Connect with a cause that needs you. Discover purpose and feel pride as part of the ImprovingBirth team!
With busy lives, it can be hard to find time to volunteer. However, the benefits of volunteering are enormous to you, your family, and your community. With approximately 10,000 volunteer hours a year, ImprovingBirth would not succeeded without the incredible contribution of our volunteers, many of whom we now call family.
Are you ready to join the team?
We ask that all our volunteers have a commitment to and understanding of ImprovingBirth followers, preferably based on experience. You need to have diplomatic skills and a natural affinity for cultivating relationships and persuading, convening, facilitating, and building consensus among diverse individuals.
Personal qualities of integrity, credibility, and a passion for improving the lives of pregnant and new families is a must. We seek people who are self motivated and who are original thinkers that can contribute thoughts and ideas and then execute those ideas.
32% of women surveyed described their birth as traumatic and we often confuse the trauma of childbirth with the trauma of a broken maternity care system. This doesn't have to be and we need volunteers like you to make the change.
We look forward to having you join the team.
The Board will support the work of ImprovingBirth.org, Inc. (IB) and provide mission-based leadership and strategic governance. While day-to-day financial operations are led by Jitasa Group, we seek a treasurer that is able to provide leadership in the financial life of the organization.
That financial leadership requires a combination of skills and characteristics. A great treasurer balances these responsibilities:
KNOWLEDGE, COMMUNICATIONS, PLANNING, LEADERSHIP, STRATEGY
- Attend all board meetings
- Maintain knowledge of the organization and personal commitment to its goals and objectives
- Understand financial accounting for nonprofit organizations
- Able to translate financial information and financial concepts for the board and manage the board's review of and action related to the board's financial responsibilities
- Work with the President and Jitasa Group to ensure that appropriate financial reports are made available to the board on a timely basis
- Able to look down the road to find the financial options and decisions needed for longer term goals and initiate discussions to connect finance and mission
- Partner with the Executive Director/President to develop a useful budget
- Present the annual budget to the board for approval
- Review the annual audit and answer board members' questions about the audit
- Serving as a trusted advisor to the Executive Director/President as she develops and implements IB’s projects and programs
- Approving IB’s annual budget, audit reports, and material business decisions; being informed of and meeting all legal and fiduciary responsibilities
- Assisting the Executive Director/President and board chair in identifying and recruiting other Board Members
- Partnering with the Executive Director/President and other board members to ensure that board resolutions are carried out
- Serving on committees or task forces and taking on special assignments
- Representing IB to stakeholders; acting as an ambassador for the organization
- Ensuring IB’s commitment to a diverse board and staff that reflects the communities IB serves
- Manage Donor Communications and tracking
IB Board Members will consider IB a philanthropic priority and make annual gifts that reflect that priority. IB will then be able to credibly solicit contributions from foundations, organizations, and individuals. IB expects to have 100 percent of Board Members make an annual contribution that is commensurate with their capacity.
IB’s Board Members will serve a 2-year term to be eligible for re-appointment for additional terms. Board meetings will be held monthly.
This is an extraordinary opportunity for an individual who is passionate about maternal heath and who has a track record of board leadership. Selected Board Members will have achieved leadership stature in business, government, philanthropy, or the nonprofit sector. His/her accomplishments will allow him/her to attract other well-qualified, high-performing Board Members.
Ideal candidates will have the following qualifications:
- Extensive professional experience with significant executive leadership accomplishments in business, government, philanthropy, or the nonprofit sector
- Service on IB’s Board of Directors is without remuneration, except for administrative support, travel, and accommodation costs in relation to Board Members’ duties.
- Develop educational resources for chapters, providers, and consumers (individual and organizations) that promote evidence-based care leading to normal, healthy birth. (Administrative staff supported)
- Create IB position statements and/or hand-outs on various current birth-related issues utilizing the MFCI as the backbone of all position statements.
- Develop a Provider Recognition Award Program for caregivers whose philosophy of care is evidence-based and Mother-Friendly.
- Collaborate with IB’s Social Media Coordinator to promote IB’s positions on Mother-Friendly birth and to highlight the work that is being done by IB’s chapters.
- Submit Speaker Proposal Abstracts that promote normal birth, birth networks, etc. to various organizations that host yearly conferences.
- Keep advocacy information or content on the IB website current.
- Occasionally highlight or promote situations or stories of people utilizing IB’s Accountability Toolkit on social media or the website.
- Assist the board in creating rapid media and/or social media responses on behalf of IB for trending birth issues or stories.
- Check email daily for new inquiries, enter new inquiry in log, send response
- Communicate with Chapter Leaders on a regular basis about the status of their chapter
- Act as a resource for leaders working on projects (i.e. birth guide, provider recruitment, birth fairs, etc.)
- Keep chapter files updated
- Update the IB Board on the status of existing chapters
- Answer questions from the IB Chapter Leaders Facebook page
- Keep chapter information on the IB website current, make sure all chapters are listed and able to be accessed on search engine on site
- Assist Chapter Coordinator in creating new chapters from inquiries and completed applications.
- Answer questions and help solve problems for IB chapters and Chapter Leaders in a timely fashion.
- Send emails (thank you letters, inquiries, etc.) to IB Chapter Leaders to keep them in the loop on important IB business and to maintain connection.
- Create membership drives to recruit new IB chapters and Chapter Leaders.