IAYT Executive Director Job Description
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IAYT Executive Director

Job Description


 Title  Executive director
 Reports to  IAYT board of directors
 Salary  Dependent on experience and qualifications
 Full-time, flexible hours; U.S. location


The position of executive director is the chief executive officer of the International Association of Yoga Therapists (IAYT). IAYT is a 501(c)3 organization representing yoga therapists and the field of yoga therapy across the globe. IAYT’s mission is to establish yoga as a recognized and respected therapy. More information is available at www.iayt.org/aboutIAYT.

The executive director is responsible for the fulfillment of IAYT’s mission, including the financial viability of the organization, management of operational and administrative staff, oversight of programs, and ensuring the availability of resources. Other key duties include global and community outreach, ongoing cultural competency development and implementation, marketing, public relations, and fundraising. The position reports directly to the board of directors.

The executive director will:

  • ensure that the organization has a long-range strategy that serves its mission, and that consistent and timely progress is made toward the achievement of this mission.
  • provide leadership in developing program, organizational, and financial plans with the board of directors and staff, and carry out plans and policies authorized by the board.
  • maintain official records and documents and ensure compliance with federal, state, and local regulations.
  • maintain a working knowledge of significant developments and trends in the field of yoga therapy.

Major Responsibilities of the Position

Financial Performance and Viability

  • Ensure a sufficient revenue stream through membership fees, program revenue, fundraising, and other sources to support IAYT programs, maintain staffing, and meet other organizational needs in line with the annual budget.
  • Identify and pursue new revenue sources for IAYT consistent with strategic goals and objectives.
  • Draft the annual budget for board review and approval and meet budget objectives.
  • At least quarterly, provide the board with appropriate financial statements prepared in accordance with generally accepted accounting principles by IAYT’s outside CPA.   
  • Monitor income and expenses and alert the board about any significant anomalies immediately.
  • Provide the board with other financial reports as requested. 
  • Responsible for signing, with board acknowledgment, all notes, agreements, and other instruments made and entered into on behalf of the organization.
  • Jointly with the board and appropriate staff, conduct official correspondence of the organization and manage legal, insurance, and risk issues.

Staff Management

  • Provide leadership to and management of the organization’s staff, including recruitment, hiring, release, and performance review of all personnel, both paid and volunteer.
  • Maintain a climate that attracts, keeps, and motivates a diverse staff of top-quality staff and volunteers.
  • Oversee an organizational structure that optimizes full- and part-time staff in multiple locations with varied skill sets and responsibilities.
  • Ensure that an effective management team is designated and appropriate provisions for succession are in place.
  • Ensure that adequate technical and logistical resources are available to support efficient and effective staff operations.
  • Establish employment and administrative policies and procedures for all functions and for the day-to-day operation of the nonprofit.

Program Delivery

  • Oversee the effective delivery of all IAYT programs and products, including publications, conferences, and marketing in accordance with IAYT policies, protocols, budget, and bylaws.
  • Work effectively with standing committees and ad hoc task forces to develop policies and procedures for IAYT programs.
  • Review and approve contracts for services.
  • Maintain all records, including member records, in compliance with federal and state regulations in a secure database with appropriate privacy protections.
  • Oversee conference planning and execution.


  • Establish and maintain relationships with various organizations nationally and internationally and leverage those relationships to strategically support IAYT’s mission.
  • Ensure public visibility through digital and print media, including a stable and effective online presence and production of organization publications.
  • Serve as IAYT’s primary spokesperson to the organization’s constituents, the media, and the general public.
  • Oversee marketing and other communications efforts to maximize member recruitment and retention and to further IAYT’s mission.

Strategic Planning & Implementation

  • Work with board, staff, and the global community to ensure that IAYT's mission is fulfilled through programs, strategic planning, and community outreach.
  • Expand organizational capacity to respond to the unique needs of diverse cultures and populations.
  • Assist the board of directors with the development and fulfillment of its strategic plan.
  • Report on progress in advancing the mission of the organization and meeting the goals and objectives of the previous year using outcomes data and other information.
  • Recommend goals, objectives, and priorities (including measurable benchmarks) for the forthcoming year.


  • Maintain effective communication with the board of directors in relation to all operations of the association.
  • Work with the board to fulfill the organization's mission using the Carver Policy Governance Model, which provides distinct roles for governance and management. 
  • Lead the response to any submission of an alleged breach of IAYT’s Code of Professional Ethics or other established policies.

Professional Qualifications


  • Bachelor’s degree
  • Able to locate and work in the United States
  • Working knowledge of significant developments and trends in yoga therapy and related fields
  • Senior management experience
  • Strong written and oral communication skills
  • Adept at use of technology needed for communications and operations
  • Able to work in a virtual environment across time zones
  • Exceptional hands-on budget management skills, including budget preparation, analysis, decision-making, and reporting
  • Strong organizational abilities, including planning, delegating, program development, and task facilitation
  • Ability to convey a vision of IAYT’s strategic future to staff, board, volunteers, donors, and the public
  • Knowledge of fundraising strategies and donor relations unique to nonprofit sector
  • Skills to collaborate with and motivate board members and other volunteers
  • Ability to interface with and engage diverse volunteer and donor groups
  • Demonstrated ability to manage and collaborate with staff in a virtual organization
  • Strong public speaking ability
  • Ability to travel domestically and internationally multiple times per year


  • Masters degree or higher
  • Five or more years senior nonprofit management experience
  • IAYT-certified yoga therapist (C-IAYT)
  • Advanced degree and/or coursework in the areas of management, business, and/or administration relevant to the operation of a nonprofit membership organization