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Helping you find a career as a Volunteer Manager

A volunteer manager must oversee the recruitment, placement and retention of volunteers within your own organisation or on behalf of another organisation.


What does a Volunteer Manager do?
On a day-to-day basis, a volunteer manager will:
  • Coordinate volunteer recruitment, training and placement

  • Liaise with your own organisation or with organisations for which you are recruiting volunteers

  • Generate appropriate volunteering opportunities

  • Ensure that support and training is provided

  • Promote volunteering through recruitment and publicity campaigns

  • Organise rotas and inductions

  • Monitor, support and motivate volunteers

  • Organise profile-raising events to attract new volunteers
What skills and interests should an Volunteer Manager have?
A volunteer manager will require:
  • excellent communication and interpersonal skills

  • experience of managing and coordinating volunteers

  • understanding of a volunteer’s needs

  • capacity to inspire and recruit volunteers

  • good organisational and planning skills

  • good administrative and IT skills

  • experience of working across different sectors and working with a variety of agencies

  • a flexible approach to work
What hours does a Volunteer Manager typically do?
Working hours of a volunteer manager will vary greatly depending on the role. Evening and weekend work may be involved and both part-time and full-time positions are typically available.
What environment is a Volunteer Manager based in?
A volunteer manager may typically be based in an office, although may frequently be on-call to assist with volunteer placement and training in different positions around the country.
How much does a Volunteer Manager travel?
Travel within a working day can occur frequently, either on a local or national level.
How much does a Volunteer Manager get paid?
Many volunteer coordinators begin their careers as unpaid volunteers to gain experience in the sector. Once one has been employed as a volunteer manager in an official capacity, starting salaries may be low, particularly in the charity sector, ranging from £15,000 to £26,000. With experiences, salaries can range from £28,000 to £38,000.
Perks & benefits
Opportunities for promotion and transfers within the sector are common, although bigger opportunities with larger volunteering structures have greater opportunities than small, local-based charities. After several years in management, opportunities for headship and directorship may become available.
What qualifications does a Volunteer Manager need?
No education requirements will be specifically necessary, although they may be useful.
Useful subjects to study at school & university
Business, finance and project management qualifications and experience may be beneficial for this role, however the primary qualification is experience.

Pre-entry work experience is essential, especially voluntary experience. Positions within better known charities, art galleries and museums are common. Internships are offered by charitable organisations such as Barnardo's, British Red Cross, Oxfam and Save the Children.
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