The OTW is Recruiting for Tag Wrangling, Communications, and Internationalization & Outreach

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The Organization for Transformative Works is recruiting! This week we are looking for Communications Media Outreach Staffers, Internationalisation and Outreach Staffers, and Tag Wrangling Volunteers.

We would like to thank everyone who responded to our previous call for Abuse Committee Staff, Communications Chair Track Staff, Systems Staff and Volunteers & Recruiting Staff. Today, we’re excited to announce the opening of applications for:

  • Communications Staff – Media Outreach Staffers – closing 26 October 2015 UTC
  • Internationalisation and Outreach Staffers – closing 26 October 2015 UTC
  • Tag Wrangling Volunteers – closing when 50 applications have been reached, or 26 October 2015 UTC, whichever occurs first

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 – Media Outreach Staffers

Communications staffers are 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.

The Media Outreach group is responsible for various tasks and projects related to public relations and publicity. The position of media outreach staffer would be a good fit for someone with an interest in new media and a knack for networking. Experience with public relations is ideal but not required.
Applications are due 26 October 2015 UTC

Internationalisation and Outreach Staffers

Internationalization & Outreach is looking for new staffers.

The OTW has a responsibility to all its volunteers and users to work toward inclusivity, accessibility and visibility for the OTW and its projects, both from a fannish and an international standpoint. I&O is currently engaged in long term planning and is looking for people to help with in-depth research into the issues that I&O deals with within the OTW in a broader context and human resources-type documentation (updating I&O role documents and position descriptions for personnel, confidentiality agreements, and so forth).

I&O is looking for people who are skilled researchers, who are good at writing clear and accessible guidelines and explanations, and who want to make the OTW more accessible for fans. We want people who are good at identifying problems and solutions and at building consensus. It’s important to know how to balance between bringing our own perspectives to the table and representing the ideas of our fellow volunteers. You should be willing to listen to the other committee members, to contribute to and critique each other’s work, and to collaborate toward our eventual goal.

We hope to build a team of people who can work together towards these goals of inclusivity, accessibility and visibility for the OTW and its projects. If you would like to help the OTW better represent fandom’s diversity, I&O is the committee for you. Join us!

Applications are due 26 October 2015 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 will close when 50 applications have been reached, or 26 October 2015 UTC, whichever occurs first

Apply at the volunteering page!

The OTW is Recruiting Internationalization & Outreach Staff and Tag Wranglers

Banner by Erin of a close-up of Rosie the Riveter's arm with an OTW logo on it and the words 'OTW Recruitment'

We would like to thank everyone who responded to our previous call for AO3 Documentation Staff, Support Staff and Systems Staff.

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

  • Internationalization & Outreach Committee Staffer – closing 27 July 2015 UTC
  • Tag Wrangling Volunteers – closing when 50 applicants have been received or 27 July 2015 UTC, whichever occurs first.

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.

Internationalization & Outreach Committee Staffer

Internationalization & Outreach is looking for new staffers.

The OTW has a responsibility to all its volunteers and users to work toward inclusivity, accessibility and visibility for the OTW and its projects, both from a fannish and an international standpoint. I&O is currently engaged in long term planning and is looking for people to help with human resources-type documentation (updating I&O role documents and position descriptions for personnel, confidentiality agreements, and so forth) and in-depth research into the issues that I&O deals with within the OTW in a broader context.

I&O is looking for people who are good at writing clear and accessible guidelines and explanations or who are good researchers, and who want to make the OTW more accessible for fans. We want people who are good at identifying problems and solutions and at building consensus. It’s important to know how to balance between bringing our own perspectives to the table and representing the ideas of our fellow volunteers. You should be willing to listen to the other committee members, to contribute to and critique each other’s work, and to collaborate toward our eventual goal.

We hope to build a team of people who can work together towards these goals of inclusivity, accessibility and visibility for the OTW and its projects. If you would like to help the OTW better represent fandom’s diversity, I&O is the committee for you. Join us!

Applications are due 27 July 2015 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 will close when 50 applicants have been received or 27 July 2015 UTC, whichever occurs first.

Apply at the volunteering page!

Spotlight on Internationalization & Outreach

Today we shine the spotlight on the OTW’s Internationalization & Outreach Committee (I&O). I&O serves as the Org’s diversity advisers, advocating for the representation of cultural, linguistic, and fannish diversity in the Org. Although their focus on specific projects may shift from year to year, I&O works with all committees and workgroups as needed.

For this Spotlight, we talked to Sole G. and Priscilla, two staff members in I&O. Sole G. is an Argentinian Literature student. Her main fandoms are Johnny’s Entertainment boybands and Avengers ( mainly the comics). She’s I&O’s co-chair and Category Change lead, as well as tag wrangler. Priscilla is a Brazilian postgrad studying in the UK. She’s a staffer in the Development and Membership and the Translation committees, and has been in way too many fandoms to mention.


What’s the typical day of an I&O staffer like?

Sole G.: I&O is not like other committees. We have no on-going tasks like Support or Tag Wrangling do. We consult with other committees about their projects.

Priscilla D.: And try to flag up instances of wording or practice to make them more accessible and inclusive. We’re sort of a meta-committee. Our bread and butter is helping in what other committees do.

What are some challenges you face in your work?

Sole G.: It can be difficult to keep up with everything that the OTW does and it can be difficult to coordinate with so many people.

Priscilla D.: We have to represent a very very plural perspective, and we’re by necessity limited. I can do my best to make things better for fans everywhere, but I’m limited by my Brazilian-ness?

What projects are you working on this term?

Sole G.: Our current projects are the cross-committee Category Change workgroup which addresses the fandom media categories in the AO3 and a planned series of posts spotlighting AO3 language features and content. New projects will arise as the year goes on. They always do.

And finally, what’s your favorite thing about being an I&O staffer?

Priscilla D.: I think the feeling that we actually have a voice. That we can change things. And seeing that the OTW takes inclusivity seriously.

Sole G.: For me it’s that as well, yes. That the OTW wants to be more inclusive and that we can change it. The OTW is very diverse already – we have fans from all over the world and from every kind of fandom – but it also helps to have a group of people specifically considering those issues.