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2017-10-04 12:03:49 -0400
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OTW Recruitment banner by Erin

Do you have graphic design skills and enjoy creating social media content? Or would you like to help translate OTW/AO3 news posts?

We would like to thank everyone who responded to our previous call for Abuse Staff, Communications Staff, Systems Staff and Tag Wrangler Volunteers.

Today, we're excited to announce the opening of applications for:

  • Fanlore Graphics Designer Volunteers - closing 11 October 2017
  • Translation Committee News Translation Volunteers - closing 11 October 2017

We have included more information on each role below. Open roles and applications will always be available at the volunteering page. If you don't see a role that fits with your skills and interests now, keep an eye on the listings. We plan to put up new applications every few weeks, and we will also publicize new roles as they become available.

All applications generate a confirmation page and an auto-reply to your e-mail address. We encourage you to read the confirmation page and to whitelist volunteers -(at)- transformativeworks -(dot)- org in your e-mail client. If you do not receive the auto-reply within 24 hours, please check your spam filters and then contact us.

If you have questions regarding volunteering for the OTW, check out our Volunteering FAQ.


Fanlore Graphics Designer Volunteers

Would you like to help Fanlore reach more fans and get new editors? Do you have graphic design skills and enjoy creating social media content? If so, we need your help! The Fanlore team needs designers to create graphics and banners for Tumblr posts, tweets, and other Fanlore announcements, to help us reach more fans and potential editors. We have a lot of amazing fan history content, but we need your help to help others find out about it. If you think you might enjoy that, come and join us!

Applications will be accepted until 11 October 23:59 UTC.


Translation Committee News Translation Volunteers

Would you like to help translate OTW/AO3 news posts? We are looking for volunteers who can translate or beta news posts within five-day deadlines. If you enjoy working collaboratively, if you're fluent in a language other than English, if you’re passionate about the OTW and its projects, and want to help us reach more fans all around the world, working with Translation might be for you!

We particularly need people for Arabic, Bengali, Catalan, Chinese, Croatian, Danish, Filipino, Finnish, Hebrew, Hungarian, Japanese, Kiswahili, Korean, Latvian, Malay, Marathi, Norwegian, Polish, Serbian, Turkish, Vietnamese, and Welsh.

(Please note that our Czech, Dutch, German, Greek, Indonesian, Italian, Brazilian Portuguese, European Portuguese, Romanian, Russian, and Spanish teams are not accepting new members at this time.)

Applicants may be asked to translate and correct short text samples and will be invited to a chatroom interview as part of the selection process. More information about us can be found on the Translation committee page.

Applications will be accepted until 11 October 23:59 UTC.


Apply at the volunteering page!

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Five Things an OTW Volunteer Said

Every month or so the OTW will be doing a Q&A with one of its volunteers about their experiences in the organization. The posts express each volunteer's personal views and do not necessarily reflect the views of the OTW or constitute OTW policy.

As part of our 10th anniversary celebrations, we have a special retrospective Five Things this month. Today's post is with Naomi Novik, one of the founders of the OTW, a past board member, and a current staffer with the Accessibility, Design, & Technology Committee. The following is an interview transcript which has been edited for length and clarity.

What was the first year of the OTW like? What do you remember most from it?

I don't remember the high points as well, I find that over time what I remember are the problems. In the beginning there was a lot of work we had to do to reassure people about what we were trying to do, such as that they weren't going to get into [legal] trouble, that there would be ways to give people control over their stories. The other piece that first year is that some people expected to see something 5 minutes after we formed! You know, where is the Archive? But it all takes time, there were a lot of growing pains you have when you're putting things together from scratch that the OTW has been left with. But my philosophy is to do the thing if you have the momentum, and it's better to have done something that was not perfect than to not have anything done at all.

There were certain ways in which a sustainable organization doesn't work on passion, at the same time that you want to be able to harness passion. I think we were struggling a bit with how to get an organization running but at the same time have it grow. A lot of the details are gone for me now -- I have a terrible memory for this sort of thing because once something is no longer my problem, I forget about it, it's just gone.

One example is figuring out Communications and what it was going to be like [for the OTW and as a committee]. [The early volunteers] were all on LiveJournal, and so regarding communications I thought that it would be just the newsletters we have, and then people from the organization posting on their journals and talking to other fans on an individual level. And it didn't work very well, and I wasn't involved myself, but I remember frustration that we weren't being very successful at doing what we wanted to do there.

I was more involved on the technical level, which we had plenty of disagreements about too. Because the question was do you design it first, to have everything the way you want it, and then you build it or do you just start building? And I feel very very strongly that we ended up doing it the right way. We really did just dive in and start building. Overall, I'm quite happy with the success of that strategy, and then later, we know it's imperfect and there's things it doesn't do, so that unfortunately you haven't served everyone as well as you could have. It's a trade-off to having an archive.

I do think, fundamentally, it was the right call, and we are not, by far, the first organization that had to make that call. There are many different ways to make that call and we could have done it in a better way. Now the cost of that strategy has to be paid over a long time. But what matters most to me is that we made something. And the work is being done to get it to a sustainable place. At the beginning there was a very propulsive sort of drive to establish something and to get it running.

What do you see as the major turning points of the OTW during its ten years?

We had a huge advantage at the beginning, which is that we started with a small group of people who mostly all knew one another. Me, [current OTW Legal staffer] Rebecca Tushnet and [current Transformative Works & Cultures staffer] Francesca Coppa knew each other, and the other first Board members were in relatively close geographical proximity to one another, so we could get together face to face and discuss things. That was a big help. But we also had enormous expertise in the early group -- legal, academic, pro writing, technical experts. The people on the first board were the lynch pins of their respective committees. So it was a small group that could work together closely and develop things quickly in their own areas.

For a while in the middle of the OTW's growth we fell away from that. Being on the Board is a tough job and it takes an enormous amount of time to do the work well. I have done it well and have also done it poorly. It's not entirely, but is largely, based on how much time you have to offer, as well as the people you work with, and whether you can communicate with them effectively and whether there's a level of personal trust among you.

I feel there was a terrible low point that we went through. There was a middle wave; there's been research done on this process among non-profits that shows that what the OTW went through is a common pattern. There is a visionary founder, or team of founders, who bite off much more than they can do. That approach leaves a lot of loose ends. The people who are then recruited and pulled in because of the vision that the founders established see the problems with what was done or with what is happening, but they feel frustrated because they may not have the access to the founders or to ways of solving the problem. So then things turn antagonistic on either a personal or organizational level. So the OTW then had lots of people running for the Board being against what was happening to the Board.

So while things aren't going well and the Board isn't doing everything great, at the same time the people on the Board know a lot about what's going on in the organization because there have already been discussions and arguments that led up to that point, they've been there, and know the reasons for why things are happening. But there's no trust anymore and the Board as a group has gotten dysfunctional. And we have had several dysfunctional Boards.

Then you have the third wave who are happy doing their thing within the OTW and don't necessarily want to be on the Board. But they've seen the problems, they've come up in the organization and have seen what is going on at the top. And even though they'd rather just be able to keep doing the work that they've been doing, they feel they have to step up and fix this situation we've found ourselves in. That's the kind of Board we have now, and that's a good place. The OTW got through those growing pains, which is important because there are a lot of organizations who don't make it through that period, through those transitions.

In the beginning the contrast was, we had lots of disagreements but it was a foundation when everyone knew each other and respected each other's skills and knew of one another before ending up on the Board. That can be good but it also creates insularity. Those first few years were about just vrooom -- anything you wanted to try, you just tried. There wasn't anything that stopped you. There was nothing there yet so you just created something.

So in the beginning you didn't have people already doing things a certain way that then would all have to be changed -- you can't do that to people and disrupt their work and processes in that way. Especially on the coding side, that's an enormously creative period in the beginning where you're just creating. And in general, many people like to build new things and do not like to maintain old things, technology-wise. So at the beginning it's much easier. We all got our hands dirty. None of us had ever worked on anything the scale of what the OTW is now and we were just figuring it all out. For some people it is stressful having to start something, but for others it also is to maintain and grow it.

During your time with the OTW, what have you personally achieved that you feel the most proud of?

The Archive of Our Own is there, just, it exists. On a meta level, when I first made the post about building an archive, I wasn't thinking of it as something I would do. I even said it was something we needed and if someone else would do it then I would help them. But then I saw that no one was volunteering, and I had a moment, I remember this moment, knowing that setting this project in motion would be an enormous time sink, and an emotional sink, and that it would have opportunity costs for the rest of my life. But I did it anyway.

That original discussion generated a certain momentum, and we needed to build on it right away. There's one moment when you can take an idea to the table, and if you miss it, it's going to collapse, it's not going to be a thing at all. At the time I made that post I did it because I was mad and I believed it, I believed we had to do something. It's that whole cliche 'You have to be the change you want to see in the world.' And so I went to Rebecca and Francesca and said 'we're going to do it, but I can't do this without you.' And they said 'alright, we're in.' We'd had conversations before about the problems we wanted the OTW to address and this was the time to do something.

What do you see as the role of the OTW now and do you think that's changed since it began? How might it change in the next 10 years?

The #1 thing that I feel like the OTW has now that it didn't at the very beginning was the role of maintaining things, such as keeping the AO3 up and functioning. And now the Archive, and Fanlore too, but Fanlore is much easier to keep up. It's not easier to grow it, but just to keep it from falling down it's easier. Even the AO3 is hard to grow over the next 10 years just because you need to bring it up to a modern technical level. There should be discussions going on, and I expect there are, about version 2.0 of the Archive. But the AO3 should not look the same 10 years from now, and we need to start thinking about that plan [of how to get there] now rather than later.

We took a responsibility on and I know that -- even during the darkest moments of the Board where I literally thought that the entire tech staff would quit and there would be no one to run AO3 -- that what kept people on [as volunteers] even though there wasn't any kind of good resolution to the problems, it was the inertia of not wanting to drop the ball. There can come a time where there can be too high a personal cost in continuing to work on our projects, but if it requires me [personally] to keep working on it then it's not going to survive anyway. I could not be the one responsible at that stage of my life to continue the maintenance and development of what we had started. I had a small child, my life was changing. And I actually had tried to have conversations with the Board, which was difficult, that if you don't trust the staff to know what to do and to have the room to make those things happen then the project isn't going to survive. There's just a few people keeping it up, and there still are only a few people doing that work, but now there are contractors involved to help move us forward and a process for making the Archive more maintainable.

We all need to gracefully agree and also gracefully fail. And there can be a day when the lights don't come on. There could be a day when we can't afford to keep it running but we keep the stories available for download and provide the data so that someone else can take it on. It's the same thing that Open Doors is trying to save us from, that there are sites that just shut their doors, bye, all your work's gone. [The website] iMeem did that to [fans who were] vidding. Just one day, oh we're not going to host vids anymore. I feel very strongly that we have an obligation not to do that, that's the mission, that the #1 thing the OTW has to do. And I feel that it's happening [that we're keeping things going and maintaing them] so I'm happy with that.

I also feel that legally we're in a better place than we were which is great, and I'm really proud of everything that the Legal Advocacy team has accomplished. It's been amazing to see their victories. I feel like the OTW has done a good job of preserving things too through Open Doors, that's something I'd like to see more focus on, preservation work. But the major thing to work on is also the next generation. Fandom is much larger now than it used to be so we don't need to get everybody, to have the OTW be something to every fan out there. But you do need to be in a place where the kids are at, there's not enough engagement with Wattpad for example. So I think we have people come to the Archive and want and expect things of it, and then go away without quite understanding what it's supposed to be.

One thing I don't want the OTW to do is to try and become hip and trendy and reinvent ourselves in order to try and do that. We want to be the library, the boring place but the one that everyone knows about, and it's there if you need it.

What has been the most fun thing to you about volunteering for the OTW?

Building the AO3. I love coding, I think it's enormously fun, just building and coding something. I love that, that's the best.


Now that one of our founders has said five things about what they've done, it’s your turn to add one more thing! How long have you known about the OTW? Do you use the different projects? How long have you been in fandom?

You can also check out earlier Five Things posts by some of our other volunteers.

The Organization for Transformative Works is the non-profit parent organization of multiple projects including Archive of Our Own, Fanlore, Open Doors, Transformative Works and Cultures, and OTW Legal Advocacy. We are a fan run, entirely donor-supported organization staffed by volunteers. Find out more about us on our website.

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2017-09-06 11:46:19 -0400
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OTW Recruitment Banner by Erin

Do you have experience with Linux system administration, or personnel and project management? Or would you like to help wrangle tags or assist AO3 users by resolving complaints? The Organisation for Transformative Works is recruiting!

 

We would like to thank everyone who responded to our previous call for Wrangling Volunteers, Fanlore Gardeners, and Communications: News Report Writer Staff.

Today, we're excited to announce the opening of applications for:

  • Abuse Committee Staff - closing Wednesday 13 September 23:59 UTC
  • Communications Committee Chair-Track Staff - closing Wednesday 13 September 23:59 UTC
  • Systems Committee Staff - closing Wednesday 13 September 23:59 UTC
  • Tag Wrangling Volunteers - closing after 60 applications, or Wednesday 13 September 23:59 UTC

We have included more information on each role below. Open roles and applications will always be available at the volunteering page. If you don't see a role that fits with your skills and interests now, keep an eye on the listings. We plan to put up new applications every few weeks, and we will also publicize new roles as they become available.

All applications generate a confirmation page and an auto-reply to your e-mail address. We encourage you to read the confirmation page and to whitelist volunteers -(at)- transformativeworks -(dot)- org in your e-mail client. If you do not receive the auto-reply within 24 hours, please check your spam filters and then contact us.

If you have questions regarding volunteering for the OTW, check out our Volunteering FAQ.


Abuse Committee Staff

The Abuse Committee is dedicated to helping users deal with the various situations that may arise. We also handle any complaints that come in about content uploaded to the Archive of Our Own. The team determines if complaints are about legitimate violations of the Terms of Service, and what to do about them if they are; our major goals are to adhere to the TOS, to make our reasoning and processes as clear and transparent as possible, and to keep every individual case completely confidential. We work closely with other AO3 related committees such as Support and Content.

We are seeking people who can keep in close contact, be patient in rephrasing explanations, make and document decisions, cooperate within and outside of their team, and ask for help when it's needed. Staffers need to be able to handle complex and sometimes-disturbing content, and must be able to commit a sufficient amount of time to the team on a regular basis.

Applications are due Wednesday 13 September 23:59 UTC


Communications Committee Chair-Track Staff

The Communications Committee is the central information distributing arm of the OTW, responsible for the distribution of information internally to OTW personnel and externally to the general public, the media, fans, and other fannish organizations. Communications is also typically the first point of contact for someone interested in or wanting help from OTW, and serves all of the organization's committees and projects. The position of Chair Track Staffer is designed for individuals with ample time to learn all aspects of Communications' activities, and who would like to work toward being considered for the role of chair.

Are you good at managing workflow? Would you like to help keep the OTW's internal and external outreach on track and running smoothly? Communications chair-track staffers are responsible for a combination of assigned tasks, individual study and training, and shadowing of other staff in order to become familiar with leading and managing the committee. Specific responsibilities include distribution of news posts, responding to inquiries from the public and the press, personnel management, policy and process development, and oversight of social media accounts.

Applications are due Wednesday 13 September 23:59 UTC


Tag Wrangling Volunteers

The Tag Wranglers are responsible for helping to keep the millions of tags on AO3 in some kind of order! Wranglers follow internal guidelines to choose the tags that appear in the filters and auto-complete, which link related works together. (This makes it easier to browse and search on the archive, whether that’s Steve/Tony with tentacles or g-rated Rose/Kanaya fluff.)
If you’re an experienced AO3 user who likes organizing, working in teams, or excuses to fact-check your favorite fandoms, you might enjoy tag wrangling! To join us, click through to the job description and application form.


Please note: due to (amazing!) interest in wrangling, we’re currently looking for wranglers for specific fandoms only. See the application for which fandoms are in need.

Applications are due Wednesday 13 September 23:59 UTC, but will close earlier if we receive 60 applications.


Systems Committee Staff

The Systems Committee is dedicated to supporting, troubleshooting, and expanding the technological infrastructure that underlies the OTW’s many projects. Systems staff members manage many day-to-day aspects of Linux system administration, such as Email Server administration, DNS updates, Apache/nginx management, and user/group rights and permissions. Committee members also tackle larger projects like virtual machine installation and configuration, researching better ways to manage our infrastructure, optimizing, and planning for the future.

We are seeking individuals who have some experience in remote Linux administration. A focus in one of the following areas is greatly desired: email server administration, routing/networking, configuration management (such as Chef, Puppet, Salt, Ansible, or CFengine), virtual machine configuration and management with VirtualBox, VMWare, or Xen, and/or MySQL database administration.

Keeping the OTW and its projects on the web is a serious commitment. If you aren’t sure you meet these requirements but you want to volunteer, please apply. We can provide training for an applicant who has some skills and shows promise.

Applications are due Wednesday 13 September 23:59 UTC


Read more and apply at the Organization for Transformative Works' Volunteering page!

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2017-07-12 13:48:32 -0400
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OTW Recruitment banner by Erin

Do you have skills in report writing or copyediting? Or do you love Fanlore and fan history? Or, would you like to help wrangle tags on the AO3? The OTW is now recruiting for Communications Report Writers, Fanlore Gardeners, and Tag Wranglers!

We would like to thank everyone who responded to our previous call for Communications Graphics Volunteers, Finance Committee Staff, Development & Membership Committee Staff, Support Committee Staff, and News Translation Volunteers.

Today, we're excited to announce the opening of applications for:

  • Communications Staff: Report Writers - Closing 19 July 23:59 UTC
  • Fanlore Gardeners - Closing 19 July 23:59 UTC
  • Tag Wranglers - Closing 19 July 23:59 UTC or after 50 applications

We have included more information on each role below. Open roles and applications will always be available at the volunteering page. If you don't see a role that fits with your skills and interests now, keep an eye on the listings. We plan to put up new applications every few weeks, and we will also publicize new roles as they become available.

All applications generate a confirmation page and an auto-reply to your e-mail address. We encourage you to read the confirmation page and to whitelist volunteers -(at)- transformativeworks -(dot)- org in your e-mail client. If you do not receive the auto-reply within 24 hours, please check your spam filters and then contact us.

If you have questions regarding volunteering for the OTW, check out our Volunteering FAQ.


Communications Staff: Report Writer

The Communications Committee is the central information distributing arm of the OTW, responsible for the distribution of information internally and externally. It is also typically the first point of contact for someone interested in or wanting help from OTW, and serves all of the organization's committees and projects.

The Report Writer is responsible for compiling, writing, and distributing both internal and external reports about Communications and Organization-wide activity, such as annual reports, statistics reports, and newsletters.

Applications are due 19 July 23:59 UTC

Fanlore Gardener

Do you like writing about fandom? Gardeners are editors who work on Fanlore and take additional responsibilities regarding the wiki's maintenance. In addition to adding content themselves, they make sure text isn't deleted indiscriminately and tidy up after other editors, to help new content better fit the wiki's guidelines. They can also participate in internal discussions about Fanlore events, policies and documentation. No technical experience is required—you just need to know and love Fanlore, both as a user and an editor. If that sounds like you, come and join us!

Applications are due 19 July 23:59 UTC

Tag Wranglers

The Tag Wranglers are responsible for helping to keep the millions of tags on AO3 in some kind of order! Wranglers follow internal guidelines to choose the tags that appear in the filters and auto-complete, which link related works together. (This makes it easier to browse and search on the archive, whether that’s Steve/Tony with tentacles or g-rated Rose/Kanaya fluff.)

If you’re an experienced AO3 user who likes organizing, working in teams, or excuses to fact-check your favorite fandoms, you might enjoy tag wrangling! To join us, click through to the job description and application form.

Please note: due to (amazing!) interest in wrangling, we’re currently looking for wranglers for specific fandoms only. See the application for which fandoms are in need.

Applications will be accepted until 19 July 23:59 UTC or after 50 applications have been received, whichever occurs first.

Apply at the volunteering page!

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2017-06-14 12:33:08 -0400
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OTW Recruitment Banner by Erin

Would you like to help your fellow fans use the AO3? Or do you have skills with graphic design, fundraising, or customer service? Or do you have a background in finance? Or can you translate documents on a tight turnaround? Communications, Development & Membership, Finance, AO3 Support, and Translation are looking for new personnel in a range of roles!

We would like to thank everyone who responded to our previous call for Translation Volunteers and Strategic Planning Staff.

Today, we're excited to announce the opening of applications for:

  • Communications Graphics Volunteers
  • Finance Committee Staff
  • Development & Membership Committee Staff
  • Support Committee Staff
  • Translation Committee - News Translation Volunteer

These roles will all close Wednesday 21 June 23:59 UTC.

We have included more information on each role below. Open roles and applications will always be available at the volunteering page. If you don't see a role that fits with your skills and interests now, keep an eye on the listings. We plan to put up new applications every few weeks, and we will also publicize new roles as they become available.

All applications generate a confirmation page and an auto-reply to your e-mail address. We encourage you to read the confirmation page and to whitelist volunteers -(at)- transformativeworks -(dot)- org in your e-mail client. If you do not receive the auto-reply within 24 hours, please check your spam filters and then contact us.

If you have questions regarding volunteering for the OTW, check out our Volunteering FAQ.


Communications Committee Graphics Volunteers

Do you have experience with graphic design or creating digital fan art? The Communications Committee is looking for volunteers!

Communications handles most of the information distribution for the OTW. We manage the OTW News blog and related social media accounts, and we assist other teams in managing project-specific communication. Most of our OTW News posts use original graphics created by volunteers, and we’re looking for new recruits to create those graphics. If you have experience with graphic design or digital fan art, apply to join us as a Communications Graphics Volunteer!

Applications are due Wednesday 21 June 23:59 UTC


Development & Membership Staff

Do you have skills or interest in fundraising, membership database management, creating promotional graphics, eCommerce, or customer service?

The Development & Membership committee (DevMem) coordinates the OTW's fundraising and membership-building activities. Our primary responsibility is coordinating our biannual fund drives. Our other responsibilities include designing a new convention outreach process, communicating with donors, and exploring new fundraising opportunities. If you have skills or interests in these areas, consider applying to join our staff!

Applications are due Wednesday 21 June 23:59 UTC


Finance Committee Staff

Have you checked out the OTW’s budget for 2017? Did you by any chance look at it and go, hey, I could help them with that? If you have a background in finance and if you’re up for contributing some time and knowledge, we’d love to hear from you!

The OTW Finance committee handles payments, ensures that the accounting records are accurate and up-to-date, communicates with the Board and OTW committees in the creation of an Annual Budget, and produces annual financial statements. We are improving and documenting internal financial policies and procedures, such as payment requests or setting up new vendors.

More information about the Finance Committee can be found at the Finance Committee Page

Applications are due Wednesday 21 June 23:59 UTC


Support Committee Staff

If you've spent time figuring out how to make the Archive dance (or are willing to press the button to see what happens), are patient in the face of strange questions, can self-motivate, and are interested in helping your fellow fans, we would love to hear from you!

The Support team is responsible for handling the feedback and requests for assistance we receive from users of the Archive. We answer users’ questions, help to resolve problems they’re experiencing, and pass on information to and from coders, testers, tag wranglers and other teams involved with the Archive.

Applications are due Wednesday 21 June 23:59 UTC


Translation Committee - News Translation Volunteers

Would you like to help translate OTW/AO3 news posts? We are looking for volunteers who can translate or beta news posts within five-day deadlines. If you enjoy working collaboratively, if you're fluent in a language other than English, if you’re passionate about the OTW and its projects, and want to help us reach more fans all around the world, working with Translation might be for you!

We particularly need people for Arabic, Catalan, Croatian, Czech, Danish, Dutch, Finnish, Hungarian, Indonesian, Norwegian, Polish.

(Please note that our Chinese, French, German, Italian, Brazilian Portuguese, European Portuguese, Russian, Spanish and Swedish teams are not accepting new members at this time.)

Applicants may be asked to translate and correct short text samples and will be invited to a chatroom interview as part of the selection process. More information about us can be found on the Translation committee page. If your language is not listed, feel free to contact us anyway! We'd love to hear from you.

More information about us can be found on the Translation committee page.

Applications are due Wednesday 21 June 23:59 UTC


Read more and apply at the Organization for Transformative Works' Volunteering page!

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2017-05-10 12:44:40 -0400
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OTW Recruitment Banner by Erin

Are you fluent in a language other than English, or have experience with research methods, problem solving or nonprofit governance?

We would like to thank everyone who responded to our previous call for Tag Wrangling Volunteers, Elections Staff, and Volunteers & Recruiting Staff.

Today, we're excited to announce the opening of applications for:


  • Strategic Planning Staff - closing Wednesday 17 May 23:59 UTC


  • Translation Volunteers - closing Wednesday 17 May 23:59 UTC

We have included more information on each role below. Open roles and applications will always be available at the volunteering page. If you don't see a role that fits with your skills and interests now, keep an eye on the listings. We plan to put up new applications every few weeks, and we will also publicize new roles as they become available.

All applications generate a confirmation page and an auto-reply to your e-mail address. We encourage you to read the confirmation page and to whitelist volunteers -(at)- transformativeworks -(dot)- org in your e-mail client. If you do not receive the auto-reply within 24 hours, please check your spam filters and then contact us.

If you have questions regarding volunteering for the OTW, check out our Volunteering FAQ.

Strategic Planning Staff

The Strategic Planning Committee is recruiting for new staff members! We are a close-knit and collaborative committee of people who are tasked with researching, developing, and supporting the implementation of the strategic plan. We are looking for organized people well-versed in problem-solving and research methods, with knowledge of or a background in nonprofit governance. A strong background in informational interviewing is a plus, but not a requirement. We welcome all perspectives and are actively interested in people with diverse views on fandom and the OTW!

Applications are due Wednesday 17 May 23:59 UTC

Translation Volunteers

If you enjoy working collaboratively, if you're fluent in a language other than English, if you’re passionate about the OTW and its projects, and want to help us reach more fans all around the world, working with Translation might be for you! Translation volunteers help make the OTW and its projects accessible to a wider global audience. We work on translating content by the OTW and its projects from English to other languages, such as site pages, news posts, AO3 FAQs and AO3 Support emails. (However, we do not translate fanworks.)

We really need volunteers who speak Arabic, Bengali, Croatian, Japanese, Kiswahili, Korean, Latvian, Malay, Marathi, Romanian, Serbian, Turkish, Vietnamese and Welsh—but help with other languages would be much appreciated.

(Please note that our Chinese, Czech, Dutch, Finnish, French, German, Indonesian, Italian, Polish, Brazilian Portuguese, European Portuguese, Russian, Spanish and Swedish teams are not accepting new members at this time.)

Applicants may be asked to translate and correct short text samples and will be invited to a chatroom interview as part of the selection process.

More information about us can be found on the Translation committee page.

Applications are due Wednesday 17 May 23:59 UTC

Read more and apply at the Organization for Transformative Works' Volunteering page!

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2017-04-12 12:15:49 -0400
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OTW recruitment banner by Erin

Can you code in Python (or learn to do so)? Would you like to wrangle AO3 tags? Are you good at administrative tasks or working with people? The OTW is recruiting for new personnel!

We would like to thank everyone who responded to our previous call for Abuse Staff and Elections Staff. Today, we're excited to announce the opening of applications for:

  • Elections Staff: Voting Process Architects - Closing 19 April 23:59 UTC
  • Tag Wrangling Volunteers - Closing after 50 applications or 19 April 23:59 UTC
  • Volunteers and Recruiting Staff - Closing 19 April 23:59 UTC

We have included more information on each role below. Open roles and applications will always be available at the volunteering page. If you don't see a role that fits with your skills and interests now, keep an eye on the listings. We plan to put up new applications every few weeks, and we will also publicize new roles as they become available.

All applications generate a confirmation page and an auto-reply to your e-mail address. We encourage you to read the confirmation page and to whitelist volunteers -(at)- transformativeworks -(dot)- org in your e-mail client. If you do not receive the auto-reply within 24 hours, please check your spam filters and then contact us.

If you have questions regarding volunteering for the OTW, check out our Volunteering FAQ.


Elections Staff: Voting Process Architects

Are you a coder/software engineer? Do you know Python, or can you learn it quickly? Do you want to help the OTW by making sure its elections are secure and accurate? Then come join the Elections team!

The Elections Committee is responsible for running OTW Board elections; we ensure the fairness, timeliness, and confidentiality of the process. We are currently looking for Voting Process Architects (coders) to monitor the election itself and run the results. Applicants must know or be able to learn Python and basic data security practices.

Applications are due 19 April 23:59 UTC.


Tag Wrangling Volunteers

The Tag Wranglers are responsible for helping to keep the millions of tags on AO3 in some kind of order! Wranglers follow internal guidelines to choose the tags that appear in the filters and auto-complete, which link related works together. (This makes it easier to browse and search on the archive, whether that’s Steve/Tony with tentacles or g-rated Rose/Kanaya fluff.)

If you’re an experienced AO3 user who likes organizing, working in teams, or excuses to fact-check your favorite fandoms, you might enjoy tag wrangling! To join us, please read Introduction to Tag Wrangling to find out more about what wranglers do, then access the job description and application form on the volunteering home page.

Please note: due to (amazing!) interest in wrangling, we’re currently looking for wranglers for specific fandoms only. See the application on the volunteering home page for which fandoms are in need.

Applications are due 19 April 23:59 UTC, or when we have received 50 applications (whichever comes first).


Volunteers & Recruiting Staff

Do you enjoy administration, writing documentation and training materials, or working with people? Volunteers & Recruiting has openings for new personnel to join our small team!

We serve as the managers of the volunteer program for the Organization for Transformation Works. Our tasks include the onboarding and retirement of all personnel, coordinating recruitment for new personnel, training on organization-wide tools through tutorials or requests for information, handling inter-personnel complaints in a confidential and impartial manner, and providing advice and other assistance to committees on documentation.

If this sounds like something you'd be interested in, check out our position description and apply to be Volunteering & Recruiting Staff!

Applications are due 19 April 23:59 UTC.


Apply at the volunteering page!

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2017-03-22 12:39:04 -0400
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Are you interested in volunteering for the Organization for Transformative Works as Abuse Committee Staff or Elections Committee Staff?

We would like to thank everyone who responded to our previous call for Tag Wrangling Volunteers and Fanlore Staff.

Today, we're excited to announce the opening of applications for:

  • Abuse Committee Staff - closing 29 March 2017 23:59 UTC
  • Elections Committee Staff: Team Coordinator - closing 29 March 2017 23:59 UTC
  • Elections Committee Staff: Voting Process Architect - closing 29 March 2017 23:59 UTC

We have included more information on each role below. Open roles and applications will always be available at the volunteering page. If you don't see a role that fits with your skills and interests now, keep an eye on the listings. We plan to put up new applications every few weeks, and we will also publicize new roles as they become available.

All applications generate a confirmation page and an auto-reply to your e-mail address. We encourage you to read the confirmation page and to whitelist volunteers -(at)- transformativeworks -(dot)- org in your e-mail client. If you do not receive the auto-reply within 24 hours, please check your spam filters and then contact us.

If you have questions regarding volunteering for the OTW, check out our Volunteering FAQ.


Abuse Committee Staff

The Abuse Committee is dedicated to helping users deal with the various situations that may arise. We also handle any complaints that come in about content uploaded to the Archive of Our Own. The team determines if complaints are about legitimate violations of the Terms of Service, and what to do about them if they are; our major goals are to adhere to the TOS, to make our reasoning and processes as clear and transparent as possible, and to keep every individual case completely confidential. We work closely with other AO3 related committees such as Support and Content.
We are seeking people who can keep in close contact, be patient in rephrasing explanations, make and document decisions, cooperate within and outside of their team, and ask for help when it's needed. Staffers need to be able to handle complex and sometimes-disturbing content, and must be able to commit a sufficient amount of time to the team on a regular basis.

Applications are due Wednesday 29 March 2017 23:59 UTC


Elections Committee Staff: Team Coordinator

The Elections Committee is responsible for running OTW Board elections. We ensure the fairness, timeliness, and confidentiality of the process. As a team, we update the elections process, communicate with members and other committees about the process, help candidates prepare for and carry out their tasks, and run the election itself.

We are currently looking for Team Coordinators to organize our efforts and document procedures.

Applications are due Wednesday 29 March 2017 23:59 UTC


Elections Committee Staff: Voting Process Architect

The Elections Committee is responsible for running OTW Board elections. We ensure the fairness, timeliness, and confidentiality of the process. As a team, we update the elections process, communicate with members and other committees about the process, help candidates prepare for and carry out their tasks, and run the election itself.

We are currently looking for Voting Process Architects to run the election itself and preserve our data security.

Applications are due Wednesday 29 March 2017 23:59 UTC


Apply at the volunteering page!

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