Volunteer with Alpha

All Alpha positions are unpaid volunteer positions, and are only open to people 25 and older. 

There are three types of Alpha volunteers:

  • Administrative Staff: These are long-term roles with a significant time commitment. They are available only as positions open up.
  • Onsite Staff: The staff who teach at the workshop are selected on a year-to-year basis by the Alpha board of directors.
  • Other Volunteers: Aside from our admin staff, we keep a list of part-time volunteers we can call on for specific tasks, like critiquing application stories.

Open Administrative Staff Positions

Publicity

All Alpha positions are unpaid volunteer positions, and are only open to people 25 and older.

We are looking for a second member of our Publicity team. The responsibilities listed below are for the team as a whole; the two-person team will work together with the Staff Manager to figure out the best division of labor based on individual interests and skills.

Publicity’s goal is to increase awareness, application numbers, application diversity, and fundraising money. Toward that end, they:

  • Manage the Alpha Workshop social media accounts, posting regular content on Twitter, Facebook, etc.
  • Run the annual fundraising drive
  • Write and share press releases as needed
  • Research new opportunities for advertising and publicity
  • Research and apply for potential grants
  • As a member of the administrative staff, attend weekly virtual staff meetings

If you are interested in volunteering with us, please send an email to alphawritersworkshop@gmail.com with the subject line “VOLUNTEER APPLICATION: [Name of Position].” Please include any relevant qualifications or experience — a short paragraph or two in the body of the email is fine, or you can attach a resume if you have a lot of experience in this area!


Webmaster

All Alpha positions are unpaid volunteer positions, and are only open to people 25 and older.

Responsibilities:

  • Update the Alpha website as needed with new content
  • Open and close workshop applications
  • Troubleshoot minor tech issues, or work with the web designer if we run into more significant problems
  • Propose new tech solutions and strategies as part of organization development
  • Help develop and polish the upcoming 2021 virtual workshop
  • Set up new accounts for any additional tech platforms, e.g. Google Suite, Zoom, Airtable, etc., and help with troubleshooting as needed
  • As a member of the administrative staff, attend weekly virtual staff meetings

If you are interested in volunteering with us, please send an email to alphawritersworkshop@gmail.com with the subject line “VOLUNTEER APPLICATION: [Name of Position].” Please include any relevant qualifications or experience — a short paragraph or two in the body of the email is fine, or you can attach a resume if you have a lot of experience in this area!


Onsite Staff

All Alpha positions are unpaid volunteer positions, and are only open to people 25 and older. Please note that onsite staffing is not a permanent position, and staffing one year does not guarantee you will be invited again in future years.

Onsite Staff lead the 10-day Alpha Workshop, either in person or on Zoom. Most onsite staff are authors, editors, and/or teachers with a strong interest in genre fiction. This is a full-time 10-day commitment, with additional meetings before the workshop begins for onboarding and planning. The role is a mix of writing instructor and camp counselor, and includes giving lectures, helping students develop their ideas, and critiquing short fiction, and when the workshop is in person, onsite staff stay in the dorms with the students.

All onsite staff volunteers will need to pass an FBI background check, as well as Pennsylvania’s child safety and criminal clearances. 

If you would like to be considered for the onsite staff role in an upcoming year, please send an email to alphawritersworkshop@gmail.com with the subject line “VOLUNTEER APPLICATION: [Name of Position].” Please include any relevant qualifications or experience — a short paragraph or two in the body of the email is fine, or you can attach a resume if you have a lot of experience in this area!


Other Volunteer Opportunities

Interested in volunteering with Alpha in a more informal capacity? 25 years old or older? Fill out the form below! If we need someone with your skills, we’ll get in touch!