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Serve as a Part-Time Volunteer Manager

Volunteer part-time & earn a service award

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United Way’s VIP Manager Corps, a program delivered in partnership with 501 Commons, helps King County nonprofit organizations develop and sustain effective volunteer engagement programs and practices. The program places part-time volunteers with organizations to help develop the basic tools and systems they need to more effectively engage with volunteers and community members.

This is an exciting way to gain experience working with a nonprofit and to help an organization more strategically use volunteers in support of its mission. The VIP Manager Corps is just one component of the Volunteer Impact Partnership.

Take a moment to learn about our 2014 Volunteer Manager Corps Members!

Join United Way's VIP Manager Corps

We need you!

We are seeking volunteers with diverse backgrounds and skills to join United Way’s Volunteer Impact Partnership Manager Corps. VIP Manager Corps is a United Way program delivered in partnership with 501 Commons that helps local human services nonprofit organizations develop and sustain effective volunteer engagement programs and practices.

VMC Members act as a temporary boost in staffing to help identify volunteer program needs and implement solutions that will develop or enhance the organization’s volunteer program over the long haul. VMC members are expected to serve 10 hours per week during the 9-5 workday, including regular check-in meetings and cohort gatherings, to fulfill the required number of hours.

There are two opportunities to become involved in 2015-16

Summer 2015 Cohort

  • Serve 10 hours per week for 150 hours between June-September, 2015
  • Complete 3-5 projects that improve your host organization’s volunteer program
  • Receive a $400 United Way of King County service award

Fall 2015-Spring 2016 Cohort

  • Serve 10 hours per week for 300 hours between October 2015-May 2016
  • Complete 6-10 projects that improve your host organization’s volunteer program
  • Receive an $800 United Way of King County service award

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Program participants collaborate during a cohort gathering

In addition to a service award and the opportunity to help a nonprofit in our community, volunteers will also receive:

  • training in volunteer management best practices
  • valuable experience working with a nonprofit
  • the opportunity to serve in collaboration with a cohort of peers
  • recognition for helping to increase an organization’s capacity to deliver services
  • an opportunity to earn internship credit

Is this position a good fit for you?

We are seeking community volunteers with diverse backgrounds, strong people skills, and a commitment to service. Candidates who are successful in this role have proficient computer skills, effective written and oral communication, the availability to work 10 hours per week during standard office hours for the duration of the program, and typically have at least two (2) years of experience working in an office environment.

In this position volunteers will be expected to attend all cohort meetings, work independently & with teams, communicate frequently, meet deadlines, exercise good judgment, and take initiative to complete projects & reports.  We are particularly interested in applicants who have volunteer management experience, human resource skills, experience working with volunteers and/or groups, or who possess significant experience as a community volunteer.

What will I do as a Volunteer Manager Corps Member?

By serving as a VIP Manager Corps (VMC) Member you will help an organization develop the tools and systems needed to more effectively engage volunteers in the delivery of their mission.

VMC Members will develop a work plan with their host organization that defines the projects, priorities, timelines, and tasks to be completed during the program.  Potential work plan projects include:

  • Developing a volunteer recruitment plan
  • Creating a volunteer handbook
  • Designing volunteer position descriptions
  • Planning a volunteer orientation and training
  • Creating a volunteer recognition plan
  • Implementing volunteer recruitment, screening, and placement activities

To complete these projects, VMC Members will need to take the time to understand the host organization’s needs, learn about  volunteer management best practices, and make recommendations to the organization based on its needs. To support this effort, host organizations will provide a work space that can be used for at least 10 hours a week, attend regular check-ins with the VMC Member, and provide timely and thorough feedback on documents and/or projects. 501 Commons will also check in with the VMC Member and host organization regularly to provide support and feedback.

Ready to apply?

Complete our online application today! Volunteers for the Summer 2015 Cohort will be matched with an organization by May 2015, and volunteers for the Fall 2015-Spring 2016 Cohort will be matched with an organization by September 2015.

Applicants will be interviewed by both 501 Commons and participating organizations.  Please kindly note that given the maximum capacity of the program, we will not be able to match every applicant with an organization.

Please contact Gwyn Howard, gwyn@501commons.org, for assistance.

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