Volunteer staff policy

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1. Purpose. The purpose of this Volunteer Staff Policy ("Policy") is to describe defined volunteer roles established by the Board of Directors ("Board") of Wikimedia District of Columbia (the "Corporation") and supervised by the President of the Corporation (the "President").

2. Scope. This Policy applies to volunteer staff positions. It does not apply to any Officers of the Corporation, nor to the Board, committees, paid staff, contractors, or interns.

3. Transition. This Policy supersedes previously enacted Resolutions of the Board establishing the Cultural Partnerships Coordinator (Resolution No. 3.B2.13), the Events Coordinator (Resolution No. 3.B2.17), the Social Media Coordinator (Resolution No. 3.B2.18), and the Event Promotion Coordinator (Resolution No. 3.B9.12), but does not affect the tenure of the current holders of said positions.


1. Principles. The Corporation promotes and encourages volunteer work in support of our Mission as a charitable organization. Volunteer work shall provide an enriching experience that provides practical experience and a greater understanding and appreciation of our Mission, and the Corporation shall seek to recruit and train volunteers to the best of our ability.

2. Part-Time Work. Volunteer staff shall not be expected to carry on more than part-time responsibility for no pay. Volunteer work shall not interfere with a volunteer's ability to make a living for him or herself, and overburdened volunteers are at risk of attrition or becoming single points of failure with respect to the conduct of the Corporation's programs.

3. Internships.

a. Standards for Internships. Internships are educational opportunities by definition. Internship programs shall only be established to provide educational experience, primarily to the benefit of the intern and not to the Corporation. Interns shall work under the close supervision of existing staff.
b. No Unpaid Internships. The Corporation shall establish no unpaid internship programs. The Corporation is opposed to unpaid internships, as they have the effect of denying access to education to those of low income, inconsistent with our Mission.

4. Hiring Policy. The President shall recruit for volunteer staff positions in accordance with the Hiring Policy.


1. Annual Volunteer Plan. Beginning with Fiscal Year 2014–15, the Board shall adopt an Annual Volunteer Plan ("Plan"). This Plan may be incorporated into the general Annual Plan or adopted separately.

2. Organizational Continuity. In the event a fiscal year begins and no Annual Volunteer Plan has been adopted, the previously adopted Plan shall remain in force pending the adoption of a new Plan by the Board.

3. Plan Contents.