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Current Job Openings

Role-Playing Game Master Level 1 Trainee Volunteer (In-person or Online TRPG) - Washington State Residents Only Please

Become an exceptional role-playing game master through our exceptional proven training programs, and then help us deliver role-playing game community programs.


Due to insurance: ALL CANDIDATES MUST BE IN WASHINGTON STATE. Background check required. You must be able to attend in-person in the Spokane area.


Commitment of 4 to 8 hours per week. Includes 4 hours of training, and then every-other week helping facilitate our role-playing game community programs in the Spokane area for 1-4 hours (2x per month).


You must be able to attend weekly training programs on Saturdays from 8 am to Noon Pacific Time, and help out in various ways twice per month for 1 to 4 hours outside of training.


Application, Training, & Participation Process

  1. Read about the role, responsibilities, requirements, and commitments on this page.
  2. Click the Apply Now button.
  3. Complete and send the application form
  4. Respond to confirmation email verifying your understanding this is an unpaid volunteer position.
  5. Confirm interview appointment (typically 1 to 8+ weeks after application.
  6. Pass interview(s).
  7. Accept verbal offer.
  8. Accept and sign our Codes of Conduct and Attribution Agreement documents.
  9. Accept email/written offer.
  10. Pass background check (at our expense).
  11. Select and commit to the appropriate volunteer training schedule.
  12. Select and commit to community program facilitator schedule.
  13. Purchase the role-playing game professional training workbook (physical printed version recommended to help you track your training progress).
  14. Attend training session each week.
  15. Complete 24 Player Training Sessions (also take tests and other requisites if going for training diploma).
  16. Complete 24 GM Training Sessions (also take tests and other requisites if going for training diploma).
  17. During and after training period, participate in at least 2 other sessions per month (helping give back to the community) to help with training other volunteer trainees, or our community programs.



Key Tasks and Responsibilities

  1. Run role-playing game sessions as assistant facilitator or game master.
  2. Facilitate 1-5 players per 3-4 hour game session.
  3. Prepare adventures in accordance with RPG Research rules and guidelines, including our Code of Conduct.
  4. Complete session assessment forms when appropriate.
  5. Prepare character sheets for participants to choose from.
  6. Run adventures ranging from "one shots" to ongoing mid-length and long-term campaigns.
  7. Address any group interpersonal issues, and maintain players compliance with RPG Research Player Code of Conduct.
  8. Attend in-person at least one free training session per week (4 hours)
  9. Availability for at least 2 regular group sessions per month (game sessions typically 3-5 hours) (in addition to training sessions).
  10. Strongly self-motivated
  11. Strong collaborative work ethic
  12. Reliable communication and schedule compliance


REQUIRED

  1. MUST BE ABLE TO "GIVE BACK TO THE COMMUNITY" AT LEAST 2 SESSIONS (1 to 4 hours per session) PER MONTH.
  2. MUST BE ABLE TO ATTEND TRAINING SESSIONS EACH WEEK (in person or online).
  3. Must pass background check before allowed to work with participants outside of RPG Research training labs, or handle sensitive data (usually completed within 90 days of active participation, RPG Research covers the cost of the background check).
  4. Assertive (not aggressive) presence with confident, warm, friendly, empathetic, and compassionate communication style.
  5. RELIABLE SCHEDULE COMMITMENT.
  6. STRONG AND RELIABLE COMMUNICATOR.
  7. MINIMUM ONE YEAR ACTIVE COMMITMENT.
  8. MUST BE A WASHINGTON STATE RESIDENT (due to our current insurance limitations, we're working to get this broadened back to our international volunteers, but for now we're limited to Washington state residents only).


Optional but helpful:

  1. Experienced theatrical acting skills
  2. Effective voice acting skills
  3. Background in education
  4. Background in therapeutic disciplines
  5. Prior role-playing game experience



Core Competencies (will train):

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



Working Conditions

  1. In-person or online tabletop role-playing game sessions, typically ranging between 2-5 hours (including setup and tear-down).
  2. Most training sessions are recorded and/or broadcast online (must agree to these terms for all game masters).


Compensation

  1. As with all positions at RPG Research, this is an unpaid Volunteer position with no financial compensation.
  2. Extensive free training.


Job Types:

  1. Volunteer, Part-time, Temporary, Internship, unpaid.
  2. Salary: $0 USD


QUESTIONS

  1. Years experience working in community centers and similar environments?
  2. Years tabletop role-playing game master (GM) experience (any RPG system)?
  3. Years tabletop role-playing game player experience (any RPG system)?
  4. Do you understand that while most of the beginning training can be provided remotely, that you must be able to attend in-person at least twice per month to "give back to the community"?
  5. Do you understand that this is an unpaid volunteer position for a 501(c)3 non-profit charity?
  6. Do you have Therapeutic Recreation / Recreational Therapy experience/training ? (not required, but love to have students and professionals from the TR/RT industry as a great fit!):
  7. Certified Therapeutic Recreation Specialist (CTRS) (not required, but great to have)?
  8. Years experience with Live Streaming over the Internet?
  9. Years experience working with at-risk populations?
  10. Years experience working with people various disabilities?

Chief Executive Officer and Founder

None

Salary range per month: $ 0 - $ 0

Marketing, Videos and Social Media Specialist for 501(c)3 Non-profit

Marketing, Videos and Social Media Specialist, for global non-profit charity awareness and fundraising promotion via our website, extensive social media, & video streaming platforms


What you will work on:

  1. Video Content, Static Social Media Content, and Live Streams to increase market awareness of our community and research programs to increase donations and/or clients/participants.
  2. Grow awareness of related publications and training workshops.
  3. Social media releases 3-5 times per week (automation tools available).
  4. Weekly short video releases (30 to 60 seconds) (begins after onboarding and orientation, typically around the third week from starting the position).
  5. 1 longer 3-5 minute video release every 4-8 weeks.
  6. 1 longer 9-10 minute video release every 10-12 weeks.


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.

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:

* Attend 1 check-in and training meeting per week (typically from 30 minutes to 2 hours per meeting), tentatively on Sunday afternoons (can adjust as needed), with our CEO and founder, Hawke Robinson.

* Provide 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 one social media posting per day on our various social media platform (it is expected this will become automated and can be queued up days or weeks in advance) of our existing content from our existing blog postings, 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 based on our new streams (with optional use of our archives from our photos, webpages, or video streams) to be posted as new content to our various platforms, typically around 30 to 60 seconds, as short summaries about our content (first clip expected around 2-4 weeks after you are fully

 onboarded).

* Create 2 brand new full "explainer videos" between 2 to 10 minutes maximum, one for "laypersons" the other for "professionals", about what we do, and encouraging people to 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.

* 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).


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).


More About Us

Our programs improve lives globally!

Non-profit RPG Research provides:

* We research and provide tabletop, live-action, electronic, and hybrid role-playing games and cooperative music to help improve 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. * We provide the world's largest free and open research repository 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 the world's first brain-computer interface 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 program, doing this longer than anyone else (since 1977).

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


Role-Playing Game Master Level 1 Trainee Volunteer (Greater Spokane Area)

Become an exceptional role-playing game master through our exceptional proven training programs, and then help us deliver role-playing game community programs.


ALL CANDIDATES MUST BE IN WASHINGTON STATE. Background check required. You must be able to attend in-person in the Spokane area.


Commitment of 4 to 8 hours per week. Includes 4 hours of training, and then every-other week helping facilitate our role-playing game community programs in the Spokane area.


You must be able to come to the greater Spokane Area to attend weekly training and every-other-week community programs.


Application, Training, & Participation Process

  1. Read about the role, responsibilities, requirements, and commitments on this page.
  2. Click the Apply Now button.
  3. Complete and send the application form
  4. Respond to confirmation email verifying your understanding this is an unpaid volunteer position.
  5. Confirm interview appointment (typically 1 to 8+ weeks after application.
  6. Pass interview(s).
  7. Accept verbal offer.
  8. Accept and sign our Codes of Conduct and Attribution Agreement documents.
  9. Accept email/written offer.
  10. Pass background check (at our expense).
  11. Select and commit to the appropriate volunteer training schedule.
  12. Select and commit to community program facilitator schedule.
  13. Purchase the role-playing game professional training workbook (physical printed version recommended to help you track your training progress).
  14. Attend training session each week.
  15. Complete 24 Player Training Sessions (also take tests and other requisites if going for training diploma).
  16. Complete 24 GM Training Sessions (also take tests and other requisites if going for training diploma).
  17. During and after training period, participate in at least 2 other sessions per month (helping give back to the community) to help with training other volunteer trainees, or our community programs.



Key Tasks and Responsibilities

  1. Run role-playing game sessions as assistant facilitator or game master.
  2. Facilitate 1-5 players per 3-4 hour game session.
  3. Prepare adventures in accordance with RPG Research rules and guidelines, including our Code of Conduct.
  4. Complete session assessment forms when appropriate.
  5. Prepare character sheets for participants to choose from.
  6. Run adventures ranging from "one shots" to ongoing mid-length and long-term campaigns.
  7. Address any group interpersonal issues, and maintain players compliance with RPG Research Player Code of Conduct.
  8. Attend in-person at least one free training session per week (4 hours)
  9. Availability for at least 2 regular group sessions per month (game sessions typically 3-5 hours) (in addition to training sessions).
  10. Strongly self-motivated
  11. Strong collaborative work ethic
  12. Reliable communication and schedule compliance


REQUIRED

  1. MUST BE ABLE TO ATTEND AT LEAST 2 SESSIONS PER MONTH PHYSICALLY IN THE GREATER SPOKANE AREA.
  2. MUST BE ABLE TO ATTEND TRAINING SESSIONS EACH WEEK.
  3. Must pass background check before allowed to work with participants outside of RPG Research training labs, or handle sensitive data (usually completed within 90 days of active participation, RPG Research covers the cost of the background check).
  4. Assertive (not aggressive) presence with confident, warm, friendly, empathetic, and compassionate communication style.
  5. RELIABLE SCHEDULE COMMITMENT.
  6. STRONG AND RELIABLE COMMUNICATOR.
  7. MINIMUM ONE YEAR ACTIVE COMMITMENT.


Optional but helpful:

  1. Experienced theatrical acting skills
  2. Effective voice acting skills
  3. Background in education
  4. Background in therapeutic disciplines
  5. Prior role-playing game experience



Core Competencies (will train):

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



Working Conditions

  1. In-person role-playing game sessions, typically ranging between 2-5 hours (including setup and tear-down).
  2. Most training sessions are recorded (must agree to these terms for all game masters).


Compensation

  1. As with all positions at RPG Research, this is an unpaid Volunteer position with no financial compensation.
  2. Extensive free training.


Job Types:

  1. Volunteer, Part-time, Temporary, Internship, unpaid.
  2. Salary: $0 USD


QUESTIONS

  1. Years experience working in community centers and similar environments?
  2. Years tabletop role-playing game master (GM) experience (any RPG system)?
  3. Years tabletop role-playing game player experience (any RPG system)?
  4. Do you understand that while most of the beginning training can be provided remotely, that you must be able to attend in-person at least twice per month to "give back to the community"?
  5. Do you understand that this is an unpaid volunteer position for a 501(c)3 non-profit charity?
  6. Do you have Therapeutic Recreation / Recreational Therapy experience/training ? (not required, but love to have students and professionals from the TR/RT industry as a great fit!):
  7. Certified Therapeutic Recreation Specialist (CTRS) (not required, but great to have)?
  8. Years experience with Live Streaming over the Internet?
  9. Years experience working with at-risk populations?
  10. Years experience working with people various disabilities?


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

  1. Create PR marketing plan documents and Project Management Plan.
  2. Create and release press releases through various tools and services such as the Associate Press (AP) and others.
  3. 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, etc. for professional and fandom organizations and events.
  4. 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.
  5. Dedicate 8-10 hours per week


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


RESPONSIBILITIES

  1. Marketing writing and editing.
  2. Graphics design.
  3. Attend weekly 1-2 hour marketing department meetings/training.
  4. Create well-written press releases ready for release once per week (first release ready by end of week 2 if internship).
  5. Disseminating weekly press releases via our website, marketing team, social media, etc.
  6. Creating and disseminating well-written PR newsletters once per month.
  7. Finding and submitting press releases and newsletters, when appropriate, to Associated Press (AP), local, regional, national, international news, and similar connections.
  8. Research and use PR automation tools and/or platforms
  9. In partnership with the other marketing department staff, create, enhance, improve our branding and graphics.
  10. Updating the text, graphics, and/or layout of the marketing portions of our website and various media presence.
  11. Contact and maintain relationships with local, regional, national, and international legacy and digital news and media organizations and outlets to help disseminate our information.
  12. Fill out media contact submission/request forms, letters, emails, and making direct phone calls with the best contacts in such organizations.
  13. Searching HARO and similar tools for relevant requests, and managing those relationships.
  14. Perform market research as needed.
  15. Monitoring and noting any reviews or comments about our organization and staff.
  16. Managing any negative media (none so far, but as we grow it is bound to happen sooner or later).
  17. Create written action plan for addressing any negative PR incidents that may occur in the future (no incidents yet).


MILESTONES (12 week cycle)

  1. Weeks 1-2 Onboarding and orientation, while working on logo, graphics, and design draft ideas as well as PR plan draft
  2. Week 3 Present PR plan final draft for review and final revisions. Present proposed logo, graphics, and design draft ideas for review. Begin work on first Press Release. Begin work on first press release.
  3. Week 4  Submit first Press Release through various channels. Finalize PR plan and begin implementing. Begin integrating any accepted graphics, logo, or design changes.
  4. Week 5 Press Release #2 sent. Begin submissions to public speaking engagement opportunities.
  5. Week 6 Press Release #3 sent. Continue improvements integrating graphics, design, & logo changes to website, letterhead, and other media. Work with video and social media specialists to integrate accepted changes. Continue submissions for public speaking engagement opportunities.
  6. Week 7 Press Release #4. Work with social media and video release specialists developing script for new public relations recorded video maximum 5 minutes duration. Continue submissions for public speaking engagement opportunities.
  7. Week 8 Press Release #5. Begin working with our public speakers to refine public speaking scripts that are currently 45 to 180 minutes long, to creating first of several 10-minutes-only topic focused public speaking scripts. Continue submissions for public speaking engagement opportunities.
  8. Week 9 Press Release #6. Finalize public speaking script #1, refine timing to be as close to 10 minutes as possible, without going over. Add a few key graphics to accompany. Continue submissions for public speaking engagement opportunities. Finish video script for video specialist max 5-minute video.
  9. Week 10 Press Release #7. Public speaking script #1 complete (10 minutes live). 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, but must be paired down to just 3-5 minutes, and provide accompanying graphics for video specialist to incorporate).
  10. Week 11 Press Release #8. Public speaking script #2 complete (10 minutes live). Continue submissions for public speaking engagement opportunities. Video script #2 revisions for video specialist.
  11. Week 12 Prelease #9. Video script #2 for video specialist and accompanying graphics completed, submitted, and accepted by video specialist. End of 12 week (3 month) cycle.


MUST HAVE

  1. Understanding of our organization, staff, programs, Mission, Vision, Impact, etc.
  2. Passionate about what we do.
  3. Hunger to learn, explore, and experiment, and create.
  4. Exceptionally high written and verbal communication skills.
  5. Highly reliable communicator on a daily basis.
  6. Strong work-ethic, following through with commitments without needing micromanaging.
  7. Strongly organized skills.
  8. Very comfortable making "cold call" phone calls to prospective PR contacts.


NICE TO HAVE

  1. Experience in writing online content
  2. Additional languages
  3. Prior Public Relations / Marketing / Sales experience
  4. Strong analytical skills