Volunteer Board Chair


Maternity Today





Flexible hours


1 year or more

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Community & Care

Adult (18+)


Skills you would develop

  • Decision making

  • Fundraising

  • Records management

  • Communication and interpersonal skills

  • Teamwork

Ideal for

  • Individuals passionate about maternal health

  • Professionals

  • Retirees


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Modupe Krakue



1910 St. Laurent Blvd P.O. Box 41136 Ottawa, Ontario K1G 1A0

About the position

Maternity Today (MT) is currently searching for a Board Chair to join the executive team as a director.

Position Overview:

The Volunteer Board Chair will act as the chair of the Board of Directors, and will carry out additional leadership duties relating to the functioning, responsibilities and effectiveness of the Board of Directors of the Maternity Today organization. The Volunteer Board Chair will assist and advise, providing independent, effective leadership to the Board in the governance of MT.


  • Reporting to, advising and providing sound counsel to the board members

  • Participate in strategic planning, SWOT analysis along with board and organizational evaluation process

  • Creation and advisement on agendas and related materials for Board meetings

  • Carry out duties delegated by the Board

  • Develop and implement processes and practices that support the deliberations of the Board in order that the Board may diligently fulfill its duties and conduct its work and affairs effectively and efficiently

  • Maintaining electronic and paper records ensuring information is organized and accessible

  • Assist with the planning and achievement of the financial goals of Maternity Today, which may include working towards a specified budget, revenue generation or revenue sourcing

  • Lead special projects and initiatives as assigned by the Board, such as policy development or implementation

  • Mentor new appointees to the Board, and provide oversight, coaching and advice with a view to ensuring quality, consistency and accountability

  • Take on responsibility, as appropriate, for communication and coordination with Committee Chairs

  • Maintain current knowledge in Maternity Today’s field of expertise and participate in professional development opportunities

We are in the early stages of revamping strategies, structures and procedures so this role will be busy and expanding. You will have the opportunity to create new processes geared towards organizational growth and development.


Experience & Qualifications:

  • Post-secondary education in Social Sciences, Political Science, Humanities and relevant education and experience

  • The Volunteer Board Chair is expected to possess all the qualifications of a Member and additional leadership abilities

  • Proven ability to undertake organizational strategic planning and evaluation

  • Ability to oversee the implementation of a strategic vision by ensuring appropriate plans are implemented, in order to deliver efficient, effective and high-quality services

  • A comprehensive understanding of Maternity Today’s corporate policies and supporting procedures

  • An understanding of governmental values and a commitment to working within the government’s accountability structure

  • Knowledge of, and displayed commitment to, sound governance practices

  • An understanding of sound financial and operational business processes and practices

  • Familiarity with basic research methods and reporting techniques


  • At least a 3 years commitment, depending on the guidance of the governance and Human Resources committee, this position description will be fully evaluated by the governance and Human Resources committee and updates and recommendation to the Board for consideration and approval.

  • This position can be done virtually from anywhere in Canada.

  • Expectations regarding a time commitment are in the range of 8-10 hours per month.

About the organization

Maternity Today is a non-profit charitable organization dedicated to sharing evidence and resources with communities, health-care workers and midwives in developing countries. Our office is located in Ottawa, Canada but receives support from global health experts and midwives around the world. Our key priority areas include improving midwifery profession and institutional delivery, newborn adolescent health, community mobilization and advocacy for gender equality and adolescent health.

As part of our work, we also empower passionate health-care professionals to advocate and improve policies that enhance the quality of maternal and child health care in developing countries.


By volunteering at Maternity Today, you can help support our mission to improve and promote women and newborns’ health and strengthen the midwifery profession through superior advocacy, research, and education.

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