RPG Research: A 100% Volunteer-Run 501(c)3 Non-profit Charitable Role-Playing Game Research & Human Services Organization.
Mission - Vision - Impact
Our Founders & Volunteer Staff Have Been Providing the Benefits of Role-Playing Games & Community Programs Since 1977!
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The RPG Museum

Based on how it goes with your donation support, we are planning to open the experiential learning Role-Playing Game Museum to the public in early-to-mid-2023
  

RPG COMMUNITY CENTER -- PUBLIC ACCESS HOURS

Fridays 4-8 pm, Saturdays 1-5 pm. 101 N. Stone Street, Spokane, WA 99202. - [ DONATE ] - [ VOLUNTEER ] -- Ages 4 through 104+ welcomed!
[ Ages 4 to 12 must be accompanied by an adult at all times. -- Ages 13-17 need signed parent/guardian release forms ]
Resuming soon: Dedicated TRPG table for blind and visually impaired players and American Sign Language table for Deaf/HoH players!

Current Job Openings


Game Software Developer Electronic Role-Playing Games Volunteer


This is an excellent opportunity for anyone wishing to get some real-world experience with video game development at an entry level.

100% Remote position.

More information about this project here:

  1. https://bcirpg.com
  2. https://github.com/rpgresearch/erpg/wiki

About the Game Developer Role

We are looking for a Volunteer ERPG/BCIRPG Developer to bring their programming and game design skills to our eRPG project. You’ll have the opportunity to collaborate with other designers, programmers, and producers, and take ownership in the coding process from initial concept to final product. If you’re a developer looking for a role that offers creative challenges and experience with accessible gaming, we want to hear from you.

**This is an unpaid volunteer position.

RESPONSIBILITIES

  1. Design, develop, test, and deliver software and systems to solve technical problems and add new capabilities to the products you work on.
  2. Debug and fix issues and defects in software systems.
  3. Work with your team to improve processes, design and quality of software components.
  4. Write and implement efficient code.
  5. Test and evaluate new programs.
  6. Determine operational practicality.
  7. Develop quality assurance procedures.
  8. Innovate with high accuracy across multiple iterations, addressing feedback, incorporating notes, and executing revisions as needed in accordance with project goals.
  9. Provide peer review for other teammates.


QUALIFICATIONS

  1. Experience with C/C++, Visual Studio Code, or (especially) Godot.
  2. Experience with Git.
  3. Game design or computer science experience (college or high school classes will be considered).
  4. Solid understanding of Computer Science fundamentals and problem solving
  5. Experience or ability to script dialogue for numerous characters.
  6. Experience or knowledge of structuring and tracking branching storylines.
  7. General knowledge of game design pipelines.
  8. Ability to efficiently juggle multiple responsibilities without compromising quality.
  9. Ability to self-motivate in a creative environment without tight supervision.
  10. Outstanding written and interpersonal communication skills.


NICE TO HAVE

  1. Experience with Unified Modeling Language (UML)
  2. Experience with client servers.
  3. Familiarity with Shakespeare’s The Tempest.
  4. Knowledge of accessibility within gaming.
  5. Familiarity with BCI (Brain Computer Interface).
  6. Experience with any tabletop RPG.


About RPG Research

We provide the world's largest free and open research repository on role-playing games, including the RPG historical museum archives.


We research the effects of cooperative music and all role-playing game formats: tabletop, live-action, electronic, and hybrids.


Building on the research, using it to train our growing network of volunteers, our community, interactive experiential RPG Museum, and online programs directly help improve the lives of people around the world. The data from these programs cycles back to further the research body of knowledge and contribute to the archives.





Summary

This is an excellent opportunity for anyone wishing to get some real-world experience with role-playing video game development, working with a dynamic team of developers at all levels.


We are building an opensource, completely brain-computer interface (BCI) controlled online, multiplayer, electronic role-playing game (ERPG).


100% remote work, though need to be able to work with our PST8PDT-centric timezone since our HQ is based in Washington State.


College credit may be available, depending on your institution, on a case-by-case basis.

You will want to also complete the application on our website for the next step in this process:


Game Design Overview

  1. These games are focused on cooperative multi-play problem solving, character development, and story, rather than graphics or fast-paced action.
  2. The game support both solo and multiplayer play.
  3. Play is turn-based not real-time.
  4. They are designed to achieve specific measurable goals for the players.
  5. The game is designed to also function with optional Brain-Computer Interface (BCI) and other accessibility equipment.
  6. This project is 100% opensource.


The ERPG Software Developer will follow these guidelines

  1. Business Scope document
  2. Technical Scope document
  3. Technical Specifications document
  4. UML design specifications document
  5. Narrative design document
  6. Branching narrative document
  7. Game diagrams
  8. Coding standards documents


We are using the following technologies:

  1. Godot
  2. Twinery 2
  3. C/C++
  4. Visual Studio Code
  5. gcc
  6. Javascript
  7. JSON
  8. PostGreSQL
  9. XML
  10. TCP/IP
  11. UML
  12. Github
  13. NWN: EE Aurora Toolset (training for beginners)
  14. Draw.io / Diagramming.net
  15. Many other related technologies


Releases will function on/with:

  1. Brain-Computer Interface (BCI) equipment
  2. Windows
  3. Mac
  4. Linux
  5. Android
  6. iOS
  7. Web
  8. AR
  9. VR


Qualifications:

  1. RELIABLE, STRONG WORK ETHIC
  2. Strong and consistent communicator
  3. Strong typing skills
  4. Strong interpersonal skills
  5. Strong written grammar skills.
  6. Detail oriented and committed to meeting self-set deadlines.
  7. Good interpersonal skills.
  8. Works well independently and as part of a team.
  9. Ability to adapt to shifting priorities and manage multiple deadlines.
  10. Ability to problem-solve in a fast paced work environment.
  11. Strong English speaking and written skills a must



Requirements:

  1. Attend weekly check-in / standup / training & administrative meeting (2-3 hours).
  2. Contribute to the code base, documentation, & QA (expect minimum of 3 hours per week commitment, more of course is welcomed).
  3. Update in-code commenting.
  4. Regularly update documentation (just in-code commenting not sufficient!).
  5. Testing, QA, debugging, patching.
  6. Manage Github issue requests.
  7. Due to the extensive training needed, we ask for a minimum 1 year commitment from all our volunteers.


Benefits

  1. 100% remote
  2. Flexible schedule options available
  3. Hands-on training
  4. Possible college credit depending on your institutions requirements (handled on a case-by-case basis).
  5. You will get hands-on training and real-world professional experience working with international staff and community, Enterprise Resource Planning (ERPG) software, and more.


Job Types: Part-time, Internship


Pay: $0.00 per year

Detail: https://www.rpgresearch.com/jobs/details/game-developer-electronic-role-playing-game-erpg-software-developer-opensource-volunteer-208


Application Questions

  1. How many years of Android developer experience do you have?
  2. How many years of branching logic development experience do you have?
  3. How many years of C experience do you have?
  4. How many years of C++ experience do you have?
  5. How many years of debugging experience do you have?
  6. How many years of game design experience do you have?
  7. How many years of git experience do you have?
  8. How much experience do you have playing Neverwinter Nights?
  9. How much experience do you have with the NWN DM Client?
  10. How much experience do you have with NWN development using the NWN Aurora Toolset?
  11. How many years of interactive fiction development experience do you have?
  12. How much experience do you have using Github?
  13. How much experience do you have developing for Android platforms?
  14. How many years of iOS experience do you have?
  15. How many years of Linux user experience do you have?
  16. How many years of Mac user experience do you have?
  17. How much experience do you have with JavaScript development?
  18. How many years of software Quality Assurance (QA) experience do you have?
  19. How many years of ssh experience do you have?
  20. How many years of Twine experience do you have?
  21. How much experience do you have with GoDot development?
  22. How many years of video game design experience do you have?
  23. How many years of video game development experience do you have?
  24. How many years of Windows user experience do you have?
  25. Do you speak English?
  26. Are you willing to undergo a background check, in accordance with local law/regulations?
  27. Why are you interested in this job?
  28. When are you available for an interview or phone screen? Please list 2-3 dates and times or ranges of times.
  29. Who referred you to this role? (if you don't have an answer, you can leave this field blank)


Volunteer Coordinator Volunteer

Hybrid remote/on-site. Candidates must reside in Washington State. Able to periodically come to our HQ in Spokane, Washington at least once per week. Can be 80% remote work. This is an unpaid volunteer position. Internships may be available depending on your institution. This is for a local 501(c)3 non-profit charity. Very flexible hours. Part-time.

We have three positions available for this role.

We need to fill the roles at the:

  1. Assistant (entry-level)
  2. Manager (3-5 years experience)
  3. Director levels (5+ years experience).


Assist, or take the lead, managing RPG Research's volunteer engagement strategy as a Volunteer Coordinator. Part-time (4 to 6 hours per week (no more than 10), locally and remotely manage RPG Research's volunteers.

Most volunteers at RPG Research have full-time jobs, school, family, etc., so we are very understanding and flexible about scheduling and variability of availability as life happens week to week. All of our volunteer staff, including executives, board, founders, etc., are unpaid volunteers. We are 100% volunteer-run.

  1. Responsibilities Average 4 to 6 hours per week (no more than 10 hours per week).
  2. Very flexible schedule (set your own hours).
  3. Use our Enterprise Resource Planning (ERP) platform to post and manage volunteer opportunities and applicants. (we will train)
  4. Assist existing team member or step up to become manager or director of the department.
  5. Post and manage recruitment process to fill needed volunteer positions
  6. Manage new volunteer applications initial screening and routing to correct interviewing managers or department heads.
  7. Manage routing & tracking of application process, interview scheduling, and follow up on interview results.
  8. Stay on top of "onboarding", and "offboarding" of volunteer staff, sending reminders and pointing them in the right direction to enable their work.
  9. Implement volunteer recruitment strategies, manage and grow the existing volunteer programs and partnerships with schools, communities, media, etc.
  10. Connect with universities to meet their degree requirements encouraging students to meet their intern and volunteer hours by volunteering at RPG Research.
  11. Stay on top of regulations requirements, documentation, etc.
  12. Will train appropriate candidates as needed.


CHALLENGES

  1. 100% unpaid volunteer-run organization at all levels.
  2. RPG Research is 100% volunteer run. Not a single member of staff, including the founders, make any money through RPG Research, we are here to serve.
  3. We stress that all of our volunteers must be careful to not overload on commitments or hours, so they are encouraged to remain with the organization year-after-year, rather than the typical volunteer model at other organizations that tends to burn them out. We try to keep all volunteers to an average of around only 4 to 6 hours per week, with a maximum of 10 hours per week, using a distributed teams work-load model. We have many volunteers that have been with us for 4+ years because it is such a welcome environment and everyone loves what they are doing and supportive of each other and life balance.
  4. Our programs support a wide range of populations, from 2 years old through senior adults, including people with disabilities, brain injuries, and neurodifferences.
  5. Our staff comes from a wide range of populations, cultures, disciplines, interests, and languages.
  6. Many of our volunteer staff members have a variety of disabilities, brain injuries, or neurodifferences, so compassion, considerate patience, and sometimes repeated follow-up is critically important to keep things running.

REQUIREMENTS

  1. Strong work ethic (reliability)
  2. Strong communicator (keep in the loop)
  3. High resilience.
  4. Adaptive to dynamically changing environment.
  5. Highly patient and compassionate.
  6. Our staff and participants report that being here is like "coming home to the safest and most welcoming place they know.". We want to always maintain that warmth of welcomeness.
  7. Well organized in the face of a sometime chaotic environment during some peak periods (summer is very busy).
  8. Passionate about our Mission, Vision, and Impact (see our website https://rpgresearch.com/mission /vision /impact respectively ).
  9. Willingness to commit to 6 month minimum as assistant volunteer coordinator or 1 year at the manager/director level, and always try to recruit and train a replacement if transitioning away.
  10. Commit to an average of 4 to 6 hours per week (flexible schedule), no more than 10.
  11. Must pass background check.
  12. Will train at any level, and for entry-level slot no prior experience necessary, prefer someone with 1+ years experience for the management and director-level slots.
  13. For entry-level position must be 14 years or older. Minors will need additional paperwork releases completed by parents/guardians.
  14. For manager and director level positions must be 18 years or older.

DIRECT APPLICATION FORM:

https://rpgresearch.com/job_application?new=1&job_title=volunteer-coordinator-volunteer


Website: https://rpgresearch.com

Pay: 0 (volunteer)

Email: info at rpgresearch dot com

Phone/text: (509) 608-7630



Community Center Receptionist Volunteer

Minimum 1 (5-hour) shift per week. Low demand lobby receptionist volunteer position at a community center in Spokane, WA.

The 501(c)3 non-profit charitable organization RPG Research needs part-time volunteer receptionists for the RPG Community Center at 101 North Stone Street, Spokane, Washington, 99202.   https://rpgcc.org

Help support a good cause that helps the neighborhood.


Candidates can sign up for one day per week, or multiple days per week.


We need multiple candidates to help spread the scheduling between.


Shifts available (pick one or more):

* Fridays 3:30 pm to 8:30 pm.

and/or

* Saturdays 12:30 pm to 5:30 pm.

and/or

* Wednesdays 4:30 pm to 9:30 pm.

and/or

* Sundays 9:30 am to 3:30 pm.


Responsibilities:

* Reliably and promptly arrive at the community center 30 minutes before we open the doors to the public.

* Prepare the check-in and reception desk (boot computer and login, prepare sign-in/out sheets, sanitize/spray down contact surfaces, etc.).

* Once open to the public the receptionist makes sure that people entering the center sign-in and out, verify membership, etc.

* As long as receptionist is attentive to attendees coming and going, may watch/listen to streaming, read books, do homework, while at the reception desk. We just need someone to be in the lobby and controlling the flow of traffic in and out during public hours. It is a very low demand position.

When public hours end, receptionist locks door, shuts down computers, puts paperwork away, and quickly sanitizes/wipes down contact areas of the desk with lysol, etc.

* Must be 16+ years old (minors may need to have completed additional parental approval paperwork), senior adults welcomed as well.

* Minimum 1 shift per week.

* Must be reliable.

* Must be good communicator (English, multi-lingual always a bonus).


American Sign Language Role-Playing Game Master Trainee Volunteer

American Sign Language (ASL) proficient volunteer needed for 5 hours weekly to facilitate ASL-only tabletop social cooperative role-playing gaming (RPG) table for the Deaf and Hard of Hearing (HoH) community at the non-profit RPG community center in Spokane, Washington. We provide free training to become a GM (or improve existing GM skills), but must already be solid with ASL in group settings. Background check required.


Link to application: https://rpgresearch.com/job_application?new=1&job_title=american-sign-language-role-playing-game-master-trainee-volunteer


VOLUNTEER JOB SUMMARY

  1. Volunteer trainee position open for Deaf, Hard of Hearing (HoH), or hearing, ASL proficient signers.
  2. Non-profit RPG Research has openings in Spokane, Washington for 3+ ASL proficient volunteer trainee game masters (GM) for role-playing games (RPG). Primarily table (TRPG), but if you wish may also help with our live-action (LRPG and LARP), electronic (ERPG), or hybrid (HRPG) role-playing games.
  3. Training diploma can be applied toward RPG Therapeutics LLC's certified professional game master certifications.
  4. Requires strong proficiency in American Sign Language, and commitment for the training necessary to become a proficient game master working with Deaf and Hard of Hearing players.
  5. THIS IS NOT AN INTERPRETER POSITION. All participants at the table will be using ASL exclusively. You will just be communicating in ASL to others in ASL as you run the game in ASL. If you are proficient in ASL, we will gladly train you in how to be a GM, even if from scratch. 
  6. CANDIDATES MUST BE WILLING TO ATTEND OUR FREE RPG TRAINEE PROGRAM TO WORK TOWARD TRAINING DIPLOMA, AND MUST PAST BACKGROUND CHECK BEFORE ELIGIBLE TO RUN A TABLE.


LOCATION

RPG Community Center

101 North Stone Street

Spokane, WA

99202


SCHEDULE

  1. Run ASL RPG table once per week (5 hours per week total).
  2. While undergoing training will be 9 hours per week (4 hours per week receiving free advanced training, and 5 hours per week helping at the community center in various capacities as able). Our volunteers are generally not allowed to work more than 10 hours per week (except our most senior staff/founders). Once training is completed, only 5 hours per week, running ASL RPG table.


Training Information

  1. Attend once-per-week training for 4 hours working toward Level 1 GM volunteer diploma.
  2. Under direct supervision, attend once-per-week community center sessions observing or helping to get experience with the community center setting. Once far enough along in basic training (not yet completed diploma),
  3. Once achieved sufficient training, may be able to begin running ASL RPG table under direct supervision (once background check clears). Once far enough along in basic training (not yet completed diploma),
  4. Once signed off by supervisor and trainer, may run ASL RPG table directly.
  5. Complete all requirements for Level 1 RPG GM Volunteer Trainee Diploma.
  6. Background check clear
  7. Theory topics
  8. Applied RPG Tips, Tricks, and Tools
  9. Legal requirements
  10. Hands-on playing and game mastering of select role-playing games
  11. Weekly quizzes (typically between 10 to 20 questions).
  12. Practicum
  13. Final paper
  14. Final exam
  15. Once sufficiently trained, would help if you can help us train additional ASL Game Masters to help us lighten your load, and over time offer more tables/sessions to the Deaf and Hard of Hearing community.
  16. Act as facilitator and GM to run programs for community, event, and other programs.



RESPONSIBILITIES

  1. Facilitating & running role-playing games in American Sign Language as the Game Master (GM)
  2. Attend training
  3. Attend community center as assistant volunteer until ASL RPG GM training is complete.
  4. Document game sessions as per our standards.
  5. Follow our Code of Conduct, and help guide participants to do the same.
  6. Run tabletop RPG sessions at various locations.
  7. Typically 1-6 players per session.
  8. Prepare adventures in accordance with RPG Research rules and guidelines, including GM Code of Conduct.
  9. Complete assessment forms when appropriate.
  10. Prepare character sheets for participants to choose from.
  11. Run adventures ranging from "one shots" to ongoing mid-length and long-term campaigns.
  12. Address any group interpersonal issues, and maintain players compliance with RPG Research Player Code of Conduct.
  13. Attend either in-person, or via remote access, at least one free training session / administrative meeting per week (3-4 hours)
  14. Availability for at least 2 regular group sessions per month (game sessions typically 3-5 hours) (in addition to training sessions).
  15. Strongly self-motivated
  16. Strong collaborative work ethic
  17. Reliable schedule compliance


CHALLENGES

  1. Work specifically with Deaf & Hard of Hearing: children, young adults, adults, and senior adults. Many may have additional challenges. You get to choose which ages and populations you are comfortable supporting. Once signed-off by your supervisor and trainer, you get to choose which role-playing games you will run each week (from our lengthy approved list).
  2. Potentially ages 4 years old through senior adults & all between
  3. 4-12 must have parent/guardian at the table with them.
  4. 13-17 may be at the table without parent/guardian if waivers signed.
  5. ASL proficient in group settings.
  6. Know, and be able to run in ASL, one or more tabletop role-playing game systems & settings (we will train).
  7. Help us finish the aslrpg.com website for RPG-specific signs to share with global ASL RPG community.
  8. If you are Deaf or Hard of Hearing, as long as you are patient with our trainers' rusty ASL skills we can still train you as a Game Master.


MUST HAVE

  1. Strong American Sign Language proficiency
  2. Excitement about helping with our programs
  3. Availability for training & running programs as per listed schedule.
  4. Strong enthusiasm to help others.
  5. Excited about learning.
  6. Assertive (not aggressive) presence with confident but warm, friendly, empathetic, and compassionate communication style.
  7. Warm, patient, compassionate, empathetic, toward others.
  8. Well organized.
  9. Strong work ethic, especially reliability with weekly scheduling.
  10. At least 5 years proficiency with American Sign Language, actively working with the Deaf and Hard of Hearing community.


OPTIONAL BUT PREFERRED (WILL TRAIN AS NEEDED)

  1. Ability to work with non-ASL volunteer staff or participants.
  2. Comprehensive knowledge of role-playing game system rules for at least one published game system (we will provide extensive free training to get you there as needed).
  3. At least some tabletop RPG GM experience preferred, though we are willing to train anyone interested and committed enough for the lengthy professional-grade (free) training program.
  4.   Experienced theatrical acting skills
  5.   Effective voice acting skills
  6.   Experienced broadcasting skills
  7.   Experienced audio/video skills
  8.   Experience with online broadcasting: Youtube, Twitch, etc.

 


Core Competencies

  1. Organizational skills
  2. Exceptional work ethic and reliability
  3. Group dynamics conflict resolution skills
  4. Storytelling skills
  5. Verbal (signing) and written communication skills.
  6. Enthusiastic communication style that excites others with your passion about the topics discussed.
  7. "Can do" attitude, and an eye for seeing where people need help before they have to ask.
  8. Outgoing presence.
  9. Well organized approach to preparing for game sessions and tracking participant progress
  10. Passionate supportive energy
  11. Excited about what we do


Working Conditions

  1. Online in-person sessions, typically 5 hours per week (including game session, game room/table setup and tear-down, cleaning of game room/table before and after each session).
  2. Game Master may frequently work at Spark Central, RPG Research studio, RPG Research offices, RPG Bus, RPG Trailer, or other locations including but not limited to.
  3. Primarily at community center settings
  4. Conventions (optional)
  5. Libraries (optional)
  6. Educational institutions (optional)
  7. Care facilities (optional)



Benefits

  1. As with all positions at RPG Research, this is an unpaid Volunteer position with no financial compensation.
  2. Free training.
  3. Only 5-10 hours maximum.
  4. Flexible weekly schedule


Job Types:

  1. Part-time, Temporary, Internship, Remote Options.



Application Questions

  1. How many years of American Sign Language experience do you have?
  2. How many years of Role-playing Game (RPG) experience do you have?
  3. Are you willing to undergo a background check, in accordance with local law/regulations?
  4. How many years of working with the Deaf and HoH ASL experience do you have?
  5. How many years of tabletop RPG game master experience do you have?
  6. How many years of live-action role-playing (LARP) experience do you have?
  7. Are you in Spokane, WA?
  8. Are you able to work in Spokane, WA?



Link to application: https://rpgresearch.com/job_application?new=1&job_title=american-sign-language-role-playing-game-master-trainee-volunteer





Marketing Public Relations Text & Graphics Design Specialist

Marketing Public Relations Text & Graphics Design Specialist

The Marketing PR Specialist will work with the rest of the marketing team members to help grow the public relations, outreach, and donations for RPG Research.


GOALS

Create PR marketing plan documents and Public Relations Marketing Project Management Plan.

Create and release press releases through various tools and services such as the Associate Press (AP) and others.

Include in PR plan opportunities and relationship building to help arrange for our key staff to engage in interviews and public speaking opportunities, including but not limited to: speaking on panels, as guest or keynote speakers, event presentations, mainstream media, etc. for professional and fandom organizations and events.

Long term goal includes doing what is necessary to work up the relationships, marketing, & public relations that leads to our key staff speaking as key speakers at TEDx and TED talks as well as major media outlets. We understand this may not be possible in just 12 weeks, but working toward that as an overall guiding goal.


Dedicate 7-10 hours per week for 12 weeks.

If both parties are happy, at the end of the 12 week cycle, we can extend another 12 weeks as desired to help achieve even greater goals.


As with all of our positions at the 501(c)3 non-profit charitable organization, this is a 100% volunteer unpaid position, including internships.


RESPONSIBILITIES

Heavy marketing writing, editing, and releasing.

Some light graphics design (related to the press releases only).

Attend weekly 1-2 hour marketing department meetings/training (more as needed).

Create well-written press releases ready for release a minimum of once per week (first release ready by end of week 2 if joining as an internship).

Disseminating weekly+ press releases via our website, blog, marketing team, social media, etc.

Collaborate as needed with our other marketing staff, social media and video specialists, etc.

Managing, creating, and disseminating well-written PR newsletters to opt-in subscribers once per month.

Finding and submitting press releases and newsletters, when appropriate, to Associated Press (AP), local, regional, national, international news, media, and similar connections.

Research and use PR automation tools and/or platforms as appropriate.

In partnership with the other marketing department staff, create, enhance, improve our branding and graphics.

Updating the text, graphics, and/or layout of the marketing portions of our website and various media presence in line with Marketing PR Project Plan.

Contact and maintain relationships with local, regional, national, and international legacy and digital news and media organizations and outlets to help improve likelihood of future distribution of our information.

Fill out media contact submission/request forms, letters, emails, and making direct phone calls to find out the best contacts in such organizations to submit such releases.

Daily looking through and searching Help A Reporter Out (HARO) and similar tools for relevant requests, and managing those relationships.

Perform market research as needed.

Monitoring and noting any reviews or comments about our organization and staff.

Managing any negative media (none so far, but as we grow it is bound to happen sooner or later).

Create written a action plan for addressing any negative PR incidents that may occur in the future (no incidents yet).



MILESTONES (12 week cycle)

Weeks 1-2 Onboarding and orientation, and if needed working on any tweaks to logo, graphics, layout, and design draft ideas as well as PR plan draft for the non-profit RPG Research, as needed specifically to improve consistent brand messaging. Begin creating the "Brand Book". One book for the non-profit RPG Research. The other book for the for-profit RPG.LLC.

Week 3 Present 9+ week PR plan final draft for review and final revisions. If any changes suggested, present proposed logo, graphics, and design draft ideas for review. Begin work on first Press Release. Begin work on first press release. Continue work on the Brand Book for RPG Research.

Week 4  Finalize PR plan and begin implementing. Begin integrating any accepted graphics, logo, or design changes. Submit first batch of Press Releases through various channels. Continue work on the Brand Book for RPG Research.

Week 5 Press Release batch #2 sent. Begin ramping up submissions to public speaking engagement opportunities. Continue work on the Brand Book for RPG Research. Begin getting familiar with the for-profit RPG.LLC and begin drafting PR Plan for RPG.LLC campaign.

Week 6 Press Release batch #3 sent. Continue improvements integrating graphics, design, & logo changes to website, letterhead, and other media if needed. Work with video and social media specialists to integrate accepted changes. Continue submissions for public speaking engagement opportunities. Increase submissions to local, regional, national, international, media outlets, broadcast television, radio, magazines, newspapers, WSJ, etc.

Continue work on the Brand Book for RPG Research. Begin work on the RPG.LLC Brand Book. Continue drafting work on the RPG.LLC campaign PR Plan.

Week 7 Press Release batch #4. Work with social media and video release specialists to help them developing their scripts for new public relations recorded video maximum 5 to 10 minutes duration. Continue submissions for public speaking engagement opportunities. As a team you will write the scripts, but you will primarily help them tweak the content and wording to be consistent with the PR Plan. Complete the RPG.LLC PR Project Plan. Continue work on the Brand Book for RPG Research. Continue work on the RPG.LLC Brand Book.

Week 8 Press Release batch #5. Begin working with our public speakers to select and refine at least one of their public speaking presentations/scripts that are currently 45 to 180 minutes long, to help them pair down the essential content to break down into several separate 5-to-10-minutes-only topic-focused public speaking scripts (preparing for TEDx and TED talk opportunities). Helping develop accommodating slideshows to accompany speaking script.. Continue submissions for public speaking engagement opportunities. In parallel with the ongoing RPG Research PR Project Plan, begin implementing the RPG.LLC PR Project Plan. Continue work on the Brand Book for RPG Research. Continue work on the RPG.LLC Brand Book.

Week 9 Press Release batch #6. Finalize public speaking script #1, refine speaker timing to be as close to staying within 10 minutes maximum as possible, without going over. Add a few key new, original, graphics to accompany. Continue submissions for public speaking engagement opportunities. Finish first video script for video specialist's short video.

In parallel with the ongoing RPG Research PR Project Plan, begin implementing the RPG.LLC PR Project Plan. Continue work on the Brand Book for RPG Research. Continue work on the RPG.LLC Brand Book.

Week 10 Press Release batch #7. Public speaking script #1 complete (10 minutes max). Begin work on public speaking script #2 drafting and refining. Continue submissions for public speaking engagement opportunities. Begin drafting video script #2 for video specialist (may be drawn from public speaking script if desired, and if needed provide accompanying graphics for video specialist to incorporate).

In parallel with the ongoing RPG Research PR Project Plan, begin implementing the RPG.LLC PR Project Plan. Continue work on the Brand Book for RPG Research. Continue work on the RPG.LLC Brand Book.

Week 11 Press Release batch #8. Public speaking script #2 complete. Continue submissions for public speaking engagement opportunities. Video script #2 revisions for video specialist.

In parallel with the ongoing RPG Research PR Project Plan, begin implementing the RPG.LLC PR Project Plan. Continue work on the Brand Book for RPG Research. Continue work on the RPG.LLC Brand Book.

Week 12 PR Release batch #9. Video script #2 for video specialist and accompanying graphics completed, submitted, and accepted by video specialist. End of 12 week (3 month) cycle.

Final project deliverables:

* Completed Marketing Public Relations Plan for RPG Research.

* Completed RPG Research "Brand Book".

* Proposed outline of next 3 months RPG Research PR Project Plan.

* Completed Marketing Public Relations Plan for RPG.LLC.

* Completed RPG.LLC "Brand Book".

* Proposed outline of next 3 months RPG.LLC PR Project Plan.



MUST HAVE

Understanding of our organization(s), staff, programs, Mission, Vision, Impact, etc.

Passionate about what we do.

Hunger to learn, explore, experiment, and create.

Exceptionally high written and verbal communication skills.

Highly reliable communicator on a regular basis (at least 3 times per week with written status updates or PM software status updates).

Strong work-ethic, following through with commitments without needing micromanaging.

Strongly organized skills.

Very comfortable making "cold call" phone calls to prospective PR contacts to find out whom to connect with to submit our PR releases.


NICE TO HAVE

Experience in writing online content

Additional languages

Prior Public Relations / Marketing / Sales experience

Strong analytical skills



Marketing, Videos and Social Media Specialist Volunteer/Intern

POSITION

Marketing, Videos and Social Media Specialist, for our websiteS,

social media, & video streaming platforms.


What you will work on:

  1. Video Content
  2. Static Social Media Content
  3. Live Streams content
  4. Increase market awareness of our organization and programs to
  5. increase donations and/or clients/participants.
  6. Grow awareness of related publications and training workshops.
  7. Social media releases 3-5 times per week (automation tools available).
  8. Weekly short video releases (30 to 60 seconds) (begins after onboarding
  9. and orientation, typically around the second or third week from starting
  10. the position).
  11. 1 3-5 minute video release every 4-8 weeks.
  12. 2 5-10 minute video release every 10-12 weeks
  13. If an RPG Research volunteer staff member, all work will be focused only on RPG Research and related, and ignore the RPG.LLC related work.
  14. If an intern through Acadium then in addition to RPG Research work, will also perform RPG.LLC work as per outline.


Some perks included in your unpaid volunteering/internship/apprenticeship:

Our founders have been working in these industries for decades. Our founder, and your mentor, has 30+ years experience providing mentorship in various technology, media, therapeutic, gaming, and other industries. He also has been involved with media, professional photography and videography, graphics design education, live-streaming, publishing industries, and similar fields since the mid 1990s.

We have extensive infrastructure, social media, and video streaming platforms of our own as well as accounts on other platforms. We have been on most social media and multiple video streaming platforms for decades.

We have a robust Enterprise Resource Planning platform (ERP): ERPNext (we'll train).

We have robust virtual worker platforms of our own.



Expectations are as follows:

* Commitment to full 12 weeks internship. If, at the end of that 12

 weeks you wish to re-engage, and we are happy wit your performance,

 that is an option, otherwise you are complete at the end of 12 weeks.

* Strong communication, providing Project Management updates or other

 communication on task progress at least 2-3 times per week.

* Attend 1 check-in and training meeting per week (typically from 30

minutes to 2 hours per meeting), tentatively on Sunday afternoons 1:00

pm Pacific Time (4 pm Eastern Time) (can adjust as needed), with our CEO

and founder, Hawke Robinson.


* Provide 7 to 10 hours of work per week (use our attendance /

 timesheet tool to track and report you hours in our ERPNext ERP

 platform), typically 1-2 hours per day.


* Provide 3 to 5 static content social media postings per week on our

 various social media platforms (it is expected over time this will

 become automated and can be queued up days or weeks in advance).

 Sharing our existing content from our existing and upcoming blog

 postings, knowledgebase archives, video content, image archives, etc.

 (expected to start the first posting within 1-2 weeks after you are

 fully onboarded).


* Create and provide 1 short edited video clip per week (30 to 60

 seconds) based on our available content (with optional use of our

 archives from our photos, webpages, or video streams) to be posted as

 new content to our various platforms, as short summaries about our

 content (first clip expected around 2-4 weeks after you are fully

 onboarded).


* Create/update blog postings on our website as the source page for the

 social media to point to, with photo, documents, or video clips

 embedded in the page as appropriate.


* Create/update monthly newsletter for all subscribers (can be

 integrated with the above tasks as desired).


* Final Projects: Create 2 brand new full "explainer videos" between 5

 to 10 minutes maximum, one for "laypersons" the other for

 "professionals" (select from recreation professionals, entertainment

 professionals, education and executive professionals, or therapeutic

 professionals) , about what we do, and encouraging people to donate

 to the non-profit or otherwise support us. These are your "projects".

 The first drafts of the first video is due within 6 weeks of fully

 onboarding, with final draft completed by 10 weeks of your

 onboarding. The second video first draft is due within 8 weeks of

 fully onboarding, with final draft completed before the end of your 3

 month term. One video for RPG Research, and one video for RPG.LLC


Since this position does include access to sensitive information, we

require a background check. You will receive a


background check link to complete. We cover the cost of the background

check (typically around $50-75 USD). As soon as you fill out that

background check form, we typically get results within 1-3 days, and

then we can provide you access to any of the more sensitive areas (as

needed and appropriate to your position).


Typical 3-month release cycle (also if you are applying for the 12 week internship, your schedule will be as follows):



12 WEEK SOCIAL MEDIA AND VIDEO RELEASE SCHEDULE


3-5 static social media content postings per week for RPG Research

(beginning week 2).

2-3 static social medial content postings per week for RPG.LLC.

8 Videos:

-- 2 short 30-60 seconds RPG Research videos (Videos #1 & #2)

-- 1 medium-short 1-3 minute RPG Research video (Video #3)

-- 1 medium 3-5 minute RPG Research video (Video #4)

-- 1 short 30-60 seconds RPG.LLC video (Video #5)

-- 1 medium 3-5 minute RPG.LLC video (Video #6)

-- 1 medium-long 5-10 minute RPG Research video (Video #7)

-- 1 medium-long 5-10 minute RPG.LLC video (Video #8) "Final Project"


Week 1: RPG Research Onboarding, background check, orientation, software

setup. Once background check complete, gain access to our social media

and other accounts.


Week 2: Begin working on RPG Research initial manual social media static

content releases while researching/learning options to automated future

releases. Posting 3 to 5 times per week, every week. Begin formulating

ideas and content sources for first short video draft.


Week 3: Continue working on RPG Research manual and increasingly

automated social media static postings. Continue working on first short

30-60 second video.


Week 4: Increase automation of RPG Research static social media

releases. Complete first 30-60 second video and release. Release RPG

Research Short Video #1 by end of week.


Week 5: Continue RPG Research automated static social media releases.

Work on trying to release one 30-60 second video per week. Release RPG

Research Short Video #2 by end of week.


Week 6: Continue RPG Research automated 3-5 static social media

releases. Work on RPG Research 1 to 3 minute "Medium-short" video and

Release RPG Research Medium Video #3 by end of week.


Week 7: While continuing RPG Research automated static social media

releases. Work on first 3-5 "Medium" RPG Research video draft.

Begin onboarding of RPG.LLC social media and preparing first 30-60

second short video draft for RPG.LLC.


Week 8: While continuing RPG Research social media, complete and

release RPG Research Medium Video (#4). Begin posting RPG.LLC social

media 2-3 times per week. Release first RPG.LLC Short Video (30-60

seconds) by end of week (Video #5).


Week 9: Continuing RPG Research and RPG.LLC social media automated

static releases, begin preparing first of the 2 "Project" videos. First

one for RPG Research. May be anywhere between 5 to 10 minutes. Work on

preparing and releasing RPG.LLC medium video (3-5 minutes).


Week 10: Continuing weekly release schedule. Continue work on "Project"

Video for RPG Research. Release RPG.LLC medium video (Video #6).


Week 11: Continuing weekly release schedule. Begin work on second

"Project" video (Final Project), this one for RPG.LLC anywhere between 5

to 10 minutes long. Release RPG Research "Project" video (#7).


Week 12 (final): Queue up automated social media releases for both RPG

Research and RPG.LLC that will continue to post automatically for at

least 4 more weeks. Release final Project Video (Video #8).

Complete Internship evaluation.

Decide if wish to renew for another 12 weeks or to complete internship.


More About Us

Our programs improve lives globally!


Non-profit RPG Research:


* We research and provide tabletop, live-action, electronic, and hybrid

 role-playing games and cooperative music studies and community

 programs to help improve the functioning of people's brains, social

 skills, empathy, and more.


* We work with a wide range of populations from ages 2 years old

 through senior adults and everyone in between. Including those with

 accessibility and special needs.


* We provide the world's largest free and open knowledgebase on

 these topics.


* We also have specialties in accessibility for people with

disabilities, neurodifferences, and more. Especially Autism Spectrum,

at-risk youth, Deaf & Hard of Hearing, Blind and Visually impaired,

Muscular Dystrophy, Brain injuries, and Locked-in State (LIS) /

Complete Locked in Syndrome (CLIS).


* We also have a software development (opensource) division developing

 a brain-computer interface multiplayer online turn-based role-playing

 game you can play with just your brain!


* We are recognized as the gold standard in the world for our research

and human services programs. We have been doing this longer than anyone

else (since 1977).


* We are 100% volunteer-run with 200+ staff across 6 continents.

 www.rpgresearch.com.





Software Development Quality Assurance Tester Volunteer

Help with the opensource Brain Computer Interface Role-Playing Game project as a Quality Assurance Tester volunteer.

As with all positions at RPG Research, this is an unpaid volunteer position.



Systems Administrator 1 Volunteer

Only candidates in the proximity of Spokane will be considered at this time.

RPG Research is in need of additional, unpaid, volunteers who would like to assist in the maintenance and implementation of mailing, web, and authentication services hosted by RPG Research. All levels of experience are welcome, and there are no hard requirements beyond a background check and reliable communication with stakeholders.

We expect at least 4 hours a week of volunteer time, and try to limit volunteers to 10 hours at maximum.

While remote work is possible, we ask that new volunteers be local and to be willing to spend some time on site for training. Schedules and the amount of time spent onsite is flexible, and may depend on experience.

Responsibilities

Implement and maintain mailing, web, and authentication services. Occasionally handle desktops/laptops, printers, etc.


Configure servers hardware, network devices, Linux virtual machines and various applications.

Manage and support a virtual environment using Xen Orchestra with a commitment to security and privacy for our stakeholders. Pursue opportunities to automate configuration changes and common tasks using tools like Ansible.

Must Have

A willingness to submit to a criminal background check.

Reliability in notifying management of expected interruptions or changes availability in volunteer time.

Prior technical experience and a strong desire to learn with hands on projects. Some prior knowledge with Linux/Unix or BSD's is very much preferred.

Preferred Qualifications

We have multiple ongoing or incoming projects that could use lots of help from experienced individuals.

Committed, long term volunteers will work on all these technologies as well.

Knowledge of Networking and Virtual Environments: Understanding of hypervisors and networking (VLAN's, firewalls, etc.).

Experience Documenting Deployments and Processes: Whether testing an application or deploying into production, as much as possible should be committed to a written record for later use.

Experience with Scripting and Orchestration Tools: With a wide range of applications on many servers, it is often desirable to have repetitious tasks more than just documented, but also scripted and automated. Think Ansible.

Experience with LAMP, eMail, and/or Authentication Services: We are developing an integrated platform, all of these are helpful.

What will you gain?

  1. Develop production experience in both Linux and OpenBSD based applications, networking, and virtualization
  2. Learn and apply best practices as an administrator and further your knowledge of popular Unix systems
  3. Proof of your desire to both learn and apply your skills in the field, a desirable trait for employers
  4. Have the opportunity to suggest changes to systems, and make your own projects
  5. Mentorship from an IT and IT Security veteran: Hawke Robinson
  6. If you prove your commitment and reliability, you can receive a reference to back up your experience

Need More Info?

  1. The founder’s story
  2. The culture
  3. What people say about us?



Role-Playing Game Advocate 1 Volunteer

None


Games Facilitator 1 Volunteer

None


Board of Directors Vice-Chair

None


Board of Director Chairperson Volunteer

None


Community Outreach Development and Fundraising Volunteer

RPG Research has an urgent need to fill the role of Community Outreach Development, Marketing, & Fundraising Volunteer.

We have three positions available for this role. We need to fill the roles at the Assistant, Manager, and Director levels.

This position is critical to helping support our MissionVision, & Impact statements, by engaging the communities around the world for our research and community programs, raising awareness about us through marketing, and developing the fundraising programs we need to sustain and grow our research and community programs worldwide.

This is a volunteer part-time position with very flexible hours, around 2 to 10 hours per week, on average around 3-6 hours per week.

More details and updates on this position here: https://www.rpgresearch.com/jobs/detail/community-outreach-development-marketing-fundraising-volunteer-198 

We would like to have around 3 to 5 volunteers working together as a team to fill this role, and over time allow those that want to take on a more leadership role for this division to do so. We want to be careful never to overload our volunteers, so that is why we use this distributed task model rather than putting too much on any one volunteer for these tasks, we all help share the load, a little bit each week.

The primary function of this role is to create and implement fundraising campaigns and initiatives that raise awareness, funds ,and other resources for RPG Research's community events and research projects.

POSITION DUTIES

  1. Create and manage online fundraiser campaigns and initiatives.
  2. Create and manage print fundraiser campaigns and initiatives.
  3. Contact local, regional, national, and international organizations for donations & sponsorship.
  4. Attend one RPG Research Administrative meeting per week (1 hour).
  5. Opportunities to become manager and/or director of the department over time if desired.
  6. Work remotely.

DESIRED SKILLS & EXPERIENCE

This position requires the following skills:

  1. Donor acquisition, management, and retention skills.
  2. Successful fundraiser skills, training, & experience.
  3. Excellent written and verbal communication skills and presence.
  4. Creative ability to come up with solutions to fundraising needs.

Optional but preferred skills

  1. Formal training in fundraiser strategies and techniques

ABOUT RPG RESEARCH

RPG Research is a 100% volunteer-run international 501(c)3 non-profit research & human services organization studying the effects of music and role-playing games, and their potential to improve quality of life for people around the world. http://www.rpgresearch.com

  1. RPG Research has been involved with role-playing games since the 1970s and researching their effects since 1983. We have also helped run programs in schools since 1985, and in therapeutic settings since 2004.
  2. We have been offering the world's most comprehensive repository of research information on role-playing games, freely and openly, online since 2004.
  3. We are a 100% volunteer-run international research & human services 501(c)3 non-profit charitable organization.
  4. We are dedicated to improving the lives of individuals and families living in the communities we serve around the world.
  5. In 2020 we directly improved the lives of more than 30,000 people worldwide, with fewer than 130 volunteers and less than $10,000 USD in donations!

We aim to further our mission, vision, and impact through:

  1. Continuing to provide the world's largest, free and open research repository on the effects of cooperative music and role-playing games, including: tabletop, live-action, electronic, and hybrids.
  2. Community Events - we host a multitude of events, often educational or recreational in nature, throughout the year with the hopes of offering residents in our target communities, or online, a positive alternative in their lives.
  3. Regular online broadcasts and special event programs to educate and raise awareness.
  4. Speak at public events like professional conferences and fandom conventions.
  5. Tour the USA with the wheelchair accessible, and stimuli controlled, RPG Bus and RPG Trailers, advocating and raising awareness
  6. Especially providing programs to under-served and un-served locations all but ignored by most other organizations.
  7. Community Outreach Programs - we offer a number of programs directly to sectors of our target communities including schools, libraries, community centers, parks, events, and other locations to help serve many populations from 2 years old through senior adults, at-risk and high-risk youth and adults, incarcerated populations, people with disabilities, brain injuries, mental health challenges, learning challenges, neuro-differences, Deaf and hard of hearing, visual impairments, and many others.


Job Type: Part-time, Internship, Volunteer, Unpaid.

Salary: $0.00 /year. $0.00/hour 

Application Questions

  1.   How many years of donor management experience do you have?
  2.   How many years of fundraising experience do you have?
  3.   How many years of fundraising coordinator experience do you have?
  4.   How many years of grant research experience do you have?
  5.   How many years of grant writing experience do you have?
  6.   How many years of local fundraising experience do you have?
  7.   How many years of non-profit experience do you have?
  8.   How many years of online fundraising experience do you have?
  9.   How many years of social media campaigns experience do you have?
  10.   How many years of volunteer experience do you have?
  11.   Are you able to work in Spokane, WA?
  12.   Do you speak English?
  13.   Are you willing to undergo a background check, in accordance with local law/regulations?
  14.   Why are you interested in this job?
  15.   When are you available for an interview or phone screen? Please list 2-3 dates and times or ranges of times.
  16.   Who referred you to this role? (if you don't have an answer, you can leave this field blank)
  17.   When are you available for an interview or phone screen? Please list 2-3 dates and times or ranges of times.



Webmaster 1 Volunteer

RPG Research is a non-profit 501(c)3 charitable human services and research organization.

RPG Research has a multiple volunteer openings for senior and junior webmasters to help migrate and maintain our many associated websites. We ask for volunteers who have prior experience and knowledge of basic web technologies such as HTML, CSS, and preferably Javascript and other web languages.

We use OpenERP as our primary ERP / CMS and website platform.

We do not require much 'under' the hood work. You will also be assisting in the development of our release cycles


In this role, you should be detailed-oriented and an excellent communicator. Balancing a creative eye with an analytical mind is essential. If you have a strong technical background, we’d like to meet you.

As a volunteer, we need qualified, invested, candidates that can commit to at least 1 hour per day, 3-5 days per week.

This position can be 100% remote work.


Qualifications:

REQUIRED: Volunteers in this position need to be available for 1 hour a day, per day, for 3-5 days a week. Scheduling is otherwise flexible, and we ask for at least 3 months of commitment.

REQUIRED: Volunteers must pass a background check.


Preferred:

  1. Must be able to read and write well in English
  2. Web design experience
  3. Proficient in HTML/CSS, XML; knowledge of Javascript and other web languages preferred is preferred (but not required)
  4. Familiarity with web standards.
  5. Previous experience of website management tools.
  6. Must have strong communication skills and attention to detail.
  7. Must possess strong organizational, interpersonal, comprehension and analytical skills.
  8. Must be a team player.
  9. Knowledge of e-commerce and internet marketing.
  10. Ability to meet important deadlines.
  11. Ability to multi-task and stay organized, while working in a fast-paced, multi-project environment.

This position will be responsible for, but not limited to, the following:

  1. Web design.
  2. Integration with third-party services, like Twitter, Facebook, Google+, Patreon, GoFundme, Discord, etc.
  3. Regularly running security checks/audits on our websites.
  4. Ensuring the functionality and efficiency of web infrastructure.
  5. Examining and analyzing site traffic.
  6. Becoming an expert on our web admin interface.
  7. Reviewing and implementing SEO.
  8. Uploading and maintaining website content (copy, photos, blog, etc.).
  9. Troubleshooting/testing websites to see if there are any parts that are difficult to use.
  10. Closely collaborating with other marketing team members to coordinate branding/photography/videography/graphic needs for website.
  11. Ensuring consistency throughout the website.
  12. Keeping up to date with advances in computer technology and web design industry and how this affects the business environment.
  13. Proactively providing input on how organization can improve on website and its offerings.
  14. Planning for future changes to the website.
  15. Gathering feedback and ensuring accuracy when implementing edits/feedback.
  16. Supporting and collaborating with the marketing team with additional projects as needed.
  17. Collaborating with multiple departments to ensure website functionality (customer service, account managers, IT, data team, etc.).
  18. Collaborate with IT Department for hosting and web server maintenance.
  19. Must be able to multi-task and move quickly in a fast paced work environment and over-see multiple websites at once.
  20. Organization and a problem solver is vital for this position.
  21. Work with Marketing Team for marketing campaigns to build landing pages, forms, etc.
  22. A/B Testing plan and on-going testing to improve overall site.
  23. Knowledge of bounce rate.
  24. Professional, hard-working, and brings ideas to the table.

Applicant Must Provide:

  1. Detailed resume (longer with more useful information is better than short buzz-word filled bullet lists that just blend with all the rest).
  2. Work samples or portfolio are very much preferred

Compensation:

This is a volunteer position. Candidate must be available a minimum of 1 hour per day 3-5 days per week (specific days can vary).

Benefits Include:

Free training/mentoring from senior level admin with over 35 years of technology experience, and over 20 years of web experience, published by the SANS Institute, and who's work has influenced technology decisions made by Fortune 500 companies, including Google.

Great work experience helping a 501(c)3 charitable non-profit organization improve the quality if life for many people around the world.

Real-world enterprise-level work experience for a fast growing internationally connected organization.

Job Type: Part-time

Pay: $0.00 per year



Broadcast Studio Crew Streaming Production Technician Volunteer

To be considered for this position, please also complete the 2nd step application form on our website: https://www.rpgresearch.com/jobs/detail/internet-broadcast-studio-crew-webcast-streaming-production-technician-262

Position requires to be on site, in the broadcast studio, in northern Spokane, Washington.

Reports To: Production Director

Days/Hours: Part-time, 4-5 hours/week. Some flexibility on which days and times.

RPG Research prolifically creates 5-10+ live streaming videos and prerecorded video and audio content related to our MissionVision and Impact statements. We regularly steam on Youtube, Twitch, and other platforms, as well as upload media content to various other locations at last half a dozen times a week.

Most of our content is in our small studio, but some broadcasts occasionally take place at on-location sites. We are planning later in 2021 to move to a 2,000 - 4,000 square foot warehouse.

Our media production department is small but rapidly growing, and the webcast streaming and production technicians play a vital role in the growth and quality of these programs.

We expect technicians will grow their skills in this dynamic and innovative environment.

RPG Research is a 100% volunteer-run international 501(c)3 non-profit research & human services organization studying the effects of music and role-playing games, and their potential to improve quality of life for people around the world. http://www.rpgresearch.com

  1. RPG Research has been involved with role-playing games since the 1970s and researching their effects since 1983. We have also helped run programs in schools since 1985, and in therapeutic settings since 2004.
  2. We have been offering the world's most comprehensive repository of research information on role-playing games, freely and openly, online since 2004.
  3. We are a 100% volunteer-run international research & human services 501(c)3 non-profit charitable organization.

This role has two core functions:

  1. on-site in-studio live webcast production
  2. pre/post production tasks.

More specifically, volunteers in this role are expected to:

  1. setup and prepare for at least one webcast per week.
  2. setup lighting
  3. setup cameras
  4. setup audio
  5. setup broadcast computers
  6. control broadcast overlays using Open Broadcast Server (OBS) and other tools
  7. setup streams or upload pre-recorded videos
  8. dynamically switch lighting, audio, video, cameras, and overlays during broadcasts as needed
  9. preparation of post-production deliverables, including archive videos and webcast analytics.
  10. meet once per week for 1-2 hour administrative and/or training meetings (sometimes online/remote meetings)


Additional optional tasks:

  1. Refinement of our webcasting rigs: selecting, testing and integrating new equipment and software
  2. Assist the production team with the technical aspects of all productions including site survey, equipment pack-up, set-up, production, strike, and equipment storage.
  3. Participate as an assigned crew member for various productions. Assigned crew responsibilities include all studio and field positions.
  4. Develop production skills as camera operator, technical director, audio person, studio supervisor, teleprompter, lighting technician, and other key roles as team grows.
  5. Assist producers in creation and coordination of program production.
  6. Assist with studio set-up and facilities oversight.
  7. Maintain and follow all production and post-production procedures.

This role would be a good fit for someone with 1-2+ years of professional (or relevant educational/internship) experience in AV or video production. Or a film student needing to acquire volunteer or internship hours.

There are many specific skills involved in producing a live webcast, and we don’t expect applicants will have them all right off the bat. We are more interested in making sure people in this role have the ability to acquire new skills quickly, will stick around with us long enough to turn their training into helpful skills to improve our production quality, before the move on in their career. We ask that you plan for a minimum 6 month commitment.

Strong candidates will have several of the below:

  1. HD camera experience.
  2. Webcam experience.
  3. Broadcast switcher hardware/software experience.
  4. Live streaming experience.
  5. Familiarity with audio-visual fundamentals
  6. Experience with streaming to Youtube and Twitch.
  7. Experience with Open Broadcast Server (OBS).
  8. Familiar with and possess advanced technical skills including camerawork, lighting, live streaming and non-linear editing.

More broadly: we like solving problems, and we like to work with others who do too. If you enjoy coming up with clever, thoughtful systems for getting important work done more efficiently, you’ll fit right in.

Candidates should include a resume and brief cover letter.

Job Type: Part-time, Internship, Volunteer, unpaid.

Experience:

  1. Relevant: 1 year minimum, 2 years preferred.

Benefits:

  1. Training
  2. Real-world experience
  3. Volunteer hours
  4. Possible college volunteer or internship hours/credits (depends on institution on case-by-base basis)

Pay: $0.00 per year

Application Questions

  1. How many years of audio production experience do you have?
  2. How many years of live broadcast experience do you have?
  3. How many years of Open Broadcast Server (OBS) experience do you have?
  4. How many years of post-production experience do you have?
  5. How many years of relevant experience do you have?
  6. How many years of studio experience do you have?
  7. How many years of Twitch streaming experience do you have?
  8. How many years of video production experience do you have?
  9. How many years of Youtube streaming experience do you have?
  10. What is the highest level of education you have completed?
  11. Are you able to work in Spokane, WA 99201?
  12. Are you willing to undergo a background check, in accordance with local law/regulations?
  13. Why are you interested in this job?
  14. When are you available for an interview or phone screen? Please list 2-3 dates and times or ranges of times.
  15. Who referred you to this role? (if you don't have an answer, you can leave this field blank)
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Researcher Volunteer

Join our international team of volunteer researchers!

https://www.rpgresearch.com/jobs/detail/researcher-266

The Researcher Volunteer will learn to help with the design, assessment, implementation, planning, and documentation of RPG Research's many research projects.

Can be 100% remote work.

We have over 130 staff members across 6 continents regularly working together each week on research, training, and community projects.

The Researcher Volunteer will:

  1. participate in team performing annual literature reviews and update the research archives content accordingly
  2. write at least one internally peer-reviewed research-related blog posting (1-2 pages each) per month (beginning within four months of starting training), including RPG Research in the attribution
  3. write at least one analysis essay (3+ pages each) per year on prior existing research literature from any approved source, with written analysis to include RPG Research in the attribution
  4. pass required background checks before gaining access to sensitive data or interacting with participants
  5. take observational notes of at least one approved live or recorded RPG session per year, with written analysis (3+ pages), including RPG Research in the attribution
  6. write two internally peer-reviewed research essays on your (approved) topic of choice per year (5+ pages each, including RPG Research in the attribution
  7. complete the sixteen week training before supervising research projects
  8. once completing base sixteen-week training, become eligible to participate in running, or assisting with running, at least one RPG research study per year, including RPG Research in the attribution
  9. design, assess, implement, plan, evaluated and document research projects
  10. assist with the RPG Research archives in partnership with the Research Archivists Team
  11. assist with the RPG Museum in various capacities with the RPG Museum Team
  12. work on other various projects/tasks in accordance with RPG Research standards

RPG Research is a 100% volunteer-run international 501(c)3 non-profit research & human services organization studying the effects of music and role-playing games, and their potential to improve quality of life for people around the world. http://www.rpgresearch.com

  1. RPG Research has been involved with role-playing games since the 1970s and researching their effects since 1983. We have also helped run programs in schools since 1985, and in therapeutic settings since 2004.
  2. We have been offering the world's most comprehensive repository of research information on role-playing games, freely and openly, online since 2004.
  3. We are a 100% volunteer-run international research & human services 501(c)3 non-profit charitable organization.
  4. We need volunteers to help us maintain our extensive research archives consistent of thousands of content items, run our programs, and help us continue to grow so we can help improve more lives around the world.

Due to the length of training and complexity of research projects, a bare minimum of a one year commitment is expected, with preference for multiple years to help bring research projects to completion.

TYPICAL SCHEDULE (3 to 7 hours per week).

  1. Attend 1 researchers training/meeting session per week (two hours per week).
  2. If needing additional hands-on training, optionally attend one four-hour RPG Trainee session per week, and work toward level one trainee diplomas (typically sixteen weeks).
  3. Update research archives (15-30 minutes per week).
  4. Write and peer review writings of other researchers (1-2 hours per week)

Department(s): Research

Location(s): International Remote or Greater Spokane, Washington area.

Reports to: Research Director, Primary Investigator PI), or Research Team Lead.

General Purpose

Volunteer will engage in research on the historical and latest information available about the effects and uses of role-playing games, their potential educational and therapeutic uses, and various original RPG Research projects. We have over 200 research questions in the queue needing to be addressed.

Take observation notes of research participants/players/game-masters, group interpersonal dynamics.

Data entry

Literature review research

Attend either in-person, or via remote access, at least one free training session / administrative meeting per week

Strongly self-motivated

Strong collaborative work ethic

Strong communicator

Reliable schedule compliance

Prior research experience in any field preferred (though will train junior researchers)

Working Conditions & Hours

Researcher will usually work remotely, and optionally at other locations including but not limited to:

  1. Remote
  2. Office
  3. Home
  4. Online
  5. Conventions
  6. Libraries
  7. Community centers
  8. Educational institutions
  9. Parks
  10. Care facilities
  11. Mobile Facility, the Wheelchair Friendly RPG Trailer at various locations

Compensation:

  1. Volunteer (no financial compensation), free training.
  2. Possible College Credit: we may be able to sign-off on college credit upon agreement signed with your educational institution for volunteer hours or internship hours. Handled on a case-by-base basis.

Job Types: Volunteer. Part-time. Optional Internship.

Salary: $0.00 /hour (volunteer, no pay, but free training)

Education & Training

  1. At least 1 year experience with a research study from any field (5+ years preferred for more senior roles) (will train those with less experience for more junior roles).
  2. Must pass background check before allowed to access non-public research data or work with research participants.
  3. Assertive (not aggressive) presence with confident but warm, friendly, empathetic, and compassionate communication style.


Optional but helpful:

  1. Training/experience in therapeutic recreation / recreation therapy field
  2. Training/experience in psychology, health, social, medical, education or similar sciences.
  3. Training/experience with data analysis.
  4. Experience with various assessment tools.


Role-playing Game (RPG) Formats include:

  1. tabletop (TRPG)
  2. live-action (LRPG & LARP)
  3. electronic (ERPG & CRPG)
  4. hybrid (including SABM)


Core Competencies:

  1. Strong literature review research skills
  2. Strong observational skills
  3. Strong report writing skills
  4. Organizational skills
  5. Group dynamics conflict resolution skills
  6. Strong verbal and written communication skills.
  7. Enthusiastic communication style that excites others with your passion about the topics discussed.
  8. "Can do" attitude, and an eye for seeing where people need help before they have to ask.
  9. Passionately supportive

What's great in the job?

  1. 100% Remote option.
  2. Flexible hours (typically just 3-6 hours per week, can easily take time off during mid-terms, finals, etc.)
  3. Potential optional school credit hours (depends on institution and on a case-by-case basis)



Video Transcriptionist and Closed Captions Writer Volunteer

Short summary of the job: The non-profit RPG Research is looking for multiple transciber volunteers that can write down the words spoken from Youtube, Twitch, and similar videos. They will also use these transcriptions to correctly fill in and sync closed caption text for the videos online and offline to improve accessibility for the Deaf and Hard of Hearing. The videos are about role-playing gaming, so if you are familiar with the that will help you to be even more effective. Transcribed content need to be well formatted to comply with Youtube standards and additional standards as specified by RPG Research.

We create on average between 5 to 10+ videos per week, ranging in duration from 1 to 4 hours each. We currently have a backlog of more than 1,000 videos.

Transcribers for multiple languages are also welcomed, but transcriber must be fluent in English since most of the videos are primarily in English. First and foremost all videos will need English transcriptions, then additional transcriptions in other languages would be a wonderful plus.

RPG Research is a 100% volunteer-run international 501(c)3 non-profit research & human services organization studying the effects of music and role-playing games, and their potential to improve quality of life for people around the world. http://www.rpgresearch.com

RPG Research has been involved with role-playing games since the 1970s and researching their effects since 1983. We have also helped run programs in schools since 1985, and in therapeutic settings since 2004.

We have been offering the world's most comprehensive repository of research information on role-playing games, freely and openly, online since 2004.

We are a 100% volunteer-run international research & human services 501(c)3 non-profit charitable organization.

We need volunteers to help us maintain our extensive research archives consistent of thousands of content items, run our programs, and help us continue to grow so we can help improve more lives around the world.

Responsibilities

View and listen to videos in English

Transcribing primarily for closed captioning in English for the Deaf and Hard of Hearing (additional languages welcomed)

Write full transcripts primarily in English with additional descriptions of any actions so that visually impaired can hear about descriptions with text readers (additional languages welcomed)

Upholding established protocols and style guidelines

Commit to 2 to 6 hours per week (including weekly 1-hour check-in meeting)

Regularly update progress log too coordinate with team on progress

Must Have

Strong communication skills

Strong work ethic

Self-motivated and driven

Strong typing skills

Strong English skills

Patience

Attention to detail

What's great in the job?

  1. 100% remote
  2. Very flexible schedule
  3. Possible College Credit: we may be able to sign-off on college credit upon agreement signed with your educational institution for volunteer hours or internship hours. Handled on a case-by-base basis.
  4. Great work experience



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