Chakra Announcements

Service Opportunity: Divisional Directors to the GBC Executive Director

by Kaisori (dasi) (BBT)

Posted August 19, 2010

Srila Prabhupada established the GBC to provide leadership and governance for the International Society for Krishna Consciousness. In turn, the GBC develops global policies and strategies to ensure that ISKCON moves smoothly and sustainably into the future.

The times call for both dynamic, visionary planning as well as the effective execution of those plans. The GBC has concluded that to best serve ISKCON, it needs to strengthen its executive strategies by establishing an Executive Director, who will serve the GBC by ensuring that GBC members fulfill the fundamental assignments Srila Prabhupada gave them, implement the GBC’s resolutions, and make progress in activities related to strategic planning. Specifically, the Executive Director will establish priorities, objectives, and goals, and set up systems designed to encourage accomplishment of those goals.

Since this gives the Executive Director an extraordinary volume of service, he will be assisted by Divisional Directors, each assigned to a specific area. Ten Divisions have been identified, four of which are ready to be implemented.

The following services are now available for consideration by qualified candidates:

Divisional Director of Devotee Care

Service Summary:

·         To work with the GBC Devotee Care Committee in order to provide Zonal Secretaries and other leaders with the tools to promote the overall well-being of ISKCON devotees – addressing their physical, emotional, intellectual, and spiritual needs.

·         To offer education through courses, seminars, media, and other means to address the holistic needs and growth of the devotees; these programs are meant to stimulate the mood of all-round service to Vaisnavas and to support individuals in their attempt to attain pure Krishna consciousness

·         To create a “best practices” list on key devotional care developments and practices within the Society.

Reports to:

·         GBC Executive Director

Requirements:

·         Chanting at least 16 rounds and following the four regulative principles

·         An ability to deal with senior members of ISKCON in a cooperative yet assertive spirit

·         An ability to facilitate small groups

·         Good computer skills

·         Excellent written and oral communication

·         Excellent listening skills – the ability to empathize with a wide variety of situations in ISKCON

·         Background in the helping professions a plus

·         Willingness to travel as may be necessary

This is a full-time service opportunity

Compensation:

·         As required

Divisional Director of Community Relations

Service Summary:

Possibly the most challenging of any devotional career in communications, the Divisional Director of Community Relations will liaise between the GBC and the worldwide ISKCON community and

·         Ensure that the GBC´s policies and other forms of devotional guidance are appropriately presented to all devotees

·         Ensure that GBC communication is translated into all the major languages

·         Identify devotees´ needs and bringing them to the attention of relevant ISKCON leadership

·         Assist the individual GBC zonal secretaries in the field of communications

Reports to:

·         GBC Executive Director

Primary Objectives:

·         To use one’s intelligence and initiative to build a better relationship between the GBC and the rest of ISKCON through systematically sharing useful information and resources, facilitating interaction and dialogue, and providing the GBC with a voice to reach every devotee

·         Coaching, supporting, and supervising individual GBC zonal secretaries in building and maintaining productive channels of communication

Primary Goals:

·         Establish functional communication systems and office facilities

·         Establish and operate the GBC website

·         Set up a team of translators for all major languages

Requirements:

·         Chanting 16 rounds and following the four regulative principles

·         An ability to deal with senior members of ISKCON in a cooperative yet assertive spirit

·         Fluent in English; ability to speak other languages a bonus

·         Excellent communication skills

·         A working knowledge of computer technologies, especially those related to communications

·         The ability to deal with and engage devotees from different cultural backgrounds

·         Able to coach others in the field of communications

·         Confidential, creative, proactive, and persistent

This is a full-time service opportunity

Compensation:

·         As required

Divisional Director of Legal, Accounting, and Regulatory Compliance

This is a highly challenging service opportunity with the goal of ensuring that ISKCON is properly following standard legal and financial guidelines. The director will serve the Society’s need to protect ISKCON’s properties and assets as well as oversee the international, national, and local incorporation of ISKCON’s affiliates.

Service Summary:

·         Develop systems for identifying and securing ISKCON properties, both intellectual and real. Work with zonal secretaries to:

o        Supervise ISKCON’s legal, accounting, and financial compliance.

o        Establish, maintain, and, when required, improve systems for tracking and protecting ISKCON’s resources.

o        Oversee the application of ISKCON Law and GBC directives.

o        Receive and evaluate reports from ISKCON centers and projects.

Reports to:

·         GBC Executive Director

Requirements:

·         Chanting 16 rounds and following the four regulative principles

·         An ability to deal with senior members of ISKCON in a cooperative yet assertive spirit

·         Experience working in administration and systems development

·         Familiarity with the dynamics of ISKCON management

·         Excellent supervisory, organizational, and training skills

·         Skilled in program development and execution

·         Ability to work in teams to develop systems and structures

·         Ability to work on computer-based tracking systems

·         Ability to plan, implement, and complete tasks independently, on time, and within budget

·         Ability to function effectively as part of a diverse team

·         Ability to deal with external stakeholders and authorities

·         Excellent interpersonal, presentation, and communication skills

·         Degree in Commerce, Accounting, or MBA preferable

This is a full-time service opportunity

Compensation:

·         As required

Divisional Director of Administration and Systems Development

During a morning walk in Juhu, Bombay, Srila Prabhupada said, “Yes. Now we are world organization. There is spiritual side, and there is material side also. That is not material side. That is also spiritual side – means systematic management. Otherwise how it will be done?”

Service Summary:

·         Create, establish, and maintain appropriate administrative systems for the whole of ISKCON

·         Improve the overall administration of ISKCON temples and other entities

·         Clarify managerial functions, roles, and structures

·         Standardize reporting and communication

·         Promote a culture of excellence in management and administration

Reports to:

·         GBC Executive Director

Requirements:

·         Chanting 16 rounds and following the four regulative principles

·         An ability to deal with senior members of ISKCON in a cooperative yet assertive spirit

·         Past experience working in administration and systems development, preferably for an NGO

·         Excellent supervisory, organizational, and training skills

·         Skilled in program development and execution

·         Ability to work in teams

·         Ability to work on computer-based tracking systems

·         Ability to plan, implement, and complete tasks independently, on time, and within budget

·         Excellent interpersonal, presentation, and communication skills

·         Degree in Commerce, Accounting, or MBA preferable

This is a full-time service opportunity

Compensation:

·         As required

IMPORTANT: The entire GBC strategic effort is a work in progress. The fund-raising necessary to ensure the functioning of the Divisions mentioned above has not yet been completed. Although we wish to see the above services implemented as soon as possible, at this moment we are not in the position to say exactly when funds for maintenance and operative expenses will be available or when the Executive Director and his Divisional Directors can become operative. Still, the services listed above are vital to ISKCON's future. If you are interested, please send an e-mail to spt@pamho.net describing your devotional, educational, and professional experience.