YJA Executive Board Elections

The YJA Executive Board is composed of sixteen Jain youth from across North America: two Co-Chairs, eight Directors, and six Regional Coordinators - all between the ages of 16 and 29. A new YJA Executive Board is elected every year.

Below you will find a list of all the Executive Board positions along with their position descriptions.


Represent YJA externally, set our mission and vision for the year, and lead the Executive Board in executing on their projects and events.

Director of Education

Develop and maintain Jain education platforms and projects and support the Executive Board in incorporating education into its initiatives.

Director of Events

Coordinate YJA in-person and virtual national events, manage and support Regional Coordinators in organizing regional events, and strengthen relationships with Jain Centers.

Director of Finance

Develop annual and other budgets for the organization, disburse funds, and accurately manage and document YJA’s finances.

Director of Fundraising

Lead all major fundraising efforts while strengthening relationships with Jain Centers and building regional connections.

Dir. of Project Development

Develop new YJA projects, manage and support Directors and Project Teams, and lead organizational documentation and goal-setting.

Director of Publications

Share the voice of the broader Jain community through YJA’s various publications, including Young Minds and the YJA newsletter.

Director of Public Relations

Develop PR plans for events and campaigns, manage YJA social media accounts, and coordinate all external communications while ensuring brand consistency.

Director of Technology

Maintain YJA’s tech infrastructure while developing new and creative ways for the organization to implement new technologies.

Regional Coordinator

Engage YJA members in their region through local and regional events, manage a team of Local Representatives, and actively connect with local Jain Centers.

Why Apply for Board?

I ran for board to become more knowledgeable about Jainism, though a likeminded community. I gained knowledge plus a group of friends who are like family!
- Bonita Parikh
Director of Events, 2012-2014

I ran for board because I loved attending YJA conventions, and wanted to give back. It was an awesome privilege to work with and learn from some of the best and most motivated Jains across the country, and my time on board is something that challenged and fundamentally changed me. Anyone who wants to really test their mettle and grow as a person while also giving back to the community should run, no question about it.
- Shikhar Shah
Mid-West RC, 2013-2014

Frequently Asked Questions

To apply for any position, you must be 16 years of age by July 31st, 2021 (the application deadline) and must not turn 30 years of age until after September 15, 2022. Position-specific requirements are listed below:

(a) Are on the then current Executive Board; OR
(b) Have served at least one prior full term on the Executive Board as detailed above; OR
(c) Have served as YJA Convention Co-Chair.

Director of Project Development:
(a) Are on the then current Executive Board; OR
(b) Have served one prior full term on the Executive Board; OR
(c) Have served as a recognized Local Representative, Subcommittee, Project Team, or Convention Committee member with a letter of recommendation from a then current Executive Board member.

Regional Coordinator and All Director Positions:
(a) Are a minimum of eighteen (18) years of age (as of July 31, 2021); OR
(b) Are a minimum of sixteen (16) years of age (as of July 31, 2021) and have either:
(i) Served as a recognized Local Representative, Subcommittee, Project Team, or Convention Committee member with a letter of recommendation from a then current Executive Board member; OR
(ii) Submit, with their application, a letter of recommendation from a member of the executive committee from their local Jain center.

Applications for Co-Chair are due on July 25th at 11:59 PM PT. All other applications are due on July 31st at 11:59 PM PT. There are no exceptions for late applications.

After submitting your application, the Executive Board will review it on a rolling basis. Based on your application, you may be selected for a 30 to 45 minute phone interview. After all interviews have been completed, the Executive Board will vote on all interviewees based on position.

Applicants who receive interviews should expect to receive an email to schedule an interview time between their application submission date and August 15th. Interviewees should expect to hear back about whether or not they have been elected by September 15th. All dates are subject to change.

Please don’t hesitate to contact the Elections Committee by emailing [email protected] if you have any questions about your application, the interview process, the timeline, etc.

We have a number of other ways for you to get involved! In September, applications for Local Representatives (who work closely with the Regional Coordinators) and Director Committees (helping Directors execute various projects) will be open. If you are interested in joining one of our Project Teams, please email [email protected].

The anticipated term start date is September 25, 2021 and the anticipated end date is September 25, 2022.