Volunteer Coordinator Intern

INTERNSHIP POSITION: VOLUNTEER COORDINATOR INTERN
PROGRAM: Wise Buys Thrift Store (Open Tues-Sat 10AM-5PM)
SUPPORTED BY: Wise Buys Volunteer & Operations Coordinator
POSITION SUMMARY: The Volunteer Coordinator Intern focuses on managing current volunteers as well as volunteer programs at Lydia Place and Wise Buys Thrift Store. This intern will assist with planning and coordinating special projects, managing a large volunteer staff, maintaining a volunteer database, volunteer recruitment, onboarding/training processes and building community. This position will also support basic operational store duties such as opening and closing, and various other tasks as needed.
PROGRAM LENGTH: Minimum 6 months (2 quarters), 10-15 hours a week
TO APPLY: Email cover letter and resume to Volunteer & Operations Coordinator, Dakota Nixon at dakotan@lydiaplace.org. Position open until filled.
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MINIMUM QUALIFICATIONS:
• Actively completing a BA in Communications, Public Relations, Business, or related field. Other related educational experience is accepted. Applicants using internship for class credit preferred.
• Background/ interest in the fields of social justice, human services, community education and engagement.
• Ability to communicate written and orally with clarity and efficiency
• Motivated self-starter with the ability to work with indirect supervision in a busy environment
• Experience and desire to work with people from diverse backgrounds
• Demonstrated ability to solve problems and think strategically
• Understanding of teamwork and peer leadership
• Prior volunteer experience preferred
• Proficiency with word processing, Microsoft Office programs, and internet software
• Comfortable with training, delegating and supervising others
BENEFITS:
• Develop rapport and establish connections with diverse group of individuals
• Develop skills related to supervising, delegating and training
• Gain skills related to event coordination
• Gain knowledge of day-to-day operations of a non-profit small business
• Gain experience related to volunteer recruitment and management
• Letter of recommendation can be provided upon successful completion of internship
ESSENTIAL DUTIES AND RESPONSIBILITIES:
• Supervise, train and delegate tasks with volunteers to ensure store standards and goals are being met
• Assist with store management, including opening and closing, in the absence of staff
• Assist with building community and safe, constructive spaces
• Assist in organization, delegation, and prioritizing time and materials efficiently to meet deadlines
• A variety of clerical and organizational tasks that are integral to volunteer coordination and management
• Assist with coordination of special events
• Maintenance of volunteer database
• Assist with creating content for weekly and monthly newsletters for volunteers and greater community
• Additional duties as assigned
To perform position successfully, the individual should demonstrate the following competencies: listens and gets clarification, balances team and individual responsibilities, gives and welcomes feedback, treats people with respect, keeps commitments, follows policies and procedures, completes administrative tasks correctly and on time, supports organization’s goals and values, adapts to changes in the work environment, is consistently at work on time, ensures work responsibilities are covered when absent, asks for and offers help when needed, displays willingness to make decisions, supports and explains reasoning for decisions, includes appropriate people on decision making process, observes safety and security procedures, reports potentially unsafe conditions.
The physical demands described here are representative of those that must be met by volunteer to successfully perform essential functions of this position. Reasonable accommodations may be made to enable individuals with disabilities to perform the essential functions. The volunteer must occasionally lift and/or move up to 50 pounds. Specific vision abilities required by this position include close vision, distance vision, and depth perception. While performing these position duties, the volunteer is regularly required to listen to others and provide verbal feedback. The volunteer is required to sit for extended periods of time. Volunteer also is frequently required to stand, walk, climb, or balance.