send me some concrete reasons the volunteer coordinator should be part
of the management team. Volunteers serve in every part of this organization.
I'm trying to decide if I really want to advocate for this designation
and the responsibility that accompanies it. Thanks so much!
you to think seriously about advocating to become part of your management
team. Regardless of any additional responsibility, which probably means
youll have to attend more meetings (yikes!), youll find
that it is in fact easier to do your job, it will be more rewarding,
and youll grow professionally and personally. Now let me jump
off my soapbox (grin) and give you some concrete reasons
why I think a volunteer coordinator should be part of an organizations
You will receive information first hand and not filtered through
anyone. This means that you can respond on the spot with information
needed for decision-making.
You are the voice of volunteers during critical discussions and
decision making. This means that you can identify activities or
plans immediately that will impact volunteers and resources necessary
Most likely, you manage the largest staff in your
organization (dozens or hundreds of volunteers) that works in
all parts of the organization. So, in order to do your job most
effectively and help achieve the organizations goals, you
need to be a direct part of the process that affects and utilizes
And then there is the financial impact of the volunteer program.
While the program isnt generally a direct revenue center,
it comprises a corps of loyal donors, potential contributors,
contacts to significant contributors, and last, but not least,
a cost saving resource for your organization.
You are a multi-purpose resource for your organization because
you have experience in:
education (volunteer training)
speaking (presentations to the community)
management (you have to build and monitor several budgets)
(remember, you probably have the largest staff)
events (your annual recognition event or even a fundraiser)
(brochure, invitations, etc.)
(see all of the above!)
why not be in a management position to share your skills and experiences
with your colleagues?
You are a leader already! One of my colleagues, Mary Merrill,
says it best. As leaders, volunteer administrators facilitate
relationships and support systems that allow volunteers to make
significant contributions to the organization's mission.
You are in the unique position of understanding all of your organizations
services, needs, and volunteer opportunities. As a member of the
management team, you can help avoid duplication of efforts and
identify gaps in services or activities to meet your organizations
The volunteer program gains rightful power and influence when
you are part of the management team.
You are a change agent because you are constantly reinventing
yourself and the volunteer program to meet changing needs in todays
Finally, one of my clients recently said it best the volunteer
program is the organizational integrator. Since volunteers serve
in most every area and activity of an organization, it means they
are an essential resource for the organization to achieve its
Pirtle, of Strategic NonProfit-Resources, has 15 years' experience in
working with volunteers. She has consulted and/or trained for such organizations
as the Washington National Cathedral, Anchorage Symphony Orchestra, Chamber
Music America, and the Association for Volunteer Administration.
your questions to Connie at AskConnieP@cs.com.
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