Application: Communications Volunteer – Media Outreach

Position Title: Communications Volunteer: Media Outreach

Organization name: Organization for Transformative Works

Committee: Communications

Reports to: Media Outreach Lead

Time requirements: 

2-5 hours per week

Term: 

1 year

Role Overview:

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. The Media Outreach volunteer will take on monthly tasks, such as producing news posts and recording information for future use. They will also have variable duties that may connect to OTW events or which are part of a temporary project.

Key Responsibilities:

  • Coordinate or respond to interview requests from media, academics or fan projects.
  • Produce monthly posts.
  • Compile information for response to future questions.
  • Coordinate production of Press Graphics and materials for the media or outside promotion.
  • Assist in event promotion.
  • Work on internal reports on readership statistics.
  • Work with other volunteers inside or outside of Communications to complete tasks.
  • Work on the Communications Gmail roster to respond to messages coming through on the Communications Gmail and respond where appropriate.
  • Attend meetings and participate in discussions outside of meeting times to further projects and activities of the committee.
  • Communicate with Media Outreach Lead in regard to availability, progress on tasks, and any issues that arise that may impact committee work.
  • Help develop policies for the committee in conjunction with other Communications volunteers or other organization personnel.

Experience: 

  • Experience with blogging, social media, or similar communication-related tasks required.
  • Experience or coursework in public relations or journalism preferred but not required.
  • Experience in creating artwork, graphics, videos, or podcasts helpful, but not required.
  • Prior OTW experience not required.

Skills and Attributes: 

  • Ability to work successfully in a collaborative environment while completing individual responsibilities.
  • Willingness to learn about the OTW, Communications policies & procedures, and the platforms used by the OTW for internal and external communication.
  • Strong interpersonal skills.
  • Familiarity with one or more of the OTW news outlet platforms (Twitter, Facebook, Tumblr, Instagram, Linked In) preferred but not required.
  • Demonstrated interest and ability in media and/or expository writing; proofreading/copyediting ability or experience preferred.
  • Knowledge of best practices or experience in social media from an organizational perspective preferred.

Training Requirements: 

New Communications volunteers will be provided information and training by the Communications Chair(s) and Media Outreach Lead.