The Newark Yoga Movement - Executive Director

04 Apr 2017 6:20 PM | Anonymous

The Organization

Newark Yoga Movement (NYM) is a dynamic eight year old 501c3 non-profit whose mission is to enhance the educational experience and provide easy access to increased peacefulness, focus and confidence as a complementary source of discipline and structure for all. NYM meets every Newark NJ child where they are, bringing them life skills through the practice of Yoga, breathing and centering at their schools and in their communities. NYM has shared yoga with 24,000+ children, 2600 educators and many in the community including firefighters and those currently in prison. 


The Executive Director is responsible for the successful leadership and management of the organization with the ability to drive revenue and foster vision and strategy and its day-to-day operations, for a sustainable future. 

NYM is looking for someone who understands and has experience with the power of yoga, the importance of education and social and emotional learning, has passion for children and the drive, experience and grit for NYM to grow in a sustainable way.

Primary Responsibilities:


  • ·      Participate with Board of Directors (B o D) in developing NYM vision and strategic plan (set framework)
  • ·      Liaison with B of D on both NYM internal and external issues
  • ·      Act as a professional advisor to B of D and founder on all organizational activities
  • ·      Assist in identifying and vetting new Board Members.
  • ·      In addition to the Founder, serve as a spokesperson for the organization.
  • ·      Represent organization at all touch points: community activities, government, educational facilities, private agencies which NYM partners.
  • ·      Develop annual fiscal budget with input from treasurer and founder
  • ·      Investigate new partnerships that benefit the organization

Development and Programming

  • ·      Develop, execute and assess NYM development initiatives: Identify and cultivate relationships with the community and potential donors; design and implement fundraising and communication events; supervise the maintenance of the donor database; fund development of private donors and grants; grant writing
  • ·      Invoice all partners for programming fees as per each individual schedule

Operation Planning and Management

  • ·      Ensure the operation of the organization meets those of founder and the Board
  • ·      Oversee efficient day-to-day management of the organization
  • ·      Draft policies for Board approval that directly enhance organization e.g. by-laws # of Board members, executive board formation, organization policies
  • ·      Ensure that all personnel files including teachers, volunteers, donors are up to date and stored safely (e.g. teachers—w-9, insurance)
  • ·      Provide support to the Board by preparing meeting agenda and supporting materials and attending all Board meetings.
  • ·      Work with the Treasurer to ensure financials are accurate and timely and that all information is provided to accountant at the appropriate time for filings

Marketing, Communication, PR

  • Communicate with stakeholders, keeping them informed of NYM’s work; identify changes in the community served by the organization
  • ·      Keep organization communication fresh and exciting via social media, e-letter
  • ·      Oversee website update as needed
  • ·      Work with Board and NYM teachers to identify Public Relations opportunities

Program planning and management

  • ·      Ensure that the programs and services offered by NYM contribute to the mission and Board priorities.
  • ·      Monitor Day to day delivery of programs (connect with teachers, volunteers, program facilities including schools, agencies)
  • ·      Complete Method of Understanding (MOU) that can be given to all partners
  • ·      Assess appropriate comprehensive CRM database so all programs are accurately noted and both teachers and NYM reduce time spent on paperwork.
  • ·      Oversee special projects
  • ·      Establish good working relationships and collaborative arrangements with community groups, funders, politicians, and other organizations to help achieve the goals of the organization

Talent Management and HR

  • ·      Work with key talent liaison to make sure that all intake forms are handled in a timely manner and that appropriate follow up continues
  • ·      Maintain current database of active teachers and volunteers (talent liaison)
  • ·      Recruit and manage staff as appropriate e.g. Operations
  • ·      Coach and mentor yoga guides and evaluate as needed
  • ·      Update FAQ’s and ensure all current teachers have a copy
  • ·      Ensure monthly teacher timesheets are completed.  Issue appropriate paid seva

Required skills, attributes and education

  • Bachelor’s degree. 5+ years of relevant work experience preferred.
  • Exceptional communication skills, both written and verbal.
  • Outstanding interpersonal and diplomatic skills; ability to build trust and rapport with a broad range of people. Friendly, outgoing and professional demeanor.
  • Maturity of judgment, high degree of integrity and discretion, self-motivation and initiative.
  • Ability to work well in a small, entrepreneurial setting, taking on multiple tasks and adapting as needs and priorities change.
  • Entrepreneurial spirit versus corporate culture. At present, NYM has no formal office space so ED will work from home or on-site at a school(s) and/or organizations serviced as needed.
  • Ability to work in an organization that requires collaboration with like-minded organizations.
  • Compensation:
    •            Salary is commensurate with experience.
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