Come to Hyphen's Open House

May 11, 2011

Are you Hyphen material? Or a superstar volunteer? Well, now’s your chance to join a great nonprofit and have fun at the same time. Come to our open house in San Francisco on May 17.

Hyphen is looking for volunteers who can contribute to our organization in a meaningful way. We are a fun, dynamic, and dedicated bunch, who also take our commitment to Hyphen seriously. We are looking for smart, overachieving, creative, articulate, innovative, detailed-oriented and, above all, dedicated peeps who want to join our team.

Hyphen is a national magazine for urban, in-the-know Asian Americans. Covering arts, culture and politics with substance, style and sass, Hyphen has become a media must for one of the fastest growing populations in America.

It’s easy as...

  1. Fill out the application form linked here: Hyphen Volunteer Application 2011
  2. Email your resume to lorraine.deguzman [at]
  3. Come to our Open House on Tuesday, May 17, 2011 at 7:30pm (17 Walter U Lum Place, San Francisco). It’s a great opportunity to get to know us and see how you can get involved.

General Duties & Responsibilities:

  • Attend bi-monthly staff meetings in our San Francisco office
  • Lend your hand to existing projects, such as marketing efforts and event planning
  • Brainstorm for the good of the magazine
  • Join committees and lead new initiatives from start to finish
  • Table at Hyphen sponsored events (and get in for free)
  • Sport our merchandise because it's in fashion every season

Knowledge and Skills:

  • Intelligence, tried and tested business or nonprofit experience a plus (bonus points if you have both!)
  • Persuasive and energetic, so you can convince people why we're good for their souls
  • Team player, and not a lone wolf
  • Self-motivated and dependable with a hard-working ethic
  • Can wear multiple hats and pick up the slack
  • Down for the cause but not obsessed by it
  • Not easily offended or dissuaded by hard-asses
  • Loves culture, your momma and self (not in that order)

Hyphen is looking for a top-notch staff to run the technical aspects of our website. Specifically we need:

  • Web Developers: Experience working with content management systems especially Drupal and integrating third-party features. Also, programming experience with PHP or Perl and intermediate proficiency with databases, XHTML, CSS, Javascript.
  • Web Designers:  Experience with front-end template design for content management systems like Drupal.
  • Coding front-end to work on 4 major browsers (Firefox Windows, Firefox Mac, Safari, IE).
  • Proficient with Photoshop or other Graphic applications.
  • System Administrators: Experience with LAMP environment, server tweaking, email, help desk support
  • Web Team Members: Ensure our site is up-to-date and test the site to make sure it is functioning correctly.
  • Community Managers: Work with both staff editing and contributing to our site as well as users commenting, purchasing and reading our articles.  Keep our social networking accounts up to date.

Editorial designer: 3+ years of experience in the design field with studio or book/publication design experience. Relevant portfolio samples must be available for review. Pre-press experience desired but not required.


  • Bloggers: contribute posts to our site in the Hyphen voice; may be asked to write bog posts based on story ideas we create or they can pitch their own. Journalism experience preferred.
  • Social Media Assistant: help promote our blog posts/magazine and interesting external links on our FB and twitter pages.

Editors and writers: We're looking for people who are credible, smart, bookish, overachieving, dusty-fingered, detailed-oriented and opinionated. While our focus is Asians living in the United States, we also strive to cover the international Asian diaspora through the lens of the Asian American experience. But, we'll still cringe at anything with the phrase "East meets West" in it.

Previous journalism experience desired, but we're open to newcomers. Here's the specific positions we want.

Hyphen was conceived in 2003 by San Francisco Bay Area journalists and community leaders who saw the need for a publication about Asian America that would go beyond Lucy Liu, sushi and yet another examination of the "model minority" story. With award-winning design and fresh perspectives that aren't just about identity issues, Hyphen covers the artists and change-makers who are shaping what it means to be Asian American. By showcasing people outside the boundaries of stereotypes, Hyphen acts as a cultural catalyst, inspiring its readership to branch out to do, think and create.

Hyphen is not-for-profit and run entirely by volunteers. The hundreds of hours spent by writers, artists, editors, designers, web gurus, bloggers, [fill in the blank] coordinators, and other lackeys are all unpaid. It's a labor of love.

Feel free to drop our Recruiter a line: lorraine.deguzman [at]