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Executive Director, Enneagram
International Enneagram Association
Job Summary

The International Enneagram Association (IEA) has an exciting opening for a full-time Executive Director. After more than 27 years as an organization led by a volunteer working Board, we are ready to grow our organization and expand our impact by hiring a strategic thinking, highly motivated and collaborative leader.

Job Description

What is the IEA?

The International Enneagram Association (IEA) is a nonprofit international membership organization dedicated to learning about and connecting with others through the Enneagram. The Enneagram is a psycho-spiritual tool, sometimes called a wisdom map. It identifies nine different patterns individuals use to interpret the world and the core motivations and avoidances of each. It is useful for deep personal transformation and growth work and in managing emotions and responses in daily life.

The Enneagram is taught and understood through many different lineages and traditions. It is used by individuals, couples, groups and organizations seeking to understand themselves and each other better. It is applied in a wide variety of settings, including secular psychology, spiritual practice and direction, business coaching and consulting, recovery and healing work, somatic applications and more. The IEA is the “big tent” organization that brings these diverse traditions and applications together, with a common commitment to deepening understanding of the Enneagram and using it ethically and with integrity.

Founded in 1994, the IEA is a global community that carries out its mission in several main ways:

  • Membership - The IEA is a membership association with approximately 1300 members worldwide. Our membership includes Professional members who teach or use the Enneagram in a variety of professional settings. It also includes Participating members who are enthusiastic about learning about the Enneagram and connecting with others who share their interests. All IEA Members commit to the IEA ethical guidelines.
  • Accreditation - One of the IEA’s most important programs is its Accreditation Program for Professionals, Training Programs and Schools. IEA Accredited Professionals must have attained a high standard of qualified Enneagram training and professional experience over a period of at least three years. Accredited Training Programs and Schools must provide either a comprehensive Enneagram education or in-depth, specialized training in a particular application. Accredited Professionals, Training Programs and Schools must adhere to the IEA’s Code of Ethics.
  • Affiliates and Chapters - The IEA has 20 Chapters and Affiliates throughout the US and the world. These are self-governing not-for-profit organizations committed to creating Enneagram community and furthering the IEA’s mission in their state, country, or region. IEA Chapters and Affiliates sponsor regional workshops, conferences, and other events. Leaders gather periodically in person or through virtual platforms to share information and learn from each other.
  • Events – The global IEA holds a large multi-day conference every other year. Traditionally this event was held in person, though in 2021 it was held entirely online. Our 2023 Global Conference, Unite & Ignite, will be a hybrid conference held July 20-23 with the in-person event in San Francisco. The IEA also sponsors occasional workshops and a monthly webinar called IEA LIVE that is presented by Affiliates and Chapters or Professional Members. The IEA also promotes regional conferences organized by its Affiliates and Chapters in alternate years.

What is the IEA Executive Director Position?

With 2021 revenues of $300,000, the IEA is seeking its first Executive Director as it moves from a volunteer working board model to a governing Board model. This Executive Director must have the vision to perceive opportunities for growth and for improving the efficiency, quality and cost of IEA services. The Executive Director must bring the IEA into the digital age, developing appropriate technology tools, strong social media and online community, and program offerings to attract new and retain existing members and generate additional revenues. The Executive Director will work with the IEA Board of Directors and our capable contracted administrative staff, as well as members, volunteers and other stakeholders, to develop and implement the organization’s strategic goals. The Executive Director will provide overall executive leadership for strategy and implementation, organizational development, operations, financial oversight, and fundraising.

What are the Qualifications Necessary for this Position?

  • Strategic Thinking and Tactical Skills – The ability to think strategically and implement tactically - to see the big picture and sift through alternatives, using sound judgment to develop and implement effective plans to move the organization forward.
  • Ability to Collaborate and Inspire - Ability to attract, inspire and motivate others. Open to and accepting of many different types of people. Ability to listen and work collaboratively with others and build support for decisions.
  • Management Experience - Seasoned manager with minimum 5 years successful senior-level management experience, including strong experience with budgeting and finances. Experience with managing financial and operational opportunities and threats in a small staff/small budget organization.
  • Non-profit/Membership Association Experience – Experience with managing a US 501 (c)(3) non-profit or membership association, including knowledge of best practices to grow and support members, increase revenues, support affiliates and chapters, and conduct fundraising.
  • Self-Starter - Goal driven and possessing a high degree of motivation and energy. A “doer” with the ability to work independently while collaborating closely with the administrative team and international board, and engaging with members, volunteers, and other stakeholders. An “entrepreneurial mindset” to develop new opportunities and manage challenges.
  • Marketing and Promotion – Knowledge of and appreciation for marketing and promotional methods needed to expand membership, increase participation in programs and events, and increase fundraising.
  • Board Experience - Experience working with a Board of Directors, and familiarity with governing board/staff roles and organizational change dynamics.
  • Communication Skills -Excellent written and verbal communication skills and fluent in English. Ability to serve as a spokesperson for the organization internally and externally. Knowledge of other languages a plus.
  • Passion for Mission – Familiarity with the Enneagram preferred. Strong interest in and commitment to human potential and transformation work, willingness to fully embrace the Enneagram and its wide spectrum, and passion for the IEA’s vision, mission and unique role within the Enneagram community required.
  • Global Mindset - Global, multicultural mindset with experience working across international languages and cultures.
  • Technology – Familiarity and comfort with current technology and digital tools to develop online education and engagement platforms and streamline operations.
  • Other Requirements:
    • Bachelor’s Degree or higher
    • Ability to work remotely primarily during Eastern Time Zone business hours (with administrative staff headquartered in Cincinnati, Ohio). Flexibility to accommodate international time zones, meetings and events as needed.
    • Ability to and interest in travel both within the US and internationally
    • Commitment to diversity, equity, and inclusion


The compensation range for the Executive Director position is $95,000 to $100,000, commensurate with experience and other qualifications.

Application Process

The search for the IEA Executive Director is being conducted by The Moran Company. To apply for this position, submit a cover letter and resume to Bill Moran, The Moran Company.
Resume should be chronological and include all professional education and experience, dates of employment (month and year), position/title and organization names. APPLY NOW

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