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Service Opportunity: Divisional Directors to the GBC Executive Director

Wednesday, 11 August 2010 / Published in Announcements, Editorial, GBC / 4,991 views

GBC Strategic Planning announcement

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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:
Supervise ISKCON’s legal, accounting, and financial compliance.
Establish, maintain, and, when required, improve systems for tracking and protecting ISKCON’s resources.
Oversee the application of ISKCON Law and GBC directives.
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.

2 comments

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    trikalajnadas ( User Karma: 0 ) says:

    I like the direction the GBC is going with these new services.

    I would humbly suggest that the same positions be created at the temple management level since the temples should be developing dynamic visionary plans as well. In this way the Divisional Director of Devotee Care on the GBC level could work in tandem with the Divisional Director of Devotee Care on the temple level to ensure transparency and unified purpose throughout the zone/region.

    But i have one doubt…
    My question is: Why create the service of Executive Director? Isn’t a temple president supposed to work with his GBC to implement policy? Furthermore, I have always thought that the temple presidents were supposed to, “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.” (GBC Strategic Planning announcement)

    If above said is true, then it seems that Divisional Directors would be best situated on the temple level instead of the GBC level. They could then hold regular meetings to in order to unify the GBC zone in purpose as well as to improve the quality of their service by association. Yet, in order to remove an excessive burden of service on a GBC member, I can see how this implementation will be very helpful. Maybe someone could remove my doubt by providing me with some further explanation?

    In the same vein, I love the idea of each department creating a mission statement and a strategic plan to achieve the goals of the mission statement. If our temples could establish within their core departments, leadership to develop and implement mission statements with strategic plans that satisfy healthy professional standards, I feel that our movement would gain much internal and visionary strength. It only takes a few dedicated devotees to provide and improve vision and leadership for a whole department for years. This means having divisional directors for each essential department in a temple. Thus I think that if we can responsibly spread the leadership power of the temple president around, that would be very good.

    Overall, I like this post for the same reason. This GBC announcement shows how the GBC is ready and willing to spread their leadership powers around in order that we can improve ISKCON as a whole. In good faith, I think this is the right direction.

    Your servant
    Trikalajna das

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    madhav72 ( User Karma: 0 ) says:

    Please let me know how to apply for the post of Divisional Director of Legal, Accounting, and Regulatory Compliance.

    Yis,

    Madhvacharya Das

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