Call for Nominations for Volunteer Position(s) on the Board of Directors of IBLCE  

IBLCE has extended the deadline to apply to the Board of Directors to July 31, 2018! 

Although IBLCE is particularly seeking an IBCLC paediatrician in private practice from the Europe, Middle East and North Africa region, all IBCLCs are encouraged to apply for the one to two IBCLC positions sought.

The International Board of Lactation Consultant Examiners® (IBLCE®) is seeking to fill one to two Board member positions for a three-year term from October 2018 to September 2021. IBCLC paediatricians in private practice from Europe, the Middle East or North Africa are particularly encouraged to apply for the one to two IBCLC positions sought.

IBLCE uses a competencies-based model for Board member selection. A successful Board Member is someone who:

  • Has a solid understanding of and dedication to IBLCE’s Vision & Mission
  • Maintains confidentiality and exercises discretion
  • Has adequate time to devote to a busy and important volunteer role
  • Is strategic, forward-looking, and pragmatic
  • Demonstrates leadership and ambassadorial skills
  • Displays cultural competency and humility
  • Is currently active in the profession
  • Has comfort with risk and/or ambiguity
  • Is innovative
  • Displays active listening skills
  • Has an established business acumen
  • Demonstrates an ability to collaborate and compromise

Please submit the following five items to, including “Board of Directors Position” in the subject line, by the extended deadline of July 31, 2018.

  1. Board of Directors Application
  2. Conflict of Interest Disclosure Form
    (Filled out after reviewing the Conflict of Interest Policy)
  3. A letter expressing your interest addressing the above qualifications
  4. Your résumé/Curriculum Vitae (CV)
  5. The names of three professional referees (references) including contact details (telephone number and email address)

Only complete applications emailed to by extended deadline of July 31, 2018 will be considered.

Those under consideration will be contacted in July or August to arrange for phone interviews that will take place in August. Board appointments will be determined at the September 2018 Board meeting.

All applicants should first review and be willing to comply with the Conflict of Interest Policy

Applicants should also review and be willing to comply with the International Code of Marketing of Breast-Milk Substitutes (WHO Code).

IBLCE Vision and Mission

IBLCE Vision: IBLCE is valued worldwide as the most trusted source for certifying practitioners in lactation and breastfeeding care.

IBLCE Mission: IBLCE establishes the highest standards in lactation and breastfeeding care worldwide and certifies individuals who meet these standards.

Duties of Board Members

• Place a high priority on participating in all regular activities and attending all meetings of the Board.
• Receive an orientation and participate in ongoing education about the organisation’s mission, vision, purpose, goals, policies, programmes and services.
• Identify the strengths and needs of IBLCE.
• Use data to drive decision-making.
• Take part in thoughtful and respectful Board and committee discussions and decisions.
• Serve willingly and enthusiastically in leadership positions and committee assignments.
• Recognise, respect, value, and support differences of personal style, opinion, culture, and perspective.
• Bring a sense of humour to the Board.

Set Policy:
• Participate in the development and establishment of policies.

• Monitor progress towards achieving the strategic plan.
• Initiate continued planning and evaluation activities to improve IBLCE.
• Be knowledgeable about the environment in which IBLCE functions.
• Follow trends in the certification and lactation fields to best serve both certificants and breastfeeding families worldwide.

Monitor Finances:
• Help ensure the long-term financial integrity of IBLCE.

• Maintain independence and objectivity.
• Serve with a sense of high ethical purpose and personal integrity.
• Serve the organisation as a whole rather than any individual interest group, constituency or geographic area.
• Maintain confidentiality on all matters involving the Board until there is public disclosure or the information is a matter of public record.
• Disclose any possible conflicts of interest to IBLCE and act in accordance with decisions with respect to any actual or potential conflicts of interest.
• Once decisions of the Board are made, be supportive of the same.

Time commitment:
• Commit to a 3-year term, October 2018 to September 2021.
• Attend two 3-day meetings annually. These meetings are typically in March and August/September with at least one year’s notice of dates.
• Serve on at least one Board committee which meets at least once via conference call between in-person Board meetings.
• Invest time between Board meetings to answer emails, participate in discussions using the online community and fulfill committee obligations, which vary with your role on the Board.