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Office Administrator: part-time paid role

Permanent Part-time 14-16 hours per week, mix of core hours & flexible working to be agreed

Salary: Pro-rata based on £23,000 for a 37 hour week.

Location: Home based with occasional meetings around the UK

Holidays: Pro-rata based on 4 weeks + bank holidays

Closing date for applications: 24th May 2024

We hope to appoint a candidate in June 2024

AIMS is a lay, volunteer run, UK charity focused on the maternity services. We work towards better births for all by campaigning and information sharing.

The Office Administrator will be responsible for:

  • Volunteer support

  • Coordinating AIMS Programme of external events and consultations

  • Admin support for AIMS meetings and events

  • Maintaining AIMS information

  • General Admin

A full Job Description is available on request to admin@aims.org.uk .

This is a home based role and requires initiative and self direction under the guidance of the Management Team. Working schedule would be employee-led, with some regular core ‘office hours’ (to be agreed). As a minimum, you would need to be able to plan weekly calls with a member of the Management Team, and be able to attend fortnightly management meetings plus three to four Volunteer meeting a year and the AGM. There will be flexibility to decide on these dates with us, but that needs to be well in advance. There is scope to vary the number of hours per week between term time and school holidays if required. The Office Administrator will be provided with a laptop and will need internet access to connect to our systems. Although the Office Administrator would be a home based role, it will be necessary to travel nationwide for occasional meetings. Expenses for these will be paid.

The successful candidate will need to demonstrate good organisational and collaborative skills, tact and diplomacy, flexibility, and self-motivation. They will need to be or become familiar with a variety of software including Google Workspace.

It would be an ideal role to fit around other work and/or family commitments, and there is potential for the role to grow.

To apply: Please send a CV and covering letter with the names of two referees, to admin@aims.org.uk by 24th May 2024

Seeking trustees

Who We Are

AIMS is a small charity that supports people to navigate the maternity services. We provide information and a helpline, and campaign for a system that works for all, by lobbying at a national level for the improvements needed. We are a volunteer-led organisation which emerged from the vision of Sally Willington over 60 years ago. Today AIMS is a registered charity. You can find out more about AIMS by visiting our website.

The Role

We’re seeking trustees who will help oversee the development of AIMS, share the commitment of AIMS to improve maternity services for all in the UK.and have a passion for helping us make change happen.

This is a voluntary role, but reasonable expenses will be reimbursed. You can find out more about the role of a trustee here. Training will be given and trustees are supported by AIMS’ volunteer management team. Online attendance is required at 10 trustee meetings per year, and an in person away day and AGM. Trustee duties normally take 5-10 hours a month.

The AIMS Constitution states that an AIMS trustee may not be “a qualified member of any medical profession including doctor, midwife, nurse or health visitor”.

Who We’re Looking For

You don’t need to already work in the ‘birth world’, but need to be able to demonstrate a commitment to the AIMS mission and ethos.

We are looking for trustees with experience in any of the transferable skills below:

  • Digital strategy and leadership

  • Service design

  • Public Relations

  • Fundraising experience

  • Auditing

  • Developing commercial/traded income streams

  • IT expertise and cybersecurity

We are also interested in hearing from people who identify with any of the following:

  • Like to focus on specific targets

  • Think about the impact on people, including staff and volunteers as stakeholders

  • Are good at methodically following a plan

We value diversity and recognise that good leadership benefits from the diversity of lived experience. We warmly encourage expressions of interest from global majority members, LGBTQ+ people, people with disabilities, and neurodiverse people. If any of the above sounds like you, or you would like to learn more about the trustee role, please get in touch with us at enquiries@aims.org.uk

AIMS Management team

Are you an excellent organiser who enjoys working with people? Are you passionate about the work that AIMS does to support maternity service users and campaign for improvements? Then volunteer to join the AIMS Management team.

The Management team is the central hub of the organisation. It has delegated authority from the Trustees for the day-to-day management of AIMS work and for supporting our other volunteer teams. Our role includes:

  • Managing administration and support for AIMS volunteers in collaboration with the volunteer Team Leads

  • Supporting Team Leads to ensure that their Teams have what they need to function effectively

  • Managing routine operational matters including meetings and workshops, the AIMS Shop and other support services, quality control of publications, the charity’s finances, and promotion of AIMS and its activities,.

  • Supporting the Board of Trustees

There is a lot to be done and we desperately need one or two additional volunteers to help us.

Time commitment: A 1½ hour meeting every other week plus at least 2 hours per week.

If you’d like to know more please contact enquiries@aims.org.uk

Social Media image creators

AIMS urgently needs more volunteers to create eye-catching images for our Social Media posts to support our campaigning, promote AIMS resources and build awareness of AIMS.

Our Social Media volunteers create images and captions to go with text supplied by other volunteer teams, manage the approvals process and schedule posts across Facebook, Twitter, Instagram and Linked In. Training will be provided, but design skills, use of Canva, familiarity with various social media platforms and the use of spreadsheets for work planning would be helpful.

Time commitment required: at least two to three hours per week. If you are interested please email admin@aims.org.uk .

Fundraising support

AIMS is a small, volunteer-led, UK-based charity, which supports all maternity service users to navigate the system as it exists, and campaigns for a system which truly meets the needs of all. We currently rely mainly on income from membership subscriptions and sales of our publications. We would like to be able to explore additional sources of income which would enable us to extend the reach of our support and campaigning work.

AIMS is therefore seeking help from an experienced fundraiser or organisation to assist us in developing our fundraising strategy, and in identifying and accessing sources of funding, including grant-funding, to support our charitable work. This may include short to medium-term funding for key posts in the organisation, and funding for initiatives such as improving the accessibility of our information resources to diverse communities.

If you think you could help us, please contact management@aims.org.uk

Write for AIMS

We are always looking for writers with knowledge of maternity issues to write Birth Information pages, articles or reviews for our online Journal and AIMS books. AIMS wants to provide all maternity service users and those who support them with high quality, unbiased, evidence-based information. If you would like to be a part of this, we would love to hear from you.

Volunteering for AIMS

Are you having a career break? Are you looking for a career change?

Have you thought of volunteering to fill in those gaps in your CV?

Volunteering

  • Gives you a competitive edge when applying for jobs
  • It shows your passion and commitment to community causes
  • It shows your initiative to fill the interim periods between jobs with gaining additional skills.
  • It provides you with a new network of opportunities

In short, it is a vital addition to any CV.

As well as supporting you and giving you training where needed, we can organise the opportunity as a project with timescales and an end date together with providing a testimonial or reference at the end of it, if that would be of help to you.

More information about volunteering with AIMS can be found here and there will be an opportunity for you to help in some way regardless of your skills and experience, and the amount of time you have to volunteer.

Opportunities for Contractors

Most of the work of AIMS is carried out by our Volunteers, but from time to time we employ contractors. This happens if we do not have a Volunteer available who has both the time and the specialist skills we need.

We employ a part-time office manager to help support the work of our Volunteers, and we use contractors for a variety of other work.

For long term paid roles, such as Journal Editors and Office Manager we advertise; and carry out an interview and selection process.

For short term contract opportunities we may reach out to those we know can provide a service.

If you are able to offer any of the services listed below, and would like to be considered for contract work with AIMS, please send your details to admin@aims.org.uk

  • Graphic design
  • Temporary admin work
  • IT support
  • Website design
  • Printing
  • Typesetting
  • Proofreading

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