Call for Nominations for Volunteer Positions on the IBLCE Board of Directors
The International Board of Lactation Consultant Examiners ® (IBLCE ®) is seeking nominations for for a  three-year term from October 2019 to September 2022 on the IBLCE Board of Directors.  IBLCE seeks to fill  two to three IBCLC® positions and one to two positions with  lactation supporters who do not currently hold the IBCLC.

IBLCE is committed to providing an inclusive and welcoming environment for all members of the IBLCE community, as well as all seeking access to the IBLCE community. While IBLCE encourages all who are interested to apply, we are particularly seeking candidates:
  • Whose highest degree held is a Bachelor's degree
  • From the Asia-Pacific, Europe, the Middle East, and Africa
  • With a peer-support background
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 and/or currently working with breastfeeding families
  • 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
  • Speaks and writes English
IBLCE recognises that candidates will not meet all of these criteria and competencies and encourages anyone who is interested in a position to apply. 
Please submit the following five items to international@iblce.org, including "Board of Directors Position" in the subject line, by  July 28, 2019.
  1. Board of Directors Application
  2. A letter expressing your interest addressing the above qualifications; 
  3. Your résumé/Curriculum Vitae (CV) 
  4. The names of three professional referees (references) including contact details (telephone number and email address) 
Only complete applications emailed to international@iblce.org by July 28, 2019 will be considered.


Those under consideration will be contacted in August to arrange for phone interviews that will take place in August. Board appointments will be determined in September 2019 and communicated in September. 


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


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.
  • Donate annually, within one's means, to the affiliated 501(c)3 nonprofit, Monetary Investment for Lactation Consultant Certification (MILCC).
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 2019 to September 2022.
  • Attend two 3-day face-to-face meetings annually. These meetings are typically in March and August/September with 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.