Left Forum Website and Database Volunteer Opportunity Fall 2016


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Thu Sep 01, 2016 12:00 AM - Wed May 31, 2017 12:00 AM


365 5th AvenueRoom 6115New York, NY 10016


Left Forum seeks to fill website and database volunteer positions for the Fall 2016.

As Left Forum is currently working with expert web and database developers in a major development process, this volunteer opportunity will provide you with a rare prospect to contribute to this formative process. It will also enable you to hone your technical and organizational skills and gain valuable, high-profile experience in the academic and nonprofit arenas. The position will help build an individual’s strengths in the areas of systems administration, configuration, operation and content management, and/or programming, and can be adapted to your specific interests. If you are interested in helping to build the website into a high-traffic, highly user-engaged site, this volunteer opportunity is for you.

Primary Responsibilities

  • Web operations (Drupal): including website configuration, displays (views), reports/exports, and content production
  • Work and liaison with web and database developers
  • Database operations (CiviCRM): including configuration, communications, event operations, contact record management, importing, and group communications
  • Work with conference coordinator to maintain databases and develop website
  • Assist with migration and integration of data and media from various sources
  • Assist in researching and applying potential web applications (e.g., using open source software) for online conference production, e.g., registration, user accounts, reports, PayPal integration
  • Ad hoc technical and database-focused projects

Background and Experience

  • Familiarity with databases (Access, CiviCRM), constituent relations management databases, and content management systems (e.g., Drupal) is a plus
  • Experience with open source applications is a plus
  • Strong organizational skills
  • High level of attention to detail
  • The ability to work from abstract to concrete applications
  • The ability to prioritize and handle a variety of projects
  • Applied written and verbal communication skills
  • The ability to work effectively, both individually and in a team
  • Familiarity with grassroots organizing and social justice is a plus

About Volunteering

We're a small organization with a dedicated group of organizers, staff, and volunteers, leaving lots of room for your creativity. You'll have the opportunity to work in an interesting (and relaxed) office in the CUNY Graduate Center in Midtown Manhattan where you'll be able to interact with scholars, graduate students, and people who are involved with grassroots social justice movements.

We ask for 10+ hours a week, although any amount of volunteer time will help. Hours are flexible and can be adapted to fit your schedule. We also ask for a minimum of a three-month commitment. This volunteer position is most beneficial when carried out through the entire conference cycle (which ends in mid-June). Volunteer opportunities begin immediately.

Please send a detailed cover letter and/or resume to volunteer@leftforum.org


  • Google Apps
  • Organization
  • Database Administration
  • Basic Computer Skills

Good Match For

People 55+

Requirements & Commitment

  • Volunteers typically work 10 hours or more a week.
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