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Open Arms Executive Director Search

Open Arms Perinatal Services is seeking an Executive Director to lead this community-based agency with an annual operating budget of over $500K. Located in Seattle, we are an organization that supports, educates, and empowers women and their families from pregnancy through birth and into early parenting. We are the first accredited community doula program in the nation, and our programs have been recognized for their innovative model and multicultural approach. Please see this job announcement for more information about this exciting opportunity.

 Leadership Transition

Every new year brings with it new opportunities and changes, and this is the case for Open Arms in 2015. Sheila Capestany, the Executive Director of Open Arms since 2007 and a founding mother of the organization, stepped down from her position in January. She is transitioning leadership slowly over the next few months and will remain an active supporter of Open Arms. The Open Arms Board has already begun planning for the transition ahead.  Michelle Sarju is serving as Acting Executive Director during the transition period. Michelle has been with Open Arms since 2007 and has been instrumental in developing and growing our programs as well as the agency as a whole. She is a well-respected leader in our community and has represented the organization’s work locally, nationally and internationally. The Board has formed a Search Committee and is already beginning the work of identifying the traits we will look for in our next leader. Throughout our search we will be guided by the values that have always been and will continue to be at the heart of Open Arms: a strong commitment to community, social justice and equity work, along with a deep belief in the dignity and potential of every human being. Be sure to look for Sheila and Michelle at our Luncheon on March 20th and wish them well!

Open Arms Outreach Doula Program First in Nation to Receive Accreditation

We are proud to announce that the Open Arms Perinatal Services Outreach Doula Program has received national accreditation from HealthConnect One. Our Outreach Doula Program—which has offered strong support in the Somali and Latina communities in Seattle since 2008—is the first community doula program in the nation to achieve accreditation. National accreditation validates our community-centered approach to providing services to women and families. It affirms the excellence and quality of our program.

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