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Job Descriptions for Volunteers
AMWRRI

Oral History Interviewer/Researcher
We are looking for volunteers to conduct interviews for an oral history project to document histories and experiences of Muslims or Christians from Arab and Muslim countries who have immigrated to Greater Milwaukee.  There are very few public records of oral histories of these groups, compared to other cultural or religious groups in the U.S.  The interviews being conducted are an important first step.  The recordings and other information will be available for use by a wider audience.  Duties include the following: 

  • Conduct in-depth oral history interviews in an ethical, culturally sensitive, and respectful manner;
  • Record the interviews so that the speakers can be heard and understood;
  • Accurately transcribe each interview;
  • For each interview, write an abstract that accurately summarizes the interviewee’s background information and captures the central points that the interview revealed; and Demonstrate effective interaction skills and written and oral communication skills. 

Members of the Arab and Muslim Women’s Research and Resource Institute (AMWRRI) will train volunteers how to perform the duties in ethically sound ways, conduct the interviews, use recording equipment, and write abstracts.  AMWRRI will provide the interview questions and recording equipment as well as the names of individuals who have expressed interest in being interviewed. 

Oral History Transcriber
We are looking for volunteers to transcribe recordings of interviews that have been conducted for an oral history project that documents histories and experiences of Muslims or Christians from Arab and Muslim countries who have immigrated to Greater Milwaukee. Transcribing the interviews so that the recordings and other information can be made available to a wider audience is an important first step.  Following is a description of the duties:

  • Accurately transcribe the interviews;
  • For each interview, write an abstract that accurately summarizes the interviewee’s background information and captures the central points that the interview revealed; and
  • Demonstrate effective written communication skills. 

Members of the Arab and Muslim Women’s Research and Resource Institute (AMWRRI) will train volunteers how to transcribe the interviews, write abstracts, and carry out these duties in ethically sound ways. 

Oral History Research Analyst
We are looking for volunteers to analyze interview data and write reports for an oral history project that documents histories and experiences of Muslims or Christians from Arab and Muslim countries who have immigrated to Greater Milwaukee. Analyzing the oral history data and writing reports of the findings are an important first step.  Duties include the following: 

  • Carefully examine interview data (i.e., the transcription of the interview, possibly the recording of the interview, and additional documents provided by the interviewee).
  • For each interview, prepare a written report that effectively and responsibly provides insight to the interviewees’ experiences and perspectives by:
  • representing interviewee’s history in clear, accurate, and well organized ways;
  • making wise decisions about which information to include, being mindful of the deepest or most powerful moments in the oral history; and 
  • maintaining the integrity of the entire interview, which includes revealing the interviewee’s intent. 

Members of the Arab and Muslim Women’s Research and Resource Institute (AMWRRI) will train volunteers on how to write oral history reports and how to do so in ethically sound ways. 

Volunteer Grant Writer
We are looking for a volunteer to support the grant writing and fund development efforts of the Arab and Muslim Women’s Research and Resource Institute (AMWRRI).  
An important component of our mission is to document and research Arab and Muslim women’s experiences while promoting an understanding of issues that impact Arab and Muslim women in the U.S. and abroad.  There are very few public records of oral histories of these groups, compared to other cultural or religious groups in the U.S.  This project is an important first step.  Our current work focuses on an oral history project to document and share histories and experiences of Muslims or Christians from Arab and Muslim countries who have immigrated to Greater Milwaukee.
We are seeking a creative, self-starter who has knowledge of fund raising issues, especially in the nonprofit world. Duties include the following: 

  • Research and identify appropriate grant sources, including private foundations, corporate foundations and governmental resources;
  • Create/revise various grant materials including letters of intent, foundation grant proposals, grant reports, data management surrounding grant writing and donor cultivation and other fund development materials as needed;
  • Meet deadlines for proposals, reports and letters of intent;
  • Review project and/or program budgets as necessary and make appropriate recommendations in conjunction with funder requirements;
  • Assist in making recommendations for public events/relations plans; and
  • Work closely with Executive Director and the Board of Directors

AMWRRI is a grassroots start up non-profit. If this type of environment and our mission appeal to you, please join us!