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Job Status: Full-Time
Salary: $x to $x
When you become the Volunteer Coordinator, you become a superhero, joining the likes of Peter Parker and Bruce Wayne. Your VC-senses will tingle when you see staff in need, and you’ll know what to do to solve the problem. When the Executive Director comes up with a brilliant idea (all her ideas are brilliant… smile and nod…) to serve our community, but it requires an army of passionate people, she will shine the VC-signal into the night’s sky, searching for you, the hero who can assemble the volunteer forces. When you become the VC, your life as a mere civilian is over. Are you ready for this?
As our volunteer program planner, you get to
Establish goals and strategies for the program that support our mission
Assess organizational needs that volunteers can solve
Create a positive volunteer experience that helps volunteers meet their philanthropic goals and ambitions through a relationship with our organization
Formulate and present a program budget to senior management
Prepare annual reports on program success
As our volunteer organizer, you get to
Institute program policies and procedures (e.g. documenting volunteer hours)
Regularly evaluate services delivered by volunteers and enact necessary changes
Utilize our database/CRM to maintain volunteer records and track volunteer statistics
Create and maintain volunteer sign-up forms
Produce supportive materials for stages in the volunteer process (i.e. applications, releases, policies and procedures, agreements and orientation handbooks)
Write volunteer position descriptions
Lead volunteers through orientation and training
Monitor expenses against the approved budget
As our volunteer engagement specialist, you get to
Target ideal volunteers and promote the program in the communities
Develop strategies to recruit people with the right skills
Streamline the intake and interview protocol, ensuring that volunteers are appropriately screened
Match volunteer skills and interests with existing needs
Evaluate contribution of individual volunteers and organize formal recognition events
This job might be for you if
The word “organize” excites you. You don’t mind herding cats (in fact, you quite enjoy it).
You believe that dreams that can be achieved alone are not big enough. You love inspiring people to join a mission, and you know how to mobilize groups to meet goals.
You know a lot about volunteerism. You probably have 3-5 years of leadership experience under your belt, and you stay attuned to current trends and resources.
You have an entrepreneurial spirit. You’re always searching your environment for needs you can meets and problems you can solve.
You can build long-term relationships with volunteers, staff and communities. Databases do not scare you and you know how to utilize them to maintain connections. You also are good at helping members of a team work well with each other. Synergy. What a horrible, pragmatic word.
You inspire through word – written and spoken – and deed. You lead from the front.
Physical prowess not required
You won’t need the endurance of a stallion, but you will have some lightphysical demands (i.e. spending hours listening and talking; working on the computer and phone; driving to appointments and events; lifting light pieces of equipment and materials; and occasionally working long days, nights or weekends).
Steven Shattuck served as the chief Engagement Officer at Bloomerang for 10 years. A prolific writer and speaker, Steven contributed to “Fundraising Principles and Practice: Second Edition.” He also supports the Association of Fundraising Professional's Fundraising Effectiveness Project, serves as an AFP Center for Fundraising Innovation (CFI) committee member, and sits on the faculty of the Institute for Charitable Giving. He is the author of Robots Make Bad Fundraisers - How Nonprofits Can Maintain the Heart in the Digital Age, published by Bold and Bright Media (2020).
You can find Steven Shattuck on LinkedIn