Global Communities

Lactation Educator

Sustainable Development Program Ops
Posted Date
San Diego


Global Communities works at the intersection of humanitarian assistance, sustainable development and financial inclusion to save lives, advance equity and secure strong futures. We support communities at the forefront of their own development in more than 35 countries, partnering with local leaders, governments, civil society and the private sector to achieve a shared vision of a more just, prosperous and equitable global community. 


Global Communities is seeking part-time, on call Lactation Educators to join the US Programs team in the San Diego, CA Office.


Lactation Educators contribute to a project that fills geographic and language gaps in breastfeeding support for underserved communities in San Diego. Under the direction of the Lactation Program Manager, Lactation Educators will provide basic breastfeeding/lactation information and support to new parents, helping them overcome barriers and to ensure breastfeeding success. They will support the implementation of at least two support groups each month, and answer calls received through a breastfeeding warmline on an as needed basis.




As an organization working to advance public health, Global Communities has an obligation to model best practices and to do all we can to protect each other, our partners and the communities where we work.  To ensure the continuity and effectiveness of our business operations, Global Communities is adopting a policy to safeguard the health of our visitors, employees, families, and the larger global community from COVID-19.  Effective January 3, 2022, all U.S.-based Global Communities employees are required to provide proof of having received full dosage of COVID-19 vaccine that is FDA approved, approved for emergency use authorization, or have an approved medical or religious exemption on file with Global Communities, as a condition of employment.


Responsibility Area: Outreach & Relationship Building

  • Conduct outreach to underserved communities, including African American, immigrant, refugee, and/or asylum-seeking communities
  • Support the development of outreach materials to priority communities
  • Participate in collaborative meetings with community partners, acting as a positive representative for the program


Responsibility Area: In-person Breastfeeding Support groups

  • Attend a minimum of two breastfeeding support groups each month. Currently the group meets on Tuesday mornings.
  • Provide education, encouragement, and referrals to families to ensure breastfeeding success
  • Follow up with support group participants as needed to assess breastfeeding success and need for additional support


Responsibility Area: Breastfeeding Phone Support

  • Respond to phone calls seeking breastfeeding support and referrals
  • Provide basic breastfeeding education and encouragement   
  • Refer clients needing additional support to support group and clinical care for breastfeeding issues outside the scope of practice
  • Keep accurate records of all contacts made



  • Participate in agency, project, and partner activities and meetings
  • Maintain continuing education as appropriate.



  • Must be available to work occasional evenings and weekends
  • Must have reliable transportation to support group in Southeast San Diego
  • Promote a culture of excellence, inclusion, learning, support, diversity and innovation

Knowledge, Skills and Abilities

  • The ideal candidate will possess socio-cultural experiences comparable to the populations served, along with knowledge and respect of the values and beliefs of African American and/or Black Immigrant women and communities.
  • Training as a Lactation Education Counselor (LEC), Lactation Educator (LE), or Certified Breastfeeding Specialist. Candidates with training in progress will be considered.
  • Preference for candidates who have breastfed at least one baby


  • Undergraduate degree in a related field or specialized knowledge of their work discipline and four years of related work experience.
  • Fluent in English (read, write, speak) is required, second languages are a plus.
  • A passion for the mission and values of Global Communities
  • Must have U.S. work authorization.


Global Communities is an Equal Opportunity Employer.  All qualified applicants will receive consideration for employment, without regard to race, color, religion, sex, sexual orientation, gender identity, national origin, disability, or status as a protected veteran.


Global Communities holds strict safeguarding principles and has a zero-tolerance policy for conduct of sexual exploitation, abuse, and harassment. In the process of recruitment, selection, and appointment, Global Communities will conduct robust reference and background screening checks, including international vetting as a signature of the Global Misconduct Disclosure Scheme to ensure children and vulnerable adults are safeguarded, and abuse is prevented.  The incumbent is required to carry out their duties in accordance with Global Communities Safeguarding policy and the Standards of Conduct.


Salary range $48,640 to $72,960


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