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Job Posting

Executive Director

Overview: Sea Change Yoga (SCY) seeks a seasoned relationship-builder, successful fundraiser and effective manager, to serve as the next Executive Director of this passionate growing organization. SCY is dedicated to bringing the healing power of yoga to those who have experienced trauma, are underserved or marginalized, and in need of these tools of transformation.

Through strong partnerships with local and State human services and health agencies, SCY provides more than 100 trauma-informed yoga and meditation classes each month to under resourced populations in Southern Maine. Sea Change Yoga’s nearly 30 contracted teachers serve incarcerated youth and adults, people in recovery from substance use disorder, people in transitional/supported housing, New Mainers, children with special needs and their caregivers, and cancer patients. SCY brings its programming to its students where they live or congregate as communities.

The Executive Director should have a background in yoga, and works in collaboration with staff, volunteers and the Board of Directors to ensure the excellence and success of SCY programs and operations. They are the key management leader with a staff of three, and is responsible for the delivery of Sea Change Yoga’s programs and services, long-range planning, outreach and fundraising, human resources, board support, and financial management. 



Leadership & Management

  • Oversee Sea Change Yoga programming.

  • Determine trajectory and objectives of current and future programs in collaboration with staff and board.

  • Ensure ongoing programmatic excellence and rigorous program evaluation.

  • Support, develop, and retain Sea Change Yoga staff and contracted teachers.

  • Develop and support a strong Board of Directors: administer committees, engage board members, provide timely information, and build a culture of leadership and service.

  • Promote active and broad participation by volunteers in all areas of SCY work.

  • Cultivate strategic relationships with like-minded organizations in pursuit of SCY short- and long-range goals.

  • Identify/cultivate future program partners in collaboration with Program Director.

  • Direct the organization’s outreach efforts.

  • Oversee organizational communications including public relations, website, social media, publications, other as determined.

  • Develop operational plans and budgets needed to achieve strategic goals, and monitor the progress of SCY’s strategic direction.


Fundraising & Communications

  • Working closely with the Development Director, ensure the development of a sustainable and growing funding base through a diversified fundraising program.

  • Develop fundraising goals, strategies, and plans - and evaluate these over time

  • Cultivate and solicit high-level donor prospects. Build this base.

  • Assist the Board President in cultivating a strong fundraising culture within the Board of Directors.

  • Assist, review  and promote funding proposals and grant applications

  • Manage restricted funds.

  • Be the face of Sea Change Yoga in the community.

  • Develop relationships to garner new opportunities and build coalitions.

  • Effectively communicate our vision and success stories to various constituencies.

  • Serve as a thought-leader on issues of yoga service by participating in events and conferences with community partners.

Finance & Administration

  • Develop and implement the strategic direction and annual operating plans, delivering high quality programs and services and achieving revenue goals.

  • Pursue new partnerships and obtain additional paid contract programming to achieve SCY’s goal to be 50% philanthropic–50% paid contract funded by 2021.

  • Ensure outstanding human resource management, volunteer engagement, finance and administration, and organizational systems and procedures.

  • Develop policies, procedures, and staffing/HR requirements.

  • Oversee the collection, collation and analysis of data.

  • Manages organizational systems and programs (e.g., Quickbooks, Kindful, Google Drive)

  • Ensure the overall financial health, fiscal integrity, and compliance of the organization.

  • With guidance from the Treasurer, Executive Committee and Finance Committee manage appropriate fiscal controls, procedures, and reporting (internal and external).

  • In partnership with Board of Directors, develop and manage annual budget.

  • Understand and communicate relevant financial information to constituencies.


Qualifications, Competencies, and Characteristics:

  • Ability to maintain and deepen an organizational culture that is rooted in Sea Change Yoga’s mission of bringing trauma-informed yoga and meditation to all; and in our values: dignity, integrity, humility, and collective action.

  • Ability to think and plan strategically, inspire a vision for the organization, and align all stakeholders to strategic direction and operating plans.

  • Entrepreneurial spirit: comfortable working in a continually evolving environment; skilled with charting a new course and supporting others to be flexible and work effectively.

  • A track record of successful fundraising experience; an established network for fundraising desirable

  • Knowledge of yoga (beyond the asanas!) and a depth of understanding around trauma and how it affects the brain and nervous system.

  • Strong equity orientation: a willingness to reflect on personal bias; an awareness of the limits of own perspective; and a culturally humble stance in relation to others.

  • Can actively engage and energize staff, board members, volunteers, committees, partner organizations, and funders.

  • Effective manager, including the ability to set clear goals and expectations, productively delegate work, and coach and develop staff members, board members, and volunteers.

  • Excellent written and oral communications skills including public speaking ability, and proficiency with technology.


Job Type: Full-Time 

Reports to: Sea Change Yoga Board of Directors

Salary: Competitive compensation, commensurate with experience and ability to develop organizational capacity. 

Specific Location: Portland

To apply: Please submit your cover letter describing your interest in the position and how your background and experience make you uniquely suited to achieve success in this role; your resume; and a list of three professional references with their contact information to: Anne Davis, Board President at


Application deadline: Sunday, September 15, 2019.  Applications will be considered on a rolling basis. 

We request that application materials be submitted via email with application documents as attachments.


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