Open Staff Positions
See below for a list of all staff positions we're currently looking to fill, both pre-con and at-con. If you see a position you think you can fill, fill out the volunteer sign-up form and we'll get back to you as soon as we can. This list is not comprehensive, so if there's a position you're interested in that isn't listed here, let us know and we'll discuss creating it just for you! Each position is followed by a brief description of its duties and responsibilities. As with the list itself, these descriptions are not comprehensive either. Going above and beyond is encouraged, as is interdepartmental cooperation!
- Executive Positions
- Events Department
- Convention Operations Department
- Marketing Department
- Information Technology Department
- Charity Department
- Business Operations Department
No one has ever become poor by giving, and when it comes to a cause they believe in, furries are willing to give a lot! The charity executive is responsible for assisting the chairpersons in selecting a convention charity, managing communication with the charity beneficiaries, and collecting donations for the charity during and prior to the convention. There's a lot of room for creativity and passion in this department, and Furvana aims to proudly assist worthy organizations in the Pacific Northwest by facilitating donations from our community.
Guest of Honor Liaison
Although selecting the guests of honor is done by the chairpersons, it is the responsibility of the GoH liaison to be their primary point of contact. The GoH liaison is responsible for answering all questions from the guests of honor, helping to coordinate their travel and hotel arrangements, and working with the events department to schedule special events for the guests of honor. It's also important that the GoH liaison make each guest of honor feel… honored! After all, they're here because we specifically want them to be, and we want to make sure they walk away with nothing but high praise for our event.
Art Track Lead
The art track staff is responsible for arranging and coordinating all visual art related events and programming. This does not include business function areas such as dealers den, artist alley, or art show, but does include art discussions, art jams, art contests, art instructional panels, and really anything else in the visual spectrum of artistic expression that the furry community can imagine. Art track staff will need to gather and actively communicate with panelists who can run events, making sure they have all the information and assets they need.
Music Track Lead
The art track staff is responsible for arranging and coordinating all music related events and programming. This does not include theatrical presentations or dances, which are coordinated by the theater track instead. This track includes music discussions, jam sessions, instructional panels, DJ discussions, singing instructions, and really anything else in the audio spectrum of artistic expression that the furry community can imagine. Music track staff will need to gather and actively communicate with panelists who can run events, making sure they have all the information and assets they need.
Fursuit Track Lead
The fursuit track staff is responsible for arranging and coordinating all fursuit and costuming related events and programming. This track includes fursuiting discussions, performance discussions, construction how-tos, and really anything else in the costuming spectrum of artistic expression that the furry community can imagine. This track is not limited specifically to fursuits, and panels relating to other aspects of costuming are also welcome. Fursuit track staff will need to gather and actively communicate with panelists who can run events, making sure they have all the information and assets they need. The fursuit track staff is also responsible for three specific convention functions as described below, the headless lounge, fursuit photograph, and the fursuit parade.
Headless Lounge Manager
Those walking carpets get HOT, and the people inside them will need a place to cool down. The headless lounge is a place where fursuiters and other costumers can set away from the bustle of the convention to take a break. Headless lounge staff will need to supply water, a resting area, and private changing areas for suiters and their handlers.
Fursuit Photography Manager
The fursuit photography staff is responsible for creating a place for fursuiters and costumers to come have their picture taken. Staff will need to find and actively communicate with a photographer who can take these pictures, as well as manage the convention space that it will occur in.
Fursuit Parade Coordinator
The fursuit parade staff is responsible for planning and organizing the route and execution of the fursuit parade. Fursuit parade staff will need to work closely with hotel staff and other event areas to communicate the timing and route of this event.
Writing Track Lead
The writing track staff is responsible for arranging and coordinating all writing related events and programming. This track includes writing discussions, open mics, poetry readings, technique instructional panels, book signings, author panels, writing contests, and really anything else in the written word spectrum of artistic expression that the furry community can imagine. Writing track staff will need to gather and actively communicate with panelists who can run events, making sure they have all the information and assets they need.
Tabletop Gaming Lead
The tabletop gaming track staff is responsible for arranging and coordinating all tabletop gaming related events and programming, and maintaining a presence in the tabletop gaming room at all times. This track includes tabletop role playing games, card games, tournaments, board games, and any other kind of non-electronic tabletop game. Tabletop gaming track staff will need to gather and actively communicate with panelists who can run events, making sure they have all the information and assets they need.
Attendee Support Staff
The attendee support team is responsible for patrolling the venue and helping attendees by answering questions and being knowledgeable about the convention. If there's a question you cannot answer, the support team should be able to point you to somebody who can. The security team cannot be everywhere at once, so the attendee support team is also there to be front-line eyes and ears so that potential concerns can be escalated to the security team as needed.
Furvana wants every attendee to feel safe, comfortable, and respected, and the attendee support team is the most visible element of that mission.
Inventory Logistics Manager
Conventions have stuff, and a lot of it! The logistics staff is responsible for managing the storage and inventory of all convention owned assets, and facilitating the transportation of these assets to and from storage and the convention site. The logistics team is responsible for performing inventory checks and keeping a list of all convention assets, and managing truck and vehicle rentals.
Every convention has to have a theme right? That's that the polls say at least! While theme selection is decided by all staff, the theming staff is the creative powerhouse behind bringing that theme to life. Prop design, creative direction, theme involvement, these are all things the theming staff needs to drive. Theming staff should be able to work closely with all other areas of the convention to see that the theme is as widely utilized as possible.
Advertising staff is responsible for getting the name Furvana out to the people and driving in attendees. Ad staff will need to manage convention advertisements on websites, flyers, banners, con books, business cards, and any other means to spread the good word.
Publications staff handle all things printed. Although there are specific printing needs such as the con book and pocket program, many other printing needs may arise for the convention as well. Publications staff is responsible for managing, facilitating, and executing all of these requests.
Con Book Designer
The con book is a staple of any convention, a place to relay important information about the convention and events, as well as showcase artwork, stories, and advertisements. Con book staff is responsible for gathering all of this information, designing, and creating a publishable con book layout.
Pocket Program Designer
The pocket program is a simple booklet meant to contain only event schedule and basic programming information. Ideally it should fit inside the attendee badge holders and be easily accessible. Pocket program staff is responsible for gathering all of this information, designing and creating a publishable pocket program layout.
Printing staff is responsible for facilitating all printing requests from other departments. This includes signage, printed advertisements, printed documents, and any other case where ink goes on paper.
Journalism liaisons are staff members assigned to any journalists, in-community or public, to help them answer any questions and guide them around the convention. Journalism liaisons are not censors, but they are important for putting things in the correct context for any observing journalists.
Social Media Staff
A good social media presence is extremely important for any event in this modern era. Social media is widely recognized as the voice of the convention, and anything said over social media is reflected as the opinion of the convention on the whole. Social media staff needs to be able to handle positive and negative feedback appropriately, and be able to put the best possible face on Furvana. Social media staff is also responsible for communicating important convention information to the public, and should be accessible by all departments when something needs to be said publically. Furvana should have a social media presence on all major outlets.
Staff photographers are responsible for creating all photographic assets used by the convention. They are not the exclusive photo creators, anyone is welcome to contribute, but they are the staff specifically assigned to the task. Staff photographers should be available for contact by any other staff who is seeking specific photos for specific purposes.
Note that there is also a fursuit photograph staff, however their assignment is different in that they are only responsible for facilitating fursuit photographs for convention attendees at the event itself.
Staff videographers are responsible for creating all video and film assets used by the convention. They are not the exclusive video creators, anyone is welcome to contribute, but they are the staff specifically assigned to the task. Staff videographers should be available for contact by any other staff who is seeking specific videos for specific purposes.
Staff artists are responsible for creating all other visual art assets used by the convention. They are not the exclusive art creators, anyone is welcome to contribute, but they are the staff specifically assigned to the task. Staff artists should be available for contact by any other staff who is seeking specific art for specific purposes.
IT specialists are responsible for any IT needs of the convention, as organized by the IT executive. This may include but is not limited to setting up and managing computer stations, registration terminals, network cabling, wireless network infrastructure, printers, servers, and any other powered piece of technology used by the convention.
The charity staff team is responsible for receiving all donations to the charity and fundraising with attendees and convention sponsors. Charity staff may be handling large sums of money, and will need to be reliable money handlers.
Dealers' Den Lead
Dealers den is the convention provided space for dealer attendees to sell their wares. Dealers den staff is responsible for organizing the dealer selection process, communicating and facilitating the advertisement of this process along with the marketing team, and pre-selecting the dealers that will be assigned tables in the dealers den prior to the convention.
At the convention the dealers den staff is responsible for assisting the dealers in the setup process, answering any questions they may have, and making sure they are well looked after. Dealers at a convention are an important draw for many attendees, and it's important to keep those dealers happy so their fans are happy too.
Registration Supplies Manager
The registration supplies manager is responsible for ordering and keeping inventory on all of the supplies needed by registration as part of membership benefits. This includes badge holders, badge inserts, t-shirts, lanyards, and any other special membership perks for attendees.
Auction staff is responsible for organizing and running the art show auction and charity auction. Auction staff will need to work closely with both the art show staff and the charity staff when planning auction events.
Con Store Lead
The con store is the dealer table owner by the convention itself in order to sell convention merchandise. Con store staff is responsible for ordering and deciding what this merchandise should be, as well as staffing the table at the convention itself.
Art Show Lead
The art show is a convention provided space for dealer attendees to sell and display specific pieces of artwork they have created, so that other attendees are able to bid on or purchase this artwork. Art show staff is responsible for organizing and managing this room, as well as facilitating the bidding process and ensuring that all attendees get the merchandise they paid for, and artists get paid for the merchandise they have sold. Art show staff will need to work closely with the auction staff in order to sell any pieces that were not sold directly in the art show, as well as facilitating the return of any un-sold artwork to its owner.