Volunteer coordinators act as liaisons and oversee the volunteer (and sometimes intern) activity for non-profit organizations. They handle the on-boarding (and letting go of) new volunteers. As such, they recruit, train, place and supervise volunteers. When they receive new recruits, they administer training sessions, informational materials, and answer questions regarding volunteer placement.
Volunteer coordinators also often deal with all of the paperwork that's necessary when documenting volunteer activities. They may log the number of volunteers at any location, the number of volunteer hours, handle time sheets, forms that the volunteers must sign, and more. Because of this, they are usually responsible for keeping neat and organized records relating to the volunteers within their respective organizations.
They usually monitor the daily activities of the organization in order to determine need for volunteers in any specific area. They will also supervise the volunteers to ensure that they have been placed appropriately and are able to complete the tasks effectively. In addition, volunteer coordinators sometimes will attend public relations functions in order to bring attention to their organization, develop recruitment strategies, and solicit funds from potential donors. Many times, a volunteer coordinators may work as interns, performing the job in order to get credit for school or to gain work experience. In larger organizations, these positions may be paid.
Volunteer Coordinator Tasks
Conduct volunteer orientations and collect volunteer feedback to improve orientations and activities.
Recruit and build volunteer team and their skills, conduct outreach, and increase awareness.
Oversee and supervise all volunteer scheduling, activities, and screening.
Maintain volunteer files and match volunteers with projects suited to their skills.