Careers - Great Western Air Ambulance Charity

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Working at Great Western Air Ambulance Charity is more than a job. It's a career that offers the chance to make a real difference to people's lives. And one that offers real opportunity for professional development.

 

Please check this page regularly for new vacancies. 

Why work for Great Western Air Ambulance Charity?

When you work for us, you feel part of something special. By the time you come into work in the morning, our crew may well have saved the life of someone you know, someone living in your local community.

From fundraisers to highly skilled paramedics and senior consultants, we are a team, working to save lives that would otherwise be lost. The job can be high pressure, but it is deeply satisfying, and every member of the team is committed to this service, and to saving as many lives as we can.

We pride ourselves on being an excellent employer. We are small enough to feel like a family, but large enough to have a professional set-up. Together we raise over £4m a year to keep our service running.

We are keen to represent the diversity of the people we serve, and welcome applications from communities who may be under-represented in our workforce or the type of roles we are recruiting for.

Although we think the biggest perk to working with us is knowing you are helping to save lives, here are some other benefits for our employees:

Benefits
25 days annual leave, plus Bank Holidays, rising with length of service
A 35 hour working week, with the option to pick your working hours flexibly between 8am and 6pm, Monday to Friday
Access to NHS/blue light discounts at hundreds of retailers
A friendly, open plan office with as much tea and coffee as you can drink (we know what’s important)
Free car parking at the office and our base
Pension contributions of up to 4% of eligible earnings
Laptop, smart phone and branded clothing for relevant roles
Funded study, training or education, tailored to you
10% discount at GWAAC's shops
Cycle to Work scheme and Childcare Vouchers
Free employee counselling service
Paid for professional membership, dependent on role
The chance to go to new places, meet interesting people and have experiences that you wouldn’t otherwise have!
£250 bonus for successful friends and family recruitment referrals


Great Western Heartstarters Coordinator

£18,525 per year (Real Living Wage), 37.5 hrs per week

12 month contract. 

We’ve got a great opportunity for someone who is passionate about people - from keeping them alive, to teaching them new skills, to just talking to them and finding out how we can help them, we need someone who is great with people.
 
Our Great Western Heartstarters programme has already trained thousands of people in lifesaving CPR, but we know there is more we can do. We need to recruit more volunteers to help us, make our teaching sessions even more memorable, make sure our training is accessible to all, teach more people, and ultimately save more lives. We have a particular focus on schools, and so we need someone who can find ways to engage teachers and make our session part of the annual plan. And we need someone who is organised – making sure volunteers, equipment and trainees are in the right place at the right time.

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Only people who are currently unemployed, working part-time with a desire to work full-time or who are looking to move into the charity sector are eligible for this role. That’s because this job includes a 12-month leadership programme in partnership with The Rank Foundation and The National Lottery Community Fund. You will be expected to take part in a number of leadership days and conferences dedicated to your professional development, really helping to kickstart your career. Travel and overnight stays will be part of the programme, but all expenses will be paid, and these activities will form part of your working hours. You can find out more about the programme by visiting: https://rankfoundation.com/engaged-philanthropy/time-to-shine/ . 
  

Job Description

Apply

The recruitment process is in two stages. Firstly, you should apply to Great Western Air Ambulance Charity by sending your CV and covering letter to jobs@gwaac.com by 8am on Tuesday 9th November.  The role will commence in January 2022.

Deadline for applications:
Tuesday 9th November

Continued...

If you are successful at the first stage, there will be an informal interview for you and your prospective manager with The Rank Foundation and The National Lottery Community Fund in November 2021. The final job offer is dependent upon success at the second interview.

Shop Supervisor, Yate Shopping Centre

National Living Wage, 16 - 24 hours per week

Great Western Air Ambulance Charity is looking for someone with retail experience, energy and enthusiasm for our large shop in Yate, South Gloucestershire. 
 
The shop opened in September 2021, so we are still finding our feet and hitting our groove. Could you be the person to help it reach its full potential - contributing to the charity’s income, raising our profile and becoming a focal point for the local community? 

You will need to be a good all-rounder, but most importantly you should share our values, be motivated, enthusiastic and passionate about helping our charity make a difference to local communities. 
 
 

 

Apply

Get in touch with us via jobs@gwaac.com if you have any questions, or apply by sending a covering letter and CV to jobs@gwaac.com by 9am on Monday 1st November 2021.

Deadline for applications:
Monday 1st November

Job Description

 

 


Supporter Engagement Coordinator
Circa £27,000 FTE, 28 - 35 hours per week

Do you love finding out about people? Are you comfortable in almost any environment? Are you super-organised?
 
Then we might have the perfect job for you! 
 
At Great Western Air Ambulance Charity, we’re looking for a new Supporter Engagement Coordinator, following an internal promotion. This job involves a lot of communication – with our fundraisers, volunteers, former patients and the rest of our team, and therefore a high level of organisation to keep all the plates spinning (as well as finding new plates). We’re looking for someone who is engaging and engaged, a people person who can also do process, a fundraising professional who puts fun into everything they do. 

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GWAAC is a great cause to fundraise for, and we have amazing stories to tell and experiences to offer. Our work is very rewarding for our team too – at GWAAC we know that we are contributing to saving local lives every week. We’re looking for someone who shares our passion for that.

You would be joining GWAAC at an exciting time, as the charity continues to grow and innovate in the field of pre-hospital care. You will be supported in developing your skills across a broad fundraising portfolio and be part of a dedicated team committed to saving local lives.   

Job Description

Apply 

To apply, please send a covering letter and CV of no more than 6 pages combined to
jobs@gwaac.com by 9am on Monday 1st November 2021. 
 
Deadline for applications:
Monday 1st November

PR and Communications Coordinator

£26,785 FTE, 30 - 35 hours per week, across 5 days

Are you a vibrant, proactive, and sociable public relations professional? Do you have a keen eye for finding a story? Then this role could be for you!

We’re looking for a PR and Communications Coordinator to help us increase our public profile by drawing attention to newsworthy activities of our charity, our crew and our supporters.

We want to turn up the volume on the work we do in the local area, to inspire conversations among communities, high profile supporters, influencers and the media. You’ll drive a step change in our media coverage by packaging up insights from our mission data and sourcing and telling the stories of local people who we have helped.

This is a great role for someone with content, copywriting and media relations experience who is excited about collaborating with an ambitious and creative team to deliver inspiring results that make a real difference.

Job Description

Apply 

To apply, please send a covering letter and CV of no more than 6 pages combined to
jobs@gwaac.com.

Deadline for applications: Until appointed

Shop Assistant (Kickstarter Role, 25 hours pw)

This is an exciting opportunity for someone to complete a six-month paid placement as part of the Kickstart Government initiative. We are looking for a hardworking and passionate Shop Assistant to join our committed team here at Great Western Air Ambulance Charity in our new shop in Yate.

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Play your part in our charity’s second retail shop, a large unit in the heart of a vibrant local shopping area. The post holder will assist in the day to day running of the shop, under the guidance of the Shop Manager and Assistant Managers, taking pride in increasing sales, generating income for the charity and attracting volunteers and donations. 

This is a Kickstarter Scheme position (candidate must be aged between 16-24 and on, or have applied for, Universal Credit). Find out more about the Kickstarter initiative here.

Apply 

Please submit your application, including your CV and a covering letter, to jobs@gwaac.com

Deadline for applications: TBC

Job Description

Finance Administrator (Kickstarter Role, 25 hours pw)

This is an exciting opportunity for someone to complete a six-month paid placement as part of the Kickstart Government initiative. We are looking for a hardworking and passionate Finance Administrator to join our committed team here at Great Western Air Ambulance Charity. 

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The Finance Administrator will assist the Fundraising Administrator in looking after our donors and supporting the whole team through the administration of the charity’s financial procedures and providing a general administrative and reception service. The post holder will work closely with the Fundraising, Communications and Marketing, and Finance and ICT teams, volunteers and other key stakeholders to ensure that the charity runs smoothly.

This is a Kickstarter Scheme position (candidate must be aged between 16-24 and on, or have applied for, Universal Credit). Find out more about the Kickstarter initiative here.

Apply 

Please submit your application, including your CV and a covering letter, to jobs@gwaac.com

Deadline for applications: TBC

Job Description

Lottery Canvassers

Great Western Air Ambulance Charity (GWAAC) is looking to expand the number of lottery canvassers in the region recruiting players for our highly successful weekly lottery.

There are vacancies for both part-time and full-time roles and any successful candidate will play a vital role as an ambassador of our charity. Your remit will be to engage with the public, either by canvassing door-to-door or by obtaining private site bookings, in the hope of getting people in the region to join our lottery for either £1 or £2 a week. You are free to choose your own hours of work and the regions within our boundaries that you recruit new members in, and most importantly you will be helping our fantastic charity generate some much-needed income.

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The GWAAC weekly lottery is a vital source of revenue to the charity and we are aiming to expand our membership over the coming years. With all members joining by either direct debit or cheque payment, this regular income plays a vital part in keeping the charity flying.

Apply 

If the role is of interest to you, please contact Mark Harris on 0333 577 5707 or e-mail mark.harris@towerlotteries.co.uk. Tower Lotteries run and administrate the draw on behalf of GWAAC.


Volunteers - Join our Ground Crew!

We are lucky to work alongside a wonderful group of local volunteers. Everyone who works and volunteers here at GWAAC is committed, enthusiastic and dedicated to keeping us flying. We enjoy what we do because it really makes a difference – and we would love to have you as part of our team.

Whether you would like to help out in our offices, would like to volunteer at a fundraising event, or put on an event of your own, we would love to hear from you.

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