Location: U.S. based with travel to Concepción Chiquirichapa, Guatemala
Since 1999, Maya Midwifery International (MMI) has served as an advisory and fundraising body for ACAM (Association of Midwives of the Mam Speaking Area) – a group of 40 Maya midwives in Guatemala who work together to address issues specific to indigenous midwives and the communities they serve. MMI’s mission is to improve maternal and child health outcomes by helping to prepare and sustain local midwives in their communities, with a specific focus on ACAM. MMI’s model is based on listening to local midwives and community members and addressing issues that go beyond just training and service delivery, but that tackle challenges in a way that holistically considers economic and community empowerment, cultural respect and support, and educational attainment together with addressing health issues.
In Guatemala, midwives have been practicing and supporting women, families and communities for thousands of years. In Maya communities, midwives are highly respected health care providers and integral members of the community. ACAM is based in the town of Concepción Chiquirichapa, close to the city of Quetzaltenango, in Guatemala. The ACAM midwives provide much of the care for their clients in their birth center in Concepción Chiquirichapa, which was built in 2003 with donations from U.S.-based midwives and supporters; it is the only medical facility in Guatemala owned and operated by indigenous midwives. They also conduct monthly mobile clinics in four surrounding rural communities. The ACAM midwives provide prenatal care and counseling, attend normal births, and provide postnatal care to mothers and their newborns, as well as nutrition counseling, family planning, and cervical cancer screening. All of the services provided are of excellent quality and very low cost for patients; for high risk pregnancies or complications, they will refer to the local hospital in Quetzaltenango, though many women refuse to go due to cost, poor quality care, or lack of female and/or culturally competent providers. The ACAM midwives speak the language of their clients (Mam) and understand their cultural practices and rich heritage, and this is integrated into the quality, culturally appropriate care that they provide.
Summary of Position
Maya Midwifery International seeks a dynamic part-time Executive Director, experienced in midwifery and leadership, and with a deep commitment to maternal and child health, indigenous midwifery, and preserving local traditions. The ED will partner with the ACAM Council, the Board of Directors, midwives, staff, volunteers, and partners to support and implement the vision and strategic direction of the organization. This position is part time (approximately 20 hours per week), and requires travel to Guatemala, ideally at least 1-2 times per year for 2 weeks, with a remote-work arrangement the rest of the time (e.g. home-office). This position has the possibility to transition to full time, if candidate is interested, pending availability of funds.
Provide leadership and vision to ensure that MMI and ACAM’s mission and values are reflected in all operations and programs, in partnership with the ACAM Council, Board, key staff, and volunteers
Staff and Volunteers
Facilitate a productive and supportive environment for MMI and ACAM staff and volunteers, in alignment with MMI and ACAM’s mission and values
Recruit, hire and support orientation for MMI staff and volunteer positions – in coordination with key staff including the Program Manager, the in-country Program Coordinator, the Midwife Mentor, and the ACAM Council
Evaluate staff and volunteer performance
Seek volunteer and funding resources for ongoing professional development and training for the ACAM midwives and staff, in coordination with the Program Manager, Midwife Mentor, and the in-country Program Coordinator.
Work with MMI Board, the Program Manager, the Program Coordinator, and ACAM Council to develop and implement the ACAM Student Cultural Immersion Program
Program Direction and Administration
Ensure high quality program planning, development, performance, and evaluation that meets funder expectations and sustains and grows ACAM’s programs and services.
Meet regularly with the Program Manager, Midwife Mentor, ACAM Council, and Program Coordinator, as well as the ACAM physician and other staff and volunteers, by video conference to provide support and troubleshooting for ACAM programs, personnel issues, and cross-cultural challenges.
Support partnerships and outreach with other NGO’s, government health officials, and clinicians in order to develop collaborative relationships and strengthen the position of traditional midwives within the health care system locally and nationally, in collaboration with in-country staff.
Observe and support the Midwife Mentor in her role, providing insights on professional challenges and opportunities, and support for the midwives training and professional development.
Fundraising and Donor relations
Work with the Board to cultivate relationships and opportunities with a wide range of funders, including individual donors, private foundations, and U.S.-based fundraisers
In coordination with the Board, the Program Manager, Program Coordinator, and key volunteers, identify funding sources, write grant proposals, and reports including key data and photographs from programs
Conduct ongoing communication with donors and board members
Oversee financial management, fiscal sustainability, and accountability for the organization
Work with the Bookkeeper, Accountant, and Board Treasurer to prepare annual operating budget. Translate monthly financial reports to the MMI Bookkeeper and Treasurer to enable them to track income, grant funds, cash and in-kind donations, and expenses; and enable them to prepare tax documents
Oversee day-to-day financial needs, including translation of ACAM monthly financial reports to English and U.S. dollars, alignment of expenses to grant budgets, and reconciliation of monthly bank statements
Communications and Networking
Oversee external communications, with support of staff and volunteers, including website updates, public-facing reports, and social media and website inquiries.
Facilitate strategic networking opportunities to expand visibility and potential partnerships by attending key conferences and meetings, and/or supporting local partner meetings in Guatemala
CNM, CM, or CPM, required, preferably with a Masters’ degree in midwifery, nursing, or public health; candidates should possess extensive experience with women’s health, the midwifery model of care, and indigenous communities
Ability to work in a multi-cultural environment; understanding and experience with indigenous communities; demonstrated cultural competency, and commitment to diversity and inclusiveness; must be highly organized, as well as flexible
Previous public health and/or service-delivery program design, implementation, and management experience
Demonstrated abilities in data tracking, management, and analysis
Previous management experience, including personnel, fiscal, and program management. (This is not limited to prior ED experience; we will consider candidates that have held other leadership roles within an organization.)
Demonstrated abilities in fundraising, including grant-writing. Significant track record of raising funds from foundation and private sources, particularly major donors highly desired
Excellent communications skills – written and oral
Bilingual in English and Spanish, written and oral.
Prior experience living and working internationally required. Experience in Latin America, particularly Guatemala, a plus
Additional Salary Information: Travel costs paid as well as cost of room and board while in Guatemala.
Internal Number: 002
About ACAM Maya Midwifery
Our goal is to improve maternal child health outcomes by helping to prepare and sustain local midwives in their communities and helping them to have a voice in local and national policies which affect them.
Since 1999, Maya Midwifery International (MMI), has served as an advisory and fundraising body for ACAM (Association of Midwives of the Mam Speaking Area) – a group of 40 Maya midwives in the Western Highlands of Guatemala who work together to address issues specific to indigenous midwives and the communities they serve. MMI’s mission is to improve maternal and child health outcomes by helping to prepare and sustain local midwives in their communities, with a specific focus on ACAM. MMI’s model is based on listening to local midwives and community members and addressing issues that go beyond just training and service delivery, but that tackle challenges in a way that holistically considers economic and community empowerment, cultural respect and support, and educational attainment together with addressing health issues.