YJA Executive Board Elections

  1. Make sure that you are eligible for the positions you are interested in - read the Position Descriptions (scroll down) and Eligibility sections below.
  2. Download (scroll down) and write the appropriate applications - help us get to know you!
    • - You can apply to more than one position.
  3. Co-Chair applications are due Sunday, June 23rd, 2019 11:59 PM PST; Director & Regional Coordinator applications are due Sunday, July 10th, 2019 11:59 PM PST. Submit all parts of your application by using the Submit Application button on this page. This includes:
    1. Written application (Word Document)
    2. Resume (PDF)
      • - If you are in high school or college and do not currently have a resume, please email [email protected] for instructions on what to submit instead!
    3. Work product - please see instructions in your application.

    If you have any trouble with the form, or do not have a Gmail account, please email your documents to [email protected]
  4. We’ll contact you by email to schedule an interview. This email could come anytime between when you submit your application and July 3rd for Co-Chairs/July 24th for Directors/Regional Coordinators- please respond promptly! Interviews will take place on a rolling basis - we HIGHLY encourage you to submit as soon as your application is completed!
  5. If you have any questions or concerns along the way, please don’t hesitate to email us at [email protected]. Have fun and good luck - we can’t wait to hear from you!

Q: Can I apply for more than one position?
A: Yes, you can apply for more than one position! You must submit a separate application for each position you are interested in. During your interview, we will likely ask you what is your order of preference among the positions you applied for.

Q: What if I’ve never been involved with YJA? What if I’ve never been to pathshala? What if I come from a small town where we have no Jain temple, or no Jain sangh?
A: There is no “required" background with Jainism to be on Executive Board. It doesn’t matter if you’re from a big city or a small town, if you’ve been to every convention or if you just started learning more about Jainism this past year - we’re looking for enthusiastic, hard-working people who are excited about helping connect Jain youth across the country, period. If that’s you, apply!

Q: What if I don't live near a Jain community, sangh or temple?
A: No problem! Board members have lived all over the country - sometimes even working from abroad! - without any issue. It is important to us to have the perspective of Jain youth in all different situations, including those who do not have easy access to a Jain community.

Q: What if I’ve never held a position like this before?
A: Again, there is no “required" set of experiences to be a good fit for Executive Board - our current board has graduate students, working professionals from various industries, college and even high school students! We want to hear about the skills and interests you have, but there are also many that we can teach you! When thinking about what you want to apply for, look for the position description that is a good fit with both your background and your interests.

Q: What is a work product?
A: The work product is an example of something that the Board member holding that position does as a part of their day-to-day YJA responsibilities. Seeing a work product allows us to better understand your working style, and what you might create or do if you were in that position on the YJA Board. Work products will be looked at in the context of your application and background, so again, don’t worry if you’ve never done something like this before! Just follow the instructions and do your best.

Q: Why are you asking for a resume?
A: We’ve found that involvement with Jainism is not the only thing that helps us as Executive Board members - we all use skills and experiences from school, internships, work etc. as well! Seeing your resume gives us a quick look into this background. No need to modify, just send us your existing resume as-is. Again, if you are in high school or college and don’t have one yet, email us at [email protected]! This will not negatively affect your application.

Q: Should I talk about my activities or work experience extensively in my application?
A: Don’t rehash your resume in your application. No need to provide us lists of your activities or accomplishments in application answers - use examples as appropriate, but first and foremost make sure you’re actually answering the questions and helping us learn more about you!

Q: Is the word limit a hard restriction or an approximate guideline?
A: Stick to the word limits. Less is more!

Q: Any other tips for application writing?
A: Proofread your application - typos, grammar and spelling mistakes all make it more difficult to understand what you're trying to convey.

The YJA Executive Board is comprised of sixteen Jain youth from across North America: two Co-Chairs, eight Directors, and six Regional Coordinators, 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 support the Executive Board in incorporating education into its initiatives.

Director of Events

Support Regional Coordinators in organizing regional events, coordinate national and co-hosted events, and strengthen relationships with Jain Centers.

Director of Finance

Develop an annual budget 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 the Directors and Project Teams, and lead organizational documentation and goal-setting.

Director of Publications

Sharing the voice of the broader Jain community through YJA’s publications, including Young Minds and the Medium blog.

Director of Public Relations

Coordinate all YJA social media and communications, and consistently develop creative ways to enrich the YJA brand.

Director of Technology

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

Regional Coordinator

Connect YJA members in their region through local and regional events, manage a team of Local Representatives, and actively engage 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 24th, 2020 (the application deadline) and must not turn 30 years of age until after September 15, 2021. 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 24, 2020); OR
(b) Are a minimum of sixteen (16) years of age (as of July 24, 2020) 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 are due on July 24th at 11:59pm PST. 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-minute phone interview. After all interviews have been complete, the Executive Board will vote on all interviewees.

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 15, 2020 and the anticipated end date is September 15, 2021.