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Want to lend a hand? VIDA depends on a team of dedicated, self-motivated, creative volunteers to pursue its mission.

As an intersectional feminist organization, VIDA strongly believes that opportunities must be widely provided so as to include those historically marginalized from positions of power. We believe that the communities we serve must be represented in all aspects of our organization. Hence, we strongly encourage applications from people who are members of these communities and their many intersections.

VIDA BIPOC SURVEY VOLUNTEER

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VIDA seeks determined, meticulous, and perceptive volunteers to assist with the VIDA BIPOC Survey, a new initiative intended to track racial inequities in literary publishing. Unlike the VIDA Gender Count, the BIPOC Survey will rely on self-reporting. The primary role of Survey Volunteers is to locate and record contact information (email addresses) for writers so that we may send them the BIPOC Survey. 

The 2020 VIDA Count will run from August 2020 through March 2021. Survey Volunteers will work independently and at their own pace during this time, with deadlines set by the Survey Coordinator. Clear and frequent communication between team members is crucial.

As an intersectional feminist organization, VIDA strongly believes that opportunities must be widely provided so as to include those historically marginalized from positions of power. We believe that the communities we serve must be represented in all aspects of our organization. Hence, we strongly encourage applications from people who are members of marginalized communities.

VIDA is an all-volunteer organization; therefore this is an unpaid position, however we may be able to offer internship credit for students—please get in touch if you are interested in this.

ESSENTIAL DUTIES & RESPONSIBILITIES:

  • Research and find contact information for writers from a list of names provided
  • Meet regular and quickly paced deadlines
  • Work collaboratively and communicate clearly with Survey Coordinator and team members

REQUIREMENTS:

  • Must have reliable access to the internet
  • Participate in VIDA Count Volunteer training, provided by the VIDA Count Director
  • Must be able to handle sensitive and personal information with confidentiality
  • Keen research skills
  • Experience with collecting data and database management preferred
  • Ability to use or willingness to learn the following programs:
    • Smartsheet
    • Google Sheets or Excel
    • Slack
  • Must demonstrate an understanding of VIDA’s core mission and values as an intersectional feminist literary organization.

TIME COMMITMENT:

We are looking for someone who can devote, at a minimum, one VIDA Count cycle (August 2020 to March 2021). The average time commitment may vary but is typically around 5 hours a week, on your own schedule.

BENEFITS:

  • VIDA t-shirt!
  • Partial reimbursement available for those who volunteer at national conferences (including AWP)
  • Involvement in a community dedicated to encouraging and supporting historically-marginalized voices in the larger literary community
  • Direct contribution to an international conversation about gender imbalances in the publishing industry

APPLY NOW:

Interested applicants may apply by filling out this form. Please include a resume. Any relevant questions may be directed to Sara Iacovelli at sara@vidaweb.org. Please note that you must have a Google account to complete the form; if you would still like to apply to this position but do not have a Google account, please email sara@vidaweb.org and we will provide you with the information needed. Applications will be considered on a rolling basis until August 31st.

PLEASE NOTE: 

VIDA welcomes the commitment from those working at all publications to volunteer with us. We also take steps to carefully vet our applicants and to place volunteers in appropriate positions so as to avoid possible conflicts of interest. We cannot allow anyone who currently holds a high-level position, such as an editor or a publisher, at any of the publications included in the Count to volunteer on the Count teams. Interns, readers, and former staff of these publications may be considered for these teams on a case-by-case basis. Volunteers must disclose any ties to publications we Count in their application.

The full position description can be found here.

VIDA Twitter Volunteer

The VIDA Media & News team is looking for a Twitter Volunteer to join the social media team. This volunteer will work with the Media & News Director and the Social Media Coordinator to determine the strategy and content for VIDA’s Twitter account. This is an interactive role that will engage with the broader literary community through VIDA’s presence on Twitter. Ideally, VIDA’s Twitter is a space to empower our online literary community, as opposed to a space just for marketing and promotion.

This role does not require professional social media experience, and is an exciting opportunity for someone with a lot of creative ideas, enthusiasm, and attention-to-detail who would like to build a social media portfolio in the literary non-profit space.

ESSENTIAL DUTIES & RESPONSIBILITIES:

  • Draft and publish daily tweets that align with VIDA’s social media strategy
  • Monitor VIDA’s social media for relevant mentions and retweets to be boosted on the VIDA Twitter
  • Retweet literary news or other relevant conversation starters that align with VIDA’s social media guide
  • Tweet in response to newsworthy or time-sensitive conversations in the literary world
  • Tweet and retweet content that boosts VIDA’s projects, VIDA volunteers, and VIDA Review contributors
  • Work with Social Media Coordinator to build Twitter lists of relevant accounts to follow and engage with (e.g. publications, writers, non-profits)
  • Collaborate with the rest of the Social Media team to ensure consistency of voice across all platforms
  • Organically build Twitter reach within the community
  • Work on strategic social media projects of your own design to be determined in conjunction with the VIDA Social Media Coordinator and the VIDA Media & News Director

REQUIREMENTS:

  • Must have reliable access to internet
  • Ability to work collaboratively with a remote team
  • Experience using social media platforms and online productivity tools
  • Must demonstrate an understanding of VIDA’s core mission and values as an intersectional feminist literary organization
  • Experience with or interest in learning graphic design programs is preferred but not required

You can find the full position description here.

APPLY NOW:

In place of a cover letter, please respond to the following questions. These responses should be brief (~200 words max per response, but can be shorter).

  • Why do you want to join VIDA’s Media & News team?
  • Each of the Media & News team members will have the opportunity to pursue projects to shape our media strategy. What is one project idea you would be interested in pursuing as a member of our team?
  • What organization uses social media in a way that excites you? Can be a literary organization, a non-profit, or something entirely unrelated.

Please email your resume and short question responses to D. Arthur, Media & News Director, darthur@vidaweb.org.

VIDA Instagram & Facebook Volunteer

The VIDA Media & News team is looking for an Instagram & Facebook Volunteer to join the social media team. This volunteer will work with the Media & News Director and the Social Media Coordinator to determine the strategy and content for VIDA’s Instagram and Facebook accounts. This is an interactive role that will engage with the broader literary community through VIDA’s presence on Instagram and Facebook. Ideally, VIDA’s social media is a space to empower our online literary community, as opposed to a space just for marketing and promotion.

This role does not require professional social media experience, and is an exciting opportunity for someone with a lot of creative ideas, enthusiasm, and attention-to-detail who would like to build a social media portfolio in the literary non-profit space.

ESSENTIAL DUTIES & RESPONSIBILITIES:

  • Draft and publish Facebook and Instagram posts that align with VIDA’s social media strategy
  • Monitor VIDA’s social media for relevant mentions to be boosted on the VIDA accounts (e.g. tagged stories on Instagram to be shared on VIDA’s stories)
  • Post literary news or other relevant conversation starters that align with VIDA’s social media guide
  • Post in response to newsworthy or time-sensitive conversations in the literary world
  • Post visually engaging content that boosts VIDA’s projects, VIDA volunteers, and VIDA Review contributors
  • Develop content for Instagram stories and curate Instagram story highlights
  • Collaborate with the rest of the Social Media team to ensure consistency of voice across all platforms
  • Organically build Facebook and Instagram reach within the community
  • Work on strategic social media projects of your own design to be determined in conjunction with the VIDA Socia Media Coordinator and the VIDA Media & News Director

REQUIREMENTS:

  • Must have reliable access to internet
  • Ability to work collaboratively with a remote team
  • Experience using social media platforms and online productivity tools
  • Must demonstrate an understanding of VIDA’s core mission and values as an intersectional feminist literary organization
  • Experience with or interest in learning graphic design programs is preferred but not required

You can find the full position description here.

APPLY NOW:

In place of a cover letter, please respond to the following questions. These responses should be brief (~200 words max per response, but can be shorter).

  • Why do you want to join VIDA’s Media & News team?
  • Each of the Media & News team members will have the opportunity to pursue projects to shape our media strategy. What is one project idea you would be interested in pursuing as a member of our team?
  • What organization uses social media in a way that excites you? Can be a literary organization, a non-profit, or something entirely unrelated.

Please email your resume and short question responses to D. Arthur, Media & News Director, darthur@vidaweb.org.