Five Things an OTW Volunteer Said

Five Things Kate Sanders 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. Today’s post is with Kate Sanders, who volunteers as a staffer for the Strategic Planning Committee.

How does what you do as a volunteer fit into what the OTW does?

I have volunteered for several years with the Strategic Planning Committee. Our work has been to synthesize the needs of the OTW as best possible into the first strategic plan to guide some internal improvements, then to help implement the goals from that plan by working with committees across the OTW, and now to draft a second strategic plan to continue setting goals for the OTW to aspire to and achieve collectively.

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The OTW is Recruiting for AO3 Documentation Staff, Graphic Designers, Policy & Abuse Staff, Strategic Planning Staff, and Translation Volunteers

Are you an awesome beta or a writer with an eye for technical details? Are you a digital artist interested in the OTW’s work? Would you like to assist AO3 users by resolving complaints? Do you have experience with organizational governance? Can you translate from another language? The Organization for Transformative Works is recruiting!

We’re excited to announce the opening of applications for:

  • AO3 Documentation Staff – closing 24 February 2021 at 23:59 UTC or after 80 applications
  • Communications Graphics Volunteers – closing 24 February 2021 at 23:59 UTC or after 40 applications
  • Policy & Abuse Staff – closing 24 February 2021 at 23:59 UTC
  • Strategic Planning Staff – closing 24 February 2021 at 23:59 UTC
  • Translation Volunteers – closing 24 February 2021 at 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 our email address 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.

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Celebrate the End of our Three-Year Strategic Plan

Celebrate the End of our Three-Year Strategic Plan!

In January of 2017, the OTW embarked on its first-ever strategic plan. The purpose of a strategic plan is to guide the overall direction of the organization: to define what we want to achieve and how we want to pursue it. A strategic plan is a staple of nonprofits and for-profit businesses alike, and for the OTW it was especially important as we moved from being a small start-up to a growing organization with a lot of moving parts and a Hugo Award-winning project.

We have now made it three full years, working really hard to make this strategic plan a success. As we close out this plan and look forward to the future, we would like to share with you some highlights of what this strategic plan has helped the OTW accomplish.

What did the OTW’s first Strategic Plan do for the organization?

For individual committees:

All (or almost all) OTW committees now know and have documented:

  • What the committee’s role is within the organization (purview statements)
  • What the expectations are for their chair, and how to train a new chair (chair/lead position descriptions and training plans)
  • How to get and train new staff (recruitment plans)
  • How to figure out and communicate how much money they need per year (budgets)
  • What their goals are for the near future and how they intend to accomplish them (roadmaps)
  • What the regular, ongoing work of their committee is and how to accomplish it (internal wiki pages)

For the Board:

The strategic plan has supported the Board in:

  • Clarifying the duties of a Board member and Board Officer (purview and roles documentation)
  • Laying out how to introduce new Board members to the information they need (Board training plan)
  • Discussing the future of the OTW’s leadership structure, and creating some proposals for how to improve it (Research governance options and new operations model plan)

For the whole organization:

The strategic plan has supported the OTW as a whole in creating:

  • Annual budgets
  • Clear financial policies that are in line with best practices for nonprofits
  • Goals for how much money we should have in reserve, and what we want our fundraising drives to accomplish
  • A process that our projects can use to set goals for the future and document their accomplishments
  • A report on volunteer opinions on OTW-wide meetups, currently under discussion by the Board

Thank You!

OTW volunteers all worked together on these goals, and our work is made possible by the donations and support of our members and users.

A big thank you to all OTW volunteers and stakeholders!