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Mindful Birthing and Parenting Foundation 

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The Mindful Birthing and Parenting Foundation (MBPF) is a 501(c)3 nonprofit organization dedicated to providing education and training in mindfulness skills for expectant parents, families, children, and the professionals who care for them in order to maximize health and wellbeing throughout the life cycle.  

Based in Oakland, CA, the MBPF operates across the US and internationally with the aid of a small, dedicated team of remote faculty and administrative members.



The MBPF's mission is to support global accessibility of the Mindfulness-Based Childbirth and Parenting (MBCP) program.

About MBPF

Mindfulness-Based Childbirth and Parenting (MBCP) is an evidence-based program for expectant parents that integrates mindfulness skills and practice with childbirth and parenting education. Founded in 1998 by nurse-midwife Nancy Bardacke, CNM, MA, the MBCP program is one of the first adaptations of the world-renowned Mindfulness-Based Stress Reduction Program (MBSR) founded by Jon Kabat-Zinn, PhD. In the 25 years since its inception, more than 100,000 people have trained in MBCP, including professionals in 35+ countries.

The MBPF supports its mission by providing field-leading education and resources to expectant families and high-quality professional trainings for MBCP instructors. The MBPF is committed to contributing to the evidence-base for mindfulness practice as a whole — and MBCP in particular — through the support of rigorous scientific research and the establishment of strong ethical guidelines and training processes for all MBCP and MBCP-inspired programs. The MBPF also aims to help influence perinatal programs, models of care, and health policies to improve the health and wellbeing of all expectant parents, babies, and families in the critical early years of life — across all orientations, statuses, and identities.



The MBPF's vision is to build on our early successes and to develop the self-sustaining aspects of our organization in order to support the MBPF mission for decades to come. The MBPF’s activities fall into 3 main categories:​

  • MBCP Teacher Training

    • Our intention is to continue to develop, improve, and scale the MBCP professional teacher training that the MBPF already provides. We will offer professional training of the highest quality, meeting and exceeding the existing standards of professionalism and integrity that have already been developed for other mindfulness-based training programs (MBPs) throughout the world. Working with birth providers, perinatal professionals, and family support organizations, we will endeavor to offer the MBCP program with sensitivity, honoring local cultures and languages. Whenever possible, we will offer training scholarships to aspiring MBCP instructors, giving emphasis to those serving under-resourced communities.​

  • MBCP Research

    • ​Our intention is to contribute to the evidence-base of MBCP’s efficacy for expectant parents and their families for both the near and long-term impact. We will also enhance our existing relationships with highly regarded research institutions and work to support collaborative exchanges amongst our international research community. Wherever possible, we will provide open access to MBCP publications, facilitate student research, and award grants in the spirit of scientific transparency and learning. We will also engage in a process of adaptation and development of the MBCP curriculum as new research findings emerge.​

  • MBCP Community

    • Our commitment to this work is grounded in the intention to build a global educational movement of MBCP professionals, parents, and supporters dedicated to bringing greater awareness, kindness, connectedness, and caring worldwide for the benefit of this generation of families and those to come.

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POSITION: Executive Director

APPLY BY: 31 March 2024

Hours: 20 hours/week (PT) with opportunity to grow

Base Compensation: $50 USD per hour

Commitment: Minimum 2-3 years

Employment Type: Contract

Location: Remote, Online

Anticipated Start: 1 June 2024


This position reports directly to the MBPF Board of Directors and will have responsibility for strategic, fiscal, and organizational development of the Foundation.

We are looking to transition from a small (~$200K annual budget; PT contract staff; limited programs) to a mid-sized ($500K-5M annual budget; PT/FT salaried staff; expanded programs) nonprofit organization so we can better reach and serve our constituents across a variety of communities and global regions. As the organization grows, we anticipate new staff positions will be established and the ED’s responsibilities and hours will evolve.


(Year 1 - 60% of Time) - Vision, Development, and Growth

  • Fundraising 

    • Direct and oversee fundraising efforts, including establishing and maintaining connections with individual donors, gaining entry into funding organizations, and contributing to grant proposals.

    • Create and adapt pitch decks for donor meetings. 

    • Effectively communicate theory of change, unique value positions, and strategy to diverse audiences.

    • Manage grants, evaluation metrics, and donor reporting.

  • Professional partnerships

    • Establish new relationships and serve as a liaison between the Foundation and other professional organizations, such as associations of doulas, midwives, OB/GYNS, psychologists, childbirth educators, and nurses. 

    • Broker new professional training relationships, licensing agreements, and other partnership opportunities.

    • Negotiate contracts with new Global Collaborative (International MBCP Teacher Training Centers) members and research teams.

  • Strategic planning

    • Set annual objectives and evaluation metrics and present the plan to the Board.

    • Help innovate new products, programs, and services and outline how these concepts might scale.

    • Create protocols for market testing and ROI thresholds.

    • Develop forecasts and contingency planning.


(Year 1 - 30% of Time) - Leadership and Management

  • Co-lead with the Director of Operations, ensuring programmatic excellence, positive organizational culture, and mission alignment.

  • Forge and maintain relationships of trust with partners, funders, faculty, team, and other constituents.

  • Offer new ideas and perspectives to foster a spirit of insight and renewal within the organization, highlighting ways to improve efficiencies and service.

  • Help shape and implement policies and programs that promote equity, diversity, inclusion, and belonging amongst Board members, administrative teams, faculty members, researchers, and other constituents.

  • Project manage initial stages of high-stakes partnerships.

  • Co-create and oversee an annual operations budget with the Director of Operations and select Board members.

  • Ensure that the Foundation is in compliance with its contractual obligations, fiscal reports and tax filings, and other federal/state 501(c)3 nonprofit requirements.

  • Oversee efforts to protect the Foundation's intellectual property.

  • Embody clear, ethical, and mindful leadership.


(Year 1 - 10% of Time) - Communications and Networking

  • Act as the face and voice of the Foundation, helping to build the narrative and sell the mission.

  • Make live presentations at conferences, on podcasts, or as part of other media opportunities.

  • Help write content for outreach materials.

  • Provide some parameters and guidelines for marketing efforts.

  • Establish relationships with peers in adjacent and affiliated fields (i.e., other mindfulness-based interventions, perinatal health groups, maternal mental health).




All candidates should have proven leadership, development, and management experience. 

  • Minimum 7 years of leadership experience, preferably in an Executive Director or C-suite role

  • Nonprofit management experience

  • Proven record in fundraising

  • Familiarity with the field of healthcare, preferably perinatal or mental health

  • Excellent communication (oral and written) and persuasive public speaking skills

  • Previous history growing programs to scale and meeting data-driven evaluation metrics  

  • Experience creating and managing budgets, fiscal literacy

  • Self-directed, entrepreneurial workstyle with capacity to work collaboratively with diverse stakeholders

  • Ability to be agile in tasks and thinking

  • Passion for supporting new families and making intergenerational change


The Mindful Birthing and Parenting Foundation (MBPF) is an Equal Opportunity Employer. We are actively seeking to create a diverse work environment because we believe teams are stronger with different perspectives and experiences. We value a diverse work culture and encourage all qualified candidates to apply.

The MBPF strives to create a workplace that respects the dignity and worth of each individual and is free from all forms of employment discrimination, including harassment, because of race, color, sex, gender, age, religion or religious creed, national origin, ancestry, citizenship, marital status, sexual orientation, gender identity, gender expression, neurodiversity, physical or mental disability, military or veteran status, or any other characteristic protected by law. Read the MBPF's DEI Acknowledgment Statement.

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