job – by cultivating members, students, donors and new sources of support; execution of strategic events; and conceiving of inventive earned income strategies; especially with regards to the Brooklyn Institute Campaign;
- Grow contributed income by a minimum of 15% annually to ensure continued financial stability and ability to meet programmatic goals as determined in the strategic plan
- Identify and secure new sources of support and deepen relations with core groups of funders;
- Increase awareness and promote IYAGNY's brand and public image to raise public profile/understanding;
- Position IYAGNY teachers as expert resources on the Iyengar method and yoga philosophy in the media; to the healthcare industry, and to yoga practitioners of all methods; and
- Maintain strong working relationship with the Iyengar Yoga National Association of the United States (IYANUS) and other regional associations.
- Maintain a collaborative working relationship with the president and all board members to ensure that governance and management are aligned, allocating approximately 25% of time to this essential activity;
Engage individual board and advisory board members, helping to capitalize on their strengths and capabilities, channeling their energies toward IYAGNY's mission and projects;
Implement board policies, goals, and objectives, and – in conjunction with the board president, executive committee, and committee chairs – collaborate in planning and managing all board meetings and committee meetings as required; and
Assist in identifying, recruiting and developing new board members.
- In collaboration with Institute Council (IC), Institute faculty, and board, provide direction and oversight to the Institute’s regular schedule of classes and workshops; identify new programs for specific populations (e.g. CEU program for MDs, physical therapists, and other healthcare professionals; proprietary programs for corporate and/or educational groups);
In cooperation with Association Director and board committees, develop outreach programs to engage with Association teachers and students across the four states.
- Work closely with all IYAGNY stakeholders, including the board of directors, association teachers, Institute faculty and staff, and advisory board;
Implement the strategic plan in collaboration with the board of directors and other key players;
Ensure day-to-day operations of the Institute are efficiently organized and administered;
Oversee and monitor IYAGNY's budgets and finances in partnership with the board treasurer, and the finance committee as well as the auditor;
Supervise Director of Finance and Administration; consultants and vendors as needed.
The ideal candidate will bring the following experience and qualifications:
- A minimum of a B.A. degree with executive-level management and leadership responsibility with non-profit organizations or public sector offices;
A track record as an effective communicator, including the presence and credibility to serve as an enthusiastic spokesperson for IYAGNY;
Demonstrated skills in envisioning and setting strategic direction, building communities, creating and implementing short-term goals and long-range plans, and seeking and obtaining buy-in from a range of constituencies;
Media contacts and an ability to manage the press and integrate new media and social media;
Strong communications, financial management and analytic skills, combined with a record of success in motivating people;
Enthusiasm for and a commitment to fundraising, with an understanding of cultivating and securing support from individuals and institutional funders as well as earned income;
Familiarity with Iyengar Yoga and the Iyengar community and/or other yoga schools a plus.
An individual with a naturally consultative and participative management style who works well with others and is decisive;
A strong leader of integrity who is self-confident and engenders trust and confidence among all of IYAGNY's constituencies;
Committed to IYAGNY's core mission, with an informed passion for yoga practice and/or self-study.
Interested candidates should submit cover letter, résumé and salary requirements to ED@iyengarnyc.org
No phone calls, please.