Thank you for your interest in getting involved with The Goodis Center! There are many exciting ways you can help us advance our mission, including jobs, internships, volunteer opportunities, board positions, freelance contributing, and more. As we continue to grow, we will be adding more opportunities to this page. Please check back soon and often for updates!
This page lists many of our current needs and vacancies. We also post some opportunities to Idealist.
If you would like to read more about the five types of positions available with The Goodis Center, please read the explanation here.
While The Goodis Center for Research and Reform, Inc., has valid authority to employ personnel under U.S. and Maryland law, our budget is currently too minimal to provide for paid positions. While we work on seeking grants and donations to help fund our projects, our organization primarily operates through volunteer involvement and unpaid content submission. We also have the capacity to supervise a few interns.
Please note that volunteer and internship positions in no way constitute any implication, promise, or guarantee that a volunteer or intern will be hired after completion or termination of their unpaid position/program. These positions also do not imply, promise, or guarantee any recommendations will be provided for future employers; however, requests for recommendations will be considered on an individual basis. Youth supporters (under 18 years of age) must provide parental consent in order to volunteer or intern. Please familiarize yourself with our non-exhaustive terms and policies.
Knowledge of multiple languages is desirable for all positions but is not required. All interested candidates are encouraged to inquire. Hours are completely flexible for all programs. Most tasks can be completed entirely through online collaboration. Many positions can be filled remotely.
Board of Directors
Positions with the Board of Directors are volunteer positions for professionals with a demonstrated commitment to human rights research and reform. Prior experience on a nonprofit board is not required, but applicants with prior board experience will be given preference. We are also seeking applicants with legal and accounting experience, and applicants who would be willing to volunteer in an operational capacity, in addition to their service on the board, to help with our various programs.
Our organization currently has a 3-member Board of Directors. Initial terms for the Board are 12 months, with the option of renewal by consent of Board majority. We can arrange for pre-screened interested candidates to observe a Board meeting prior to making a 1-year commitment.
- Applicants may request and receive copies of our bylaws, as well as any other legal or financial documents of record.
- Officially scheduled meetings of the Board of Directors occur quarterly (March, June, September, December), but the Board may schedule additional meetings as necessary.
- The duration of Board meetings has, in the past, ranged from approximately 1 hour to 3 hours, depending on frequency of meetings set by the Board and the amount of business scheduled for each meeting.
- Board members regularly stay in touch between meetings to ensure smooth operation of the Center.
Due to our recent operational hiatus, members of the Board of Directors should anticipate meeting more frequently to help The Goodis Center get back on track with all programs and ensure compliance with the goals set forth in our mission statement, articles of incorporation, bylaws, and other commitments.
There is no financial commitment required to be on the Board.
In addition to regular Board meetings, members of the Board should plan to devote some outside time to fundraising and awareness programs to help support the Center and our mission.
As an emerging nonprofit, The Goodis Center strives to comply with the Maryland Nonprofits Standards for Excellence. A copy of the Standards, along with a copy of Robert’s Rules of Order, will be provided to each new member of the Board of Directors. Applicants should be familiar with these documents prior to appointment to the Board.
Membership on the Board of Directors is an unpaid commitment. Board membership is an excellent opportunity to help steer and support The Goodis Center, our programs, and our mission.
Program Coordinator / Program Director (Volunteer)
We are looking for a Program Coordinator / Program Director to assist the Executive Director while we push to get more of our programs operational. The commitment will be flexible, but requires some level of stability and consistency.
Applicants should plan on a commitment ranging from 2 to 8 hours per week, for at least 2-4 months, with the possibility of staying on longer.
Responsibilities will vary based on commitment, but may include:
- Updating the website and social media pages
- Drafting new substantive content or organization updates to share with our audience
- Preparing recruitment campaigns for interns and volunteers
- Coordinating and running fundraisers
- Researching sources of grant funding
- Seeking other organizations (including nonprofits, community groups, government agencies, schools, student groups, etc.) to form collaborative partnerships
- Looking for opportunities to engage The Goodis Center with our community
- Assisting with curriculum development and implementation for our training/education initiatives
- Substantive research, writing, publishing
- Content editing for publications
- Building and maintaining relationships with experts in their respective fields to provide peer-review collaboration for our publications
- Networking with colleges and universities to advertise internship opportunities to students in related fields and explore opportunities for collaboration
These responsibilities may be divided among multiple volunteers as needed.
We will gladly work with any volunteer to make sure that the responsibilities and commitment are appropriate to your skills, interests, and availability.
- Basic computer/software skills are required.
- Consistent and reliable access to a computer and the internet are required.
- Training can be provided to any volunteer.
All assignments will be performed remotely as your own schedule permits. We do not currently have an office for staff/directors/volunteers. Due to the geographic spread of our volunteers and even our Board of Directors, everyone associated with The Goodis Center currently volunteers remotely and coordinates via videoconferencing.
Pro Bono Professionals
The Goodis Center is working hard to get our programs fully operational. Part of this process involves specialized professional skills. While our Board of Directors and other consultant-supporters includes legal, nonprofit, and accounting expertise, we are always on the lookout for more help in these areas. Currently, our highest priority is to obtain assistance from an experienced grant writer to help our organization reach its full potential. We cannot currently offer compensation for these professional services, nor guarantee a future relationship, but the ideal pro bono professionals would be those who could continue consulting with The Goodis Center after our revenues and operations stabilize.
Interns, Volunteers, and Fellows
The Goodis Center is seeking interns, volunteers, and fellows to support and expand its programs. Please note that The Goodis Center does not currently offer paid internships or fellowship funding, but that we will gladly host fellows who are applying for independent funding through programs such as the Equal Justice Foundation summer grants, Equal Justice Works, Skadden Fellowship, and so forth. We can also host students completing internships or externships for academic credit.
Volunteers and unpaid interns can receive training in human rights, along with a wide variety of software training, management and marketing training, et cetera. Applicants for employment, fellowship, and paid internships should have a demonstrated commitment to human rights and complementary specialized skills.
Please check here to read more about our internship and volunteer opportunities.
There are five overarching types of positions available with The Goodis Center:
- Volunteering (including Board positions)
- Unpaid interning
- Paid interning
There are special conditions separating these five categories.
Employees are staff members of The Goodis Center who are paid for their services. They are employed to work either part-time or full-time from anywhere in the world. Employees must be authorized to work and receive wages in the State of Maryland and the United States of America. Wages and salaries are determined by experience, duties, and relevant employment laws. The Goodis Center is not currently hiring employees, and does not currently have any paid employees, but we hope to offer paid employment opportunities in the future if funding permits.
Volunteers are anyone and everyone who volunteer their time, energy, efforts, and expertise to support our programs. Over 85% of all charitable nonprofits—such as The Goodis Center—have no paid staff and are run entirely by volunteers. Volunteers range from individuals who help us one time at an event to set up tables or clean up afterwards, to individuals who consistently help The Goodis Center with programs and projects or managerial/administrative tasks (such as the Board of Directors). Volunteers may offer general support such as labor at events, posting flyers or petitioning in their communities, or even blogging about relevant news and Goodis Center events and efforts. Some volunteers may even offer specialized and technical support, such as contributors to our Journal for Human Advancement, or any volunteer who helps with our website design and functioning, advertising, marketing, copy-editing, or other essential functions. Volunteers generally provide support on their own schedule. Volunteers are not compensated for their time or work, but may receive recognition, free materials such as issues of our Journal, and certificates confirming the amount of time they have contributed while volunteering. As a 501(c)(3) nonprofit, some academic institutions will accept volunteer hours with The Goodis Center towards community service requirements or pledges. Volunteers may be reimbursed for pre-approved expenses related to their service with The Goodis Center. Read more about volunteers from the National Council of Nonprofits.
Unpaid interns are generally students whose skills and interests would complement the programs and efforts of The Goodis Center. Unpaid interns may be eligible to receive academic credit for their internships; academic credit requirements must be verified with the student’s institution prior to starting an internship. Supervision and mentoring for interns will be coordinated on an individual basis. Interns will be closely supervised and trained as-needed. Most internship positions are intended to be research-intensive, though some interns may work on non-research projects. Externs fall into this category (interns receiving academic credit). The Goodis Center also includes in this category any intern who receives outside funding for their internship (such as an Equal Justice Foundation grant for a full-time summer internship). (Also see paid interns below).
Paid interns may fulfill any of the tasks described above under unpaid interns and may even qualify for academic credit; however, paid interns will receive at least minimum wage. Like employees, paid interns must be eligible to work in Maryland and the USA; however, they do not necessarily need to be physically present to complete their internship. Unlike employees, paid and unpaid interns will not work full-time. Internships are only offered part-time, and may last any duration with a minimum of one month. Some intern positions can be completed electronically from anywhere in the world, so long as the intern has reliable access to high-speed internet.
Fellowships are designed for recent graduates (no more than two years since graduation) of higher education institutions – undergraduate or higher – with demonstrated skill and interest in human rights research. The Goodis Center Fellows receive grants and/or stipends to enable them to complete research in areas of interest to both the fellow and the Center. As funding becomes available, The Goodis Center will seek fellows at the undergraduate level, as well as at the graduate level in any relevant law, master’s, or doctoral program. Fellows will work full-time for one year to complete an intensive research project or other relevant project of their design/choosing. Fellows may also be asked to assist with other Goodis Center efforts during their yearlong fellowship. Fellows, like employees and paid interns, must be eligible to work and reside in Maryland and the USA. Pending funding, fellowship programs are temporarily suspended and will not be accepting applications until further notice. We will consider hosting fellows who are seeking outside funding on a case-by-case basis.