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Volunteers play a very important role in our work, undertake a considerable amount of responsibility and lead many projects and initiatives. CAIR-WA welcomes volunteers from all backgrounds and faiths. All volunteer positions at CAIR-WA are unpaid. All positions are open immediately and we respond to applications year-round IMMEDIATELY as they are received, so apply now!

Harnessing the untapped treasure of talents and expertise that currently lies dormant is one of CAIR-WA’s primary goals. We strive for organized, professional, and enlightened community activism. Be part of a team that works daily on ground-breaking projects.

Volunteers play a very important role in our work, undertake a considerable amount of responsibility and lead many projects and initiatives. CAIR-WA welcomes volunteers from all backgrounds and faiths. All volunteer positions at CAIR-WA are unpaid. All positions are open immediately and we respond to applications year-round IMMEDIATELY as they are received, so apply now!

What's Required

A minimum six month, six hours per week commitment is requested for most volunteer projects. Volunteers are expected to bring professional-level skills in a particular area. Though additional qualifications may be noted with each position, all volunteer positions at CAIR-WA require the following attributes:

  • Passion for CAIR’s community service work
  • Internal sense of urgency and initiative that promotes focus, creative thinking and solutions
  • Internal sense of urgency and initiative that promotes focus, creative thinking and solutions
  • Punctuality and reliability
  • Strong verbal and written communication skills
  • Professional demeanor

How to Apply

Please email This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. and, in the subject line, please clearly indicate areas in which you’d like to volunteer your skills, in order of preference. Please include in your e-mail an explanation of why you are interested in this position, relevant experience or skills, a portfolio of past work, and your complete contact information (full name, email, and phone number).

Also include a résumé and two references who have supervised you in a past volunteer position, internship or employment. Applicants must pass a background check. All volunteer positions at CAIR-WA are unpaid.

Students interested in receiving academic credit (college) or community service hours (high school) should indicate so in their cover letters. Credit may be arranged during the first week of the academic term.

FILM PRODUCTION

Record and produce short professional videos ranging from 30-second public service ads to 5 minute short documentaries and other video items to depicting American Muslims’ lives and contributions. Projects include compelling videos of CAIR-WA clients, American Muslim military personnel, veterans, nurses, as well as ‘know your rights’ videos. Volunteers will use their own equipment.

Requirements

  • Experience in video recording and film production
  • A portfolio of past work showing taste, creativity and potential is required
  • Experience in creative writing or effective story-telling

MEDIA INTERVIEW TRAINING

Train speakers through simulated media interviews on message discipline, on-camera interview techniques, etc., given CAIR-WA’s messaging guidelines. Trainings will be via phone and often in-person for on-camera practice interviews

Requirements

  • Professional experience in training on message discipline and on-camera interview techniques
  • Flexible schedule and openings during weekends and evenings

WEB DEVELOPMENT/DESIGN

The Web Development and Design (please specify in your e-mail which of the two you'd like to be considered) Volunteer will join our volunteer web site design and development team. The Web Design Volunteer will consistently update our website with new content, including articles, press releases, action alerts, project information, responses, news and events, and more. The Web Design Volunteer will also maintain procedure logs to document CAIR-WA's procedures and protocols. Other tasks as needed.

Requirements

  • A portfolio of past work illustrating previous experience, skills, interest, and perspective
  • Exceptional attention to detail and excellent organizational skills required
  • Very strong writing and proof-reading ability
  • Knowledge of HTML (knowledge of Javascript a plus)
  • Ability to work independently or as part of a team and under strict time constraints

GENERAL OFFICE ASSISTANCE

Assist with miscellaneous office projects when needed. These are especially needed leading up to major events.

Requirements

  • Ability to work independently and find solutions under short deadlines
  • Experience in office work including proficiency in MS Word, Excel and PowerPoint
  • Experience in professional phone communication and business letter writing

JOURNALISM AND PHOTOGRAPHY

Photograph CAIR-WA events across the Puget Sound and upload to online albums. Write short event reports to be published online.

Requirements

  • Experience in photo journalism, photo editing, and Facebook live-casting.
  • A portfolio of past work showing taste, creativity and potential is required
  • Experience in news or feature writing a strong bonus.
  • A very flexible schedule including availability on weekends and evenings
  • Means of transportation to travel in the Great Seattle area.

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