Job Vacancies

Could you be an AIMS Trustee?

We’re recruiting additional Trustees to join our team!

AIMS is a small charity with lofty aspirations. We’re a highly respected, volunteer-led charity whose vision is to improve maternity services within the UK so that they truly meet the needs of all. We’re currently going through an exciting period of strategic development and we’re seeking people who have a passion to help us make that change happen.

You don’t need to already work in the ‘birth world’, we’re looking for Trustees with experience in transferable skills such as the charity industry legal landscape, income generation, governance and IT knowledge although if you think you have something you can bring to the table outside these areas please get in touch.

AIMS Trustees meet virtually once a month for ten months of the year and we Chair the AGM as well. We expect this role to take up around 5-10 hours per month.

To make an expression of interest please email admin@aims.org.uk

Please note the AIMS Constitution states that a Trustee may not be “a qualified member of any medical profession including doctor, midwife, nurse or health visitor”. We recognise that good leadership benefits from the diversity of the communities we support therefore we particularly encourage expressions of interest from Black, Brown and ethnic minority groups, LGBTQ+ people, people with disabilities, people from across the four nations and neurodiverse people.

Paid employee role: Office Manager

Permanent Part-time 14-16 hours per week flexible working

Salary: Pro-rata based on £22,000 for a 37 hour week.

Location: Home based with occasional meetings around the UK

Holidays: Pro-rata based on 5 weeks + bank holidays

Closing date for applications: 30th November 2021

We hope to appoint a candidate in early January.

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 Manager 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, but some set ‘office hours’ would need to be agreed. The Office Manager will be provided with a laptop and will need internet access to connect to our systems. Although the Office Manager 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 30th November 2021

Contract role: AIMS Journal Co-editor

Applications are invited for the post of AIMS Journal Editor to work in partnership with our two current Editors.

This is a flexible part-time role, working from home, but you must be able to work some hours in most weeks in order to maintain the editing and production process. The time requirement is likely to be more intensive in the weeks leading up to each publication date. It is estimated that each Journal requires approximately 60 hours of work including meetings or other communications with Volunteers and the Management team.

This is a contract post, currently paid at the rate of £600 per Journal shared pro-rata between the Editors.

Role

The AIMS Journal Editors are jointly responsible for the online publication of four issues of the AIMS Journal each year (on 1st March, 1st June, 1st September and 1st December). They collaborate closely with AIMS Volunteers who prepare articles for the Campaigns section, and those who perform roles such as peer reviewing, proof-reading and uploading to the website.

A full description of the role is available on request, but the key activities are:

  • Meeting quarterly with Volunteers to identify possible themes, article topics and authors, and recommending themes for future issues

  • Commissioning themed articles and liaising with authors

  • Reviewing and editing articles

  • Managing the timely completion of peer review, sign off, proofreading, uploading and other activities relating to the publication and promotion of the Journal both on the AIMS website and in ISSUU

Essential skills and experience

  1. Strong editorial and copy-writing skills including a good eye for detail

  2. Experience of networking and collaborating with authors

  3. Collaborative style and excellent communication skills

  4. Proactive approach and ability to work flexibly in order to meet deadlines

  5. Open-minded and courageous, willing to engage with and critique different viewpoints

  6. Highly motivated and enthusiastic, with a drive to improve maternity care for all

A knowledge of birth issues and the politics of birth would be desirable

To apply please send your CV, covering email and the names of two referees to management@aims.org.uk

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.

Specific roles are currently seeking to fill include:

Sales and Marketing for AIMS Books

Have you had experience of working in sales or in a publishing company? If so, could you spare some time to share your expertise?

Publications are a vital source of income for AIMS and we need someone who can market and increase the volume of sales – not only for the income but for the information in the books to get out there to all those using maternity services.

We are currently publishing a new range of AIMS Guides and need someone to help boost our sales. At the moment we have a shop on our website where most of the sales occur, and an Amazon account for selling books and Kindle versions. Ideally we would like to get the books into book shops and we have some ideas about how we can do this - we just need someone with the time and energy to make this happen. The person we are looking for will work closely with the Publications group and link with the Social Media group for advertising. Experience of selling would be an advantage, but the main requirements are computer and organisational skills, plus enthusiasm! This role should only require one to two hours a week, with a little more work when a new book is launched.

If you are interested this role please email publications@aims.org.uk

AIMS Campaign Steering Group members

Campaigning for improvements to the maternity services is core to the AIMS charitable mission, and we’ve got a proud tradition of campaigning stretching back 60 years. AIMS campaigning activities are carried out by a growing number of our Volunteers, and we need a robust support structure in place to allow this work to flourish. We are now looking for a couple of colleagues to join our small Campaigns Steering Group.

Our Volunteer role within AIMS, since the end of 2019, is to work together to plan and facilitate AIMS campaigns work, and - crucially - to support other AIMS Volunteers to get involved. We also have a team editorial role for the Campaigns section of the quarterly AIMS Journal and we like to ‘keep our hand in’ by getting involved with particular pieces of AIMS campaigning work and leading teams on specific campaigns. We’re an established team, with effective working practices, ready to welcome you in!

What do we do?

As a team, we:

  • Take responsibility for the AIMS campaigns strategy, developing annual and quarterly action plans to ensure that we focus our efforts on what matters
  • Develop policy and process documents for AIMS’ campaigning activities
  • Ensure that AIMS responds to key consultations and attends key conferences and other events
  • Manage AIMS campaigns
  • Communicate our campaigns work, including via Social Media and the Campaigns section of the quarterly AIMS Journal
  • Co-ordinate the production of AIMS’ Position Papers and other campaigns materials
  • Constantly hone and develop our awareness of the UK maternity services landscape

Skills and requirements

  • Commitment to attend and prepare for (currently weekly) team meetings
  • Planning and organisational skills
  • Attention to detail
  • Clear written communications
  • Good interpersonal skills to liaise within and beyond AIMS
  • A desire to support other Volunteers in AIMS campaigning work
  • A really good understanding of the UK maternity services landscape, current issues and key stakeholders
  • A hefty dose of patience and good humour!

Please take a look at the most recent AIMS Journal to see what we’ve been up to over the last few months. If you like what you read and want to be part of this work and can commit to the team for at least six months, then we’d really love to hear from you. please email campaigns@aims.org.uk

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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