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Job - Opportunity - AIMS Journal Editor

Applications are invited for the post of AIMS Journal Editor.

AIMS is a charity and has always been a feminist organisation carried by the incredible passion and dedication of a team of Volunteers who believe that birth and maternity services can and should be better for all. We now want to employ an editor who will bring their own passion for improving maternity services to the AIMS Journal.

The AIMS Journal editor is responsible for planning, commissioning and overseeing the preparation of copy for four issues of the AIMS Journal which are published online each year (publication dates are the 1st March, 1st June, 1st September and 1st December). They work with an enthusiastic group of AIMS Volunteers who perform roles such as peer reviewing articles, proof-reading and uploading content to the website.

The editor’s role includes:

  • Identifying appropriate themes, content and possible authors to be commissioned for each Journal, in collaboration with the Journal Group Volunteers
  • Liaising with the AIMS Trustees to agree plans for future issues and obtain Trustee sign-off on articles as required
  • Overseeing the production process including commissioning articles, working closely with authors from within and outside of the charity to ensure quality and appropriateness of content, and coordinating the work of the Volunteer team to ensure that the Journal is published on time each quarter.

Skills and experience required

  • Editorial and copy-writing skills
  • Project management skills and ability to work to deadlines
  • Good working knowledge of the maternity services across the UK, midwifery models of care and contemporary birth issues, as well as a good understanding of the politics of birth.
  • Ability to collaborate effectively with a team of Volunteers
  • Ability to network with both lay and professional contacts
  • Basic understanding of scientific research methodologies and statistics would be an advantage

This is a flexible part-time post, but the Editor must be available to work some hours most weeks in order to maintain the editing and production schedule. It is estimated that each issue requires approximately 50 hours of work, but this can vary.

Salary and terms to be negotiated.

AIMS would welcome applications from those who would be interested in job-sharing.

If you are interested in applying please send your CV with a covering email and the names of two referees to trustees@aims.org.uk by the extended deadline of Sunday 5th July. Interviews are expected to take place in the third or fourth week of July.

Opportunity to write an AIMS book

AIMS is looking for authors to write new AIMS Guides on a variety of subjects. We are able to offer payment for this writing work. We would be very happy to consider a pair of writers who would like to work together on a book.

Ideally, authors will have previously written articles or web pages, either for AIMS or for other publications, or will have already published a book(s). It is important to be able to write in an easily accessible way, giving evidence based information where available and drawing attention to the limitations of the evidence where appropriate. The ability to understand and critique clinical evidence is an essential skill.

AIMS has a well-defined, collaborative and successful production process; you will be the principal author(s) and the book will be fully peer reviewed and edited before release.

To declare an interest in working with us, please send a CV, example(s) of your writing, and your subject of interest to shane.ridley@aims.org.uk

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