We’re growing: Program Manager (full-time, salary)

Job Title: Program Manager (full-time, salary)

Company: Black Mothers’ Breastfeeding Association (BMBFA)

Work Location: Hybrid (Detroit)

Website: www.BMBFA.org 

Posting Date: November 16, 2023

Closing Date: December 7, 2023

Start Date: January 8, 2024 or sooner

Application Instructions: Apply here.

General Purpose

The Program Manager for Black Mothers’ Breastfeeding Association (BMBFA) provides programmatic oversight to BMBFA’s community-based programs. 


Black Mothers Breastfeeding Association is a non-profit 501(c)3 community-based organization with strong ties to the Detroit community.  BMBFA’s mission is to reduce racial inequities in breastfeeding support for Black families.  BMBFA optimizes the first food experience through direct service, training, advocacy and MCH Technology.

About the Role

Black Mothers Breastfeeding Association (BMBFA) is seeking a highly skilled Program Manager with a proven track record of successfully managing multiple programs and juggling competing responsibilities.  In this role, you will: (i) meaningfully contribute to the reduction of racial disparities in breastfeeding and maternal child health outcomes for Black families; (ii) help lead an organization that provides its communities with the education, resources, and support to make impactful change, and; (iii) be supported by dedicated program staff and executive leadership. 

 Role Responsibilities

  • Lead, coordinate and collaborate with diverse teams to plan and execute programs. 
  • Manage, plan and execute BMBFA’s community-based programs: training, advocacy, engagement/outreach and direct service for Community-based Doula, Community-based Breastfeeding Peer Counselor Programs and Black Mothers Breastfeeding Club.
  • Support and advance citywide service integration, referral mechanisms and coordination with community stakeholders, community-based organizations, early childcare programs, community-based doulas, breastfeeding peer counselors, community health workers, peer mentors, perinatal mental health workers and community midwifery care. 
  • Co-develop a citywide advocacy agenda for collective impact, informed and disseminated by a diverse coalition of stakeholder groups. 
  • Manage and coordinate the efforts of the Detroit Community-based Doula Taskforce. 
  • Liaise and support efforts of independent community doulas to navigate the Medicaid healthcare landscape and increase access to doula services.
  • Engage hospitals/FQHCs to support efforts for sustainability of the doula workforce.
  • Supervise community-based staff.
  • Contribute to the writing team for grants, briefs and reports.
  • Utilize tools or design systems and processes to track data and monitor progress; and create regular reports for programs.
  • Serve as a member of field-related advisory and/or ad-hoc committees; or similar.
  • Leverage technology to streamline program operations.
  • Contribute to a consistent communication’s plan (thought leadership, content calendar, traditional/social media, web calendar, mass text, etc.).
  • Attend educational workshops, conferences and trainings for professional development and career growth.
  • Other related duties as assigned by administration.

Professional Characteristics 

The Program Manager is expected to build positive working relationships with staff, funders, contractors, staff and program participants utilizing exceptional communication skills. They will speak, listen, present, and write in a clear, thoughtful, thorough, and timely manner, tailoring communication style and messaging as appropriate for the audience. To be successful in this role, it is imperative the candidate demonstrates a history of expertise in planning, organizing, and managing programs. 

The ideal candidate: 

  • is eager to make a long-term commitment to a community-based organization. 
  • desires to work in an intimate setting.
  • is an experienced professional, fostering teamwork by working cooperatively and effectively with others, setting goals, resolving problems, and making decisions that enhance organizational effectiveness.
  • is intellectually nimble; will take initiative as a self-starter and leverage new and existing tools to solve problems, express creativity, and show great attention to detail.
  • takes pride in their work and the results they achieve.
  • appreciates being challenged and learning new things on a regular basis.

Lived Experience (preferred)

  • Breastfeeding or human milk feeding experience 
  • Intimate connection to the Detroit community

Education and Experience

  • B.A. in related field; advocacy and social justice, business administration, community organizing and advocacy, public health, African American/women studies, anthropology, public administration, public policy, health education, community health, non-profit management, or similar
  • Minimum of 3-5 years work experience in program management and maternal child health
  • Deep understanding of the principles of racial equity/justice
  • Deep understanding of community-centered approach
  • Successful grant writing and reporting experience; foundation and/or government
  • Knowledge of Michigan Medicaid policies, procedures, and standards
  • Experience supervising and evaluating
  • Skilled using Google Workspace or Google Drive, Canva, Monday.com, JotForm, DocuSign, Tovuti, WordPress, Zoom, ClickSend and Constant Contact; OR similar software/programs


  • $62,400 – $68,640 annual salary (commensurate with education and experience) 


  • Medical, dental, vision & life insurance 
  • Simple IRA retirement
  • 2% Simple IRA employer contribution
  • 529 college savings plan 
  • Health FSA
  • Dependent Care FSA
  • Supportive supervision 
  • Family-friendly work environment 
  • Mileage reimbursement 
  • 10 days paid time off 

Working Conditions

  • Remote, in-office and in the field
  • Occasional in-state and out-of-state travel 

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