Several members are asking about being on staff again, so I thought I would do an update of Iwaku's Official Staff Standards. Now all applicants will know what your Administration expects. :D Staff Reviews are done on a regular basis. There is the monthly Community Review where we tell current staff members what needs to be worked on, and then the Seasonal Review where we re-evaluate everyone's jobs on staff and hire new staff members when necessary. ALL potential staff applicants are discussed by your Three Admins. It doesn't matter if you are a newbie or an oldie, we judge all applicants based on your current Iwaku Activity at the time of a Review. EVERYONE has a potential chance to be a staff member. But applying does not guarantee a spot on staff. However: You must be an ACTIVE MEMBER before becoming a staff member. We do not like having lurkers on staff! You cannot apply to be a staff member and then say "Once I'm staff I will do..." You must already be doing those things. We expect staff members to be some of the most active members of Iwaku. It's your JOB! The OFFICIAL Active Staff Standard Posted in the Staff Forum: This is the -actual- staff standard currently posted in the Staff Forum that we expect all staffers to adhere by. Click to Review! (Move your mouse to reveal the content) Click to Review! (open) Click to Review! (close) What Admins Look At When Considering Applications A: Do we NEED new staff members? We only hire new staff members when we actually need them. Otherwise, we have too many people trying to do the same jobs. This is when old staff members retire or when the community grows and we need the extra help. B: Does this applicant do something that the other staffers are not doing? There is no reason to hire multiple people to do the exact same jobs. We like every staff member to have their own projects and unique jobs, so that they feel like they are contributing and aren't stepping on each other's toes. C: Does this applicant have a good reputation? We like to hire people that members feel like they can talk and relate to. That means no one that has frequent drama, emoness, or gets in to a lot of squabbles. Staff members also have to be able to work with other people as they're expected to give their opinions and input on all Community Issues and projects. D. Does this applicant participate across the community. Again, we don't want lurkers on staff. Applicants need to be roleplaying, posting, interacting with members all the time. A staff members job is to help Iwaku grow and flourish. That cannot be done if you aren't participating in the actual community. These expectations are not too high, however, we do strictly enforce the activity standards for staff members! This is why we insist that you should already be doing these things as a regular member before becoming a staff member. If you're already doing it without having an Admin down your throat, then you're a perfect candidate for staff. :D We DO take in to consideration all vacations and staff member's need for away time. If you would like to apply as a potential future staff member: THERE IS NOW A FORM FOR APPLICATIONS [RIGHT HERE]. (If you've already applied for staff before, please do it again with the new form if you are still interested!) You will be added to the potentials list, and each time we do a staff review your application will be considered. We keep ALL interested parties on the applicants list, so even if you are not chosen for staff right away, you still have the potential to be one in the future as long as you are an active member. THINGS IWAKU NEEDS ATTENTION IN: If you're looking for a job-spot that isn't already fulfilled by other staffers, here's a quick list! - WRITING & ART: This area is grossly neglected and at risk of being removed. It needs members that enjoy reading & reviewing content. Many members are feeling ignored in this section. - COUNSELING: The area is not super active, but we like to have sponsor staffers that are willing to be counselors and shoulders to rant to. Someone listed as a counselor has to have great communication skills. - ROLEPLAYING: We can never have enough roleplay support. We like staffers with a wide range of interests to help participate and aid in successful roleplays! This includes Iwaku World where we need people to act as plot guiders and GMs. - BLOGGING: Our blogging area is not a big focus, however we always need someone to keep an eye on new posts and participate through comments, etc where necessary. ...And of course we are always welcome to NEW ideas and projects. :D Many things you do not have to even be a staff member to do. So we readily encourage members to create and start community projects! Again, people that are already involved in the community are much more likely to be hired on staff. If you have any questions, you can post them here or in the Feedback forum to be answered by the Admins.