Executive Director, Maternal Health

The Chronicle of Philanthropy
New York
Sep 20, 2016
Oct 18, 2016
Employer Type
Direct Employer
Employment Type
Full Time
Job Board
Choices in Childbirth's (CiC) mission is to provide expectant
parents with a full range of information and education so they can
experience the birth they want and choose. We educate, advocate and
shape policy to help families make informed decisions about where,
how, and with whom to birth and to increase access to childbirth
services that support healthy birth outcomes.

GENERAL DESCRIPTION: The Executive Director is
responsible for the management of Choices in Childbirth, including,
but not limited to revenue generation, financial and program
operations, and organizational development. All aspects of the
Executive Director's work must be aligned with the visions, mission
and core values of Choices in Childbirth.


Ensures that all CiC activities are aligned with vision,
mission, objectives, and CiC's commitment to Core Values.
Actively engages and energizes core volunteers, board members,
partner organizations, institutional funders, donors and families
who have been served.
Is responsible for compliance with local, state and federal
law, regulations associated with CiC's nonprofit status and the
requirements of any funding.
Assumes responsibility for CiC's fiscal health, managing all
financial activities, including budget development, cash-flow
analysis, donor pledges and payments.
Develops and implements management and operating policies and
procedures, as approved by CiC leadership.


Works in partnership with the Board to drive the CiC mission
Develops, maintains and supports a strong board of
Coordinates and facilitates the work of all CiC committees.
Ensures a collaborative and supportive working environment for
staff, volunteers and partners, where their value and contribution
to CiC's mission is recognized.
Supervises staff members to achieve all annual objectives,
including but not limited to, annual grant cycles, educational and
solicitation events, donor solicitation and cultivation, public
relations, marketing and transparent budget

Ensures effective internal systems to scale progress, evaluate
program components and measure success in a way that can be
effectively communicated to the board, funders and other
Oversees development of educational programs and any other
public events.


Plans and implements a multi-dimensional fund raising program
that includes, but is not limited to, goal setting, major donor
cultivation and solicitation, growth of the membership base, growth
of the board, fundraising events and planned giving
Develops a portfolio of new and existing funders to support
organizational growth and new ventures.
Incorporates regular research for ongoing and future grant
priorities into weekly and monthly work-plans and regularly reports
out on prospect research findings.
Maintains relationships with funders (and prospective funders)
by providing stewardship of grant gifts, invitations to special
events and programmatic functions, organizational updates, and
periodic check-ins over the grant period.
Builds strong relationships with identified donors and
prospects, including appropriate acknowledgments and
Conducts prospect research, both individual and
Develops benchmarks to measure progress and success.


Creates and manages all aspects of communications - from web
presence to external relations with the goal of creating a stronger
Develops and executes a robust communications program that
includes mail and online tactics to heighten CiC's visibility.
Serves as a key spokesperson for CiC, creating and implementing
a media relations strategy to showcase CiC and its work.
Develops the narrative to effectively communicate the vision
and work of CiC.
Manages external consultants who support communications and PR
Oversees the creation and dissemination of collateral
Develops alliances with like-minded organizations.


Coordinates the grant making program, including setting
timetables, grant proposal reviews, writing grant proposals and
other matters requiring action.
Ensures the accurate and timely disbursement of all legal grant
agreements and commitments to grant awards.
Researches and identifies needs in the community for funding
Sets benchmarks for evaluating impact and effective use of
grant money.
Ensures compliance with IRS regulations and foundation
requirements for all grants and programs.


Leads the organization's policy and advocacy efforts by
learning the full spectrum of maternal health issues that affect
CiC's mission and work.
Provides leadership on campaigns, reports and staff
Develops, in partnership with Director of Research and Policy,
advocacy strategies on selected issues of importance to expecting
women and families, including but not limited to, participation in
broad coalitions, media placement and educational programs.
Advocates at the local, state and federal levels on public
policy issues that are aligned with CiC's mission.
Builds and strengthens relationships with community
organizations, coalition partners, allies and policymakers
Identifies and tracks relevant blogs, newsletter articles and
press releases and seeks opportunities for CiC coverage.


A passion for the vision, mission and work of CiC
Bachelor's degree required; advanced degree preferred
Experience in supervising a staff
Past experience in grant proposal writing or exceptional and
persuasive writing abilities
Demonstrated ability to raise funds from a variety of
Excellent verbal and written communication and interpersonal
skills to work effectively with high level, prospective donors,
community volunteers, professional advisors and external
Good organizational and planning skills
Capacity to perform multiple projects simultaneously
Sound analytical and problem solving skills; ability to think
strategically and implement organizational change
In-depth knowledge of the communities served.

Choices in Childbirth is an equal opportunity employer with
a commitment to engaging the skills and leadership of people of
color, low-income persons, LGBT persons, differently-abled people,
and other people from diverse backgrounds. People from these and
other traditionally marginalized backgrounds and communities are
strongly encouraged to apply.
TO APPLY: The position is open until filled. Please
e-mail a resume, cover letter, and a writing sample (ex. grant
proposal) in a single PDF doucment to
with "Executive Director" in the subject line.

Category: Executive , Keywords: Chief Executive Officer ( CEO )