Volunteer

Volunteer

Are you part of an HPA chapter but want to be even more involved? Are you addicted to the Internet? In love with all things Harry Potter and social change? We are looking for enthusiastic and dedicated members to join our volunteer staff!

How to Apply:

To apply for a volunteer staff position, send an email to jobs@thehpalliance.org (unless a different email address is specified below) with which job you’re applying for in the subject line. Please include:

  • A little information about yourself and why you want to join our staff.
  • A resume, or explanation of past work experience.
  • Estimated number hours per week you can volunteer (minimum: 7 hours)
  • Any sample materials you think would be helpful: writing samples, video samples or hyperlinks to your work

Open Positions 

SOCIAL MEDIA COPYWRITER 

Housed in the Campaigns Department (the Department of Magical Causes and Communications), the Social Media Team strategizes, organizes, and produces all content for the HPA’s Twitter, Facebook, Tumblr, Instagram, Snapchat, and Pinterest accounts. This volunteer position will write draft copy for social media platforms as well as assisting with copywriting for other projects in the Campaigns Department such as email blasts, press releases, and occasionally the website and submissions for the quarterly newsletter, The W.A.N.D. We’re looking for someone with a natural talent for writing, deep familiarity with social media trends, and a reliable work ethic.

This position reports to the Social Media Team Lead and the Campaigns Director and will require an average of 7 volunteer hours per week.

Responsibilities

  • Write draft copy for social media platforms following specific topic areas, such as HPA Chapter activities, Campaigns, Current Events, etc.  Topic areas will be assigned after volunteers are brought on.
  • Suggest content for social media platforms.
  • Help brainstorm and strategize messaging for campaigns.
  • Occasionally write copy for  email blasts, press releases, the website, and The W.A.N.D.
  • Keep abreast of all relevant updates to social media channels and trends.
  • Attend regular Social Media Team meetings and all-staff meetings via Skype/Hangout.

Qualifications

  • Experience writing copy and/or reporting
  • Familiarity with Google Drive, Microsoft Office, and all common social media platforms
  • Organized, efficient, and dedicated self-starter
  • Interest in social change and activism
  • Interest in stories, fandom, and popular culture

To apply, please send a cover letter, resume, and a writing sample to Sara at saram@thehpalliance.org. Your writing sample should demonstrate your ability to write posts for HPA’s three biggest platforms, Facebook, Twitter, and Tumblr. We'll be in touch soon if we wish to set up an interview.


STREET TEAM PROJECT LEADER

Each HPA campaign features a “Street Team” - a program where dedicated wizard activists can sign up to receive weekly or semi-weekly emails, take additional actions, and receive online training on taking action during the campaign. The Street Team Project Leader will work with the Campaigns Director and other HPA volunteers to plan, execute, and evaluate a street team program for each campaign.  This position requires a strategic thinker who is highly motivated, organized, and creative.

This position reports to the Campaigns Program Manager and the Campaigns Director and will require an average of 7.5 volunteer hours per week.

Responsibilities

  • Work with Campaigns Director and volunteers to develop and execute plans & timelines to recruit and engage “street teams” in each major HPA campaign (2 - 4 campaigns/year).  

  • Collaborate with the Social Media Team to make sure that street team recruitment plans are promoted on HPA channels and email.

  • When campaigns are active, write weekly or bi-weekly emails that help street team members connect with activism in a fun, exciting, imaginative way.

  • Assist with the development of actions for Neville Fights Back.

  • Work with Campaigns Director and Analytics Team to prepare post-campaign reports about participation and impact of street team.

  • Contribute to Team and Department discussions and brainstorms as needed.

  • Other duties as assigned.

Qualifications

  • Imaginative, creative writer with a passion for storytelling

  • Organized, efficient, and dedicated self-starter

  • Leader with the ability to motivate and encourage others

  • Experience with engagement design a plus, but not required

  • Interest in social change and activism

  • Interest in stories, fandom, and popular culture

Please submit a cover letter, resume, AND one - two paragraph writing sample to Sara at saram@thehpalliance.org if you are interested. Your writing sample should demonstrate your ability to communicate a call to action. You are welcome to use a current call to action for inspiration. We'll be in touch soon if we wish to set up an interview.

 

CAMPAIGNS RESEARCHER [RACIAL JUSTICE]

This position is responsible for gathering, ingesting, and reporting information regarding advocacy and activism related to racial justice issues, current events, action opportunities, and education. The purpose is to keep senior staff, campaigns department, and social media staff updated on movements and major headlines related to the researcher's area of focus. The researcher collects breaking news, pending newsworthy court cases and legislation, and upcoming activist actions and events. Suggested research methods include (but are not limited to) email alerts (e.g. gmail alerts), social media, news outlets in any format, and networking with organizations and people who work on this issue and related issues. Although campaign researchers focus on an individual area of activism, most topics will overlap and all research and reporting should be conducted through an intersectional lens. 

This position reports to the Research Team Lead and the Campaigns Director. This position will require 4 hours per week, though hours may vary depending on the news cycle.

Responsibilities:

  • Provide at least one report per month, in addition to any breaking new items throughout the month.
  • Be responsive and engaged with all team and department communications in a timely manner.
  • Find ways to connect current HPA campaigns and projects to your issue area, such as sharing relevant links with the Social Media team, following HPA partner activities, and writing long form articles for HPA’s Medium.
  • Help the HPA plan upcoming campaigns and/or actions related to racial justice.
  • Contribute to major HPA campaigns regardless of the issue. This may involve research, copy writing and editing, brainstorming, strategy, and other forms of creative collaboration.

Qualifications:

  • A genuine passion for racial justice, advocacy, action, and education.
  • Some understanding of the US legal system and other relevant legal entities and procedures.
  • Strong writing and communication skills.
  • Ability to view each headline, victory, and setback in the broader context of the movement.
  • Enthusiasm for story and fandom.

To apply, please send cover letter and resume to Sara at saram@thehpalliance.org. We'll be in touch soon if we wish to set up an interview.

 

CAMPAIGNS RESEARCHER [GENDER EQUITY]

This position is responsible for gathering, ingesting, and reporting information regarding advocacy and activism related to gender equity issues and women's rights, including current events, action opportunities, and education. The purpose is to keep senior staff, campaigns department, and social media staff updated on movements and major headlines related to the researcher's area of focus. The researcher collects breaking news, pending newsworthy court cases and legislation, and upcoming activist actions and events. Suggested research methods include (but are not limited to) email alerts (e.g. gmail alerts), social media, news outlets in any format, and networking with organizations and people who work on this issue and related issues. Although campaign researchers focus on an individual area of activism, most topics will overlap and all research and reporting should be conducted through an intersectional lens. 

This position reports to the Research Team Lead and the Campaigns Director. This position will require 4 hours per week, though hours may vary depending on the news cycle.

Responsibilities:

  • Provide at least one report per month, in addition to any breaking new items throughout the month.
  • Be responsive and engaged with all team and department communications in a timely manner.
  • Find ways to connect current HPA campaigns and projects to your issue area, such as sharing relevant links with the Social Media team, following HPA partner activities, and writing long form articles for HPA’s Medium.
  • Help the HPA plan upcoming campaigns and/or actions related to gender equity.
  • Contribute to major HPA campaigns regardless of the issue. This may involve research, copy writing and editing, brainstorming, strategy, and other forms of creative collaboration.

Qualifications:

  • A genuine passion for gender equity, advocacy, action, and education.
  • Some understanding of the US legal system and other relevant legal entities and procedures.
  • Strong writing and communication skills.
  • Ability to view each headline, victory, and setback in the broader context of the movement.
  • Enthusiasm for story and fandom.

To apply, please send cover letter and resume to Sara at saram@thehpalliance.org. We'll be in touch soon if we wish to set up an interview.

 

RESOURCE TRANSLATOR: ARABIC

Resource Development Team Members contribute to the development of resources for all aspects of the Chapters Program, helping the RD Team Leader to ensure that resources are informative, high in quality, and effectively worded for utilization by HPA chapters. Resource Translators help ensure that these resources are accessible on a global scale. This is a 3 hour per week commitment. 

Responsibilities

  • Reports to the Resource Development Team Leader
  • Translates resource documents as directed by the Resource Development Team Leader
  • Assists in other department projects as needed

Qualifications

  • Exceptional written communication in Arabic
  • Ability to translate from English to Arabic
  • Good humor and a positive attitude 

Please submit a cover letter and resume to camille@thehpalliance.org if you are interested. We'll be in touch soon if we wish to set up an interview. 

 

RESOURCE TRANSLATOR: HINDI

Resource Development Team Members contribute to the development of resources for all aspects of the Chapters Program, helping the RD Team Leader to ensure that resources are informative, high in quality, and effectively worded for utilization by HPA chapters. Resource Translators help ensure that these resources are accessible on a global scale. This is a 3 hour per week commitment. 

Responsibilities

  • Reports to the Resource Development Team Leader
  • Translates resource documents as directed by the Resource Development Team Leader
  • Assists in other department projects as needed

Qualifications

  • Exceptional written communication in Hindi
  • Ability to translate from English to Hindi
  • Good humor and a positive attitude 

Please submit a cover letter and resume to camille@thehpalliance.org if you are interested. We'll be in touch soon if we wish to set up an interview. 

 

DONOR MANAGEMENT TEAM LEADER

The Donor Management Team works to sustain and build the overall HPA donor base in order to fund the organization’s programs. This volunteer position provides direct support to the Executive Director by managing the HPA’s donor database and performing day-to-day donor profile maintenance. Additionally, the Donor Management Team Leader manages donor communications, including regular donation follow-up, donor solicitations, and other targeted communications. This position requires strong administrative skills, attention to detail, trustworthiness and reliability, proficiency with customer relations management software, and an appreciation for nurturing relationships with various levels of the HPA’s constituency.

This position reports to the Executive Director and will requires an average of 5 to 7 volunteer hours per week.

Responsibilities

  • Perform donation follow-up tasks in NationBuilder, including tagging, membership status updates, and follow-up emails as needed.

  • Ensure donor thank you emails are sent in a timely manner.

  • Monitor and respond to donor messages from the HPA’s donate@ email account

  • Coordinate with Special Projects Team to implement and maintain donor societies and associated functions.

  • Work with the Executive Director and Development Team Leaders to develop and implement a comprehensive donor stewardship strategy.

  • Support the HPA on key fundraising campaigns and coordinate associated donor imports and follow-up communications.

  • Assist with the creation of annual reports and other important donor communications.

  • Perform other donor management tasks as directed.

  • Delegate tasks to Donor Management Team Members as needed.

  • Attend Development Department meetings as necessary.

Qualifications

  • Detail-oriented, with strong organizational skills.

  • Proficient with customer relationship management software (NationBuilder preferred).

  • Proficient with Excel and Google Docs.

  • Availability to perform basic donor management upkeep tasks at least once per week.

  • Consistent follow-through on projects and ability to meet deadlines.

  • Interest in the connection between back-end data and front-end relationship management.

  • Interest in social change and activism.

  • A passion for education, civic engagement, equality, stories, fandom, and social change.

  • Ability to succeed in an unpredictable start-up culture populated with artists and weirdos.

Please submit a cover letter and resume to matt@thehpalliance.org if you are interested. We'll be in touch soon if we wish to set up an interview.

 

DONOR MANAGEMENT TEAM MEMBER

The Donor Management Team works to sustain and build the overall HPA donor base in order to fund the organization’s programs. This volunteer position helps to manage and maintain the HPA’s donor database by performing day-to-day tasks as delegated by the Team Leader. Additionally, the Donor Management Team Member performs specific donor communications, including regular donation follow-up, donor solicitations, and other targeted communications as directed. This position requires strong administrative skills, attention to detail, trustworthiness and reliability, proficiency with customer relations management software, and an appreciation for nurturing relationships with various levels of the HPA’s constituency.

This position reports to the Donor Management Team Leader. Hours vary with workflow but generally will not exceed five hours per week.

Responsibilities

  • Perform donation follow-up tasks in NationBuilder, including tagging, membership status updates, and follow-up emails as needed.

  • Ensure donor thank you emails are sent in a timely manner.

  • Monitor and respond to donor messages from the HPA’s donate@ email account, as delegated.

  • Contribute to special donor stewardship projects, as needed.

  • Support the HPA on key fundraising campaigns and perform associated donor imports and follow-up communications.

  • Assist with the creation of annual reports and other important donor communications.

  • Perform other donor management tasks as directed.

  • Delegate tasks to Donor Management Team Members as needed.

  • Attend Development Department meetings as necessary.

Qualifications

  • Detail-oriented, with strong organizational skills.

  • Proficient with customer relationship management software (NationBuilder preferred).

  • Proficient with Excel and Google Docs.

  • Availability to perform basic donor management upkeep tasks at least once per week.

  • Consistent follow-through on projects and ability to meet deadlines.

  • Interest in the connection between back-end data and front-end relationship management.

  • Interest in social change and activism.

  • A passion for education, civic engagement, equality, stories, fandom, and social change.

  • Ability to succeed in an unpredictable start-up culture populated with artists and weirdos.

Please submit a cover letter and resume to matt@thehpalliance.org if you are interested. We'll be in touch soon if we wish to set up an interview.