Position Announcement

JOB TITLE:  Chief Executive Officer, Baby-Friendly USA

LOCATION:  Albany, NY, with frequent domestic travel


SALARY:  Commensurate with experience and qualifications

BENEFITS:  Include paid time off for holidays, vacation and sick leave and a monthly stipend that may be applied to the purchase of health insurance, dental insurance and/or a 401 (k) retirement plan.

Baby-Friendly USA (BFUSA) is the national accrediting body for WHO/UNICEF’s Baby-Friendly Hospital Initiative (BFHI).  BFUSA assesses Infant feeding policies and practices in hospitals and birthing centers and confers the prestigious international Baby-Friendly® designation on those that meet the criteria that demonstrate excellence in breastfeeding promotion, protection and support. Through the designation process, we help millions of babies get off to a great start, upholding the highest standards in infant feeding care.  Over a million babies a year are born at the 600+ Baby-Friendly hospitals in the country.

The Board of Directors is recruiting a Chief Executive Officer to succeed our current leader who is retiring.

The ideal candidate:

  • Is committed to improving support for evidence-based breastfeeding practices in maternity services
  • Has relevant experience in the fields of maternal and child health or infant feeding
  • Has at least 10 years of experience leading and/or managing nonprofit organizations, working strategically with boards and building successful relationships with staff, customers, and external stakeholders
  • Has experience with performance assessment and program evaluation practices in health care
  • Is skilled at managing the development and use of information and communications technology
  • Is skilled at analyzing and navigating complex environments, managing change and adapting to the challenges with openness and creativity
  • Shows a commitment to serving diverse and underserved populations, ensuring that all families have access to Baby-Friendly care

Key aspects of the CEO role:

  • Works collaboratively and strategically with the Board of Directors and staff in the establishment and implementation of Baby-Friendly USA policies
  • Oversees and supervises the performance of operational managers and staff
  • Collects, shares, and disseminates clinical and non-clinical information and knowledge to inform the board and staff of significant developments and trends in the field
  • Guides the development of new initiatives and programs in collaboration with the board, key staff, and stakeholders, as needs and challenges evolve
  • Is responsible for operations, including the management of human resources, budgets and finance, contracts, technology and internal structures to control the organization in compliance with the law
  • Serves as spokesperson for BFUSA via written and oral communication with media and stakeholders
  • Represents BFUSA at national and international meetings and in deliberations with UNICEF, WHO, other international organizations working on the Baby-Friendly Hospital Initiative

Educational background:

  • Holds clinical (e.g., MD, DO, CNM, NP. or PA) and professional management (e.g., CPA, MPA, MPH, MBA) credentials
  • Graduate degree preferred in public health, nursing, healthcare administration, or related field

NOTE:  Baby Friendly USA is an Equal Opportunity Employer, committed to creating an inclusive environment that welcomes and values diversity in our workforce.

Submit application via email to:

Mary Applegate, MD MPH, Chair, Search Committee, CEOsearch@babyfriendlyusa.org

A review of all fully complete applications will begin on June 30, 2020. Applications will continue to be accepted until the position is filled. To be complete your application must include the following:

  • a letter of application that summarizes your qualifications, experience, and why you are the ideal candidate for the position,
  • a current resume that clearly highlights your qualifications, experiences and capabilities that align with the job position, *
  • a list of three professional references that includes their names, titles, relationships to you, and contact information (email & telephone), and
  • a letter of recommendation from each reference, to be sent by email directly to the Search Committee at the address above. (References will be contacted for further information, if needed.)

*Note: Documentation of relevant licensure and certifications may be requested later.