Purpose: To grow and co-ordinate voluntary activity across the organisation through the delivery of professionally central services, resources and tools for staff, volunteers, projects, patient and fundraising groups and partner organisations; the role will involve some direct supervision of volunteers
Key relationships - External: Volunteering organisations and brokerage agencies in England, Scotland and Wales; healthcare professionals; relevant health and voluntary sector groups and alliances
Key Result Areas
1. Develop a volunteering strategy within the framework of the organisations Business and Departmental Plans
2. Ensure that policies, standards and best practice for effective volunteer management are in place for recruiting ,inducting, supporting, training, recognising and promoting volunteers
3. Provide expert advice, support and coaching to staff, volunteers and trustees on all matters relating to volunteering
4. Generate and maintain up-to-date information on national/regional/local volunteering roles, and volunteer projects and pilots, based on the needs of the charity and its beneficiaries;
5. Research, recommend and develop new volunteering roles and projects
6. Broaden the range of people involved in voluntary work at the organisation
7. Ensure training and personal development opportunities for volunteers are provided to meet the charity’s and volunteers’ needs
8. Lead or support others in volunteer recruitment and ensure volunteers are appropriately matched, inducted and trained
9. Encourage colleagues to think laterally to foster understanding of the value of the volunteer contribution and to build growth and commitment
10. Monitor and report progress against agreed voluntary activity in key areas; produce a monthly report
11. Attend relevant external voluntary and health sector meetings
12. Manage a volunteering budget and ensure offer of volunteer expenses;
13. Undertake any other reasonable duties compatible with the post
In some ways this a good role. Not many volunteer managers report to the CEO, although many wish they did. They're not just looking for someone to manage the volunteers but to work with colleagues at all levels across the organisation to enhance the contribution volunteers make to the mission. Furthermore they want someone who can engage with volunteerism networks and with professionals in the field the organisation works in.
In summary there seems to be some committment to volunteering at this organisation and investment being put into leadership and management to support this.
Or is there?
The hours advertised for this post are 17.5 a week (assuming a usual working week of 35 hours that 2.5 days a week). That's a huge job in such a small amount of time.
And the pay? £21,000 pro rata, or £10,500 a year.
That's well below what I would expect for a role that is as critical to the organisation as this one seems to be.
Compare that with a Head of Fundraising post the same organisation advertised for earlier this year. Also reporting to the CEO this was full time and paid...£40,000.
I know the labour market is tough at the moment.
I know the financial environment is tough at the moment and is probably not going to get better any time soon.
But when are organisations like this one going to wake up to the fact that the effective leadership, engagement and deployment of volunteers is something that demands proper investment and is at least as important (if not more so in the current economic climate) as fundraising.