Job Details

Trainer & Equity Facilitator

Living Yoga, Portland, OR

Job - Non-Profit

Close Date: 01/18/2020

About Us
Living Yoga is a NON-PROFIT organization. Our mission is FOSTERING HEALING AND RESILIENCE THROUGH TRAUMA-INFORMED YOGA. Through teams of dedicated volunteers, we bring trauma-informed yoga to more than 600 students each month in corrections and reentry, substance use disorder treatment and recovery, and community health programs throughout the Portland metro area.

As a social justice organization, our mission supports individuals and communities impacted by personal and systemic trauma. View Living Yoga’s Equity Statement in the application link and on our website.

The Living Yoga Trainer & Equity Facilitator is a part-time, benefit-eligible position.
This role includes two primary functions, each with their own hourly pay rate shown below. Work schedule is flexible and anticipated to be 20 hours per week.

Equity Initiatives; Community Engagement; Program & Training Support
Hourly rate: Starting at $18-19 per hour; DOE
Collaboratively Building a Culture of Diversity, Equity & Inclusion (40%):
Work with staff to develop diversity, equity, and inclusion goals that can permeate all aspects of Living Yoga’s work, with a focus on racial and economic justice. Track progress toward achieving those goals by conducting research and analyzing data related to the intersection of personal and systemic oppression, its resulting trauma, and topics such as mental health issues including substance disorders, disproportionate impact from the criminal justice systems, health disparity, and economic/housing instability, particularly among the marginalized communities Living Yoga currently serves.
Co-lead Living Yoga’s Social Justice Culture Initiative: Schedule and facilitate meetings and community gatherings, organize online participation resources, communicate with members, and report outcomes.
Evaluate Living Yoga’s current outreach and cultural engagement efforts to develop strategies that focus on recruiting and retaining underrepresented populations within Living Yoga’s volunteers, staff, board, and students; foster a diverse Living Yoga community in terms of race, identity, lived experience, income/housing stability, physical mobility, culture, language, etc.
Identify partners in underserved communities where Living Yoga can have a positive impact.
Support the Executive Director and Program & Training team in planning trainings for staff, volunteers, and board on a variety of topics related to trauma-informed teaching practices and diversity, equity, and inclusion.
Help identify training needs and resources; connect with outside guest trainers to meet specific needs; assist in the preparation of training materials.
Community Outreach & Engagement (25%)
Actively network and promote Living Yoga’s Fee For Service trainings. Identify potential clients for outreach, distribute training information, and communicate with current clients.
Represent Living Yoga at hosted events, community networking events, and training events.
Document outreach efforts, following internal process tracking protocols, and share information to ensure team members are kept informed.
Attend and participate in local and national conferences, committees, and other community-led opportunities, in order to increase Living Yoga’s visibility while educating others on our trauma-informed mind-body services.
Inform others about opportunities for engagement and training, and connect new leads to the appropriate management staff.
Program & Training Support (30%; Tuesdays in the Living Yoga office)
Set-up and clean-up before and after trainings.
Collaborate with program and training staff, as requested.
Lead, co-lead, or participate in program related events.
Attend and participate in staff meetings twice per month and monthly trainer meetings.
Collaborate with the Living Yoga team on the development and implementation of diversity and social justice initiatives that support Living Yoga’s strategic priorities and equity commitments.

Training Curriculum Development & Facilitation
Hourly rate: Starting at $38-40 per hour, DOE; hours vary; schedule flexible
Facilitate/co-facilitate existing Living Yoga trainings (training and mentorship will be provided as part of this position's onboarding). These trainings may include:
Building Skills for Trauma Resiliency, 2-hour content includes understanding how trauma shows up in the body, down-regulating mind-body skills for self-care and service delivery, etc.
Living Yoga Volunteer Teacher Training weekends, as requested. 17-hour weekend trainings are held two to three times per year.
Continuing Education (CE), 2-hour workshops, on mutually agreed-upon topics.
Trauma Resiliency Immersion, 14-hour weekend training, as requested. Co-develop equity-focused continuing education content, as needed.
Participate in the development of new trainings curriculum, as requested.
Preferred Qualifications:
Demonstrated commitment to – and proven track-record of – advancing diversity and inclusion in multi-cultural environment, both personally and professionally.
3+ years of training and/or facilitation experience, preferred, particularly in topics related to equity, diversity, inclusion, anti-oppression efforts, cultural competency, and trauma-informed mind-body practices.
Training educational degree or certification, or equivalent work/life experience, in a relevant field, preferred.
An understanding of interpersonal and systemic oppression; including the history of institutionalized racism and poverty in US society, and tools to create anti-racism/anti-oppression initiatives.
Direct and relevant experience on creating a diversity and inclusion program from the concept phase to full execution.
Demonstrated ability to – and proven track-record of – training others on cultural competency, and tailoring facilitation to the unique needs and perspectives of individual trainees and their sectors.
Outstanding communicator experienced in using various methods of communication with a broad range of stakeholders; exceptional ability to convey complex issues and objectives; proven ability to be persuasive and engaging.
Basic knowledge of MS Office (particularly Word, PowerPoint), and Google Drive (Slides, Docs, etc.).
Adept at time management, specifically prioritizing work responsibilities.
Prior success in building strong relationships and partnerships with other nonprofits, government agencies, community groups, and/or individuals.
Proven ability to listen well, think critically, resolve conflict, work collaboratively, and maintain ethical and professional business practices in all aspects of the role.
Ability to maintain a growth mindset: willingness to ask for help, make mistakes, and learn from them, then, sit with discomfort, and support and teach others as they learn, as well.
A passion for Living Yoga’s mission and a personal understanding and use of mindfulness-based skills, yoga, mind-body skills, breathwork, and down regulation practices.
Understanding of how trauma impacts the body and nervous system, the pervasive and systemic effects of trauma, and how to identify symptoms of overwhelm in yourself and others.
Commitment to gaining the information, knowledge, and experience necessary to powerfully articulate Living Yoga’s work and inspire passion for our mission.

Living Yoga employees enjoy a collaborative, friendly work culture and a focus on work-life balance. The team is supported by our broader community of engaged volunteers, board members, and partners.

Benefits include Paid Time Off (PTO) accrual, a monthly contribution toward one of two group health plan options, and a flexible work schedule.

Living Yoga is an Equal Opportunity Employer. We highly encourage people with diverse backgrounds and experiences, people of color, queer, transgender, and gender nonconforming people to apply. Our work culture is trauma-informed, recovery sensitive, and equity focused. We place great value on transparency, respect, and compassion in our communication with each other, volunteers, students, and donors.

Living Yoga is committed to building and maintaining a diverse, safe, and inclusive work space. If you are excited about this position but do not meet 100% of the qualifications, we still encourage you to apply.

To Apply:
Visit to submit application materials.
Please include in your cover letter how your professional or life experience has prepared you to successfully complete this position's responsibilities, particularly (a) facilitating conversations around equity, inclusion, and anti-oppression efforts; (b) identifying potential partners and promoting the benefits of our available services and trainings, and (c) delivering an established trauma-informed curriculum to professional trainees.

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