Community-Based Outreach Doula for the American Indian/Alaskan Native

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Open Arms is searching for a full-time Community-Based Outreach Doula (CBOD) to serve the American Indian / Alaskan Native Community. To align with the national Community-Based Outreach Doula program model, the CBOD must be a trusted member of and from the focus community. This home-visiting model allows CBODs to provide culturally responsive care by bridging language and culture. Open Arms’ CBODs are trained to provide pregnancy, birthing, and parenting support and they work closely with the family until the child reaches 2 years old. This model supports strong infant and early childhood health resulting in increased breastfeeding rates, fewer c-sections and medical interventions, stronger parent-child development, and positive prenatal and birth care.  Our Outreach Doula program currently consists of a Director of Programs, Lead Outreach Doula, Outreach Doula Program Administrator, Clinical Consultants, and five other community-focused CBODs.  

Note about COVID-19 work environment: Since March 2020, Open Arms quickly adjusted to a remote-work model for all office support staff and an adapted visit model for home-visiting doulas. We are keeping a remote-work schedule until further notice and the leadership team is carefully evaluating options for a safe reopening with input from staff. Meetings are all conducted virtually and some of the responsibilities outlined below will be put on hold or modified while we continue working remotely. Birth support still continues to happen in person and there have been adjustments made for safe, in-person client visits. Open Arms will provide you with the technology and equipment you need to be able to work comfortably and safely from home. We have also encouraged staff to flex their schedules to accommodate for children being at home because of COVID-related impacts, and we support adjustments that parents need to make to juggle this complicated time. Feel free to discuss any concerns you have during the interview process.


Direct Service Work

  • Maintain a caseload of 12 to 15 families who are located in King County and Pierce County   
  • Provide individual pregnancy support, including providing up-to-date and culturally appropriate childbirth education and information.  
  • Provide individualized doula support throughout labor and birth. 
  • Develop strong relationships with clients focusing on healthy pregnancy, birth, and parenting. Assist with maternal/infant bonding, infant social-emotional development, infant feeding, and other postpartum support as needed. 
  • Provide visits at home (virtually during COVID-19 pandemic), in the communities of King County and Pierce County. 
  • Develop and maintain community relationships with partner agencies to ensure smooth service delivery to clients. 
  • Conduct screenings and provide prenatal, birth, and early parenting education to families as outlined by Open Arms Outreach Doula guidelines.  
  • Work within the Community-Based Outreach Doula scope of practice and follow safe working practices. 
  • Participate in professional development through continuing education, committees, and work groups. 
  • Perform other duties as assigned. 


Data Management and Reporting  

  • Document every home visit and phone contact weekly through Apricot and data collection forms.  
  • Maintain accurate client records, including intakes, assessments, and client dismissals on a weekly basis. 
  • Turn in additional information for reimbursement such as mileage and Paid Time off into Expensify, and Pay Northwest weekly.  
  • Report monthly grant requirements to the Lead Outreach Doula.  
  • Enter data into Apricot and any other grant required data management system. 
  • Comply with HIPPA standards of privacy to maintain client confidentiality. 


Program Support and Community Advocacy

  • Engage with the community and take on leadership roles within the community that focus on social justice and equity for our families.
  • Speak at various panels, conferences, and community events and build relationships with community partners.
  • Provide feedback from the community to inform and improve culturally responsive services.
  • Attend conferences locally/virtually and occasionally out of state; share information back with other Community-Based Outreach Doulas. 

Required Qualifications:   

  • Experience in both areas of early childhood and birth work. Approximately one year of experience is required for one of these areas. Candidates who can demonstrate strength in both areas will be given priority. 
  • Demonstrate knowledge of current information regarding Community-Based Outreach Doulas, birth work, lactation support, early parenting, attachment, bonding, and early learning. 
  • Candidates must be able to demonstrate that they are of and from the focus community including providing references and examples of community-based work. 
  • Passion for and commitment to the mission of Open Arms and community-based work. 
  • Must have a deep knowledge of and appreciation for culturally responsive services, especially during the perinatal period and early parenting period.  
  • Experience in working with a diverse staff and with communities of color. Able to collaborate successfully with diverse team members. The applicant should have a strong racial, disability, gender and economic justice framework. 
  • Commitment to anti-oppression and de-colonization work with a focus on racial equity and reproductive justice, specific to birth justice. 
  • Able to work independently on time management, scheduling, and home visits. 
  • High level of responsibility, communication, and follow through. 
  • Demonstrate the ability to recognize complex situations and respond appropriately by seeking appropriate resources or referring out, as necessary. 
  • Able to maintain confidentiality around HIPAA-protected information. 
  • Able to provide unbiased guidance and collaboration to families and coworkers. 
  • Complete a Community Doula Training Program with Open Arms as well as other training requirements within one year of hire date. These trainings will be provided by Open Arms and some trainings need to be completed first before taking on any clients.  
  • Ability to meet program deadlines and expectations. 
  • Ability to communicate in English verbally and written. 
  • Have basic computer skills: Sending emails, editing documents, and attaching files to emails.  
  • Valid Washington State Driver’s License and reliable transportation with current automobile insurance. This position requires frequent driving and visits to client homes.  
  • Offer for employment is contingent upon successful completion of a reference and background check. 


Mental and Physical Requirements  

The physical/mental demands and work environment described here are representative of those that must be met by an employee to successfully perform the essential functions of this job. Reasonable accommodations may be made to individuals with disabilities to perform the essential functions.    

Mental Requirements:   

This position continuously requires interpersonal skills, teamwork, customer service, use of discretion, performing basic math, independent judgment and/or independent action, and reading, writing, speaking, and understanding English. Frequently requires independent decision-making and problem analysis to make recommendations for improvement and/or be involved in discussions around changes. The position requires creative thinking for resourcefulness and process improvements. Attention to detail also required.   


Physical Requirements

This position continuously requires sitting, hearing (using assistive devices if needed), and repetitive motion of the hands/wrists. Open Arms is housed in a wheelchair accessible, scented building, with wheelchair accessible bathrooms. Access to reliable transportation will be required for work-related travel. Daily working conditions include an open-office work environment at our Seattle location on Beacon Hill*, normal office work, and frequent driving and travel to our storage site in South Seattle and other locations as needed. Some tasks require the ability to lift items heavier than 10lbs. Employment is not dependent on the applicants’ ability to lift items.

*See note above about COVID-19 work environment

Open Arms is searching for a full-time Community-Based Outreach Doula (CBOD) to serve the American Indian / Alaskan Native Community. To align with the national Community-Based Outreach Doula program model, the CBOD must be a trusted member…

Details at a Glance

  • Time Commitment
    Full Time Schedule
  • Start Date
    October 18, 2021
  • Application Deadline
    August 2, 2021


$50,000 - $50,000This is a 40-hour-per-week, exempt position starting at $50,000 annually, commensurate on experience and qualifications.


  • Benefits: paid health, dental, vision, and disability insurance; generous paid time off starting at a total of 43 days per year for full-time equivalent employees (12 days per year to start for full-time employees with anniversary increases; 12 days for sick and safe time; 17 paid holidays; 2 floating holidays); employee assistance program; mileage reimbursement; monthly additional stipend that covers cell phone use, self-care, and work-from-home set up; and professional development opportunities. Option to contribute to a 401k, flexible spending and dependent care expenses account, and supplemental insurance.
  • Professional Development: Open Arms is committed to the professional development of our staff. Each year we allocate professional development funds for each employee as well as support various group-training opportunities provided by Open Arms or by outside organizations. We know that historically BIPOC individuals do not have the same opportunities in society and as a result, these communities are underrepresented in leadership positions. We aim to support employees in their advancement both within Open Arms and to the outside world.
  • Flexible and family-friendly environment: Because of our mission and the services we provide, Open Arms is proud and committed to being a family-friendly workplace. We offer flexible work schedules with remote work being part of the usual weekly schedule for almost all staff as it fits with their job duties. We also offer generous PTO for self and family care. Children of any age are welcome in our office, and many staff bring their children to work on a regular or as-needed basis. We have an onsite lactation lounge and encourage chestfeeding in the workplace. Note: Children are not allowed at home visits
  • Supportive and inclusive workplace culture: We have an informal workplace culture, and staff develop strong, supportive connections with each other. We have a highly collaborative culture and open office work environment. We are proud of our extremely diverse staff in all demographic areas, which creates a very rich and inclusionary organizational culture. More than 80% of our staff identify as people of color.
  • Commitment to equity: Open Arms strives to be an affirming, positive, diverse work environment. Open Arms provides equal employment opportunities (EEO) to all employees and applicants for employment without regard to race, color, religion, sex, national origin, age, disability or genetics. We strongly encourage applications from communities of color and other historically underrepresented and marginalized groups.
  • Benefits: paid health, dental, vision, and disability insurance; generous paid time off starting at a total of 43 days per year for full-time equivalent employees (12 days per year to…


2524 16th Ave S, Seattle, WA 98144, USA

How to Apply

Send a resume and cover letter to with “Community-Based Outreach Doula” in the subject line by August 2, 2021. No phone calls or paper submissions please.

Send a resume and cover letter to with “Community-Based Outreach Doula” in the subject line by August 2, 2021. No phone calls or paper submissions please.

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