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