Volunteer Opportunities

Support the African Library Project by volunteering your expertise and time toward initiatives that are changing lives, book by book. 

Current Volunteer Openings:

  • Board Member
  • Technology Specialist
  • Graphic Designer

If interested in becoming a Book Drive Organizer (collect, organize and ship books), please learn more and sign-up here.

The African Library Project is committed to expanding diversity at all levels of the organization and creating inclusive processes and opportunities for dialogue and joint program development with our African partners. Volunteers and Board Members may reside anywhere in the world, as long as they are able to have access to fulfill their duties and responsibilities.

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Board Member

The role of the ALP Board: The Board of Directors is the highest leadership and governance body of the organization. In order to fulfill its fiduciary duties, the ALP Board is responsible for setting and fulfilling the mission and strategic objectives of the organization; selecting and evaluating the performance of the Executive Director; fundraising; resource development; approving and monitoring programs and services; enhancing the organization’s public image; establishing good governance policies and ensuring compliance.

Expectations of Individual Board Members: know and understand the organization’s mission, policies, programs and needs; faithfully read and understand the organization’s financial statements; serve as active advocates and ambassadors for the organization; engage in identifying and securing the resources and partnerships necessary for African Library Project to advance its mission; give a meaningful personal donation (monetary or in-kind); help identify resources that can benefit the organization’s fundraising and public standing; prepare for, attend and conscientiously participate in board meetings; participate fully on one or more committees.

The ALP Board of Directors consists of talented, energetic professionals who volunteer their efforts. They share a passion for education, books, literacy, global development and the African continent. We are looking for board members who share these interests, bring their unique perspectives, and have one or more of the following skills and expertise:

  • Legal
  • Grant Writing
  • Donor Cultivation and Development
  • Event Planning
  • Fundraising
  • Marketing/Public Relations/Communications
  • Operations
  • Information Technology
  • Engagement with African communities (strongly preferred)
  • International development
  • Library work
  • Literacy education

Expertise and/or passion in the following categories is strongly preferred:

  • Engagement with African communities (strongly preferred)
  • International development
  • Library work
  • Literacy education

Time Commitment: 3 year term (June 1, 2023 – June 1, 2026), consisting of approx. 9 hours/month. Time commitment supports engagement  and participation in Board and committee initiatives and meetings, fundraising activities and support, and attendance to and/or support of ALP programs and fundraising gala. Board Meetings are quarterly (1st Saturday of February, May, August, and November) and are 3 hours in length (early mornings for Pacific Time Zone and late evenings for GMT). There will also be an Annual Retreat (a weekend yet to be selected,  sometime in Aug/Sept). 

Apply by sending your resume and cover letter to Execdir@africanlibraryproject.org

Applications are due no later than March 6.

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 Technology Specialist (Salesforce Administrator)

The Technology Specialist will work closely with ALP staff members and Operations Committee supporting Container Managers, Country Liaisons, and Operations Chair. An ideal candidate will have the ability to routinely check-in to respond to any urgent needs that may come about within our platforms systems. Experience within Salesforce, payment processors, and other technical acuity is highly recommended. 

Responsibilities:

Document Production

  • Provide as backup support in ALP Document Factory (ADF), updating as needed, and adding formulas as needed 
  • Teaching use of ADF for Container Managers
  • Maintaining archive of ADF software and templates kept in ALP Drop Box

Platform Administration (Salesforce, FormAssembly, PayPal & Zapier)

  • Documenting procedures
  • Carry out updates and decode error reports to resolve problems.
  • Support for Operations Committee, Country Liaisons and staff (Trouble shooting, non-standard cases using Salesforce, Teaching/Coaching)
  • Perform maintenance and modifying tasks as needed (Duplicate modifications-underlying problems, duplicate detectors-to match our record structure, access privileges-to protect registration process, setting up Multi-Factor Authentication, bot filtering)
  • Administer, design and maintain reports in Salesforce (Final Report, Donation Reports, Lifetime ALP output reports, annual report, and one off reports as needed)
  • Preform record cleaning in Salesforce (Duplicate merging, Donation record problems ( mainly no primary contact), Historical book drives)
  • Preform onboarding, training and documentation for new Container Managers or Program Managers as needed.
  • Respond on timely basis to Google Moderators Spam Report 
  • Maintain ALP Statistics – assist with updating statistics

Time Commitment: Approximately 2 hours/week, regular daily check-ins in order to respond to urgent requests.

Apply by sending your resume and cover letter to Execdir@africanlibraryproject.org.

 

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Graphic Designer

We’re seeking an experienced graphic designer who can assist on an as needed basis. Responsibilities will include developing and/or updating graphics for social media posts; email blasts and newsletters; event banners, invitations, and programs; annual report; website; and direct mail. This role will work closely with the Marketing and Communications Committee and ALP Staff on promotion and campaign initiatives.

Experience in video editing is preferred, but not required.

    Time Commitment: Approximately 2-4 hours/week, occasional larger projects requiring more time (ie annual report). Regular check-ins in order to respond to urgent requests.

    Apply by sending your resume, examples of work, and cover letter to Execdir@africanlibraryproject.org.