VIDA Gender Count Volunteer

VIDA seeks determined, meticulous, and thorough volunteers to assist with the VIDA Count, our well-publicized annual tally of the gender imbalances in publishing.

The 2020 VIDA Count will run from August 2020 through March 2021. VIDA Counters must be able to commit to the full term. For the VIDA Count's accuracy and consistency, it is essential that people can commit to finishing the project out.

As an intersectional feminist organization, VIDA strongly believes that opportunities must be widely provided so as to include those historically marginalized from positions of power. We believe that the communities we serve must be represented in all aspects of our organization. Hence, we strongly encourage applications from people who are members of marginalized communities.

VIDA is an all-volunteer organization; therefore this is an unpaid position, however we may be able to offer internship credit for students—please get in touch if you are interested in this.

Essential Duties & Responsibilities:

  • Research and determine the gender identity of writers
  • Determine the genre of the work published
  • Conduct solo tallying work
  • Work with your assigned team to reconcile the numbers


  • Must have reliable acces to the internet.
  • Participate in VIDA Counter training, provided by the VIDA Count Director.
  • Participate in regular bi-weekly scheduled digital meetings with team to reconcile data.
  • Ability to use the following programs:
    • Google Docs
    • Google Sheets
    • Google Meet
  • Must demonstrate an understanding of VIDA's core mission and values as an intersectional feminist literary organization.

Time Commitment:

We are looking for someone who can devote, at a minimum, one VIDA Count cycle (August 2020 to March 2021). The average time commitment will vary, but can be anywhere from 5 hours to 10 hours a week.


  • VIDA t-shirt!
  • Partial reimbursement available for those who volunteer at national conferences (including AWP)
  • Involvement in a community dedicated to encouraging and supporting historically-marginalized voices in the larger literary community
  • Direct contribution to an international conversation about gender imbalances in the publishing industry

Apply Now:

Interested applicants may apply by filling out this form. Please include a resume. Any relevant questions may be directed to Sara Iacovelli at Please note that you must have a Google account to complete the form; if you would still like to apply to this position but do not have a Google account, please email and we will provide you with the information needed. Applications are due by August 5th, 2020.

Please Note:

VIDA welcomes the commitment from those working at all publications to volunteer with us. We also take steps to carefully vet our applicants and to place volunteers in appropriate positions so as to avoid possible conflicts of interest. We cannot allow anyone who currently holds a high-level position, such as an editor or a publisher, at any of the publications included in the Count to volunteer on the Count teams. Interns, readers, and former staff of these publications may be considered for these teams on a case-by-case basis. Volunteers must disclose any ties to publications we Count in their application.

The full position description can be found here.

Contact Information

Sara Iacovelli, President, VIDA Count Director
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