The OTW is Recruiting for Development & Membership Volunteers & Graphic Designers, Support Volunteers (Regular & Spanish), News Translators, and TWC Assistant Editors

Do you have skills in fundraising, customer service or graphic design? Would you like to help your fellow fans use the AO3? Are you fluent in Spanish or another language? Are you a fan studies scholar (senior PhD student or early career post-PhD)? The Organization for Transformative Works is recruiting!

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

  • Development & Membership Graphic Designer – closing 24 May 2023 at 23:59 UTC or after 30 applications
  • Development & Membership Volunteer- closing 24 May 2023 at 23:59 UTC or after 30 applications
  • Support Volunteer – closing 24 May 2023 at 23:59 UTC or after 30 applications
  • Support Volunteer (Spanish) – closing 24 May 2023 at 23:59 UTC or after 30 applications
  • Translation News Translation Volunteer – closing 24 May 2023 at 23:59 UTC
  • TWC Assistant Editor – closing 31 May 2023 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.

Development & Membership Graphic Designer

The Development & Membership committee (DevMem) coordinates the OTW’s fundraising and membership-building activities. Our primary responsibility is coordinating our biannual fund drives, although we are also responsible for communicating with donors, exploring new fundraising opportunities, and organizing convention outreach. If you have skills or interests in creating promotional OTW graphics for our fundraisers, membership gifts, and donor communications, consider applying to join our committee!

Applications are due 24 May 2023 or after 30 applications

Development & Membership Volunteer

The Development & Membership committee (DevMem) coordinates the OTW’s fundraising and membership-building activities. Our primary responsibility is coordinating our biannual fund drives, although we are also responsible for communicating with donors, exploring new fundraising opportunities, and organizing convention outreach.

If you have skills or interests in fundraising, membership database management, creating promotional OTW graphics, eCommerce, or customer service, consider applying to join our committee!

Applications are due 24 May 2023 or after 30 applications

Support Volunteer

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. If you enjoy helping others to learn how to use the Archive and figuring out solutions to problems, you might enjoy being a Support volunteer!

Applications are due 24 May 2023 or after 30 applications

Support Volunteer (Spanish)

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.
We’re currently recruiting for applicants who are fluent in both English and Spanish (we welcome all dialects!). If you are a fluent Spanish speaker who enjoys helping others to learn how to use the Archive and figuring out solutions to problems, you might enjoy being a Support volunteer!

Applications are due 24 May 2023 but will close after 30 applications

Translation News Translator Volunteer

Would you like to help translate OTW/AO3 news posts? We are looking for volunteers of native or near-native fluency in their target languages, 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 Afrikaans, Arabic, Bengali, Bulgarian, Czech, Estonian, Filipino, German, Greek, Hebrew, Hindi, Hungarian, Indonesian, Japanese, Korean, Lithuanian, Macedonian, Marathi, Norwegian, Persian, Romanian, Serbian, Slovak, Slovenian, Thai, Turkish, Ukrainian, and Welsh — but help with other languages would be much appreciated.

(Please note that our Catalan, Chinese, Croatian, Danish, Dutch, Finnish, French, Italian, Malay, Polish, Brazilian Portuguese, European Portuguese, Russian, Spanish, Swedish, and Vietnamese 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 24 May 2023

TWC Assistant Editor

Transformative Works and Cultures seeks 1 or 2 assistant editors as part of building a leadership pipeline for the journal and in the field more broadly.

Duties

Under the supervision of the editors, the assistant editors will assist with editorial review of new submissions, managing the peer review process, and communicating with authors. Estimated time commitment is approximately 1 hour per week.

Qualifications

  • Applicants should be senior PhD students (ABD) or early career scholars (fewer than 5 years post-PhD).
  • Applicants should have a record of peer-reviewed publications.
  • Applicants need not be native speakers of English but must be competent in academic prose in English.
  • Previous editorial experience is appreciated but not required.

As part of our goal to support the ongoing diversification of fan studies, scholars of color and non-Western scholars are particularly encouraged to apply.

Applications are due 31 May 2023

Apply at the volunteering page!

Volunteering
  1. Enya commented:

    Yeah, absolutely not! Not until something is actually done wrt your promise on hiring a diversity consultant and addressing the racist harassment in the Archive. This was promised 3 years ago with a projected hiring in another 5 years – it doesn’t take 8 years to hire someone for a ToS update.
    At its current state, the Archive is extremely unsafe for authors of color. It’s supposed to be an archive of OUR own, yet it’s pretty clear you’d prefer our to solely include white writers since you’ve done nothing to curb the harassment – especially antiblack harassment – of fans of color.
    Archives have standards. Develop some.

  2. fiercynn commented:

    Ridiculous to be recruiting for new volunteers when you should be hiring a diversity consultant as OTW promised three years ago! Hiring and working with a consultant sometime in the next five years is not sufficient; you need to hire someone soon, and, in parallel, be working on the TOS updates you promised to address racist & sexist harassment. You do not need to wait for a diversity consultant to implement those, since TOS changes are well within your own expertise. Stop putting us off and act now.

    • Pls don't commented:

      As far as I know, and I follow the tumblr account, the EndOTWRacism people are not asking for a shut down of the OTW projects while they protest. And the OTW needs these volunteers to keep functioning. I don’t think anybody in charge of recruiting volunteers will be involved in hiring a consultant. “Ridiculous” is being rude to people doing their jobs for the sake of it… I know taking it out on the board is not as immediately rewarding, but also. :/

  3. ayesha commented:

    remember when you committed to hiring a diversity consultant *three years ago* but have done nothing concrete towards that goal except suggesting that you’ll get around to it within another five years? it shouldn’t take nearly a decade just to hire someone to look over your anti-harassment policies! fans of colour deserve better.

  4. Doutzen commented:

    The fact that you have so many people volunteering/willing to volunteer but somehow still haven’t gotten a diversity consultant to give your TOS a read is really suspicious. I guess teaching AI’s how to give lip-service to POC for brownie points is more important to you.

  5. robyn commented:

    the fact that you’re managing to put this out but still haven’t hired the diversity consultant you committed to hiring three years ago makes it clear that was just performative. it shouldn’t take that long to take steps towards making this site a safer space. do better.

  6. Jane commented:

    Please reconsider your stance on allowing machine-generated content on AO3. True writers do not stand with Rosenblatt.

  7. Taenith @ AO3 commented:

    Look. I need you, as the OTW staff and especially the leadership- I need you to understand that pretending everything is fine and going on like normal, like nothing had happened- it makes us, your members/donors very upset and even angry. I don’t want to feel this way. I don’t think any of us want to feel this way. We love the OTW/AO3 and shower you with money every donation drive because we strongly believe in the OTW’s mission and because AO3 is a central part of our lives. HOWEVER —–

    Between saying nothing further about Legal Chair Betsy Rosenblatt, the wishy-washy response on AI, quietly publishing board meeting notes saying that it’s going to take another FIVE YEARS (seriously?!- fans of color deserve better) to hire the Diversity Consultant you promised three years ago, and the lack of any follow-up about last year’s fiasco of a Board Election where a pro-censorship candidate was allowed to run… please understand that all these things keep piling up. All these things chip away at our trust in the OTW, even shatter it. ———–

    Frankly, even beyond all the aforementioned issues, I worry about the (to put it kindly) opaque and inefficient standards of communication with your members/donors and fandom at large, which you were created to serve.———-

    Far beyond the numerous immediate concerns, the OTW as an organization has for years let false, malicious rumors (as well as plain misinformation) spread widely, without comment.————

    These false rumors/misinformationn include: constant accusations that AO3 and its users support child abuse, to claims that the Donation Drives provide cover money laundering, and misguided calls for an AO3 app/algorithm.————

    Many, many OTW members & supporters have attempted, on our own, to allay these misconceptions. For example, I *personally* created a Twitter thread explaining why AO3 is perfectly optimized for mobile and that an app cannot be put in app stores without significant legal/censorship risks. I have used this thread in an attempt to explain to multiple people (in the comments on OTW social media posts!!!) about why AO3 will never get released as an app. This has helped more than one person gain clarity on the app issue. While I am glad to do this, why is the Communications Department unable to fullfil such a basic task?———

    In closing, I ask you, the OTW leadership: do you understand or even REALIZE that many of your core donors feel you’re collectively asleep at the wheel? I strenuously urge you to think about what that means for the OTW’s long-term future.

  8. wrote_and_writ commented:

    This is tone-deaf at best considering you just had another record-breaking fundraiser. Before you seek more free labor, hire the diversity consultant that you have dangled in front of us for years now.

  9. Etienne Telling commented:

    Standing with all the other voices asking you to hire a paid diversity consultant and work on ending racist harassment and targeted and deliberate racism on the archive!

  10. acyari commented:

    Where’s the listing for the paid diversity consultant position? OTW has had years to develop the details of the position and hiring materials. How has nothing happened to move that forward? The OTW is responsible for harm that continues to occur because it’s neglecting its commitment to hire a diversity consultant and update the TOS to address racist and sexist harassment.