The OTW is Recruiting Abuse, Communications, and Systems Committee Staffers and Tag Wrangling Volunteers!

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!