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Now Hiring: Midwifery Program Coordinator

Birthingway College of Midwifery is a small, 501(c)(3) nonprofit college that has trained direct-entry midwives, lactation consultants, labor doulas, and postpartum doulas in the Portland Metro area for the past 24 years. We are looking for someone to work about 30 hours per week to help us raise up new generations of midwives by overseeing our midwifery program. This is a multi-faceted position that encompasses all aspects of admitting, supporting, and graduating students in the program. Job duties will include fielding inquiries from potential students, coordinating admissions, organizing events related to the midwifery program, and advising current students regarding coursework, clinical training, and graduating.

Our ideal candidate would possess the following qualities and qualifications:

  • Current Certified Professional Midwife (CPM) with prior homebirth clinical experience required
  • Bachelor’s degree required
  • Passionate about the Midwifery Model of Care
  • Able to hold regular office hours and keep appointments. This position would not be a good fit for a midwife with a busy practice, but might be perfect for someone wanting to transition away from the on-call lifestyle while still working to promote midwifery.
  • Strong attention to detail and problem-solving skills
  • Warm, relationship-oriented, and able to strike a balance between compassion and firmness
  • Willing to learn and utilize Non-Violent Communication (NVC)
  • Able and willing to bring an equity and inclusion lens to all activities around admissions and supporting students

Benefits include health insurance, four weeks of paid time off annually (to start), waived tuition for most course offerings, somewhat flexible hours, and a dynamic and relational work environment offering plenty of opportunities to work autonomously and in collaboration with other staff who are passionate about forwarding reproductive justice and the Midwifery Model of Care.

We believe that cultivating a diverse and inclusive community of staff, faculty, and students is critical to fulfilling our mission of training excellent practitioners. Birthingway does not discriminate on the basis of anyone’s actual or perceived race, color, ethnic origin, religion, sex, gender identity, sexual orientation, marital status, age, disability, socioeconomic status, or any other protected class in employment decisions, admissions, or other college activities.

HOW TO APPLY: Please read the complete job description below and fill out our online application here.

Applications must be submitted no later than 11:00 am on Monday, October 9, 2017.

TITLE: Midwifery Program Coordinator
INSTITUTION: Birthingway College of Midwifery, a 501(c)(3) non-profit private college
HOURS: 30 hours per week
SALARY: $18.00 per hour
BENEFITS: Health Insurance, Tuition Waiver, Paid Time Off
LOCATION: Outer SE Portland

Qualifications & Job Requirements

  • Bachelors Degree required, Masters preferred
  • NARM-credentialed CPM required
  • Passionate about the midwifery model of care; clinical experience in homebirth midwifery required
  • Able to mentor students on their midwifery path
  • Open to and willing to adapt to alternative education models
  • Demonstrates strong interpersonal and communication skills
  • Able to communicate fluently in the English language
  • Able to alphabetize files and documents
  • Able to use computer systems, including basic knowledge of internet and office software
  • Able to work effectively on complex projects with numerous interruptions
  • Able to prioritize tasks and see projects through from beginning to end
  • Able to work both autonomously and with direct supervision
  • Able to acknowledge evaluation and respond appropriately
  • Able to analyze and synthesize information, solve problems, and reach a decision in a timely manner
  • Able to function effectively under stress, to adapt to changing environments and situations, to display flexibility, and to function in the face of uncertainty.
  • Able to interact with students, faculty, fellow staff, and the public with sensitivity, clarity, and efficiency
  • Able to communicate clearly and extensively in writing, by telephone, by e-mail, and in person
  • Willing and able to work in a multi-vocal setting
  • Willing and able to learn and utilize Non-Violent Communication (NVC)
  • Able to ask and learn

Physical Demands
Based on the US Department of Labor’s classification of Physical Demands, this position is primarily a sedentary one. Computer use is required and job holder must be able to type accurately and see the computer screen. Additionally, phone and in-person communication occurs daily, and both speaking and hearing ability are necessary. Certain obligations do require light work as described by the US Department of Labor – such as lifting boxes of materials or moving chairs (“exerting up to 20lbs of force occasionally, or up to 10lbs of force frequently”). Job holder must be able to travel off-site for some school-wide events, such as Meet & Greet and Graduation.

Environmental Conditions
Job holder will not be exposed to extreme environmental conditions. The demands of this job are primarily intellectual and interpersonal.

Job Duties


  • In collaboration with the Outreach and Development Coordinator, schedule, plan and organize “So You Want to Be a Midwife” event(s)
  • Provide information to prospective midwifery program students about the school,
    prerequisites, curriculum, etc. This includes:

    • Advising potential students about the availability of aid and assisting with general questions about the aid programs, in collaboration with the Financial Aid Officer
    • Giving tours
    • Responding promptly to emails and phone inquiries
    • In-person advising
    • Participating in monthly Program Information Sessions
  • Coordinate admissions process
    • Advise prospective students on admissions process
    • Receive, process, and track applications
    • Assemble and coordinate admissions committee, including holding informational meeting for students interested in participating on committee
    • Coordinate ‘Meet and Greet” annually in Fall
    • Administer “Buddy” program
    • Coordinate interview process by scheduling with applicants, processing applications, and organizing Class Selection meeting (including lunch for all)

Advising and Assessment

  • Academic advising and course projections
  • With the Financial Aid Officer, assist students with academic decisions related to financial aid, such as maintaining the minimum course load required by their program
  • If made aware, report students’ scholarships and other outside financial assistance to the Financial Aid Officer
  • Meet with students as needed to evaluate progress (course completion, clinical training credits)
  • Provide individual mentoring for students on an “as needed” basis
  • Review student academic files at least twice yearly
  • Second Year Check-in and Feedback individual meetings
  • Assess Satisfactory Academic Progress (SAP) at the end of Winter Term initially and again at the end of the six week remediation period. Contact students who did not make SAP. Report results to the Administrative Programs Coordinator and Financial Aid Officer
  • Assess transcripts from other educational institutions (GERTE) to determine if they meet midwifery program prerequisites and General Education requirements
  • Sit on Exception to Policy committees as needed
  • Evaluate completion of clinical training credits each term (collect necessary paperwork, calculate timesheets, fill out course completion forms and revision forms)
  • Print student status report one week after each term ends for record of “Incompletes”
  • Hold meeting with students to assess completion of graduation requirements including verifying Client Care Documentation book with second signature verification.
  • Coordinate and conduct (some of the) Oral Integration exams for students nearing graduation
  • Assist students with NARM application process as needed
  • Advise students planning to leave core and return to core
  • Attend third year core debriefing and write summary of feedback
  • Advise students re: starting clinical training including starting in first year
  • Coordinate (with Faculty Coordinator) Clinical Training Workshop annually in Winter
  • Term to orient student midwives to client care documentation forms and clinical training credit
  • Advise students planning to bring their baby to classes
  • Circulate graduation checklists to staff and ensure smooth processing

Community Support

  • Coordinate new and continuing student orientation, and plan and facilitate core completion ceremony (organize core completion gifts and bead exchange)
  • Assist with events and projects including fundraising for core completion gifts
  • Communicate and problem solve with Faculty Coordinator and Midwifery Preceptor
  • Liaison regarding perceived problems in specific clinical training settings and as to trends/problems with clinical training in general
  • Facilitate cohort for one or more core classes
  • Coordinate and supervise Midwifery Commencement Ceremony annually in Spring
  • Send thank-you cards, birthday cards, sympathy cards and new baby cards as appropriate and per policy
  • Organize third year Core Completion Lunch and attend last afternoon feedback session

Curriculum Review

  • Participate in curriculum process meetings to review curriculum at least annually
  • With Academic Coordinator, compare NARM skills requirements to BCM Skills Assessment Checklist



  • Filing as needed
  • Read meeting minutes in a timely manner
  • Maintain currency on NARM certification requirements
  • Using the multivocal process, update forms related to the Midwifery program, including: Petition to Join a New Cohort, Notification or Return to Core, all admissions forms, Graduation Requirements Checklist, Petitions for Exception to Policy, Second Year Check-In form.
  • Meet with President approximately bi-weekly
  • Facilitate one midwifery program cohort and attend facilitator meetings
  • Provide feedback to President on policies and procedures, budget needs, etc.
  • Attend and take on roles in staff meetings and other meetings as needed or requested
  • Participate in the creation, review, and updating of policy and procedure as needed using the multivocal process
  • Create and update job manual regularly
  • Write monthly reports of accomplishments for circulation among staff
  • Participate in trainings on NVC and other topics as assigned
  • Other duties as assigned by College president










Labor of Love: A Final Message

Dear Birthingway Community,

I am honored and humbled by your support. Just two weeks ago, the College announced our first ever Labor of Love campaign to reach 250 donors before the start of our Fall term. This number was certainly a reach goal for us, as we’ve never undertaken fundraising quite like this before.

While we did not reach our donor participation goal, we did reach you: our community.

We received donations from current students, alumni (new and seasoned), staff, and faculty who wanted to express their gratitude for what Birthingway has done for them. Remarkably, we also received donations from friends, family members, and colleagues of our community members who were impressed with Birthingway’s unique ability to nurture passionate people into compassionate practitioners. You gave, you shared, and you brought us forward in our mission. Thank you.

Together, we raised a total of $2,305 in support of Birthingway and our programs. These funds will be put towards scholarships, teaching tools and classroom equipment, professional development, and more.

You did this– we did this. Thank you for joining us in our Labor of Love.

Holly Scholles

You can support Birthingway year-round by giving, volunteering, joining rewards programs, and more! Learn more on our Donate page and contact with any questions.

Thank You to Our Labor of Love Donors:

Anne Albaugh
Catherine Bailey
Nicole Bendotoff
Margaret Bennett
Marcela Bonilla
Elizabeth Bragg
Bridgetown Baby
Sara Brody
Caley Brown
Allison Casler
Elaura Dunning
Andrea Ferroni
Regina Flanagan
Lucy French
Glow Midwifery
Alimah Hall
Eleanor Hawkins
Celeste Kersey
Jaime Lefcovich
Rosemary Loperena
Stacey Maurer
Bonnie McAnnis
Carrie McCormick
Lorell Miller
Susan Moray
Kori Muth
Mary Kathleen Nelson
Mirra Nerenberg
Genevieve Neyland
Christina Perez
Mike Reding
Nichole Reding-Hoffart
Rosehip Midwifery
Holly Scholles
Schoenfeld & Schoenfeld
Julie Shivley
Dana Slaughterbeck
Anne Smith
Katie Sotor
Emily Stevenson
Tiny Moon Design
Geri Waller
Susan Williams
Alyson Young
Jacqueline Zapp-Garcia

If you are a donor and would like your name to be changed or removed from this list, please email Thank you again for your support!

Birthingway Seeks New Members for Expanded Board

Birthingway College of Midwifery is a nonprofit organization governed by a volunteer Board of Directors. We are currently recruiting qualified, dedicated, and interested people to join our Board!

If you are passionate about:

  • Family and infant health
  • Healthcare equity
  • Choices in childbirth
  • Education and careers for women and members of other marginalized communities
  • Relationship-centered care
  • Collaborative learning communities
  • Informed birth practices
  • Broadening support for breastfeeding, labor, and postpartum parents
  • Building diverse networks of care providers

Birthingway would love to hear from you!

About Us

Our mission is to set the standard for educating excellent entry-level and continuing practitioners of the midwifery arts and sciences within the biodynamic model, integrating a solid framework of traditional knowledge and practices with a variety of therapeutic approaches.

As a part of this mission, we are committed to encouraging and supporting students to reach their educational and professional goals. Birthingway strives for the highest level of achievement in our students and maintains small class sizes to provide a personal experience for each member of the school.

The educational programs at Birthingway include a midwifery certificate and a Bachelor of Science in Midwifery degree, an Associate degree and a certificate in Lactation Consultation, and certificate programs for Labor Doulas and Postpartum Doulas. We also offer Continuing Education workshops for birth workers. Our student midwives and lactation consultants train in many clinical settings, with preceptors throughout the United States and worldwide.

Birthingway started in March 1993 as a six-month structured study group in the home of founder Holly Scholles. Soon the group transformed into a private business, Birthingway Midwifery School, which offered a two year program of classroom and independent study. In 1996, to meet national accreditation requirements, the program expanded to three years and increased the clinical requirements for graduation. In 1997, Birthingway became a non-profit, charitable corporation under the control of a Board of Directors.Upon being authorized to offer the Bachelor of Science in Midwifery degree in March 2001, Birthingway renamed itself Birthingway College of Midwifery.

Birthingway is one of only eleven schools accredited by the Midwifery Education Accreditation Council (MEAC). It has an annual budget of over $900,000. The majority of these funds are received from student tuition and fees. One of Birthingway’s top priorities is to diversify income sources and expand its revenues to ensure continued success and growth.

Getting Involved

Birthingway College of Midwifery needs what you have to offer– your vision, drive, and spirit! Please consider sharing your time as a Board member or volunteer, making a contribution, or learning more about us.

If you are interested in becoming a member of Birthingway’s Board of Directors, please let us know at 503-760-3131 or e-mail today. We’ll follow up with an application and more information about joining our Board!

Frequently Asked Questions about the Board of Directors

Below is a list of the most common questions we receive about the Board and what it’s like to be a Board member. We are happy to answer any questions you may have on these or other topics.

What do Board members do?
The Board of Directors is the governing body of Birthingway. The Board keeps the organization on track with its philosophical, legal, and financial goals. They approve overall College objectives and goals, review and approve the annual budget, and advocate for the school through public relations, networking, and fundraising. The Board also hires and supervises the College President.

How often does the Board meet?
The Board has four regularly scheduled meetings held the second Thursday of March, June, September, and December. March and September meetings are held at the College and June and December are by teleconference. Meetings are open to the public. Rarely, a special emergency meeting may be called if a crucial issue occurs that must be handled quickly.

How much of a time commitment is required?
Birthingway holds four board meetings per year which are approximately two to three hours in length. Additional time is required to review meeting minutes and agendas and to participate in committees and workgroups as needed.

Are Board members paid?
Board members are volunteers and do not receive a salary. However, some of the benefits of sitting on the Board include:

  • Helping to guide the direction of an organization that provides a unique and often marginalized service to clients from many different backgrounds
  • Influencing a paradigm shift in the framework of educating care providers
  • Participating in a truly relationship-based learning and working environment which prioritizes biodynamic care and Non-Violent Communication
  • Playing an active role in strengthening the birth and lactation-related community both locally and nationwide
  • Working with some of the most knowledgeable and experienced people in this community

What are Board meetings like?
Meetings are important and Board members are there to discuss business. And they are engaging, fun, and set in a relaxed and casual atmosphere. You are encouraged to attend our next meeting and observe the Board in action.

What if I have to miss a meeting every once in awhile?
As part of Birthingway’s governing body, the Board is crucial to our success. With so few scheduled meetings, we hope Board members will attend. Of course, we recognize that the Board involves busy, active people and that they may occasionally have to miss a meeting. We will share minutes and materials after each meeting so that all Board members can stay updated.

Is there a term of service?
We ask Board members to commit to a two-year term of service. There is no limit on the number of terms a member may serve.

I am interested in what Birthingway does, but I don’t know a lot about it. Who should I call if I have more questions and want to learn more about what the organization does?
You can learn a lot about Birthingway by browsing the Programs and About Us pages of our website. You can also call Holly Scholles, our President, at 503-760-3131 or email We will be happy to give you more information, answer your questions, or arrange a tour of the school.