In collaboration with and reporting to the Director of Midwifery Practice, Education and Global Outreach (MPEGO), the Director of Global Operations (DGO) will have overall operational responsibility to assure alignment and execution of ACNM’s global strategic plan. The DGO will identify, lead and implement grant funded international initiatives with an emphasis on midwifery pre- and in-service education, professional association strengthening and maternal, newborn, and women’s reproductive health clinical capacity building in low income countries. The DGO will develop and maintain a comprehensive business plan to support global strategies, prepare grant proposals, project plans and budgets, oversee scope of work on global contracts and direct multiple global consultants in meeting deliverables locally and abroad.
This high-visibility position supports the mission and values of the organization, serves as a project representative to ACNM members, staff, and stakeholders and prepares member communications to related to global health activities. The DGO will work closely with the CEO and Director of MPEGO to advise on global future-outlook and market trends and build strong partnerships domestically and globally with maternal health organizations.
Advanced degree in a clinical field, public health or business with significant experience in global maternal newborn and women’s reproductive health and grants management required. CNM / CM designated midwife by education, certification, licensure and practice is preferred. The successful candidate will support ACNM’s mission and values, be a participative collaborator with excellent communications skills and strong working knowledge of midwifery practice.
This position is full-time and based on site at the ACNM National Office in Silver Spring, MD. For the right candidate, a remote work arrangement with frequent travel to Silver Spring would be considered.
ACNM is EEOC compliant. A diverse pool of candidates is being sought.
Works closely and collaboratively with the CEO, Director of MPEGO, Vice President of Finance, Director of Government Affairs, and Director of Membership and Communications to advise on global health projects, collaborate on policy and financial health of global projects, and address member inquiries on related matters.
Proposes strategies, budgets and systems of accountability for projects funded by federal and privately financed grants relating to midwifery, women’s and maternal health in countries outside the United States.
Develops and manages relationships with outside organizations appropriate to the global outreach activities of ACNM. Engages in business development to support global grants to ACNM pertinent to the organization’s mission.
Global Outreach Activities Development and Management
Develops professional relationships appropriate to the development and management of sustainable ACNM agreements with federally and privately funded prime contractors for global outreach activities in the areas of midwifery, women’s and maternal health development systems in countries outside the United States.
Develops and manages staff, consultants and business management personnel engaged in global outreach activities on behalf of ACNM, including financial and business management activities. Identifies and maintains appropriate records and professional contacts with midwives appropriately trained and experienced in global outreach activities who may serve as technical services consultants. Identifies and develops opportunities for midwives who have an interest in serving as mentored volunteers on grant-funded global outreach activities to support such activities and to help meet contract requirements for in-kind contributions to global outreach efforts.
Accountable to the director of MPEGO to ensure the effective and sustainable conduct of ACNM global outreach activities, consistent and compliant with best practices, applicable laws and contract agreements with federally and privately funded prime contractors, staff and consultants.
Support activities of the ACNM volunteer led Division of Global Engagement (DGE) and attend its regular meetings as requested.
Oversee the regular and efficient maintenance of appropriate financial and project reports, and other required records associated with global outreach activities.
Develop and engage in grant-funded global outreach activities directly, to a level amounting to approximately 50 percent of the individual's level of effort (LOE) throughout a year.
Develops individual project work plans and assure completion of individual grant projects.
Develops and monitor budgets for these projects.
International travel may be required but will not exceed 10% LOE.
Development of Midwives Trained in Global Outreach Activities
Together with the Director of MPEGO and DGE, develop and carry out a strategy, for appropriate and sustainable educational curriculum and programs in support of the ACNM Global Health Competencies to provide professional development for midwives interested in global outreach activities.
Education of Key Stakeholders and Members in Global Activities
Develop articles, online materials and educational content for ACNM publications and educational environments intended to support the ACNM global outreach mission.
Monitor and report key issues and trends related to midwifery practice and share this knowledge throughout ACNM.
Experience and Education
Advanced degree in a clinical field, public health or business with significant experience in global maternal newborn and women’s reproductive health and grants management required.
CNM / CM designated midwife by education, certification, licensure and practice is preferred.
The ideal candidate will have at least 5 years of experience in management of global health projects, leadership and professional advocacy.
Previous experience must demonstrate a commitment to women’s health.
Project management and project planning of large scale, complex projects.
Budget development and tracking.
Grant business development, writing and grant management.
Experience working with volunteer leaders and nonprofit Boards.
Supervision of staff members or consultants.
Writing, Language, Communication, and Presentation Skills
Ability to read, analyze, and interpret complex documents. Ability to respond effectively to the most sensitive inquiries or complaints. Ability to write white papers, articles, informational resources, speeches and other communications. Ability to make effective and persuasive speeches and presentations on controversial or complex topics to top management, public groups, and/or Boards of Directors.
Ability to read and interpret statistical analysis pertinent within professional literature. Ability to prepare project and department budgets and read financial reports related to the budget.
Ability to solve practical problems and deal with a variety of concrete and complex variables in situations where only limited standardization exists. Ability to interpret a variety of instructions furnished in written, oral, diagram, or schedule form.
Excellent written and verbal communication skills, including versatile writing skills and strong, accurate proofreading skills.
Strong team player with ability to work collaboratively with colleagues as well as be an independent, creative, and resourceful self-starter.
Strong customer service focus, consistently demonstrating courteous, cooperative, and helpful behavior to all internal and external contacts, accountability, follow-through, and close attention to detail.
Working knowledge of the following preferred: MS Word, Excel, PowerPoint, Google Docs, and Social Media Tools.
Excellent organization and prioritization skills.
Demonstrate strong skills in the following areas: analytical thinking, strong verbal and communications skills appropriate to a range of audiences.
Strong interpersonal skills and demonstrated ability to work closely and collaboratively in a team environment is required.
Qualities of integrity and credibility.
Ability to lead department team through effective management, communication, and understanding the nature of various projects.
Motivated self-starter with a positive attitude, able to work independently and under pressure to meet deadline
Ability to receive instruction from supervisor and prioritize responsibilities and time as required to accomplish assigned tasks.
Excellent attention to detail and good follow through, including proactive status updates and communication with team membe
Spirit of self-reflection and lifelong learning.
Respect – Works collaboratively to develop positive relationships and treats staff, volunteers, and stakeholders in a manner that promotes fairness, inclusivity, teamwork, and the accomplishment of ACNM’s strategic goals.
Customer Service Focus – Proactive, professional, and responsive to meeting the service expectations of all customers; both internal and external to ACNM.
Teamwork – Leverages knowledge across the organization and diversity to enhance the work of ACNM and works collaboratively to develop positive relationships with staff, volunteers, members, and other stakeholders to achieve the shared ACNM goals.
Transparency – Engages in openness, communication and accountability of ACNM business processes and decisions.
Accountability –Displays honesty and truthfulness, confronts problems quickly, and displays strong commitment to the success of the ACNM including a willingness to accept full responsibility in meeting ACNM’s core values and work performance expectations.
The physical demands described here are representative of those that must be met by an employee to successfully perform the essential functions of this job. Reasonable accommodations may be made to enable individuals with disabilities to perform the essential functions.
Regularly sit, talk and actively listen for prolonged periods, stand, walk, and reach with hands and arms.
Communicate with individuals by telephone, e-mail and face-to-face.
Specific vision abilities required by this job include close vision.