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Kimmelin Hull Steps Down as Science & Sensibility Community Manager

Dear Science & Sensibility readers,

It is with deep regret that I announce my resignation from the post of Community Manager of this blog site. As you may know, I suffered a head injury in mid-January, resulting in my medical leave of absence over the past 2 ½ months. Lamaze has been incredibly generous in their support of me during this time; we had all hoped I would be able to resume the helm by the end of April.

Unfortunately, my recovery has been slow and far from complete. At this time, it makes the most sense to encourage a longer term replacement. Thanks to Deena Blumenfeld, Lisa Baker and Kathy Morelli for their enthusiastic assumption of Guest Manager posts during these past three months.

It has been an honor and privilege to serve Lamaze International and you, the reader of Science & Sensibility. I encourage all of you to keep reading, writing and discovering the best ways to practice evidence-based care of perinatal women, babies and families.

Respectfully,

Kimmelin Hull, PA, LCCE, FACCE

Call for Applicants: Community Manager, Science & Sensibility

Lamaze International is searching for a new Community Manager to take the lead on Science & Sensibility. This is a prime opportunity for experienced bloggers who have an online presence and demonstrated commitment to advancing evidence-based birth practices.   Interested applicants should submit a letter describing qualifications and vision, along with a current resume to Linda Harmon, Executive Director by April 16, 2012 at director@lamaze.org.

About Science & Sensibility

Science & Sensibility is a multi-disciplinary blog launched in April 2009 by Lamaze International to improve knowledge of evidence-base maternity care among Lamaze Certified Childbirth Educators and other birth professionals and advocates.  It is one of the leading online resources for up-to-date news and analysis of research and policy issues affecting childbearing women.

Eligibility Criteria

The eligibility criteria for appointment shall include, but not be limited to, the following:

  •     Demonstrated commitment to advancing safe and healthy birth and to the Lamaze approach to pregnancy, birth, breastfeeding and parenting.
  • Knowledge of the fields of maternity care and perinatal education and their current trends and advances.
  • Knowledge of evidence-based maternity care and the limitations of evidence.
  • Reputation as an online presence advocating for safe and healthy birth preferred.
  • Progressive vision for the role Science & Sensibility can play in disseminating knowledge and shaping conversations.
  • Experience writing for a blog. (Experience writing for peer-reviewed publication(s) preferred.)
  • Knowledge of WordPress or other blogging platform.
  • Demonstrated ability to plan, coordinate, and manage tasks associated with a multi-contributor blog.
  • Lamaze-Certified Childbirth Educator preferred.

Term

After the successful completion of a two (2) month probation period, the Community Manager will be appointed for a two (2) year term and may be renewed for additional two (2) year terms.

Remuneration

Lamaze International will provide the Editor with a quarterly honorarium of $2,500 ($10,000 annually) and provides marketing and IT support as needed.

General Responsibilities

The Community Manager of Science & Sensibility is directly accountable to the Lamaze International Executive Director. The Community Manager is responsible for all aspects of preparing the content of Science & Sensibility for publication, and is responsible for engaging with other bloggers on collaborative efforts. The specific responsibilities include:

  •  Prepare or solicit from contributors at least 8-10 blog posts per month and coordinate publication schedule.
  • Edit and prepare all content for publication in WordPress.
  • Work with new contributors to provide supportive and constructive feedback on blog submissions, and identify and appoint new contributors as needed.
  • Monitor and engage with other blogs covering issues that impact maternity care research and policy.
  • Participate in or coordinate online community events including collaborative writing projects and blog carnivals.
  • Manage Science & Sensibility Facebook page and participate in Twitter communication.
  • Moderate blog comments, and establish and enforce Community policies (e.g., commenting policy, editorial policies, etc.).
  • Participate in monthly phone calls with the Lamaze social media team and the Lamaze Institute for Safe and Healthy Birth.
  • Contribute periodic research summaries or articles based for publication in The Journal of Perinatal Education.
  • Provide periodic reports on Science & Sensibility as requested.

 

 

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  1. April 4th, 2012 at 08:32 | #1

    Dear Kimmelin,
    You have been, and continue to be, one of the most gifted professionals I have ever had the pleasure to work with. Your work exemplified Science and Sensibility, as it expanded our understanding of both. As a regular contributor, I am deeply saddened that you will no longer be the Community Manager.

    On a personal note, I have gotten to know Kimmelin through our working together here at S&S, and she is an amazing woman of tremendous strength and character. She defines advocacy with grace and grit. And all while raising three beautiful children.

    Thank you, Kimmelin for helping me grow, and for your dedication to the S&S community.

    Walker Karraa, MFA, MA, CD(DONA)

  2. April 4th, 2012 at 11:36 | #2

    Dear Kimmelin,
    Your contributions and perspective will be missed! Many blessings and wishes for a steady and sure recovery.
    Warmest regards,
    Annie Kennedy, Director
    Simkin Center at Bastyr University

  3. April 5th, 2012 at 11:11 | #3

    Kimmelin ~

    Your work with S&S has been amazing. I’m so sorry your healing process has been slow. Take the time you need to get well. I’ll miss you here.

    Love and Light,
    -Deena

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