The Board of Directors of Mount Madonna Institute (MMI) invites applications for the position of President. The President offers visionary leadership and collegial oversight for a private, non-profit institution on California’s Central Coast. Mount Madonna Institute is poised for the next phase of its 15-year history, having achieved initial accreditation from WSCUC in 2019.
MMI is looking for a leader who embraces the opportunity to impact higher education in the integrative health sciences and personal growth professions, and thereby the entire extended community. MMI has played a ground-breaking role in bringing the ancient wisdom and health disciplines of Yoga and Ayurveda to higher education in the West. We have pioneered applying these systems to contemporary life, while maintaining their authenticity and core values. Our focus on experiential education that is transformative, our programming and curricula that improve health and well-being, our dedicated and passionate faculty who care about student success and are experts in their field, and our track record of educating professionals who positively affect the lives of individuals and the extended community, make MMI poised for greater influence in the higher education and wellness landscape.
We seek a President whose primary focus is to lead the next step in the development of the institution.
Successful candidates will demonstrate the knowledge and skills necessary to oversee and coordinate leadership for a small WSCUC accredited college with three distinct schools: Ayurveda, Yoga, and Community Studies; and a mission of transformational education. The three schools in total currently offer one Master of Arts degree and 10 professional credentials to an annual student-body of 150. During the global pandemic, academic programs have been delivered online with success; MMI anticipates blended approaches in the future.
The President, who also serves as Chief Executive Officer and performs the functions of Chief Operating Officer, reports to a 12-17 member Board of Directors, which holds oversight responsibility for fiscal sustainability and organizational effectiveness. The President is responsible for total operation, serves as advisor to the Board, administers Board-adopted policies, and represents the Board in its relationships with students, staff, and the greater community. Direct reports include the Provost and Chief Financial Officer.
About Mount Madonna Institute
Mount Madonna Institute (MMI), founded in 2005 and WSCUC accredited in 2019, is committed to wellness and positive transformation. Mount Madonna Institute is a private, non-profit educational institution providing high quality, professional and academic instruction, training and certificates in the fields of Yoga, Ayurveda, and Community Studies, with a Master of Arts level degree in Ayurveda. MMI’s education integrates the traditional systems of Yoga, Ayurveda, and Community with contemporary life, and prepares graduates for a variety of careers in the integrative health professions.
MMI is a leader in transformative education, with faculty and alumni impacting positive change in the local, national and international community, in higher education, and in the lives of students and their families. MMI’s impact is already felt throughout the alternative education landscape and the holistic wellness movement. Our next phase of growth is to further authenticate and disseminate the disciplines of Ayurveda and Yoga into the greater community so that students, clients, practitioners, and the greater society can benefit. These dynamic fields of study, when grounded in their authenticity and applied with current research and best practices, have the power to impact the training of health professionals, those seeking personal growth, and the greater community in such need of additional avenues for health and wellness.
MMI’s programs incorporate theoretical and experiential education and training. Each of the schools includes in its curriculum an emphasis on service and continuing lifelong learning while bringing a high level of professionalism to these careers. The goal of MMI is to educate contemporary learners in ancient teachings and practices of traditional, natural systems that promote human well-being and integrate mind, body, and spirit.
MMI offers courses in the classical system of Ashtanga Yoga, both practice and philosophy; the 5,000-year-old science of Ayurveda, the world’s oldest known system of natural medicine; and Community Studies, a program that emphasizes self-reflection, awareness, and transformational learning for each individual, and the communities and environments within which we live and work. MMI currently offers students a variety of diplomas, certificates and one Master of Arts degree.
The President convenes conversations among the MMI community and beyond. They embrace collegial consultation practices to clarify shared vision and common mission and, hence, institutional priorities. Common values and ample information inform dialogue and reflection to foster organizational planning for wise decision making and action taking. The President also represents the institution to the larger community, including Ayurveda and Yoga associations as well as WSCUC and BPPE accreditation agencies.
A major aspect of the President’s role is long-range planning to ensure the educational quality and fiscal stability within curricula integrating the ancient wisdom teachings of the schools into contemporary equity-oriented society. The President is responsible for supporting and advancing student learning and success within the three schools, and for the fiscal growth and stability of the institution.
MMI is related to Mount Madonna Center (MMC) and is located on 380 acres in a beautiful redwood forest overlooking Monterey Bay from peaks above Watsonville, California in the Santa Cruz Mountains. Since 1978 MMC, a retreat center and intentional spiritual community has been known for the excellence of its Yoga, Ayurveda, and other transformational programs. It was founded by Hanuman Fellowship, a group who came together in the 1970s to study with and promulgate the teachings of Baba Hari Dass. A silent Indian monk, author, teacher, and artist, Baba Hari Dass lived a life dedicated to the teachings of Yoga, Ayurveda, and selfless service until his death in 2018. MMI was established to further conserve, research, and integrate the teachings of Yoga, Ayurveda, and Community Studies into contemporary society.
Mount Madonna Institute is accredited by WSCUC and approved by the California Bureau of Private Postsecondary Education. MMI College of Ayurveda is approved by the National Ayurvedic Medicine Association (NAMA) and our graduates are eligible for professional membership with NAMA. MMI School of Yoga - YTT 200, 300, Children’s Yoga Teacher, and Prenatal Yoga Teacher certificates are approved by Yoga Alliance (YA). MMI School of Yoga-Ayurveda Yoga Therapy certificate is approved by International Association of Yoga Therapists (IAYT).
Annual Budget MMI
MMI- FY’21 projected budget revenue (net of discounts): $930,407.
Is committed to maintaining a constructive effective relationship with the Board of Directors
Desirable Professional Qualifications
We seek a leader who:
Develops effective internal and external partnerships
Supports and sustains multifaceted use of technology
Fosters professional development and professional growth
Has experience with WSCUC Accreditation process and standards
Will give strong consideration to living close to MMI
Minimum Professional Qualifications
We are looking for a leader who holds:
Master of Arts or Master of Science degree, with PhD, MD, or other health science graduate degree preferred.
Additional Salary Information: Compensation is commensurate with the complexity of the position, negotiable based on experience.
Our sister organization, Mount Madonna Center, has been well-known for the integrity and excellence of its regularly offered Yoga and Ayurveda programs since 1978. Mount Madonna Institute emerged from that beginning and was officially formed in 2006 to formally train and graduate exceptional practitioners who meet modern standards of practice and education set by professional associations in the United States, including the Yoga Alliance and the National Ayurvedic Medical Association.