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. The MBPF is currently seeking a part-time Managing Director who will serve as the Chief Operations Officer and who will be responsible for the general operational success of the MBPF in partnership with both the MBPF Board of Directors and the MBPF Executive Director. As the MBPF expands, this position will grow into either a full-time position or supplemental hires will be made to support the Managing Director.
The mission of the Mindful Birthing and Parenting Foundation (MBPF) is to support the global accessibility of the Mindfulness-Based Childbirth and Parenting (MBCP) program and approaches across all cultural, socio-economic, religious, and political orientations, influencing programs, models of care, and policies that will improve the health and wellbeing of expectant women, babies, partners, and families in the critical early years of life. The MBPF does this by providing field-leading education and resources to expectant families and high-quality, rigorous 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 Mindful Birthing and Parenting Foundation’s (MBPF) 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:
1. 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.
2. 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.
3. MBCP Community
Our commitment to this work is grounded in the intention to build a global educational movement of MBCP professionals and supporters dedicated to bringing greater awareness, kindness, connectedness, and caring to families worldwide. The MBPF is committed to developing and encouraging local and international communities of MBCP teachers and professionals who engage in supporting one another and the families they serve.
The Managing Director will serve as the chief operations officer of the Mindful Birthing and Parenting Foundation (MBPF), carrying out the Mission and Vision of the MBPF and assuming the responsibility for the general operational success of the MBPF in partnership with the MBPF Board of Directors, the Executive Director, and the MBCP Faculty. The Managing Director will facilitate the programming, outreach, oversight, and operational needs of the MBPF in order to grow, promote, support, and sustain the evidence-based Mindfulness-Based Childbirth and Parenting (MBCP) program and its work with expectant families, health care professionals, and researchers.
The Managing Director is a new position in the MBPF organization. Candidates should be extremely comfortable and adept in both self-directed and collaborative work. Initially, the person who takes on this part-time, contractual position will be tasked with learning and managing current MBPF programs, projects, and operational systems. As responsibilities increase, opportunities for advancement and full-time employment are possible.
Skills & Experience
● 3 years minimum in a Senior Management/Leadership or Advanced Professional role (non-profit organization preferred)
● Bachelor’s degree or higher
● Perinatal health experience is preferred
● An understanding of mindfulness practice and experience is preferred
● San Francisco Bay Area is preferred (remote work possible for the right candidate)
● Proven efficacy in:
1. Creating and Maintaining Sustainable Systems:
- Use of agile analysis
- Flexibility and creative problem-finding/problem-solving
- Appreciation for context & nonlinear systems
- Holistic visioning
- Planning (budgets, project oversight, foresight/strategic plans)
- Project and event management
- Execution (hiring, facilitation, and scheduling)
- Evaluation (quality control, performance reviews, ROI metrics)
- Adaptation (improvisational strategies)
- Legacy structures (documentation, organization)
- Use of agile analysis
2. Creating and Maintaining Relationships between:
- Faculty and consultants
- Affiliated organizations
- External project managers and event coordinators
- Legal and compliance agencies
3. Writing Proficiency
4. The ability to laugh, love, and work patiently with the unexpected events of daily life
The Mindful Birthing and Parenting (MBPF) Culture
The Mindful Birthing and Parenting Foundation (MBPF) is comprised of very kind, insightful and incredibly dedicated professionals who are seeking to provide mindfulness skills and resources to those who will shape the nature of humanity for generations to come. While the MBPF is loosely organized by design, its faculty and staff are tightly bound and directed by the force of the MBPF mission—to bring awareness practices to those living through one of the most profound changes in the adult life cycle, that of becoming a parent and raising a child. Those who thrive in the MBPF culture are able to navigate non-hierarchical, diverse, and participatory environments while also maintaining clarity in their own tasks and objectives. Most of the MBPF faculty are located in various countries around the world and work for MBPF part-time. Video teleconferences, email, and compassionate exchanges are integral elements for maintaining group cohesion of this international team.
The MBPF serves a global community. It is our intention to reflect and enhance the beauty of this diversity in thought, culture, identity, ethnicity, ableness, and orientation within our organization and with those we serve. We believe that our relationships are strengthened in dialogue with one another and that creative tensions are openings for the cultivation of empathy and the emergence of new understandings. We strive to create an ecosystem of radical interconnection, inclusion, safety, and care.
- Please write a cover letter addressed to the Members of the MBPF Board describing a) what draws you to apply for this position; b) what experience(s) you have (if any) with MBCP, mindfulness, perinatal health, and/or nonprofit organizations; c) what you hope to contribute to the MBPF; d) what you consider to be an appropriate pay range for this PT position; and e) any other distinguishing information you would like us to know about you.
- Include your CV or résumé.
- Label all files with your Last Name first, followed by file type (e.g., Smith_Cover Letter or Smith_CV).
- Send all files to firstname.lastname@example.org with Managing Director Application in the subject line.
SUBMISSIONS ACCEPTED UNTIL 31 DECEMBER 2019 OR UNTIL POSITION IS FILLED.