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Vice President of Credentialing                                                                            

Yoga Alliance (YA) is the global, independent member organization that advances the development and livelihood of yoga professionals and advocates for safety and accessibility in yoga. A related public charity, the Yoga Alliance Foundation (YAF), is an emerging field leader in yoga-based social impact dedicated to increasing access to yoga for populations that have traditionally been under-served, under-represented, and marginalized in/by it.

Together, these two organizations support yoga teachers to more fully grow into their role as leaders in their communities. YA supports yoga teachers’ growth as professionals. YAF develops vehicles for direct social impact, such as programs that enable those professional teachers to serve within communities that have typically been excluded from yoga.

YA and YAF were founded to promote unity in yoga – so that all lineages, traditions and yoga organizations may thrive and all students may benefit from the gifts of yoga in the way that suits their needs best. We do this work so that the gifts of yoga can be offered safely and effectively to all.

The Vice President of Credentialing leads YA’s efforts to administer its credentials in integrity with YA standards and to support Yoga Alliance’s membership of credentialed teachers and schools. The Vice President’s role impacts three primary areas: administering and awarding Yoga Alliance’s credentials to qualified schools and teachers, membership development and retention, and working with other YA teams to develop and deliver services to members in support of their professional growth.

Responsibilities:

  • Oversee and manage the administration of Yoga Alliance’s credentialing and member support activities, including, but not limited to: credential application review, ensuring integrity with YA’s standards and consistency across application of those standards; member relationship development and management; telephone, email, and online member support; and, identifying and tracking data-driven metrics to inform YA’s understanding of its impact.
  • Act as one key listener and dialogue facilitator to yoga teachers, schools and students to ensure YA is serving the highest needs of our constituents to advance the field and promote teacher livelihood.
  • Serve as a visible spokesperson and champion for YA credentials with key stakeholders. Serve as an expert speaker on YA credentials at conferences and retreats, as needed.
  • Support the President & CEO to ensure YA delivers on its commitments.
  • Build and support high-performing teams of credentialing and membership support professionals to support YA’s strategic plan. Motivate and support career development of team members.
  • Ensure that all projects and partnerships achieve results on time and within budget.
  • Actively participate as a member of YA’s leadership team, including providing clear, accurate, and timely information; listening attentively; engaging other leadership team members and supporting their projects; promoting inter-departmental collaboration; and supporting full execution of the organization’s strategic plan in all departments.
  • Ensure timely and accurate reporting of departmental hours; billing (A/P and A/R); and results on strategic plan goals.
  • Additional duties as assigned.

Preferred Qualifications:

The VP of Credentialing plays a critical leadership role within Yoga Alliance and will require a unique combination of skills in the areas of membership service, team management, communications (oral and written), plus specific topic expertise across the breadth of yoga and yoga teaching. This person will have experience in the following areas:
 
  • Excellent team management capabilities, demonstrated by at least 10 years’ experience managing or leading teams at a high-profile not-for-profit, large foundation, management consulting firm, political campaign, start-up business, or investment firm.
  • Demonstrated commitment to advancing yoga and social impact through yoga through own working experience or volunteer activities.
  • Demonstrated commitment to integrity and excellence in their work, and experience leading others to new levels of effectiveness and programmatic impact.
  • Ability to put personal beliefs and opinions aside in service to organizational and field needs.
  • Strong oral and written communications skills.
  • Strong analytic skills with a track record of solving complex problems.
  • Capacity to work successfully in a startup organization or organizational turnaround initiative.
  • Exceptional interpersonal skills. In particular, strong relationship builder and communicator with experience leading inclusive work teams, developing an organization-wide strategy for program excellence, and partnering with a senior leadership team.
  • Impeccable assertiveness, tact, and diplomacy in handling confidential and sensitive issues.
  • Exemplary service ethic.
  • Sense of humor, interest in building a strong culture and high performing team.
  • Bachelor’s degree required; advanced professional degree preferred.

Vice President of Standards                                                                                      

Yoga Alliance (YA) is the global, independent member organization that advances the development and livelihood of yoga professionals and advocates for safety and accessibility in yoga. A related public charity, the Yoga Alliance Foundation (YAF), is an emerging field leader in yoga-based social impact dedicated to increasing access to yoga for populations that have traditionally been under-served, under-represented, and marginalized in/by it.

Together, these two organizations support yoga teachers to more fully grow into their role as leaders in their communities. YA supports yoga teachers’ growth as professionals. YAF develops vehicles for direct social impact, such as programs that enable those professional teachers to serve within communities that have typically been excluded from yoga.

YA and YAF were founded to promote unity in yoga – so that all lineages, traditions and yoga organizations may thrive and all students may benefit from the gifts of yoga in the way that suits their needs best. We do this work so that the gifts of yoga can be offered safely and effectively to all.

The Vice President of Standards will oversee the implementation and adoption of, and accountability to, updated industry-wide credentialing standards for yoga teaching and teacher training, and related efforts in ethics, inclusion, professionalism and conscious evolution in yoga teaching. In doing so, and working in partnership with the senior leadership team, the VP of Standards will have broad responsibilities to execute a plan to evolve, communicate, implement and maintain standards and will manage an existing team that supports credentialing of yoga teachers and teacher training programs, and oversight of accountability.

Responsibilities:

  • Provide senior leadership in the development and implementation of revised standards according to the YA strategy and operational plans.
  • Build an inclusive and non-coercive culture that meets the needs of YA members, partners, regulators and, ultimately, yoga students so that YA’s standards are broadly accepted and adopted.
  • Act as one key listener and dialogue facilitator to yoga teachers, schools and students to ensure YA is serving the highest needs of our constituents to advance the field and promote teacher livelihood and not imposing overly burdensome or confusing standards on the industry.
  • Serve as a visible spokesperson and champion for YA Standards with key stakeholders. Serve as an expert speaker on teaching standards at conferences and retreats, as needed.
  • Support the President & CEO to ensure YA delivers on its commitments.
  • Build and support a high-performing team of experts in YA standards and project management to support YA’s strategic plan. Motivate and support career development of team members.
  • Ensure consistency across application of YA standards and work in collaboration with outside partners to support implementation of YA standards in a variety of settings.
  • Ensure that all projects and partnerships achieve results on time and within budget.
  • Establish and maintain new critical partnerships. Build relationships with leadership across external stakeholder organizations as well as related industries.
  • Support organizational revenue through increased membership, business development, and sales, as necessary, to ensure the sustainability of the YA standards.
  • Ensure integration of standards efforts with the YA Educational programs.
  • Actively participate as a member of YA’s leadership team, including providing clear, accurate, and timely information; listening attentively; engaging other leadership team members and supporting their projects; promoting inter-departmental collaboration; and supporting full execution of the organization’s strategic plan in all departments.
  • Ensure timely and accurate reporting of departmental hours; billing (A/P and A/R); and results on strategic plan goals.
  • Additional duties as assigned.

Preferred Qualifications:

The VP of Standards plays a critical leadership role within Yoga Alliance and will require a unique combination of skills in the areas of strategy, project management, communications (oral and written), plus specific topic expertise across the breadth of yoga and yoga teaching. This person will have experience in the following areas:
  • Subject matter expert on yoga (across lineages and traditions), yoga teaching, yoga teacher training, and continuing education of yoga teachers. Minimum of 10-15 years of study required.
  • Demonstrated experience in leading change management efforts in complex industry-wide environments, while incorporating culture and values.
  • Excellent project management capabilities, demonstrated by at least 5-7 years’ experience managing or leading teams at a high-profile not-for-profit, large foundation, management consulting firm, political campaign, start-up business, or investment firm.
  • Demonstrated commitment to advancing yoga and social impact through yoga through own working experience or volunteer activities.
  • Exceptional interpersonal skills, in particular team building, listening, and facilitation skills.
  • Ability to put personal beliefs and opinions aside in service to organizational and field needs.
  • Exceptional flair for strategic thinking.
  • Strong oral and written communications skills.
  • Strong analytic skills with a track record of solving complex problems.
  • Capacity to work successfully in a startup organization or organizational turnaround initiative.
  • Strong relationship builder and communicator with experience leading inclusive work teams, developing an organization-wide strategy for program excellence, engaging community partners, and partnering with a senior leadership team and board of directors.
  • Demonstrated commitment to integrity and excellence in their work, and experience leading others to new levels of effectiveness and programmatic impact.
  • Ability to work under pressure and remain flexible and adaptable as needs and priorities change.
  • Impeccable assertiveness, tact, and diplomacy in handling confidential and sensitive issues.
  • Exemplary service ethic.
  • Sense of humor, ability to have fun, interest in building a strong culture and high performing team.
  • Bachelor’s degree required; advanced professional degree preferred.

Director of Education                                                                                             

Yoga Alliance (YA) is the independent member organization that advances the development of yoga professionals and advocates for safety and accessibility in yoga. A related public charity, the Yoga Alliance Foundation (YAF), is an emerging field leader in yoga-based social impact.

Together, these two organizations support yoga teachers to more fully grow into their role as leaders in their communities. YA supports yoga teachers’ growth as professionals, giving them tools to effectively bring yoga into their communities. YAF develops vehicles for direct social impact, such as programs that enable teachers to serve within communities that have typically been excluded from yoga.

YA and YAF were founded to promote unity in yoga – so that all lineages, traditions and yoga organizations may thrive and all students may benefit from the gifts of yoga in the way that suits their needs best. We do this work so that the gifts of yoga can be offered effectively to more people.

The Director of Education will plan and implement a comprehensive strategy for member and public education that aligns with and promotes YA’s vision and mission, offers inspiring and engaging content that showcases the breadth of yoga and yoga teaching, and provides value to membership/would be attractive to potential new members. The candidate will be responsible for all member and public education program development, developing content that supports Yoga Alliance members in elevating their teaching (including continuing education) and finds new ways to engage the public with yoga, and is delivered through creative and appealing mediums and vehicles. The candidate will be responsible for program evaluation and growth, curriculum development and providing continuing education to our members, and managing a small project management/production team.

Responsibilities:

  • Leads development of a comprehensive education program that supports YA’s approved vision, mission, and strategy, offers inspiring and engaging content that showcases the breadth of yoga and yoga teaching, and provides value to membership/would be attractive to potential new members
  • Formulates and recommends programs, goals and objectives for education programs
  • Creates, maintains, and evaluates educational content that supports internal and external stakeholders’ needs
  • Actively participates as a member of YA’s leadership team, including providing clear, accurate, and timely information to the CEO + COO; listening attentively; engaging other leadership team members and supporting their projects; promoting inter-departmental collaboration; and supporting full execution of the organization’s strategic plan in all departments
  • Acts as a liaison to other departments regarding education products and the education channel’s platform to elevate issues and subject matters
  • Manages, trains and develops education team
  • Works closely with MarComm which communicates education department initiatives
  • Reviews, evaluates and reports on education programs
  • Manages annual department budget and reviews monthly budget reports
  • Ensures quality control of education program products and deliverables
  • Manages and evaluates vendors and consultants as they relate to education services
  • Additional duties as assigned

Preferred Qualifications:

The Director of Education plays a critical leadership role within Yoga Alliance and will require a unique combination of skills in the areas of communications (oral, written, and visual), strategy, plus specific educational topic expertise. This person will have the following qualifications:

  • Subject matter expert on the field of yoga and/or yoga teaching
  • Minimum of eight years’ progressive professional responsibility for management and administration of comprehensive public/member education programs
  • Demonstrated commitment to advancing yoga and social impact through yoga through own working experience or volunteer activities; passion for doing good in the world
  • Leadership experience in the field of continuing education and CE credits
  • Track record of developing and fostering long-standing, mutually beneficial relationships with stakeholders (education providers, thought leaders, and partners)
  • Demonstrated commitment to integrity and excellence in their work, excitement to lead, and experience leading a team to new levels of effectiveness and programmatic impact
  • Ability to work under pressure and remain flexible and adaptable as needs and priorities change
  • Exceptional flair for strategic thinking
  • Exceptional interpersonal, team building, listening, and facilitation skills; ability to work with senior management effectively
  • Prior experience in a high-performing non-profit or association, or a startup organization
  • Experience developing learning platforms and extensive knowledge of industry best practices for online and blended learning
  • Strong oral, written, and visual communication skills
  • Bachelor’s degree in education or closely related field

 

Director of Special Projects                                                                                      

Yoga Alliance (YA) is the global, independent member organization that advances the development and livelihood of yoga professionals and advocates for safety and accessibility in yoga. A related public charity, the Yoga Alliance Foundation (YAF), is an emerging field leader in yoga-based social impact dedicated to increasing access to yoga for populations that have traditionally been under-served, under-represented, and marginalized in/by it.

Together, these two organizations support yoga teachers to more fully grow into their role as leaders in their communities. YA supports yoga teachers’ growth as professionals. YAF develops vehicles for direct social impact, such as programs that enable those professional teachers to serve within communities that have typically been excluded from yoga.

YA and YAF were founded to promote unity in yoga – so that all lineages, traditions and yoga organizations may thrive and all students may benefit from the gifts of yoga in the way that suits their needs best. We do this work so that the gifts of yoga can be offered safely and effectively to all.

Yoga Alliance is evolving and the complexity of its strategic initiatives is increasing. Reporting to the COO, the successful candidate will be a motivated and adaptable leader who will help our executive team build a healthy organization, execute on our strategy using effective processes and with an ethic of service, and drive our most critical cross-functional efforts.

The Director of Special Projects is an enabler for increased internal efficiency and clarity. The person in this position will: focus on project management and execution, identify and solve roadblocks; pay attention to the daily needs of the organization; and support the leadership team in driving our roadmap to achieve our strategy.

Responsibilities:

  • Acts as a key advisor to and support for the COO to ensure effective functioning of the organization and strategic integration of all key activities.
  • Drive process and cross-functional alignment to execute and monitor progress against the organization’s strategic goals and related objectives
  • Help build a successful and healthy organization: find knowledge and skills gaps and help address them, design optimal workflows, and align internal processes
  • Help the COO communicate priorities, activities, and results to the larger organization, while ensuring deliverables are met. Have a strong pulse and feedback loop on organizational needs
  • Identify and take on ad hoc strategic projects - everything from defining new opportunities to executing cross-functional initiatives, and closing the gaps in business and operations
  • Participate in meetings with the CEO, COO, and other senior staff in strategic planning, policy development, and problem resolution of complex issues.
  • Attend internal meetings with the COO, brief in advance as necessary, and track and coordinate due-outs.
  • Analyze and manage sensitive issues that arise frequently in a rapidly changing organization.
  • Ensure the use and accuracy of the internal project management system throughout the organization in order to increase internal transparency and alignment and provide visibility into the organization’s progress against its goals.

 

Preferred Qualifications:

  • Able to comfortably dive into any area of the organization, understand member and business needs, and facilitate executive decisions based on changing priorities
  • Proven ability to track, prioritize, and drive multiple concurrent projects to success. This position is expected to utilize data and metrics to communicate needs with the ease of a business unit owner
  • Excellent communicator in written and verbal form; ability to work well with executives, and able to lead and influence across multiple levels and multiple functions of an organization
  • Entrepreneurial, with high tolerance for ambiguity and complexity, and efficient with limited resources
  • A good sounding board for others, with low ego, and ability to anticipate the needs of a busy executive and his/her direct staff
  • Highest level of integrity and management of confidential information
  • Critical thinker with proven analytical skills, with strong written and oral communication skills required.
  • Prior experience project managing teams of peers required, with excellent interpersonal skills.
  • Demonstrated commitment to advancing yoga and social impact through yoga through own working experience or volunteer activities.
  • Demonstrated commitment to integrity and excellence in their work, and experience leading others to new levels of effectiveness and programmatic impact.
  • Ability to put personal beliefs and opinions aside in service to organizational and field needs.
  • Strong oral and written communications skills.
  • Strong analytic skills with a track record of solving complex problems.
  • Capacity to work successfully in a startup organization or organizational turnaround initiative.
  • Exceptional interpersonal skills. In particular, strong relationship builder and communicator with experience leading inclusive work teams, developing an organization-wide strategy for program excellence, and partnering with a senior leadership team.
  • Impeccable assertiveness, tact, and diplomacy in handling confidential and sensitive issues.
  • Exemplary service ethic.
  • Sense of humor, interest in building a strong culture and high performing team.
  • Bachelor’s degree required; advanced professional degree preferred.


 

 

Working at Yoga Alliance

Yoga Alliance provides excellent benefits to its employees, including a comprehensive health insurance plan, a 401K plan and a generous paid leave policy. Employees enjoy a casual dress code. We have a unique office culture of motivated and collaborative individuals.

Yoga Alliance provides equal employment opportunities (EEO) to all employees and applicants for employment without regard to race, color, religion, sex, national origin, age, disability or genetics.

Our team works in Arlington, Virginia, within sight of northwest Washington, D.C.

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