The volunteer coordinator recruits, assists in training, and manages volunteers for various Jumpstart service projects that address specific program and community needs. The volunteers recruited, oriented, and trained by the volunteer coordinator consist of a combination of college students, local community service organizations, and others who can participate in a range of volunteer service projects. Volunteer service project categories include one-day, short-term, and long-term service projects.
Volunteer coordinators serve 300 hours, 10-12 hours per week, during the academic year in the following areas:
Volunteer Recruitment and Training
- Recruit 100 volunteers
- Recruit volunteers for one-day, short-term, and/or long-term service projects. This includes events such as Jumpstart’s annual Read for the Record, MLK Day Jr. Day of Service, and Jumpstart for a Day. Recruitment may occur through in-person conversations, posting to social media, holding recruitment events, etc.
- Present Jumpstart’s mission and service opportunities to campus and local community organizations, student groups, faculty, and staff to recruit volunteers.
- Coordinate all volunteer required criminal history checks for participation in a volunteer event.
- Collaborate on preparation of service project materials.
- Co-facilitate and support training of volunteers on topics such as reading to young children, assembling literacy materials, and filling out volunteer paperwork.
Planning and Implementation
- Assist site staff in identifying volunteer service projects through needs assessment and ongoing communication with partner early childhood centers.
- Assist site staff in implementation of service projects and support volunteers for service projects held at partner early childhood centers.
- Assist site staff in implementation of events related to Jumpstart’s Read for the Record.
- Work with site staff and Jumpstart members to plan on-going and/or annual volunteer appreciation events.
- Solicit in-kind donations to support service projects according to AmeriCorps guidelines.
Volunteer Management and Tracking
- Work with Jumpstart site staff to manage volunteers from Jumpstart’s corporate partners.
- Establish and regularly update volunteer schedules and list of events.
- Communicate and engage regularly with volunteers through check-in phone calls, e-mails, and personal appreciation for their efforts.
- Work with Jumpstart site staff to ensure volunteer criminal history check requirements are fulfilled and all required paperwork is collected and organized appropriately.
- Document and log volunteer hours in volunteer tracking tool and report hours to Jumpstart.
Evaluation of Volunteer Projects
- Collect, manage, and compile feedback from all parties involved in volunteer service projects, including volunteers, partnering early childhood center staff, and community members through written reports, testimonials, and verbal comments.
- Share feedback with site staff to acknowledge strengths, successes and to make improvements for future volunteer service projects.
- Research relevant community organizations to coordinate additional volunteer opportunities for Jumpstart members.
Compensation and Benefits:
- Potential to earn a Federal Work-Study award during term of service
- AmeriCorps members will be eligible to receive a Segal AmeriCorps Education Award upon completion of their 300 hour service term
- Extensive training in the field of early childhood education
- Professional training and support to implement volunteer projects and events
- Unique opportunity to join a national network of individuals serving young children
- Invaluable opportunity to make a difference in the lives of young children