Volunteer

About volunteering for the OTW

The Organization for Transformative Works (OTW) is a web-based nonprofit that runs on the talent, energy, and dedication of a network of volunteers from all over the world. Together, we manage a diverse range of projects to support the development of transformative works, from our legal advocacy to our academic journal, from the preservation of fan history to preserving fanworks themselves, and of course, the many gears that keep the Archive of Our Own available to fans.

If you're interested in joining us, you're in the right place! Please see below for all open positions within our committees, each with an individual description and application. We encourage you to browse through the listings and apply for any roles which match your qualifications and interests.

If there are no positions listed below, then we thank you for your interest, but are not looking for volunteers at this time. If you'd like to support OTW's work with your time, please consider sharing your fandom knowledge on Fanlore, one of the organization's fandom preservation projects.

The Organization for Transformative Works’ Code of Conduct applies to all OTW volunteers. If you have further questions, please see our Volunteering FAQ, or contact the Volunteers & Recruiting Committee here.

Currently Recruiting

  • Abuse Committee Staff

    The Abuse Committee is dedicated to helping users deal with the various situations that may arise. We also handle any complaints that come in about content uploaded to the Archive of Our Own. The team determines if complaints are about legitimate violations of the Terms of Service, and what to do about them if they are; our major goals are to adhere to the TOS, to make our reasoning and processes as clear and transparent as possible, and to keep every individual case completely confidential. We work closely with other AO3 related committees such as Support and Content.

    We are seeking people who can keep in close contact, be patient in rephrasing explanations, make and document decisions, cooperate within and outside of their team, and ask for help when it's needed. Staffers need to be able to handle complex and sometimes-disturbing content, and must be able to commit a sufficient amount of time to the team on a regular basis.

    Applications for this role close on the 21st of April 2014 UTC.

  • Legal Committee Staff

    The Legal Committee is responsible for carrying out the OTW's legal advocacy mission and providing internal legal support and guidance to the OTW as an organization. We provide confidential legal advice to every part of the OTW organization, respond to fans' requests for general assistance and information, and create educational materials. We also file briefs in lawsuits and advise lawmakers about how to take fans’ needs and interests into account in creating and interpreting the law. And we're looking for a few new members!
    We are particularly looking to expand our committee’s expertise in the fields of personnel/employment/HR law and nonprofit law. We’re also interested in finding people with expertise in the intellectual property laws of countries other than the U.S, and in adding to our group of people with expertise in U.S. copyright and trademark law. If this describes you – or even if it doesn’t, but you have legal experience and would be interested in joining the OTW’s Legal Committee, please click through to the application form.

    Applications for this role close on the 21st of April 2014 UTC.

  • Volunteers & Recruiting Staff

    The OTW is an entirely volunteer-run organization, and Volunteers & Recruiting looks after those volunteers! As the human resources committee, our job is to make sure that everyone has the tools, training and assistance they need to perform their best. If you have strong written communication skills, an interest in or knowledge of personnel and/or project management, click through for details.

    Applications for this role will close on the 21st of April 2014 UTC.