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Yoga Alliance

Director, People + Culture

Human Resources – Arlington, Virginia
Department Human Resources
Employment Type Full-Time
Minimum Experience Executive

Yoga Alliance (YA) is the independent not-for-profit 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.

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.


Reporting to the Chief Operating Officer, the Director, People + Culture is a partner in operationalizing the strategic plan of the CEO, institutionalizing best practices and upholding the organization’s commitment to diversity and inclusion. The Director, People + Culture is an innovative and transformational HR generalist who works collaboratively in carrying out the full range of HR functions, including compensation and benefits, talent acquisition and retention, training and development, employee relations, performance management, policy development and implementation, HR data management, and regulatory compliance.

The Director, People + Culture must be skilled at addressing issues in a calm and confident manner and able to develop and implement appropriate solutions that support institutional leadership goals and organizational decision-making policies to strengthen work relationships, support organizational priorities and meet regulatory requirements. It is particularly important that this individual be someone who can build consensus around issues of diversity and inclusion and have experience implementing such practices into organizations. In addition, the Director, People + Culture must be an excellent communicator, both verbally and in writing, a roll-up-your-sleeves manager, have the highest integrity, and have a sense of humor and grace under pressure. Further, the ideal candidate will be a results-driven professional with at least 10 years of relevant experience.


Responsibilities (including, but not limited to):

  • Provide strategic human resources direction and ensure the effective execution of all aspects of human resources management, including compensation and benefits, compliance with federal and state employment laws, talent management, training and development, performance management, recruitment, employee retention, and HR data management and reporting metrics
  • With the CEO and COO, assess YA/YAF’s human resource needs and oversee the refinement and implementation of organization-wide systems and structures to ensure that YA/YAF is an employer of choice
  • Respond to staff needs and ensure effective staff are recruited, retained, and developed
  • Work closely with organizational leadership and managers to maintain a positive work environment and culture, and help facilitate the resolution of interpersonal issues
  • Foster a trusting environment which is characterized by transparency, active listening, and direct communication
  • Collaborate closely with the senior management team to ensure that all Human Resources initiatives are aligned with the strategic direction and goals of the organization
  • Systematize employee training and development, performance management, risk management, decision-making policy, conflict resolution and organizational development across YA/YAF
  • Build a positive culture based to ensure the YA/YAF has a deeply engaged employee population
  • Maintains responsibility for EDI’s compliance with federal, state and local laws pertaining to all employment related matters including but not limited to ACA, ADA, COBRA, ERISA, FLSA, FMLA, HIPAA, IRCA and OSHA.
  • Maintains knowledge of industry trends and employment legislation to ensure company compliance
  • Responsible for salary, wage, and benefits administration, including an annual comparative analysis. Conducts offers to candidates and works with hiring managers and consulting partners to ensure consistency. Acts as liaison between employee and insurance providers to resolve benefit related problems and ensure effective utilization of plans and positive employee relations
  • Advises senior management on staff issues, concerns and feedback
  • Additional HR duties as assigned


  • Minimum seven years’ experience in a senior HR leadership role
  • Excellent HR generalist skills, including the capacity to attract, develop, inspire, and retain staff
  • Experience implementing diversity and inclusion programs and initiatives
  • Knowledge of technology solutions to HR challenges as well as familiarity with the unique solutions and challenges that new technology brings to organizations and an understanding of how talent management will be affected by a technologically enhanced workplace
  • Highly proactive style of work, with a demonstrated track record of developing innovative approaches
  • Successful track record of driving organizational and culture change and transformation
  • Experience communicating, partnering and collaborating with staff at all levels in a manner that is flexible, supportive and encourages accountability
  • Effective and persuasive communication and presentation skills, both written and verbal, with ability to appreciate various viewpoints, share relevant information in a timely manner, and maintain a high level of professionalism
  • Demonstrated ability to work in a partnership with and develop a strong leadership team and a committed staff with high standards and expectations
  • Prior experience assessing organizational needs and developing and implementing HR policies, systems and processes
  • Keen analytical and problem-solving skills that enable sound strategic decision making; resourcefulness in setting priorities, sound judgment and a sense of balance
  • Strong interpersonal and conflict resolutions skills along with emotional intelligence, a positive outlook and good sense of humor
  • Ability to maintain confidentiality and build trust among staff at all levels
  • Ability to work under pressure and remain flexible and adaptable as needs and priorities change
  • Demonstrated commitment to YA/YAF’s mission and/or core values
  • Bachelor’s degree in a related field; advanced degree preferred
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