Call for Applicants: Community Manager, Science & Sensibility

Yes, folks, I am giving up the helm of Science & Sensibility.  It’s for very exciting reasons which I will share with readers soon, and I will continue to contribute to this blog (albeit less frequently and with a different focus).  We’ll also be adding new contributors who bring different, interdisciplinary perspectives on maternity care research, policy, and advocacy. But we need new capable hands to carry the vision and do the work of keeping Science & Sensibility moving in great directions. Applications are due October 15th!

About Science & Sensibility

Science & Sensibility is a multi-disciplinary blog launched in April 2009 by Lamaze International to improve knowledge of evidence-base maternity care among Lamaze Certified Childbirth Educators and other birth professionals and advocates.  It is one of the leading online resources for up-to-date news and analysis of research and policy issues affecting childbearing women. Currently the blog features articles from the following contributors:

  • Amy Romano, CNM, who provides critical analysis of research relevant to the Lamaze Six Healthy Birth Practices.
  • Henci Goer, who provides critical analysis of research related to cesarean surgery and induction of labor.
  • Andrea Lythgoe, LCCE, who contributes the “Understanding Research” series, teaching readers basic skills for understanding and communicating about maternity care evidence.
  • Tricia Pil, MD, who covers the science of patient safety.
  • Kimmelin Hull, LCCE, who covers postpartum and breastfeeding issues.
  • Kathleen Kendall-Tackett, PhD, IBCLC, who covers mood disorders, breastfeeding, and the link between pregnancy and chronic disease.

Eligibility Criteria

The eligibility criteria for appointment shall include, but not be limited to, the following:

  • Demonstrated commitment to advancing safe and healthy birth and to the Lamaze approach to pregnancy, birth, breastfeeding and parenting.
  • Knowledge of the fields of maternity care and perinatal education and their current trends and advances.
  • Knowledge of evidence-based maternity care and the limitations of evidence.
  • Reputation as an online presence advocating for safe and healthy birth preferred.
  • Progressive vision for the role Science & Sensibility can play in disseminating knowledge and shaping conversations.
  • Experience writing for a blog. (Experience writing for peer-reviewed publication(s) preferred.)
  • Knowledge of WordPress or other blogging platform.
  • Demonstrated ability to plan, coordinate, and manage tasks associated with a multi-contributor blog.
  • Lamaze-Certified Childbirth Educator preferred.


After the successful completion of a two (2) month probation period, the Community Manager will be appointed for a two (2) year term and may be renewed for additional two (2) year terms.


Lamaze International will provide the Editor with a quarterly honorarium of $2,500 ($10,000 annually) and provides marketing and IT support as needed.

General Responsibilities

The Community Manager of Science & Sensibility is directly accountable to the Lamaze International Executive Director. The Community Manager is responsible for all aspects of preparing the content of Science & Sensibility for publication, and is responsible for engaging with other bloggers on collaborative efforts. The specific responsibilities include:

  • Prepare or solicit from contributors at least 8-10 blog posts per month and coordinate publication schedule.
  • Edit and prepare all content for publication in WordPress
  • Work with new contributors to provide supportive and constructive feedback on blog submissions, and identify and appoint new contributors as needed.
  • Monitor and engage with other blogs covering issues that impact maternity care research and policy.
  • Participate in or coordinate online community events including collaborative writing projects and blog carnivals.
  • Manage Science & Sensibility Facebook page and participate in Twitter communication.
  • Moderate blog comments, and establish and enforce Community policies (e.g., commenting policy, editorial policies, etc.).
  • Participate in biweekly phone calls with the Lamaze social media team.
  • Provide a bi-annual report to the Lamaze International Board of Directors on Science & Sensibility matters.

Interested applicants should submit a letter describing qualifications and vision, along with a current resume to Linda Harmon, Executive Director by October 15, 2010 at

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