Board of Directors Principles, Standards and Responsibilities

Join us in shaping the future of the International Mindfulness Teachers Association (IMTA)! By serving on the IMTA Board of Directors, you’ll have the chance to contribute directly to our vision and mission, helping to guide and grow our organization for the benefit of all members.


  • Deadline for nominations: March 25, 2024
  • Candidates will be notified of Appointment in April 2024
  • The new Board members will be announced in June 2024
  • 5 Board Members: President, Treasurer, Secretary, 2 Directors-at-Large
  • Term: 1 year
  • Voluntary, non-compensation positions
  • IMTA Board Meetings: Scheduled as needed (virtual and/or in-person), approximately 2-4 times per year.
  • The Board Term is for one year, May 2024-May 2025, and will serve with IMTA’s current President Dawa Tarchin Phillips.  

The Board of Directors shall make governing decisions that reflect concern for and knowledge of IMTA members’ needs, concerns, and aspirations as well as providing the best possible standards and accreditation. Board members shall, to the best of their abilities, attend meetings, become well-informed about the work of the Board, and be prepared to fully express their views and ask discerning questions. Decisions will be reached after encouraging and exploring all points of view.

Each Board member, regardless of personal point of view, is responsible to support the decisions of the Board in public. While Board members may not always see eye to eye, it is imperative that they remain united and project a unified image. Once decisions are taken, this entails wholeheartedly endorsing the decisions of the President and offering steadfast support to the Executive Director. No Board member has any right or authority to act individually in the name of the organization unless delegated specific authority by the Board of Directors.

  • Promote the mission of the association and ensure a strategic planning process is in place that will lead to fulfillment of the mission.
  • Operate responsibly as stewards of the association.
  • Use influence in the industry to advance the mission of IMTA.
  • Conduct purposeful board meetings.
  • Strive to continuously improve effectiveness as a governing board.
  • Strive to develop and maintain effective and mutually collaborative working relationships among fellow board members and with the Executive Director.
  • Use effective problem-solving techniques.
  • Determine the vision and mission of IMTA.
  • Annually assess the environment and approve the organization’s strategy.
  • Approve major policies.
  • Support the Executive Director in leading and managing the association.
  • Ensure adequate resources are allocated to support the strategic plan goals.
  • Enhance the association’s public standing and image.
  • Ensure legal and ethical integrity and maintain accountability.


  • Work collectively with the IMTA Board and Executive Director to determine and execute the vision and mission of IMTA.
  • Annually approve the organization’s strategy
  • Review and approve the annual financial goals, funding plans and budgets.
  • Approve major policies.
  • Enhance the association’s public standing and image.
  • Attend board meetings, participate in conference calls and attend IMTA meetings, events and programs.
  • Must be an IMTA member in good standing (certification or member of an accredited center preferred)
  • Directors are expected to attend quarterly board meetings (conducted via Zoom and/or in-person) and participate in committee work
  • Previous experience serving on a non-profit board or similar capacity
  • Fund raising experience desirable

Questions about the IMTA board or application may be sent to Tiffany A. Jackson, IMTA Executive Director, at This is your chance to make a difference in the IMTA community. We look forward to receiving your nominations and working together to achieve our goals.